Apparatus..

According to Webster: ap·pa·ra·tus, 1.a. The totality of means by which a designated function is performed or a specific task executed, as in a system of government. b. A political organization or an underground political movement. Also called apparat. 2.a. An appliance or device for a particular purpose: b. An integrated group of materials or devices used for a particular purpose: 3. Physiology. A group or system of organs that collectively perform a specific function or process:

Sidebar: An “apparatus” as defined by Webster could, with the proper application of imagination, describes anything and everything on the planet. Which of course, “at least in my opinion,” places anything classified as an apparatus into the same venue as a thingamajig.

According to Webster: thing·a·ma·jig also thing·um·a·jig,  Informal. Something difficult to classify or whose name has been forgotten or is not known. [Alteration of obsolete thingum (from thing) + jig.

Personal observation: “Words are extremely fun!”

“The totality of means by which a designated function is performed or a specific task is executed, as in a system of government.”

Talk about a mouthful of words, ..what does all that gibberish actually mean?

According to Webster: to·tal·i·ty, 1. The quality or state of being total: 2. An aggregate amount; a sum. 3. The phase of an eclipse when it is total.

According to Webster: mean, meant, mean·ing, means. 1.a. To be used to convey; denote: b. To act as a symbol of; signify or represent: 2. To intend to convey or indicate: 3. To have as a purpose or an intention; intend: 4. To design, intend, or destine for a certain purpose or end: 5. To have as a consequence; bring about: 6. To have the importance or value of:

According to Webster: des·ig·nate, des·ig·nat·ed, des·ig·nat·ing, des·ig·nates. 1. To indicate or specify; point out. 2. To give a name or title to; characterize. 3. To select and set aside for a duty, an office, or a purpose.

According to Webster: func·tion, 1. The action for which one is particularly fitted or employed. 2.a. Assigned duty or activity. b. A specific occupation or role: 3. An official ceremony or a formal social occasion. 4. Something closely related to another thing and dependent on it for its existence, value, or significance:

According to Webster: per·form, per·formed, per·form·ing, per·forms. 1. To begin and carry through to completion; do: 2. To take action in accordance with the requirements of; fulfill: 3.a. To enact (a feat or role) before an audience. b. To give a public presentation of; present: 1. To carry on; function: 2. To fulfill an obligation or requirement; accomplish something as promised or expected. 3. To portray a role or demonstrate a skill before an audience: 4. To present a dramatic or musical work or other entertainment before an audience.

According to Webster: spe·cif·ic, 1. Explicitly set forth; definite. 2. Relating to, characterizing, or distinguishing a species. 3. Special, distinctive, or unique: 4.a. Intended for, applying to, or acting on a particular thing: b. Concerned particularly with the subject specified.

According to Webster: task, 1. A piece of work assigned or done as part of one’s duties. 2. A difficult or tedious undertaking. 3. A function to be performed; an objective.

According to Webster: ex·e·cute, ex·e·cut·ed, ex·e·cut·ing, ex·e·cutes. 1. To put into effect; carry out: 2. To perform; do: 3. To create (a work of art, for example) in accordance with a prescribed design. 4. To make valid, as by signing: 5. To perform or carry out what is required by: 6. To put to death, especially by carrying out a lawful sentence.

According to Webster: sys·tem, 1. A group of interacting, interrelated, or interdependent elements forming a complex whole. 2. A functionally related group of elements, especially: a. The human body regarded as a functional physiological unit. b. An organism as a whole, especially with regard to its vital processes or functions. c. A group of physiologically or anatomically complementary organs or parts: d. A group of interacting mechanical or electrical components. e. A network of structures and channels, as for communication, travel, or distribution. 3. An organized set of interrelated ideas or principles. 4. A social, economic, or political organizational form. 5. A naturally occurring group of objects or phenomena: 6. A set of objects or phenomena grouped together for classification or analysis. 7. A condition of harmonious, orderly interaction. 8. An organized and coordinated method; a procedure. 9. The prevailing social order; the establishment.

According to Webster: gov·ern·ment, 1. The act or process of governing, especially the control and administration of public policy in a political unit. 2. The office, function, or authority of one who governs or of a governing body. 3. Exercise of authority in a political unit; rule. 4. The agency or apparatus through which an individual or a body that governs exercises authority and performs its functions. 5. A governing body or organization, as: a. The ruling political party or coalition of political parties in a parliamentary system. b. The cabinet in a parliamentary system. c. The persons who make up a governing body. 6. A system or policy by which a political unit is governed. 7. Management or administration of an organization, a business, or an institution.

Was that a fun trip or what? ..or was it an exercise in complicating simplicity?

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

 

 Crusader Rabbit…

Organization..

According to Webster: or·gan·i·za·tion, 1.a. The act or process of organizing. b. The state or manner of being organized: a high degree of organization. 2. Something that has been organized or made into an ordered whole. 3. Something made up of elements with varied functions that contribute to the whole and to collective functions; an organism. 4. A group of persons organized for a particular purpose; an association: a benevolent organization. 5.a. A structure through which individuals cooperate systematically to conduct business. b. The administrative personnel of such a structure.

Statement of fact: The United States of America is an “organization.”

According to Webster: or·gan·ize, or, or·gan·izer, 1. To put together into an orderly, functional, structured whole. 2.a. To arrange in a coherent form; systematize: b. To arrange in a desired pattern or structure: 3. To arrange systematically for harmonious or united action: 4.a. To establish as an organization: 1. b. To induce (employees) to form or join a labor union. c. To induce the employees of (a business or an industry) to form or join a union: 1. To develop into or assume an organic structure. 2. To form or join an activist group, especially a labor union.

Statement of fact: During his campaign for the office of President of the United States, Barack Obama claimed to be an “organizer.”

According to Webster: un·ion, 1.a. The act of uniting or the state of being united. b. A combination so formed, especially an alliance or confederation of people, parties, or political entities for mutual interest or benefit.

Statement of fact: Barack Obama is a union “organizer.”

According to Webster: u·nit·ed, 1. Combined into a single entity. 2. Concerned with, produced by, or resulting from mutual action. 3. Being in harmony; agreed.

Statement of fact: Barack Obama has not “united”America.

According to Webster: A·mer·i·ca, 1. The United States.

Statement of fact: Barack Obama is the President of the United States of America.

According to Webster: pres·i·dent, 1. One appointed or elected to preside over an organized body of people, such as an assembly or a meeting. 2.a. Often, President. The chief executive of a republic. b. President. The chief executive of the United States.

Statement of fact: Barack Obama has failed to “unite” the people of the United States of America.

According to Webster: United States or “The United States of America,” A country of central and northwest North America with coastlines on the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It includes the non contiguous states of Alaska and Hawaii and various island territories in the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. The original Thirteen Colonies declared their independence from Great Britainin 1776 and formed a government under the Articles of Confederation in 1781. A new constitution, adopted in 1787 and in effect after 1789, provided for a strong central government, and the nation soon began to expand westward. The Civil War (1861-1865) was a brief but tragic disruption in the unity of the nation. Since that time the United States has evolved into a vast, diversified economic power. Washington, D.C., is the nations Capital with New York City currently being the largest city by Population, 249,632,692.

According to Webster: failed, fail, 1. To prove deficient or lacking; perform ineffectively or inadequately. 2. To be unsuccessful:

According to Webster: di·vid·ed, 1. Separated into parts or pieces. 2. Being in a state of disagreement or disunity: a divided nation. 3. Moved by conflicting interests, emotions, or activities: divided loyalties.

According to Webster: loy·al·ty, 1. The state or quality of being loyal. 2. loyalties. Feelings of devoted attachment and affection: My loyalties lie with my family.

Editorial: Considering the possibility, that Barack Obama may through some medium come to read what I write, with his proclivity for pursuing life and his responsibilities in a manner opposite to anything that makes sense to me, i.e., Example: The White House declaration that he, Barack Obama, is a man “comfortable” with “leading from behind.” Accordingly, in consideration, I will begin with my opinion of Barack Obama’s loyalty to America, by working backwards.

As Webster’s last example in conveying the definition of loyalty being; “My loyalties lie with my family.” Which of course I believe in my personal, (glass half full) “what you see, is what you get,” outlook on life, Webster’s example fits Barack Obama to a tee.

Example: On Saturday, June 18, 2011, Barack Obama, the President of the United States was upbeat and displaying his signature grin on the links with VP Joe Biden and speaker of the house John Boehner, while 13.9 million Americans who are presently unemployed, (according to the Bureau of Labor statistics) spent the day concerned with surviving the economic implosion that he and his administration have provided for them and more than 100 million others, with ridiculously high prices at the pump, and at the grocery store, and everywhere else in America where money makes the difference between feeding and sheltering your family, or finding yourself and your family out in the street. Which of course, “at least in my opinion,” playing golf on the taxpayers dime is condescending enough when so many American’s are being forced to discover a new appreciation for a dime.

(W.A.M.) According to Webster: con·de·scend·ing, Displaying a patronizingly superior attitude. 2. To deal with people in a patronizingly superior manner.

According to “Free Republic.com,” Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 8:29:27 AM by “Sub-Driver.”

‘Michelle, Mom, Kids Africa Trip Costing Taxpayers $171,000 At Least for Air Travel Alone Tuesday, June 21, 2011 By James Zilenziger’

(CNSNews.com) – The White House isn’t saying how much of a tab the taxpayers will need to pick up for the week-long trip that First Lady Michelle Obama, her two children, her mother, a niece and a nephew are taking to South Africa and Botswana.

But according to Congressional Research Service estimates, the flights alone will cost taxpayers more than $171,000–almost as much as the $174,000 annual salaries paid to rank-and-file members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The first lady–joined by daughters Malia and Sasha, Marian Robinson, and niece and nephew Leslie and Avery Robinson–is going to Africa to “improve relations between the U.S. and Africa and promote youth engagement, education, health and wellness,” according to the White House.

When CNS News.com asked the first lady’s press office how much, on a daily basis, her trip to Africa will cost U.S. taxpayers her press secretary did not offer a response

The White House did tell the Associated Press that all costs regarding Mrs. Obama’s family members are to be paid privately. However, because Mrs. Obama’s trip will be considered official travel until her family heads off for “private time, including a safari and an overnight stay in the animal park” on Saturday, the taxpayers will be footing the bill for the first lady up to that point. (Source Free Republic.com)

Living under the pressure that an individual married to the President of the United Statesmust live under, I personally have no quarrel with Michelle Obama taking a vacation. With or without her mother, her children, her niece and nephew and Press Secretary, and whoever else she would deem fit to invite, ..as long as I don’t get stuck with the bill. I mean after all, America, is the “Land of the free, ..Home of the brave,” So what business is it of mine who goes where and when? Oh yeah, ..unless of course, I get stuck with the bill, ..or any part of the bill, ..even a dime.

Accordingly, I suppose subscribing to those parameters, I do take exception to the Obama family’s vacation. But then why not? Being a focused conservative who pretty much “has and do” take issue with pretty much everything that Michelle Obama’s husband pursues, why not bundle the Obama family into one package. After all, I myself totally subscribe to the belief that a family is a unit. Accordingly, whether evolved through nurture or by nature, with Barack Obama being an individual with a well honed and celebrated talent for reading a teleprompter, riding in public funded transportation, i.e., limousines, helicopters, and jumbo jets, (although I am not a college graduate) it is not beyond the scope of my intellect to understand the appetite that an idealistic human being, i.e., Homo sapiens, can engender over his or her lifetime, for depending on a free lunch.

Especially for an individual who spent their formative years, and pretty much their entire life, dependent on free lunches.

So of course, America is divided, America has always been divided and will always be divided. The Constitution of the United States more than the Constitution of any other nation on the planet Earth guarantees a citizen of the United States of America choices that allow us to be divided. “Divided is not a bad thing.” America was founded on division, the division between church and state, the right to believe as we choose.

Correct me if I am wrong, however from past research, it is my understanding that Barack Obama is not only a card-carrying Constitutional scholar, but he taught Constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law school from 1992 to 2004.

“In 1991, Obama accepted a two-year position as a “Visiting Law and Government Fellow” at the University of Chicago Law School to work on his first book. He then served as a professor at the University of Chicago Law School for twelve years, as a Lecturer from 1992 to 1996, and as a Senior Lecturer from 1996 to 2004—teaching constitutional law.” (Source Wikipedia)

There you see? I wasn’t wrong, or more correctly, I wasn’t incorrect.

Accordingly, “at least in my humble opinion,” there should be no reason for Barack Obama not to understand that America is a country divided by design and at this point if I wanted to really stack on the issue, I could remind you and Barack that life itself is divided by design. Mother Nature has provided our magnificent blue planet with a variety of animal life, to include, (at least in my opinion) human beings, i.e., Homo sapiens, which of course I am sure that there are human beings, i.e., Homo sapiens that will object and dispute my opinion as to where human beings fit into the mix. A mix, that not only provides human beings in pretty much every size and shape imaginable, we have the capacity for individual thought, i.e., reason. Further, if I haven’t convinced you as yet that “division and difference” are “good,” and as “natural” as an artesian spring, Mother Nature provided for us to come in different colors as well. Viva la division, Viva la difference.

Continuing in my effort here, let’s move on to an arena, the only arena, (at least in my opinion,) in which Barack Obama has shown success. Which of course would be in the arena of failure.

According to Webster: suc·cess, 1. The achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted: 2.a. The gaining of fame or prosperity:

Ooops, ..looks like Webster has cut me off at the knees here, as the way I’m reading Webster on this one, I’m only half right.

Because Barack Obama, by anyone’s measure has indeed gained fame and prosperity. I mean go find someone on the planet who communicates with anything more advanced than a smoke signal, and they know who Barack Obama is. As for prosperity? You decide. As for my opinion, if I was a man making $400,000 a year, living in a rent free house with a staff that consisted of six levels, 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators, a custom limousine, two helicopters, and a jumbo jet at my disposal night and day, even without a degree from Harvard, I would consider that I had achieved prosperity.

Thus, by the parameters that I myself set, I cannot describe Barack Obama as a complete failure. However with that said, I would like to take the liberty to ask you.

Question:  What part of our New (secret) Healthcare Law, i.e., “Obamacare,” do “you” (using your personal knowledge of the law) truly believe will benefit you and the rank-and-file, taxpaying American citizen?

Question:  What part of spending trillions of dollars to prosecute, (presently, either four or five military actions,) i.e. “wars,” in pursuit of establishing democratic governments around the world, do you believe will benefit you and the rank-and-file taxpaying American citizen, or his or her children?

Question:  How does sacrificing 4466 Americans in Iraq since March 19, 2003 and sacrificing 1638 Americans in Afghanistan benefit you and the rank-and-file taxpaying American citizen?

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Marketing..

With the atmosphere, i.e., environment, i.e., temper, tone, or mood in America gearing up, albeit extremely early in my simple, albeit considered opinion, the “Media,” i.e., “News Media,” i.e., “The News Market,” having secured the grip, i.e., “Monopoly,” that they have come to secure in American society, I beseech each and every one of my readers to pay extremely close attention to my offering today.

According to Webster: be·seech, 1. To address an earnest or urgent request to; implore: 2. To request earnestly; beg for:

MARKETING…

According to Webster: mar·ket·ing, 1. The act or process of buying and selling in a market. 2. The commercial functions involved in transferring goods from producer to consumer. mar·ket (mär“k¹t) n. Abbr. mkt. 1. A public gathering held for buying and selling merchandise. 2. A place where goods are offered for sale. 3. A store or shop that sells a particular type of merchandise: a meat market. 4.a. The business of buying and selling a specified commodity: the soybean market. b. A market price. c. A geographic region considered as a place for sales: grain for the foreign market; the West Coast market. d. A subdivision of a population considered as buyers: cosmetics for the upscale market. 5. The opportunity to buy or sell; extent of demand for merchandise: a big market for gourmet foods. 6.a. An exchange for buying and selling stocks or commodities: securities sold on theNew Yorkmarket. b. The entire enterprise of buying and selling commodities and securities: The market has been slow recently. –mar·ket v. mar·ket·ed, mar·ket·ing, mar·kets. –tr. 1. To offer for sale. 2. To sell. –intr. 1. To deal in a market. 2. To buy household supplies: We marketed for a special Sunday dinner. –idioms. in the market. Interested in buying: We are in the market for a used car. on the market. 1. Available for buying: Many kinds of seasonal flowers are on the market. 2. Up for sale: They put the family business on the market. [Middle English, from Old North French, from Vulgar Latin *marc³tus, from Latin merc³tus, from past participle of merc³rº, to buy, from merx, merc-, merchandise.]

With full knowledge and understanding that the Lions share of individuals who publish their thoughts and ideals via the Internet and cyberspace to be, “at least in my opinion,” from having personally investigated more than 100 blog sites at random to date, to be written by individuals with the intellect and agenda of fungus.

A fungus (pronounced /ˈfʌŋɡəs/, pl. fungi or funguses) is a member of a large group of eukaryotic organisms that includes microorganisms such as yeasts and molds (British English: moulds), as well as the more familiar mushrooms. (Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fungus)

Accordingly, and in spite of, I continue my effort to reach out and educate the American public, the best way I know how, via the truth, personal experiences and legitimate substantiated information.

SALESMEN…

So to begin, the truth, I have a brother, (name withheld for his personal privacy.) My brother (name withheld) is an individual that if there were a contest for individuals who could sell ice cubes to Eskimos, I would stake my lot on him. Salesmen are not strangers in America, to the contrary, “we” are as abundant as jackrabbits in Wyoming. (Note) …like the way I slipped that “we” in there? Yes, that’s right, although I by no stretch of my imagination would I ever consider placing myself upon the same plane as my brother (name withheld,) I am a salesman. After all, since I promised the truth, if I didn’t have something to sell, I wouldn’t be sitting here. Make no mistake, I am here to sell, I am here to sell you a concept, a concept of America. A totally opposite concept of America to the concept of America that Barack Obama’s campaign strategists sold America in 2008.

Barack Obama, prior to his election was no more than a product being offered on the open market. Which is of course, since we’re dealing with the truth, is the same circumstance that each and every one of us deals with any time we venture outside of our own mind. And no, I am not suggesting that each and every one of us has campaigned for the office of President of the United States. What I am stating is the fact that any time any human being ventures beyond his or her own mind, we, you, I, they, all have an agenda. Your agenda could be as simple as a day at the beach, or a trip to the grocery store for a loaf of bread. Nonetheless, we all have agendas, a multitude of agendas, some more than others, some grander than others, what does it matter?

Good question; if your agenda is a day at the beach or the acquisition of a loaf of bread, compared to the scope of America’s failing economy, “at least in my opinion,” it wouldn’t even register.

While researching last night for a subject to blog about this morning, I logged onto (www.whitehouse.gov) to see what it would reveal? To be precise, I Googled; “Barack Obama’s national security policy.” ..and then selected the [PDF] National Security Strategy – The White House. Which presented me with an extremely interesting and informative read. Which of course I decided that I would like to share with those of you who read my publication. However, when I attempted to select and copy the material, it was unavailable. Accordingly, I offer the URL to my readers and suggest, “vehemently,” that you read Barack Obama’s (supposedly): words, which reveal his vision for America.

(http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/rss_viewer/national_security_strategy.pdf)

Keeping in mind, that Barack Obama as a matter of record is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law school when you read his composition, then assess his composition, not for its content, but rather for its likeness to the composition of Dick and Jane, and “at least in my opinion,” if you are an individual with a formal education beyond the sixth grade, you will as I did, find Barack Obama’s aptitude for composing declarations sorely lacking.

Nevertheless, with the guidance and support of a team of professional salesman, Barack Obama was elected to the office of President of the United States.

In closing, I offer this Council, the next time you are considering a purchase, make damn sure you know what’s inside the container. As more often than not, the package does not reveal the product.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Idealist..

i·de·al·ist, 1. One whose conduct is influenced by ideals that often conflict with practical considerations. 2. One who is unrealistic and impractical; a visionary. 3. An artist or a writer whose work is imbued with idealism. 4. An adherent of any system of philosophical idealism.

i·de·o·logue, An advocate of a particular ideology, especially an official exponent of that ideology.

i·de·ol·o·gy, 1. The body of ideas reflecting the social needs and aspirations of an individual, a group, a class, or a culture. 2. A set of doctrines or beliefs that form the basis of a political, economic, or other system. –i”de·ol“o·gist n.

i·de·al·is·tic, Of, relating to, or having the nature of an idealist or idealism. –i”de·al·is“ti·cal·ly adv.

Barack Obama is an idealist.

Pragmatist..

prag·ma·tism, A movement consisting of varying but associated theories, that the meaning of an idea or a proposition lies in its observable practical consequences. 2. A practical, matter-of-fact way of approaching or assessing situations or of solving problems. –prag“ma·tist n. –prag”ma·tis“tic

Sarah Palin is a pragmatist.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Addendum..

War in Libya..

According to the Christian science Monitor; “Nkoranza,Ghana, Once an important financial lifeline to Ghana, more than 18,000 Ghanaian migrant workers are back in their home country and unemployed after having fled the violence of the Libyan civil war. Although they are now safe, the workers’ return ended the flow of money via remittances into Ghana, putting their families under economic strain. Although they are now safe, the workers’ return ended the flow of money via remittances into Ghana, putting their families under economic strain.” (Source, Christian science Monitor, article by Heather Yundt)

GHANA…

Ghana, officially the Republic of Ghana, is a country located in West Africa. It is bordered by Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south. The word Ghana means “Warrior King” and is derived from the ancient Ghana Empire. Ghana was inhabited in pre-colonial times by a number of ancient predominantly Akan kingdoms, including the inland Ashanti Empire, the Akwamu on the eastern coast, and various Fante and non-Akan states, like the Ga and Ewe, along the coast and inland. Trade with European states flourished after contact with the Portuguese in the 15th century, and the British established the Gold Coast Crown colony in 1874 over parts but not all of the country.

The Gold Coast achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1957, becoming the first sub-Saharan African nation to do so, and the name Ghana was chosen for the new nation to reflect the ancient Empire of Ghana, which once extended throughout much of west Africa. Ghana is a member of the South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Zone, the Commonwealth of Nations, the Economic Community of West African States, the African Union, and an associate member of La Francophonie. Ghanais the second largest producer of cocoa in the world and is home to Lake Volta, the largest artificial lake in the world by surface area.

The economy of Ghana has been listed as The World’s Fastest Growing Economy in 2011 in an economic research led by Economy Watch with data coming from the IMF’s tracker of GDP Growth in constant prices in the national currency (not converted to US dollars). With an economic growth of about 20.146 % for the year 2011, Ghana growth rate stands ahead of the rest of the world in economic growth and ahead of the next eleven fastest growing economies in the world by 2011 with Qatar following Ghana as the second fastest growing in the world with an estimated growth rate of 14.337 % for 2011. (Source Wikipedia)

UNITED STATES, “G.D.P.” (Gross Domestic Product)

Quarterly data: Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — increased at an annual rate of 1.9 percent in the first quarter of 2011, (that is, from the fourth quarter to the first quarter), according to the “third” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the fourth quarter, real GDP increased 3.1 percent. (Source, U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of economic analysis)

Ghana, a country with a population of 24,223,431 people is recorded to have reported a growth rate in GDP of 20.146% to date for 2011, ..while the United States of America, listed by the US Census Bureau to have a population of 311,630,000 people, is reporting a growth rate in GDP of 1.9% for the first quarter of 2011.

Question: Do you as an American citizen have a problem with those numbers, ..or are you a Democrat?

The United States public debt is a measure of the obligations of the United States federal government and is presented by the United States Treasury in two components and one total:

  • Debt Held by the Public, representing all federal securities held by institutions or individuals outside the United States Government;
  • Intragovernmental Holdings, representing U.S. Treasury securities held in accounts which are administered by the United States Government, such as the OASI Trust fund administered by the Social Security Administration; and
  • Total Public Debt Outstanding, which is the sum of the above components.

As of May 6, 2011, the Total Public Debt Outstanding of the United States of America was $14.32 trillion and was approximately 98% of calendar year 2010’s annual gross domestic product (GDP) of $14.66 trillion. Using 2010 figures, the total debt (96.3% of GDP) ranked 12th highest against other nations.

In layman’s terms, America is circling the drain, up to its eyebrows in debt, America is broke, busted, without funds, on the verge of bankruptcy, how many ways can it be expounded? ..and our employees, i.e., the President, Vice President, Senators, Congressmen and Congresswomen are still roaming the halls of our Nation’s Capital searching for Band-Aids to keep America’s failing economy from virtually bleeding to death.

As being a college graduate is a prerequisite to holding federal office, or at least I assume it is? I have a real problem understanding, (which of course, may stem from the fact that I am not a college graduate,) that a simple rank-and-file, retired, blue-collar worker like myself, has the capacity to understand the concept of responsibility, income, and debt. When the individuals, men and women, that I helped to hire with my constitutionally provided vote, do not seem to understand the concept of responsibility, income and debt.

If I fail to make my mortgage payment, I understand that I need to start looking for another place to live. If I fail to pay my utility bills, I understand that I will have to adjust to living without lights, heat, water and trash pick up. So why do you suppose that the President, Vice President, and the 535 other titled (college-educated) individuals that we, “we the people,” pay exorbitant salaries to can’t figure it out?

Being that this is Sunday, the one day of the week that is predominantly monopolized by the network and cable media talking heads, a group that I do indeed find interesting, even though, “in my opinion,” the Lions share of them are self-aggrandizing idiots enthralled by the belief that they in some measure make a difference to the disenfranchised in a failing society. What can I say, I enjoy abstract comedy.

I mean, think about it? What is funnier (in a pathetic sort of way) than a group of overpaid, overinflated, ridiculously out of touch, men and women who couldn’t survive a weekend, i.e., 48 hours without their cell phones and blackberries in the real world, ..the world I live in.

Accordingly, if we can’t appreciate a media talking head for who they are, at least we can appreciate the fact that they work for the private sector, instead of for the taxpayer. As we, “we the people,” the taxpayers of America have enough to deal with, with footing the bill for adventures such as the one presently being undertaken by Sen. John McCain and Sen. John Kerry to promote harmony and a better life for citizens of a foreign nation.

What do you think? Wouldn’t it be nice if Sen. McCain and Sen. Kerry were to travel to some location within the United States to promote harmony and a better life for the citizens of the United States, ..you know, ..the country that pays their salaries.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

 

Crusader Rabbit…

Representative..

According to Webster: rep·re·sen·ta·tive, 1. One that serves as an example or a type for others of the same classification. 2. One that serves as a delegate or an agent for another. 3.a. A member of a governmental body, usually legislative, chosen by popular vote. b. A member of the U.S. House of Representatives or of the lower house of a state legislature.

Yesterday, June 25, 2011, when I went to my mailbox, along with the envelopes containing applications for new credit cards, because with America’s economy circling the drain as it is due to the Obama administrations policies concerning jobs in America, or more correctly, their policy of not being concerned about jobs in America, I receive a minimum of 30 to 40 solicitations from banks and credit card companies every month. Which of course is distressing and annoying, distressing because a tree was sacrificed to manufacture the paper and the envelope these applications arrive on and in, and annoying, simply because they arrive. Accordingly it was a pleasant surprise to receive a letter from my State’s (South Dakota,)  representative, Kristi Noem.

It was a nice letter, although doubtful that it was composed by Kristi herself, the message was positive. Kristi, in order to keep me informed as to her labor on my behalf, informed me that she is working to get America’s budget and spending under control, while protecting critical programs like Medicare. After which of course the rhetoric was pretty much standard fare. Nevertheless, being an individual at this point in history who has decided that it is no longer to his benefit to simply sit back and do nothing while our employees, Kristi Noem included, enjoy an importance and status that I believe that they believe they deserve once we hire them.

The United States House of Representatives is one of the two Houses of the United States Congress, the bicameral legislature which also includes the Senate. The composition and powers of the House are established in Article One of the Constitution. The major power of the House is to pass federal legislation that affects the entire country, although its bills must also be passed by the Senate and further agreed to by the President before becoming law (unless both the House and Senate re-pass the legislation with a two-thirds majority in each chamber). Each state receives representation in the House in proportion to its population but is entitled to at least one representative. The most populous state,California, currently has 53 representatives. The total number of voting representatives is fixed by law at 435. Each representative serves for a two-year term. The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, traditionally the leader of the majority party, is the presiding officer of the chamber, elected by the members of the House. (Source Wikipedia)

Kristi Noem, a woman judged by me in 2010 when I voted for her, to be an individual of intelligence, (common sense) and integrity. With “common sense,” being (at least by the measure) that I use in my life, the most important asset I have attributed to her. Hopefully, she will not disappoint me. Especially if she hopes to count on me in her bid for reelection in 499 days, but who’s counting.

When a person, i.e., Homo sapiens, i.e., human being, gets to be my age and he finds himself, or herself, living in a society which has pretty much in general rolled over and submitted to the fact, or more correctly, what he/she or they perceive to be a fact, that the little guy, “the individual” no longer has a chance. I say; “Bull Crap!”America is still America. I am still alive and I still enjoy my rights guaranteed to me by the Second Amendment of the Constitution, along with the rights guaranteed to me by the First Amendment. Accordingly, if you’re a human being that still has a pulse, you have the capacity to help me return America to where America belongs, to the people of America.

With that said, I share with you my reply to Kristi Noem:

Congresswoman Kristi Noem

226 Cannon HOB,

Washington,D.C.20515

 June 25,2011

 Dear Kristi,

As your constituent in South Dakota, who not only voted for you, but campaigned for you as well during your bid for the job you now hold, I thank you for your communication of June 21, 2011, in which you inform me that you are working on my behalf to get America’s budget and spending under control while protecting critical programs like “Medicare.” Which of course, as a 69-year-old retired American citizen living on Social Security along with my wife Linda, who is 62 years old and drawing her Social Security as well, I relate my appreciation for your consideration in keeping Linda and myself informed by way of your mailings.

With that said, might I suggest, since you brought it up, a surefire way to save Medicare and guarantee it for thousand years! Would be for you to advocate on my behalf and on the behalf of every man and woman in America that depend on Social Security for their livelihood, to introduce a bill to undo the legislation passed in October of 1968, a time in history that I personally remember as if it were yesterday, when the Congress of the United States of America voted to attach the Social Security fund, a fund created in 1935 to assure working Americans that they would have money to depend on in their “Golden Years.” A fund that up until the Congress of the United States of America voted in October of 1968 to attach to the “General Fund” of the Treasury of the United States of America, in my opinion, to have access to funds and money that was never intended by its original purpose to be used.

Accordingly, as a 17 year resident of South Dakota, and a supportive constituent, I would personally appreciate any consideration and effort you might be willing to work towards on my behalf and on the behalf of every Social Security dependent citizen in America.

If indeed, you actually read this missive, know that although I am only one person, I am an active person, especially within the realm of American politics. Accordingly, if you are the “interested in helping people” person that you portrayed yourself to be during your campaign, I invite you to understand me better by logging on to my website.

(https://pearlsofprofundity.wordpress.com/)

“Double click and read”

Thank you very much..

 

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Reality..

According to Webster: re·al·i·ty, 1. The quality or state of being actual or true. 2. One, such as a person, an entity, or an event, that is actual: “the weight of history and political realities” (Benno C. Schmidt, Jr.). 3. The totality of all things possessing actuality, existence, or essence. 4. That which exists objectively and in fact: Your observations do not seem to be about reality. 5. Philosophy. That which has necessary existence and not contingent existence. –idiom. in reality. In fact; actually.

Which I suppose pretty much covers the definition of reality intellectually, however as I enjoy my constitutionally guaranteed right to take things a step further, I would like to add my personal two cents.

Reality to me, encompasses the sky over my head and the earth I walk on, and the sustenance that I require to maintain a condition of fitness needed to discover tomorrow. Because without tomorrows, we cease to exist and the reality of reality is negated. Further, with no more tomorrows, how would we, i.e., “mankind” place a value on yesterday? Yesterday, today, and tomorrow are all concepts of man.

Which of course brings us, at least those of us with inquiring minds, to ask; “What is man? ..and of course, what is a concept?

According to Webster: man, 1. An adult male human being. 2. A human being regardless of sex or age; a person. 3. A human being or an adult male human being belonging to a specific occupation, group, nationality, or other category. Often used in combination: 4. The human race; mankind: 5. Zoology. A member of the genus Homo, family Hominidae, order Primates, class Mammalia, characterized by erect posture and an opposable thumb, especially a member of the only extant species, Homo sapiens, distinguished by a highly developed brain, the capacity for abstract reasoning, and the ability to communicate by means of organized speech and record information in a variety of symbolic systems.

According to Webster: human being, 1. A member of the genus Homo and especially of the species Homo sapiens. 2. A person: a fine human being.

According to Webster: Homo sapiens, The modern species of human beings, the only extant species of the primate family Hominidae.

According to Webster: Extant, 1. Still in existence; not destroyed, lost, or extinct:

According to Webster: Mammailia, mam·mal, Any of various warm-blooded vertebrate animals of the class Mammalia, including human beings, characterized by a covering of hair on the skin and, in the female, milk-producing mammary glands for nourishing the young.

Accordingly, at least from what I have gleaned, man is a mammalian creature designated by science, i.e., the science of anthropology…

Anthropology, is the study of humanity. It has origins in the humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences. The term “anthropology” is from the Greek anthrōpos (ἄνθρωπος), “human being”, and -logia (-λογία), “discourse” or “study”, and was first used in 1501 by German philosopher Magnus Hundt. Anthropology’s basic concerns are “What defines Homo sapiens?”, “Who are the ancestors of modern Homo sapiens?”, “What are humans’ physical traits?”, “How do humans behave?”, “Why are there variations and differences among different groups of humans?”, “How has the evolutionary past of Homo sapiens influenced its social organization and culture?” and so forth. (Source Wikipedia)

HUMANS..

According to Webster: hu·man, 1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of human beings: the course of human events; the human race. 2. Having or showing those positive aspects of nature and character that distinguish human beings from the lower animals: an act of human kindness. 3. Subject to or indicative of the weaknesses, imperfections, and fragility associated with human beings: a mistake that shows he’s only human; human frailty. 4. Having the form of a human being. 5. Made up of human beings: formed a human bridge across the ice.

…accordingly, from what I glean, to be human, or a human being is a classifying or designation bestowed by society.

According to Webster: Society, 1.a. The totality of social relationships among human beings. b. A group of human beings broadly distinguished from other groups by mutual interests, participation in characteristic relationships, shared institutions, and a common culture. c. The institutions and culture of a distinct self-perpetuating group. 2. An organization or association of persons engaged in a common profession, activity, or interest: 3.a. The rich, privileged, and fashionable social class. b. The socially dominant members of a community. 4. Companionship; company: 5. Biology. A colony or community of organisms, usually of the same species.

Going with biology, “A colony or community of organisms, usually of the same species,” …added to the intellectual product that I have provided still fresh in your mind, ..within the purview of “nature,” ..man has no more standing in the universe than an “amoeba.”

According to Webster: Amoeba, A protozoan of the genus Amoeba or related genera, occurring in water and soil and as a parasite in other animals. An amoeba has no definite form and consists essentially of a mass of protoplasm containing one nucleus or more surrounded by a delicate, flexible outer membrane. It moves by means of pseudopods. The amoeba is remarkable for its very large genome. The species Amoeba proteus has 290 billion base pairs in its genome, while the related Polychaos dubium (formerly known as Amoeba dubia) has 670 billion base pairs. The “human genome” is small by contrast, with its count of 2.9 billion bases. (Source Wikipedia)

According to Webster: Concept, 1. A general idea derived or inferred from specific instances or occurrences. 2. Something formed in the mind; a thought or notion.

Editorial: Something formed in the mind, i.e., (the human mind,) a thought or notion…

Thought: 1. Past tense and past participle of think, 1. The act or process of thinking; cogitation. 2. A product of thinking.

Notion: 1. A belief or opinion. 2. A mental image or representation; an idea or conception. 3. A fanciful impulse; a whim.

So what have we learned today? ..and how does it relate to you?

Great questions, we have learned that man, i.e., Homo sapiens, i.e., human beings, are substantial, yet frail creatures endowed with a capacity to reason.

As simple as possible, Reason: The basis or motive for an action, a decision, or a conviction.

If you are presently, (regardless of your age, heritage, race, political affiliation, or religious beliefs) a sane unemployed, disenfranchised American citizen that understands your capacity to reason, then “at least in my opinion.” You have no choice (based in reality) if you would like to see America returned to its station as the Greatest Nation in the history of the world. You must ignore the misinformation, outright lies, and political rhetoric coming at you between now and the election in 2012 and join me in voting against anyone and everyone designated by the word incumbent.

Incumbent:  A person who holds an office or ecclesiastical benefice:

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

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