University of Michigan Football

As a fan and supporter of U of M football let me start by saying we began our demise with in state rivals, Michigan State by fumbling. The fumble changed the momentum of the game and was followed by quarterback panic and further basic mistakes in playing the game of football. The reason I and I’m sure other supporters of this team are exasperated by these failings is that the U of M team has every resource they could want in their arsenal. The school has money, reputation, staff and talent access, still we fail. In essence our loss to MSU has finished our season. We will lose one and possibly two more games before our meeting with the Ohio State University. This leaves us with the chance to play spoiler against OSU, an empty victory if it occurs since all we will be able to do is sink another big 10 team from national championship competition.

The fault lies with our coach, Harbaugh and his obsession with 6’ 6” quarterbacks. O’Korn couldn’t go through the progression on pass plays and panicked on virtually every play that called for calm, rationale decision making. Unfortunately, Speight was no better in his performance before he suffered injuries. I was a big supporter of bringing Harbaugh in because I wanted discipline, something that had seemed to slip away with previous coaches. I was wrong and Jim needs to take his 25 million from the university and go away. Maybe we should hire Washington State coach Mike Leach and let him find a fast, agile, thinking quarterback with killer linemen and fast as the wind receivers. In any case, we are facing another three years of rebuilding, meanwhile many talented football players will have wasted their time and talent with a team that will not will a Big 10 championship let alone a national championship!


The definition of rhetoric is among other things language designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect on its audience but often regarded as lacking in sincerity or meaningful content. Add some synonyms like bombast, magniloquence pomposity and purple prose and what do you have, congress.

The ratings of both houses with the public is single digit and that may be overstating congresses value. We have seen little activity for the last ten years and what we have seen has been totally partisan.

The point of this rant is that I believe we are very close, possibly less than a year away from street violence not from gangs but from frustrated and angry citizens. It is my belief that if the rhetoric of congress isn’t replaced by positive and unified action to pass legislation that makes the administration’s agenda become a fact, that violence will visit our country on nationwide basis.

The Press is Frustrated

President Trump gave an excellent speech today in Saudi Arabia. The press was frustrated as they tried to find something to criticize about the President’s performance. One member of the Face the Nation panel on CBS said he didn’t use the term Islamic terrorist and this was a major deviation from his campaign statements about Islam. Allow me to quote directly from the President’s speech as stated by Haaretz,“That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires. And it means standing together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews, and the slaughter of Christians.” Pretty clear to me but not what the lame stream media wants to hear.

Raju Shartri

As one of my readers Raju responded to my article “Australia Speaks” highlighting Morning Joe on MSNBC’s efforts to destroy the Trump administration. I thought others might want to read his comments.

As a first generation immigrant, I have sensed that no matter which party occupies the WH, the citizenry loses in the party’s rhetoric after a couple of terms, three tops.  Out there in many countries that I have lived in, the common man’s wisdom says American foreign policy does not really change, regardless of which party is in power.

One of my readers responded to my article, Australia

What I have not yet concluded is whether that is because the political parties overdo their preaching because they believe in it, or whether it is their desperate search for a unique selling proposition that makes them progressively pursue stridency in their rhetoric.  As a consequence the political discourse becomes more shrill than enlightening.

Whatever happened to the qualities like common sense, pragmatism and sanity, not to mention dedication to hard and smart work that made America special to the rest of the world?

Trump’s campaign came as a breath of fresh air to me, in a way paradoxically, because he refused to apologize for America’s traditional values that had impressed me as a young man.

And it seemed hypocritical when the mainstream media harped on his “wash room” confession while never referring to Bill Clinton’s Oval Office adventures and misuse of his official high position for his sexapades.
Given the promiscuity of the 1960s that went on to challenge the notions of old fashioned morality and has almost become a norm (if one is to believe hollywood, and every stand up comedian who cannot complete a sentence without a four letter word) such holier than thou stand by the liberals stinks.

Regards … Raju

Raju Shastri

Australia Speaks

This morning [5/5/17] Morning Joe, MSNBC continued it slanted coverage of Donald Trump’s policies. One of the guests on the show was the Australian Ambassador to the United States, Joe Hockey who was questioned about President’s Trump’s election victory and questioning whether or not Australia could work with the President of the U.S. given his policies. Ambassador Hockey shut the mouths of Mika and Joe [not on the same set with each other] when he said that what caused Trump’s win was a discontent with what has gone on in the past and his people realized the president policies were popular in this country and that similar movements were occurring around the world. The silence by the anchors and the panel was deafening.

Barry’s gone

Have you ever considered how much a name influences our thinking and acting process? JFK and FDR immediately jump to mind because of the actions and stands they took or we believed they acted upon. There are others of course, Cesar, Ali. MLK, Hitler, Rocky well you get the idea, there can be a lot of power in a name. Consequently, when I say Barry’s gone it might not seem as significant as the other names I have mentioned. Even Cassius Clay doesn’t mean as much to the world as Muhammed Ali did. Ali represented something, someone to respect because of his sports successes and to fear because of the mystery to the average person behind a Muslim name, or the Islamic religion. There was the clear threat of violence with the Muslim name Cassius had chosen to adopt coupled with the rebellion against our country’s laws regarding military service in this country.

You might ask the question; what does this little commentary on names have to do with the title of this article, Barry’s gone? First I would like to make the point that the individual I’m referencing was known most often to his friends and political acquaintances as Barry, a seemingly innocuous and somewhat common name. Actually, Barry was just that, innocuous until political handlers who saw his potential got a hold of him and gave back his original name. A handsome young man, articulate and of mixed race in a time of emerging political correctness Barry became Barrack Hussein Obama. Due to world events his political advisors quickly had him drop Hussein from his stage name and went with Barrack Obama. The name inferred mystery, fear of his Muslim ties and potential power. Of course, to his closest friends and confidents he remains just plain Barry.

The first hundred days of Trump not withstanding Barry is gone and if you call him Barry and allow his goals and objective of a community organizer to come through you can see he wasn’t as scary as his stage name would imply but the damage he inflicted on our country was and is frightening.

Tendentious News Media

There is no question that the mainstream news media is on a quest to destroy the Trump administration and every program he has endorsed. The point is that without ever having a meeting the press has been able to co-ordinate headlines with a common theme, Trump is unreliable, poorly educated in the rules of governing and unethical. The polls they reference [with no verification of their authenticity] show a steady erosion of support by the American people of the Trump agenda and in some cases numbers that say Republicans are solidly against Trump.

It would appear the mainstream media woke up from the election and stated the obvious; we didn’t control the outcome of the 2016 election. However, in this case the Trump team does not represent anything the press could possibly like. Trump does not feel the press needs to be notified on pending legislation, executive orders or policy changes before the public is told of his goals and intentions. Time and again we hear the news media say; what is Trump’s strategy with a particular foreign government and in some cases what will be the tactics in dealing with a foreign power opposed to our countries existence. It isn’t just in foreign policy but domestic issues where they demand the details on tax cuts, health care decisions and social issues related to violations of our immigration laws. No matter how little or how much information the Trump administration gives the news media they can turn it into a negative and they do. There is something else that really bothers me, the hatred and disdain the news media feels from the Trump ideas is the kind of feelings you get from an individual or group when they are filled with fear and panic from something or someone they can’t understand. I must admit they have been to a degree successful in the first hundred days of the Trump administration in sowing mistrust, doubt and fear in the publics minds. It would also appear that even when Trump is successful with a program or project the news media attempts to minimize the effect like the Supreme Court appointment of Neil Gorsuch. The one thing that seems certain is the news media must destroy the Trump “idea,” that his administration can have the support of the people with concepts that run counter to global governing and social programs supported by the state that can enslave the public with the “free” aspect of these services. Witness the effects of Obamacare with services that the federal government must provide and in five short years with the drum beat of the news media the public is demanding those services continue no matter how much it will cost the public in taxes and importantly the quality of the health services.

The only hope for stopping the tendentious news media’s campaign against the Trump administration is time and success. I noted in another article I wrote that it wasn’t until the 88th day of the Trump administration that the lead story in the news media was not about another Trump “mistake.” I would suspect that in spite of the news media if the Trump team has some small successes and with the aid of time they, the news media will inadvertently let slip those successes. The public which demonstrated in the 2016 election that they could see through the news media prejudice may slowly regroup behind the efforts of the Trump administration to regain our leadership on the international front while making America great again on the domestic front. The problem is we don’t know how long this may take.