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08-12-2016 Journal – #/*#! Politics!   Leave a comment

thQQFH5AW8I’ve been doing everything in my power to disassociate myself from politics during this presidential election year.  I’ve been keeping my opinions to myself except for a few comments to my better-half.  If the truth be told, I have little or no use for any political party at this point.  I’ve morphed from being an social moderate, fiscal conservative Independent to an “Anyone But Hillary” Libertarian.  Actually all of those labels are mostly BS anyway but everyone insists that everyone else have a label. If our forefathers could see us now they’d be sad, disappointed, and most certainly ashamed of what we’ve become and are still becoming.

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With that thought in mind why don’t you sit back and read some of the thoughts of the men who helped create this country. Take those thoughts from our forefathers and match them up to any of the antics of either the Bushes or Clintons.  If your an intelligent and thoughtful American you should be able to figure things out before pulling the lever for Hillary.

  • “A government of laws, and not of men.”  JOHN ADAMS 1774
  • “If the government is in the hands of a few, they will tyrannize the many, if in the hands of the many, they will tyrannize over the few.” ALEXANDER HAMILTON 1787
  • “A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.” THOMAS JEFFERSON 1801
  • “The aggregate happiness of the society, which is best promoted by the practice of a virtuous policy, is, or ought to be, the end of all government.” GEORGE WASHINGTON 1790

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Do  those statement in anyway describe our current political situation?  That would be a big “HELL NO”.  Lets take a moment to discuss with our forefathers the matter of government corruption.

  • “Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor Liberty to purchase power.” BENJAMIN FRANKLIN 1738
  • “Few men have enough virtue to withstand the highest bidder.” GEORGE WASHINGTON 1799
  • “Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.” THOMAS JEFFERSON 1821
  • “Where the private interests of a member of Congress are concerned in a bill of question, he is to withdraw.” THOMAS JEFFERSON 1801

I think they’ve made my point for me.  I’ll drop in one last quote from the most infamous of all politicians that perfectly describes many of out current representatives, senators, and Big Businesses.

  • “I recognize no moral law in politics. Politics is a game, in which every sort of trick is permissible, and in which the rules are constantly being changed by the players to suit themselves.” ADOLF HITLER  Mein Kampf 1924

I realize that my opinion means very little in the grand scheme of things but here it is anyway. Hillary Clinton is the epitome of what’s wrong with our government. Donald Trump may be brash, loud, and combative but he’s a better choice than anyone else I see.  We’ve had eight years of Liberal nonsense with Obama and Hillary  will be more of the same.  Trump will be a breath of fresh air in the halls of Congress that currently smells a lot like a hot and humid day in an outhouse.

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VOTE TRUMP!

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02-20-2016 Odd Presidential Facts!   Leave a comment

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I decided to step away from a journal entry today and offer up some unusual tidbits of presidential trivia.  Since the political winds are once again beginning to blow I thought it might interest some of you. This information has been chosen at random and I’m not picking on any one party. To be sure, there’s enough useless information coming out of both parties to make everyone happy.  Here we go. . .

  • Edith Wilson, the wife of Woodrow Wilson, often rode a bicycle in the corridors of the White House.
  • Richard M. Nixon  once worked as a carnival barker.
  • Thomas Jefferson had a pet mockingbird that followed him upstairs to bed every night.
  • First Lady Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams, used to hang laundry in the White House East Room to dry.
  • David Rice Atchison, a state senator from Missouri (1843-1855), was President of the United States for one day.

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Who knew we had a president for just one day?  I can think of quite a few others I would have loved to have for only one day.

  • Calvin Coolidge, President from 1923 to 929, was the last President to write his own speeches.
  • President Jimmy Carter was the first president born in a hospital.
  • Ronald Reagan received over seventy-five thousand gifts, including three hundred seventy-two belt buckles, a dog house, a six foot long pencil, and a four-square-foot portrait made out of ten thousand jelly beans.
  • When Zachary Taylor became President in 1849, he kept his horse “Old Whitey” on the front lawn of the White House.
  • Ulysses S. Grant was once arrested near the White House and fined twenty dollars for driving a team of horses too fast.

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I don’t doubt for a minute that Grant was probably under the influence of some unknown alcoholic beverage. That’s the same guy who once upon a time allegedly threw up on one of his officers .

  • The middle initial “S” in President Harry S. Truman’s name didn’t stand for anything.
  • John Tyler (1790-1862), 10th president, was unable to get a decent job after leaving office and worked at a village pound tending cows and horses.
  • Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), once delivered a one-hour speech in spite of being shot moments before by a would-be assassin.
  • President George H.W. Bush banned broccoli from the White House in March 1990, the California broccoli growers delivered nine tons of the vegetable to Washington.
  • President Millard Fillmore, in 1851, became the first chief executive to use a bathtub in the White House.

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Here’s a special bonus entry for JFK. He was known for a lot of questionable shenanigans but I’ll be nice and take the high road today. He was also the first President born in the twentieth century.

That should do it for today.  More to come. . .

07-03-2014 Journal Entry – 4th of July!   Leave a comment

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I’m sitting here quietly writing this blog on the 4th of July as I try to do every year.  I’m thinking about my late grandfather (born on the Fourth of July) and whose birthday we always celebrated along with the country’s.  All too often in the past I’ve fallen into the flag waving routine as many others do.  I love this country and as always I’m proud to be an American (95% of the time) even though Democrats and Liberals make 100% an unreachable goal. I can accept that because the alternative is unacceptable.

I think on this day we should all be flying the flag and celebrating our independence.  As screwed up as we seem to be at times I still wouldn’t want to be living anywhere else.  If you do, then your dumber than I imagined. I’ve traveled inside and outside the country enough to know the majority of our people don’t realize just how good they have it. Move to the Middle East, maybe try Africa, how about Indonesia, or even Europe. Count me out. We may have some issues here but compared to the rest of this miserable planet we’ve got it made. Period, end of discussion.

I decided to forego photographs and heart rendering monologues about the United States because they’ve become a bit trite over the years. And secondly no one really gives a damn about what I think anyway. I’d rather hear directly from our forefathers and a few others who seem to have understood things a lot better than most.  Listen to them…..

  • The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation.  ~Woodrow Wilson
  • Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.  ~Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.  ~Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • This, then, is the state of the union:  free and restless, growing and full of hope.  So it was in the beginning.  So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith.  ~Lyndon B. Johnson
  • America is much more than a geographical fact.  It is a political and moral fact – the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality.  ~Adlai Stevenson
  • May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own country!  ~Daniel Webster
  • Where liberty dwells, there is my country.  ~Benjamin Franklin
  • The winds that blow through the wide sky in these mounts, the winds that sweep from Canada to Mexico, from the Pacific to the Atlantic – have always blown on free men.  ~Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • My God!  How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!  ~Thomas Jefferson
  • We need an America with the wisdom of experience.  But we must not let America grow old in spirit.  ~Hubert H. Humphrey
  • Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.  ~Abraham Lincoln

I never thought I’d see the day when Bill Clinton was quoted on this blog because I wasn’t a big fan when he was in office and for the most part I’m still not.  My grandfather always told that “Even a blind man can find a pearl once in a while”.  Here’s Slick Willy’s one and only pearl:

There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.  ~William J. Clinton

And finally a quote from my all time favorite quoter who frequently offers up a taste of good old American common sense:

“I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery.”  ~Anonymous

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA & YOU TOO GRAMPS

08-10-2013   Leave a comment

Since my better-half and I are road tripping for the rest of the weekend I thought I’d just get Sunday’s posting out of the way before we leave.  I hope you’ll enjoy your weekend.

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I’ve been watching and listening the the President and his minions for years now.  I’ve discredited him when I could and attempted to convince anyone who would listen to look, see, and understand truth of things. If you’re still a big supporter then you’re obviously one of the Obama “Kool-Aid” drinkers.  Why not listen to our past presidents who’ve been through the political wringer and survived.  They have experiences that should be drawn upon for guidance and help in these perilous times.  Listen up!

“It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and, at no distant period, a great nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a People always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence.”

George Washington – Farewell Address 1796

“I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.”

Thomas Jefferson 1785

“The American people will ever do well if well done by.”

Abraham Lincoln 1860

“The strength of our Nation must continue to be used in the interest of all our people rather than a privileged few. It must continue to be used unselfishly in the struggle for world peace and the betterment of mankind.”

Harry S. Truman – State of the Union Jan 1949

“Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first come to pass in the heart of America.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower – First Inaugural Address 1953

“America is a great nation today not because of what government did for people but because of what people did for themselves and one another.”

Richard M. Nixon – Beyond Peace 1994

“All great change in America begins at the dinner table.”

Ronald Reagan – Farewell Address Jan 1989

“America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principle. We as a people have a purpose today.  It is to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world.”

George Bush – Inaugural Address 1989

I’ll say it again as I’ve said it so many times before.  Know your past.

05-21-2013   Leave a comment

With the Memorial Day weekend approaching it seems that every blogger is obligated to acknowledge our military in some fashion with patriot slogans and photographs.  I’ve done that myself in the past but always felt a little odd doing it.  Being a former enlistee in the Army automatically makes me a fanatical supporter of our servicemen and servicewomen.  When I was actively serving I never really wished for a lot of hoopla about it, just a plain old "thank you for your service" would have sufficed.  Of course being of the Vietnam generation we received very little in the way of attention that wasn’t biased by the ever present anti-war movement and media. Years later in a politically correct move the country finally decided we should be acknowledged by building us a freaking wall.

The following list is an approximation of the countries where our troops are assigned and the number of troops in each country as of 2010. This is an official Thank You from me to each of them.  I thank them not only for their service but their sacrifices as well. It’s not an easy thing to leave your family and friends and be shipped off to God knows where to possibly fight and die.  I pray they all stay safe and return home as soon as possible.

United States – 1,123,219

Afghanistan – 68,000

Alaska – 21,280

Australia – 183

Bahrain – 2,902

Belgium – 1,165

Canada – 146

Qatar – 800

Diego Garcia – 516

Djibouti – 139

Egypt – 292

Germany – 45,596

Guam – 5,646

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba – 988

Greece – 361

Greenland – 138

Hawaii – 49,242

Honduras – 388

Italy – 10,916

Japan – 52,692

Jordan – 200

Kuwait – 15,000

Netherlands – 374

Norway – 90

Philippines – 131

Portugal – 713

Puerto Rico – 162

Saudi Arabia – 278

Singapore – 180

South Korea – 28,500

Spain – 1,600

Thailand – 114

Turkey – 1,491

United Arab Emirates – 193

United Kingdom – 9,310

This posting also remembers those soldiers who’ve paid the ultimate price in protecting this country as stated so eloquently by Thomas Jefferson: 

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants”. — Thomas Jefferson