August 20, 2013
"TAKE OFF THE
don't think the majority of the news media isn't biased and controlled by those loyal to this administration--you
need to see if you can't exchange the brain you've got for one that actually works.
As though we don't have issues that are yet unresolved, starting with the economy and going on to jobs,
conflicts and war, stifling flaws in healthcare law, government spending, ongoing abuse without a budget, a do-nothing-Congress
and a NON-TRANSPARENT administration that continues to delve into greater secrecy by each passing day (so it seems).
To those items, we are also subjected to the spin and lies regarding
how immigration reform would create jobs and be good for the economy, the shielding of those that should
be held accountable for the dark stains on our recent history regarding Fast and Furious, the cover up of the Benghazi terrorist
attack, the IRS system of pressuring targeted groups, the DOJ's unlawful retention of private records and the overly zealous
and questionable practice of the DHS acquiring and stockpiling armored, battle ready vehicles
and billions of rounds of ammunition, beyond even the scope required by our military. I could go
on and on.
With all of this left open, up in the air and
draining the American taxpayers of any type of promise for the future---here is what the media focused on and offered up as
being the big story of the week: A clown, at a local rodeo, in the Midwest, wore a mask during a comedic
interlude. While patrons and participants found it to be amusing, a racial group did not. And
in the blink of an eye the career of a rodeo clown ended by being banned for life. Hearings were held,
investigations into the personnel responsible for the rodeo program and punishment was exacted and swift. Amazing
how fast things can be addressed and concluded when it might (I emphasis MIGHT) offend an influential person, a politician
and especially if that person is of color.
The mask happened to
be a caricature resemblance (almost cartoonish) of the President of this country. As
if we haven't seen masks of Presidents for decades and decades. This is nothing new. For
years, during Halloween, the racks are filled with masks that resemble a multitude of people, real and fictional.
Nothing is ever said. Many of us recall the endless variations of mask of Nixon, the Kennedy masks
(both JFK and Jacqueline), the Johnson masks, Reagan masks, both Bushes, etc. All of a sudden masks that
depict this president is a racist thing? So why such a focus across the nation?
Please spare me the manipulative attempts to make this into something to further infuriate the nation, to
further plant a burr under the saddle. There has continued to be an air of dissatisfaction regarding the verdict rendered
by the jury in the George Zimmerman trial. And that "up-in-the-air" attitude that seems to be
lingering, is that the verdict (unpopular with so called civil rights leaders) didn't serve as a catalyst to rile up a
riot, no matter the methods or areas in which organizers had hoped to ignite a spark. So, in the ongoing
attempt to create civil unrest, we have moved to the horse corral, the bull riding ring, the bronco busting arena.
There are malcontents that actually tried to instill a sense of racial discord, by looking to a small Midwestern town
and its venue celebrating traditions and love of life in the Old West and the Cowboys that tamed it. To
think someone would or could manipulate the innocent and crowd amusing antics of a rodeo clown and his mask, to cause a diversion
and attempt to promote racial discord.
Do you ever wonder
why race seems to be a part of so many issues today, as part of any and nearly all matters. And the candid
truth is that it seems to be more prevalent since we elected a president who has a darker skin color than the majority of
American citizens. Since he took office and spoke out against the "...stupidly..." actions
of the police in Cambridge, the photo op of a "beer summit", the "if I had a son....", the
recent comment of "Trayvon could have been me 35 years ago", there has been greater division between the races, than the unification that this president and his administration was
expected to deliver. Why?
things be going just the opposite? Shouldn't people of color be dancing in the streets?
Come to think of it, there was a time, when first elected, that that is exactly what people were doing. And the dancing
continued when the President was re-elected. So why, when race seems to have overcome all, by Americans
ushering in a person into the Oval Office, not once, but twice, and both times, the race of the man was not a deterrent, it
was a non-factor. What other truth could there be? So, why has the dancing stopped and
the focus turned to racism?
Could it be that things aren't as rosy as he promised them to be? Could it be that people of
color, people of ALL colors, people of ALL races, AMERICANS are finding out they can't pay their bills when there is no
work, they prefer to have a home over a free cell phone, they want to go to the
grocery store and buy food, not stand in line with their food stamp card and people are tired of the uncertainty of a sluggish
economy that is on government life support. People, REGARDLESS OF RACE, are tired of the empty promises
that do nothing but create one crisis after another. Each crisis is then partially doused, for the moment,
by deeper indebtedness through raising the debt ceiling that in turn, is choking the life out of us and smothering any hope
for the futures of our children.
it be that Americans, if allowed to focus on the real issues and not be distracted by some contrived, nonsensical and meaningless
incident, might concentrate on the issues of relevance and start to insist on much more.
Imagine the attention to details, if and when Americans united, regardless of race, and no longer bothered with the
distractions deliberately reported by the news media or certain civil leaders and social organizations that draw attention
and manufacture turmoil for the precise purpose of distracting the American voters.
If the American people stopped, took an honest evaluation and understood the truth of the diagnosis as to
how ill this patient really is---"this patient" being the United States of America, if
people really took the time to focus and educate themselves---there would be a riot for sure in this land. But, this would
not be a riot over race or color and it wouldn't benefit
this President, his administration, this inept congress or any of the media that is
less than forthright in its coverage of the real issues on the Main Streets of America.
We just might think about the dawning of a new wave in America----instead of those that would divide us,
according to race, maybe we should all be intent on a unification process based on coming together through patriotism, love
of country AND a coming together. A coming together because we actually do believe, each of us, regardless
of race, color, origin, ethnicity, religion or sex, yes, that we DO BELIEVE IN OUR HEARTS THAT ALL MEN WERE CREATED
As the Reverend, Doctor
Martin Luther King, Jr. said "I have a dream...". I also have a dream and I want to share it
with you. It's big enough to include you and you and you. My dream is that, no matter
your race, you love this land enough to stand up against any that would undermine her, harm her citizens, make attempts to
divide her people by disguising themselves with a mask intended to cover the practice of manipulating facts, burying truth
and inundating us with distractions that serve no purpose other than to take our minds and focus off of the Trojan Horse now
And I have
one other dream: A dream that America will once again be judged by the content of her character and not
by the actions of the egotistical, greedy, self serving, overspending clowns on the hill.
We need to insist that the media of print, vocal and camera
take off their masks. If anyone should be upset, it is the American people--ALL the American people.
The masked media and the clowns in Washington have been making fools out of us for a very long time.
January 28, 2013
"Politicians: Definitions, Diagnoses and Antidotes"
I'm not sure which came first, the chicken or the
egg. In this case, did the disapproval come first or did the definition of a politician come first? Whichever the case,
I was truly taken back when I decided to let Webster and his colleagues to stand as the authorities on defining the people
that sit in the elected offices of this nation and in state offices. I checked with 4 widely known and recognized sources
for the definition of a politician. I wanted to know "who are these people, how are they defined"?
two online sources, Dictionary.com and Bing.com, defined this person as (1) one who is active in party politics and (2) "a
seeker or holder of public office, who is more concerned about winning favor or retaining power than about maintaining principles"
and "someone whose main political motive is self-advancement and whose methods are often unscrupulous". Oh my, what
an assessment. This isn't what I was looking for, therefore I proceeded to seek a loftier, more reserved definition from
more traditional sources.
First, I checked the Merriam-Webster, to find this:
(1) "A person experienced in the art or science of government; especially: one actively engaged in conducting the business
of a government", and (2) "a person primarily interested in political office for selfish or other narrow usually
short-sighted reasons". And then went to the King's English and checked with the Oxford Dictionary, to find: (1)
"a person who is professionally involved in politics, especially as a holder of an elected office", and (2) "chiefly,
US, a person who acts in a manipulative and devious way, typically to gain advancement within an organization". My, oh
my. Four out of four, with nothing uplifting to say, nothing but biting and debasing words to define those that we refer to
So this is where we are? This is what we have come to understand
as the accepted term for those that we elect to sit in government, those that are elected to serve this nation. We look to
elected politicians to guide our country, to solve problems, to promote the common good for all Americans, in positive manners
as the advances related to the welfare, safety and security of all its citizens. Something tells me we're not anywhere
near where we want to be with the people we're given, as choices, by the two main political parties. Maybe we had better
keep an eye on these, less than admirably defined, people. Maybe we need to rethink our options as to who's in charge
of how we select those that become political candidates.
If we are absolutely
truthful and blunt, then we have to accept the fact that all that money raised for campaigns, we're not getting much with
that money. Today, politicians and their campaigns shell out a vulgar amount of money; one million, two million, seven million,
25 million dollars and more. And some campaigns, such as the two presidential campaigns in the last national election, have
spent in the neighborhood of ONE BILLION DOLLARS--nearly one billion dollars spent to acquire the votes necessary to seat
one person at the helm of this nation. One billion dollars?
Maybe we should
think twice about how we are being influenced by fund raisers, TV ads, campaign rallies, political party hype and other money-based
exposures. Maybe we should look for the things money can't buy, such as a solid background of character, honesty, ethics,
self-reliance and trustworthiness. Maybe we should look closer at someone who went to school on the merit of their grades
instead of riding on the coattails of their family name. And maybe we could entertain those who earn a living by doing something
other than being a banker or an attorney, someone that may have come from a manufacturing firm instead of from a high rise
on Wall Street.
Maybe we should look for someone that loved their country
so much, they took the oath and donned the uniform, either military, law enforcement or first responder. In other words, we
might look for someone that served selflessly, wanting to truly make a difference by helping others---not by making speeches---but
with their actions. Maybe we should consider asking you to give it some thought, to think about serving. You may be one of
the missing pieces that are needed to help steer this nation back on course.
don't need a law degree, a pedigree or even to agree with me ----you
only need a conviction to serve others before yourself, a true desire to enhance the lives of others and a love for this nation
and its people that transcends all else, save God Himself.
is the time, we need you to join in, to raise your voice, to be heard. Do not look to gain power, to control or make personal
gain. Instead hold freedom dear, defend it, preserve it for this day, tomorrow and forever. Speak up America. Make your voice
heard. Stand on the Main Streets of America,
all across America, and speak out loud.
Dec 16, 2012
"THE BIG PICTURE IS THIS"
On Dec. 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, at Sandy Hook Elementary School, first responders,
fire and police, showed up, witnessed and reported a scene that no man, woman or child should ever have to deal with---little
children's bodies lying here and there with physical wounds that obviously rendered them dead. And among the 20 children,
another 6 bodies of adults, these the educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
As the first responders, duty bound and compassionate,
went about the gruesome task they had to perform, they cried, they had to go off and be alone for moments at a time, they
hugged one another, they consoled each other, they gave support to one another---and they cried. And they also stood strong,
supporting the moms and dads that would come to identify their children.
fleet of ambulances lined up at the school to rush the injured to the waiting staff at the hospital.
Not far from the school, Dr. Murphy, head of Danbury Hospital, amassed a team of 80 doctors and nurses to
handle the injured. At first, ambulances brought in three injured, all within a 10 minute window. After no further activity
for more than 30 minutes, the hospital staff were crushed, they knew there would be no more injured arriving and, to them,
that meant there were many that were dead.
Most ambulances left without their
lights flashing---there were no injured, there was no need to rush.
of parents showed up at the school, many left hand-in-hand with their child or children. Some parents walked away, sobbing,
crying out in anguish and holding onto only each other. Their child would not walk hand-in-hand with them---not ever again.
The school teachers, the office personnel, the other students, all the families that enrolled
their children at Sandy Hook Elementary and the townspeople have all been affected by this tragic event that took the lives
of little people and the teachers that loved teaching these little minds. Such an horrific event can stunt the emotional,
psychological and mental growth of anyone, especially the mind of such a young child. This tragedy did not end for them with
the last shot fired, it will continue for years, and for some, for a lifetime.
state of Connecticut, the state of this union, the entire nation has been affected. The nation has been affected by similar
horrific events, in times before.
Though the Columbine High School shootings weren't
the first of their kind, they were, at that time, the most lethal, in the number of lives claimed. That has long been surpassed.
Since Columbine, in the last 13 years, there have been 31 school shootings. Not 31 shootings, but 31 SCHOOL shootings. That
equates to approximately one school shooting every 5 months.
Every 5 months!
That's a reality that we can no longer dismiss as we argue over gun laws; the right to bear, conceal, amass or other linked
arguments over the superior "right" attitude regarding the 2nd Amendment. The second amendment is about protection
and defense. It doesn't speak to or about pleasure, sports or hunting. I doubt, though this may be worth a debate, that
it took into consideration assault weapons, body armor, grenades or bombs. Let's not use these draconian arguments and
big money, lobbying efforts to convolute the attention and focus needed to bring about a safe environment for our children.
It's our duty. Let's not argue our way through the blood of these children killed.
We don't need more gun laws, we need better adherence to the laws we already have, we need laws that
include education, training, certification and testing. If you are adult enough, sane enough, educated, trained, certified
and tested, you should have every right to own the weapon of your choice, within reason. And you should be held responsible,
as an accomplice, in the event one of your weapons is used in an unlawful act--whether your weapon was loaned, stolen or whatever.
As for weapons categorized as assault weapons, that's an issue for another day. Why? Because
a bullet of any size, shot singularly or in fast-fire order, can injure or kill when it hits its target, whether that target
is an adult or a small child.
Let's get a grasp on the bigger picture, once we
understand what that is, then we can start refining things down to the smallest details.
The big picture is this: 20 little angels were taken from their moms and dads,
their brothers and sisters, their uncles and aunts, their cousins, their grandparents and friends. And they are gone forever---FOREVER.
The big picture is this: 6 educators were taken from their husbands,
moms, dads, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, cousins, grandparents and friends. And they are gone forever---FOREVER.
The big picture is this: Moms and dads pulled up at an elementary
school to pick up their children, instead of their child telling them what they learned today, instead of hearing stories
about fun at school, moms and dads heard law enforcement personnel ask them to come identify their once vibrant and loving
The big picture is this: An elementary school was invaded by evil.
That evil was a 20 year old boy who had weapons that he used to kill innocent, laughing, loving, kind and caring individuals
who are now gone FOREVER. What needs to be done to prevent this from happening again? What needs to be done so that we don't
forget this has happened again?
The big picture is this: We
must not allow the argument of gun ownership overshadow the blood stained bodies left lifeless on the floor of an elementary
school in a small town in America.
The big picture is this: No
child should ever be afraid to go to school. No parent should ever send their child off to school, with the thought that their
child may not come home that afternoon.
We can't talk about this for
a few days and then just go on as we have in all the cases of the other school shootings. It's time to take a stand.
The big picture is this: What if your child didn't come home yesterday?
Now, what are you willing to do?
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September 25, 2012
"IT'S A GAME"
Let me start off by saying I really, really, really love really like football. Love seems like the
wrong word. Today, it is my favorite spectator sport and I watch both collegiate and professional GAMEs. I have my favorite
teams and have celebrated and died with them for decades. Now with that said:
of reports that would make you think that the entire sports world is crumbling, how about keeping it real. Yes, of course,
there are some super wealthy owners, some highly paid players, some bettors and bookies very unhappy over ONE particular play.
And they are making sure that, along with some fans, everyone knows it. There's a mark in the "W" column of
one team and a mark in the "L" column of another. Why has this incident, seen by a relative small portion of people
in this country, taken over the headlines, the newscasts, social medias and conversations at the water cooler?
GAME, yes, it's a GAME, is over and all that revenue from the gate, concessions, advertising, broadcasting, print media,
team shops, bets, etc. has made it to the bank. The players have all gotten huge checks, cashed them and they spent a night
or two as celebrities at dinners and parties. Sports analysts, commentators, athletes and even referees have had a field day
with repetitive showings of the play and parroting comments of what happened, what didn't happen, who was wrong, who was
right and who got robbed. Social websites are off the charts with chatter and the reaction of anyone that has ever played
or watched anything that would remotely resemble a sport, has been just short of (actually, I can't think of anything it would be short of).
GAME: As I said, it's a GAME and this type of GAME
is timed by a clock and when the final whistle blows, the GAME is over. The players, coaches, team attendants all leave the
field of PLAY (yes, it's known as the "field of PLAY"), they go to the locker room happy, sad, proud or disgusted,
they clean up, dress up and step up to do more interviews and then they go home. The team owners, management team and friends
chat awhile and then leave those huge, luxurious private suites and go home.
And, oh yes,
the referees that stood over that play, as to what they have had to say, well they haven't said a thing. Why? Because
once they change clothes, no one recognizes them anyway. They just aren't as much a part of the event as others would
have you believe. They wear those black and white striped shirts so they are noticed. Without the shirts, no one would realize
they are even on the field, unless they blew their whistles. That's why they have whistles, to be heard. Yes, you guessed
it, without those whistles, no one would pay attention to them.
Referees are there for one purpose, to make sure everyone
plays by the rules of the GAME. They don't make the rules, they don't interpret the rules, they don't have any
say about the rules. They follow the rules that the league has given them and that's it. By and large, they get it right.
When they make a bad call, it is called a MISTAKE---yes, a MISTAKE. That's all it is. Sometimes the mistake is reviewed
and corrected, sometimes it isn't. But, whatever the outcome, it's all because of the rules and what, at that split
instant, the referee saw or heard. PERIOD.
The GAME is over and everyone went home. The fans will
have talked about the GAME until a day or so before the next GAME. The players, the owners, the staff members, the referees,
the stadium workers, broadcast people, print media and countless others will all be back next week to play another GAME. The
PLAYERS will, again, take to the field of PLAY and the GAME will start when the whistle blows. There will be time outs, half
times, entertainment, concessions will be sold, team shops will be busy and when the final whistle blows, another GAME will
be over and everyone will go home.
And the talk will be about the GAME that just ended.
The blown call that captured the headlines will be nothing more than a mental footnote, if that. And, without fail, this incidence
will have been used by all parties, to make their point, gain some ground, solve their differences and everyone will get back
to work. As for all those that own, work, PLAY or watch the sport, they'll still complain, but, maybe not as often or
as vocally. Nothing really changed. It's still just a GAME.
REALITY: In the real world, people are still unemployed,
they can't afford a ticket to the GAME, they have no time for GAMEs. Their homes have been lost to foreclosures, they
don't have a home to go to anymore. Far from the sounds of cheering, families have lost pensions and their life savings
through no fault of their own. They didn't get a bad call, they were taken to the cleaners by a corrupt financial and
political system. There has been no review of the fraud, no reversal of any call. These families don't have a strong players'
union and they don't own suites to which they invite bankers and politicians to watch a GAME. Throughout America, where
there are no concesssion carts filled with hot dogs, other eats and treats, thousands of children will go to bed, hungry.
This is called LIFE and LIFE doesn't have the advantage of instant replay.
And in parts
of this world, we have sent American men and women to fight for freedom, to end the threat of terrorism and to keep us safe.
There is no whistle to start the GAME, no referees to call illegal formation, off sides, interference or any other infraction.
There are no time outs, no half times, no hot dogs or beer and there aren't any cheerleaders, save themselves. When someone
throws a "Hail Mary" on this field, chances are someone dies. There is no final whistle and not everyone will be
going home. This is called WAR and it's not a GAME.
Keep your priorities straight, put
the spotlight on what really matters in life. And, when you have time to relax. Go ahead, enjoy some entertainment
and remember, it's just a GAME.
August 18, 2012
"FIRST: AMERICA FIRST"
Beware of those that
spew forth the rhetoric that is becoming much too common today. Beware of those that initiate rumors, instigate unrest, promote
hatred and advocate violence. Remember that social medias, blogs, open forums and other avenues to be heard are open to all
comers. We know there are sick, predatory and evil people that are looking for victims and it's never been easier for
Today, all that is needed is a computer, an Ipad or a cell phone and multitudes can
be contacted and the potential influence of agendas and evil are only reined in or stopped through education, sensibility, reasoning without bias, the common threads of respect for the
rights of others and a sincere belief in the statement "that all men are created equal".
On the August 18th program, I read, on the air, a few excerpts of comments by hate
mongers that were posted on a website. They were indicative of the ills that are plaguing this nation. There is there such
a thirst, by some, for blood and why is it being fueled by websites, both private and social. Why?
Ask yourself, why would anyone allow such posts, why would anyone add gasoline to what seems to be a slow flame that
is burning in this country? What about America? What about fellow Americans? Why would anyone promote evil in a land that
is has so many struggling already?
The rage and unhappiness,
among so many organizations, political groups, business networks and just individuals that speak through social medias and
even social gatherings should be taken as much more than just alarming. Are there as many people working to keep a lid on
things as there are those set on instigating an uprising? Are the loose cannons having a field day with spreading their hatred
as they gather more followers in what seems to be a thirst for violence?
isn't coming from one side, it isn't a republican or a democratic movement, it isn't coming from one point of
view. It is infiltrating and taking root in many corners of quiet neighborhoods all across America. And it can't continue
to be ignored.
The stock piling that is going on of guns, ammo, protective
gear, riot material, assault weapons and even combat equipment, by citizen groups, government agencies and your next door
neighbor.....more and more of the nation's people are having doubts as to the future of freedom, as we know it.
lid on tight enough or is this about to blow up and turn into something destructive, cloaked in a disguise as the left vs.
right, liberal vs. conservative, the haves against the have-nots or even into a racial situation that has the potential of
a civil war?
And what about all those that are feeding into the stirring it up? Where will they be if it erupts?
What is the real agenda behind such civil unrest at this time?
Some of the people that use the social medias to access
multitudes ---no one questions their sanity and lo and behold, they've just become friends and joined in. Do these people
have their heads screwed on right and tight? And what about some of the talk show hosts that constantly talk about conspiracy
theories, doom and gloom and that stir things that would lead toward a violent action within this nation?
we learn anything from this nation's inner war, a war that pitted brother against brother, neighbor against neighbor and
claimed more lives than any war ever before or ever since? As for civil war; if reasoning goes out the window, then all those,
over the past two hundred plus years, that have shed their blood for a free America, an America with "liberty for all"
will have done so in vain.
This Republic, this United States cannot become a land divided,
nor can we allow our history to be desecrated. We cannot become a nation unworthy of being a shining example of good, of liberty,
of peace or democracy. We cannot allow ourselves to become the monsters of evil, from within.
We are Americans and we can make
the difference and bring about the change we need in this nation. We can start by educating ourselves as to the candidates
running for election. We can make a difference and go to the polls with the understanding that this is OUR nation, we are
the people and OUR government is of the people and by us, OUR land is so governed.
consider cleaning house and do so time and again, until we have leadership that walks the talk.
We must elect leadership that takes
to heart the oath to represent, preserve and protect.
We must insist that our representatives lead by example and that anything less is unacceptable---PERIOD.
We need leadership that has the common good of America and ALL of its people as the heart, soul, root and only foundation
as its commitment.
We need leadership that, FIRST,
in all matters, puts the well-being of AMERICA FIRST.
July 9, 2012
Are Called by ONE Name: 'VETERAN'"
THE U.S. ARMY: Since June 14, 1775. The motto: "THIS WE'LL
DEFEND". The song: "Over hill, over dale, We will hit the dusty trail.......You will always
know, That those Caissons go rolling along"
THE U.S. NAVY: With roots that go back to Oct. 13, 1775. The motto, though not official,
most often cited: "NON SIBI SED PATRIAE" (NOT SELF BUT COUNTRY). The song: "Anchors
aweigh my boys, anchors aweigh.....until we meet once more, here's wishing you a happy voyage home."
U.S. MARINES: Since November
10, 1775. The motto: "SEMPER FIDELIS" (ALWAYS FAITHFUL). The song:
"From the halls of Montezuma, To the shores of Tripoli,......We are proud to claim the title of United States
U.S. COAST GUARD: Formed August 4, 1790. The
motto: "SEMPER PARATUS" (ALWAYS READY). The song: "From Aztec Shore
to Arctic Zone, To Europe and Far East,.....To fight to save or fight and die! Aye! Coast Guard, we are for you."
AIR FORCE: Since 1907, formed as a separate branch on September 18, 1947. The motto: "AIM HIGH,
FLY-FIGHT-WIN". The song: Off we go into the wild blue yonder, Climbing high into the sun,....In
echelon we carry on. Hey! Nothing'll stop the U.S. Air Force".
Different branches, all with their unique history--and all with their
individual mottos and songs. But, there is a common thread---all have a common purpose---to preserve
freedom, to safeguard the nation and insure the well-being and security of all who live in the land called America.
In their common cause, they are not known as the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard, they are known
more mightily as the ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. And so too, the selfless acts of individuals,
are evident in our history---a history filled with honor, loyalty and duty.For
237 years, this nation has been defended by some very exceptional individuals. Yet, through all of these years,
there is only one name for them, they are not identified as individuals, they are not identified as coming from a certain
family, background, ethnicity, color, creed or religion.
They have a common bond---they have served or they still wear the uniform
today. They are locked in a brotherhood and sisterhood that is special to each of them, they are knit into
the fabric of one solid union.
These that have selflessly served, without condition, without exception and
without regard for self or of personal gain, they have served with honor and loyal dedication.
only one name for them, they are not identified as individuals.
They have born the burden of
preserving Liberty, they have carried the torch and kept it lit, they have protected this nation.
They have answered the call of their nation, they have responded with valor and they have taken the fight
to the enemy, whether on foreign soil or at home. They have prevailed in battle, on land, at sea and in
the air. And though victory has been theirs, they have not come home as boisterous conquerors or as crowned
deities, no, they each have, by their own choosing, simply come home as one who did their job.
have long since been reassigned and are now laid to rest. Some at peace in foreign lands, some laid to
rest at home; all gone but none forgotten. They are among those, yet today, among those that are known
by one name.
They are known for their commitment to duty, they are known for the results
of their successful missions. They are laid to rest---yet, they are an intricate part of this brotherhood,
this sisterhood that seeks no individual recognition.
Far too few of those I speak, remain among us today. And,
too soon, many more will depart from our midst. They have not asked for glory, they have not asked for
riches nor title or fame.
Oh, that we, as a nation, as the people within this land, could set
aside our differences, our self-centered ways and learn the true meaning of our purpose on this earth--to enhance the lives
of those we meet---to respect others as we ourselves wish to be respected.
Through all these years, they have all been exceptional in mind, in
body and in spirit. All have been exceptional in that which they have given--some have given all, all have
given some. The strength of this nation, the people of America, the future of our children has been and
will always be because of them.
They have all been worthy of individual recognition, yet they enjoy a special
common, family-like pride in being known as one within the brotherhood, the sisterhood of all.
you to accept them, not as individuals worthy of praise and admiration, but to accept them and respect them collectively,
for the unity and special bond they share with others.
They are the backbone of this nation---and they are called
by ONE name: "VETERAN".
With honor, they answered the call.
GOD BLESS OUR VETERANS---ONE and ALL.
March 28, 2012
Stream Media: All Men Are NOT Created Equal"
The Main Stream Media continues to be the ill wind that drives the flames of racism and civil discord. Why?
There's definitely a big difference between reporting and pointing out injustices & the sensationalism used to stir
things up and create a story to draw in a larger number of people.
A latest "so-called" poll suggests that 33% of Americans
believe the Florida shooting was in cold blood. As if they were there and have all the facts. They
have what the media fed them---incorrect assumptions, racism supposition and hype that has torn a city and a state apart.
An incident, pounced upon by the media, twisted into a tale to arouse and divide Americans.
March 7, 2012
Say...Do They Mean It And Tell Me Who Are These People?
Do politicians really mean what they say? It is campaign time and, it seems, that anything goes, especially
when you're being solicited to work on behalf of the campaign to get this person elected or re-elected. They
want you to not only work for them, they want you to support them too.
Most Americans would agree that the top issues in the nation, at this time, are the economic crisis we're still
dealing with and the unemployment picture that just isn't good for a large portion of Americans. And politicians talk
about these issues, without ceasing. They talk about how dire situations with unemployment and the economy---they stress the
points and tell you they know how you feel and what you're going through--they're "Just like you".
They ask you to help them at their
campaign offices, to make calls from your home phone or use your cell phone, to go out and drive an area (with your car and
your gas), post signs, walk a neighborhood and ask for signatures on petitions and, of course, give the campaign more money.
If they really know that the economy is bad and that the average American family is suffering, then why do they ask
for money--lots and lots of money, over and over. The "we need your immediate support" never seems to stop, not
while they're campaigning; NOT even after they get into office!
Do they really believe the unemployment issue is straining
the average American family as they try to find work, any work, to keep a roof over their head and bread on the table? If
they understand it, really understand it, then why do they schedule events in the middle of the day, when most Americans are
working? They ask you to show up--as if you can just take the day off. Well you could, but it might
be permanent. Of course, they might be suggesting that unemployed people go to their functions instead of using
that time to try and find a job.
And, who are all of these people that seem to head up special interest groups, attend lots of rallies,
demonstrations and special events? How do these people get the time off, or what's their story? They
contact you through various sources, ask you to show up, lots of you to show up, because the more that gather,
the more the chance that the media will cover their event. They furnish you with signs, tell you what to say,
ask you to march, to work, to give and give to some cause that you know little about. They call it a 'grass roots'
movement, but that's a loose term when used as a tag for political interest groups that pay hundreds of thousands of dollars
to consultants that promote the agendas of politicians and/or special interest groups, also known as PACs. And
they all operate off of donations---a free ride on other people's time and money. You have little time for anything other
than work and taking care of your family and home, heck, you're still saving up enough for a family-night at the movies.
So you begin to wonder: Who are these people that don't seem to work and have all
this time available?
Other than those that get paid absurd salaries from donations, many of these people are often retired, with
a nice pension, some are people that are independently wealthy, live off of an inheritance, widows/widowers with settlements
and political hopefuls that want the photo op and elbow rubbing experience. Some of these people head up causes
that others donate to and are one of the paid within those movements. And some, yes---some are living off of government subsidies--subsidies
that are supported by you and me. And yes, to be fair, some have government jobs--secure as can be, with big paydays and great
pension plans and they get time off for things you can't even imagine.
If you fit
one of these profiles, it's easy for you to attend these functions and be a 'campaign staffer', you get lists
of people to
bother call or write with "join me", "support", "fund raiser"
and "more than ever" pleas, bulletins and flyers. If you have to work to support yourself, then you are asked to
take time off from your job and show up to promote their cause(s). And, if you can't show up because you want
to keep your job and you NEED to work; you'll really be missed, so much so, that if you would send a check
or charge your credit card, it'll ease the disappointment. They need your support, so they can win and then they'll
"fix" the problems.
If the politicians and the special interest activists really cared
about you and me, they might have these functions after the standard day of work has ended for the majority of the working
class, after the parents have had a chance to get the family fed and settled.
And those invitations to fund raisers,
how special are you to get one of these? They want to meet you, they want you to meet them, they want you to have the opportunity
to hear their views, they want to hear yours too---and oh, by the way, at the bottom of the invitation, now that you feel
so special, they tell you what your minimum donation should be if you plan to attend. And if you
can't make it? Just send the check.
I don't know about you, but for me, I can hardly control
myself when I get these invitations. To think they remembered me, that they know how I feel, that they are just like me and
that should give me a warm and fuzzy feelings, but instead---I feel like an ATM with legs.