Analogy..

Analogy: ..according to my Webster’s, a·nal·o·gy; 1.a. Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar. b. A comparison based on such similarity. 2. Biology. Correspondence in function or position between organs of dissimilar evolutionary origin or structure. 3. A form of logical inference or an instance of it, based on the assumption that if two things are known to be alike in some respects, then they must be alike in other respects. 4. Linguistics. a. The process by which words and morphemes are re-formed or created on the model of existing grammatical patterns in a language, as Modern English name : names for Old English nama : naman on the model of nouns like stone : stones. b. The process by which inflectional paradigms are made more regular by the replacement of an uncommon or irregular stem or affix by one that is common or regular, as bit in Modern English bit, bitten for Old English b³t, biten. [Middle English analogie, from Old French, from Latin analogia, from Greek, from analogos, proportionate. See ANALOGOUS.]

 Another can of worms? It would seem so, but then we, as individuals, or “we,” as “we the people,” are, if responsible, duty-bound to seek the truth. Accordingly, at least in my opinion, to find the truth one must start at the beginning. Which in my case, would be 25,298 days ago, or as in the case of my blog, 22 days ago.

 (F.Y.I.) http://www.convertunits.com/dates/ .. Information source for the number of days between Friday, December 26, 1941 and Thursday, March 31, 2011, to include today.

 In my inaugural, i.e. introduction blog, on the 10th of March this year, I introduced myself as chronologically older than most, yet still younger than some. I tried to draw attention to our news media by comparing Charlie Sheen’s follies to serious matters around the world. I established the fact that I have a tin ear when it comes to music and that I live far enough up north as to enjoy shoveling snow during our winter months. Not a lot of information, but a start, a beginning and as the past 22 days have rolled by, I have offered more information, both about myself, my thoughts and my opinions on how I feel about America and our present administration. Although I did not vote for Barack Obama, I do not believe that our present administration is any worse than the administration of George W. Bush, and that is the problem. Administration’s, come and go while we the people, the rank-and-file, who used to hold a place in America that allowed for participation in the American dream. Accordingly although I recognize that many of the opinions that I have offered lean towards my displeasure with our government, the bottom line, where the buck stops so to speak, is with you and I. Barack Obama is doing nothing more, or nothing less, than any of his predecessors as far back as you would care to research? The operative word in my statement of course, is “nothing.” Why has Barack Obama or any of his predecessors done nothing for “we the people?” Simple answer, because we the people do nothing for ourselves. Difficult to hear? I can’t speak for you, however for me, ..it is difficult. So what am I doing about it? The same thing I’ve been doing for the last 40 years, blathering. So what’s new? ..what’s new is, ..I am attempting to share my blather, my thoughts, and my opinions with you, hoping that enough of my thoughts and opinions will rub off and stick with you when you are at the voting polls in 2012. I can’t fix America for you, ..or for me, ..however together we can turn America into anything that “we,” “we the people” want it to be. Instead of the playground for the wealthy and powerful and elete that it has become. So how do we accomplish this? Simple, by using your God-given common sense. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know or understand that America is presently circling the drain. So where does the blame lie, with the President? ..with Congress? ..with the House of Representatives? ..or with the Supreme Court? ..or does the blame lie with us? You and me, ..after all, we hired, i.e. ..elected the people, and they are just people, “they,’ every one of them were born every bit as naked as we were. They were all just as dependent on their mothers feeding them, changing their diapers, and protecting them from harm as you and I. With that said, in defense of my father and fathers everywhere, he was a good man, his generation went to work, earn a wage, supported a family and pursued the American dream without reaching their hands out. Which is the America I grew up in and it was a good America. In my formative years there was no quarreling over the remote, i.e., there was no television. There were no cell phones, no iPads, no computer games. My brothers and I woke up to chores and then when it was time to play, we played outside, we climbed trees, we built forts and dug trenches in a vacant lot near our home. Later in my adolescent years my father purchased seven and a half acres on a hilltop, which at the time was in an area considered to be about as far out in the boonies as one could get. My brothers and I walked 6 miles to school every day, and no, it wasn’t up hill both ways. Nor was it a burden, it simply was what it was. My mother planted a garden, my father built a pen for chickens, and a double row of hutches in which we raised rabbits. We had two goats, Mike and Trixie, the goats had very little utility, nevertheless they were tons of fun to play with, play to include the challenge of butting heads. Side note, I have never claimed that my brothers or I were particularly intelligent when we were young. However I do claim that few if any adolescent boys ever explored more of the world than we did. My brothers and I had .22 caliber rifles with which we often harvested meat for our dinner table. We also had, through purchase and trade twenty-two small game traps which we set and checked on a daily basis. Our harvest, mostly red or gray foxes, their pelts were a money crop that we sold for cash. We also hunted crows whenever time allowed as the State at the time paid a bounty of ten cents per crow. At the time in my family, pocket money was carried by those that earned it.

 It is not my purpose with this platform to tell anyone how to live their lives, or raise their children, or how to vote. It is simply my purpose to offer my thoughts and my opinions. What you do with the information or any part of the information or the opinions that I impart, is after all up to you. Because as the placard on Harry Truman’s desk announced to the world that the buck stopped with him, in your life, the buck stops with you. I have related that my father was a good man, decent and responsible, nevertheless when I or one of my brothers removed a patch of epidermis while playing stickball or moving beyond our skill level while riding our bicycles. It was not my father we ran weeping to for repair, it was mama, because in my house, ..a boy, i.e. “young man,” ..did not do weeping in front of his father, period, end of story.

 Is it difficult to be a man? ..in my opinion, ..not at all, after all being a man, if you possess the proper xy chromosome that heterogameticly determine your sex, ..everything else is pretty much immaterial.

 (W.A.M.) het·er·o·ga·met·ic, 1. Producing dissimilar gametes, such as those of human males, who produce two types of spermatozoa, one bearing the X-chromosome and the other bearing the Y-chromosome.

 Couldn’t pass that up, ..continuing; behavior? How is a man supposed to behave? A can of worms that I believe, at least at this juncture, I will leave to each of you and your own opinions and imaginations. After all my purpose here is to assemble and gather, not to alienate and separate. With that in mind, I share with you my firm belief that we, those of us with the XY chromosomes should step aside in favor of those of us with the opposite XX chromosomes and give them the opportunity to repair and heal the epidermis of our society and our country.

Crusader Rabbit…

Extra, ..Media Tripe.

 Extra, ..Media Tripe. After spending less than a half an hour in front of my television set this morning, I had to get up and walk away, or increase my blood pressure medication.

 (W.A.M.) Tripe. 1. The light-colored, rubbery lining of the stomach of cattle or other ruminants, used as food. 2. Informal. Something of no value; rubbish.

 The first story presented to me was about the orca at Sea world who unfortunately, and to my mind, unintentionally killed one of it’s trainers last year. The commentator of course had no personal opinion, however being a commentator he was, or at least he felt it was his duty to relate that the authorities that be? Were going to launch an investigation into whether or not returning this orca, i.e. killer whale, back into a pool in front of spectators would be safe? Referring to my blog that I posted earlier this morning, entitled the “Gump syndrome,” a blog that I wrote with the intention of drawing attention to just how absolutely stupid our media and our powers that be, ..can be? ..and orca, i.e. killer whale, is an animal meant to live in the ocean, free to swim, feed, and continue its specie without interruption from man. However, man and his infinite wisdom and his insatiable desire for entertainment has captured and confined free creatures of pretty much every variety throughout history for his amusement, and let’s not forget profit. However on occasion when one of man’s acquisitions doesn’t follow the script and a tragedy ensues, man has a problem understanding that whatever or whenever tragedy occurs? it’s not the creatures fault, ..it’s man’s. Of course since man, especially in this day and age, has a real problem accepting responsibility for what he does, ..or doesn’t do? Man invariably looks to place the blame somewhere else? Accordingly, will Sea World’s orca, i.e. killer whale, be further ostracized for being and orca, i.e. killer whale, or will man finally get it? My opinion? Not likely, “we,” i.e. man, ..doesn’t get it, ..however, ..”we,” ..man have come to terms with releasing men and women from State and Federal Institutions, i.e., Penitentiaries after serving their time for both “homicide” and “manslaughter,” ..and allow “debt paid” citizens to walk free among us again. So what’s the big deal about a fish being moved from one fish tank to another? Newsworthy? In my opinion, ..not so much. Not when “we,” ..”we the people,” ..are being subjected to both paying higher prices for every commodity we use, ..and subjected to being obligated to a higher national debt, ..not by the week, ..the day, ..or even the hour, ..but rather by the second. Our employees in Washington DC, are spending our tax dollars at an incalculable rate. We, “we the people,” are funding a war in Iraq, ..and Afghanistan, ..and presently, ..if the News Media and the “talking heads” that present their blather on a daily schedule are anywhere near correct? We, “we the people,” have to date, ..funded more than $1 billion to the “events” (not war) taking place presently in Libya as well, “according to the rhetoric,” ..to free the oppressed people of that country from a tyrant that we have only been aware of, ..for a mere 42 years. What’s the hurry? ..does America have no better use for $1 billion? ..come on people, ..let’s get behind, ..the “we,” ..in,  ..“we the people,” ..before there’s nothing left, for “we the people.” to get behind. The good folks in Libya may have no other choice than to pick up arms and fight for their freedom, ..however since the good folks in America did that 236 years ago, “we the people,” in America no longer have to resort to such methods. We have a Constitution that guarantees and provides every American citizen the right to vote. So, ..at least in my opinion, ..if,  ..“we,” ..of  ..“we the people,” don’t start using our right to vote to free ourselves from tyranny and oppression,  ..”we” ..could very well find ourselves at some date in our future, ..again needing to take up arms to once again free ourselves? Food for thought…

 Crusader Rabbit…

The Gump Syndrome..

The GUMP Syndrome, ? According to my Webster’s, “Gump” falls into the same category as “Blog” ..and since Webster has yet to decide if, ..or when he will “legitimize” Gump and or Blog. Not that the earth will stop rotating if he doesn’t legitimize the words, ..but then are they actually words? ..if Webster doesn’t legitimize them? No matter, I’ll simply move on to “syndrome.” What the heck, ..a word is a word is a word, ..

syn·drome. 1. A group of symptoms that collectively indicate or characterize a disease, a psychological disorder, or another abnormal condition. 2.a. A complex of symptoms indicating the existence of an undesirable condition or quality. b. A distinctive or characteristic pattern of behavior: Skipping breakfast and buying a cup of coffee on the way to work became a syndrome as the months wore on.

 Wow, talk about a can of worms, but then I suppose one can’t expect too much from Webster’s when dealing with a fictitious character from a movie. My reference to Gump as a syndrome was in an effort to lead into using the phrase created for the movie; “Forest Gump,” “stupid is as stupid does.” It was a great line, at least in my opinion, in a movie that I have personally enjoyed many times. Stupid is as stupid does is a phrase that I have found suitable to use more than once, especially now at this time in history when there is so much confusion and misleading rhetoric bestowed upon us by our present administration and the news media.

 (W.A.M.) rhet·o·ric, 1.a. The art or study of using language effectively and persuasively. b. A treatise or book discussing this art. 2. Skill in using language effectively and persuasively. 3.a. A style of speaking or writing, especially the language of a particular subject: fiery political rhetoric. b. Language that is elaborate, pretentious, insincere, or intellectually vacuous: His offers of compromise were mere rhetoric. 4. Verbal communication; discourse.

USAGE NOTE: The word rhetoric was once primarily the name of an important branch of philosophy and an art deserving of serious study. In recent years the word has come to be used chiefly in a pejorative sense to refer to inflated language and pomposity. Deprecation of the term may result from a modern linguistic puritanism, which holds that language used in legitimate persuasion should be plain and free of artifice—itself a tendentious rhetorical doctrine, though not often recognized as such. But many writers still prefer to bear in mind the traditional meanings of the word. Thus, according to the newer use of the term, the phrase empty rhetoric, as in The politicians talk about solutions, but they usually offer only empty rhetoric, might be construed as redundant. But in fact only 35 percent of the Usage Panel judged this example to be redundant. Presumably, it can be maintained that rhetoric can be other than empty.

 Elaborate, pretentious, insincere, inflated, redundant, and pomposity, ..all fine adjectives with pretty much the same meaning, I could add, puffy, stuffy, bloated, and grandiose, but it wouldn’t change anything, it would simply add to the confusion, and at least in my opinion, we have had enough rhetoric, confusion and misinformation streaming into our lives without me adding to it. My purpose, if indeed there is a purpose to my effort, it is to shed some light and bring some clarity to what is happening to, “we the people,” by the people, who should be working for the people. However, sadly, at least in my opinion, is not what “we the people” are getting.

 Accordingly, ..when you cast your vote in 2012, ..remember this word; “incumbent,” and cast your vote for someone else.

Crusader Rabbit…

What is a Blog?

Blog..? A word or term that Webster’s has yet to deal with? ..so I’m going to the web; A “blog,” according to the “Wikipedia,” free Encyclopedia is; 1. (a blend of the term web/log.) is a type of website or part of a website. Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

Most blogs are interactive, allowing visitors to leave comments and even message each other via widgets on the blogs and it is this interactivity that distinguishes them from other static websites. 2.Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability of readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (art blog), photographs (photoblog), videos (videoblogging), music (MP3 blog), and audio (podcasting). Microblogging is another type of blogging, featuring very short posts.

 As of 16 February 2011 (2011 -02-16, ..there were over 156 million public blogs in existence.

 History; The history of blogging and online diary. The term “weblog” was coined by Jorn Barger on 17 December 1997. The short form, “blog,” was coined by Peter Merhoiz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog Peterme.com in April or May 1999. Shortly thereafter, Even Williams at Pyra Labs used “blog” as both a noun and verb (“to blog,” meaning “to edit one’s weblog or to post to one’s weblog”) and devised the term “blogger” in connection with Pyra Labs’ Blogger product, leading to the popularization of the terms.

 Wikipedia of course goes on for thirty-two more pages identifying pretty much any and every use and aspect of blogging. However, ..I’m pretty much satisfied with what I’ve learned about what a blog is up to this point, ..nevertheless, ..if anyone wants to know more, simply Google the word “blog” as I did, ..and go for it.

 Anyway, now that we know what a blog is? I think I’ll move on to why I’ve decided to write a blog, .. Why not? I listen to one or another talking heads pretty much every day, and although I agree with some of the things that some of the talking heads have to say, there is as much that they say that I don’t agree with? I also talk to one of my brothers pretty much every day and although we have plenty of other things to talk about, at some point our conversations will come around to discussing what one or the other of us has heard one of Mediaville’s talking heads proclaim or deny? Consequently over time, ..at times my brother has challenged me to spread my wings, ..i.e. instead of simply sharing my thoughts and opinions with him, I should share my thoughts and opinions with the world, ..Whenever that might be? So here I am for whatever it’s worth?

 Earlier today while dropping off my grandson’s laptop to be restored to working order by my favorite computer tech., and good friend, (name withheld for personal privacy,) .. Mike, our friendly unabashed “Dish Network” dealer and representative, asked me if I had attended Woodstock? A trick question? ..No, ..A reasonable question as on numerous occasions when I stop by to see my friend, (name withheld,) Mike and I engage in conversations that can very from the weather, to nuclear fusion? ..Well maybe not nuclear fusion, ..however we do get into covering some pretty odd topics at times? Mike is an enjoyable person, but then what’s not to enjoy, he likes my cooking. (Inside information, issued only on a need to know basis.) ..other than the name my mother gave me and crusader rabbit, I am also known around the store where my friend works, as the burrito guy.

 However, enough about me, my purpose when I began this blog, was to research the origin of the word blog? .. And it would seem that I have done that, ..mission accomplished, at least to my satisfaction. Accordingly, ..in closing, although my public (both of you.) may be growing weary of my incessant displeasure with those, that, “we the people,” employ in Washington to protect and serve this great nation, ..as myself, ..Crusader Rabbit and ..the burrito guy, I feel duty bound to once again reiterate my message, ..next year, ..2012,  ..Vote not for the incumbent.

Crusader Rabbit…

Service..

Service, ..according to my Webster’s, 1.a. Employment in duties or work for another, especially for a government. b. A government branch or department and its employees: the diplomatic service. 2.a. The armed forces of a nation. b. A branch of the armed forces of a nation. 3.a. Work or duties performed for a superior. b. The occupation or duties of a servant. 4.a. Work done for others as an occupation or a business:  

Accordingly after reading Webster’s definition, how many of you believe that it represents the relationship between, we the people, and those that by the letter of the law, work for us, we the people? As I have related in previous blogs, I was drafted into the Army in March 1964, and served until March of 1966. During this two-year period of my life, after basic and advanced training at Fort Ord, in California, I served at Fort Devens, in Massachusetts in one of the two infantry battalions based there. As I remember, the rumors of our impending deployment to Vietnam began in June or July of 1965. The orders I believe became official in late August or early September and we began our journey, both infantry battalions from Fort Devens and myself. It wasn’t a trip I would have booked for myself had I been paying for the ticket, nevertheless I boarded the ship along with 4100 other equally apprehensive American soldiers. We weren’t the first Americans to way anchor and steam towards a foreign shore, nor as history has bore out, the last. Did all of the 4100 men that accompanied me on the USS Blatchford return home. Not even close, although I have no official statistics, a year or so later I learned that on the day I became a casualty of the Vietnam War, a day that also happen to be one of my nephews birthday, it was said that my company alone suffered 17 KIA’s and 48 wounded. It was also reported after the battle that the enemy had lost approximately 2500. Not that any number offered by our Intelligence officers were numbers you could take to the bank? Not my bank anyway. Either way, the statistics, true or false, mattered little to those, or the families of those that gave their lives in a country that few, if any? ..had even heard of a few years earlier. War, as simply as I can describe it, is a creation of those among us that don’t seem to be able to get a grasp on the definition of “enough.” So why is it then that “we the people” continue to elect and employee members of that group?

 America has been a sovereign nation since 1776, during which time, “we the people” have employed forty four Presidents, beginning with George Washington, known to history as the Father of our Country.

George Washington, (General of the Armies of the United States) for everything else that George Washington was, he was also a soldier. George Washington served in the Virginia militia (1752–1758), attaining the rank of colonel; later to serve as commander in chief of the Continental Army from (1775–1783) during the Revolutionary War, with the rank of “General and Commander in Chief.” George Washington was a Lieutenant General in the United States Army at the time of his death. In 1976, then-president Gerald R. Ford, posthumously appointed George Washington as General of the Armies of the United States and specified that he would forever rank above all officers of the Army, past, present and future, a tribute for posterity. Did George Washington serve in combat? Absolutely, he served in combat in the French and Indian wars, and most notably in the Revolutionary war and if history presents the story correctly, which I believe it does, George Washington also served on the line with his men.

 Next in line, Dwight David Eisenhower, (General of the Army – five stars) graduated West Point, served in the United States Army from 1915 to 1952. Served stateside during World War I and as Supreme Allied Commander during World War II, primary authority over the battles for Normandy, France and Germany.

 Third in line, in order of rank, Ulysses S Grant, (General – four stars) graduated West Point, first Lieutenant General after George Washington, appointed four-star general of the Army in 1866. Grant also served in combat in the Mexican American war and the Civil War. Branch of service, United States Army.

 Fourth in line, Andrew Jackson, (Major General – two stars) joined the North Carolina militia at age 13 as a militia messenger during the Revolutionary war. Jackson also served with the Tennessee militia and the United States Army. Served in combat, Revolutionary war, Creek war, war of 1812, and the first Seminole war. Jackson became a national hero after his success at the Battle of New Orleans.

 William H. Harrison, (Major General – two stars) served in the United States Army from 1791 to 1798, and again from 1812 to 1814. Harris gained national status after his success at the battle of Thames. Harrison served in combat in the Northwest Indian wars, and in the war of 1812.

 Zachary Taylor, (Major General – two stars) served in the United States Army and gained national status due to his achievements in the Mexican-American war. Taylor also served in combat in the war of 1812, the Black Hawk war, and the second Seminole war.

 Rutherford B. Hayes, (Major General – two stars) served with the United States Army volunteers in Virginia and West Virginia during the Civil War and was wounded at the battle of South Mountain.

 James A. Garfield, (Major General – two stars) served in the United States Army, also during the Civil War, remembered for his heroic ride at the battle of Chickamauga.

 Franklin Pierce, (Brigadier General – one star) served in the United States Army and the New Hampshire State militia. Enlisted as a private and attained the rank of Brig. Gen., combat experience, Mexican-American war.

 Andrew Johnson, (Brigadier General – one star) served in the United States Army. Combat experience, no, appointed military governor of Tennessee during the Civil War with the rank of Brig. Gen.

 Chester A. Arthur, (Brigadier General – one star) served with the New York State militia. Combat experience, no, non-combatant and service only during the Civil War. Arthur served as quartermaster Gen.

 Benjamin Harris, (Brigadier General – one star) served in the United States Army and the Indiana State militia. Combat experience, yes, Civil War, Battle of Perryville, Atlanta campaign, Battle of Nashville.

 Thomas Jefferson, (Colonel) served with the Virginia militia. Combat experience, no, primarily served in an administrative capacity.

 James Mason, (Colonel) served with the Virginia militia. Combat experience, no, Mason left the militia to enter the Virginia legislature.

 James K. Polk, (Colonel) served with the Tennessee State militia. Combat experience, unknown, served in 1821

 Theodore Roosevelt, (Colonel) served in the United States Army, the New York State militia, National Guard, first US Volunteer Cavalry Regiment, aka. the Roughriders. Combat experience, yes, Spanish-American war. Roosevelt was famous for his charge up San Juan Hill. Roosevelt was also posthumously awarded the medal of honor.

 Harry S. Truman, (Colonel) served in the United States Army from 1905 to 1911. Combat experience, yes, served with the 129 Field artillery, 1917 to 1919, Army reserves 1919 to 1953. The “buck” stopped with Harry, ..and so did WW-II.

 Lyndon B. Johnson, (Commander) served in the United States Navy. Combat experience, yes, awarded the Silver Star medal by general Douglas MacArthur, controversial.

 Richard Nixon, (Commander) served in United States Navy. Combat experience, yes, served from 1942 to 1945 on various islands in the South Pacific and commanded a SCAT unit in the South Pacific.

 James Monroe, (Major) served in the Continental Army, and with the Virginia State troops. Combat experience, yes, Revolutionary war, also noted for holding the flag in the famous painting of “Washington crossing the Delaware.”

 William McKinley, (Brevet Major) served in the United States Army. Combat experience, yes, Civil War, served with the 23rd Ohio Infantry and was also present at the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia.

 Gerald Ford, (Lieutenant Commander) served in the United States Navy. Combat experience, yes, World War II from 1942 to 1946 served on the USS Monterey.

 Millard Fillmore, (Major) served with the Union Continentals. Combat experience, no, Civil War, years of service 1861 after departure from the Presidency.

 John Tyler, (Captain) served with the Virginia State militia. Combat experience, yes, served in defense of Richmond, 1813.

 Abraham Lincoln, (Captain) served with the Illinois State militia. Combat experience, no, served during the Black Hawk war, did not see combat, elected to the rank of captain, reenlisted as a private, honorably discharged without seeing combat.

 John F. Kennedy, (Lieutenant) served in the United States Navy. Combat experience, yes, World War II. Commander of a PT boat, awarded the Purple Heart and the Navy and Marine Corps medal for heroism in the PT-109 incident.

 Jimmy Carter, (Lieutenant) served in the United States Navy. Combat experience, no, served during the Korean War, but never sent to Korea.

 Ronald Reagan, (Captain) served in the United States Army. Combat experience, no, served during World War II but was not deployed.

 George H.W. Bush, (Lieutenant, Junior grade) served in the United States Navy. Combat experience, yes, noted as the youngest pilot to serve in the United States Navy during World War II, (age 19) George H.W. Bush earned the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 George W. Bush, (First Lieutenant) served in the United States Air Force, State militia, Texas air national guard. Combat experience, no, George W. was an F-102 pilot with the Texas air national guard.

 James Buchanan, (Private) served in the United States Army. Combat experience, yes, war of 1812. Noted for being the only President who enlisted without going on to become an officer.

 Moving on now to the list of Presidents who did not serve in uniform.

 John Adams, (Federalist) John Quincy Adams (Democratic Republican) Martin Van Buren (Democrat) Grover Cleveland (Democrat) William H. Taft (Republican) Woodrow Wilson (Democrat) Warren G. Harding (Republican) Calvin Coolidge (Republican) Herbert Hoover (Republican) Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democrat) Bill Clinton (Democrat) Barack Obama (Democrat.)

 Accordingly after doing the math, we have had 38 Presidents who have served in the military, 21 Presidents who have served in combat, eight Presidents who have served in the military without combat experience, and one ( James K. Polk) unknown. Compared to 11 Presidents who have served without military experience. Not including our present President, Barrack Obama, who has not served in the Military other than as Commander in Chief as in fact every President does. Which brings us to my question for today? Having served both in the military and in combat myself, for me and all the other men and women who have served in the military and in combat, the answer is a no brainer. However, for those of you who may be reading my words, using both your God given common sense, your education, and your best imagination, if you were someone thinking about joining the military, would you feel better about joining if you knew the man at the top, ..the man in charge, ..the President, ..the Commander in Chief, was a man that, ..so to speak, ..”been there and done that.” ..a man that had personally experienced the horror of war and the loss of a comrade in arms? ..or would that matter to you? ..if it doesn’t? ..then maybe it’s time you get your head out of the sand and look around…

Crusader Rabbit…

Imagination;

Imagination; ..according to my Webster’s; imagination, 1.a. The formation of a mental image of something that is neither perceived as real nor present to the senses. b. The mental image so formed. c. The ability or tendency to form such images. 2. The ability to confront and deal with reality by using the creative power of the mind; resourcefulness: handled the problems with great imagination. 3. A traditional or widely held belief or opinion. 4. Archaic. a. An unrealistic idea or notion; a fancy. b. A plan or scheme. –i·mag”i·na“tion·al adj.

SYNONYMS: imagination, fancy, fantasy. These nouns refer to the power of the mind to form images, especially of what is not present to the senses. Imagination is the most broadly applicable: The actor rehearsed the lines in his imagination. The glorious music haunts my imagination. “In the world of words, the imagination is one of the forces of nature” (Wallace Stevens). Fancy especially suggests mental invention that is whimsical, capricious, or playful and that is characteristically well removed from reality: “which . . . claims to be founded not on fancy . . . but on Fact” (Arthur P. Stanley). Is world peace only the fancy of idealists? Fantasy is applied principally to the product of imagination given free rein and especially to elaborate or extravagant fancy: The sitting room was a kind of Victorian fantasy, full of cabbage roses, fringe, and tassels. “The poet is in command of his fantasy, while it is exactly the mark of the neurotic that he is possessed by his fantasy” (Lionel Trilling).

 If it weren’t for imagination, I wouldn’t be sitting here at my computer keyboard, ..I don’t know for sure where I’d be? ..yet I do know for sure that I wouldn’t be here, ..what would be the point? ..delving deeper, ..without imagination would there be a point? ..to anything, ..would there be anything? ..without imagination, ..would there be a computer keyboard for me to be sitting at? Not likely, ..because there wouldn’t be a computer, ..and without a computer, ..there would be little need for a computer keyboard. We wouldn’t have fire, the wheel, sliced bread, ..or bubble gum. We’d be living in, ..use your imagination, ..there no boundary or limit to what your choices are at this point if you have an imagination? Where did our imagination come from? ..according to accepted lore, ..we were born with it. Do animals have imaginations? ..or do they simply survive by their instincts?

 (W.A.M.) instinct, 1. An inborn pattern of behavior that is characteristic of a species and is often a response to specific environmental stimuli: the spawning instinct in salmon; altruistic instincts in social animals. 2. A powerful motivation or impulse. 3. An innate capability or aptitude: an instinct for tact and diplomacy.

 Wow, ..according to that, ..instincts are extremely convenient, clever and practical traits to have, nevertheless the afore going presentation doesn’t allow for anything beyond what “we” consider to be the “real” world. At this point, at the risk of offending anyone who may not believe in God, ..I’m going to bring God into the mix, ..because it is my opinion that there is a God. Further, I believe that everyone believes in God, ..why? ..referring to my common sense once more, ..if there were no God, ..then where did the word “God” come from, and why is it always capitalized? ..and why have I just referred to it six times in this paragraph?

 (W.A.M.) 1. God, a. A being conceived as the perfect, omnipotent, omniscient originator and ruler of the universe, the principal object of faith and worship in monotheistic religions. b. The force, effect, or a manifestation or aspect of this being. c. Christian Science. “Infinite Mind; Spirit; Soul; Principle; Life; Truth; Love” (Mary Baker Eddy). 2. A being of supernatural powers or attributes, believed in and worshiped by a people, especially a male deity thought to control some part of nature or reality. 3. An image of a supernatural being; an idol. 4. One that is worshiped, idealized, or followed:  5. A very handsome man. 6. A powerful ruler or despot.

 Would Webster have included “God” in his publication if there were no God?

 Thus, continuing, ..it is accepted in the Christian religion that God created man, ..whether in his own image or not? ..is not significant to this presentation, ..there are many perceptions of God as an entity, and I dispute none of them, I recently wrote a blog about “choice,” which, ..at least in my opinion made it quite clear that “we” all have choices, ..in religion, ..in politics, ..and in our relationships with others and with everything else in our lives, ..label it, ..and you have a choice. However since we’re on the subject of imagination today, ..lets get back to that and where it may have come from, ..hence, ..my introduction of God, ..did we get our imaginations from God, ..or nature? Is imagination an instinct? ..Webster didn’t list it, ..is Webster an authority? ..he is to me. I go to him all the time with questions and I’m always satisfied with his answers, ..so what else can I say? If nature doesn’t provide our imagination, ..not being one to fight the system, ..unless it’s a system that keeps me in a box that keeps getting smaller by the day, ..just look at gas prices. Talk about making our boxes smaller, ..but only if your counted among the rank and file, ..the elite are dong fine. While we imagine how nice it “would be” to have this or that? ..they are, ..and have always been, enjoying “this and that.” I’m I bitter, ..no, ..simply envious, ..and yes, ..I know envy is considered a sin, ..I’ll do sin another day, ..right now, I’m doing imagination. Something that, ..at least in my opinion, I have an abundance of, ..whether it comes from God or Mother Nature doesn’t matter, ..I’ve got it, ..what the heck, ..we all have it, ..and to prove my point, ..I’ll relate a little know story about myself; When I was a teenager, I worked for a friend of mine’s father one summer. My friend’s father was a roofing contractor and that summer he was roofing homes at several locations around the San Fernando Valley, in Southern California, where my family lived at the time. I was only fourteen, by law, to young to actually be working as a roofer, however since the boys and men in my family are, and have always been taller and larger than what is recognized as average or typical, no one ever ask one of us if we were old enough to do whatever? (A great place to begin using your imagination) ..continuing, ..I reached the six foot mark on our kitchen door approximately two weeks after my thirteenth birthday, ..which one might believe would be reason to celebrate, ..however for me, ..it was devastating as my brother, ..a year and three months older, (name withheld) reached the same mark prior to his thirteenth, ..and as brothers will, ..he reminded me of that for an eternity. To which of course I always reacted, (imagination time) ..continuing, ..one morning after setting up on a roof, applying what I knew about nailing shingles, using the twenty-two ounce waffle head hammer handed down to me by my father, I missed a stroke and instead of hitting the nail that was the object of the trade, I laid that twenty-two ounce waffle head directly on my thumb, ..and my thumb split like a concord grape being beset upon by a ninety pound anvil, ..not a pretty sight, ..in the micro second that followed the twenty-two ounce waffle head making contact, ..there was an intermission while my nervous system carried the message of what I’d done to my computer, ..ie, ..my brain. Immediately after which (this is where you really get to use your imagination) ..because although it’s been fifty-five years now, ..I don’t care to go any further.  True story, .. So what does my story have to do with the price of tea in China? Nothing, ..it’s just a story, ..a day in my life, ..I’ve had lots of days in my life, ..so I have lots of stories, ..most good, ..some mediocre, ..many that could be better, ..however, had I not laid that twenty-two ounce waffle head on my thumb that fateful day, you would have just now missed an opportunity to visit your imagination. Imagination is important, ..at least to me, ..and the various Lotteries  around the country, ..I mean, ..how many tickets do you imagine “they” would sell if “we” didn’t imagine “we” had a chance to win? At least that’s my take on it, ..I’d love to be a multi-millionaire, ..I’d love to own, ..where do I start? ..airplanes, ..fast cars, ..long cars, ..motorcycles, ..well maybe not a motorcycle, ..been there and done that, ..accordingly, ..at my age, ..even with my grand imagination, ..I know that there’s a cut off point when it comes to riding motorcycles if one want to imagine themselves hangin’ out on the north side of the grass into the future. Nevertheless, ..if I were to win one of the larger pots in one of our available lotteries, I’d have to buy a helicopter. Why? ..because I’ve never had one, ..and with that, ..I believe it’s time to put my imagination away and lead you back to earth.

 (W.A.M.) ..according to me; Earth, ..a large round thing that floats around in space, ..part of a group of other large round things that float around in space around another larger round thing that anchors us to what we refer to as our solar system.

 Yeah, ..I know I could have gone to my Webster’s, ..in fact I did, ..however, since my definition is so much simpler. ..and since this is my blog, ..I get to decide.

 Speaking of deciding? ..coming up in 2012, ..”we” all get to decide, ..if you’re like me and you’re tired beyond imagination as to how our present “employees” in Washington are handing “our” money and making the decisions that affect “our” lives, ..you’ll cast your vote with me to replace every man, women and child now drawing a salary in whatever capacity? ..in our present administration…

Crusader Rabbit…

Choices..

Choices… According to my Webster’s; choice (chois) n. 1. The act of choosing; selection. 2. The power, right, or liberty to choose; option. 3. One that is chosen. 4. A number or variety from which to choose: a wide choice of styles and colors. 5. The best or most preferable part. 6. Care in choosing. 7. An alternative. –choice adj. choic·er, choic·est. 1.a. Of very fine quality. b. Appealing to refined taste. 2. Selected with care. 3. Of the U.S. Government grade of meat higher than good and lower than prime. –idiom. of choice. Preferred above others of the same kind or set: “the much used leveraged buyout as the weapon of choice” (Alison Leigh Cowan). [Middle English chois, from Old French, from choisir, to choose, from Vulgar Latin *causºre, of Germanic origin. See geus- below.] –choice“ly adv. –choice“ness n.

SYNONYMS: choice, alternative, option, preference, selection, election. Each of these nouns denotes the act, power, or right of choosing. Choice implies broadly the freedom to choose from a set, as of persons or things: The store offers a wide choice of fruits and vegetables. I had no choice—their decision was final. Alternative emphasizes a choosing between only two possibilities or courses of action: “An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. . . . Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do (Jane Austen). Option often stresses a power or liberty to choose that has been granted, as by an authority: The option lies between accepting the candidate the administration proposes and reconstituting the search committee. Preference indicates choice based on one’s values, bias, or predilections: We were offered our preference of wines. Selection suggests a variety of things or persons to choose from: Parents should exercise care in their selection of the movies their young children see. Election especially emphasizes the use of judgment in choosing: The university recommends the election of courses in composition and literature. See also Synonyms at delicate.

 Does that pretty much say it all? ..it does to me, ..but then I’m one of those rank and file, common sense guys that I’ve been blathering about since day one of beginning this Blog. A Blog, by the way, ..that I can now confirm has a following of ten readers, ..all family and friend, ..not all my family and not all my friends have confirmed that they are reading what I Blog as my initial out reach included, ..ie, ..E-mailing my Blog address, ..notification and invitation, was dispatched to twenty-nine souls, ..a return of just under 33 percent. Which of course I’m proud to say is above the national average for the percentage of American’s who (sadly) bother to go to the poles on election days to hire the people that squander their money.

 (W.A.M.) squander, 1. To spend wastefully or extravagantly; dissipate.

 We, ..”we the people,” ..which by the way for those of you who have yet to read the Preamble to our Constitution, it begins with those very words, ..we the people have a choice, in and with everything we do from the way we part our hair, to who we vote for on election day, ..I’m not here to tell you or anyone else how to vote, ..there are already enough people out there doing that, ..I’m here to simply tell you to think about who you want to vote for, ..want to hire, ..who “you” believe, (after adequate investigation) ..is an honest person, ..someone not unlike yourself, ..someone from the rank and file, ..not from the wealthy, aggressive and elite, ..”we” out number “them” a whole bunch to one, ..(in absence of actually doing the research) ..”we” have the  power, ..if you think about? ..it’s a no brainer, ..you know it, ..”they” know it, why else would anyone, ..that’s anyone “we” generally consider to be in their “right mind” would spend millions of dollars to get a job that pays a couple a hundred thousand, ..that’s not good business, ..unless of course there’s something else in the offing that “we” don’t know about? Which of course with all the redirect and information available to us through a multitude of media today, is, ..at least in my opinion, highly unlikely. ..not that you can trust all the redirect and information that’s out there, ..that’s why I’m here, ..not to supply you with “what’s right” ..but rather to get you to figure that out for yourself. Because what’s right for me, ..in no way has to be right for you. ..I’m simply one side of the coin, ..everything has two sides, ..otherwise we’d be the only folks on the planet, ..because there wouldn’t be another side of the earth. “Common sense,” ..something my father once told me I could count on, ..and so far it’s working real well. So listen to yourself, ..your “common sense” ..not what some radio, magazine or television blather implores you to do, ..make “your” voice heard, ..vote in 2012 ..give one of your “rank and file” neighbors a job…

Crusader Rabbit…

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