America’s Coup D’etat

January 13, 2021

The following is a copy of my letter to Speaker Of The House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader-elect Chuck Schumer regarding who really are the radicals that America now must defend herself against;

 

January 11, 2021

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker Of The House
United States House of Representatives
1236 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D. C. 20515

Dear Speaker Pelosi,

Watching Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey on Jake Tapper’s Sunday morning show “State Of The Union,” I could not help but laugh at his comment about radical Democrats, after condemning the domestic terrorists who stormed the Capital last Wednesday in pursuit of a coup d’etat for their dear leader. That night, late in the Browns-Steelers game (I’m a life-long Brownie), I switched over to CNN during a commercial to see if any news was breaking (isn’t it always?) and caught a rerun of the Tapper-Toomey interview and heard the senator refer to Democrats as the “ever more radical left-wing party.”

I guess what that mob of conservative/Republican/terrorists (your choice of word(s)) did was wrong, but thank God they weren’t those damn ever more radical Democrats, or all hell would have broke loose. Republicans love throwing around the “radical” word now days, yet I never hear a single Democrat refer to Republicans, and especially the president, as radicals.

A decade or two ago, the Republican Party turned the word “liberal” into such a bad word that Democrats ran from it in fear of being labeled one. Today, Democrats call themselves “progressive.” Ironically, you cannot call a Republican a “conservative,” as that’s a badge of honor to them. Thus, the reason for my writing. I urge you to encourage your caucus to call out what Republicans have become, a party of ever more radicals.

Sincerely,

Steven H. Spring


C.: Senate Majority Leader-elect Chuck Schumer

The Most Admired Man In America Is Donald Trump. Really?

January 1, 2021

How is it possible that a man who has told an astounding 250,000 lies in just four years chosen as the most admired man in America? Making this feat even far worse than it possibly can be, is that many of those lies have been about the COVID-19 coronavirus. What does this say about us as a society, as Americans, or as human beings?

Declaring at first the virus will mysteriously disappear by Easter, then pronouncing it to be a Democrat hoax that will vanish the day after the November 3 presidential election, Donald Trump has blood on his hands, responsible to date for the deaths of 346,500 Americans. If you compare America’s corona statistics to Canada or Germany, we should have a fraction of the death count. And, don’t forget his incredible announcement that we should drink some Clorox bleach followed by a shot of Lysol as a preventative measure or a cure, I forget which.

Donald Trump is the most admired man in America? No, Donald Trump is the most deceitful man in America. Not to mention the most corrupt and incompetent president ever. America is in the midst of a presidential coup d’etat, led by the current president who lost his reelection bid, and Vladimir Putin cannot believe how easy it is. Putin is conquering America without firing a single shot.

Steven H. Spring
Earth

Russia Cyber Attacks America And Not A Word Is Said About It

December 18, 2020

With the news getting ever more worse since breaking Monday regarding Russia (allegedly) pulling off a major cyber attack on America, involving maybe up to a dozen departments or agencies, including the National Nuclear Security Administration, which is responsible for maintaining this nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile, however, some experts are predicting the news could get even more horrendous in the coming days when the full extent of the attack is known.

I’m no nuclear physicist, nor computer programmer for that matter, and maybe it was due to watching one too many science-fiction movie or television show, but my first thought was if it were possible for a hacker to launch our nuclear arsenal against every major metropolis in America?

Even more astonishing, is that there has been not a single word said about the attack by anyone associated with this administration. With up to a billion dollars in loans coming due in the next few years, I guess the president doesn’t want to piss-off his banker.

Steven H. Spring
Earth

Presidential Pardons

December 2, 2020

With Trump administration pardons dangling more frequently these days than mistletoe, not to mention the truly breaking news late Tuesday night that the Department of Justice is investigating a potential bribery scheme involving presidential pardons, I guess it is only fitting the most corrupt administration in American history would go out in a blaze of glory. Or is it gory?

How is it possible, or better yet legal, for a president to pardon all of his pathological lying, criminal associates, along with his family members, of all crimes they committed on his behalf and most likely orders? Surely this isn’t what our founding fathers had in mind nearly two hundred and fifty years ago. This is what third-rate dictators in third-world countries do (apologies to third-rate dictators and third-world countries). This is not what America, once the world’s beacon of justice and democracy does.

The only question remaining is; Will the president grant himself a pardon come the morning of January 20? As a former reality television star, why not do it live on TV?

Steven H. Spring
Earth

The Word For Today Is…

October 15, 2020

The word for today is: trumpery. According to Merriam-Webster (not a reliable source, some will undoubtedly say), the definition is; A.: worthless nonsense and B.: trivial or useless articles (i.e., junk).

Trumpery appeared in the English language during the mid-15th century, as spelt trompery, implying “deceit or fraud” and “worthless nonsense.” However, the word goes back a hundred years or more to the French word “tromper,” meaning “to deceive.”

The word for tomorrow will be: poetic-justice.

Steven H. Spring
Earth

To “B” Or Not To “b” (Apologies To Willie Shakespeare)

July 2, 2020

Before reading the op-ed column in last Sunday’s Columbus Dispatch by Jenice Armstrong, a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, in which she detailed the new custom of capitalizing “B” when referring to Black people, I had noticed this practice for several weeks in both the newspaper and on television. My viewpoint regarding categorizing people by the color of their skin, although convenient still seems racist even if capitalizing the first letter. Ironically, for the most part, black nor white does not really describe one’s actual color of their skin.

Why is it that skin color is only used to describe Black people or White? We no longer refer to Oriental people as being Yellow. Nor do we refer to America’s indigenous people as Red, except, that is for the National Football League’s Washington Redskins. I have written numerous letters to the NFL, NAACP and Washington’s owner during the past several decades regarding the derogatory nickname, calling for its banishment.

While reading Armstrong’s article, the thought occurred to me if this new capitalization procedure would apply to the word white. Before the week was out, I found the answer when reading an article by Ben Walker of the Associated Press that appeared in Wednesday’s sports section when he wrote former baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain “Landis broke up exhibitions between Black and white All-Star teams” in his article about why Landis’ name should be removed from Major League Baseball’s annual MVP award.

The non-capitalization of the letter “W” in the word white did not bother me as a White person; it just looked funny capitalizing one color and not the other. That bothered me as someone who suffers from being a neat freak, perfectionist and OCDer.

Steven H. Spring
Earth

Stupid Commercials ~ LiMu Emu & Doug

June 24, 2020

I started a series of stupid commercials a few years back, and though there is a plethora of them saturating our airwaves, my photography and political commentary usually prevent me from criticizing the advertising industry on a regular basis. Since buying my first new camera in thirty-three years, finally going digital seven summers ago, then updating yet again two years back, I have shot slightly more than two hundred and fifty thousand photos, nearly every one of flowers.

That being said, I find one of the numerous commercials hawking Liberty Mutual insurance airing seemingly non-stop on television in which LiMu Emu & Doug are racing down a street in their yellow 1970 Plymouth Duster, when Doug yells to another car that he can save them, implying that they might be in grave danger. However, Doug then hands the passenger in the other vehicle his business card and tells the women he can save them money by switching their car insurance to Liberty Mutual. Moments later, both cars come to a stoplight.

What makes this commercial stupid is not so much the dialogue, but the overall content of the advertisement. It is a commercial hawking Liberty Mutual’s auto insurance, yet having Doug pass a business card to a passenger in another vehicle while speeding down a city street is reckless behavior, and possibly a traffic violation as well.

Full disclosure, I purchased auto and renters insurance from Liberty Mutual just last Friday. Moreover, they did reduce my combined auto and renters insurance by thirty percent.

Steven H. Spring
Earth

Will COVID-19 Help Elect Joe Biden Or Re-Elect Donald Trump?

May 6, 2020

With the president pressuring the fifty governors to open up their states from self-imposed stay-at-home economic shutdown, in an attempt to improve his probability to win re-election, steps need to be taken now to insure all Americans get the opportunity to cast a ballot safely in the November 3 election, an election that just might be the most crucial in this nation’s history.

All along, medical experts have been opining that a second wave of the coronavirus will strike come fall, and considering everyone of the thirty states that have started opening up their economies this past Friday are in violation of the president’s virus task-force guidelines (i.e., fourteen days of declining new cases (several states had their highest number the day before opening) and extensive testing (there isn‘t, as the U.S. ranks forty-second worldwide per capita)), the only thing that experts might be wrong about is that it will probably occur much sooner. During the 1918-1920 incorrectly named “Spanish Flu” pandemic, in which an estimated 50 million people died, including 675,000 Americans, it was the second wave that was responsible for the most casualties. That second wave was blamed on massive troops movements during the final year of World War I.

If these educated predictions come true, our state and national politicians need to start preparing for the coming election in which mail-in voting just might be the only safe way for all Americans to cast their ballots. Unlike Wisconsin, which forced its citizens to stand in line for several hours to cast a ballot during their recent primary, Ohio took the opposite approach, conducting their primary mostly by mail-in voting. Despite optimistic rhetoric espoused by members of the Republican Party, I tend to listen to medical experts and their warnings are dire. As such, I recently wrote Ohio’s Secretary Of State, expressing my concern regarding the November general election.

I concluded my letter to Secretary Frank LaRose with the assumption that mail-in voting, and especially mailing out ballots to all registered voters, in lieu of having to submit an application to receive a mail-in ballot, will never happen, and we both know the reason why. Let the president explain why; “Republicans should fight very hard when it comes to statewide mail-in voting. Democrats are clamoring for it. Tremendous potential for voter fraud, and for whatever reason, doesn’t work out well for Republicans.”

The following is my letter to Secretary LaRose.

Steven H. Spring

 

April 24, 2020

The Honorable Frank LaRose
Secretary Of State
The State Of Ohio
22 North Fourth Street, 16th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Dear Secretary LaRose,

Having submitted my mail-in ballot a couple of weeks ago, and especially after reading an article in the April 22nd Columbus Dispatch with the headline “Mail-in voter turnout looks low,” I wanted to write to express my concern regarding the upcoming November 3rd general election. As a life-long political junkie, growing up on the south-side of Columbus, the 1968 Hubert Humphrey vs. Richard Nixon contest was the first that I can remember, as I became a teenager eight days after that election.

Even though I watch roughly ten hours of news daily (less during weekends before COVID-19 put an end to all sporting events) and the first thing I do every morning is to read the paper, I had no idea that I needed to submit an application to receive a mail-in ballot until my next door neighbor told me. That might be because I no longer watch local news, with its “if it bleeds, it leads” mentality. Since the vast majority of Americans no longer read a newspaper or watches much televised news, if any, that might explain why only twenty-two percent of Ohioans who are registered have already voted.

Even during non-pandemic times, the percentage of Americans who vote is usually dismal, especially so during non-presidential election years. People in other countries risk their lives in order to cast a ballot, yet the majority of Americans could care less. If twenty-two percent of registered Ohioans have voted this primary election, what is the percentage of eligible voters having done so? I first raised this question with then Secretary Of State Robert Taft way back in 1996.

Our government officials, both national and state, should be doing everything possible to make it easier for Americans to vote, yet be it purging of voter rolls, eliminating polling locations and the number of voting machines, cutting back the number of early voting days or photo ID requirements, one political party is doing everything they can to prevent citizens from doing so. During the past two presidential elections, many Americans waited in line for hours, some up to eight, to vote.

What occurred up in Wisconsin a couple of weeks ago during their primary was a disgrace, when the Republican-controlled legislature overturned Governor Tony Evers executive order instituting state-wide mail-in voting because of the pandemic, which was eventually ruled in the Republicans favor by the United States Supreme Court after going through first the Wisconsin Supreme Court and then the United States District Court.

With numerous medical experts opining that a second wave of coronavirus will attack our nation this fall, which based on the results of the so-called “Spanish Flu” pandemic of 1918-1920, could be disastrous since we are barely capable of handling the initial wave, I write to urge you to have your office ready for another mail-in ballot election and have all Ohioans be aware of what it takes to vote in this manner. Instead of having voters submit an application in order to receive a ballot, why not just mail a ballot to all registered voters.

We both know that will never happen, and the reason why.

Sincerely,

Steven H. Spring


Copy: Governor Mike DeWine
Representative Warren Davidson
Senator Sherrod Brown
Senator Rob Portman

COVID-19: Who Could Have Ever Imagined Such A Disaster?

March 29, 2020

Having learned two very important pieces of information regarding the COVID-19 virus pandemic since my post last week, that further supports my argument that this administration is the most ill-prepared and least capable of containing the coronavirus that is devastating many parts of the nation and planet, I must update my rant.

From January through August 2019, this administration conducted a military-style exercise with the objective being to determine the nation’s readiness to handle a pandemic caused by a viral infection. Led by the Department Of Health And Human Services, involving at least twelve federal agencies (among them the Pentagon and the NSC) and twelve states, the exercise was carried out over four phases. Crimson Contagion, the name of both the exercise and hypothetical virus, began in China, just like COVID-19.

Sadly, the results of this exercise are eerily similar to what is being reported daily by the media, among them lack of vital medical equipment and supplies, ranging from medications and N95 respirators to ventilators, soon became a major problem. The end results were nearly eight million Americans hospitalized and half a million dead.

Another interesting fact is that this nation has something called the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), an emergency inventory agency, part of the Center Of Disease Control And Prevention (CDC). The $8 billion secretive inventory is stored in warehouses strategically located throughout the country, and contains everything from pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to three different types of ventilators (Covidien LP10, Vyaire LTV1200 & Zoll). We are told that four thousand ventilators have been shipped to New York from the Stockpile, but that’s it? All day and all night, medical personal around the country are on television begging for medical supplies, especially N95 respirators, face shields and gowns.

Four-star admiral Brett Giroir of the U.S. Public Health Service Corps, while also serving as Assistant Secretary Of Health and a member of the White House coronavirus task force, has said New York has everything it needs to fight the virus. However, New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s daily plea for more than the four thousand ventilators that are said to be on the way suggests otherwise. I have a personal stake in this as my daughter is a nurse, however, these brave people are putting their lives, and their families as well, on the line and America, the richest country in the world cannot provide them something as simple and cheap as N95 respirators?

Until Friday, this administration kept saying there is no need to enact the Defense Production Act Of 1950, which gives a president the right to force corporations to start manufacturing needed supplies, that Big Business has taken it upon themselves to do so. The president changed his mind Friday, when he announced that he is requiring General Motors to start producing ventilators. Judging by his comments toward GM CEO Mary Barra, not to mention there are ten US companies that manufacture ventilators, this seems more an action of spite, than one of necessity, especially since GM has to retool one of its factories before beginning production. Three American companies are in the top ten in the world in manufacturing ventilators, #1 Becton Dickinson, #7 General Electric Healthcare and #9 ResMed.

According to the SNS’s official web-site, their mission statement is “Organized for scalable response to a variety of public health threats, the repository contains enough supplies to respond to multiple large-scale emergencies simultaneously.” Judging by the constant begging for medical supplies, the Strategic National Stockpile is failing dreadfully at its mission. The SNS seemingly cannot provide enough supplies in the event of a single large-scale emergency, let alone multiple ones simultaneously.

Some people might say you should never criticize a president at a time of disaster, however, when I hear this president say no one could ever imagine a pandemic such as COVID-19 coming to America, as he did during this past Thursday’s press briefing (one of the items the Obama administration warned the incoming administration about seven days before transfer of power was a viral pandemic), not to mention the other lies being told every single day, it is my duty to speak up.

As the father of a nurse, it is my moral obligation to speak truth to power.

Steven H. Spring
Earth

 

Note: the following is my original post;

March 21, 2020

As an American, I find this administration’s preparedness and response to the COVID-19 pandemic appalling. As the father of a daughter who is a nurse, I find this nation’s lack of basic medical Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), such as face masks and shields disgusting.

How is it that China built two mobile hospitals (a total of sixteen hundred beds) in ten days, and yet we cannot provide enough N95 face masks or virus tests, telling medical personnel that they should use bandanas to cover their mouth and nose, only weeks into the virus coming ashore? Or that, in a pinch re-use their PPEs. How is this possible?

Why is it that this administration had nearly three months’ notice of the pending viral attack, but it seems more and more likely that it is the most ill-prepared (pardon the pun) and least capable of containing it? Maybe we should create some sort of government agency to handle such extreme circumstances. Oh wait, we did. However, this administration shut down the National Security Council’s Global-Health-Security unit (created by the Obama administration) and slashed Center For Disease Control And Prevention funding.

However, lets not place all blame on this administration. Does the health care industry, which is the most profitable industry in America, accept some responsibility as well. I’ve long said the health care industry should not be for-profit. My accounting degree from OSU reminds me that inventory cost money, not only the initial cost, but to store it as well. Just ask the Detroit auto industry, which found out the hard way. The Japanese standard is the just-in-time (JIT) method, eliminating costly inventory. This is evidenced by all the Japanese factories located throughout central Ohio in outlaying villages and towns, supplying Honda of America up in Marysville. This method works great when all is well, however when you throw a pandemic into the supply chain, problems arise, as we are desperately finding out.

America, and especially this administration, likes to pride itself with constant boasting of being the greatest nation of all-time, yet cannot provide paper face masks or cotton swabs to conduct testing. This is disgraceful.

Steven H. Spring
Earth

COVID-19

March 22, 2020

As an American, I find this administration’s preparedness and response to the COVID-19 pandemic appalling. As the father of a daughter who is a nurse, I find this nation’s lack of basic medical Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), such as face masks and shields disgusting.

How is it that China built two mobile hospitals (a total of sixteen hundred beds) in ten days, and yet we cannot provide enough N95 face masks or virus tests, telling medical personnel that they should use bandanas to cover their mouth and nose, only weeks into the virus coming ashore? Or that, in a pinch re-use their PPEs. How is this possible?

Why is it that this administration had nearly three months’ notice of the pending viral attack, but it seems more and more likely that it is the most ill-prepared (pardon the pun) and least capable of containing it? Maybe we should create some sort of government agency to handle such extreme circumstances. Oh wait, we did. However, this administration shut down the National Security Council’s Global-Health-Security unit (created by the Obama administration) and slashed Center For Disease Control And Prevention funding.

However, lets not place all blame on this administration. Does the health care industry, which is the most profitable industry in America, accept some responsibility as well. I’ve long said the health care industry should not be for-profit. My accounting degree from OSU reminds me that inventory cost money, not only the initial cost, but to store it as well. Just ask the Detroit auto industry, which found out the hard way. The Japanese standard is the just-in-time (JIT) method, eliminating costly inventory. This is evidenced by all the Japanese factories located throughout central Ohio in outlaying villages and towns, supplying Honda of America up in Marysville. This method works great when all is well, however when you throw a pandemic into the supply chain, problems arise, as we are desperately finding out.

America, and especially this administration, likes to pride itself with constant boasting of being the greatest nation of all-time, yet cannot provide paper face masks or cotton swabs to conduct testing. This is disgraceful.

Steven H. Spring
Earth