Corruption..

According to Webster’s, cor·rup·tion: 1.a. The act or process of corrupting. b. The state of being corrupt. 2. Decay; rot. 3. Archaic. Something that corrupts

 In yesterday’s offering I made reference to Pres. Obama’s announcement about launching an investigation into the validity and legality of the oil, and oil futures industries. A nice way of someone, (finally after being ripped off by the oil giants of the world for more than 30 years) saying; “I and/or we, your employees in Washington, publicly acknowledge that the rank-and-file American public is, “possibly” and has “possibly” been, manipulated, cheated, and swindled out of a portion of your income? Gee, thank you Mr. President!

 Of course, Mr. President, now that you have acknowledged, at least the possibility, that we, “we the people,” the rank-and-file, are, “possibly” being ripped off at the gas pump? If, and I begin with “if,” as I have absolutely no confidence that you, or your regime, i.e., “Justice Department” ..will discover anything significantly out of order. At least, significant enough to require a rebate to the American people. Of course, using history as my guide, I can indeed envision a finding appropriate to levy fines to complement your lifestyle.

 Not that I am discouraged, nor am I considering retiring from my crusade, nor am I discounting the few that presently read my blather, however it sure would be encouraging to log-on to my site one of these days and be greeted by a comment. No pressure, nevertheless it would be greatly appreciated.

 Returning to my subject for today, “corruption,” and how our employees are involved? ..at least in my opinion, ..and that is Corruption with the C. How long are we, “we the people,” going to stand idly by while every facet of our lives are destroyed and consumed by our duly elected, ..albeit, ..at least in my opinion, “corrupt,” ..with a capital “C,”  government officials, i.e., our public servants i.e., “our” employees. Even a number of the last bunch we hired, i.e., the “tea party” endorsed candidates, men and women who campaigned on holding a hard-line against more spending, crashed and burned when the flak started flying. So what are we to do, “we the people?” In my opinion, and of course since that’s what I’m here for, I advocate cleaning house, the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the White House, at least in my opinion are all equally responsible for what we are paying at the gas pump, the grocery store, and every other retail outlet in America. We, “we the people,” make America, ..America! Accordingly, at least in my opinion we have done a pretty sorry job.

 Therefore, I believe it is time for the folks, i.e., the rank-and-file, “us,” “we the people” to stand up and be counted in 2012. We have subordinately accepted the agendas of our leaders, i.e., our elected officials, i.e., our employees, long enough. We, “we the people,” need to promote and support an American agenda? An agenda, where in, we, “we the people,” can afford to buy a gallon of gas, afford to feed and clothe our children. An agenda that will again allow the rank-and-file, the working class taxpaying American a place at the table. Accordingly, don’t simply read my words and agree with me, join me in my crusade, make it your crusade. Let’s spend our votes in 2012 to promote “our” American agenda by hiring a whole new group of individuals, people, folks from the rank-and-file. Not professional politicians who lunch and frequent golf courses with the lobbyist of Corporate America. But rather folks that will that eat their lunch at work and understanding that their jobs do not depend on the campaign contributions they receive from Corporate America, but rather their jobs depend on “us” and “our” approval.

 Crusader Rabbit…

 

 

 

Oil..

Oil: according to Webster’s, 1. Any of numerous mineral, vegetable, and synthetic substances and animal and vegetable fats that are generally slippery, combustible, viscous, liquid or liquefiable at room temperatures, soluble in various organic solvents such as ether but not in water, and used in a great variety of products, especially lubricants and fuels. 2.a. Petroleum. b. A petroleum derivative, such as a machine oil or lubricant. 3. A substance with an oily consistency. 4. Oil paint. 5. A painting done in oil paint. 6. Insincere flattery. To lubricate, supply, cover, or polish with oil. 1. To bribe: 2. To give a tip to:

 Crude oil: According to Webster’s, Unrefined petroleum.

 Gasoline: According to Webster’s, a volatile mixture of flammable liquid hydrocarbons derived chiefly from crude petroleum and used principally as a fuel for internal-combustion engines and as a solvent, an illuminant, and a thinner.

 Dilithium Crystals and Warp Drive: According to Webster’s, dilithium crystals and warp drive don’t exist, however according to Gene Roddenberry, author of the popular 1966 thru 1994 television series, “dilithium crystals” and “warp drive” powered both of the USS enterprises respectively.

 So other than the fact, that we, “we the people,” employee a tight knit group of, (at least in my opinion, guaranteed to me by the Constitution of the United States of America,) the most ingenuous, self-serving buffoons ever assembled on the planet Earth. Four dollars for a gallon of gas and it’s headed for five. Of course after witnessing our present leader, Barack Obama step up to the podium yesterday and announce that he was going to launch an investigation into the “possible” corruption in the oil and oil futures industry. How amusing is that? But then I suppose the really good comedians make more than $400,000 a year.

 Crusader Rabbit…

 

Author..

I was asked a few days ago by recent follower of my Blog, why I began blogging? Normally, and traditionally I would have immediately issued a reply. However, being aware of the controversial subjects I choose to blog about, i.e., blather about, like the buffoonish young fellow in the Twix commercial, I decided to take a moment to think about what I wanted to say.

 Consequently, due to the volume of words I have verbally authored over the years, combined with my ill ability for total recall, what I offer here will not be verbatim.

 (W.A.M.) Verbatim: According to Webster’s, 1. Using exactly the same words; corresponding word for word:

 (W.A.M.) Author: According to Webster’s:  1. a. The original writer of a literary work. b. One who practices writing as a profession. 2. An originator or creator.

USAGE NOTE: The verb author, which had been out of use for a long period, has been rejuvenated in recent years with the sense “to assume responsibility for the content of a published text.” As such it is not quite synonymous with the verb write; one can write, but not author, a love letter or an unpublished manuscript, and the writer who ghostwrites a book for a celebrity cannot be said to have “authored” the creation.

Thesaurus: Author, 1. One that creates, founds, or originates:

a. father

b. architect

c. maker

d. creator

e. founder

f. inventor

g. patriarch

h. originator

2. To be the author of (a published work or works):

a. write

b. publish

c. pen

 I replied to my young partisan; “Would you like to hear the truth, or would you like to hear a story that sounds better?”

 (W.A.M.) according to Webster’s: Partisan: 1. A fervent, sometimes militant supporter or proponent of a party, cause, faction, person, or idea.

 Continuing, …I expounded; ”the truth is, I’ve been blogging all my life, i.e., blathering anywhere and everywhere with anyone and everyone who would take their time to listen to me. I’m a talker, a crier, to herald, a commentator, a reporter, and a storyteller…

 Talker: One who talks, especially a loquacious or garrulous person.

 Crier: An official who announces the orders of a court of law. 2. A town crier. 3. A hawker.

 Herald: A person who carries or proclaims important news; a messenger.

 Commentator: A broadcaster or writer who reports and analyzes events in the news. 2. One who writes or delivers a commentary or commentaries.

 Reporter: A writer, an investigator, or a presenter of news stories.

 Storyteller: One who tells or writes stories. b. One who relates anecdotes.

 (W.A.M.) Anecdote: 1. A short account of an interesting or humorous incident.

 … I enjoy people, I enjoy life, and I enjoy communicating. After all, what would life be, if it weren’t for people and communication? However, my inspiration for this blog, in this format, i.e., cyberspace, is attributed to my younger, albeit taller little brother who shares the first initial of his given name with me, true story.

 Now for the story that sounds better; (not that it isn’t equally as true as the true story) ..after a lifetime of disdain for those of us that cross the street in the middle of the block instead of using the crosswalk at the corner, a crime for which I am as guilty as any other Homo sapiens on the planet. It all starts somewhere? Not that I’m blaming the ills of the earth are those that jaywalk.

 (W.A.M.) According to Wikipedia, Earth: “The earth is the third planet from the Sun and the densest and fifth-largest of the eight planets in the solar system. The earth’s terrain varies greatly from place to place. About 70.8% of the surface is covered by water, the remaining 29.2% not covered by water consists of mountains, deserts, plains, plateaus, and other geomorphologies.

 Twenty-nine point two percent not covered by water, ..”land,” ..the part of the planet where we air breathing creatures, i.e., Homo sapiens, i.e., people live and go about our daily lives screwing up the very object our lives depend on.

 Question; Am I a tree hugger? Reply; ..not at all, ..nor do I think of myself as a parasite…

 (W.A.M.) According to Webster’s: par·a·site; 1. An organism that grows, feeds, and is sheltered on or in a different organism while contributing nothing to the survival of its host. 2. One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return. 3. One who lives off and flatters the rich; a “sycophant.” 3. A professional dinner guest, a person who lives by amusing the rich, a person who eats at someone else’s table.

 So why am I writing this blog? Short answer; I hate waste, corruption, fraud, and thieves.

Crusader Rabbit…

 

Archaeology..

While surfing through the multitude of channels provided by my cable service to find something other than a rerun to watch last evening, as the fall television season is presently powering down to make way for the new summer season, I stumbled across a show about archaeology…

 According to Webster’s, ar·chae·ol·o·gy: The systematic recovery and study of material evidence, such as graves, buildings, tools, and pottery, remaining from past human life and culture.

 …and not only was I amazed, I learned that there were actually, people, human beings on the planet Earth prior to, automobiles that greet you with a pleasant “Hello” when you open the door, prior to cell phones, prior to airplanes, and ptior to soda pop in a can! Even prior to the wheel, can you imagine? There were both men and women on the show, not only testifying that there were people on the earth prior to the afore mentioned amenities, they had actual proof in the form of carbon dated bones from unearthed graves. Tools and pottery excavated from long buried cities and visual documentation of pictographs scribed upon the rock walls of caves.

 As asinine as my previous paragraph might seem to those of you who don’t store your brain in an iPod, there are indeed folks on the planet Earth who woke up this morning with absolutely no knowledge of automobiles that speak to you, cell phones, iPods, computers, radios, television, and the most shocking of all, they have no knowledge of Walmart, an even more shocking than that, they don’t all live beyond the mouth of the Amazon River.

 If President Obama and his Democratic regime do not succeed in intimidating enough of the Congress and the Senate to raise America’s debt limit this month, will the sky fall? Will the Mississippi rivers stop running, will the Sun failed to rise in the East?

 According to Wikipedia: The age of the Earth is 4.54 billion years old. This age is based on evidence from radiometric age dating of meteorite material and is consistent with the ages of the oldest-known terrestrial and lunar samples. Following the scientific revolution and the development of radiometric age dating, measurements of lead in uranium-rich minerals showed that some were in excess of a billion years old. The oldest such minerals analyzed to date,  small crystals of zircon from the Jack Hills of Western Australia,  are at least 4.404 billion years old. Comparing the mass and luminosity of the Sun to the multitudes of other stars, it appears that the solar system cannot be much older than those rocks. Ca-Al-rich inclusions (inclusions rich in calcium and aluminum)  the oldest known solid constituents within meteorites that are formed within the solar system,  are 4.567 billion years old, giving an age for the solar system and an upper limit for the age of Earth. It is hypothesized that the accretion of Earth began soon after the formation of the Ca-Al-rich inclusions and the meteorites. Because the exact accretion time of Earth is not yet known, and the predictions from different accretion models range from a few millions up to about 100 million years, the exact age of Earth is difficult to determine. It is also difficult to determine the exact age of the oldest rocks on Earth, exposed at the surface, as they are aggregates of minerals of possibly different ages.

Accordingly, alluding once again to my God-given common sense, it is my considered opinion that having to date existed for four point, five four billion years, surviving countless millions of years of  volcanoes and earthquakes, the Hadean Age, the Archean Age, the Proterozoic Age, the Phanerozoic Age, the Paleozoic Era, the Mesozoic Era, and the Cenozoic Era, where our earliest ancestors are reported to have appeared? ..beginning with;

 Neanderthal:  In modern orthography Neandertal is an extinct member of the Homo genus known from the Pleistocene specimens found in Europe and parts of western and central Asia. Neanderthals are classified either as a subspecies (or race) of modern humans (Homo sapiens neanderthalensis) or as a separate human species (Homo neanderthalensis). The first proto-Neanderthal traits appeared inEurope as early as 350,000–600,000 years ago.

 Gigantopithecus: Is an extinct genus of ape that existed from roughly one million years to as recently as three-hundred thousand years ago, in what is now China, India, and Vietnam, placing Gigantopithecus in the same time frame and geographical location as several hominin species. The fossil record suggests that the Gigantopithecus blacki species were the largest apes that ever lived, standing up to 3 metres (9.8 ft), and weighing up to 540 kilograms (1,200 lb). The genus has entered the popular culture lexicon as a result of cryptozoologic claims that Gigantopithecus survives in remote parts ofAsia even today and is known variously as the yeti, the yeren and the mande-barung.

 Anatomically modern human (AMH) in paleoanthropology refers to early individuals of Homo sapiens with an appearance consistent with the range of phenotypes in modern humans. Anatomically modern humans evolved from archaic Homo sapiens in the Middle Paleolthic, about 200,000 years ago. The emergence of anatomically modern human marks the dawn of the subspecies Homo sapiens sapiens, i.e. the subspecies of Homo sapiens that includes all modern humans. The oldest fossil remains of anatomically modern humans are the Omo remains that date to 195,000 years ago. Other fossils include Homo sapiens idaltu from Herto in Ethiopia that are 150 kya and remains from Skhul inIsrael that are 90,000 years old.

 With 90,000 years being more than the week before last, the approximate limit of my memory, I take great comfort, and great pride in knowing that the human race has made it this long. Furthermore, it gives me reason to believe that the human race will still be here after the government’s deadline to vote on raising our debt ceiling. Of course with gasoline prices predicted to be five dollars a gallon by mid-summer, I hold out little hope for the human race to remain a nomadic and or transient race.

 You want your life back? Then you’re gonna have to get up off your butt and take it back from the folks that took it from you. Lucky for us we live in a Country where we can remove our oppressors with our vote.

 Crusader Rabbit…

 

Carpetbaggers..

Carpetbagger: According to my Webster’s, car·pet·bag·ger  1. A Northerner who went to the South after the Civil War for political or financial advantage. 2. An outsider, especially a politician, who presumptuously seeks a position or success in a new locality.

If one, i.e., of any social, religious, or political persuasion were to apply a small amount of their imagination at this point? He, she, or “they,” could omit Webster’s 1a. definition: i.e., “A Northerner who went to the South after the Civil War for political or financial advantage.” Although Barack Obama is fromChicago, a City, if I understand geography and my compass correctly, definitely falls within the geographical description of aNorthernCity.

Webster’s, carpetbaggers: 2. “An outsider, especially a politician, who presumptuously seeks a position or success in a new locality.”

Sound like anyone you know? Let’s break it down, “An Outsider.” In your mind, would an individual from Chicago,  relocating to reside in Washington D.C.,  i.e., the District of Columbia, i.e., our Nations Capital, be considered an Outsider?

I relocated from Southern California to my present home in a quiet low-key upper midwestern community that I fell in love with sixteen plus years ago. Drawing your attention to the word “home,” and the words “sixteen plus years,” one, at least one with imagination, could imagine that after sixteen plus years, I would be accepted as a full fledged member of my community? Not! Americans, although generous in so many areas, can be less than generous when it comes to sharing their heritage. Which of course doesn’t make anyone a bad person, it simply illuminates the fact that they are human beings, with the same garden-variety baggage we all carry.

Presumptuous: Going beyond what is right or proper; excessively forward. –pre·sump“tu·ous·ly adv. –pre·sump“tu·ous·ness n.

 At this point, alluding to my opinion, after all, this is my Blog, i.e., the platform from which I present my blather.

Barack Obama having a shot at the Oval Office, in my mind, is equivalent to giving Pee-wee Herman a shot at the Heavyweight Title of the World.

A “Position” or “Success” in a new locality, which of course needs no further explanation.

Being an American, and believing in America, and the American dream, I have no problem with anyone seeking a better job or success. After all, what would America be, if it were not for people seeking jobs and success? Especially since America was founded by people who relocated seeking better lives for themselves and their families. What I do have a problem with, is someone who wants to undo generations of sacrifice and endeavor to make America a country where anyone and everyone has the right to seek a better position and personal success.

Barack Obama, regardless of his origin, is presently the President of the United States. However since we in America elect our leaders, with the exception of Gerald Ford, no one has ever been born into the Office of President. Accordingly, Barack Obama, albeit, (in my opinion) as wrongheaded as he is, survived childhood, attended school, through college on the community dime, affording him opportunities not enjoyed by the children from stable families without means who didn’t qualify for welfare and affirmative action, or were governed by parents who believed in self-reliance.

According to Webster’s: wel·fare 1.a. Health, happiness, and good fortune; well-being. b. Prosperity. 2. Welfare work. 3. Financial or other aid provided, especially by the government, to people in need.

According to Webster’s: Affirmative Action: A policy or a program that seeks to redress past discrimination through active measures to ensure equal opportunity, as in education and employment.

To be sure that you pick up on that last line, I would like to highlight: “To ensure equal opportunity, as in education and employment.”

I earned my first dollar in the job market, raking leaves from around, Lupe’s Café, in Thousand Oaks California, in 1951, and never looked back. I have dug ditches, swept floors, picked tomatoes, poured concrete, framed houses, washed dishes, pump gas, boxed groceries, mowed lawns, driven trucks, driven a school bus, wrestled professionally, and built airplanes. And if that isn’t enough? I worked for the United States Government for two years, i.e., in the U.S. Army,  as an infantry soldier, i.e.,  “a paid assassin”  in Vietnam,  and although I qualified for a “disability pension” from having been wounded in Vietnam, being raised to believe that only the things I earned belong to me, I chose to decline. War is not a job.  It is a service. I preformed my service, I was paid for my service, I no longer serve, therefore, I no longer deserve to be paid.

Something the President of United States, the Vice President of the United States, the Congress of the United States and every other person employed in a public service job might want to consider? You should be paid for your public service while you are performing your public service, however, (at least in my opinion,) a Government or Public Service employee of any description should not be paid the “obscene,” amount of money in their retirement that they receive, i.e., “Golden Parachutes.” I worked in, what our society refers to as the Private Sector. People who work in the private sector, when negotiated with the Company or Organization they work for, for a retirement plan paid for by the prophets of the Company or Organization they work for is acceptable. However when a man or a woman chooses to work in a “Public Service Job,” drawing special attention to the word “service.” He or she is not deserving of a pension drawn from tax dollars, other than the same Social Security benefit everyone who is or has worked for a living is (by Congressional Amendment,) entitled to, and if those of you who are in public service jobs and disagree with me, there are airplanes leaving America for Europe every day.

While eating my breakfast this morning, I amused myself by surfing between my cable news channels. Most notable story this morning was again an offering concerning the turmoil and confusion being suffered by those in charge of bringing about a solution to the problem of Air Traffic Controllers falling asleep during their shifts. You have to love people that have been to college, and I assume that the individuals in charge of bringing about a solution to the problem of Air Traffic Controllers falling asleep at work have all been to college?

I did not go to college, I did not finish high school, however simply drawing on my God-given common sense, I have a solution. A simple solution, it was again reported this morning that the average salary of an Air Traffic Controller is $154,000 a year. If you want your Air Traffic Controllers to stay awake at work? Cut their salary in half. Ridiculous you say? I agree, not that it is ridiculous to cut their salaries in half, but rather that it is ridiculous that an air traffic controller should be paid a hundred and fifty thousand dollars a year in the first place! In fact, pondering all ofAmerica’s woes for a moment, if we cut the salary of everyone making more than $100,000 a year in half, especially those working in Public Service jobs, it would go a long way to curing all of America’s woes. Cut the President’s salary by half, cut the Vice President’s salary by half, cut the Congress’s salary by half, and we have one heck of a jump on reducing our deficit. If everyone made half as much money, houses would cost only half as much, food would cost half as much, and most significantly, at least at the moment, gasoline would cost half as much. If you live in a house half the size of a house you live in now, you would need to own only half as much furniture, you’d only have half as much grass to mow, and half as much disposable income. Consequently, you would spend less time on the golf course, dining out, and destroying brain cells with alcohol at your favorite club. Brain cells that could be better utilized performing your job without falling asleep.

Returning to my Original Genre, America is in trouble, the citizens of America need help, and since we, the citizens of America haven’t been helped by our Government in more years than anyone cares to utter, we, the citizens of America need a New Government, not simply a new President, but rather a whole new Government.  A new Congressman or Congresswoman, (my preference, as offered in my April 16th Blog entitled rambling.) in every seat in the House, and a new Senator, in every seat in the Senate. When a body is dying from infected blood, that body needs a transfusion. America needs a transfusion.

Crusader Rabbit…

 

Barack Obama..

Barack Obama: as Webster’s doesn’t do people, I turned to Wikipedia…

 Barack Hussein Obama II; born August 4, 1961) is the 44th President and, having taken office in 2009. He is the first African-American to hold the office. Obama previously served as a United States Senator from Illinois, from January 2005 until he resigned following his election to the presidency in November 2008.

A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law school, where he was the President of the Harvard Law Review. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicagoand taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Lawschool from 1992 to 2004.

Obama served three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. Following an unsuccessful bid against the Democratic incumbent for a seat in the United States House of Representatives in 2000, he ran for United States Senate in 2004. Several events brought him to national attention during the campaign, including his victory in the March 2004 Democratic primary and his keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in July 2004. He won election to the U.S. Senate in November 2004. His presidential campaign began in February 2007, and after a close campaign in the 2008 Democratic Party presidential primaries against Hillary Rodham Clinton, he won his party’s nomination. In the 2008 general election, he defeated Republican nominee John McCain, and was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009. In October 2009, Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Prize laureate.

As President, Obama signed Economic Stimulus Legislation in the form of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in February 2009 and the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 in December 2010. Other domestic policy initiatives include the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Don’t Ask, Don’t tell Repeal Act of 2010. In foreign policy, Obama gradually withdrew combat troops fromIraq, increased troop levels in Afghanistan, signed an arms control treaty with Russia, and ordered enforcement of the United Nations security no-fly zone overLibyain early 2011.

In April 2011, Obama announced his intention to seek re-election in the 2012 presidential election.

 In my considered opinion, i.e., Barack in a nutshell,  ..very impressive, ..if you are one that is guided by the same liberal ideology as Mr. Obama?

 However as my position on Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, follows the conservative path. I find absolutely nothing impressive about Barack Obama. I grew up in a family supported by a man who was born in 1915 in Great Bend, Kansas, where he grew up to attend school through the eighth grade. My father was conscripted into the United States Army air Corps in January of 1942 after a gathering of Venerable Gentlemen from Japan decided that they needed to be the Masters of the World. Which of course, is pretty much the same motivation employed by every individual or gathering of Venerable Gentlemen since the beginning of time to justify their Quests to be Masters of the World by way of conflict and hostility, i.e., War!  Not that I believe that conflict and wars are totally without merit. I do believe in self-defense. However, I also believe that all of the conflicts that the United States of America has been involved in since World War II, have not been for self-defense, therefore without merit.

 (W.A.M.) According to Webster’s, war: 1.a. A state of open, armed, often prolonged conflict carried on between nations, states, or parties. b. The period of such conflict. c. The techniques and procedures of war; military science. 2.a. A condition of active antagonism or contention: b. A concerted effort or campaign to combat or put an end to something considered injurious:

 According to Wikipedia: War is an openly declared state of organized conflict, typified by extreme aggression, societal disruption, and high mortality. As a behavior pattern, warlike tendencies are found in many primate species, including humans, and also found in many ant species. The set of techniques used by a group to carry out war is known as warfare.

 Although I have not published a Dictionary, or an Encyclopedia, having served in the U.S. Army infantry in Vietnam, in combat, along with being a recipient of the Purple Heart, I feel that I am as qualified to define war as any dictionary or any encyclopedia. Consequently, it is my opinion by way of personal experience that war, although extremely aggressive and violent falls way the short of being organized. Nevertheless I do agree that to those in positions of authority, war is accepted as an organized endeavor. However in practice, (from personal experience) war is total without order, i.e., chaos…

 (W.A.M.) chaos:  1. A condition or place of great disorder or confusion. 2. A disorderly mass.

 …in the apex of a firefight there is but one goal, to terminate with extreme prejudice, and destroy everything in sight. Accordingly, at least in my opinion, America has not been in a war, ..a legitimate war, ..since WWII, because in a legitimate war, ..a man, ..a soldier performs his duty to protect his country, his life, and his way of life. I totally support America’s involvement in World War II to defend against the Japanese quest for world domination. As for the war in Europe? ..not so much. America was not attacked by Germany. Not that I’m anti-Europe, however since I do not now, nor ever have viewed myself as a policeman, nor do I now or have I ever viewed America as responsible for policing the world. I firmly believe thatAmerica’s focus should be concerned with protecting America and American citizens. In Vietnam, if memory serves, I was told that I was there to defeat communism, while at the same time, I was instructed not to discharge my weapon, unless I was fired upon. Sound insane? It did to me as well. Question? ..did we? ..did America defeat communism? Not from where I’m sitting. Presently, we,  America, is involved in three armed conflicts around the world. We have American troops in Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan carrying a loaded weapons and regardless of whether there’s a piece of paper somewhere that states that those wars are over, American soldiers continue to come home from those countries in body bags and although America may not have boots on the ground in Libya, American tax dollars are vanishing into the mix at a rate that would keep the community I live in, in tall cotton for the next hundred years.

 However, enough about the wealth and generosity of America where foreign countries are concerned, let’s turn our focus back to America for a moment, where our government is presently debating to increase America’s debt limit. Which of course is simply another way of saying that “they,” the Congress are making a request to their “Credit Card Company,” i.e.,  “us” ..the,  “American taxpayers,” to grant them and the present administration more money to spend?

 Maybe America should turn its military might upon itself, ..bomb a few cities, ..blowups some infrastructure, ..take out a bridge or two and a couple of power plants? Then possibly, ..and I emphasize “possibly,” the government might spend some of our tax dollars upgrading America’s infrastructure?  What the hack, ..if nothing else, ..it would create jobs.

 Naw, ..forget it, ..upon reflection, ..with our present immigration policy the jobs would be sourced to foreign labor.

 For a man who campaigned on the premise that if America was going to survive in the 21st century, America would have to change. With change of course, being the optimum word throughout candidate Barack Obama’s campaign. So what’s changed, according to Barack Obama’s profile in Wikipedia, he has passed a considerable amount of legislation during his first two years. However, legislation that results in nothing to better or enhance the lives of rank-and-file, taxpaying  American citizens, ..at least in my opinion, ..as I stated before, ..is not impressive. Not that Barack Obama isn’t or hasn’t followed the same time honored path that every politician over the last 30 years has walked, passing legislation designed to take effect after “he” or “they” are out of office. Is that change? Is Barack Obama simply another politician that talks the talk, but never gets around to walking the walk? From day one, when the media decided to jump on the Obama bandwagon, they, the media, have touted Barack Obama’s eloquence in speaking. America does not need an eloquent speaker, America needs a President, ..a leader, ..a man that will walk the walk, ..instead of simply talking the talk. Barack Obama touts that the wealthiest Americans are not paying their fair share, so I inquire? Why are the wealthiest Americans, responsible for the poorest Americans? I’m a poor American, however, I’ve never extended my hand for a handout. As I have alluded to on several occasions in many of my blogs to date, my father who didn’t make it past the eighth grade, a man that supported himself from the age of 16, married and raised six children prior to cell phones and I-pod’s, ..and remained married to my mother until he passed away in 1987 at the age of 72. My father, rest his soul, imparted to me, the greatest gift any one person can impart to another, the value of self-reliance, a gift beyond priceless.

 If indeed, Barack Obama believes what he expounds about the wealthiest Americans, if Barack Obama is so offended by affluence and the affluent, how can he look at himself in the mirror? The White House has six stories, with 55,000 sq. ft. of floor space, the White House has one hundred and thirty-two rooms, thirty-five bathrooms, four hundred and twelve doors, one hundred and forty-seven windows, twenty-eight fireplaces, eight staircases, three elevators, five full-time chefs, a tennis court, a single lane bowling alley, a movie theater, a jogging track, a swimming pool, and a putting green. As for Barack Obama’s transportation, (ground) the current Presidential limousine entered service on January 20, 2009. According to the manufacturer, General Motors, the 2009 Cadillac presidential limousine is the first not to carry a specific model name. The vehicle’s outward appearance carries many current Cadillac styling themes, but doesn’t exactly resemble any particular production vehicle. The body itself seems to be a modification of the immediately previous DTS-badged Presidential limousines, but the vehicle’s chassis and driveline are assumed to be sourced from the GMC Topkick commercial truck. Many body components are sourced from a variety of Cadillac vehicles; for example, the car apparently uses Cadillac Escalade headlights, side mirrors and door handles. The tail of the car seems to use the taillights and back up lights from the Cadillac STS sedan. Although a price tag has not been announced, each limousine costs US$300,000. As for Barack Obama’s transportation, (air) first, as they have the capacity to take off and land on the White House lawn, Barack Obama has the option of either the large VH-3D Sea King helicopter, or the newer, smaller, VH-60N Whitehawk, both designated Marine one when carrying the President. He, Barack Obama also has access to a Boeing VC-25, the military designation for the Boeing 747, designated “Air Force One.”

 Specifications:

Crew 26,

Seating capacity: 76 passengers,

Length: 231’5″,

Wingspan: 195’8″,

Height: 63’5″

Maximum takeoff weight: 833,000 pounds,

Powerplants: 4x General Electric CF6-80C2B1turbofans.

 Performance:

Maximum speed: Mach 0.92 (630 m.p.h.) at 35,000 ft.

Cruise speed: Mach 0.84

Range: 6,800 nautical miles. (7,800 miles.)

Service ceiling: 45,100 ft.

 In May 2009, President Barack Obama took the first lady on a date to New York City in a Gulfstream 500. On 16 July 2010, the Obama family flew to Maine for vacation in a Gulfstream III painted in presidential colors. (Source, Wikipedia.)

 Accordingly I ask you? As a rank-and-file, working-class, taxpaying American citizen, what part of Barack Obama’s (our self proclaimed, man of the people.) lifestyle do you identify with?

 When campaigning for the job that he now enjoys, Barack Obama promised America change? Which of course he did indeed deliver, albeit not for the rank-and-file, working-class, taxpaying American citizen, but rather for himself, his family, and of course for those that had a firm grip on his shirt tail during his campaign.

 Wake up America! Barack Obama is as Status Quo, i.e., as traditional a politician as there has ever been. Aside from his charismatic grin and elegant manner when reading a teleprompter, what do you truly believe Barack Obama brings to the table, that you couldn’t? ..unless of course, you get air sick?

 Crusader Rabbit…

Urban legend..

Urban legend: continuing my rambling from yesterday, I begin this morning by again borrowing from Wikipedia. According to Wikipedia; An urban legend, urban myth, urban tale, or contemporary legend, is a form of modern folklore consisting of stories usually believed by their tellers to be true. As with all folklore and mythology, the designation suggests nothing about the story’s veracity, but merely that it is in circulation, exhibits variation over time, and carries some significance that motivates the community in preserving and propagating it.

Despite its name, an urban legend does not necessarily originate in an urban area. Rather, the term is used to differentiate modern legend from traditional folklore in pre-industrial times. For this reason, sociologist and folklorists prefer the term contemporary legend.

Urban legends are sometimes repeated in news stories and, in recent years, distributed by e-mail. People frequently allege that such tales happened to a “friend of a friend” — so often, in fact, that “friend of a friend,” (“FOAF”) has become a commonly used term when recounting this type of story.

Some urban legends have passed through the years with only minor changes to suit regional variations. One example is the story of a woman killed by spiders nesting in her elaborate hairdo. More recent legends tend to reflect modern circumstances, like the story of people ambushed, anesthetized, and waking up minus one kidney, which was surgically removed for transplantation (a story which folklorists refer to as “The Kidney Heist”).

 Now then with that tidbit, or, i.e., wealth of information? You decide, because after all, “you” are the principal reason that I’m writing this blog, i.e., (Web-log) i.e., communication.

 (W.A.M.) Myth: according to my Webster’s; A traditional, typically ancient story dealing with supernatural beings, ancestors, or heroes that serves as a fundamental type in the world view of a people, as by explaining aspects of the natural world or delineating the psychology, customs, or ideals of society.

 Now that I’ve established that urban legends and myths, although equal in reality, are by those that categorize society, issued as, “urban legend” i.e., ancient or traditional stories, and, “contemporary legend.” Contemporary legend of course, referring to, or having elements of, current or recent society.

 So what the heck does that mean?

 Security: According to my Webster’s; 1. Freedom from risk or danger; safety. 2. Freedom from doubt, anxiety, or fear; confidence. 3. Something that gives or assures safety.

 Seems pretty straightforward to me, security, i.e., safety, free of anxiety or fear. Is America secure? Not to presume that I am smarter than the President of the United States, however, in my considered opinion, which I am guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution, America is not secure. Nevertheless, as it is reported by the media, according to our government, America is secure, and why wouldn’t we be? We, speaking as America, have more law enforcement agencies that any country on the planet. We plaster the word security everywhere, ..on doors, ..around our airport terminals, ..and even on the cloths some of us wear. Or at least on the attire, i.e., uniforms, worn by individuals employed to provide security for whoever and wherever?

 Concerning, ..the doors we adorn with the word security, the first to come to my mind, would the 2001 addition to our government, a cabinet department, designated; “The United States Department of Homeland Security.”

 (W.A.M.) according to Wikipedia: The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a cabinet department of the United States federal government, created in response to the September 11 attacks, and with the primary responsibilities of protecting the territory of the U.S. from terrorist attacks and responding to natural disasters. In financial year 2010 it was allocated a budget of $42.7 billion and spent, net, $56.4 billion.

Whereas the Department of Defense is charged with military actions abroad, the Department of Homeland Security works in the civilian sphere to protect theUnited Stateswithin, at, and outside its borders. Its stated goal is to prepare for, prevent, and respond to domestic emergencies, particularly terrorism. On March 1, 2003, DHS absorbed the Immigration and Naturalization Service and assumed its duties. In doing so, it divided the enforcement and services functions into two separate and new agencies: Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Citizenship and Immigration Services. Additionally, the border enforcement functions of the INS, the U.S. Customs service, and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service were consolidated into a new agency under DHS: U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The Federal Protective Service falls under the National Protection and Programs Directorate.

With more than 200,000 employees, DHS is the third largest Cabinet department, after the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Homeland security policy is coordinated at the White House by the Homeland Security Council. Other agencies with significant homeland security responsibilities include the Departments of Health and Human Services, Justice, and Energy. According to the Homeland Security Research Corporation, the combined financial year 2010 state and local HLS markets, which employ more than 2.2 million first responders, totaled $16.5 billion, whereas the DHS HLS market totaled $13 billion. According to the Washington Post, “DHS has given $31 billion in grants since 2003 to state and local governments for homeland security and to improve their ability to find and protect against terrorists, including $3.8 billion in 2010.”

According to Peter Andreas, a border theorist, the creation of DHS constituted the most significant government reorganization since the Cold War, and the most substantial reorganization of federal agencies since the National Security act of 1947, which placed the different military departments under a secretary of defense and created the National Security Council and Central Intelligence Agency. DHS also constitutes the most diverse merger of federal functions and responsibilities, incorporating 22 government agencies into a single organization.

 Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t the Justice Department pounce on Microsoft’s CEO Bill Gates, during the Clinton Administration for monopolizing the software industry? Quite rightly citing that according to U.S. Law,  “monopoly” .. i.e., combining everything under one label, ..is a no-no.

 But then, I suppose because our government is presently made up of antiquated people, the “good old boys,” I understand where they’re coming from, because as a child I can recall both my father and my grandfather commenting; “do as I say, ..not as I do.”

 Reiterating, I ask you again, is America secure? Last year the Governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, enacted legislation to provide Arizona Law Enforcement Officers with a measure to better protect Arizona’s borders and the American citizens living in Arizona. Which of course as Governor of Arizona, is Jan Brewer’s job and her responsibility. A good thing, and the right thing. However, unfortunately and sadly for America, the individual that the majority of the population of America in 2010 decided to hire to guide and protect America, decided that Governor Brewer had overstepped her bounds. Thus, via “his” Justice Department, “he” brought pressure to bear in the form of an injunction to undo Governor Brewer’s legislation. Governor Brewer and the State of Arizona, have an illegal immigration problem, as do all the southern border States. Again correct me if I’m wrong, however when I borrowed the information about the Department of Homeland Security from Wikipedia, it was listed under the title of: “United States Department of Homeland Security.” I.e., “United States,” ..Department of Homeland Security.

 Arizona: is a State located in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the western United States and the mountain west. The capital and largest city is Phoenix. The second largest city is Tucson, followed in size by the eight Phoenix metropolitan area cities of Mesa, Glendale, Chandler, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Tempe, Peoria, Surprise and then by Yuma in Yuma County.

Arizona is the 48th State and last of the contiguous States admitted to the Union, achieving statehood on February 14, 1912. Arizona is noted for its desert climate, exceptionally hot summers, and mild winters, however it also features pine forests and mountain ranges in the northern high country, with cooler weather than in the lower deserts.

 “Achieving Statehood on February 14, 1912,” ..don’t know about you, however as far as I’m concerned, if we, “we the people,” can accept a newspaper clipping as certification that Barack Obama was born in the United States, I believe we should be able to accept a registered legal document indicating that Arizona became a State on February 14, 1912.

 Side note: Had I arrived at the Department of Motor Vehicles to renew my drivers license last year (by Federal decree ) with a newspaper clipping to certify my citizenship, I would either be walking today, or breaking the law.

 Continuing with my concern for America, having established, at least to my satisfaction, that Arizona is part of the United States of America. Why then? Is the President of the United States of America not supportive of Governor Jan Brewer and the citizenry of Arizonai n their effort to protect themselves and the border of the United States? When ..“he,” ..and “his administration” are allocating so many American tax dollars and resources to protect the citizens of Afghanistan, Iraq,  and Libya? …more food for thought.

 Crusader Rabbit…

 

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