Leap year..

According to Webster: leap year,  A year in the Gregorian calendar having 366 days, with the extra February 29, intercalated to compensate for the quarter-day difference between an ordinary year and the astronomical year.

                       

Leap Day, Notable Events and Birthdays..

According to the Guinness Book of Records, the only verified example of a family producing three consecutive generations born on February 29 is that of the Keogh family.

Peter Anthony Keogh was born in Ireland on February 29, 1940, while his son Peter Eric was born on the Leap Day in the United Kingdom in 1964. His daughter, Bethany Wealth Keogh, was, (in turn,) born in the U.K. on February 29, 1996.

On a separate note…

A Norwegian family by the name Henriksen from Andenes holds the official record of number of children born on February 29. Mrs. Karin Henriksen gave birth to 3 children on consecutive February 29; her daughter “Heidi in 1960,” her son “Olav in 1964” and her son “Leif-Martin in 1968.” (Source timeanddate.com)

Background…

Ordinarily when asked how many days are in a year, the traditional answer is 365 days, but in actuality the Earth actually takes more than 365 days to complete a rotation; it takes about 365.2422 days. This translates to every year actually being a year and one quarter days. To account for this problem, every four years an additional day is added to the calendar. In the traditional Gregorian calendar adopted by a the United States and many other areas of the world, this day comes in the form of February 29. Years containing this extra calendar day are known as leap years. Since they only happen once every four years, people have long associate leap years with special traditions and customs. Accordingly, below are five somewhat interesting things about Leap Years.

1. Women Can Propose to a Man on February 29th

Since the 19th century, tradition has stated that women have the right to propose to a man on February 29th. In times where gender roles were more concrete than today, this was considered a very unique and bold thing to do. The practice dates all the way back to 1288 where the tradition was first observed in Scotland. In recent years, the tradition has become more playful with the concept of the Sadie Hawkings Dance, where young girls ask boys to accompany them to the event.

2. Other Calendars Add a Month for Leap Year

The Chinese calendar, Hebrew calendar, and Hindu calendar all add an additional month or embolismic month to their calendar in accordance with the leap year. The Hebrew Calendar adds their leap year month, Adar Alef, seven times every 19 years. The Hindu calendar adds their extra month, Adhika, every two to three years to compensate for the 10-11 days that their calendar is off line with the actual solar year. The Chinese leap year month does not have a name and instead can be taken at different times in accordance with the winter solstice.

3. Many Major Events are aligned with Leap Years

The UEFA European Football Championship, Summer Olympic Games, United States Presidential Election and Winter Olympic Games (up until 1992) were all held on leap years. While there is no definitive reason why these events happen to only take place during leap years and it may be solely due to coincidence, they all help to make leap years particularly special.

4. Leap Day goes back to the Roman Empire

Julius Caesar declared that the last day of February to be Leap Year Day. He also declared that the day would be skipped three out of every four years. This was about the same time that Julius Caesar added the month of July to the original Roman calendar in his own honor.

5. Leap Years have to be Divisible by 400 at the end of the Century

The year 1900 was not a leap year, but the year 2000 was. This difference comes from the need to account for the slight rounding error that occurs by counting each year as 365.25 days when it is actually 36.24. By skipping leap years on turns of the century that are not divisible by 400, the Gregorian calendar is able to compensate for the 11 minute loss of accuracy each year.

Famous and/or Celebrity “Leap Day” Birthdays.

Some famous people born on February 29 include:

1468 – Pope Paul III (d. 1549)

1792 – Gioacchino Rossini, Italian composer (William Tell, The Barber of Seville) (d. 1868)

1896 – Morarji Desai, former Indian prime minister (d. 1995)

1916 –DinahShore, American singer (d. 1994)

1924 – Al Rosen, American baseball player

1924 – Carlos Humberto Romero, former president ofEl Salvador

1960 – Anthony (Tony) Robbins, American motivational speaker

1964 – Lyndon Byers, Canadian hockey player

1972 – Antonio Sabàto Jr, Italian-born actor

1976 – Ja Rule, American rapper and actor

1980 – Chris Conley, American musician and songwriter/composer

 

Gregorian calendar…

In the Gregorian calendar, the current standard calendar in most of the world, most years that are evenly divisible by 4 are leap years. In each leap year, the month of February has 29 days instead of 28. Adding an extra day to the calendar every four years compensates for the fact that a period of 365 days is shorter than a solar year by almost 6 hours.

Some exceptions to this rule are required since the duration of a solar year is slightly less than 365.25 days. Years that are evenly divisible by 100 are not leap years, unless they are also evenly divisible by 400, in which case they are leap years. For example, 1600 and 2000 were leap years, but 1700, 1800 and 1900 were not. Similarly, 2100, 2200, 2300, 2500, 2600, 2700, 2900 and 3000 will not be leap years, but 2400 and 2800 will be. Therefore, in a duration of two millennia, there will be 485 leap years. By this rule, the average number of days per year will be 365 + 1/4 − 1/100 + 1/400 = 365.2425, which is 365 days, 5 hours, 49 minutes, and 12 seconds. The Gregorian calendar was designed to keep the vernal equinox on or close to March 21, so that the date of Easter (celebrated on the Sunday after the 14th day of the Moon, i.e., a full moon that falls on or after March 21) remains correct with respect to the vernal equinox. The vernal equinox year is about 365.242374 days long (and increasing).

The marginal difference of 0.000125 days between the Gregorian calendar average year and the actual year means that, in 8,000 years, the calendar will be about one day behind where it is now. But in 8,000 years, the length of the vernal equinox year will have changed by an amount that cannot be accurately predicted. Therefore, the current Gregorian calendar suffices for practical purposes, and the correction suggested by John Herschel of making 4000 a non-leap year will probably not be necessary. (Source, Wikipedia)
U.S. Presidential Elections and Leap Years…

In general U.S. Presidential elections fall on leap years, ..but  not always.

In simplest terms, a Leap Year is a “calendar correction”. According to the Gregorian Calendar, the current standard calendar in most of the world, leap day falls on February 29th which occurs for those years evenly divisible by four.

So, for instance, the year 1776, when the United States Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress of the original Thirteen Colonies, was a Leap Year. Another Leap Year, certainly less well known than 1776, but quite important for our purposes, occurred just 12 years later in 1788.

For example, 1600 and 2000 were leap years, but 1700, 1800 and 1900 were not, ..so the 1800 and 1900 elections were not.

..and of course since were on the topic of U.S. Presidential elections, ..don’t forget to write Newt Gingrich’s name on the palm of your hand so that when you vote on November 6, you will know who to vote for.

Think about it, coming back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Time to Unite..

According to Webster: u·nite, To join and act together in a common purpose or endeavor.

One would think that an Organization with 158 years of History behind them, (especially an organization that advocates stability via common sense) would eventually come to the conclusion that bickering like school children is not an avenue that goes anywhere.

The Republican Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Democratic Party. Founded by anti-slavery expansion activists in 1854, it is often called the GOP (Grand Old Party).

The party’s platform generally reflects American conservatism in the U.S. political spectrum. American conservatism of the Republican Party is not wholly based upon rejection of the political ideology of liberalism, as many principles of American conservatism are based upon classical liberalism.

Rather the Republican Party’s conservatism is largely based upon its support of classical liberal principles against the modern liberalism of the Democratic Party that is considered American liberalism in contemporary American political discourse.

In the 112th Congress, elected in 2010, the Republican Party holds a majority of seats in the House of Representatives, and a minority of seats in the Senate. The party holds the majority of governorships, as well as the majority of state legislatures, and control of one chamber in five states.

History of the United States Republican Party… 

 

Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican President (1861–1865)

Founded in Northern States in 1854 by anti-slavery activists, modernizers, ex-Whigs and ex-Free Soilers, the Republican Party quickly became the principal opposition to the dominant Democratic Party and the briefly popular Know Nothing Party.

The main incentive to create the Republican Party, was due to opposition to the Kansas–Nebraska Act, which repealed the Missouri Compromise by which slavery was kept out of Kansas. The Republicans saw the expansion of slavery as a great evil. The first public meeting where the name “Republican” was suggested for a new anti-slavery party was held on March 20, 1854 in a schoolhouse in Ripon,Wisconsin.

The first official party convention was held on July 6, 1854 in Jackson, Michigan. By 1858, the Republicans dominated nearly all Northern states. The Republican Party first came to power in 1860 with the election of Abraham Lincoln to the Presidency and Republicans in control of Congress and the northern states. It oversaw the saving of the union, the destruction of slavery, and the provision of equal rights to all men in the American Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877.

(Sidebar) “So to all you Kool-Aid drinking Obamaites out there that slept through eighth grade history, it was not your beloved Democratic Party that abolished slavery and created opportunities for men and women (of all colors and religious affiliations) to achieve the American dream, ..it was the Grand Old Party of Abraham Lincoln, ..not self aggrandized “progressive liberal” ideologues like Barack Obama and his ilk.”

Continuing…

The Republicans’ initial base was in the Northeast and the upper Midwest. With the realignment of parties and voters in the Third Party System, the strong run of John C. Fremont in the 1856 Presidential election demonstrated it dominated most northern states. Early Republican ideology was reflected in the 1856 slogan “free labor, free land, free men.”

“Free labor” referred to the Republican opposition to slave labor and belief in independent artisans and businessmen.

“Free land” referred to Republican opposition to plantation system whereby the rich could buy up all the good farm land and work it with slaves, leaving the yeoman independent farmers the leftovers.

The Party had the goal of containing the expansion of slavery, which would cause the collapse of the Slave Power and the expansion of freedom.

Lincoln, representing the fast-growing western states, won the Republican nomination in 1860 and subsequently won the presidency. The party took on the mission of saving the Union and destroying slavery during the American Civil War and over Reconstruction. In the election of 1864, it united with pro-war Democrats to nominate Lincoln on the National Union Party ticket.

The party’s success created factionalism within the party in the 1870s. Those who felt that Reconstruction had been accomplished and was continued mostly to promote the large-scale corruption tolerated by President Ulysses S. Grant ran Horace Greeley for the presidency. The Stalwarts defended Grant and the spoils system; the Half-Breeds pushed for reform of the civil service.

The GOP supported business generally, hard money (i.e., the gold standard), high tariffs to promote economic growth, high wages and high profits, generous pensions for Union veterans, and (after 1893) the annexation of Hawaii.

The Republicans supported the pietistic Protestants who demanded Prohibition. As the Northern post-bellum economy boomed with heavy and light industry, railroads, mines, fast-growing cities and prosperous agriculture, the Republicans took credit and promoted policies to sustain the fast growth.

Nevertheless, by 1890 the Republicans had agreed to the Sherman Antitrust Act and the Interstate Commerce Commission in response to complaints from owners of small businesses and farmers. The high McKinley Tariff of 1890 hurt the party and the Democrats swept to a landslide in the off-year elections, even defeating McKinley himself.

After the two terms of Democrat Grover Cleveland, the election of William McKinley in 1896 is widely seen as a resurgence of Republican dominance and is sometimes cited as a realigning election. McKinley promised that high tariffs would end the severe hardship caused by the Panic of 1893, and that the GOP would guarantee a sort of pluralism in which all groups would benefit.

THE  20th. CENTURY…

The Republicans were cemented as the party of business, though mitigated by the succession of Theodore Roosevelt who embraced trust busting. He later ran on a third party ticket of the Progressive Party and challenged his previous successor William Howard Taft. The party controlled the presidency throughout the 1920s, running on a platform of opposition to the League of Nations, high tariffs, and promotion of business interests.

Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover were resoundingly elected in 1920, 1924, and 1928 respectively. The pro-business policies of the decade seemed to produce an unprecedented prosperity until the Wall Street Crash of 1929 heralded the Great Depression.

THE NEW DEAL…

The New Deal coalition of Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt controlled American politics for most of the next three decades, excepting the two-term presidency of Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower.

AFRICAN AMERICANS…

African Americans moved into the Democratic Party during Roosevelt’s time. After Roosevelt took office in 1933, New Deal legislation sailed through Congress at lightning speed. In the 1934 midterm elections, 10 Republican senators went down to defeat, leaving them with only 25 against 71 Democrats. The House of Representatives was split in a similar ratio.

(Sidebar) Via conservatism and capitalism, America provides opportunities for men and women with the ambition and fortitude to work.

According to Webster: work, Physical or mental effort or activity directed toward the production or accomplishment of something.

Continuing…

Republicans in Congress heavily criticized the “Second New Deal” and likened it to “class warfare” and “socialism.”

(Take Special Notice) ”..and likened it to “class warfare” and “socialism.”

Continuing…

The volume of legislation, and the inability of the Republicans to block it, soon elevated the level of opposition to Roosevelt. Conservative Democrats, mostly from the South, joined with Republicans led by Senator Robert Taft to create the conservative coalition, which dominated domestic issues in Congress until 1964. The Republicans recaptured Congress in 1946 after gaining 13 seats in the Senate and 55 seats in the House.

The second half of the 20th century saw election or succession of Republican presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. The Republican Party, led by House Republican Minority Whip Newt Gingrich campaigning on the Contract with America, was elected to majorities to both houses of Congress in the Republican Revolution of 1994.

The Senate majority lasted until 2001, when the Senate became split evenly but was regained in the 2002 elections. Both Republican majorities in the House and Senate were held until the Democrats regained control in the mid-term elections of 2006. In the 21st century, the Republican Party has been defined by social conservatism, a preemptive war foreign policy intended to defeat terrorism and promote global democracy, a more powerful executive branch, supply-side economics, support for gun ownership, and deregulation.

In the Presidential election of 2008, the party’s nominees were Senator John McCain, of Arizona, for President and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin for Vice President. They were defeated by Senator Barack Obama of Illinois and Senator Joe Biden of Delaware. In 2009, Republicans Chris Christie and Bob McDonnell were elected to the governorships of New Jersey and Virginia.

2010 was a year of political success for the GOP, starting with the stunning upset win of Scott Brown in the Massachusetts special Senate election for the seat held for many decades by the Kennedy brothers. November 2010 saw a GOP, retaking control of the House, increasing their number of seats in the Senate, and gaining a majority of governorships.

In state legislatures Republicans gained 680 seats, the biggest gain by either party since 1966, which surpassed Democratic gains in the election of 1974. Republicans now hold approximately 3,890 of the total state legislative seats in the U.S., about 53 percent. That is the most seats in the GOP column since 1928. The Republicans will now control at least 54 of the 99 state legislative chambers, the highest number since 1952. (Source Wikipedia)

In the past days, weeks and months, I have heralded my personal, “albeit studied, opinions” concerning the present state of the Nation, ..my Nation, ..America. I don’t sit here at my keyboard because I have nothing better to do. I sit here, ..because there is “in my considered opinion,” ..nothing better to do at my age, ..or at any age, ..than to sound the alarm when “my Nation,” ..America, ..is in trouble, ..and that’s trouble with a capital T.

I was one of 500,000 men that were deployed to Vietnam between 1965 and 1973, (that’s a half-a-million) for those of you without a background in arithmetic. Although I was wounded on my nephew Kenny’s birthday in 1965, ..for which I received a Purple Heart, ..I was fortunate not to have my name inscribed on the long black wall.

Question: Am I a better person for my experience in Vietnam?

Better Question: Is America a better Country after my service in Vietnam?

An even better Question: Will America continue to be “the America” that I defended in Vietnam if we reelect Barack Obama, ..to “Commander in Chief” ..a President, ..and a man that defends America with apologies? 

 

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Riding the wave..

Although in my youth, I did indeed attempt (on one occasion) to master the “art” of surfing…

According to Webster: art, (in context) Skill that is attained by study, practice, or observation

                       

According to Webster: surf·ing, (in context) The act of riding on the crest or along the tunnel of a wave while standing or lying on a surfboard.

…I wiped out.

According to Webster: wipe·out, (in context) failure.

 

 

Currently in the news…

Android-powered Google Glasses: The augmented reality HUD dream is coming..

 

It’s about time: By the end of 2012, Google will launch a pair of Android-powered, augmented reality, head-up display (HUD) glasses. Anonymous Google employees, speaking to The New York Times, say that the glasses will resemble a pair of Oakley Thumps (pictured above), will have 3G or 4G connectivity, a forward-facing camera, GPS, and a full array of movement sensors. They will cost “around the price of current smartphones.” (Source, extremetech.com)

So what does surfing, wiping out, and the media announcing Googles new (HUD) “Heads Up Display” glasses have in common?

(DISTRACTION)

According to Webster: dis·trac·tion, (in context) The act of distracting or the condition of being distracted.

I was fifteen years old when Elvis Presley’s first release, “Heartbreak Hotel” was unleashed upon the world.

 

Not that I was a Kool-Aid drinker or and Elvis Presley fan, then or now. Nevertheless, even without my participation, there were more than enough Kool-Aid drinkers and Elvis fans to turn what was at the time, known as decent, and/or acceptable society upside down and sideways at the same time.

Having elected to use my father as my role model from a young age, a man who worked two jobs throughout most of the 50’s and 60’s to feed and clothe his family, although we did have a television set in our house, it didn’t get all that much play from me, as I spent the Lions share of my time after school collecting $.50 pieces by mowing lawns in our neighborhood. With which, I suppose I could have bought a record player? ..and Elvis Presley albums. However, since my interest at the time was more into purchasing a “radio” when I turned “sixteen,” (one that came with an automobile wrapped around it) I used my $.50 pieces to purchase more and better tools with which to earn more $.50 pieces.

My first car was a 1941 Ford Coupe with original paint, (gray) ..and original upholstery. (gray) ..which with the help of two friends, was manually pushed for several blocks to get it home.

1941 Ford Coupe

(not my original car)

..mine should have looked so good. Nevertheless, it got me from point “A” to point “B,” and it brought me $75, (a profit of $65) a few months later when I sold it to go in half on in 1954 Ford pickup with a buddy from school that I went into the landscaping “business” with.

According to Webster: busi·ness, (in context) A commercial enterprise or establishment.

Sidebar for clarification…

To satisfy the question that some of my readers may be contemplating; “Did I enjoy my childhood?”

 Absolutely!

Sidebar for clarification…

I began earning money from neighbors as soon as I was big enough to pick up a rake and a hoe and I continued the trend through my adolescence, and my teens.

Accordingly, my childhood didn’t actually begin until my first wife cleaned out our joint bank account and ran off with her boyfriend.

Which, is as much of that story as I intend to share, as disappointment and negativity are not things that I dwell upon.

(Live and let live.)

A philosophy that I have strived to live by my entire life and I have tried to understand why everyone else on the planet doesn’t strive for the same?

So what if Merriam-Webster would have to delete the words “GREED” and “STUPIDITY” from their publication, I could live with that.

According to Webster: greed, An excessive desire to acquire or possess more than what one needs or deserves, especially with respect to material wealth.

According to Webster: stu·pid·i·ty, The quality or condition of being stupid.

Albeit to be fair, .. I agree that being stupid is a relative term, “subjective.”

According to Webster: sub·jec·tive, Introspective; existing only in the mind; illusory.

As opposed to “objective.”

According to Webster: ob·jec·tive,  Based on observable phenomena; presented factually.

Which of course, immediately omits our political system, which, “at least in my opinion,” is a well oiled illusion…

..AS IS FEAR!

According to Webster: fear, To be uneasy or apprehensive.

Question: Do Americans fear their government?

Reply: Only those of us that pay attention.

The remainder are two concerned with how to obtain the latest electronic device to melt with.

EXAMPLE

GOOGLE GLASSES

 

 Think about it, (I’LL BE BACK) tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Got Hope?

 ..or are you standing with those of us that understood from day one that Barack Obama never stood for anything but…

According to Webster: hype, Exaggerated or extravagant claims made especially in advertising or promotional material.

 

 

According to Webster: i·de·al·ist, (in context) One who is unrealistic and impractical; a visionary.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Oxymoron..

According to Webster: ox·y·mo·ron,  A rhetorical figure in which incongruous or contradictory terms are combined. 

With of course one of my favorites, deriving from imbecilic “ideological” minds that expound; “The future is now.”

Of course being a conservative and a realist, it has always been my understanding, that now is now, and that the future is tomorrow.

Accordingly, when “ideology” driven, (with those educated at Harvard University included,) ..”head up their ass” idiots emerge, ..from wherever “head up their ass” idiots emerge from? I take exception.

According to Webster: i·de·ol·o·gy, The body of ideas reflecting the social needs and aspirations of an individual.

I have an ambitious young friend who is presently attending Black Hills State University endeavoring to acquire her “Sheep-Skin,” i.e., ..her credential in business management. I refer to her as ambitious due to the fact that besides maintaining her schedule as a student, she maintains a part time position at one of our local groceries to pay her way.

So what does a 70-year-old “cantankerous” Blogger have in common with an “ambitious” 21-year-old college student?

We both care about America, ..and are concerned about how the Nation is going to hell in a handbasket.

My young friend, ..come November 6, ..will be for the first time exercising her privilege to vote in a “Presidential Election,” ..and she will not be “disrespecting” her heritage by casting her vote for Barack Obama. My young friend is an American who paid attention in history class, ..and my young friend understands that the foundation of America is family, ..not folly.

Barack Obama’s campaign promises, and most everything out of his mouth following his inauguration have been folly.

According to Webster: fol·ly, (in context)  A costly undertaking having an absurd or ruinous outcome.

 

          Founded in Folly

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

A voice from cyberspace..

Notice, Shazam, ..and how do you do?

I just asked Merriam-Webster for the dictionary definition of cyberspace, ..and low and behold, ..Webster immediately notified me that the word “cyberspace” was not within its domain. How about that?

 

Accordingly, I have turned to Wikipedia…

Cyberspace is the electronic medium of computer networks, in which online communication takes place.

The term “cyberspace” was first used by the cyberpunk science fiction author William Gibson, though the concept was described somewhat earlier, for example in the Vernor Vinge short story “True Names,” and even earlier in John M. Ford’s novel, Web of Angels. Widely used since, it has been criticized by its inventor, as Gibson himself would later describe it as an “evocative and essentially meaningless”…

According to Webster: e·voc·a·tive, Tending or having the power to evoke.

…buzzword that could serve as a cipher for all of his “cybernetic musings”. The first component of the term comes from “cybernetics”, which is derived from the Greek κυβερνήτης (kybernētēs, steersman, governor, pilot, or rudder), a word introduced by Norbert Wiener for his pioneering work in electronic communication and control science.

Now “ubiquitous,”…

According to Webster: u·biq·ui·tous, Being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time.

…in current usage the term “cyberspace” stands for the global network of interdependent information technology infrastructures, telecommunications networks and computer processing systems. As a social experience, individuals can interact, exchange ideas, share information, provide social support, conduct business, direct actions, create artistic media, play games, engage in political discussion, and so on, using this global network. The term has become a conventional means to describe anything associated with the Internet and the diverse Internet culture.

The United States Government recognizes the interconnected information technology and the interdependent network of information technology infrastructures operating across this medium as part of the U.S. National Critical Infrastructure.

According to Chip Morningstar and F. Randall Farmer, cyberspace is defined more by the social interactions involved rather than its technical implementation. In their view, the computational medium in cyberspace is an augmentation of the communication channel between real people; the core characteristic of cyberspace is that it offers an environment that consists of many participants with the ability to affect and influence each other. They derive this concept from the observation that people seek richness, complexity, and depth within a virtual world. (Source Wikipedia)

I mean, ..what the hey! ..if your interest isn’t “piqued” by now? You probably spend to much time watching CNN and MSNBC?

According to Webster: pique, (in context)  To provoke; arouse.

A forward (E-mail) received from my friend David…

“Wal-Mart vs The Morons…

1. Americans spend $36,000,000 at Wal-Mart Every hour of every day.

2. This works out to $20,928 profit every minute!

3. Wal-Mart will sell more from January 1 to St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) than Target sells all year.

4. Wal-Mart is bigger than Home Depot + Kroger + Target +Sears + Costco + K-Mart combined.

5. Wal-Mart employs 1.6 million people, is the world’s largest private employer, and most speak English.

6. Wal-Mart is the largest company in the history of the world.

7. Wal-Mart now sells more food than Kroger and Safeway combined, and keep in mind they did this in only fifteen years.

8. During this same period, 31 big supermarket chains sought bankruptcy.

9. Wal-Mart now sells more food than any other store in the world.

10. Wal-Mart has approx 3,900 stores in the U.S.A. of which 1,906 are Super Centers; this is 1,000 more than it had five years ago.

11. This year 7.2 billion different purchasing experiences will occur at Wal-Mart stores. (Earth’s population is approximately 6.5 Billion.)

12. 90% of all Americans live within fifteen miles of a Wal-Mart.

You may think that I am complaining, but I am really laying the ground work for suggesting that MAYBE we should hire the guys who run Wal-Mart to fix “our” economy.

This should be read and understood by all Americans Democrats, Republicans, EVERYONE!!

To President Obama and all 535 voting members of the Legislature

It is now official that the majority of you are corrupt morons:

a.. The U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775. You have had 234 years to get it right and it is broke.

b.. Social Security was established in 1935. You have had 74 years to get it right and it is broke.

c.. Fannie Mae was established in 1938. You have had 71 years to get it right and it is broke.

d.. War on Poverty started in 1964. You have had 45 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to “the poor” and they only want more..

e.. Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965. You have had 44 years to get it right and they are broke.

f.. Freddie Mac was established in 1970. You have had 39 years to get it right and it is broke.

g.. The Department of Energy was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of $24 billion a year and we import more oil than ever before. You had 32 years to get it right and it is an abysmal failure.

You have FAILED in every “government service” you have shoved down our throats while overspending our tax dollars.

AND YOU WANT AMERICANS TO BELIEVE THAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN BE TRUSTED WITH “OUR” HEALTH CARE ???

Folks, keep this circulating.. It is very well stated. Maybe it will end up in the e-mails of some of our “duly elected’ (they never read anything) and their staff will clue them in on how Americans feel.

AND I know what’s wrong. We have lost our minds to “Political Correctness” !!!!!

Someone please tell me what the HELL’s wrong with all the people that run this country. !!!!!

We’re “broke” & can’t help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless etc., ????

In the last months and years we have provided aid to Haiti, Chile, and Turkey.. Awe are currently providing  billions of dollars to Pakistan, …recent sanctuary to Osama bin Laden. !!!

Our retired seniors living on a ‘fixed income’ receive no aid nor do they get any breaks while our government and religious organizations export Hundreds of Billions of $$$’s and Tons of Food to Foreign Countries!

We have hundreds of “adoptable” children here in America that are shoved aside to make room for the adoption of foreign orphans.

AMERICA: a country where we have homeless without shelter, children going to bed hungry, elderly going without ‘needed’ medications and mentally ill going without treatment -etc,etc.

YET….  They ( the “Self Acclaimed” good and compassionate in America) have a ‘Benefit’ for the people of Haiti on 12 TV stations, ships and planes lining up with food, water, tents clothes, bedding, doctors and medical supplies.

Imagine if “our” *GOVERNMENT* ..and those same (Self Acclaimed good and compassionate groups and individuals) gave “us, ..struggling to survive Americans” ..the same support they give to other countries.

America’s current application of compassion it is definitely a “sad commentary” our society .

99% of people won’t have the guts to forward this.

I’m one of the 1% — I Just Did”

Editorial: Although I find the man, woman or child who composed the preceding to be a bit lacking in finesse, I applaud his or her fortitude for throwing his or her hat in the ring.

 

 WW-1 – “Hat in the Ring” Squadron Insignia.

Joined by individuals like the man or woman that composed the motivation for this offering, I am more confident than ever that my mission to return “common sense” in management, “resolution” in conflict, “compassion” in mediation and “civility” in action back to “our” Government in America is on the move.

According to Webster: common sense, Native good judgment; common feelings of humanity.

According to Webster: res·o·lu·tion, A course of action determined or decided on.

According to Webster: com·pas·sion, Deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it.

According to Webster: ci·vil·i·ty, Courteous behavior; politeness.

 

 Please help me put Newt and Clarissa in the White House.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

One word..

According to Webster: one, Being a single entity, unit, object, or living being; not two or more.

As last night’s GOP debate in Arizona was again, “at least in my humble pinion,” nothing more than a dog and pony show. I am not inspired to reflect any more than necessary?

According to Webster: nec·es·sar·y,  Absolutely essential.

Accordingly, my agenda this morning is simply to offer my response to John King’s audience generated question to the candidates; (paraphrased) “Describe yourselves using only one word?

 

   Delusional     

According to Webster: de·lu·sion, A false belief strongly held in spite of invalidating evidence.

 

Inflated

According to Webster: in·flat·ed, Unduly enlarged or aggrandized.

 Divided

According to Webster: di·vid·ed,  Moved by conflicting interests, emotions, or activities.

 President

According to Webster: pres·i·dent, One appointed or elected to preside over an organized body of people.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Mandating..

According to Webster: man·date, To make mandatory, as by law; decree or requirement.

According to Webster: loss, (in context) The condition of being deprived or bereaved of something or someone.

Whitney Houston’s Death Certificate, ..No Official Cause of Death… Yet

Whitney Houston’s official death certificate has been filed in L.A. County– and according to the document, obtained by TMZ, the cause of death is still undetermined.

The manner of death is listed as “pending investigation” — and the immediate cause of death is “deferred.”

Whitney’s occupation is listed on the document as an “entertainer” who worked in the industry for 33 years — beginning when she was just 15.

According to the document, Whitney will be laid to rest on Saturday at the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, NJ — the same cemetery where her father is buried.

As we previously reported, the L.A. County Coroner’s office is awaiting toxicology results in order to determine an official cause of death — a process that typically takes 4-6 weeks. The autopsy was completed Sunday.

TMZ broke the story … Whitney drank heavily the night before her death — and investigators found multiple prescription drugs inside her hotel room, including Xanax and Amoxicillin.
As we first reported, Whitney’s family was told by the L.A. County Coroner’s office … Whitney likely died from a deadly combination of alcohol and prescription drugs — NOT drowning. (Source, TMZ.com)

In the 70 years that my maker has graciously allowed me to roam this planet I have learned and heard many things. With one of the most underscored of the many things I’ve heard to many times in reference to a man or a woman on a path to self-destruction being; “There’s a wreck waiting to happen.”

Statement of fact: Whitney Houston used drugs and alcohol.

Barack Obama, last week, released his budget estimates for the coming year, announcing that with its approval, we, “America” can save more than $1 trillion over the next 10 years.

Question: Are Barack Obama’s ideology driven actions “..a wreck waiting to happen?”

Once again “quoting” my favorite fictitious character, Forrest Gump’s mother, “Stupid is, ..as stupid does.”

According to Webster: save, (in context) To avoid waste or expense; economize.

Presidents and governments enjoy the authority to mandate, “not so much” by the letter of the Constitution, ..but rather by the “authority vested in them by custom and tradition.”

Barack Obama, as well-meaning as he may be in his own mind, does not have the authority by the Constitution of the United States to mandate most everything that he has indeed mandated to date.

Question: Do you believe that Abraham Lincoln, the one individual in our history who is singularly credited to have more to do with Barack Obama’s right as an American citizen to serve in the office of President of the United States, ..was talking out of his ass at Gettysburg when he said; “..that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, ..that this nation, ..under God, ..shall have a new birth of freedom, ..and that government of the people, ..by the people, ..for the people, ..shall not perish from the earth.”

Question: Can you imagine anyone 100 years from now remembering, let alone “quoting” anything Barack Obama has ever given voice to?

Although I am not an individual who personally advocates anything other than self-reliance and personal responsibility. If I were adjudicated with the authority to mandate something for posterity, it would be to mandate drug testing for every man woman and child in America on a 30 day rotation and return to public hangings in the square for those who fail.

 

If America truly wants to reduce its deficit and save for the future, let’s reduce our lavish spending in stupidity and save future generations of human beings from the tragedy of spending their last moment of life alone in a porcelain tub.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Something for Nothing..

According to Webster: some·thing, (in context)  One that is very special or quite remarkable.

Statement of fact: “Intellect is very special and definitely remarkable.”

According to Webster: noth·ing, (in context) One that has no substance or importance. 

In my “humble” opinion: When it comes to “Conservatism and leadership,” Mitt Romney definitely has a somewhat shaky history, i.e., “..a definite lack of substance.”

 

According to Webster: lead·er·ship, (in context) Capacity or ability to lead.

Statement of fact: “The capacity to win by stabbing your opponents in the back is not leadership.”

 

Which brings us to candidate, Rick Santorum, ..who, ..also in my “humble” opinion: “When it comes to experience and Moxie…

According to Webster: mox·ie,  (in context) Aggressive energy.

…has little or neither, i.e., “..a definite lack of substance.”

 

Which brings us to candidate, Newton Leroy Gingrich, a gentleman that has absolutely no need for my opinion.

Statement of fact: Newton Leroy Gingrich is unequivocally the smartest, i.e., (most intelligent) candidate competing for the GOP nomination.  

Statement of fact: Newton Leroy Gingrich unequivocally has more “Government Experience” than any “serious” candidate competing for the GOP nomination.

Statement of fact: Newton Leroy Gingrich is unequivocally endowed with more Moxie in his little finger, (and yes, ..I refer to his little finger,)  “Not his index finger, ..which he occasionally finds necessary to wag in his detractors faces,” than all of his competitors in the race for the Office of President of the United States combined, ..to include (especially) Barack Obama.

State of the Nation…

And I’m “not” referring to the nonsense that Barack Obama delivered in January. I’m referring to reality that slaps you in the face every time you turn on your television set. The reality that America is becoming more divided with every tick of the clock.

Current examples…

Statement of fact: There are presently no less than “half-a-dozen” unemployed celebrities shilling for one “Corporate Entity” or another to sell the few people left in America with equity, (62 or older) who own a mortgage, ..that “Corporate America” doesn’t have a part of, ..to open a door, ..to “their” equity by refinancing with a reverse mortgage.

Statement of fact: “Banks and Mortgage Companies” do “not” take you to dinner, ..they “take you” to the cleaners.

Goldline, Rosland Capital, PFG and a bevy of others also employee celebrities to “bark” their message that your future is bleak unless you invest in gold, ..because America’s economy is in recession.

Statement of fact: America’s economy is not in recession as long as there’s still one fool out there with “currency” dumb enough to exchange it for gold.

Statement of fact: Gold is not “currency,” nor is it nutritious. Gold is a commodity, if America’s economy was truly failing, people with “currency” would be purchasing commodities that they could eat.

What is failing, is America’s society, divided by political doctrine and political deception from both sides of the aisle. Barack Obama and his progressive liberal left-wing ideology wants to lead America down a path to socialism. Whereas his predecessor, George W. Bush and his chorus line of carpetbaggers marched to a different drummer, albeit neither of their agendas did anything to help anyone other than the individuals that didn’t need help.

Editorial: If the “rank-and-file” working men and women in America truly aspire to have representation in Washington D.C. for the taxes that they pay, it would be my advice that the “rank-and-file,” working men and women in America remove their heads from their armpits and begin actually electing leadership from with-in their own ranks.

Of course, since that option is currently not on the table, the best I can do is to advise you to discontinue voting for fools from wealthy influential families, and/or fools with wealthy influential friends.

America’s economy is fine, “Banks and Finance Institutions” are currently hoarding more money than they have ever had to hoard in their history. They are hoarding “our” money, “our tax dollars,” ..bailout dollars,  ..and who do the “Banks and Financial Institutions” have to thank for the abundance of wealth they presently control?

Answer: George W. Bush and Barack Hussein Obama, ..that’s who.!!!

  The big airplane is mine now.

For some time now I have been feeling downcast over the fact that we, “We the People,” here in America do not choose our leaders by engaging a blindfolded six-year-old child to throw darts at pages haphazardly chosen from randomly selected phone books. As sad a fact as it is, ..we, “We the People,” of the United States of America are duty bound with the task and  responsibility of selecting our leaders via ballots.

 

According to Webster: re·spon·si·bil·i·ty, Something for which one is responsible; a duty, an obligation, or a burden.

Choose wisely my friends, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

The Question of Race?

Question: Is “a Race” ..”a competition,” or is, ..”a Race,” ..”an identification?

Uncut and unabridged…

“According to Webster: race1 (r³s) n. 1. A local geographic or global human population distinguished as a more or less distinct group by genetically transmitted physical characteristics. 2. A group of people united or classified together on the basis of common history, nationality, or geographic distribution: the German race. 3. A genealogical line; a lineage. 4. Human beings considered as a group. 5. Biology. a. A population of organisms differing from others of the same species in the frequency of hereditary traits; a subspecies. b. A breed or strain, as of domestic animals. 6. A distinguishing or characteristic quality, such as the flavor of a wine. [French, from Old French, from Old Italian razza, race, lineage.]

 race2 (r³s) n. 1. Sports. a. A competition of speed, as in running or riding. b. races. A series of such competitions held at a specified time on a regular course: attending the dog races. 2. An extended competition in which participants struggle like runners to be the winner: the presidential race. 3. Steady or rapid onward movement: the race of time. 4.a. A strong or swift current of water. b. The channel of such a current. c. An artificial channel built to transport water and use its energy; a raceway. 5. A groovelike part of a machine in which a moving part slides or rolls. 6. See slipstream. –race v. raced, rac·ing, rac·es. –intr. 1. Sports. To compete in a contest of speed. 2. To move rapidly or at top speed: raced home in time. 3. To run too rapidly because of decreased resistance or a lighter load: an engine that was racing. –tr. 1. Sports. a. To compete against in a race. b. To cause to compete in a race; enter in a contest: The monarch raced her horses in the derby each year. 2. To transport rapidly or at top speed; rush: raced the injured motorist to the hospital. 3. To cause (an engine with the gears disengaged, for example) to run swiftly or too swiftly. [Middle English ras, from Old Norse r³s, rush, running. See ers- below.]

Race (r³s),Cape. A promontory of southeast Newfoundland, Canada, on the coast of the Avalon Peninsula.” (Source, Merriam-Webster)

Of course, ”in my considered opinion,” ..which of course holds “no vote” or “no value” in Merriam-Webster’s domain, I believe that Webster could have taken it a step further.

Question: Is an individual of European descent born on the continent of Africa who has migrated, i.e., moved to America and completed America’s naturalization protocols, an African American?

 Charlize Theron – a true African American

Charlize Theron; born (7 August 1975) is a South African actress who later became an American citizen. She started her acting career in the United States and rose to fame in the late 1990s following roles in The Devil’s Advocate (1997), Mighty Joe Young (1998), and The Cider House Rules (1999). Theron won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2003), becoming the first African to win an Academy Award in a major acting category. She received another Academy Award nomination for her performance in North Country (2005). Theron became an American citizen in 2007, while retaining her South African citizenship. (Source Wikipedia)

According to available records, both George W. Bush, and Barack Hussein Obama were born in America.

 

George Walker Bush was born in New Haven, Connecticut at Grace-New Haven Hospital (now Yale – New Haven Hospital), on July 6, 1946

Barack Hussein Obama was born on August 4, 1961, at Kapiʻolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital (now Kapiʻolani Medical Center for Women and Children) in Honolulu, Hawaii

 

George Herbert Walker Bush was born at 173 Adams Street in Milton, Massachusetts on June 12, 1924

 

Barbara Pierce Bush was born at Booth Memorial Hospital in Flushing, Queens in New York City, June 8, 1925

 

Barack Hussein Obama Sr. was born in Rachuonyo District on the shores of Lake Victoria just outside Kendu Bay, Kenya Colony, at the time a colony of the British Empire.

 

Stanley Ann Dunham (Obama) was born in St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kansas,  November, 29, 1942.

 

Question: Is Barack Obama an African-American? ..or simply a guy that enjoys dressing up?

 

..or is Barack Obama simply another self aggrandized egomaniac who through political affiliation and deception, (as his immediate predecessor,) ..”undeservedly” achieve election to America’s most prestigious job?

According to Webster: e·go·ma·ni·a, Obsessively preoccupied with the self.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

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