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Saturday, October 22, 2016

The City of Brass

I often make reference to Rudyard Kipling's poem, "The City of Brass" (written in 1909), when referring to the corrupt, morally bankrupt nation that we have become. I post it here for your reference and comment.

America not the first Empire that is being crushed by its own corruption. Maybe we should be happy that it has lasted as long as it has and that we have reaped the rewards of a Republic. But it's fading in the same way that all man's empires fade. The City of Brass.

Rudyard Kipling

The City of Brass

“Here was a people whom after their works
thou shalt see wept over for their lost dominion:
and in this palace is the last information
respecting lords collected in the dust.” – The Arabian Nights.

In a land that the sand overlays – the ways to her gates are untrod –
A multitude ended their days whose gates were made splendid by God,
Till they grew drunk and were smitten with madness and went to their fall,
And of these is a story written: but Allah Alone knoweth all!

When the wine stirred in their heart their bosoms dilated.
They rose to suppose themselves kings over all things created –
To decree a new earth at a birth without labour or sorrow –
To declare: “We prepare it to-day and inherit to-morrow.”

They chose themselves prophets and priests of minute understanding,
Men swift to see done, and outrun, their extremest commanding –
Of the tribe which describe with a jibe the perversions of Justice –
Panders avowed to the crowd whatsoever its lust is.

 Swiftly these pulled down the walls that their fathers had made them –
The impregnable ramparts of old, they razed and relaid them
As playgrounds of pleasure and leisure, with limitless entries,
 And havens of rest for the wastrels where once walked the sentries;

And because there was need of more pay for the shouters and marchers,
They disbanded in face of their foemen their yeomen and archers.
They replied to their well-wishers’ fears – to their enemies laughter,
Saying: “Peace! We have fashioned a God Which shall save us hereafter.

We ascribe all dominion to man in his factions conferring,
And have given to numbers the Name of the Wisdom unerring.”
 They said: “Who has hate in his soul? Who has envied his neighbour?
Let him arise and control both that man and his labour.”

They said: “Who is eaten by sloth? Whose unthrift has destroyed him?
He shall levy a tribute from all because none have employed him.”
They said: “Who hath toiled, who hath striven, and gathered possession?
Let him be spoiled. He hath given full proof of transgression.”

They said: “Who is irked by the Law? Though we may not remove it.
If he lend us his aid in this raid, we will set him above it!
So the robber did judgment again upon such as displeased him,
The slayer, too, boasted his slain, and the judges released him.

 As for their kinsmen far off, on the skirts of the nation,
They harried all earth to make sure none escaped reprobation.
They awakened unrest for a jest in their newly-won borders,
And jeered at the blood of their brethren betrayed by their orders.

They instructed the ruled to rebel, their rulers to aid them;
And, since such as obeyed them not fell, their Viceroys obeyed them.
When the riotous set them at naught they said: “Praise the upheaval!
For the show and the world and the thought of Dominion is evil!”

They unwound and flung from them with rage, as a rag that defied them,
The imperial gains of the age which their forefathers piled them.
They ran panting in haste to lay waste and embitter for ever
 The wellsprings of Wisdom and Strengths which are Faith and Endeavour.

They nosed out and digged up and dragged forth and exposed to derision
All doctrine of purpose and worth and restraint and prevision:
 And it ceased, and God granted them all things for which they had striven,
And the heart of a beast in the place of a man’s heart was given.

When they were fullest of wine and most flagrant in error,
Out of the sea rose a sign – out of Heaven a terror.
Then they saw, then they heard, then they knew – for none troubled to hide it,
A host had prepared their destruction, but still they denied it.

They denied what they dared not abide if it came to the trail;
But the Sward that was forged while they lied did not heed their denial.
It drove home, and no time was allowed to the crowd that was driven.
The preposterous-minded were cowed – they thought time would be given.

There was no need of a steed nor a lance to pursue them;
It was decreed their own deed, and not a chance, should undo them.
 The tares they had laughingly sown were ripe to the reaping.
The trust they had leagued to disown was removed from their keeping.

The eaters of other men’s bread, the exempted from hardship,
The excusers of impotence fled, abdicating their wardship,
For the hate they had taught through the State brought the State no defender,
And it passed from the roll of the Nations in headlong surrender!

Friday, October 21, 2016


My daughter, Kelly, delivered her third daughter, Olivia Rose, today. I'm a grandfather for the eighth time.

Healthy mother and healthy baby girl. All the best you can hope for!

8.2 lbs/20 inches

International News

While the left lauds the achievements of the eight years of Obama/Clinton, things are unraveling at an unprecedented pace overseas. Since you won't hear much about them on the news, I'll share here for the forty or so of you who read this blog from time to time. I usually try and keep these things short and to the point but there's a lot going on and I'll hit the highlights - but it will be somewhat longer than usual.

I'll start off with the Norks, because they've got a problem on their hands.  The missile unit at Kusong appears to have reliability problems in its inventory of missiles. On 20 October, North Korea experienced yet another ballistic missile failure. 

The missile is believed to have been a Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile. It was launched from a site near Kusong and exploded immediately after launch. 

I mention this only because they are desperately trying to build a missile that's reliable enough to launch a nuclear weapon OUT of their own nation, to land in South Korea or Japan. From a Kim Jong Un (the fat little dictator) perspective, hitting the US mainland with a nuclear weapon would be a dream come true, but he may have to accept a less ambitious target locally.

I doubt that they will put a nuclear warhead on top of the rocket and try to launch it given their reliability problems, but with the Norks, you never know.


Philippine President Duterte arrived in China on 18 October for a state visit. Duterte pressed his message that he wished to improve cooperation with China, saying the roots of the two countries’ bonds could not be easily severed and that it was a “springtime” in relations.

At his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on 20 October, Duterte said, “Your honors, in this venue, I announce my separation from the United States … both in military, but also economics.’’ 

Duterte’s statement sparked thunderous applause inside the Great Hall of the People.” Without the United States,” he said addressing the Chinese audience, “I will be dependent on you.” He also said that "America has lost now” and suggested that he was also eager to cozy up to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

I’ve realigned myself in your ideological flow and maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to Putin and tell him that there are three of us against the world — China, Philippines and Russia,’’ he said. And as an added slap, Duterte mimicked an American accent and said: “Americans are loud, sometimes rowdy. Their larynx is not adjusted to civility.’’

Xinhua published the official statement on the visit. “On 20 October President Xi Jinping held talks with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in the Great Hall of the People. The two sides unanimously agreed to proceed from the two countries' basic and common interests, follow the aspirations of the two peoples, push for the realization of comprehensive improvement and better development of the relations between China and the Philippines, and bring benefits to the two peoples.”

The highlight of the statement is Xi’s four-point suggestion for developing relations.
“First, the two sides should enhance political mutual trust. The Chinese people love peace passionately and they are benevolent and friendly toward their neighbors. China adheres to peaceful development path, adheres to the good-neighborly and friendly policy of being a good neighbor and good partner. While China firmly safeguards national sovereignty it also adheres to peaceful resolution of disputes. The two sides should enhance high-level exchanges and give play to the guiding role of high-level strategic communication in the development of the two countries' relations. It is necessary to make the visit as an opportunity to bring about comprehensive exchanges and cooperation between governments, parties, parliaments and regions of the two countries.”

“Second, the two sides should carry out pragmatic cooperation. There is the need to comprehensively align the two countries' development strategies. The Chinese side is willing to enhance cooperation with the Philippine side within the Belt and Road framework and discuss ways to realize mutual benefits and win-win results. China is willing to actively take part in the building of the Philippine railways, city rail transport, highways, ports and other infrastructure to bring benefits to the local people. The two sides should strengthen law enforcement and defense cooperation. The Chinese side supports efforts made by the new Philippine government in drug-banning, counter-terrorism, and combating crimes and is willing to carry out relevant cooperation with the Philippine side. The two sides need to expand economy and trade and investment cooperation. The Chinese side stands ready to promote companies to increase investment in the Philippines and help it develop the economy faster and better. The two sides should deepen cooperation on agriculture and poverty alleviation. The Chinese side is willing to help the Philippines boost its capacity of agricultural production and rural development and support the two countries' fishing companies to carry out cooperation.”

“Third, the two sides should promote people-to-people exchanges. The Chinese side will positively encourage Chinese tourists to travel to the Philippines, enhance bilateral exchanges in education, culture and media, and promote regional cooperation. The Chinese side suggests that the two countries carry out a series of commemorative activities next year on the 600th anniversary of the King of Sulu of the Philippines, who travelled to China for the first time.”

“Fourth, the two sides should enhance cooperation in regional and multilateral affairs. Both China and the Philippines are developing countries. They should jointly promote democratization of international relations and promote the development of international order in the direction of fair and reasonable direction. The Chinese side is willing to enhance coordination with the Philippines within multilateral frameworks such as the United Nations and APEC, safeguard the interests of developing countries, stands ready to jointly promote achieving even greater development in China-ASEAN relations and in East Asian cooperation.”
Xi and Duterte witnessed the signing of 13 bilateral cooperation documents covering economy and trade, investment, production capacity, agriculture, media, quality inspection, tourism, drug-banning, finance, coast guard, and infrastructure.

President Duterte arrived in Beijing with at least 200 top Philippine business people to pave the way for what he calls a new commercial alliance. The two countries signed trade agreements valued at more than $13 billion and China promised $9 billion in development investments. 

Most important for Duterte, Chinese leaders will not meddle in Philippine domestic affairs by criticizing Duterte’s war against drug lords or the Philippine human rights record. President Xi expressed support for the anti-drug campaign.

Nevertheless, Chinese leaders are wary of Duterte because they know from Philippine polls that his anti-American sentiment is not representative of the Philippine people’s attitude. One poll in 2015 indicated more than 90 per cent of the Philippine population had a favorable opinion of the US.

He also has refused to acknowledge Chinese sovereignty over Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. Evidently the two nations will work out an accommodation that will allow Philippine boats to fish in the area.

Analysis- The Philippines will be a liability for China. Duterte is looking for a patron who dispenses rewards. He says that the US is that it has not done enough for the Philippines. However, denial of US military access to Philippine bases for use against China in the South China Sea might make the cost of carrying the Philippines for a while worth the bargain. Chinese national goals require a stable environment in Asia. That requires cooperation with the US. The Chinese also are not impressed by Duterte’s coarse, vulgar choices of words. (i.e. referring to Barack as the son of a whore - which while true, is crass)

The Philippines from a political perspective has often looked like a revolving door. A new administration might do to Duterte what he did to his predecessor—reverse the policy. The Duterte tilt might not last past Duterte’s time in office.

For now, in the politics of the South China Sea claimants, Duterte has delivered to China a strategic windfall. That includes an unprecedented partnership with China, a communist country considered a threat in the US-Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty. It also includes the prospect that Duterte will deny US access to and use of Philippine bases in resisting China’s claim to sovereignty in the South China Sea. 


There's not much that I can say positive about the place. There have been a number of cease fires in the proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran that's going on in Yemen. Another one went into effect, and was promptly violated by the Iranian/Houthi army.

Despite the stalemate and war weariness, this ceasefire will not last unless massive outside pressure is exerted on the Houthis and the Iranians who continue to supply them.

Iran is asking for a billion dollars a head for US hostages that they're holding. After the $150,000,000 windfall including a $1.4 billion cash for hostages deal with the US, they are using the ante on the release of additional hostages. My sense is that if you are stupid enough to go to Iran - and the savages take you hostage, you're on your own. But that's just me. Barack and Hillary have a different take on it.

Turkey - in - Syria

The Turkish government reported that on 18 October its combat aircraft executed 26 air strikes against Syrian Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG) targets in northern Syria. The Turks claimed they killed between 160 to 200 YPG fighters. 

A Turkish deputy prime minister said that Turkey was displeased with the support the US provides to the Syrian Kurds.

A YPG spokesman said the air strikes killed 15 people. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said nine Kurdish fighters are confirmed dead. 

In response to the Turkish air strikes, the Syrian army general command issued a statement. “Any attempt to once again breach Syrian airspace by Turkish war planes will be dealt with and they will be brought down by all means available.”

The status of Syria’s air defense system is unclear. The Russians are believed to have helped restore it. Regardless of its condition, we judge the Syrians are serious about shooting at the Turkish aircraft.

The status of Russia’s air defense system in Syria is robust and capable of downing the Turkish fighter bombers. The Syrians are not known to have asked for Russian help yet, but they almost certainly share air surveillance information and probably jointly man air defense centers. 

Turkish involvement complicates the destruction of the Islamic State because Turkey will use the grand campaign against Mosul as a justification and cover for pursuing its own military objectives. The air attacks are an example of Turkey attacking a US-backed proxy force in Syria, while the US is focused primarily on the Mosul operation.

Al Monitor published an article that reported Turkish President Erdogan intends to launch Operation Tigris Shield in Iraq as a complement to Operation Euphrates Shield in Syria. Both have the objective of fighting terrorists, namely the Kurds (US allies), in both countries.

The US relies on aircraft based in Turkey to prosecute its bombing campaign (such as it is) against ISIS in Syria and Northern Iraq and also to provide top cover for US troops in the field. The Turks are OK with that so long as the US allows them to kill our Kurdish allies. Does that make any sense to you? It doesn't to me, but Barack and friends don't have a coherent policy - and that's what you get. 

Pay to Play

More Corruption from Clinton

(Fox News) Just hours after Hillary Clinton dodged a question at the final presidential debate about charges of "pay to play" at the Clinton Foundation, a new batch of WikiLeaks emails surfaced with stunning charges that the candidate herself was at the center of negotiating a $12 million commitment from King Mohammed VI of Morocco.

One of the more remarkable parts of the charge is that the allegation came from Clinton's loyal aide, Huma Abedin, who described the connection in a January 2015 email exchange with two top advisers to the candidate, John Podesta and Robby Mook.

Abedin wrote that "this was HRC's idea" for her to speak at a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in Morocco in May 2015 as an explicit condition for the $12 million commitment from the king.

"She created this mess and she knows it," Abedin wrote to Podesta and Mook.

WikiLeaks is a gift that keeps on giving. 

But rampant election-related corruption and a State Department that was clearly for sale doesn't seem to matter to the electorate. I guess that we will have to wait until November 8 to see how all that shakes out.

Thoughts on Trump

Donald J. Trump is not a good debater and his ego doesn't allow him to take sound advice or to practice. Though with the shrill, unending attacks from the mainstream media, maybe it doesn't matter how well he debates so long as he gets his point across?

Thoughts on Clinton 

A Clinton presidency takes away all pretense at a Republic and we just need to do what we can to get by. Some of us will do better than others, but the federal government (which is already for sale to the highest bidder) will be openly so.  The feds were Obama's attack dog but it will be worse under a Clinton Administration. Count on it.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

A New War?

Vladimir Putin explains the situation in Syria and Iraq from his perspective. Take Seven minutes out of your life and make of it as you will.

I'm not advocating for one position or the other, but what Putin says (above) is accurate as far as I can tell. 

US bungling in the Middle East has been legendary. And it will get worse with a Clinton presidency when you consider that she steered the nation in the direction we're in now.

John Kerry, US Secretary of State said that, "Russia is trying to play a weak hand in Syria - trying to be more than the regional power they are."


Russia mobilized the Northern and Baltic Fleets, sending key assets to the Mediterranean Sea off Syria, thumbing its nose at the British as it passes.
(Bloomberg) After a strike by the U.S.-led coalition on a Syrian army base last month that the Pentagon said was a mistake killed dozens of soldiers, Russia’s Defense Ministry said it won’t allow a repetition. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in an interview with state-run Channel One broadcast Sunday said Russian defenses can protect the Syrian army from any U.S. attack and warned the American military to desist from “dangerous games.” - There's more at that link.
The US will provoke a war - at least a limited war - in my estimation, if only to stop the scandals that are boiling around Clinton. They need a break from WikiLeaks and Veritas showing what craven scum that they are and a war, even a fake war (See Gulf of Tonkin Resolution), will send the press scurrying in another direction.
Questions about the Gulf of Tonkin incidents have persisted for more than 40 years. But once-classified documents and tapes released in the past several years, combined with previously uncovered facts, make clear that high government officials distorted facts and deceived the American public about events that led to full U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. (US Naval Institute)
282,000 American and allied soldiers died in Vietnam). Another half million Vietnamese died. 

If you think that Hillary Clinton will blink twice at three quarters of a million dead to divert attention from her vast felonious conduct - you don't know Hillary. War is often a racket... I think that the Russians, no strangers to war, are concerned about that.

Some would say that George W. Bush provoked a war in Iraq to find weapons of mass destruction when there was NO EVIDENCE that they existed, far more recently in our history. I was in a position to know back in 2002-3 and based on what I saw, no evidence existed beyond some manufactured bullshit. And think of the blood and treasure that followed that adventure, and became ISIS, and the conflict in Syria that we're chatting about today.

Wag the Dog Scenario:

Russian Redeployment

The Royal Navy shadowed the Russian aircraft carrier/aircraft-carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov and its escorts as they approached the United Kingdom on the 19th. The escorts include the nuclear-powered battle cruiser Pytor Veliky (Peter the Great), two destroyers and four support ships.

Concerns over Britain's ability to monitor the vessels has been heightened as the UK no longer has its own surveillance planes due to funding cut-backs. Norwegian and US maritime patrol aircraft filled in the gaps.

The Russians are deploying their Northern Fleet and much of the Baltic Fleet to the waters off Syria in the largest surface deployment since the end of the Cold War. This is not a friendly port call. In two weeks we will see a crescendo of air attacks on Aleppo as part of Russia’s strategy to declare victory there.”

Barack dissolved the US Sixth Fleet, so there hasn't been an American fleet in the Mediterranean since that happened. Some US ships have been assigned to patrol that region but it has not been anything on the order of a fleet.  The Russians have stepped into that void.

The Russian naval task group, especially the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, is expected to participate in the operations against the rebels in eastern Aleppo. It should arrive within the week. In August, Russian Defense Minister General Shoigu said the Admiral Kuznetsov is scheduled to support Syrian operations until January 2017.

Russia already has ten ships supporting operations in Syria. The Admiral Kuznetsov and its escorts will add to that number.

Humanitarian pause extended. On 19 October, Deputy Chief of the General Staff General Rudskoi said, “Tomorrow, on 20 October, a humanitarian pause will be implemented in Aleppo from 0800 to provide free passage to civilians, for the evacuation of the sick and wounded and the withdrawal of militants from the eastern districts of the city.” This proposal is intended to justify in advance the destruction that is likely to follow after the ceasefire ends and the putative “final offensive” starts. 

General Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff, expressed concern that militants from the Islamic State could escape from Mosul in Iraq to Syria. It's something that Donald Trump mentioned in the debate last night, that Hillary shucked off as preposterous. The Russians aren't wrong and neither was Trump, but the Obama Regime has so mismanaged the situation(s) in the Middle East (along with everywhere else) that they're left looking foolish (as usual).
"Our attention is primarily on the militants' possible attempts to break out of Mosul, or leave the city unimpeded, by agreement, in the direction of Syria," Gerasimov said according to Interfax. 
"We hope that our partners from the international coalition realize what the effect would be of large ISIL gangs roaming free in the Middle East region. It is therefore necessary to destroy terrorists on the spot, not push them around from one country into another." 
Gerasimov’s comments about Mosul are a legitimate concern. They also seem pertinent to Russian intentions for operations against the rebels in eastern Aleppo.

If you were to ask where the United States is in all this, really all I can do is shrug my shoulders. At this point, the US doesn't have a significant horse in the race. It's a Russian and Turkish game with Barack and friends sitting on the sidelines puffing and blowing.

America and Another Red Line?

Given the nature of the rigged presidential election back home in the US, the lack of capacity in the Mediterranean, etc., the US has apparently threatened Russia with nuclear weapons either tacitly or openly. The Russians responded by alerting its public to be ready for a nuclear war with the US - as it moves forward.  The US dismissed the Russian response as 'mere theater', but that's not how I see it. The Russians have shown that they are ready to go for broke and they dismiss American threats as just another red line that the foolish and corrupt Barack is drawing.

Isn't it interesting that the Democrats (and their media shills) are accusing Trump of potential irresponsibility with the use of nuclear weapons when they themselves are (likely - I have no proof at this point) rattling nuclear sabers at the Russians?

An America in decline, the Brits (an island nation) without maritime aircraft, and on and on speaks to a changing world. But don't worry - there are still free Obamaphones, welfare and medical benefits for illegal aliens - who are allowed to vote in American elections...

The Gold Standard?

I want to posit a serious question to all of you who read this blog:

Given the myriad scandals involving the selection of candidates including "super delegates" and back room state nominations (as opposed to a public vote) for a candidate - moving on to the tens of thousands of e-mails that came forward through WikiLeaks and culminating with the veritas videos - Is corruption so endemic and so accepted that we can no longer go through a fair nominating process in America for each of the major parties and an honest election for president?
  • Congress is unable to pass a law requiring registered voters to present government ID to vote. It's insane but it's true.
  • The New York Election Commissioner (a Democrat) speaks openly of people bussed from polling place to polling place where they vote over and over.
  • In much of Philadelphia and Baltimore, not a single vote was cast for a Republican candidate. How is that statistically possible?
  • The DNC/Clinton Campaign engaged in now documented harassment and organized riots to disrupt the Republicans and the nation and Congress do nothing to censure them. 
I had lunch with a long time friend today. Former investigator for the US Senate, worked in key roles at CIA and Treasury, also a friend of blogger WoFat. The discussion turned serious when he said that the system was so broken - so fractured - so corrupt and was so accepting of corruption as a normal political practice, that the foundation of the Republic was gone. The remaining veneer is so thin and transparent and the Potemkin Village is evident to all but the most deluded and ignorant souls.  Connivance gave Hillary Clinton the Dem nomination over Bernie Sanders, and it has served her in the general election as well. Felonies were excused by the Obama Administration and corrupt DOJ officials to allow Clinton to continue in her race for the White House.

What sort of credibility will the next president have, no matter who wins. And what of 2020? What will that and future elections look like? Is the 2016 election cycle to be the gold standard going forward?

The Debate: Given what we know of Hillary's past, is A SINGLE WORD that she says, "credible"? The answer is that nobody knows because she is a pathological liar. The evidence of that is overwhelming and incontrovertible. Should she be allowed to debate, given that situation? I guess so, but there should be a disclaimer at the beginning and at the end. Having said that, this third debate was Trump's strongest showing so far. The Democrats were upset that Trump said that he may not abide by the results of the election because he believes that it is being rigged through felonious means -- and there's video proof of that.

The Hollowing of America: The military needs a jumpstart, the economy does not grow (see gun decking, below) even though Barack and Hillary would have you believe that it is. We have exported good manufacturing jobs and Obamacare has driven up the cost of healthcare to an obscene level. If I sound as if I'm echoing Trump, I'm not. The globalists have done this and we are paying the butcher's bill on it. The British saw their world being hollowed out and voted for BREXIT, in the hope of regaining national sovereignty and say in their own future. America is in a different place but the issues are remarkably similar. 

Conspiracy Theory: Who pulls Barack's strings? (don't even bother to suggest that Barack is his own man) Who pulls Hillary's strings? (again, it's not Hillary). The best answer that I can give is that I'm not sure. Soros, and others clearly have serious influence, but there are others. 

Trump is the fly in the ointment (they wanted it to be Jeb! - stupid, compliant and complicit), and he's not reading from the same script that the career politicians read from. 

Gundecking: Old NFO will know what I mean when I say that the way the nation collects statistics is best defined as "Gundecking". It's a Navy term.
Gundecking Defined: to fake or falsify especially by writing up (as a series of official reports) as if meeting requirements but actually without having carried out the required procedures
We see statistics bent to the point of unbelievability in areas such as what counts as "unemployed" and "full employment". A little honesty would be refreshing. The same thing is true with how the Obama regime counts "deportations". When every measurement is twisted either by lawyers concocting 'definitions' or by outright deceit, the way we look at success and failure is also skewed. There is an old axiom: Figures lie and liars figure. That's not new to the ObamaNation, but they have taken it to a whole new level where credibility is even strained at time to the news media, who is firmly in their pocket and under control.

It all speaks to credibility.

Back to that first question that I asked you, Is corruption so endemic and so accepted that we can no longer go through a fair nominating process in America for each of the major parties and an honest election for president?

Personal Note: I absentee voted for Trump/Pence yesterday.