December 18, 2008

Honorable Bill Nelson
United States Senate
Washington, D.C.

Thank you for your reply of December 10 concerning my offer to solve (almost) all of the problems facing the Big Three Automakers. While I offered my services to about twenty Michigan and Ohio elected officials, and about fifty U.S. Congressmen and Senators, you were the only one who bothered to respond.

Sometime during the Seventies at a family get together, I engaged several of my uncles in a debate about their (and formerly my) employer General Motors, to whom I queried  “ what is the rational for a General Motors”? Each of its divisions, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Cadillac, Buick, Chevrolet, (Delco, Fisher Body, etc.) had its own management, budget, etc., so why the bureaucratic and costly duplication by the parent company, General Motors? My Uncle Pat’s (only) reply: “Do you think General Motors is stupid?” My reply then, was “yes”, and the recent bailout bitterly proves my point.

Regardless of past mismanagement, the only rationale for the continued existence of The Big Three (or any business in a free capitalistic society) is this: They produce a product that people want. Absent that, no company can remain in business. Last year the Big 3 sold about 15,000,000 cars and trucks? My math tells me that’s $200 - $300 Billion in sales. This is a product Americans want. Mismanagement? Yes. But the Big 3 lives and does business in a fickle marketplace.

Check out the popular Barrett-Jackson and Mecum car auctions where those paunchy seniors gobble up muscle cars from the Sixties and Seventies at exorbitant prices. You don’t see hybrids, flex fuels, or old VW’s up for bids. While many Americans will buy a Toyota (I’ve had three) or a Honda for basic transportation that will run forever, or something for the Missus to take shopping, many others want something more: a large SUV (I’ve had three) to haul stuff from Home Depot or to haul their kids to soccer practice; or a car with a little zip (I have owned four fast V-8 Mustangs and [currently] a Malibu Maxx SS - my former neighbor, and your fellow ‘astronaut‘, Frank Borman a hot Trans-am).

Absent a choice, if all companies sell hybrids that get 50 mpg, everyone will buy Toyotas and Hondas. While what you say about foreign-owned companies making hybrids, and flex-fuels is correct, it also is true that those cars represent a small percentage of their sales. Why? One, they are too expensive. Two, Americans don’t want them.

Foreign-owned companies produce safe, well-engineered, boring automobiles - I bet you don’t own one.

We like our muscle cars and SUV’s, and of course during hard times, we want them for $15,000 and we want them to get 50 miles per gallon; a fickle marketplace, indeed. 

That  doing what’s good for the country is often subordinated to the special interests of each and every one of our elected officials is no excuse for running the country into the ground, and the abysmal poll numbers for the US Congress in recent years might suggest that many Americans agree with me. Value judgments and “fairness” have nothing to do with business. Your 50 mpg doesn’t count senator - what counts is what is good for this country, and saving the Big 3, mismanagement notwithstanding, is the right course to take. But, wasting taxpayers’ money while better alternatives exist is well, malpractice.

This should have been settled by now. Instead George Bush, who has no intention of letting us blame him for the collapse of the American Auto Industry pumped $15 Billion into the Big 3’s coffers. And one thing is certain; we taxpayers will pump billions more, with no guarantee of any success whatsoever. 

For future successes the spokesmen for the Big 3 have projected sales of 9 - 10 billion cars and trucks next year. Do you really believe that people will drop $25,000 for a car whose maker may soon go out of business? So what happens when the Big 3’s sales are far short of their optimistic projections? It’s back to Congress and the American People, begging for yet another handout.

When I was in the military, I overheard a discourse from a PFC berating a nerdy SP5 for some screw up or other that went like this:

PFC: “Look at you, your nose is runny and you’re wet behind the ears, if you don’t know what you’re doing, ask someone.”

This problem needs someone with a monstrously diverse  (Management, Entrepreneurship, labor, union (3), government) background, who was raised within a GM family, who can act swiftly and independently to help the Big 3 and Congress to fix this problem.

John W. Sawyer III

PS: Two days later, the whole battalion was assembled and the abovementioned SP5 was awarded the Silver Star for bravery in Vietnam. Who says life is fair.

February 2, 2009: Tim Geitner needs to be approved as Secretary of the Treasury, ASAP. He's the most qualified person to see us through the financial crisis (which, of course, we inherited) This is a joke, right?

March 7, 2009: President declares that losing in Afghanistan is NOT an option. We'll see.

(an oxymoron)

Senators and CEO’s will tell you, ad nauseum, about their 80 hour workweek. 

FIRST, talking for a living; three-martini lunches, having underlings wait on you hand and foot; four-hundred-dollar haircuts, trust funds to pay the bills, these are NOT comparable to the labor an assembly-line worker, a roofer, a plumber, a teacher, a Doctor or a 7—Eleven clerk, must perform. I doubt if one single democratic presidential candidate has done any manual labor in the last thirty years, if EVER. 

Send John Edwards up on a roof in 110 degree heat, and he would be dead by the end of the day; Chris Dodd would expire by noon; Al Gore would croak just thinking about it (his brother, Jack, our former President, lifted ONE shovel full of dirt during a ground-breaking ceremony in Canada, and seriously injured his back for life). 

So, if these types don’t know what work is, how can they help working people? Trust fund—assembly line, two different worlds. “Well, people will just have to retire later”. What nonsense.

SECOND, Nancy Pelosi promised that the House was going to spend a lot more time doing the Peoples' work (compared with the do-nothing Republicans, on presumes). So. How did that work out. Representatives and Senators fly in (on our dime) to Washington Monday afternoon. They then are chauffered (again, your dime) over to the caoital building where they sign in.

After signing in, they leave and convene in session Tuesday morning - usually about 9:00 AM. They break for a 90 minute lunch, and reconvene. They then work until about 4:30 and go home (or to the nearest "happy hour." They repeat this arduous schedule Wednesday and Thursday, and fly home Friday morning.

Of course they do our work throughout the year - like taking trips to Europe, Asia, Africa, Fiji (we pay, or a lobbyist pays). There's so much to learn. They take a two week Christmas recess, and several others, and Congress recesses for several weeks during the Summer.

In the Fall, every other year they spend their (our) time campaigning.

(November 10, 2008)
(I can't remember from whom I stole this article - I apologize)

Look at my fellow conservatives! There they go, glumly shuffling along, depressed by the election aftermath. Not me. I'm virtually euphoric. Don't get me wrong. I'm not thrilled with America's flirtation with neo socialism. But there's a massive silver lining in those magical clouds that lofted Barak Obama to the Presidency. For today, without a shred of intellectually legitimate opposition, I can loudly proclaim to America: The Era of White Guilt is over. 

This seemingly impossible event occurred because the vast majority of white Americans didn't give a fluff about skin color, and enthusiastically pulled the voting lever for a black man. Not just any black man. A very liberal black man who spent his early career race-hustling banks, praying in a racist church for 20 years, and actively worked with America-hating domestic terrorists. Wow! Some resume! Yet they made Barak Obama their leader. Therefore, as of Nov 4th, 2008, white guilt is dead. 

For over a century, the millstone of white guilt hung around our necks, retribution for slave-owning predecessors. In the 60s, American liberals began yanking that millstone while sticking a fork in the eye of black Americans, exacerbating the racial divide to extort a socialist solution. But if a black man can become President, exactly what significant barrier is left? The election of Barak Obama absolutely destroys the entire validation of liberal white guilt. The dragon is hereby slain. 

So today, I'm feeling a little "uppity" if you will. From this day forward, my tolerance level for having my skin color hustled is now exactly ZERO. And it's time to clean house. No more Reverend Wright's "God Damn America", Al Sharp ton's Church of Perpetual Victimization, or Jesse Jackson's rainbow racism. Cornell West? You're a fraud. Go home. All those "black studies" programs that taught kids to hate whitey? You must now thank Whitey. And I want that on the final. 

Congressional Black Caucus? Irrelevant. Maxine Waters? Shut up. ACORN? Outlawed. Black Panthers? Go home and pet your kitty. Black separatists? Find another nation that offers better dreams. Go ahead. I'm waiting.

Gangsta rappers? Start praising America. Begin with the Pledge of Allegiance. And please no more ebonics. Speak English, and who knows where you might end up? Oh, yeah, pull up your pants. Your underwear is showing. You look stupid.

To those Eurosnots who forged entire careers hating America? I'm still waiting for the first black French President.

And let me offer an equal opportunity whupping. I've always despised lazy white people. Now, I can talk smack about lazy black people. You're poor because you quit school, did drugs, had three kids with three different fathers, and refuse to work. So when you plop your Colt 45-swilling, Oprah watchin' butt on the couch and complain "Da Man is keepin' me down", allow me to inform you: Da Man is now black. You have no excuses. 

No more quotas. No more handouts. No more stealing my money because someone's great-great-great-great grandparents suffered actual pain and misery at the hands of people I have no relation to, and personally revile. 

It's time to toss that massive, obsolete race-hustle machine upon the heap of the other stupid 60s ideas. Drag it over there, by wife swapping, next to dope-smoking. Plenty of room right between free love and cop-killing. Careful don't trip on streaking. There ya go, don't be gentle. Just dump it. Wash your hands. It's filthy. 

In fact, Obama's ascension created a gargantuan irony. How can you sell class envy and American unfairness when you and your black wife went to Ivy League schools, got high-paying jobs, became millionaires, bought a mansion, and got elected President? How unfair is that??? Now, Like a delicious O'Henry tale, Obama's spread-the-wealth campaign rendered itself moot by it's own victory! America is officially a meritocracy. Obama's election has validated American conservatism! 

So, listen carefully, 


That's the sound of my foot kicking the door shut on the era of white guilt. The rites have been muttered, the carcass lowered, dirt shoveled, and tombstone erected. White guilt is dead and buried. 

However, despite my glee, there's apparently one small, rabid bastion of American racism remaining. Black Americans voted 96% for Barak Obama. Hmmm. In a color-blind world, shouldn't that be 50-50? Tonight, every black person should ask forgiveness for their apparent racism and prejudice towards white people. Maybe it's time to start spreading the guilt around.
Thanks Bernie Goldberg
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Wow, I better hurry before all that fun is gone.

In fact, TWO YEARS AGO, Reba and I drove through Northern Arizona, and visited the Grand Canyon. BUt we had no intention of going to Southern Arizona - and it had nothing to do with the new Arizona law. Mayor Gordon "hopes" that President Obama keeps his word about sending more assistance to Arizona. I would be happy if President Obama just enforces the laws and the Constitution for which he has taken an oath to uphold. 

Better update that resume, mayor.

May 28, 2010: The only thing I can remember was (Ex-President) Bill Clinton mentioning something to me about  serving on some Presidential commission if he didn't enter the Senatorial race against Arlen Specter, that's all - says Joe Sestak. Thanks for clearing that up after months and months. Forst, they sent BILL CLINTON to make a minor offer like that? Second, YOU were the one who brought up the issue in the first place. Third, what YOU said was "they offered me a job." You DID NOT say they mentioned some commission board position - a dime a dozen in DC.  If they had offered a commission appointment, why did everyone stonewall it? And why wait  until hours before the Holiday Weekend when typically, no one would be paying attention, to publish your B.S. statement? 

Gee - you have that sincere smile, and the honorable military career, Mr Sestak, but frankly, I think you are lying. You, the lawyers, Rahm emanuel, made this story up. George Washington is rolling over in his grave. I knew George Washington . . .George Washington was a friend of mine . . . you, sir are no George Washington.

Pinocchio perhaps.

May 24, 2010: Why hasn't this administration gotten Bin Laden yet? They sure made it sound easy when George Bush was President.

May 23, 2010: (Fox News Sunday): HEY Kirsten Powers !! DEFINE INSANITY? Repeating your mistakes and expecting a different result. ONCE AGAIN, she shows that she hasn't read the New Arizona Law. DON'T TAKE SOMEONE ELSES' WORD FOR IT - READ THE DAMN THING - IT'S YOUR JOB ! ! Says she: 

I always have said there are two (and ONLY two) Democratic 'Consultants' who will tell you the truth regardless od party affiliation - Kirsten Powers and Doug Schoen (ok - Susan Estrich and Pat Cadell, usually). Now I must cross Ms. Powers off the list. It's no accident that when she is called on for her ignorance on Saturday and repeats the same B.S. on Sunday. there is no way that is an accident. Sighhhhh.

May 23, 2010: At the West Point graduation, President Obama declares (yet another) a "new international order": to fight poverty, to end war, etc. etc. Mr. President, you can't (won't) protect our Southhern Border, and you think you can end wars and poverty?

May 22, 2010 (Fox News Watch): Add Democratic Strategist Kirsten Powers  to the list of reading-challenged commentators.

May 21, 2010: The President of the United States, presides over a big time photo-op in the oval office. The cause dejour? Signing of a the International Press Freedom Bill. The bill commemorating the murder of reporter Daniel Pearl, attended by friends and family, replete with dozens of reporters and photographers, drew fond memories of (then) candidate Barack Obama promising that his administration would be the most open and transparent in history. The signing was concluded with President rising and informing the gathered International Press that, no, he would not be answering any questions.

May 18, 2010: While the aforementioned Mr. Holder testifies to yet another Congressional Committee that he opposes the Arizona Immigration bill, he admits under cross that he had not even read the bill, stating: I perused it, but I have not read it. Perused? The damn thing is here (click) READ IT !!

May 17, 2010: Re: Bret Baier's interview with the former First Lady, Laura Bush. The question (not asked) begs: Why weren't you President instead of your husband?

May 17, 2010: Joe Sestak, trying to do the right thing, admitted that the Administration offered him the position of Secretary of the Navy in exchange for his withdrawal from the Pennsylvania Senatorial race against Arlen Specter. This is illegal (full disclosure - I didn’t know that was illegal).

1. If it was a Republican doing it - he would be crucified.

2. (Foxnews May 24 - 2:43 PM) Dem spokesman on Megan Kelly says “I don’t care.” 

May 16, 2010: Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before Congress and refuses to acknowledge that our enemy in the War On Man-made Disasters is Radical Islam. Doen't want ot offend any radical islamists, one presumes.

May 13, 2010: In (yet another) speech, President Obama defends his Kagan nomination on the basis of his desire to make the Supreme Court  in the image of common, every day Americans. I see. Like the rest of us who were raised in comfort in New York City, went to exclusive private prep schools and attended Harvard. Actually, she will fit right in with the current Supremes - all of  whom went to Ivy League Schools - and ALL reflect the religious heritage in America where 60% of the people are Protestants, and the Court will be 3 jews and 6 Catholics.

May 11, 2010: Chrysler announces the imminent hiring of 359 workers in its Kokomo, Indiana plant. Way to go Chrysler. Am I the only one who noted that in 2008 Americans purchased 15,000,000 vehicles made in the U.S.A. ?

May 10, 2010: What's the deal? When I returned to our cottage in Michigan, after a long Winter, I discovered that 200 gallons of fuel oil had leaked out of the storage tank onto my dining room floor (water expanded in the line and split it). Because we had no EPA or President Obama upon whom to lean, we covered the floor with kitty litter and then newspaper. Both lifted the oil (the kerosene in the fuel oil had been filtered through the wood floors and evaporated in the basement) right out of the floor and scooped up the newspaper, and eventually the oil was gone. 

Of course kitty litter would sink in the Gulf of Mexico - but how about newspaper, or Brawney Towels, or straw, or any number of things that can absorb oil?

May 6, 2010: This just out: the economy just added 270,000 jobs to the economy. The bad news - unemployment increased from 9.7% to 9.9%. The discrepancy is attributed by "economic experts" to the fact that many people who had given up on finding a job have started looking again. Nonsense. Contrary to the much-publicized extension of unemployment benefits by Congress (over Jim Bunning's cold, dead, hand), those many thousand who have not found a job after 99 weeks, were cut off. On June 1, millions more will be cut off. Conclusion? Yes there were 270,000 new jobs. Yes people have started looking again. 270,000 of them found, perforce, inferior unemployment: "Work From Home, call 555 - 123-4567."

May 5, 2010: Matthew McCabe and his co-defendants are found not guilty of all charges that they roughed up an Al Queda murderer, and the New York Times doesn't write one word about it. Hmmm. They had plenty to write about when the three were charged.

May   4:  Matthew McCabe and friends are all found not guilty. You will just have to take my word for it, because the New York Times, and my local paper never printed a word. Oh, you say, they sure ran plenty of articles when liberals like John Murta and Harry Reid were calling for their scalps - those bad ole baby killers. But now that they have been vindicated. As a Democrat and member of the DNC, and subscriber to the Times, I ask you - where is your shame. I subscribe to your paper because it's the most thorough around. You should be ashamed. Did it EVER occur to you that Conservatives read newspapers too? That Conservatives buy your advertisers' products? That the more papers you sell, the higher the rate you can charge your subscribers?

PS: You also might take a look at how much you charge for your paper. $2.00 daily. $6.00 Sunday ? When I owned several bookstores, I used to personally truck your paper (130 copies) from East Lansing to Kalamazoo every Sunday (after first assembling the 8 sections) so that the cogniscenti didn't have to wait until Tuesday - and I charged $1.50 (for cover of $1.00).  $2/$6 is a ripoff.
June 1, 2009: 

The look who’s talkin’ department.

CNN  reporter Rick Sanchez attacks Rush Limbaugh.

1985 wiretaps recorded Rick Sanchez trading favors with Alberto San Pedro, a self-proclaimed political fixer described by police as "a major corrupter in Hialeah" and who following a federal grand jury indictment for bribery of a federal public official and conspiracy to commit bribery, pled guilty to the conspiracy charge. 

A source, close to Janet Reno at the time, told me that San Pedro supplied Sanchez and a prominent Hialeah politician, among others, with cocaine.

On December 10, 1990, Rick Sanchez was involved in an “accident” following his attendance at a professional football game at Miami’s Joe Robbie Stadium. This from New Times: Sanchez, whom a Metro-Dade police officer said “smelled strongly of alcohol,” first stopped his car but then later left the scene. A blood test to determine Sanchez’s sobriety was not administered until an hour and fifteen minutes after the collision. Though Sanchez says he tried to aid Smuzinick at the scene of the accident and flag down motorists, eyewitnesses claim the anchorman ignored the injured man and loudly told police and bystanders that blood tests were pointless, and would hurt his public image.

Why did Sanchez leave the scene? To try to get the alcohol out of his system? Calm his nerves?: His attorney, Richard Essen (famed Miami drunk-driver attorney), now says the anchorman returned home and had “a couple of drinks to calm his nerves” before returning to the scene. (P.T. Barnum was right - and we have Barack Obama to further prove his point).

Sanchez offered ZERO financial aid, and did not even bother visiting the man he left paralyzed. Though Smuzinick’s health insurance policy covered most of his medical costs, it dodn't pay for rehabilitative care. Family members say unpaid bills for physical therapy totaled over $100,000. 

Jeffrey Smuzinick died on November 2, 1995, largely due to the injuries he suffered in the accident.

Smuzinick’s fiancée, Jackie Stringhill, says it’s just as well that Sanchez hadn’t paid a visit to Smuzinick. “I guess his attitude bothered a lot of people. But we had enough to think about. We had our hands full. We don’t really talk about the accident much any more. Anyway,” she adds resignedly, “as far as Sanchez goes, what goes around comes around.

Maybe a Rush Limbaugh libel and slander suit will help it come around.

Update: CNN fired Rick Sanchez. Look out Dolphin fans.
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Congressman Mick Mulvaney, (R) SC, just said on Fox (where else) that the Paul Ryan plan to cut spending by RAISING THE SOCIAL SECURITY RETIREMENT AGE TO 70, "will be remembered as one of the greatest achievements of the Republican Party." Abraham Lincoln is rolling over in his grave.

Maybe it will be an "achievement," - it would be an achievement to get the American people to buy that rot, but infamous would better describe it. Maybe you can lawyer, legislate, host a talk-show, or run daddy's business at 70,  but get ready you construction workers, plumbers, roofers, assembly line workers, salesmen.

What? You say, you worked and paid into the system all these years? Yes you did. And Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, George Bush, and Al Gore spent it - THE SYSTEM IS BROKE. Now quit whining and get back up on that roof, You have 3 more years. (click here)

Here are the numbers (click here)
LCC _ Def of free trade

HARVARD: Sending not only our surplus oversease, but also sending over the jobs (means of production), and then to keep up the standard of living to which American's have become entitled, we borrow from the future.
(Thanks Bob Smith)

One afternoon a lawyer was riding in his limousine when he saw two men eating grass along the road-side  Disturbed, he ordered his driver to stop and got out to investigate. 

He asked one man, "Why are you eating grass?" 

"We don't have any money for food," the poor man replied. "We have to eat grass." 

"Well, then, you can come with me to my house and I'll feed you," the lawyer said. 

"But sir, I have a wife and two children with me. They are over there, under that tree." 

"Bring them along," the lawyer replied. 

Turning to the other poor man he stated, "You may come with us, also."

The second man, in a pitiful voice, then said, "But sir, I also have a wife and six children with me!" 

"Bring them all as well," the lawyer answered. 

They all entered the car, which was no easy task, even for a car as large as the limousine. 

Once under way, one of the poor fellows turned to the lawyer and said, "Sir, you are too kind. Thank you for taking all of us with you." 

The lawyer replied, "Glad to do it. You'll really love my place. The grass is almost a foot high." 

Come on now ... 
You really didn't think 
There was such a thing as a 
Heartwarming lawyer story ... did you??



by john sawyer on 07/19/16



Recent programs initiated by the Charlotte County Jail may be a step in the right direction.


The 'recidivism rate' is generally calculated as a percentage of parolees who return to crime after 3 years of parole. It used to be 5 years until bureaucrats realized that recidivism was moving beyond the awful, but tolerable 65% rate. Inclusion of plea-deals, death of parolees, those criminals who don't get caught, or move to another state and are not reported, the real rate is more like 90%.

A cynic may ask "why parole anyone?" Or a cup-half-full guy might wonder, "for the $50,000 per year it takes to house these convicts, wouldn't we be better off sending them to Harvard?" The sad fact is that about 80% of prison inmates are mentally ill. "Jails and prisons have become the mental asylums of the 21st Century."

When the mentally ill commit crimes, what is to be done? Some suggest “alternative sentencing” or community mental health alternatives for prison. But the sad fact is the cure rate is less than 10%. Florida is nearly dead last in publicly-funded mental health programs.


It is somewhat encouraging how factually-measurable prison violence rates are super high in fictional settings like “Oz” or “Shawshank Redemption” or others with Edward Norton in them, but generally well-controlled in reality. So, for $50,000 per year, how do we shift our prison efforts away from warehousing convicts especially the mentally-ill to rehabilitating them?

The prison reform oligarchs cry about how unconscionable extended solitary confinement can be, fashionably contending that solitary tends to contribute to mental illness, rather than the other way around. In a rare reported instance of insight, a Pelican Bay (California’s ‘SuperMax’) inmate opined at the conclusion of a hunger-strike, ostensibly for better living conditions, that he and his co-striker were mentally ill.

It is that mental illness which drives a surprisingly small number of convicts to require close custody for their behavior in prison. Ask any inmate if he feels that the treatment is “cruel and unusual” and he likely will say, “yes, but what can you do? The rest of us have a right to be safe from these extreme convicts.” But, most of these prisoners are proven to be of little danger to themselves or other convicts, but extremely dangerous to those in the public.

Super Max prisons spend about $100,000 per inmate annually, compared with the average cost of $30 - $60,000. For that much, why can’t the prisons improve the convicts? The answer, of course, is that to date mental illness is 90% incurable and that governments can’t do much of anything right at any costs.

Some states have built special prisons; employed mental health specialists, hired a warden with advanced degrees in Psychiatry, and failed. So the answer cannot be cure. It’s just not possible. Rather, the emphasis should be on staffing with employees who have the empathy, compassion, and tough-love skills to deal with the extreme manifestations of the most dangerous mentally ill convicts. Recent initiatives taken by the Charlotte County Jail are a step in the right direction.

These employees are hard to find. They must be trained and paid accordingly, and be taught to control firmly; to always get their way, and not to let their frustrations prevent them from treating these convicts like human beings.

This is a tall order, but then so is the $100,000 per year bill that taxpayers get each year.

What’s the holdup?


by john sawyer on 07/19/16

JUNE 16, 2015


Unlike the Watts Riots in 1965; the Rodney King riots in 1992, the 2014 riots in San Francisco following the Giants World Series victory, wherein police were caught off guard or just plain napping, there will be no excuse for people being injured or killed or property being destroyed if the Grand Jury I Furgeson doesn’t indict the police officer who killed Michael Brown.

Writer Mary Sanchez attributes the underlying causes in Watts and L.A. to “the burdens of poor education, lack of jobs, poverty . . . ” These aren’t the causes; they are the symptoms. The enabling causes are welfare, food stamps, governmental handouts, and the consequential breakup of the family and the steady fanning of racial-hatred by some of those same “community leaders . . . (who) are asking for some warning so they can get the jump on flare-ups,” who have appeared in recent TV interviews essentially demanding “ indict or else.”

In 1980, police officers were acquitted after they murdered Black insurance executive, Arthur McDuffie, during a traffic stop. Riots ensued throughout Dade County, where I then resided, and people were killed or seriously injured. After that, other civil disturbances occurred, and local officials had enough. Since then, any perceived events that might cause racial tension (police killings, LeBron James trade rumors), were met in advance by an overwhelming police presence. There have been no riots since.

One’s just isn’t just enough to rationalize the killing of innocent people.


by john sawyer on 07/19/16

Did you know that American Public School 4th Graders rank third in the world (behind South Korea and Japan), in math and science achievement tests, but by the time they graduate from high school, they rank almost dead last? (According to John Stoessel).

So why do we read this headline in the Charlotte Sun?: “More scores show slips.” (say that five times fast).

Almost four-in-ten students cannot pass Science and Math courses that they had just finished taking. School Superintendent, Doug Whittaker, opines “Our task is to continue to do the best we can with the students we have.” By implication, it’s the dumb students’ fault that they fail. But, he notes brightly that our students are doing much better in History. I’m relieved.

What went wrong?



Poverty, encouraged by a public welfare system that rewards failure and discourages the family unit (Mom, Dad, Kids, Dog and Cat) likely plays some part in student performance in Charlotte County - but really, 40% ?


In Charlotte County, it costs about $12,000 per year to educate a student. That's around $240,000 per classroom - and the building and furniture is ALREADY PAID FOR ! ! And they have a dropout rate of 30% ! ! In private schools it costs less than one half of that and even though they have larger classes and enroll a lot of inner-city kids, they have a dropout rate around 2%. Why? Because educators in private schools don't see failure as an option. Parents are required to attend parent-teacher conferences and other school-related activities and private school teachers are given year end reviews usually with input from their students. About 10% are not rehired.

Who pays for this idiocy? The taxpayer, surely. But it's the public school child who must pays for a lifetime. Why don't our political leaders do something about it? Democrats and Republicans alike passed the "No Child Left Behind Act," that provided vouchers for tuition for inner city students to attend private schools.

What gives here? It's simple: Liberals are beholden to the Teachers' Unions, and many low-income public school kids get thrown under the school bus. So what needs to be done?







, adopt the revolutionary Sawyer Objective Solutions (S.O.S.) to meld our 19th Century public education system from into the 21st Century. See: ""
, there are millions of well-educated retirees, many ex-teachers, here in SW Florida, who would be only too glad to tutor or mentor underachieving students or those with single parents - we just need to ask for their help.
, give all kids vouchers to attend the school of their choice. Is it fair for inner city kids to be destined to a life of poverty because the teacher unions can dictate where they must get their education?
, mandate (through legislation) that teachers be required to take literacy and competency tests annually; They fail, they’re out.
, pressure (through legislation) school boards and unions to allow for higher pay for Math and Science teachers.
, have a locksmith change the locks at the Department of Education, and place the education of our children back into State and Local hands.
, Teachers Unions (I belonged to 3) impose upon their members, school boards, and ultimately their students, a guarantee that today's school children will fail. Teacher tenure mandates that ALL teachers be paid according to seniority, We have a shortage of qualified people to teach Science and Math. Why? Because those with Science and Math degrees can get better-paying jobs in the private sector. But you can’t offer higher pay for teachers with degrees in those fields. Does anyone think that a University pays a professor with an MD Degree the same as a Professor of Women’s Issues ? Which of the two do you think worked harder to obtain their degrees ? (If you still are mulling this over, you likely are in the elite Charlotte County 40 % category). So, your child "learns" Math or Science from a teacher whose major may have been English or Physical Education. How many Science and Math teachers in the Charlotte School system possess History or Literature degrees. Also, once a teacher obtains tenure, it's almost impossible to fire them, unless they become an ax-murderer (which actually happened in Miami), regardless of their incompetence.
Usurpation of States Rights. Today we have the Department of Education, a paean to the teachers unions in exchange for their support of Jimmy Carter during the 1976 Presidential campaign. This mammoth bureaucracy, laden with politically correct resolutions, rules, and laws, has contributed hugely to the shocking decline in American (public) Education. Through proposed “Common Core” Legislation, the Federal role in Education would even be increased dramatically.


by john sawyer on 07/19/16

FEBRUARY 11, 2015

Negotiation-challenged Secretary of State, John Kerry, defends the Iranian Nuclear Deal thus: "It's the best deal we could get for the U.S. short of war." And his point would be? Oh, that IS his point.


The assumption made from that remark is that The U.S. and Iran are 'negotiating' as equals; not to be confused with, say, the U.S. negotiating with the Japanese aboard the Battleship Missouri at the end of WWII, or Donald Trump 'negotiating' with the owner of a piece of property in foreclosure.

In fact we are not equals. Iran supports terrorists around the world, props up Hamas in Gaza, and keeps Hezbollah in charge in Lebanon. Iran also supplies the IED’s that created the cast for so many Wounded Warrior commercials, killed 250 American Marines in Saudi Arabia, killed American sailors onboard the U.S.S. Cole, and holds three innocent American citizens hostage (four if you count the CIA guy).

We aren’t equals. The American military could take Iran out in one weekend. But I wouldn’t put boots on the ground. I would put those boots on the chest of every goose-stepping Revolutionary Guard that dares to get in our way, and up the rear of any Ayatollah Nazi who enflames a crowd with “Death to America !”

If we allow Iran to develop a nuclear bomb, they will indeed be ‘equal.” This agreement almost assures that they will have the bomb. It’s time we stop making excuses and start Kicking Iran’s Ass. That’s me ‘negotiating.’


by john sawyer on 07/19/16

Another article about the pros and cons of gun ownership - notably semi-automatic weapons, and specifically the AR-15 weapon appeared in the Sun-Herald recently, quoted in passing a member of a local SWAT Team who mentioned that there was a purpose behind the 2nd Amendment, but failed to elaborate. Sean Hannity once said "It's well known that by 'militia' our Founding Fathers meant "people." Really?

The Second Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation, which contained a provision  "... every State shall always keep up a well-regulated and disciplined militia .... But State Militias, an independent lot, consisted of members who enlisted for one year. Thereafter, many just packed up and went home. Waging war passed to the standing army,

"At the time of the drafting of the Constitution, a political sentiment stemming from the memory of the abuses of the standing army of Oliver Cromwell and King James II, in Great Britain existed involving suspicion of peacetime armies not under civilian control. During the Congressional debates, James Madison discussed how a militia could help defend liberty against tyranny and oppression":(source: Wikipedia)

But the British were on our Northern Border and controlled the Seas; the Spanish and Indians to the West; the French in the Caribbean. Without a standing Federal Army, we were literally defenseless - local militias simply could not be rounded up in time to meet a serious threat.

In Federalist 8, Hamilton Wrote: "There is a wide difference, between military establishments in a country seldom exposed to internal invasions Meaning the United States) and in one which is often subject to them.The smallness of the army renders the natural strength of the community an over-match for it; and (while) the citizens, neither love nor fear the soldiery; they view them . . . (as a) necessary evil. The army under such circumstances will be unable to enforce encroachments against the united efforts of the great body of the people.

Note: So Hamilton thought (under unspecified circumstances) that the Army could be controlled by a much larger citizenry.

In Federalist 29, Hamilton, " . . . a plan should, as soon as possible, be adopted for the proper establishment of the militia . . . of any magnitude that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people

Note: Hamilton favors an armed citizenry vs. a regular standing army for protection against tyranny.

In Federalist 46, James Madison writes: "Let a regular army, fully equal to the resources of the country, be formed; and let it be entirely at the devotion of the federal government; still it would not be going too far to say, that the State governments, with the people on their side, would be able to repel the danger.

Note: Standing Army - armed citizenry; two separate entities; both armed.

Madison further observes" "Besides the advantage of being armed . . . forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of. Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.

"It may be affirmed with the greatest assurance, that the throne of every tyranny in Europe would be speedily overturned in spite of the legions which surround it."

The Militia and Army were divergent entities (after 1777). Madison and Hamilton, saw the necessity of a Federal Army, but feared its power and its potential for tyranny Thus - arming the people prevents tyranny. So you better be packin'.

An AR-15 is a suitable weapon against government tyranny.

In Switzerland, bearing arms is a requirement, by law.

August 3, 2009

Shortly after Hurricane Charlie hit and business was booming, I was asked, by several residents for whom I had prepared detailed estimates for hurricane shutters for their homes, to give a presentation of my company’s products and a short seminar on hurricanes before a lot of homeowners in their Charlotte County gated community. At these gatherings rarely, for one reason or another, do I make any sales, but I am always glad to take the time.

Also, I had sold a few jobs there before. When I finished I invited the participants to take one of my business cards. Because of the large number attending, and because I had run out of business cards, I had printed out some on my computer - some that were slightly smaller, as it turned out, than ordinary business cards.

When I inquired of one of those for whom I had already given a quote if they were ready to purchase, I got this reply (paraphrased): “You know, I was speaking to a lady whose opinion I respect and she said ‘ if he gives out a business card like this, what can we expect from him if we buy his shutters’? I conveyed to my “customer” that her friend was an idiot, and I took my leave forthwith, vowing never to make a presentation to a homeowners’ group again. To this day, I won’t even speak to OUR association.

Which segues into my biggest gripe - the loudest voice in the room. You know, he’s that man or woman who attends the board meetings and speaks with authority on every subject, and people tell you later on “I respect his opinion.” 

He’s the suit that I encountered as an 18-yar-old assembly line worker at Oldsmobile. The guy that barked orders to everyone, or that young engineer (who graduated high school two years before I) that my dad always said was going places. He’s General Westmoreland, or George Romney, or Fred Thompson up on the big screen. Square-jawed, tall, look-you-in the eye, speak with authority. How about Dan Rather, or Bill Clinton, perhaps Hillary Clinton or Bella Abzug, or Barack Obama, smug and self assured.

Rod Blagojovich, Al Sharpton, those billionaires.

We respect their opinion. Why do we respect other people's opinions, even if we have no clue as to the veracity or accuracy of their words or even their mannerisms? I have no idea. Why do I care? Why do self assured people bother me? Because, cynic that I am, I know that when the going gets tough these people will usually let you down.

Neither Ronald Reagan nor Abraham Lincoln had command voices. Ross Perot talked a lot, but command ? Huh uh. Rush Limbaugh? Ummm maybe. 

When that red-faced, newly-annoited savior of General Motors went before congress and gruffly told the committee members, with that stern, sincere look on his pink face, that GM needed to tighten their belt, and he would see to it (with a $45 Billion Dollar handout from the taxpayers) that GM would be back on its feet in no time, by golly, I just started an office pool to take bets on how soon this clown would be canned - cynic that I am. He lasted four months.

When the new tall CEO AND Chairman of General Motors, Ed Whitacre who appears to be of Native-American ancestry paraded across my 55” HD Screen last year and told us all how GM was coming back, I started another office pool. But last Thursday, I had to eat crow. Tonto marched right into our living room and announced that General Motors had repaid the entire loan, with interest (Wow. Shade's of Lee Iacocca). Hat in hand, I told my wife the good news, and further complimented the GM chief on his backdrop of a nicely-lighted and clean assembly plant (unlike the dungeon In which I toiled during the 60’s).Yesterday, I learned that GM was able to pay back the loan (with all that interest) because they received another loan from the Gummit to cover it. GM Boss speak with forked tongue. 

Draw your own conclusions.

June 23, 2010 Update: Can you say General McChrystal?

August 3, 2012 Update: Can you say Trayvon Martin? (Think about it)