Today was the day

Autumn and my first two cousins
Autumn and my first two cousins

Autumn and my first two cousins

Sometime during the early hours Autumn started acting funny. As the hours ticked away neither mommy or daddy were able to sleep well. Around 8:00 Mommy got up to take care of a nature call and asked daddy to make sure Autumn didn’t follow her. Daddy rolled over and after mommy had left the room noticed the first of my new nephews. As daddy looked close he discovered a second puppy. The first had the markings of a cow, white with big black splotches. The second dark brown with a little white on its chest just like it’s father, Tonka.

It wasn’t until around 1:00 that Autumn gave birth to her third and last puppy a little black boy with some of his father’s markings. The vet had promised me four new nephews/nieces. In the end I ended up with three new nephews once again proving how worthless vets are. He couldn’t even count to three without skipping a number. So much for his college education.

I am happy to report that so far the three little beasts are hardly able to move and their eyes are not yet open. Mommy swears that she plans to sell them in about twelve weeks. Please do me a favor and buy one or even all three before I am torn to threads. One Autumn is enough no doggy should be forced to deal with four of them that’s cruel and unusual punishment.


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Catching up on the news.

As I’m sure you remember mommy spent a month visiting our Aunt Monica and her family. Jessica, one of my sisters was getting married and mommy had to be there for that. My sister Autumn went with her. it seems the pre-wedding activities got out of hand. Autumn and our cousin Tanka got too friendly with each other and now I’m going to be an uncle again. The vet says that she has four babies growing inside her. Autumn is bad enough on her own but four Autumn/Tonka might be more than any doggie can handle.

Today mommy and I helped daddy move the bed over closer to the closet to provide more room on mommy’s side. When we put the bed back together daddy left out the bedframe putting the mattress on the floor so that Autumn can’t get under it.

After mommy went back to sleep I helped daddy build a box to contain Autumn and her babies once they are born. Daddy put a door in it to make it easier for Autumn to get in and out. I hope her babies can’t get out. I’m NOT going to be responsible for them and babysit them all the time like I’m doing for three of my other Nephews. Don’t get me wrong I love my nephews but the thought of four Autumns terrorizing me is enough to give me nightmares.  On the bright side Autumn loves her new box and is sleeping in it instead of taking up half the bed and cuddling with my daddy.

I remember back when Autumn first joined my family. She was a terror on steroids. Always pulling me around by my tail, jumping on me, and hogging daddy. I tried explaining to her that as the older brother she needed to listen to me but she never did and still doesn’t. Autumn is a royal pain in the tail/back.

Mommy tells me that they will be finding homes for all of Autumn’s babies but I know better. Give mommy or daddy a cute little baby and they go googly eyed and start going goo goo, Unable to stop themselves they will cuddly and baby talk until I’ll want to crawl under I feel like throwing up. Autumn’s cuteness still has mommy and daddy wrapped around her tail.  Considering the fact that there are eight cats and three dogs in our family already. Or that when we brought four homeless kittens in until they were old enough to go to a forever home yet five years later they all still live with use. It becomes clear that I will be stuck with four more Autumns each a little terror by themselves and as a group a natural disaster.

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Dog vs. God

They say that “Cleanliness is next to Godliness” God is dog reversed so you could say it’s the opposite, therefore cleanliness is about as far away from dogs as you can get. That explains why dogs don’t like baths.

That said some might say that if dog is the opposite of God then we must be the Devil. In fact some religions consider dogs to be dirty or evil. That’s far from the truth. Dogs just like humans and all other animals are neither good nor evil. Some do bad things but at the root we are neither good nor evil. We just are.

Cats were once worshiped as gods in ancient Egypt. They have not forgotten and consider themselves better than the rest of us. Cats expect to be served and taken care of.

Dogs on the other hand know their place and accept their responsibility. We are pack animals and as the great Spook said “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one” (Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan). As dogs we take care of each other putting the packs needs above our own.

My pack is a mixed species pack. One with people, dogs. cats and at times even fish and reptiles, we call it a family. My daddy is the head of the pack, mommy is his partner in some ways her rule outweighs daddy. It is my responsibility to see to the needs of the pack and my daddy. II take care of my daddy helping him with his physical and occupational therapy as well as watching over him all the time.


I love my life.

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I’m not sure what’s happening with my daddy

The morning after we got home daddy woke up early I guess he thought Autumn was still here and had woken us up. He stumbled out of bed and blindly took me for our morning walk. I have a lazy daddy so there is no way he planned on doing this it just happened. Sure enough the next two days daddy SLEPT IN and we didn’t get to go on our walk.

Surprisingly on Saturday my nephew Norlin made daddy take both of us on a walk but not just to the end of the street as we  often do but around the block. Again on Sunday Norlin and his brother Chris made daddy take the three of us on a walk around the block. Sadly, this morning daddy refused to get up and slept in even though I tried screaming at him. Daddy needs to start listening to me I know what’s best for him. During the day I talked with my nephews and the promised to help me get lazy daddy up.

Aunt Linda and my Cousin Bella ran off to Mesquite for the week. It’s her mini getaway. Lucky Bella gets her mother all to herself for the next five days and I don’t have to share my nephews with them It’s party time in the old town this week.

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The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Daddy’s

So much for just staying a night or two. It seems a lot is going on up here and daddy ended up staying five nights.

It seems my cousin Tonka has a new sister Zoe. She’s just a kid and wants to play all the time with no understanding of the responsibility I have taking care of my daddy. I tried explaining all this to her but it was of no use. As we all know kids don’t listen to their elders.

I was surprised that my two cousins insisted on going with us on our walks. I’m not sure how we all managed to make it around the block but at least daddy got his workout.

After more than a month in dog years daddy got us up early one morning and we headed home. Daddy left without eating breakfast promising mommy that he would grab something when we stopped for gas on the way out of town. Sure enough daddy stopped for gas before we got on the freeway and picked up an egg, cheese, and bacon sandwich. After eating three fourths of it daddy gave me the rest. I was excited but my excitement turned to disappointment as it had no flavor.

After a while daddy opened up a bag of beef jerky for us to share. I’ve barked about it before and still can’t understand why daddy steels my treats. You know the old saying ”if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it’s a duck!” Well if it smells like a dog treat and it tastes like a dog treat then it’s a dog treat. As far as I’m concerned Beef Jerky looks like a dog treat, it smells like a dog treat and it tastes like a dog treat. Nevertheless, daddy seems to think it’s Ok for him to eat it all the time. As It is daddy ate half my bag of jerky but at least he gave me as much as he took. Not long after we finished my bag of treats we pulled into Vegas, we were almost home. Traffic wasn’t bad so it took no time at all before the Dodge rolled in front of our house. Home at last and no Autumn to deal with for a few weeks.

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Hall’n down the road

It’s time for another road trip. Today mommy got up when Autumn woke daddy and I, Mommy tends to sleep through Autumn getting us up often mumbling something after we get back and daddy lays back down. Today mommy was up and packing her things and as soon as daddy got home he grabbed some clothing packed his CPAP and started loading up the Dodge.

I already knew that mommy was going up to stay with Aunt Monica to help my sister Jessica with her wedding plans. Daddy plans on us just going up there for a night or two then returning home.

I was surprised at how early we got on the road. Most of the time mommy sleeps in and it takes us forever to get up there. Since the Dodge doesn’t have AC daddy wanted to get through the worst of the trip before it got too hot.

We stopped in Mesquite so daddy could get us breakfast and we could make a much need nature break. Then we continued all the wat to Beaver where daddy stopped for gas and we got another nature break. Can you believe the gas station had signs posted that dogs weren’t allowed on the grass?  You humans need to stop species discrimination, it’s not fair.

Just a few more hours found us at Aunt Monica’s in time for a late lunch. Daddy picked up Fried Chicken and fruit allowing us to enjoy a nice hot lunch followed by a short but much nap.

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Let sleeping dads lie

This morning when Autumn woke daddy up for our walk Daddy asked her haven’t you heard the old saying let sleeping dads lie. I had to admit there was a familiar ring to it but somehow it just didn’t seem right. When we got home I did what any intelligent dog would do I got on-line and looked it up. Seems once again daddy was playing games with the wording.

However, that got me thinking I had already realized that mommy is a cat or more specifically an iCat is my daddy also something other than a person? Once again I put it to a logical test and discovered that my daddy is really a dog. Let’s look at the facts daddy hinted at it this morning.

  • Dogs sleep a lot, daddy sleeps a lot.
  • Dogs like to play fetch daddy plays fetch with me all the time
  • Dogs are loyal daddy is loyal to mommy to a fault
  • Dogs aim to please daddy does everything he can to please mommy
  • Dogs can be trained mommy has daddy wrapped around her finger.
  • The final key was watching daddy roll over and play dead after going back to bed this morning.

I am lucky to have a doggy for a daddy. Now that I understand this daddy’s comment this morning makes perfect sense. Even so I still want my daily walks.



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I realize that I haven’t written much lately but I’ve been busy.

During the last month I’ve been able to spend time with all five of my nephews and my niece. We’ve gone out of town twice and once again the SUV has proven that it is a Stupid Ugly Vehicle as the transmission gave out and we were lucky to make it home without having to push it. Yes I use to call it a Stupid Useless Vehicle but that was before it took us to Oregon to visit Tyson, my bestest friend in the whole world. I discovered that it wasn’t useless just ugly giving it a new name.

Add to it my presidential campaign and I find myself with little if any time for myself. That said, It’s important that I keep my loyal fans advised of what’s going on in my world.

Life is great with three of my nephews staying with us and my daddy home most of the time. My sister Autumn wakes us up every morning before the sun wakes and it gets hot so we can all enjoy our daily walk. If not for Autumn daddy would never crawl out of bed to take us for walks but Autumn is demanding and refuses to take no for an answer. I fear that when she and mommy go to Payson next month that daddy will forget how to take us for walks. I’ve said it before my daddy is lazy without Autumn’s demanding I doubt he would even get out of bed in the morning.

Last week mommy had to visit the evil doctor and have surgery again. This is getting to be a routine thing with mommy, doctor visits, hospital stays, tests, and surgery. Daddy says that mommy’s isn’t the same person he married, they keep taking pieces of her away leaving him with less than he started with. Of course daddy’s joking around he loves mommy no matter how much or little of her is left. I don’t understand what daddy sees in mommy. Not true I love mommy too I just wish she would get over this compulsive disorder she has about cleaning everything and everyone. Water is for drinking nor for bathing. It must be a mommy thing since Mother Nature seems to enjoy throwing baths at us way too often. At least living in the desert it’s not as bad as poor Tyson has it in Oregon where nature gives him one big never ending bath.


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Getting the Hall’s out in the Dodge Again

I know that’s not really how the saying goes but for us Halls using Daddy’s old Dodge truck it fits.

July 16th marks 17 years of my mommy and daddy being married I confess I wasn’t around when they got together but I understand it’s an important day for them. To celebrate daddy took us all to Mesquite for the weekend. As we always do we stayed at the Virgin River Hotel & Casino. It’s a great place to stay with pet friendly rooms with hard floors not carpet in case we have an accident after being abandoned. We arrived Friday afternoon and once checked into our room daddy dropped us all of so we could cool down and proceeded to unpack the truck. Daddy was thoughtful and added ice to our water bowl.

Once daddy got that done we all took a much needed nap before daddy ran off to get us all dinner. As expected daddy got the Prime Rib dinner and ate all of it. Mommy on the other hand got the BBQ ribs and shared not only with us but daddy as well as if daddy needed more.

One of the nice things about staying here is the several walks we get every day. Of course it’s too hot for long walks during the day but we can still do quick walks around the building. In the evening daddy likes to take us on adventures. There is a big open area next to the hotel with trees, a dried river bed and more. One of these days maybe I can talk daddy into climbing up the hill to see what is on the other side. We did walk almost all the way to the freeway this trip and even found a small pond thankfully mommy wasn’t with us so I wasn’t afraid of getting a bath.

Mommy insisted on dragging daddy to the pool and making him soak in it for hours. Thankfully the management must love dogs because we aren’t allowed in the pool area. Mommy couldn’t make us go and take a bath. I feel sorry for daddy but at the same time I’m happy for us. Mommy used something called sunscreen spraying it on both herself and daddy. It stunk worse than the soap mommy uses when she washes us. It stunk so bad that I couldn’t breathe. I tried holding my nose but without fingers I found it impossible. I think daddy was turning blue in the face by the time mommy was done with him. Autumn and I both agree if mommy comes near us with that can we are running for the hills even if it is a hundred million degrees outside.

The weekend passed to fast and before I know it we were bringing the Hall’s back in the Dodge. Darn I want to get out of town in the Dodge again hopefully someplace cooler next time.

Help us get away again and get a little something for yourself. Use and stay before August 31 and we both get $15.00 to spend. I’m looking forward to another getaway.

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Tristan’s Frequently Asked Questions

Tristan for President
Tristan for President

Let Washington know it’s time for a change vote Tristan for President.

What political party is Tristan associated with?

Tristan is an independent is not associated with any political party. First off, as a non-human with no voting rights the parties like the politicians don’t care about him and won’t let him join. Secondly the parties have their agendas that their candidates are expected to push, Tristan does not want others trying to control his policies.

Is Tristan conservative or Liberal?

Tristan chooses not to apply tags to himself or to others. If it becomes a one or the other Tristan does have Conservative tendency. However, he also has liberal ones. Tristan believes that, despite the fact that it concentrated only on the human race, The United States Constitution combined with the Declaration of Independence form the most perfect outline for government ever created.

Has Tristan given any thought to choosing a running mate?

Dein, one of my pet cats

Dein, my favorite chew toy

There has been a lot of talk about diversity mostly about women, blacks, or Hispanics. Humans have been in control for thousands of years and look at the mess they’ve made. It’s time to turn the reins over to others and see what they can do. Tristan is a happy-go-lucky kind of guy. He realizes that his Vice President must provide a strong contrast to his own personality. After consulting with his advisory board Tristan has reluctantly agreed that Dein is the best choice. Though a pain in the lower back; Dien is strong willed, Demanding, and stubborn. There is also the fact that cat’s always land on their feet something that will come in very handy. While dogs are pack animals putting the needs of the pack before that of the individual, cats are solitary thus choosing Dien as his running mate Tristan will insuring that individual rights are not forgotten. The final point is that Dien will insure the “Crazy Cat Lady’s” vote.

What is Tristan’s stance on global warming and the environment?

This is really two questions:

The Environment

Man has made a mess of the world. Cutting down the rain forest, poisoning the water ways, and worse of all killing those who are weaker. It’s time for that to stop in the 1960s and 1970s there were a group of commercials showing a Native American crying over the litter across the land. This lead to a new awareness and a strong effort to clean things up. It is time for a new push to hold companies and people responsible for the damage that they have done and cleaning up the mess. Tristan says “stop destroying our natural resources and lets all work together to make the world a better place. That said somewhere along the line government has lost its common sense. Threatening a farmer for building a small pond which not only waters his cattle but also provides a home to other species is insane.

Global Warming

Tristan has found that the best way to raise money is to “cry wolf”. Find a problem and governments will throw money at it the worse the problem the more money they throw. It doesn’t matter if it’s a real problem in-fact the fake one’s are best. Time and again the so called climate scientists have been proven wrong. It’s reached a point where they are providing their own “facts” to prove their point and when the “facts” are shown to be wrong such as the loss of the Antarctica Ice Sheet they make up new ones. In 2006 Mr Gore bored us with his predictions in “An Inconvenient Truth” only to have them like so many before fail to come about. Tristan does not feel that there is any real science associating global climate change to manmade effects. In fact, the science points to something totally different.

Has Tristan thought about GMOs?

Genetically modified organism (GMO), like this presidential race, has had a lot of press lately, much of it garbage. Tristan feels that everyone has the right to know what they are putting into their bodies. He agrees that food stuff containing GMO s should be labeled as such. The science is unsure on the safety of GMOs at this time other than pushing for labels Tristan has not taken a stance.

Where does Tristan stand on gun control?

Tristan feels that there are some people who should never be allowed near guns but other than those who have proven themselves to be a danger to society or themselves Tristan does not support any form of gun control. Let’s face it if removing legal guns from the people made the people safer than places like Chicago, New York, Washington DC, Detroit and even L.A. should be among the safest place in America. The truth is criminals don’t obey laws. That’s why they are called criminals. Bad people will find a way to do bad things and removing guns from the good people only make things better for the criminals. Tristan agrees with the saying the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Tristan does feel that extensive gun safety training should be required before anyone can buy a gun. Tristan also supports gun safety training in school

What about LGBT rights?

The history of mankind is one of strife and oppression of those who are different. Be it nationality, religion, skin or hair color, or just the way they act. Tristan says we don’t need to agree with others but as long as their actions don’t harm others then they should be allowed to live as the chose. Alan Turing and his team of dedicated mathematicians were responsible for saving countless lives and bringing an early end to World War II yet despite being a hero he was punished and ultimately died young because of his homosexuality.

The Declaration on Independence states “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” This is very clear we are all equal and have basic rights that cannot be denied. Tristan is sad that it uses the word man he feels this should have been left out.

Why does Tristan want to close the U, S. Postal Service?

Tristan has two reasons for closing the Postal Service


The Post Office operates at a loss of approximately 50 million dollars a day that’s a big chunk of change. If any business lost that kind of money it wouldn’t take long before either the CEO was sacked or the business folded. Why has the Post Office been allowed to remain open when it’s losses are in the billions year after year? If they can’t at least break even shut them down.


As every dog knows, there is a reason for the term “going postal” yet we are expected to let these potentially violent criminals into our neighborhoods and even our homes. Six days a week all across the country Mailmen raid the small letter boxes in front of our homes looking for and stealing anything they find while leaving stress causing bills behind.


What exactly is Tristan’s plan for handling crime?

Not only do prisons not work they cost America a fortune to operate. Tristan feels there must be a better answer. To begin with there are different kinds of criminals, those who can be rehabilitated, those who can’t, those who are a danger to society and/or themselves.

Drug Use

Looking at the statistics the majority of offenders are drug related. Drug addiction can be treated however, if the underlying cause itself isn’t treated they will likely just start up again. Treatment must include not just detoxing of the addiction but more importantly identifying the root cause, why did they start to begin with, and treating that. It’s more a phycology issue than anything else. True drug abusers tend to commit other crimes due to their addiction but once the addiction and cause are fixed they are unlikely to return to a life of crime

Other Drug related crimes

Things are different when looking at those who supply the drugs. True some “pushers” fall into “the user” category but most of those in the supply chain are in it for their own gain. They don’t care who they hurt they just care about what they get out of it. Most who fall into this group can’t be helped because they don’t want to be helped.

Minor Crimes

Many who fall into this category are crying for help locking them up with other offenders will not help them physiological help is best and may turn these minor criminals into good strong citizens.

Violent criminals

Tristan doesn’t consider those who become violent after years of abuse and act against their abuser as belonging in this group.

These are the worst of it worse in most cases they can’t be helped and must be removed from society for the safety of the population. Locking them up and throwing away the key has been proven as a failure. There was a time when people like this might be shipped off to a remote location forced to fend for themselves. In today’s world this isn’t an option or is it? Tristan thinks it’s time to think outside the box.

Tristan’s answer

It’s bad enough that society must pay the cost of higher prices in stores, higher insurance, and higher taxes because of the action of a few bad apples. Why must society also pay to incarcerate them? Tristan says with all this talk about space expiration and mining colonies on either the moon or in the asteroid belt. Why not use prisoners to build and operate mining facilities on the moon? Tristan believes that through a jointly funded programs where the government and corporate America share the cost space based penal colonies can not only become a reality buy provide a needed boost to the economy and advances in space exploration. Inmates would have the choice of moon based solitary confinement being provided with only the basic necessities of life with no chance of escape or freedom or they could apply their considerable energy and intellect toward building a new world one in which their efforts would be rewarded both financially and with perks.

In the meantime, the U. S. Constitution guaranties protection from cruel and unusual punishment. It does not state that prisoners must live high on the hog. Why must inmates live better in prison than many law abiding Americans can? Let’s remove their TVs and other luxuries. Providing them with just the basics a small shared room, a single bed, basic not fancy food, physical exercise and reading materials. If they can’t be rehabilitated, then don’t waste money on them.

Youth Offenders

America has seen an increase in the amount of crimes committed by our youth. Gangs have replaced families and even very young children are committing hideous crimes. There are two problems that contribute the rise in youth crimes.

First and most devastating is the destruction of the family.

Single parent homes force the one parent to work multiple jobs in order to meet the needs of the family living the children without the love, support, and guidance they need. In today’s society even in homes with two parents they both feel the need to work in order to keep up with the Jones. This creates a vacuum which sadly is too often filled by gangs and peer pressure. There is no easy answer to this. Tristan knows of no magic wand he can wave to restore the family. The first thought is for society to step in and take over for the missing parents or to provide a system where single parents don’t have to work. These gut responses don’t fix the core problem they only create a society that is dependent on others to provide for their need. Tristan understands that sometimes things don’t work out between couples. However, if they have created children together both parents must strive jointly to provide not just financially for their children but emotionally as well. Parents must be held accountable for the welfare and actions of their children.

Second is the lack of things to do.

One of the best ways to keep someone out of trouble is to keep them busy. Youth come home from school to an empty house with no supervision and nothing to do. Homework is ignored because teachers and parents don’t seem to care one way or the other about it. After school programs work for some but not all children. More must be done to provide work opportunities to youth of all ages. Paper routes once a teen’s job are now handled by adults. Kids attempting to setup lemonade stands are shut down by local governments due to lack of licensing. Businesses have taken over the mowing of yards once a common chore among the youth.

  • Government needs to get its big head out of the way and allow children to be children doing things that keep them busy and out of trouble.
  • Parents must assign and then inforce to completion of household chores
  • Teacher must follow-up insuring that homework assignments are completed and children are not just passed from grade to grade.
  • Work opportunities must be provided for older youth allowing them to earn money while learning both the value of work and the managing of money.

How does Tristan feel about capital punishment?

Tristan feels that all life is valuable. However, there are those few sociopathic members of society that can’t be helped and won’t or can’t change. For society’s safety they must be removed. Like it or not the continual funding of a cozy life in prison at the taxpayer’s expense isn’t the answer. For these few Tristan supports the death penalty.

How will Tristan Defeat ISIS?

The key to defeating any enemy is to understand them. The fact we must come to terms with is that Islam isn’t the problem anymore than Christianity was in Ireland. Thugs will be thugs they are just looking for an excuse. Sadly, America through their Islamophobia is providing just that excuse.

There is the saying that if you want to kill a snake cut off its head The problem is ISIS isn’t a snake it’s more of a Hydra, chop off one head and others are waiting to take its place. In order to defeat ISIS we need a new plan going after the root or roots of the problem.

Step 1

America and the rest of the world need to end their Islamophobia treating Islam as they do everyone else.

Step 2

There are Mullah who make it their mission to preach hate. Using their own interpretation of the Koran They deceive weak minded individuals into assisting them in achieving their own goals. Assisted by the wests new found Islamophobia and wealth compared to the meeker living conditions of the middle East. They are nothing more than common criminals Willing to hurt anyone including their own followers for their personal gain. They should be treated like any other criminal locked away in space for all time. They problem is that they have created an environment where any action taken against them is seen as an attack on Islam This takes us to step three.

Step 3

Islam with support but not under the control of the rest of the world, Islam needs to lead a multinational taskforce to seek out, capture, prosecute, and imprison those who pervert the teachings of the Koran for their own gain. Trusted and honest Islamic leaders must be in charge of this force or it will only be seen as an attack on the faith. It is time for the true followers of Islam to step up and put their foot down.

Step 4

Though the Middle East controls a vast supply of the world’s oil reserves. They people are poor living in conditions worse than American Prisoners. Their poor living conditions make them easy victims of the self-serving Mullahs. Though Tristan is not a fan of big government. The funds earn through oil sales must be used to educate and employ the local people. One major Middle Eastern country has provided a welfare system that prevents the people from working. Instead most jobs are filled by outsiders while locals sit at home with nothing to do creating a perfect environment for problems. Keeping people busy helps keep them out of trouble.

How does Tristan feel about Apportion?

As stated before Tristan feels that All life is valuable. If persons must have sex, there are ways to safely prevent pregnancy. Tristan feels that abortion should only be an answer in the case of rape, incest, or health conditions affecting the mother’s ability to safely carry and deliver a child. Apportion should not be a case of I had fun. I didn’t take percussions, and now that I’m pregnant I don’t want the responsibility.

Teen Pregnancy and sex education

Too many teens are becoming parents long before they are physically or emotionally fit to do so. Part of this goes back to the lack of parental involvement. Sadly, lack of knowledge in human sexuality and prevention. Sex education should start in the home but many parents are embarrassed to talk with their children about sex or lack the knowledge themselves.

Abstinence is best if you don’t have sex you won’t get pregnant. However, peer pressure and other things encourage children to make irresponsible choices. Without knowledge children who become sexually active not only put themselves at risk of pregnancy but also Sexual Transmitted Diseases (STD). Schools must provide sexual education and prevention training in the absence of parents providing the same training.

What are Tristan’s thoughts on the IRS and Taxes?

They say two things are certain death and taxes. Governments need money to pay for needed infrastructure, law enforcement, schools, the military, and other needed expenses. Sadly, it seems that the few tend to pay the most. The poor have safety nets the rich have exemptions while the middle class are burdened with most of the load. One candidate has suggested a flat tax removing all loop holes and exemptions to insure everyone pays their fair share. Tristan supports this idea but also feels that businesses that benefit from infrastructure should help cover the cost. Roads must be maintained to allow products to be brought to market. The cost of building and maintain these roads should fall on those that use them.

What is Tristan’s stance on the size of the government?

The government is too big it must be cut. Much of what it does could and should be handled by corporate and even private America. Those who work for the government should be expected to perform as well as those in private enterprise and should not expect to be paid more or receive better benefits than the rest of America.

What will Tristan do about the national debt?

For the most part families are expected to live within their income or face the consequences. The government should also live within its income.

The first step is of course cutting its size. Let private America step up and fill in much of whet Uncle Sam is now doing. The government doesn’t benefit from its research why should it fund it?

Second government must cut waste, why should hammers and other items cost several times more when bought by the government than when anyone else buys them. Government employees should not be paid more or have better benefits than the rest of America, If they are doing the same job they should expect the same pay.

Where does Tristan stand on Education?

Education is the key to success. However, studies show that the American education system is broke American children lack the basics they need to survive let alone compete with the rest of America. Our future leaders are graduating high school unable to read, write, spell, or perform even basic math. They have no idea how to balance a checkbook, manage household expenses or even pay bills.

We are all different a one size fits all approach does not work nor does teaching to the lowest level. A child’s self-esteem is hurt more by the way others react to their ability than by what they can or can’t do. It’s time to return to a program where children are taught and expected to perform at their ability not all the same. Some children excel at math or sciences, while others excel in other areas. Neither group are per-sa smarter than the other they are just different.

America’s education must encourage a student’s strength helping them grow in these areas while not neglecting other important studies building on their strength and developing their weaknesses.

What are Tristan’s thoughts on Drugs?

Many drugs are dangerous, addictive, or inhibit responsible action. These drugs must be illegal and removed from society. Evil men have found ways to provide these dangerous and illegal drugs making large profits at the expense of all. A recent report showed that one Mexican drug lord owned more airplanes than Mexico’s largest airline. Tristan mentioned these providers earlier in this FAQ There is no place in our society for such people they must be removed and all they own should be taken to cover the cost of prosecution, restitution, imprisonment, and more.

Where does Tristan stand on the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care)?

Access to affordable healthcare should be a basic right guaranteed under the constitution. It should not however be mandated by the federal government. The buying of insurance should be up to the individual as should the cost of such care. Under Obamacare more persons have insurance but the cost has sky rocketed while coverage has shrunk.

Pharmaceutical companies are making insane profits on needed lifesaving drugs. One company was recently in the news for increasing the cost of one medication by 5,000%. The cost to manufacture this one drug is just $1.00 per pill yet they increased the price from $13.50 a pill to $750 a pill. On this 62 year-old drug cost of research has already been covered there is no reason other than greed to raise the cost like they did. This is criminal and the drug company should be held accountable. Send their CEO and other responsible individuals to the moon penal colony.

Unrealistic rewards for malpractice have driven healthcare costs through the ceiling. Yes those who commit malpractice must be held accountable and their victims should have future related healthcare and other needs covered but the should not become superrich overnight due to minor fixable conditions.

How will Tristan handle the immigration problem?

America is founded on immigration even the so called Native American’s are immigrants. America is a melting pot and this diversity has made America the great country that it is. Much of South America lacks the standard of living we enjoy. It’s understandable that others would want to come here and prosper from America’s greatness. However, Tristan warns, that we must manage and control who is allowed into this country. Our immigration system is broken. It’s too hard for outsiders to gain entry and become a productive member of our society. America needs to simplify the process while still keeping criminals, terrorists and other bad apples out. Those who enter the country illegally must be sent home where they can request entry through proper channels. Children born in America should not Automatically become American citizens. These so called “anchor babies” are a burden on America and add to our national debt. Illegals should not receive food stamps, free healthcare, welfare, or other benefits.

How does Tristan feel about Social Security?

A study found that person’s receiving social security benefits only receive about 62% of that they’ve invested. Social security is only going broke because the Fed has miss spend social security funds in other areas. Social security not China is the largest holder of US debt. Tristan feels the problem here is with the management of the program and not the program itself.

What exactly is Tristan’s stand on food stamps and other social programs?

It is said “the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray” Though Tristan isn’t sure what mice have to do with it but the truth is no matter how hard you plan the unexpected always happens. Food stamps and other programs must be available as a stop-gap measure to insure the basics are provided when the dodo hits the fan. It should not, however, become a lifelong program providing a way of life to those too lazy to work. Those receiving government aid should be expected to perform some form of work in exchange for the aid they receive. Everyone can do something even if it’s just stuffing envelopes.

How does Tristan feel about the unions?

There is power in the masses not the individual “united we stand divided we fall” In the early days of America the power was in the business. If someone wanted to work thay no choice but to accept the low wages, long hours, and unhealthy conditions demanded by the corporations. The rich became richer and the average American was treated like a pile of S***. Until the people organized and the unions were born. At first this was a good thing working conditions improved. People had more money to spend improving the economy. Then things changed. The unions were taken over by organized crime Demands for higher wages, have force many businesses and even governments into bankruptcy. The days of the unions have come and gone. Unions are a thing of the past and union leaders fall under Tristan’s definition of criminal.

How does Tristan feel about the $15.00 minimum wage?

Tristan says get real. Jobs like flipping hamburgers aren’t meant to be a lifetime career. They are meant as a starter job giving youth an introduction to working and the demands expected of them. If you want to make more money stay in school study hard and work even harder.

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