Trust..

According to Webster: trust, 1. Firm reliance on the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing.

Honoring my habit watching the morning news while eating breakfast, this morning’s media offerings were again dominated by updates on the aftermath of Joplin’s recent mammoth tornado, interrupted around nine o’clock by the anticipation of Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled speech.

Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, (born 21 October 1949) is the Prime Minister of Israel. He serves also as the Chairman of the Likud Party, as a Knesset member, as the Health Minister of Israel, as the Pensioner Affairs Minister of Israel and as the Economic Strategy Minister of Israel. Netanyahu is the first and only Israeli prime minister born in Israel after the State of Israel’s foundation. Netanyahu joined the Israeli Defense Forces in 1967 where he served as a commander in the elite Sayeret Matkal commando unit, taking part in many missions including the hostages rescue mission from the hijacked Sabena Flight 571 in 1972 (coincidentally under the leadership of Ehud Barak). He fought in the Yom Kippur War in 1973 and achieved the rank of captain before being discharged. Netanyahu served as the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations from 1984 to 1988, member of the Likud Party, and was Prime Minister from June 1996 to July 1999. Netanyahu was Foreign Minister (2002–2003) and Finance Minister (2003–August 2005) in Ariel Sharon’s governments, but he departed over disagreements regarding the Gaza Disengagement Plan. He retook the Likud leadership on 20 December 2005. In the 2006 election, Likud did poorly, winning twelve seats. In December 2006, Netanyahu became the official Opposition Leader in the Knesset and Chairman of the Likud Party. In August 2007, he retained the Likud leadership by beating Moshe Feiglin in party elections. Following the 10 February 2009 parliamentary election, in which Likud placed second and right-wing parties won a majority, Netanyahu formed a coalition government. He is the brother of Israeli Special Forces commander Yonatan Netanyahu, who died during a hostage rescue mission, and Iddo Netanyahu, an Israeli author and playwright. In 2010, the British magazine New Statesman listed Benjamin Netanyahu at 11th in the list of “The World’s 50 Most Influential Figures 2010”.  (Source Wikipedia)

Accordingly, at least in my opinion, Benjamin Netanyahu is a man with the whiskers, i.e., (experience) not only in the political arena, but in the arena of life as well. Nevertheless, it would seem that experience is not a consideration when it comes to America’s liberal mainstream media judging you.

Mainstream liberal media, what does that mean? By what means and authority do these self celebrated talking heads receive the babble…

(W.A.M.) bab·ble, 1. To utter a meaningless confusion of words or sounds. 2. To talk foolishly or idly; chatter: 3. To make a continuous low, murmuring sound, as flowing water. 4. To utter rapidly and indistinctly. 2. To blurt out impulsively; disclose without careful consideration.

…they spew? Reply;  “by way of teleprompters of course.”

(W.A.M.) Teleprompter: A trademark used for a device employed in television to show an actor or a speaker an enlarged line-by-line reproduction of a script, unseen by the audience.

So now, let me see if I have this right? When we, i.e., we American citizens tune in to the (as advertised) mainstream media, we are “trusting” that a face, i.e., a talking head, is providing us, with true and factual information?

Don’t know about you? However since I wasn’t born yesterday, (to point out that I am not without experience,) when possible, I view events such as Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech in real time as I personally assign little to no trust to media commentators.

We, “we the people,” of the United States of America, will be charged with making a decision concerning who we, “we the people,” will hire to guide and protect our Nation from 2012 until 2016 in 532 days. We will go and select a man or a woman to fill the position of President of the United States, a man or a woman that we, “we the people,” desperately need to trust.

This morning, as I mentioned at the onset of this tome, I began my day with breakfast while watching THE NEWS, news which presented in a segment leading up to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech, a visual of “our,” Senators, Congressmen, and Congresswoman milling around in the aisles and allowable spaces within the Senate chamber. Men and women, well-dressed and well kept, and all smiling and shaking hands as if each and every one of them had not a care in the world. As for myself, while I am (fortunately) not homeless, while I was enjoying my bowl of oatmeal this morning, I was not unaware that there are millions of American citizens that are presently homeless, (sleeping on the street, in doorways or in public parks) and presently without a warm bowl of oatmeal.

Do we, “American citizens,” really need to stock the shelves in America’s outlets with products manufactured in foreign countries? Do we, “American citizens,” really need to police the world? Can we, “American citizens,” afford to disregard our immigration laws? Can we, “American citizens,” afford to retain, i.e., (continue employing) a group of men and women who regard themselves, Foreign Nations and the citizens of those Foreign Nations more than they regard “us,” the people they work for?

To plagiarize an altar the words from the solicitation, i.e., “J.G. Wentworth” commercial on television; “It’s our money, we should spend it here at home.”

Crusader Rabbit…

Deception..

According to Webster: de·cep·tion, 1. The use of deceit. 2. The fact or state of being deceived. 3. A ruse; a trick.

In theater, i.e., a theater, (the·a·ter,) A building, room, or outdoor structure for the presentation of plays, films, or other dramatic performances. A theater is also the milieu (the environment or setting) of actors and playwrights, along with being a venue where an audience assembled for a dramatic performance.

Dramatic performance, what does that mean? According to Webster; dra·mat·ic, 1. Of or relating to drama or the theater. 2. Characterized by or expressive of the action or emotion associated with drama or the theatre: 3. Arresting or forceful in appearance or effect: And “performance” according to Webster; per·form·ance, 1. The act of performing or the state of being performed. 2. The act or style of performing a work or role before an audience. 3. The way in which someone or something functions: 4. A presentation, especially a theatrical one, before an audience. 5. Something performed; an accomplishment.

Historically actors, (thespians) and playwrights, and dramatic performances, real or fiction, have played a notable part in American and in world history. Shakespeare for instance, “who” (at least in the civilized world) has not heard of Shakespeare? In America, we enjoy theaters from coast-to-coast, i.e., (from shore to shining shore.) Ironically, at least for this writer, Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president, a man historically revered for ending slavery in America, the social altering event in this Nation that made it possible above all else for Barack Hussein, “Barry,” Obama to partake of his favorite morning beverage in the Oval Office, was shot by an actor, John Wilkes Booth, in a theater.

Ronald Reagan, our 40th President was an actor prior to his residency in the White House (1981–1989), not that I believe that actors, presidents, and bullets are synonymous with each other, however what I believe doesn’t actually matter or alter history.

On the other hand, what Barack Obama believes does. When Barack Obama, in my opinion, (irresponsibly) suggested (publicly) to America and to the world that he believed that his solution of redefining a couple lines on a map would, and/or could settle a centuries old discord between the Israeli people and any Arab nation, he was, intentionally, or unintentionally, deceiving himself.

Although my education does not qualify to be noted on the same page with Barack Obama’s education, or to even be mentioned in the same book, I do believe that I understand people at a common sense level, or I would not be investing my time and energy with these tomes.

(W.A.M.) tome: 1. One of the books in a work of several volumes. 2. A book, especially a large or scholarly one.

As I grade myself as an ordinary “rank and file” American, geographically separated on any of the 25350 days, to include today, that my heart has been beating, from any geographical location occupied by Barack Obama, we have never met, and as of his election to the office of President of the United States, it is my considered opinion, his present social and economic status pretty much preclude that we will never meet. Accordingly, being what I consider to be a fair-minded person, I have no personal animosity towards Mr. Obama. However, with that said, being a conservative minded individual on most things concerning myself, and the policies that effect the present and the future of America, I do take exception to almost everything that Barack Obama has done since his inauguration, or again, I would not be writing this blog.

Yes, I am aware that Barack Obama has backpedaled and announced that what he said on May 19, wasn’t what he meant in order to appease the people who were offended by what he said. So what’s new? Barack Obama promised Americans change, so why should we be surprised when he delivered what he promised.

Not that actors and politicians are actually synonymous, however, can you name an actor or a politician who was, or is not skilled at delivering a performance, who has, or is earning a living at his or her craft?

Acting, by design, at its core is deceptive, and actor, male or female, to be successful and effective is charged with the responsibility of making an audience believes that he or she is someone that he or she is not, representing an event, either possible, or impossible to hold an audience’s attention for a specified period of time.

Politics, (at least in my opinion) by design, are not supposed to be deceptive. Politicians, male or female, to be successful and effective, (once again in my opinion) should be honest and ethical individuals with a firm grasp of right and wrong. Right and wrong, not to be confused with our laws, because again, (at least in my opinion,) the law, and right and wrong are not always synonymous. They should be, nevertheless, (sadly) for you and I, and for America, and every Nation on the planet, they are not.

Politics, and politicians, in the real world, i.e., the world that “we,” the “rank-and-file,” live in, are as scripted and “deceptive” as any Hollywood production ever produced.

So what’s the problem? Is the problem with the people we elect? ..or is the problem with the words they banter? ..or could the problem be with how we interpret the words they use? Was Barack Obama sincere when he announced that he didn’t mean what he said about returning the borders of Israel to pre-1967 lines? After all, the English-language is rather complicated. For example, when someone says “hi” are they relating a greeting? ..or are they describing an elevated (high) geographical location on the planet? ..or could they be alluding to the euphoric (high) that results from ingesting a particular pharmaceutical product? Language can be confusing, another example, the language and 2700 words that describe President Obama’s health care plan? What do we know about the language and the 2700 words that are now a bona fide part of our lives? What part did we, “we,” the “rank-and-file,” have to do with what “we,” and all future generations of Americans, are now subject to when we need medical attention, or when we simply make a doctors appointment?

Is America still a democracy?  ..or did I sleep through the part of history where Barack Obama and his minions were appointed Kings?

Once again America, the folks we elect, i.e., hire to serve, in public service jobs are our employees, Barack Obama, as wonderful and as celebrated an individual as he has become since we hired him, is an employee of the American people. Wake up America, a lot of good man gathered together in 1774 behind a man by the name of George Washington and fought to liberate themselves from tyranny. If you didn’t read the history book they provided you in school, you can find a book on American history at your local library, don’t trust me, go pick one up and read it. Americans freed themselves from tyranny in an event we now refer to as the Revolutionary war. Although I have a personal and intense aversion to human beings shooting and blowing each other up in order to settle a dispute, being a “man,” a “competitive man,” i.e., a “competitive male,” i.e., a “competitive Homo sapien,” I understand why “we” fight wars. Men fight wars because we are by nature aggressive, greedy and possessive.

Accordingly, (at least in my considered opinion,) mankind, i.e., humankind, would fare so much better in this Nation, and on the entire planet, if “we,” the aggressive and possessive half of the human race would step back and allow the gentler half of humanity, i.e., woman, i.e. women, drive the wagon for a while.

Crusader Rabbit…

Rollback..

According to Webster: roll·back, 1. A reduction, especially in prices or wages, to a previous lower level by governmental action or direction: 2. A turning back or retreat, as from a previously held position or policy:

Continuing with my personal disagreement and disapproval of Barack Obama’s recent comments concerning his opinion as to how the State of Israel, the sovereign State of Israel, should conduct themselves in order to bring peace to the Middle East, I offer some suggestions of my own.

Instead of suggesting, that Israel, should return its borders to the lines drawn prior to 1967, why don’t we simply roll the clock back to 1867, or better yet, 1767.

Colonial America, 1763-1776

John Adams once wrote, “But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people.”

The following table recognizes Adams’ distinction and offers a summary of those events that changed many Americans from loyal subjects of the king in 1763 to revolutionariers intent on independence in 1776.

Date

British Policies
Impacting American Colonies

Events in American Colonies

1763

 

February 10

Treaty ofParisending French and Indian War  

October

Proclamation of 1763 prohibits western settlement  

1764

 

April 5

Sugar Act enacted to defray cost of recent war  

various

Customs Office reforms to tighten enforcement of trade laws  

April 19

Currency Act restricts issuance of paper money in colonies  

May

  James Otis raises cry of “no taxation without representation”

August

  Bostonians boycott British-made luxuries

1765

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March 22

Stamp Act passed as first “direct tax” on American colonies  

March 24

Quartering Act passed for maintaining British troops inAmerica  

May

  Patrick Henry delivers “treason” speech in the Virginia House of Burgesses

June

  Massachusettssends Circular Letter to organize opposition to Stamp Act

August 14

  Sons ofLibertyterrorize Andrew Oliver inBoston

August 26

  Looting of Thomas Hutchinson house by Sons of Liberty

October 7-25

  Stamp Act Congress meets inNew York City

November 1

  Effective date for Stamp Act

November

  Stamp Act riots inNew York City

1766

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February 22

House of Commons considers repeal of Stamp Act (House approval March 4; Lords on March 17)  

March 18

Declaratory Act approved in wake of Stamp Act repeal  

August

  Riots inNew York Cityover enforcement of Quartering Act

December

  New Yorkassembly suspended

1767

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June – July

Townshend Acts passed:
New York Restraining Act
Customs Service Reform
Townshend Duty Act
 

October

  Boycott of British luxury items inBoston

December 2

  First installment of John Dickinson’s Letters

1768

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February 11

  Samuel Adams and James Otis’ circular letter opposing Townshend Acts sent to colonial assemblies

April

  Temporary crisis over John Hancock’s ship, Lydia

May

  British warship arrives inBostonharbor to protect threatened customs officials

June 10

  Customs officials seize Hancock’s Liberty

July

  Massachusettsassembly suspended for refusing to rescind Circular Letter

October 1

  British troops occupyBoston

1769

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May

  Virginia Resolves of George Mason oppose British policies; governor closes House of Burgesses

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  Nonimportation agreements spread toPennsylvania,Virginia,Maryland, SouthCarolina,Georgia, andNorth Carolina

1770

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January 16-18

  Sons ofLibertyv. Redcoats inNew York Cityends in Battle of Golden Hill

March 5

  Boston Massacre followed by removal of troops from city

April 12

Repeal of Townshend Duties except for tax on tea  

October – December

  John Adams’ defense of Capt. Preston and troops

1772

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June 9-10

  Gaspee affair inNarragansett Bay

November

  Boston Committee of Correspondence formed

1773

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March

  Virginiacreates Committee of Correspondence

May 10

Tea Act into effect  

December 16

  BostonTea Party

1774

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January 29

Benjamin Franklin scolded by Privy Council inLondon  

March 31

Coercive Acts (initial)
Boston Port Act
Measure labeled as “Intolerable Acts” in colonies

May 13

  Bostonboycott; Thomas Gage replacesHutchinson; additional troops arrive

May 20

Coercive Acts (additional)
Massachusetts Government Act
Administration of Justice Act
 

June 2

Coercive Acts (additional)
Quartering Act (revised)
 

June 22

QuebecAct (Regarded inAmericaas Intolerable Act)

July 18

  Fairfax Resolves adopted byVirginiaconvention

September 5

  First Continental Congress convenes inPhiladelphia(adjourns Oct. 26)

September 9

  Suffolk Resolves adopted inMassachusetts

September 17

  Congress urges defiance of Coercive Acts and formation of militias
October 10   BattleofPoint Pleasant

October 14

  Congress approves Declaration of Rights and Grievances

October 20

  Continental Association formed to enforce boycotts

1775

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February 9

Parliament declares American colonies in state of rebellion  

March 23

  Patrick Henry’s “liberty or death” speech

March 30

New EnglandRestraining Act  

April 18

  Revereand others warn of British move

April 19

  BattleofLexingtonandConcord

May 10

  Second Continental Congress convenes inPhiladelphia

 

The history of the United States traditionally starts with the Declaration of Independence in the year 1776, yet its territory was occupied first by the Native Americans since prehistoric times and then also by European colonists who followed the voyages of Christopher Columbus starting in 1492. The largest settlements were by the English on the East Coast, starting in 1607. By the 1770s the Thirteen Colonies contained two and half million people, were prosperous, and had developed their own political and legal systems. The British government’s threat to American self-government led to war in 1775 and the Declaration of Independence in 1776. With major military and financial support from France, the patriots won the American Revolution. In 1789 the Constitution became the basis for the United States federal Government, with war hero George Washington as the first President. The young Nation continued to struggle with the scope of central government and with European influence, creating the first political parties in the 1790s, and fighting a second war for independence in 1812.

U.S. territory expanded westward across the continent, brushing aside Native Americans and Mexico, and overcoming modernizers who wanted to deepen the economy rather than expand the geography. Slavery of Africans was abolished in the North, but heavy world demand for cotton let it flourish in the Southern states. The 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln calling for no more expansion of slavery triggered a crisis as eleven slave states seceded to found the Confederate States of Americain 1861. The bloody American Civil War (1861–65) redefined the Nation and remains the central iconic event. The South was defeated and, in the Reconstruction era, the U.S. ended slavery, extended rights to African Americans, and readmitted secessionist states with loyal governments. The National Government was much stronger, and it now had the explicit duty to protect individuals. The present 48 contiguous states were admitted by early 1912, with Alaska and Hawaii added in 1959.

History of Israel

The State of Israel declared independence on May 14, 1948 and was established after well over a millennium of Jewish dispersal and 50 years of Zionist endeavors in the sphere of agriculture, economic development and educational activity with the goal of creating a homeland for the Jewish people. Israeli independence has been marked by massive immigration of Jews from around the Mediterranean basin, by conflict with the Palestinian people and wars with neighboring Arab states. Since 1979, peace has been established with Egypt and Jordan. About 40% of the world’s Jews live in Israel today. (Source Wikipedia)

Ottoman rule (1517–1917)

Under the Ottomans (1517—1917), the land corresponding to present-day Israel and thePalestinian Territories was part of the province of Syria.

During the 1648—1654 Khmelnytsky Uprising in the Ukraine, over 100,000 Jews were massacred in Eastern Europe, leading to further migration to the region. The Jewish population was then concentrated in the Four Holy Cities.

The American and French Revolutions gave Jews equal rights for the first time since antiquity. Napoleon spread Jewish rights across Europe. In 1799 Napoleon briefly occupied the coast of present Israel and prepared a proclamation offering to create a Jewish state but did not issue it. By the 19th century, Palestine was populated mostly by Muslim and Christian Arabs, as well as Jews, Greeks, Druze, Bedouins and other minorities. The indigenous pre-Zionist Jewish community was massacred during Muhammad Ali of Egypt’s occupation in 1834. In 1844, Jews constituted the largest population group in Jerusalem and by 1890 an absolute majority in the city, but as a whole the Jewish population made up far less than 10% of the region. In March 1917, the Ottomans expelled the Jewish inhabitants of Tel-Aviv Jaffa. (Source Wikipedia)

There are a lot of things in life that man can alter or change, to include history. The one constant in the universe that man has yet to alter or change is time, rolling the clock back to 1967 border parameters to solve the problems between the Israelis and the Palestinians for anyone that has the intellect to pour lemonade from a boot without instructions, understands that turning the clock back to 1967 is not an option, any more than it would be an option for Native Americans to roll the clock back prior to 1492 to solve the disrespect and hardships they have suffered from the horde of emigrants that displaced them.

That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

Crusader Rabbit…

Cosmetic..

According to Webster: cos·met·ic, 1. A preparation, such as powder or a skin cream, designed to beautify the body by direct application. 2. Something superficial that is used to cover a deficit or defect. adj. 1. Serving to beautify the body, especially the face and hair. 2. Serving to modify or improve the appearance of a physical feature, defect, or irregularity: 3.a. Decorative rather than functional: b. Lacking depth or significance; superficial: su·per·fi·cial: 1. Of, affecting, or being on or near the surface: 2. Concerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious; shallow. 3. Apparent rather than actual or substantial: 4. Trivial; insignificant:

def·i·cit: 1.a. Inadequacy or insufficiency: b. A deficiency or impairment in mental or physical functioning. c. An unfavorable condition or position; a disadvantage: 2.a. The amount by which a sum of money falls short of the required or expected amount; a shortage:

de·fect: 1. The lack of something necessary or desirable for completion or perfection; deficiency: 2. An imperfection that causes inadequacy or failure; a shortcoming.

Lady Gaga, a.k.a.,

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, or vice versa?  (born March 28, 1986), better known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American pop singer-songwriter. After performing in the rock music scene of New York City’s Lower East Side in 2003 and later enrolling at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, she soon signed with Streamline Records, an imprint of Interscope Records. During her early time at Interscope, she worked as a songwriter for fellow label artists and captured the attention of rapper Akon, who recognized her vocal abilities, and signed her to his own label, Kon Live Distribution.

Gaga came to prominence following the release of her debut studio album The Fame (2008), which was a critical and commercial success and achieved international popularity with the singles “Just Dance” and “Poker Face”. The album reached number one on the record charts of six countries, topped the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart while simultaneously peaking at number two on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States and accomplished positions within the top-ten worldwide. Achieving similar worldwide success, The Fame Monster (2009), its follow-up, produced a further two global chart-topping singles “Bad Romance” and “Telephone” and allowed her to embark on a second global headlining concert tour, The Monster Ball Tour, just months after having finished her first, The Fame Ball Tour. Her second studio album Born This Way is scheduled for release on May 23, 2011 after the arrival of its eponymous lead single “Born This Way”, which achieved the number-one spot in countries worldwide and was the fastest-selling single in iTunes history, selling one million copies in five days.

Inspired by glam rock artists like David Bowie, Elton John and Queen, as well as pop singers such as Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Amy Winehouse, Gaga is well-recognized for her outré sense of style in fashion, in performance and in her music videos. Her contributions to the music industry have garnered her numerous achievements including five Grammy Awards, among twelve nominations; two Guinness World Records; and the estimated sale of fifteen million albums and fifty-one million singles worldwide. Billboard named her both the Artist of the Year in 2010 and the top selling artist of 2010; ranking her as the 73rd Artist of the 2000s decade. Gaga has been included in Time magazine’s annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world as well as being listed in a number of Forbes’ annual lists including the 100 most powerful and influential celebrities in the world and accrued the number one spot on their annual list of the 100 most powerful celebrities. (Source Wikipedia)

 Barry Obama, a.k.a., Barack Obama, or vice versa?

When Barry Became Barack

Barry Obama decided that he didn’t like his nickname. A few of his friends at Occidental College had already begun to call him Barack (his formal name), and he’d come to prefer that. The way his half sister, Maya, remembers it, Obama returned home at Christmas in 1980, and there he told his mother and grandparents: no more Barry. Obama recalls it slightly differently, but in the same basic time frame. He believes he told his mom he wanted to be called Barack when she visited him in New York the following summer. By both accounts, it seemed that the elder relatives were reluctant to embrace the change. Maya recalls that Obama’s maternal grandparents, who had played a big role in raising him, continued long after that to call him by an affectionate nickname, “Bar.” “Not just them, but my mom, too,” says Obama. Why did Obama make the conscious decision to take on his formal African name? His father was also Barack, and also Barry: he chose the nickname when he came to America from Kenya on a scholarship in 1959. His was a typical immigrant transition. Just as a Dutch woman named Hanneke might become Johanna, or a German named Matthias becomes Matt, the elder Barack wanted to fit in. America was a melting pot, and it was expected then that you melt—or at least smooth some of your more foreign edges. But Obama, after years of trying to fit in himself, decided to reverse that process. The choice is part of his almost lifelong quest for identity and belonging—to figure out who he is, and how he fits into the larger American tapestry. Part black, part white, raised in Hawaii and Indonesia, with family of different religious and spiritual backgrounds—seen by others in ways he didn’t see himself—the young Barry was looking for solid ground. At Occidental, he was feeling as if he was at a “dead end,” he tells NEWSWEEK, “that somehow I needed to connect with something bigger than myself.” The name Barack tied him more firmly to his black African father, who had left him and his white mother at a young age and later returned home to Kenya. But that wasn’t the primary motivation Obama wrote a whole book about his quest for identity, called “Dreams From My Father,” and in it he never directly deals with the reasons he reverted to his birth name, or the impression it made on his relatives. The book is a deeply personal narrative that takes some liberties with the facts for the sake of a coherent tale. (Some of the characters, he points out in the introduction, are composites.) Old friends contacted by NEWSWEEK who were present during the time he changed his name recall or intuit a mix of reasons—both personal and social. By Obama’s own account, he was, like most kids at that stage of life, a bit of a poseur—trying to be cool. So that could have played a part. He was also trying to reinvent himself. “It was when I made a conscious decision: I want to grow up,” says Obama. (Source, Newsweek.com)

“I want to grow up,” a good decision, and, (at least in my considered opinion) a decision that should be considered by every (off the path) liberal ideologue on the planet.

As a retired, rank and file, working class American citizen I believe that it is time for all, retired or are currently working “rank and file” American citizens to recognize the difference between men and women who are more concerned about America and America’s future and individuals who are more concerned about their appearance and their future.

Lady Gaga is an entertainer, albeit not to my taste, nevertheless I applaud her ambition and tenacity to achieve what she has achieved. Lady Gaga is an American success story, she developed a product and is marketing it masterfully, kudos to Lady Gaga.

(W.A.M.) Entertainer: 1. To hold the attention of with something amusing or diverting.

Barack Obama is a politician, and admittedly, a good one…

(W.A.M.) Politician: 1. One who is actively involved in politics, especially party politics. b. One who holds or seeks a political office. 2. One who seeks personal or partisan gain, often by scheming and maneuvering:

…it has been predicted and touted by the majority of our celebrity, or otherwise talking heads over the past weeks that since Barack Obama announced his intention to run for reelection, that he, Barack Obama will raise $1 Billion, and that’s billion with a capital “B,” to fund his campaign, an unprecedented, and in my humble opinion, (ridiculous) sum of money to spend in pursuit of a job that pays $400,000 a year. Who? ..on this planet, or anywhere in the universe would spend $1 billion to acquire a job that pays $400,000 a year other than a politician?

Lady Gaga, a.k.a., Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta’s quest for an identity has little or no significance or impact on the social order of the “rank and file” American citizen, or on the rank-and-file citizens of any other country around the world. However, when Barack Hussein “Berry” Obama is confused about who he is? It does have a significant impact on the social order of the “rank and file” American citizen and pretty much the “rank and file,” citizens of the entire world. America is, and has been since the end of World War II, the rock that Israel and many other sovereign nations around the world have tied their security to. During his campaign for President in 2008 Barack Obama publicly pledged that if elected he would honor America’s long-standing alliance with Israel. If Israel, one of America’s longest standing allies cannot trust Barack Obama, then how can we, “we the people,” of America, trust him?

Accordingly, I close once again with my plea to every America loving  American to join me in 2012 to replace Barack Obama with a responsible, trustworthy, American loving American.

Crusader Rabbit…

Nature..

According to Webster: na·ture, 1. The material world and its phenomena. 2. The forces and processes that produce and control all the phenomena of the material world: 3. The world of living things and the outdoors: 4. A primitive state of existence, untouched and uninfluenced by civilization or artificiality: 5. Theology. Humankind’s natural state as distinguished from the state of grace. 6. A kind or sort: 7. The essential characteristics and qualities of a person or thing: 8. The fundamental character or disposition of a person; temperament: 9. The natural or real aspect of a person, place, or thing.

Webster again as always presents a great intellectual definition, however, as I work better outside the classroom, and this is after all my blog, accordingly, here is my take on nature: of course, as I am more prone to rambling than Webster, you may have to exercise more patients with me, then you do with Webster.

As I truly enjoy analogies, let’s begin with: when I was a kid I had a dog, and of course since I was a special child, at least in my own mind, my dog was special as well. His name was Big Red, I named him Big Red, because he was a large puppy and his coat was predominantly red. He was a mix between a German Shepherd and a Collie, consequently Big Red grew up into what the American kennel club would categorize as a large dog, i.e., “Big Dog.” ..and since there were no larger dogs in my neighborhood, Big Red, was the Big Dog in my neighborhood.

Expanding our parameters for a moment, America, “our” neighborhood, when viewed from the moon, or the space shuttle, can be seen as a neighborhood, along with all the other neighborhoods that exist around our planet. Neighborhoods such as Canada, Mexico, our neighbors on the North American continent, along with our neighbors and neighborhoods on the continents of South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Antarctica, and Australia. All being neighborhoods wherein one or more “Big Dogs” reside. In our neighborhood, America, we, i.e., “we smaller dogs,” elect, i.e., hire, our “Big Dog” every four years. Our current “Big Dog,” is an individual that goes by the name of Barack Obama.

Returning for a moment to Big Red, having acquired Big Red as a puppy when he was eight weeks old, Big Red was denied the benefit of being raised by his mother, the way it was intended by nature, Big Red had to depend on me. Accordingly, since I was raised by parents that advocated respect for others, self-reliance and personal responsibility, Big Red, (at least in my opinion,) turned out to be a great dog. Big Red understood his boundaries and his responsibilities, Big Red never bit anyone, nevertheless he would let you know if you were infringing, and further, Big Red never defecated in a neighbors yard, and that, (at least in my opinion,) is the way a Big Dog is supposed to behave. Accordingly I was never confused about anything that Big Red did.

Barack Obama on the other hand, “our,”America’s, current “Big Dog,” confuses me a little bit more every day. Yesterday for example, it is, and has been for the Lions share of my life, my understanding that the President of the United Statesis was charged with the responsibility of guiding and protecting the citizens of the United States. So why did Barack Obama announce to America and the world yesterday that he believes that the State of Israel, one of America’s oldest and most dedicated allies should gift a portion of their Nation to the Palestinian State? Did I miss the part of history where God and the rest of the nations on the planet appointed Barack Obama supreme in the universe?

America is a wonderful country, I love living in America, and I fully understand how fortunate I am to have been born in America. I also fully understand how individuals, men, women and children from other countries who have knowledge of the opportunities and freedoms we enjoy in America, would want to live here and share in our opportunities and freedoms. America is a nation fought for and created by immigrants from everywhere on the globe, and the 56 gentlemen that pinned our Constitution also understood that, accordingly the framers followed the Constitution with a Bill of Rights, in which they provided protocols for immigration, legal immigration.

Barack Obama, as well-meaning as he may be in his own mind, has absolutely no authority, moral, or granted to dictate or even suggest that the State of Israel should relinquish, gift, or donate land that belongs to them, whether acquired by means of a monetary transaction or by military action.

If Barack Obama truly believes that the real estate in Israel in question should be returned to the Palestinians because it was acquired via military action, then I, along with all the other descendents of immigrants that came to America and displaced Native Americans had better start packing our bags. Although I have no known relatives living in Germany or in England or in Ireland, I believe that I am a congenial enough individual to make a go of it. However, expressing my honest opinion, I do not believes that Barack and Michelle Obama and their children will enjoy living in Kenya as much as they enjoyed living in Chicago or in the White House.

Ridiculous? No more ridiculous than a human being that was born with the intelligence to feed, and clothe himself or herself, and find shelter from the rain to trust an individual who has proven himself, (at least in my opinion) to have little or no concept of life in the real world and an individual who has come closer to bankrupting, i.e., destroying, America, (at least the America I grew up in,) than any other human being on the planet, with the most powerful job in the Nation.

 I defer to the Beatles:

“Nowhere Man”

He’s a real nowhere man,
Sitting in his Nowhere Land,
Making all his nowhere plans
for nobody.

Crusader Rabbit…

Man v Women..

After considerable pondering and consideration, I decided several weeks ago to dedicate my efforts via this medium, i.e., blog, to wake the American public up to the fact, and it is a fact, that if the people, i.e., those of us that truly believe in the America that was envisioned by the 56 celebrated men that composed and signed the document known around the world as America’s Constitution, in 1776. That America, the America that I and every true America loving American over the age of 50 grew up in will disappear forever, as surely as the dinosaur.

As I have stated on more than one occasion, I did not vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden in 2008. I voted for John McCain and Sarah Palin. I voted for John McCain, because John McCain was a man with whiskers, i.e., experience, not simply in the arena of politics, but in the arena of life, to include experience in the military. John McCain served in the United States Navy from 1958 to 1981. John McCain served as a naval aviator during the Vietnam conflict and while serving during a bombing mission over Hanoi, he was shot down, seriously injured and captured by the North Vietnamese and held prisoner until the end of the Vietnam conflict in 1973. Accordingly, at least in my opinion, having served in Vietnam myself, John McCain’s military service not only placed him head and shoulders above Barack Obama, but on a plateau unattainable by the fledgling Senator from Illinois who was ultimately, and at least in my opinion, (unfortunately for America) inaugurated on January 20, 2009.

Again, and I preface with the fact that I am speaking for myself, that my opinion in 2008 that Barack Obama would be a detriment to America has been proven time and time again by the programs and policies that have been enacted since his inauguration. I do not deny or discount the fact that Barack Obama and his administration have enacted an impressive amount of legislation into law. With that said of course, I would like ask? How much do you understand about the legislation that Barack Obama and his regime have passed into law? Healthcare for example, how much do you, or anyone you know, understand about America’s new healthcare law? How about Barack Obama’s efforts to save America’s economy? How about Barack Obama’s efforts to create jobs? What about Barack Obama’s pledge to close Guantánamo? Are you pleased with Barack Obama’s efforts to secure America’s southern border with Mexico? Are you okay with American citizens being murdered by illegal aliens? Are you pleased with what you are paying for a gallon of gas? Are you pleased with what you are paying for groceries to feed your family? Are you pleased by the fact that Barack Obama hops on Air Force One to deliver a pep talk, i.e., speech, here, there, or
anywhere? At the drop of a hat to provide himself with attention, i.e., a photo op? A trip, and/or a photo op, that cost you and me, i.e., the American taxpayer, millions of dollars?

My father was a good man, a decent man, a hard-working man who believed in personal responsibility, and paying his own way. In my formative years, there was never a doubt in my mind that my father loved me and cared about me and when one job didn’t satisfy the needs of his family, my father worked two jobs. Personal responsibility was extremely important to my father, an attribute that he vigorously passed on to my siblings and me. My father was definitely a family Guy.

My mother was a good woman, a decent woman, loving and nurturing. In my formative years, although my mother never worked outside of our home, I was equally sure that my mother loved me and cared about me. The difference between my mother and my father was that where my father cared about his family, my mother cared about everyone.

Accordingly, as I have said before, after a great deal of consideration and pondering, it is now my belief that if America is going to have a chance to return to greatness, i.e., or at least, a kinder last corrupt nation, we, rank-and-file, men and women, voting age men and women, who at least have the common sense to seek higher ground before the dam breaks, need to assemble and replace the arrogant self-serving crop of corrupt individuals who presently serve as representatives of the American public in our government, both Republican and Democrat.

I’ve done this before, however, I have no problem with doing it again, men are by nature, aggressive, possessive, and domineering. Whereas, women by nature, are benevolent, nurturing, and understanding. Just for drill, imagine for a moment, you’re standing in ATM, it’s after midnight, and you’re all alone and you hear footsteps approaching from behind. When you turn around, would you be more comfortable recognizing that the approaching individual is a man or a woman?

I’m six foot four and I weigh two hundred and twenty pounds, I served in Vietnam and I wrestled professionally for a time when I was younger, nevertheless, I would rather turn to see a woman.

Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, and Jan Brewer, in my opinion, are all as qualified to be the President of the United States as any man on the planet and that goes double, or by any multiple you wish to choose, compared to the man presently living in the White House.

Crusader Rabbit…

Sarah Palin..

Sarah Louise Palin, born February 11, 1964) is an American politician and commentator. She was the youngest person and the first woman elected Governor of Alaska, an office she held from December 2006 until resigning in July 2009. In the 2008 presidential election, she was the Republican Party nominee for Vice President, becoming the first Alaskan on the national ticket of a major party and the first Republican woman nominated for the vice-presidency. She has subsequently associated herself with the Tea Party movement, endorsing and campaigning for several candidates in the 2010 midterm elections, and is a possible candidate in the 2012 presidential election. Her book Going Rogue has sold more than two million copies. Since January 2010, she has also provided political commentary for Fox News, and hosted a television show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska.

Early life and family

Palin was born in Sandpoint, Idaho, and is of English, Irish and German descent. She is the third of four children (three daughters, one son) born to Charles R. “Chuck” Heath, a science teacher and track
coach, and Sarah “Sally” (née Sheeran), a school secretary. Palin’s siblings are Chuck Jr., Heather, and Molly. The family moved from Idaho to Skagway, Alaska, when Palin was a few months old; then to Eagle River when she was about five years old; and finally to Wasilla when she was eight. Palin played flute in the junior high band, then attended Wasilla High School where she was the head of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and a member of the girls’ basketball and cross country running teams. During her senior year, she was co-captain and point guard of the basketball team that won the 1982 Alaska state championship, earning the nickname “Sarah Barracuda” for her competitive streak.

College

After graduating from high school, Palin enrolled at the Universityof Hawaii at Hilo. Shortly after arriving in Hawaii, Palin switched to Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu for a semester in the fall of 1982. She transferred to North Idaho College, a community college in Coeur d’Alene, for the spring and fall semesters of 1983. (In June 2008, the Alumni Association of NIC gave her its Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award.) In 1984, Palin won the Miss Wasilla beauty pageant. She finished third in the Miss Alaska pageant, playing flute in the talent portion of the contest, and receiving both the Miss Congeniality award and a college scholarship. She attended the University of Idaho in Moscow in the fall of 1984 and spring of 1985, and attended Matanuska-Susitna College in Alaska in the fall of 1985. Palin returned to the University of Idaho in the spring of 1986, and received her bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in journalism in 1987.

Early career and marriage

After graduating, she worked as a sportscaster for KTUU-TV and KTVA-TV in Anchorage, and as a sports reporter for the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, fulfilling an early ambition. On August 29, 1988, she eloped with her high school sweetheart, Todd Palin. After the marriage, she helped in her husband’s commercial fishing business.

Early political career – City council

Palin was elected to the Wasilla City Council in 1992 winning 530 votes to 310. She ran for reelection in 1995, winning by 413 votes to 185. Throughout her tenure on the city council and the rest of her political
career, Palin has remained a Republican, first registering as such in 1982.

Mayor of Wasilla

Motivated by concerns that revenue from a new Wasilla sales tax would not be spent wisely, Palin ran for mayor of Wasilla in 1996, defeating incumbent mayor John Stein 651 to 440 votes. Her biographer has
described her campaign as targeting wasteful spending and high taxes; her opponent Stein has said that Palin introduced abortion, gun rights, and term limits as campaign issues. The election was nonpartisan, but the state Republican Party took the unprecedented step of running advertisements for Palin. Palin ran for re-election against Stein in 1999 and won, 909 votes to 292. In 2002, she completed the second of the two consecutive three-year terms she was allowed to serve by the city charter. She was elected president of the Alaska Conference of Mayors in 1999.

State-level politics

In 2002, Palin ran for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor, coming in second to Loren Leman in a five-way Republican primary. Following her defeat, she campaigned throughout the state for the Republican governor-lieutenant governor ticket of Frank Murkowski and Loren Leman. Murkowski and Leman won, Murkowski resigned from his long-held U.S. Senate seat in December 2002 to assume the governorship. Palin was said to be on the “short list” of possible appointees to Murkowski’s U.S. Senate seat, but Murkowski ultimately appointed his daughter, State Representative Lisa Murkowski, as his successor in the Senate.

Governor of Alaska

In 2006, running on a clean-government platform, Palin defeated incumbent Governor Frank Murkowski in the Republican gubernatorial primary. Her running mate was State Senator Sean Parnell. In the November election, Palin was outspent but victorious, defeating former Democratic governor Tony Knowles by a margin of 48.3% to 40.9%. She became Alaska’s first female governor, and, at the age of 42, the youngest governor in Alaskan history, the state’s first governor to have been born after Alaska achieved U.S. statehood, and the first not to be inaugurated in Juneau (she chose to have the ceremony held in Fairbanks instead). She took office on December 4, 2006, and for most of her term was very popular with Alaska voters. Polls taken in 2007 showed her with 93% and 89% popularity among all voters. which
led some media outlets to call her “the most popular governor in America. A poll taken in late September 2008 after Palin was named to the national Republican ticket showed her popularity in Alaska at 68%. A poll taken in May 2009 showed Palin’s popularity among Alaskans was at 54% positive and 41.6% negative.

2008 vice-presidential campaign

Palin addresses the 2008 Republican National Convention in Saint Paul, Minnesota Several conservative commentators met Palin in the summer of 2007. Some of them, such as Bill Kristol, later urged McCain to pick Palin as his vice presidential running mate, arguing that her presence on the ticket would provide a boost in enthusiasm among the Religious Right wing of the Republican party, while her status as an unknown on the national scene would also be a positive factor.

On August 27, Palin visited McCain’s vacation home near Sedona, Arizona, where she was offered the position of vice-presidential candidate. According to Jill Hazelbaker, a spokeswoman for McCain, he had previously met Palin at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington in February 2008 and had come away “extraordinarily impressed. Palin was the only prospective running mate who had a face-to-face interview with McCain to discuss joining the ticket that week. Nonetheless, Palin’s selection was a surprise to many because a main criticism he had of Obama was his lack of experience, and speculation had centered on other candidates, such as Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, and former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge. On August 29, in Dayton, Ohio, McCain announced that he had chosen Palin as his running mate.

Palin was the first Alaskan and the second woman to run on a major U.S. party ticket. (Source Wikipedia.)

My personal opinion, I thought that John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin as his 2008 vice presidential running mate was one of the shrewdest and most intelligent political decisions of all times, and I have not changed my mind. I believe that Sarah Palin was the freshest breath of air to be introduced into America’s political arena since the signing of the Declaration of Independence. I also believe that the American voting public will one day come to realize that they made the largest mistake that any group of hypothetically intelligent Homo sapiens have made since the beginning of time.

On may 16, I asserted that if it were my decision to appoint the next President of the United States, our next President would be Jan Brewer, the present Governor of the State of Arizona. On May 17, I presented my view that in the absence of a Jan Brewer candidacy, I could easily envision myself voting for Congresswoman Michele Bachmann in 2012.

With that said, I could just as easily envision myself voting for Sarah Palin in 2012.

Consequently, considering nothing more than the research I have done on the http://www., combined with the general and specific information, and disinformation, delivered daily by our illustrious media commentators, i.e., talking heads, over recent months, and years, concerning the character and accomplishments of Sarah Palin, and Michele Bachmann, I would personally be supremely delighted to see both women campaigning together on the Republican ticket in 2012.

Crusader Rabbit…

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