THE SHERIFF’S WIFE — Book Review


THE SHERIFF’S WIFE

Holding it all together behind the scenes in politics

Janel Lamb
Self-Published
$15 US
(with free shipping and personal note from author)
Book Orders: SheriffsWife.com


I don’t write many book reviews these days, but I had to make an exception here. Janel Lamb’s new book is delightful, and is packed with real-life struggles and valuable Lessons for Life.

Lamb, a busy mom of five grown kids (and six if you count her husband!) makes it very easy for the reader. This book is a quick, smooth read and it does not self-indulge, as many memoirs tend to do. It is about Janel of course, her obstacles and victories – but it is as much about you, the reader. You, the person who has endured your lifetime of struggles and heartbreak. You, the mom who is trying to make sense of a crazy and often grotesque and evil world. You, the oft-neglected or dismissed voice of truth and justice.

As I mentioned during a recent radio interview, I felt like I was sitting around the kitchen table with Janel Lamb for a few hours, just chatting. After finishing the book, I felt I had been side-by-side with her for thirty years of life’s ups and downs – BIG ups and downs. I felt like a fascinated fly on the wall, witnessing first-hand what so many of us humans have faced, endured, and overcome in life.

The Introduction holds the key to the book, and perhaps a key to Mrs. Lamb’s heart:

“So this is my playbook of what I’ve learned so far and how I learned it. I hope it brings some value to you as you are writing the playbook for your life. I hope to read yours some day”.

I cannot remember a book where the author encouraged the everyday reader to write their own book…and looked forward to reading it herself! To me, this was the ultimate testimony of a life of service to God, and service to her family and fellow humans. Janel Lamb candidly shares her life’s toil and joy, with not only a desire to teach others, but also a burning desire to see the reader learn and grow.

There are fourteen quick chapters, and not one is boring. Chapter titles include, There is No Finish Line, Haters Gonna Hate, The Social Media MInefield, The Dark Cloud, and What Did I Do to Deserve This? Each chapter delivers memorable stories and thoughts from the author.

Janel Lamb lives by timeless expressions:
    Failure is success in progress”
    “Those that
mind don’t matter, and those that matter don’t mind”
    “Burning the boat”
    “Higher levels mean higher devils”     

“Life is short. It’s also very long”.

There are so many other timeless expressions and nuances throughout the book, the reader could jump to any single page and learn one or two on the spot. The book is compact and each chapter is stand-alone, entertaining unto itself. For that reason it is perfect to carry in a purse or briefcase, or to refer to while on the run, or when a free moment arises.

I loved the story about the magical White House Christmas Party, complete with a handful of “cookies-to-go!”. I was in shock hearing Janel detail the social media nightmare she and her husband endured during and after his political campaign victory –  including a true stalker, and myriad crazy critics and Groupies.

I felt pain and anguish hearing about her brutal sciatic (piriformis) condition which lasted six months until treatment brought relief. I enjoyed her mindset of ROI, return on investment, when tackling tasks or challenges that seemed fruitless or without remuneration.

The core demographic reader will likely be moms – indeed, this is a Must-Read for busy moms everywhere! However, I see this as a book for everyone, of any age, who are trying to balance daily life and career – or just deal with the insanity of today’s secular and rapaciously immoral world.

Clearly, Janel Lamb loves God, loves her family, and loves her freedom. It’s really that simple, and the message shines throughout her book.

I came away feeling refreshed, and motivated to pursue my own playbook in life. 

And you will too.

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Greg Meakin is a retired Seattle businessman, author and publisher now living in Arizona. His recent book, WHY I CAME TO AMERICA…and what I think now, is only available through his personal website, gregmeakin.com. He can be reached by email at gregmeakin2020@gmail.com

FedEx Could Deliver the Next Election

Federal Express could deliver the next US election and beyond. I’ll share that secret in a minute.

No matter what transpires in the 2020 election circus come January 20th, one thing is clear: Our election counting process is stupid. As a Facebook meme articulated, American Idol could count 150 million votes during a commercial break. At this writing, there are counties in the US that are still counting November 3rd votes for the first time! Seriously?

American elections are weird. I have followed them closely for decades, and it seems every day I learn something new about this Electoral College thingy, and how differently each state counts and determines winners. It starts in Dixville Notch in New Hampshire, where five people start the US election with their votes, and they write them on a blackboard. It’s quaint.

The quaintness can stay, but the voter registration and counting process needs to change if we are to avoid election insanity in the future. As the cliche goes, our democracy seems to be at risk every four years. Starting with Gore v. Bush in 2000, and now Trump v. World, immediate, wholesale change is needed in US elections. It’s simple: Right now, we have no idea how to register and count votes.

It’s stunning, actually. To this minute, nobody knows the exact vote count from the 2020 election. No idea. Can you imagine a private corporation that has no idea its actual revenues for months on end?

Any smart company or sports team knows that sometimes you must start from scratch and rebuild completely, not simply patch holes. It is now time to scrap the US Election vote counting system and process completely — from the ground up.

When pondering this in my Libertarian/Originalist mind, my first thought was the need to preserve both the Electoral College, and the uniqueness of state and county elections around the country.

GregsList

Blueprint for election reform

1. Form a working partnership with Federal Express

For this model, I’m using FedEx simply because they are the best at what they do. Arguments could be made for competing bids, but either way a private company of impeccable reputation should be contracted by the US Government to deliver elections.

2. FedEx maintains a real-time voter registration database, including Absentee ballots
This list can be secure and intact days or weeks prior to the election. The list can be categorized by state, reflect a detailed, time-stamped registration, and track Electoral progress real-time on Election Day. Remember, a company like FedEx does this every day, and tracks stuff to the millisecond. They could provide firewall security of the list, the count, and demographic details about the voter roles that would put today’s dinosaur system to shame.

3. FedEx locations are already in place
In order to preserve the in-person, Election Day voting ritual, a voter may simply show up at any FedEx location (and certainly traditional local destinations could stay in play), present valid ID to match the registration database…and vote. You receive an instant confirmation and tracking number for your vote. Simple.

4. Home delivery and pickup of votes
This is a game changer. Picture this. An elderly person cannot, or chooses not to vote in person. FedEx home delivers the ballot, and arranges a pick-up time. All date-stamped and tracked. This is what Federal Express does every day, and they do it really, really well. 

5. All Votes are tabulated on Election Night, and all winners are declared
This is easier than it might sound. FedEx could click one button and determine the results. It is time to bring back Deadlines into our lives, and this is a great place to start. In this model, all votes must be in by say, 8:00pm Election Night. Every one. No others will be counted. Registered Absentee voters may submit their ballot ONLINE, via a secure process. Many states already do this. There is no voter who would be unable to register to vote with this online ballot capability, as well as the multiple convenience options offered by FedEx.

6. Freeze all Federal Election Spending
Libertarians and fiscal conservatives will love this. Freeze ALL federal funds, and eliminate virtually all election-dedicated positions immediately. If needed in the future, these employees could be re-hired. You now have a big bucket of election monies that could remunerate the private contractor. I betcha the taxpayer monies devoted to elections would plunge. The entire budget of the election could be pre-planned and reduced drastically from previous years.

7. Cheaters could not win

Most Americans no longer believe in the integrity of our elections, and for good reason. This FedEx model would ensure cheaters can’t win. FedEx is too smart, and our elections leaders will work in concert with FedEx, in pursuit of election security and voter confidence. Lawsuits could be managed and assumed by the government. Indemnity of liability could be arranged to protect FedEx from unwarranted legal battles, and the crazy delays and costs involved. The federal government could assume all time and legal expenses, and settle or dismiss accordingly.

8. Declare a National Election Day Holiday for all citizens
There should be no more excuses, or confusion related to election day. If everyone is off work, and everyone can register to vote online or in person, there should be no disenfranchisement of voters. Only cheaters and ineligible voters would lose out. 


Copyright © 2020 by Greg Meakin
gregmeakin2020@gmail.com

Could Trump Pack the Supreme Court?

Election 2020
9 Supreme Court Justices or 13?

The Elephant in the Room question for candidate Biden is whether he will move to “pack” the Supreme Court if elected, assuming he has a new Democrat Senate. The former VP will not answer. The question is not only appropriate, it is owed to American voters (on both sides) prior to such an existential fork-in-the-road for the United States.

ETA of said fork? November 3, 2020.

Whether the strategy of deflection and deferral works for Biden remains to be seen. At this moment, four more seats could be added in addition to the existing nine; a number that has existed since 1889 under Ulysees S. Grant. In the 1930s, FDR attempted to add six more seats, targeting fifteen Justices, but that attempt was shot down mightily by Republicans.

Today’s America is a vicious political arena. The past four years have revealed silent, unconstitutional coup attempts by Democrat leadership. When the dust settles post-election and post Durham, I believe the record will reveal Democrats are responsible for illegal surveillance of US citizens, political frame-ups, actual foreign collusion, money-laundering, a likely connection to human trafficking, and other illegal, if not treasonous constitutional breaches.

If I were a Democrat, I would be really worried. But only time will tell.

If Donald Trump is reelected, and retains his McConnell Senate (which is very likely), he would have the constitutional green light to also “pack the court.” Obviously, conservative Justices would be appointed, in the mold of Barrett, Kavanaugh, and Gorsuch.

Want to watch Democrat heads spin? Want to watch them gawk, realizing it has been a Biden strategy from the outset? In the President’s mind, such an aggressive and contrarian move could be easily rationalized.

Republican Talking Points could spin the move as pure patriotism:

“Adding four constitutional Supreme Court Justices guarantees future generations protection from those who wish to alter the blueprint of freedom, including the Bill of Rights. Citizens would also be protected against those who might attempt to legislate from the bench, or deviate from the original intent of the Founding Fathers.”

As a constitutionalist, I for one would not endorse any additions, or packing of the court by any party, for political reasons or any other justifications. Nine is plenty, and nine has worked well us for more than a century.

But the hockey antagonist in me would love to see the president float a notion of adding judges after he’s elected!

Float it out there, and turn on your TV! Just watch Democrats, and a horrified mainstream media, go crazy — and try to shoot their own idea down in flames!

Either way, Democrat leadership would be forced to publicly renounce packing, or corner themselves into retaining the traditional nine. If Trump was brazen enough to float the idea by Republicans, candidate Biden would have to fess up to his campaign coyness here.

To pack or not to pack? Biden would not be able to chicken out answering, as he has to this point.

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Copyright (C) 2020 by Greg Meakin

gregmeakin2020@gmail.com

10 Reasons You Ain’t No Donald Trump

As a 1970s Trudeau Liberal in Montreal, and now a voting Republican in the States, I enjoy sharing my point of view. I’m not concerned how these views are received from any side of the aisle, or any school of ideology for that matter. 

I was astonished with the results of the 2016 election. Actually, scratch that. I was astonished that the GregsList I wrote in July 2015 (Donald Trump would be elected President) was coming to be. I watched it unfold on Election Night, my jaw dropping early and often. To me, It was akin to a moon landing — it was that surreal. My Democrat buddies freaked of course, and did not accept the election results, to this day.

History will record the fallout from the election of Donald Trump as an unprecedented game changer, and not the way many of today’s experts would surely predict. In my life, including the turbulent 1960s Quebec, the LA Riots and Rodney King race wars, and other societal tragedies, never have I seen such a chasm of division, and rabid uncontrolled rage, as I have watched unfold since the election. The anger coming from the left, and yes, the mainstream media, is something I have never witnessed. I’ll leave it at that for now.

As most of my readers know, I’ve been following Donald Trump’s career since the early 80s. I was not a Trump fan by any means, I didn’t like his confrontational style and braggadocio, but I was fascinated by his quantifiable career success, his outlandish controversies, and his daily approach to American business.  

Thanks to our founding fathers, and those who have protected our freedoms through the years, virtually anyone is permitted to criticize the president. And, thanks to social media, critics have a public platform. Whether you have multiple college degrees, or live in your mother’s basement, you can speak freely, and criticize endlessly. 

What’s amazing is you don’t even need skin-in-the-game to be a critic. I have noticed a huge number of critics of the president don’t vote, aren’t allowed to vote, or don’t live in the US. They just talk. They are just critics.


For you true Trump Haters who virtue signal your superiority to him, or personal disdain for him, I put together a quick GregsList of why…you ain’t no Donald Trump. 

1. He works twenty hours a day
If you work less than 20 hours a day, or don’t work at all, you ain’t no Donald Trump.

2. He has donated 100% of his salary
I love hearing people say he can afford it. Many politicians are independently wealthy, so why don’t they donate their salary too? If you don’t donate your entire paycheck, or a portion of your paycheck to your government…you ain’t no Donald Trump.

3. He is abstinent, as is his family
If you have ever had a drink, or ever had a cigarette…you ain’t no Donald Trump.
(I’m still amazed with his abstinence and discipline).

4. He is a billionaire
So what if it’s 3 Bil, 5 Bil, whatever. If you’re not a billionaire…you ain’t no Donald Trump. 

5. He became President of the United States
And you didn’t.

6. He has the gift of Daily Reset and Compartmentalizing
This is rare. No matter what has happened the day before, he wakes up, resets, and tackles the day fresh. If you don’t do this…you ain’t no Donald Trump.

7. He’s a really smart businessman
If you actually debate this, you are delusional…and you ain’t no Donald Trump.

8. His brand is the most well-known in the world today

If your name is not a household word…you ain’t no Donald Trump.

9. He has a genuine and affable side
Ask anyone who has actually met him, like the queen. 

10. He fights back and never quits
In this category, believe me…you ain’t no Donald Trump!
(Any other human being would have folded like a cheap suit rather than fight off the daily attacks coming from the left).



 

TEN REASONS DONALD TRUMP WILL WIN AGAIN

(another GregsList Guarantee)

In July 2015 I published my first GregsList, guaranteeing a Trump White House. There were still 17 Republicans flopping around in the race, and Hillary Clinton was coasting to the Democratic nomination. If I remember, HIllary was running against a couple of broken hockey sticks.

I took more heat than a raging tire fire for that GregsList. “Donald Trump cannot win, Stupid!”, said the smart people. Oddly, I heard crickets when he was actually elected, and many Unfriended me on Facebook!

Donald Trump will win the 2020 election. And though I would love to air the laundry list of why Joe Biden sucks as a candidate, this is not the place. (I have been anxious to introduce the name “Joey Fingers” in a satire essay, but maybe another time).

NOTE FROM GREG: The recent U.S. Post Office controversy will likely be a delaying tactic/excuse for election day results. Don’t be surprised if there is no declared winner for days, and possibly weeks. Rest assured whatever “bad” happens on election day with mass mail-in ballots, Democrats will blame the president. They already have blamed him, and the election hasn’t even happened!


GregsList Election 2020

1.  Defund the police is the most stupidest idea ever
Seriously? Reduce or remove police from our streets? Near the top of the Democrat platform? As mentioned above, America is all about law and order, and defunding the police ignites violence and crime. Who in the world is stupid enough to believe less police will not produce skyrocketing crime, especially in our big cities. Tragically and sadly, our collective hearts break watching the senseless death and beatings occur on a daily basis.
2.  Incumbents win
In the country’s history, only ten sitting presidents failed to be reelected. Incumbents win in US presidential politics, with few exceptions. In years gone by, I was surprised with the reelection of incumbents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Cilnton — especially with the level of controversy during their respective first terms. Incumbents win. Trump will win.

3.  Covid was a Mulligan for Trump
The president will not lose the election due to Covid, as tragic as this health crisis has been. He gets a Mulligan from me, due to the endless unknowns. He took fury from the left for his handling of the pandemic, and might lose some votes as a result, but it won’t determine the 2020 election. As with all the other goofy stuff of which they blamed the president — Russia collusion, Ukraine nonsense, Impeachment scam, Covid hype, Bounties — not one was valid. And coincidentally, all the phony flames were lit and furiously fanned by the Democrats and the media. Most Americans will see right through it. When it comes to Covid, Trump holds all the cards, especially when it comes to the early going. When he banned China flights January 31st, he was a laughing stock on the left, and labeled an immigrant-hater by Chuck Shumer and company. For all of our leaders around the country — from mayors, to governors, and yes, even presidents — I officially grant them a tragic Mulligan, to use the golf analogy. Nobody, repeat nobody, knew the future of this virus in the early going, and to this day, really. Say what you will about science, all Covid predictions have been guesses — and mostly inaccurate guesses for that matter. The next time a pandemic parachutes upon us again, is when the scoring will not include any Mulligans. Hopefully, we will all know more next time. 

4.  The polls were wrong. Again.
I predict the Democrat nominee will be leading most polls on election day, or close. I remember the final polling last time had Hillary Clinton enjoying a 90%-plus chance of winning, right up to election night. The “experts” will be dead wrong again. The president’s victory in 2020 will actually be stronger than his previous win — more electoral votes, and yes, he will also win the coveted Popular Vote. The main reason he will win the Popular, is he will actually try this time. Campaigning, he hammered swing states in 2016, and swamped Hillary in those crucial states. This time, he will relentlessly pound New York, California, and Florida. He will take it as a personal challenge, because the Popular Vote is the only thing he hasn’t won yet. The guy became President of the United States, for goodness sake. Not much more you can accomplish as an American.   

5.  The Deplorables finally get their mic drop
I am still surprised with collective disdain coming from the left, towards anyone who was stupid enough to vote for Donald Trump. Much like the smearing and negative branding wrought upon the Tea Party not long ago, Trump supporters have been dismissed as an irredeemable basket of deplorables. A motley crew of uninformed losers. The only problem here is the Deplorables were listening, and they are anxious to vote in November. No Republican nominee in history has enjoyed the loyalty and support from his base as Donald Trump. Even as mainstream news outlets have giddily theorized his base has been steadily eroding during his term, election day will once again prove them wrong. Trump will retain 95% of his core support, if not more. He will add record numbers of women and minority voters to his base moving forward. Go ahead, laugh.   

6.  Law and order wins the day
America is a law and order country, regardless of how criminality and lawlessness are cheered on by the media, and those crazy left wing protest groups. I believe mainstream voters have closely watched the endless looting, violence, statue toppling, cop hating, flag kneeling, and other PC insanity, and they are pissed. Really pissed. For many undecideds, this will be a single-issue vote for Trump in November.

7.  BLEXIT worked
Many have never heard of Blexit. The moniker describes Black Exit of the Democratic Party, and was founded by black conservatives Candice Owens and Brandon Tatum. Hillary Clinton won 88% of black vote in 2016, and Barack Obama 93%. The 2020 Democrat candidate will easily win the majority of black voters again, however the surprise du jour will be Trump winning a record number of 20% or more. Republicans have hovered around 8 or 9 percent for decades, with Gerald Ford hitting the high mark of 15% in his 1976 loss to Jimmy Carter. Until 2020, that is. Left wing pundits will fall off their proverbial chairs when Trump wins 20% or more of the black vote. Write it down.  

8.  Feminists have become misogynist
I continue to be flabbergasted with those in the feminist movement who are so darned mysogynist — hating conservative women, of course. Hard core feminists will explain that this is completely understandable — political positions quietly dictate whether a woman is actually accepted by a fellow woman. Consider Mrs. Trump. If the First Lady were a Democrat, she would be fawned over for her lifetime accomplishments, and would appear on every magazine cover in the world. The First Lady does not even deserve a place at the feminist table, according to Democrat voting feminists. This due to her chosen husband, and her conservative political beliefs. Thus, misogyny is alive and well in the US. The big surprise will be the record number of women voters for Trump in 2020. There is a huge voting block of insulted conservative women who realize they are blackballed by the mainstream media, politicians, and yes, feminists.

9.  Cops, military, first responders save the day
As I have written so many times, I love our cops, military, and first responders, and am friends with a bunch of them. Because they actually toil in the muck and blood daily, I value their personal opinions about presidential leadership. Polls are all over the place, but safe to say, two thirds or more of this group will vote for President Trump, and that’s good enough for me. When the numbers are tallied in November, I believe Trump will receive a record number of votes from the military/law enforcement demographic. And once again, this is good enough for me.

10.  2020 Democrats ran a loser campaign
“Hate Trump” is not an electable message. Playing not to lose never wins. The negativity, whining, and blatant obstruction during the past four years has not helped the image of the Democrat Party, and clearly galvanized the president’s base of support. The Democrats did not produce an electable candidate, or an electable message. In politics, sometimes negative messaging or opponent dissing actually works, but not often. Candidates, especially for president, are most successful when they promote a positive message to prospective voters. Think Reagan’s Patriotism, Bill Clinton’s New Democrat brand, Obama’s Hope and Change, Trump’s Make America Great Again tagline. Voters respond to positive, upbeat leaders, and a positive, doable Platform. 2020 will unveil the Democrats to be the out-of-touch Trump Haters they are. Republicans have been losers too. They suffered through unelectable, boring candidates with Bob Dole, John McCain, and Mitt Romney for goodness sake. The Democrats will have a hard time even in 2024 if they are unable to sell a doable Platform, and bring an electable, energetic candidate to the podium.  
   
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Copyright 2020 by Greg Meakin

gregmeakin2020@gmail.com

Greg Meakin is Seattle author and businessman who was raised in Montreal. He has been writing for over forty years. His first newspaper assignment was in 1978, covering Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau. He now publishes an eMagazine   https://secretsfromtheinside.com/, and he has a new book coming out before the election. Visit his personal site http://www.gregmeakin.com/.


Munchausen Syndrome and 2020 Democrats

Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy is Alive and Well with 2020 Democrats.

A mother who smothers her baby, and revives it at the last minute, likely suffers from Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. It is a heartbreaking mental illness where the perpetrator desperately seeks attention, or has a psychotic need to be viewed as a hero or savior. They invent or create illness, or actually impose life threatening actions against an innocent victim (often infants and the elderly) in order to glorify themselves. Victims often die. Sadly, this mental illness is usually found among trusted caregivers and mothers.

There is much about the subject on the internet, including a new acronym, FDIA (Facticious Disorder Imposed by Another). I use it here simply as an edgy example of the endless hysteria I have heard coming from Democrat leadership in the past four years.

The key to Munchausen by proxy is that the tragedy, or related hysteria, is manufactured. We’ve heard ad nauseam about the “Trump Tragedies”: the Russia Collusion frame-up, Ukraine Impeachment nonsense, Covid-19 mass panic, police hunting innocent black men, and the rest. These crises have one common theme; the firestorm and national panic were all sparked by Democrats — and wildly fueled by their accomplices in the mainstream media. To this day, I have a friend who believes Donald Trump is a Russian Agent. To this day, I have friends who believe eliminating the police will result in less crime.

You see? According to the left, all these tragedies can be solved instantly by ridding the White House of the bad Orange Man. And the only ones who can save the day are the Pelosi-Shumer Democrats. All we need is a Democrat president and we will all be saved. How about, uh, Joe Biden. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

Munchausen is my only explanation for the apparent willingness to allow our country to culturally implode, and our cities to literally burn. I am dumbfounded watching Democrat mayors ordering stand-down orders to police and allowing violence, rioting and looting against the city and its law abiding citizens. I will never understand it.

To those who truly believe all will be cured by a Democrat, I honestly worry about your mental health should Donald J. Trump be reelected. I really do.

And most concerning to me? Should the president be reelected, should we expect four more years of “smothering the baby”?

RATIONING HAS STARTED IN THE U.S.

Rationing Police Assistance

Rationing Fire Calls


Rationing EMS Services


This is where we have come as a nation, officially starting with the ignorant Defund the Police movement. Rationing (familiar to the WWII generation, and those living in socialist countries) has arrived to the shores of America, and threatens to become a permanent resident if we don’t watch out.

I speculate that more 911 calls will go unserved, unfunded, or ignored in 2020 than any year prior to the life-saving service being introduced. Many witnessed the stupid CHAZ/CHOP experiment unraveling during its month of peace and joy in Seattle. Citizens were beaten and shot when they were unable to receive police protection. Citizens died because they did not receive any medical help by EMS. Buildings burned because fire services had no access.

This is socialism. This is rationing. Whenever citizens are denied reasonable access to essential services or commodities, it’s rationing. If a mayor or governor denies citizens these services due to a stand-down order, or reducing the available people to deliver the services, they are imposing rationing.

Let not this become the norm in the United States. We are not Venezuela. We are free. We don’t ration. And thankfully, we have the talent pool and funding in this country where we don’t have to.

And this is where leaders need to step up — for the people.

CHAZ: Seattle Grants Liberals Their Utopian Wish

I am thrilled for my deeply liberal friends who believe America sucks the way it is, and needs to be modernized. This week, they now have a prototype, a new country in downtown Seattle named CHAZ (Capital Hill Autonomous Zone). My liberal buddies finally have a chance to do it their way — the framework for a happy, utopian society, void of police, old fashioned laws, and privileged white oppression.

Since the 1960s hippie movement, idealists of the time lectured about the need to modernize our world, and our thinking. Noble causes such as racial integration, equality for women, environmental stewardship and others, were the order of the day — and in most cases, thankfully so.

Having grown up in uber-liberal, mega-taxed Montreal during those years, I can now see I was a disenfranchised guy. I moved to Seattle in 1983 with a conscious commitment to leave Quebec and pursue the American Dream under Ronald Reagan. From a purely personal standpoint, it felt right.

Back then, my new American friends were surprised to hear I was actually fleeing Canadian government oppression, and Quebec’s rampant racism. Being an english speaker, collectively labeled Anglophone, I grew up in a minority population. At the time, Quebec’s english population hovered around 12%, roughly the minority status of blacks in America.

And indeed, the rationale by militant french separatists (those demanding Quebec separate and become independent of Canada) was the english deserved any “racist” wrath they received, and deserved to be collectively punished by the french majority, in the name of retribution for past improprieties. Much like Black Lives Matter in the states which references slavery, the french independence movement blamed a colonial, imperially english Canada as a darned good reason for their current woes of feeling repressed and marginalized.

And sadly, for most westernized countries today, much of the radical, divisive posture and rhetoric born in the 60s has spilled over to a new, historically clueless generation of loud protesters who feel oppressed and marginalized at every turn by their “unfair” societal structure.

Enter Seattle 2020.

The new prototype country, CHAZ, is a fresh start for passionate, ideological liberals; a golden opportunity for peaceful and progressive ideas to shine to the world within these six (privately owned!) blocks of downtown. Understandably, the new country is surrounded by barrier walls, armed guards, and an ID check before entering. CHAZ is endorsed by the state governor, Seattle mayor and city council. The mayor speculated the experiment to be a “summer of love” no less.

I’m thinking, Haight Ashbury with a modern day, fully armed touch.

The new country is still young; only a week old. There has already been a bit of Lord of the Flies infighting, a temporary food shortage (due to homeless people stealing the country’s food supply), a smidgen of extortion, and other societal challenges. But the CHAZ experiment continues to grow daily, and only the future will reveal if it thrives, disappears, or something in between.

I honestly don’t know if there will be an actual war in Seattle in the coming weeks, but the battle lines have certainly been drawn. It’s been a divided and brutal war of words and ideas, so far. Let’s see how things turn out.

Ok, fasten our seatbelts, and get the popcorn ready.

18 Reasons Michelle Obama Will be the VP Candidate

Michelle Obama 2013 official portrait
Michelle Obama
Image courtesy of Wikipedia
  1. BOGO big-time with Barack
    As Hillary declared when she ran in 2016, the voter would get two for one, with Bill Clinton by her side. Forget Walmart, an Obama Part Deux on the 2020 ticket will be the biggest Buy-One-Get-One free sale of the century!
  2. Mrs. Obama would “reluctantly” accept
    Forget what you’ve heard blabbered on Twitter, the former first lady will accept the proposal to run for Vice President this November, despite being a reluctant bride. Regardless of reasons to decline — including experiencing the battlefield horror of Washington DC first-hand — Michelle Obama is a class act, and a patriotic American. If asked by Biden (and especially if it is the only way to show Donald Trump the door) she would accept the VP nomination as her civic duty. Duty to country is still a powerful motivator, despite the myriad reasons to decline; whether family privacy, endless attacks, or other concerns. My grandfather was reluctant to fight Hitler for five years in Europe, but he did it anyway.
  3. She would be the first black (and female) Vice President
    Whoever becomes the first black VP in the future will make history, and Michelle Obama could be the one. In addition to being black, being a woman is an added bonus to the wheel of fortune of Democrat politics —  a double whammy right to Pennsylvania Avenue.
  4. She could easily be the first woman President
    I believe the Presidential Glass Ceiling will finally break in 2024. Could be Michelle Obama, Nikki Haley, Amy Klobuchar, Ivanka Trump, who knows. Couple this with said 2024 president appointing a woman vice president (or a black male for that matter) and you would have serious history brewing here!
  5. The Race Card wins Democratic votes
    Despite the raw historical truth that Democrats held slaves and Republicans freed them, in recent decades the Democrat Party has won the branding game of Protector of Blacks. They win roughly 90% of black voters, but my prediction is Donald Trump will win more than 20% this time around. The math gives the nod to a second term for the Orange Man — but when MIchelle Obama runs alongside Joe Biden, all bets would be off.
  6. The drooling media covets Michelle Obama, and will passionately promote her
    Forget a coup d’etat. This would be a giant Cooo d’Etat. The mainstream media’s cooing will be endless. The collective wagon circling will be a tornado of partisanship. But that also means free advertising courtesy of the cheerleading press. Trump had the last laugh in 2016, when he capitalized on a billion dollars worth of free “advertising” through the often unwitting mics of the media, and the pens of the scribes. As I wrote in 2015, you just gotta cover the guy. He’s nuts! He then executes his business plan by pounding home his high octane brand, and the punchy media-message du jour, into said mics. Trump is winning winning winning the media attention race, and has been since the 1980s, really. Until another Obama runs for office, perhaps?
  7. A President Biden might die or resign mid-term
    I personally like Joe Biden, and I hear he’s a nice guy. Problem is he is an ancient relic at 77, and the stress and physical toll of being president is well documented. Relic is not an unfair label, either. He has already declared himself a one term president due to age. This bodes double-well for his VP, who would receive the Biden baton in 2024. And ironically, as a possible incumbent.
  8. She will spark passion, sans Bernie in the race
    I haven’t seen anything as fractured as the Democratic Primary since watching Evel Knievel in the 1970s. At this writing, the Dems have a real can of worms with the Anti-Everything Socialist Bernie. Love him, hate him, or anything in between, this guy is a hot potato. Sanders has a secret weapon that has marched him this far in his political career: Passion. He wears his deep and vocal passion for his mission on his sleeve, which transfers kinetically to his rabid supporters. Michelle Obama will bring a renewed passion to the 2020 Democrat ticket — especially if Sanders bows out gracefully soon, or he’s able to be quietly bought-off again.
  9. Trump can be beaten in November
    Nothing in life is a sure thing. Just ask Hillary, or Jeb Bush donors in 2016. I believe the Democrats could actually win back the White House in November. I don’t for a minute think they will, but they can, and I believe Michelle Obama on the ticket would be the difference. As cliche as it might sound, the challenge is creating party unity. To have any shot at victory in November, all Democrats must team up immediately behind the presumptive nominee, Joe Biden. This is often the brutal rub with any party’s unity — too little, too late. If Senator Sanders would voluntarily withdraw from the race immediately, and passionately endorse Joe Biden, the national election might actually sway away from Trump by sheer numbers. This feat would be impossible if Sanders, Warren, and other democrat socialists stick to their ideological guns and continue to scrap with Biden. Any early Sanders partnership would likely require key tweaks to the national platform in order to appease him, and his base. I will address those tweaks needed in another GregsList. But couple a newly energized Democrat Party, with the worldwide media jumping on the bandwagon, and you would have a very stout ticket indeed.
  10. She will bring women and blacks back to Democrat Party in droves
    This is Yuge. Whoever sits atop the Democrat Presidential Ticket in 2020, Donald Trump will win historical vote totals from women and minorities. My prediction is 20%-plus of the black vote alone will vote Republican, which itself might reelect him. The only shot at dipping into Trump’s record numbers would be a drastic punch to the face. In this case, having Michelle Obama on the team, and the national synergy it would create.
  11. She balances out the elephant in the room
    It’s flat undeniable, even to loyal Joe Biden supporters. He’s old, absent minded, gaff prone to no end, and has been touchy-feely in yes, a creepy way. Republicans already have endless, cringeworthy material for Trump reelection TV commercials, no matter the VP choice by the Democrats. But Michelle Obama, with her husband on her arm, could very well offset much of the dissing coming Joe’s way. Would it be enough to teeter the totter come election day, who knows, but it would be the only way.
  12. She has been vetted
    No matter the decade-plus trashing from the right and from social media trolls, Mrs. Obama has been vetted, to the degree that no fatal political skeletons have been uncovered. Unlike Hillary Clinton, she has not committed criminal or treasonous acts against her country. Whether or not she could survive a thumping Round Two of vetting and attacks from the right remains to be seen. But she is clearly an angel compared to Hillary Rodham Clinton.
  13. Her qualifications start with spending eight years inside the White House
    No other candidate, including Donald Trump and Joe Biden, can claim experiencing eight years inside the White House. Although a debatable concept in reality, her lack of executive experience will be a nagging weakness she must overcome, especially in a rough and tumble presidential campaign. The eight year thing is also a luscious Talking Point or punchy Debate Quip.
  14. The international community will fawn over her
    Forget the clearly Anti-Trump gang in the left wing U.S. media, a presidential ticket which includes the name Obama would surely capture undying love and attention internationally. Whether or not this global lovefest would make a difference in the stateside vote tallies is unclear. But once again, the free advertising internationally couldn’t hurt.
  15. Michelle Obama is untouchable
    With racism and misogyny labels now serving as go-to, knee jerk talking points (namely from the left and rarely with validity) Michelle Obama will be protected with the armor of political correctness. When facing criticism, the forces of entrenched liberal ideology will cloak her — even if she is criticized for valid reasons. Much like a golf handicap, she would hold this wild card advantage during and post-election, much how her husband benefited during his presidency.
  16. Big Boy Bloomberg Bucks
    Although you won’t see his name on the surface, Michael Bloomberg will be funneling a big pile of money to the 2020 Democrats. In the dark, murky waters of Washington, and whether via mysterious Super Pacs, or slippery political money laundering, the dough will be there. With Michelle Obama involved, and a future cabinet position from Joe all but certain, Bloomberg will be doubly anxious to fund the war against Trump. What’s a billion bucks or two among friends? Even the Toronto Maple Leafs could win with that kind of money.
  17. She would set the table for her daughters
    Malia and Sasha Obama are the anointed Chelsea Clintons without the dirty baggage. Whether or not the kiddos Obama are destined, able, or willing to hold public office in the future, having a seismic power couple like mom and dad would open beaucoup side doors. Their bloodline alone would be a springboard to any public office they might pursue in the future –including running for president. Now there would be an Obama Trifecta!
  18. She will bring Hillary and her base into the fold
    Hillary Clinton just carries too much baggage and skeletons in her closet to be considered for Vice President in 2020. Although Michelle Obama’s presence alone might scoop the bulk of Hillary supporters, there will likely be an endorsement coming from Secretary Clinton herself — a loud and ringing endorsement, quietly paid for in some way, of course.

A final note: If elected, Joe should watch his back in the next four years!
This was supposed to be a bit of levity to a serious GregsList, but tragically it might be true. Whether anyone has bothered to notice, never mind accept, the sheer number of suspicious deaths of Democrat “enemies” is startling, if not scary. Conspiracy theories or not, an accepted “fact” inside social media and beyond is the long-trending Clinton “body count”. Whether it be Seth Rich, Philip Haney, Jeffrey Epstein, or the slew of others, I believe we are living in a real-time episode of Keiffer Sutherland’s 24. Likely, none of us will know the depth of cloak-and-dagger shenanigans, or fatal espionage going on under the radar of U.S. politics. Sadly, dark truth is often an elusive enemy of justice, and might never be unmasked. But I do pray the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, comes to light one day soon.

Lars Larson

by Greg Meakin

Part One

Conservative radio host Lars Larson stands hovering over a laptop, headset on. He doesn’t sit for a moment. Taking an on-air call from one of his listeners, he delivers conversation with passion, while continuously scanning his show’s inbound emails. He replies to an email or two, while chatting with the listener about politics. Not a wasted moment for this workaholic 59 year old.

Based in Portland Oregon, Larson is hosting a remote radio show at an outdoor equipment and tractor dealer in Longview, Washington. He looks calm, focused, and right at home. He is set up in the showroom of the business, and a score of people watch him, listen to him, and line up for a photo with him.

During commercial breaks, he keeps working. Posing for photos with fans, scooting back to the laptop to check emails, obliging autograph seekers, and answering small-talk questions from bystanders.

Having listened to his show for years, it is my first time meeting Lars personally. I am taken aback the minute I arrive. This is no ordinary radio guy. Not even close.

What radio guy wears a gun on his hip? The laid back plaid shirt and jeans, the easy demeanor on air, and a good ol’ pistol on his belt. He looks like he’d be comfortable in an old episode of Bonanza.

Lars Larson
Photo credit Lars Larson

But he ain’t Ben Cartwright. Lars Larson’s Ponderosa is his radio world, his listeners are his wranglers. As I watch him work, one clear thought comes to mind: This guy is American. Completely and utterly American.

When asked if he was enjoying his visit to the vastly Republican Longview Washington, Larson pauses for a moment, and a slight smile creeps into the conversation. “It’s nice being away from the Lib world of Portland” he quips.

Larson has his code words that give away his political leanings. Lib is liberal, or course. The Daily Fish Wrapper is the Oregonian, an historically left-leaning Portland newspaper. Chicken Noodle News is his lofty journalistic description of CNN.

But what differentiates this “right wing” radio guy from most is his open door to detractors and naysayers. Naysayers always go to the head of the line is a Larson trademark, welcoming spirited on-air debate. His First Amendment Fridays formalize his commitment to hear all points of view, especially naysayers.

He is much more patient with shrill lefty callers than I could ever be, and I have told him so in the many emails I have shared with him over the years.

In Larson’s world, the First Amendment is a priceless treasure unique to the United States of America, and he would take a bullet to protect our personal freedom.

And he wears Second Amendment on his hip!

Lars Larson is a Maslow Award winner because he has reached the mountain top of radio. He has an amazing, role model work ethic, he has reached the pinnacle of his profession, and he loves his family. He hosts his three-hour regional show daily, followed immediately by his national show of the same length. His website is LarsLarson.com.

Having been born a Navy Brat in Taiwan, Larson’s family eventually settled in tiny Tillamook, Oregon. After four-plus decades of radio and television, he has been presented some 70 industry awards, including two Emmys.

So what drives this dude?

… more to come in Part Two




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