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America, Unite !

When American citizens “back in the day” took typing classes, they trained on a phrase that goes like this:  “Now is the time for all good Americans to come to the aid of their country.”

It is now time for all good Americans to come to the aid of their country.

We are being threatened by communist bullies in North Korea who do not think like you and me.  They are sociopaths.  Mad men.  Rabid dogs.  One cannot negotiate with such “people.”  This “coexist” thing going around today is mindless apathy.

It is time to put your flag out in front of your home, apartment or erstwhile dwelling and commit yourself to the defense of this country.  Disregard the silly propaganda paraded around on the Net.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the Net.  But employ critical thinking, intellect, logic, common sense.

Resist divisive rhetoric.  Resist false claims.  Resist ridiculous propaganda paraded forth by lunatics.

Perhaps, the North Koreans are bluffing.  Our Secretary of  Defense doesn’t think so.  He is taking the North Koreans very seriously.   Whether one is a Democrat or Republican or Libertarian or Whatever, one needs to realize that freedom is, in fact, not free.

I recall the Cuban Missile Crisis.  It was not a fun time.  I lived in a city that was a primary target.  People back then, at least, talked of “current events,” unlike today, with some seeking to run from the  truth.

We can only have Faith that things will work out, but in the meanwhile remain vigilant.

A Standardized Test: Surviving 21st-Century America

There are many forms of torture, the most heinous being standardized testing.  Most terrifying are the ACT, SAT, GRE and LSAT.   My condolences go out to the many who have been subjected to these mental pat-downs.  To those who have somehow avoided these travesties, you are to be congratulated for refusing to remove your hat in front of a computer screen.  Most of these byzantine exercises contain a section devoted to convoluted analogies, to which survivors still suffering from post-traumatic stress will attest.  These analogies go something like this:  red, airplane: (fill in the blank), (fill in blank).  In this case, the words “color” and “transportation” are the correct keywords, chosen by the human guinea pig  from a short list of possible answers. That is to say, red is to airplane as color (red) is to transportation (airplane).

Following in the tradition of post-modern education in America today, the following standardized test is provided with the correct answers ahead of time, providing the test-taker with an automatic sense of entitlement.

 

Republican, Democrat: rattlesnake, black widow


Politician, Lobbyist: Fox, Sheep’s Clothing

 

American Foreign Policy, White House Statement: Tornado, Clear Skies

 

Bureaucracy, Truth: Bull, China Shop (not to be confused with sweat shops condoned by bureaucracy in the country of China).

 

Pres. Barack Obama, Pres. Abraham Lincoln: Lump of Coal, Diamond

 

TSA, Airline Passenger: Swine Flu, Death Camp Survivor

 

Stimulus, Jobs: Quid Pro Quo, Fewer

 

Government, Media: Cobra, Asp

 

State Department, Pentagon: Employer, Employee

 

War in Afghanistan, World War II: Vietnam, “Mission Accomplished”

 

Hopefully, this short test will provide you with understanding when confronted by government entities, much like the “universal translator” employed by the crew of the USS Enterprise when encountering strange life forms throughout the universe.  Best of  luck, and may God be your copilot.  

Insurrection On The Mount

So let me get this straight.  Ms. Clinton waves some greenbacks in Egyptian El Presidente Morsi’s  face, allowing the “bad guys” to further arm Hamas so we  (in the name of the American Public)  can have an “accord” and “cease fire,” while our Generals, West Point to the man, present their “guns” to girls who work for God- knows- who as our fleet of  Mayflowers go adrift in the Middle East to “aid American citizens in the region.”  This sounds so like LPs  we’ve listened to before that have warped so badly under the Sun.

Now “we” have the Fourth Reich established in Egypt, with a quid pro quo guaranteed by Uncle Sam, while the young ones in Egypt just want a job.  Meanwhile, back in the Holy Land of America, people are knifing those who cut in line at the local Walmart during the media-behemoth-produced  Black Friday.  A bus gets bombed in Israel while a bratty bratwurst gets the best damned deal on a 46-inch LCD TV.  Now that’s what I call an Insurrection on the Mount.

Election Fatigue Grips America !!!

Many have told me they feel as if they’ve been plunked into a time-dilating Black Hole this election season.  I don’t want to say that this thing seems to be dragging on forever, but I met a guy waiting to cast a ballot at his local precinct who was for Grover Cleveland !?!  There was this other guy who couldn’t stand it any longer and jumped out the window of his penthouse in the Upper Eastside of  NYC.  The last thing he said, before hitting the pavement, was, “It’s George W. Bush’s fault !”  Of course, this has all led to the inevitable gallows humor such as:  “What do you call 100 political pundits at the bottom of the sea?”  Answer:  “A good start.”

I don’t know about all this, but I do know I’ve grown a bit weary myself, and I LOVE politics.  Maybe there is something to this Black Hole thing.  Didn’t they “capture” the “god particle” at CERN?  All I know is the American public gets no respect, you know?  The public has to put up with sycophants kissing their babies and, in the end, they find out their kid isn’t going to get Social Security.

Well, like they say, what doesn’t kill us will make us stronger.

U.S. State Department: America’s New Pentagon?

We have witnessed horrendous events in recent days.  Attacks on American embassies.  The murder of  our consul to Libya.  And horrendous events at home, as well.  We first have Ms. Clinton’s misguided comments that only a “small group” of individuals were involved in this travesty, despite governmental assessments to the contrary.  We then have the U.S. State Department, under the direction of  Ms. Clinton, not only laying blame at the doorstep of the CIA but some American “pastor” who reportedly planned to show Innocence of  Muslims, a film shown in a Hollywood theater years ago, during his live-streaming 9/11 memorial show called “Judging Mohammad Day” that may have appeared on his website (which now does not exist!) prior to the embassy attacks.  The screening of the original film that the “pastor” had planned to share with his congregation was actually cancelled.  Curiously, the U.S. State Department failed to mention the recent Pakistani drone attack that killed key terrorists in that nation, nor did it see fit to make  any connection between the attacks and the anniversary of 9/11.  Then we have the Cairo embassy statement (directed by the U.S. State Department) apologizing to the attackers who murdered our consul, burned the American flag, and committed other vile acts that defy description.   Then the coup de grace:  The Establishment Media, mirroring the words of nations antagonistic to America, blames the whole affair on a “gaffe” by Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.  Even the Fox Network swallows this line.  To make matters worse, the on-line edition of a major TV network has no mention whatsoever of any attacks, but instead informs us Americans of some problem somewhere involving a “straying cat.”

Calming (rather than wagging) the dog, General Dempsey, the head of the Joint Chiefs, joins the chorus by reportedly phoning the “pastor,”  no doubt at the behest of Ms. Clinton and the U.S. State Department, to chastise him for a non-existent showing of the aforementioned film, after the embassy attacks have occurred.  In addition, we now learn that U.S. Marines may not have even been given live rounds to defend our Cairo embassy.

Do the Joint Chiefs of Staff now take orders from the U.S. State Department?  Does Ms. Clinton now “outrank” the chiefs of the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force?  Is Ms. Clinton now the de facto President of the United States, while the one we elected slithers off to Las Vegas to meet his bundlers?

These may seem outlandish questions.  But are they?  At a press briefing not long ago, Ms. Clinton led in General Dempsey, stoop-shouldered, as if he were a cow being led to auction.

If the U.S. State Department has morphed into the Pentagon, then perhaps it is time for Congress to drastically cut funding to this new behemoth.  Perhaps it is time for those in Washington to get a grip on reality, and realize just how foolish they appear to the American public.  John and Nancy Q. Public deserve better.

 

 

Ryan Hits Home Run. And Then Some.

Rep. Paul Ryan, the vice presidential nominee of the Republican Party, hit a home run with his speech at the Republican National Committee.  His words were profound, enlightening and electrifying.  His delivery was extraordinary.  I have heard many political speeches through the years, but this ranks as one of the most memorable.  It was a speech for posterity, not mere beads of words threaded for the pop culture set.  His speech was forceful, yet kind.  Serious, yet witty.  These were the words of a Statesman.

I am a Boomer.  I have an enormous amount of respect for Generation X.  They, like the baseball pitchers of fame, are the closers.  Mr. Ryan represents the best of this emerging generation.  (And anyone who appreciates AC/DC is okay with me.)

God bless America.

 

It Can Happen Here

As a preface, I will state, I am not an alarmist.  Anything but.  However, facts are facts.  Facts today suggest that the United States is extremely vulnerable to a direct attack by nations antithetical to our beliefs.  There are intelligence documents (declassified), valid news reports of  late that suggest we in America are as vulnerable as we ever have been in the history of our Republic.  There have been reports of  Russian aircraft penetrating American airspace.  There have been reports of Russian submarines off the coast of  New York and in the Gulf of Mexico.  There are reports of terrorists, as many as a quarter-million, in Central America who are capable of tunneling under borders into this country.  This threat is compounded by the fact that most of our men and women in uniform are “over there,” not “here.”  In addition, much of our military armaments (ships, tanks, etc.) are  “over there.”  I’ve spoken with numerous military veterans who state a direct attack on our country is “very likely.”  These are not panicky folks I’m talking about, but seasoned war veterans.  Why has the Obama Administration not dispatched Navy destroyers into the waters along our coastline?  Why is this Administration so soft on Russia and other countries that despise us?  Why is our military not on a higher alert status?  For those who think “it can’t happen here,”  I suggest they read the book of the same title, or perhaps view the film, TORA TORA TORA.

 

Men in Black at the London Olympics?

I watched Men In Black 3 recently and enjoyed it, I must sadly admit.  It got me thinking about time travel and parallel universes.  In a parallel universe, the current Olympic Games, the “London Games,”  might go something like this.  Edward the VIII is dropped by parachute into the opening ceremonies of  “The Games,” followed by an exquisitely choreographed group of androgynous folk dancers in German SS uniforms strutting to the  chimes of  Sleeping Beauty.  Germany and Britain win all the medals, while the Finnish skier weeps.  But, alas, there is a happy ending.  The Scots win the gold for enduring buffoonery.

It Must Be Global Warming !?!

We have all kinds of things falling from the skies these days.  The most recent oddity was a falling Queen over London.  Can we next expect U.S. Senators McCain, Lugar and Brown,  those Republican “daredevils” who joined up with the DNC and “didn’t know” about the Congressional letter opposing gun-control signed by their fellow Republicans, to parachute into the Super Bowl next year?  That would be a real “stroke” of genius to some.

The Pyramid of Disaster

The Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary defines a citizen as “a native or naturalized member of a state or nation who owes allegiance to its government and is entitled to its protection.”  That’s good for starters.  But what really makes a citizen?  Personally, I believe that a person who serves his country, whether in the military or as a peace officer or as an EMT or as a teacher/educator or as a psychotherapist aiding others, is a citizen.  I further believe that a true citizen votes in elections, even when the choices are unpalatable.  Today, unfortunately, we see the three cornerstones that inevitably lead to totalitarianism rearing their ugly “heads”:  APATHY, DEPENDENCY and A MISPLACED SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT.  This is a Pyramid of Disaster.  We see this not only in the United States but worldwide.  There are those out there who thrive on this pyramid, and promote it wherever they can.  It is up to individuals to resist these impulses and become active in constructive ways within the system.  Violence is not the answer.  Violence is a cop-out.  Thinking for one’s self may be harder for some than picking up a rock, but the results are more gratifying and fruitful.

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