College..

                       Reproduction – Abraham Lincoln schoolhouse.

According to Webster: col·lege, 1a. An institution of higher learning that grants the bachelor’s degree in liberal arts or science or both.

According to Webster: bachelor’s degree n. An academic degree conferred by a college or university upon those who complete the undergraduate curriculum.

b. An undergraduate division or school of a university offering courses and granting degrees in a particular field.

c. A school, sometimes but not always a university, offering special instruction in professional or technical subjects.

d. The students, faculty, and administration of such a school or institution.

e. The building or buildings occupied by such a school or institution.

f. Chiefly British. A self-governing society of scholars for study or instruction, incorporated within a university.

g. An institution in France for secondary education that is not supported by the state.

2.a. A body of persons having a common purpose or shared duties: a college of surgeons.

b. An electoral college. (Coming Soon)*

3. A body of clerics living together on an endowment. —

According to Webster: liberal arts, 1. Academic disciplines, such as languages, literature, history, philosophy, mathematics, and science, that provide information of general cultural concern:

“The term ‘liberal arts’ connotes a certain elevation above utilitarian concerns. Yet liberal education is intensely useful” (George F. Will).

2. The disciplines comprising the trivium and quadrivium.

According to Webster: triv·i·um, The lower division of the seven liberal arts in medieval schools, consisting of grammar, logic, and rhetoric.

According to Webster: quad·riv·i·um, The higher division of the seven liberal arts in the Middle Ages, composed of geometry, astronomy, arithmetic, and music.

According to Webster: sci·ence, The observation, identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of phenomena.

Of course as a high school dropout, I have no formal college degree in liberal arts or in science, the best I can claim is a (Hard Knocks) degree in “work” and “work ethics.”

As an individual who spent 46 years of his adult life punching a clock and collecting a paycheck on Friday, I may not have a good handle on phenomena, albeit I do understand exactly where the “Social Security” deductions from my paycheck ended up.

I also understand why the men and women that we, “we the people,” employee to manage our money and our affairs in Washington are concerned about jobs in America. Not your jobs, ..their jobs.

After 60 years of robbing Peter to pay Paul, ..some of “our” college and university educated folks in government are beginning to understand, what “us” high school dropouts have always known, ..you can’t do that.

I’ve known from the first day that I stepped out of my parents house to make my way in the world, that if I wanted to keep a roof over my head, I had to pay my rent, or my mortgage on the first of the month. I was also aware that if I didn’t want to starve to death I had to provide for myself…

(Sidebar) Provide, quite an interesting word actually.

According to Webster: pro·vide, 1. To furnish; supply: provide food and shelter for a family.

2. To make available; afford: a room that provides ample sunlight through French windows.

3. To set down as a stipulation: an agreement that provides deadlines for completion of the work.

4. Archaic. To make ready ahead of time; prepare.

There’s a lot more, but you wouldn’t read it.

 

 Barack Obama Senior 

1936, – Barack Obama, Sr., is born in Nyangoma Kogelo village, Kenya. The village is situated on the shores of Lake Victoria and is part of the Siaya District. As a child, Barack Obama Sr. attends a missionary school. As a youth, Obama Sr. works as a goat herder in his village.

1956, – At 20 Barack Obama Sr. gets a job as a clerk in Nairobi, Kenya. That same year, while on holiday, he meets a 16-year-old girl called Kezia at a dance in Kundy Bay, Kezia’s home town. The school girl Kezia falls in love with Barack Obama Sr. and decides to follow him to Nairobi on a whim. Kezia’s father is furious and goes to Nairobi with Kezia’s brothers to try and bring her back home. When Kezia refuses, they threaten not to speak to her again.

1957, – January, 1957: Obama Senior’s father sends Kezia’s parents 14 cows for her dowry and soon after they get married in a tribal ceremony. Barack Obama Sr. and his wife Kezia set up a home in Jericho, a district of Nairobi.

1958, – At 21, Barack Obama Sr. and Kezia have their first son, Abongo (Roy).

1959, – At 23, Barack Obama Sr. is awarded a scholarship from an American program offering educational opportunities to Kenyan students. The leaders of the Keynyan Independence movement, who put him forward for the scholarship, hope that Barack Obama Sr. would use his western education to help develop Kenya.

Barack Obama Sr. writes to 30 colleges and universities and is finally accepted at the University of Hawaii.

Barack Obama Sr. then moves to the United States to study economics at the University of Hawaii, leaving behind his 18-year-old wife Kezia with their 1-year-old son Abongo. At the time of his departure Kezia is three months pregnant with their daughter Auma. Barack Obama Sr. promises Kezia to come back.

1960, – At 24, Barack Obama Sr. meets fellow student Ann Dunham at a Russian language class. Ann is 18, an American white girl, who recently moved to Honolulu from Washington with her family and enrolled in the University of Hawaii. The two start dating.

1961, – At 25, only several months after they first meet, Barack Obama Sr. marries Ann Dunham in a discreet ceremony to which no one is invited. At the time of the wedding Ann is 18 and already three months pregnant with Barack Obama Junior. Ann doesn’t know Barack Obama Sr. has a wife and children back in Kenya.

On August 4, 1961, Barack Obama Jr. is born.

 

 Harvard University. 

Harvard University is an American private Ivy League research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, established in 1636.

1962, – At 26, Barack Obama Sr. wins a graduate scholarship to Harvard. He enrolls in September 1962 to pursue a Ph.D. in economics and for that he moves from Hawaii to Boston, Massachusetts, leaving behind his 19 year-old wife Ann and his 1 year-old son, Barack Obama Jr.

 

 Barack Obama’s parents – 1961

1964, – Ann Dunham divorces Barack Obama Sr.

1965 – 1981, – At 29, Barack Obama Sr. receives his Master’s degree in economics from Harvard. Upon completing his Master’s degree he returns to Kenya with Ruth Nidesand, an American teacher he meets at Harvard. Ruth later becomes his third wife.

In Kenya, Barack Obama Sr. works as an economist in the Ministry of Economic Planning.

In 1965, the East Africa Journal publishes an article by Barack Obama Sr., where he criticizes the government approach to economic planning. Barack Obama Junior in his autobiographical book “Dreams from My father” says that his father’s published views put him in a conflict with Kenyan president, Jomo Kenyatta, and consequently his career is ruined.

Philip Ochieng, Obama Senior’s friend, says that Obama Senior’s character (“extraordinary clever, but also cruel and given to boasting about his brain and wealth”) is the reason for his failure.

When Barack Obama Sr. later loses his job he suffers long periods of poverty and wounded ego.

Barack Obama Sr. and Ruth Nidesand have two children together, but she too divorces him. Ruth, who was married to Obama Sr. for seven years, says he was a “very difficult man” and that “he wasn’t an easy person to be around.”

Obama Senior is described by his friend Philip Ochieng as one who is “excessively fond of Scotch”. He adds that Obama Senior “in his later years had fallen into the habit of going home drunk every night.” And that “this was what forced Ruth to sue for a divorce.”

 

 Barack Obama Senior, w/ son Barack Jr.

In 1971 Barack Obama Sr visits Hawaii to see his 10-year-old son, Barack Obama Junior. This is the last time the two see each other.

1982, – At 46, Barack Obama Sr. is involved in a car accident and both his legs are amputated. Not long afterwards he dies in another car crash in Nairobi, Kenya. (Source, http://www.barack-obama-timeline.com/barack_obama_sr/

Editorial: Although my father did not receive a grant or a scholarship to go to the University of Hawaii or to Harvard University, my father understood the value of a dollar and the value of his family. No one ever went hungry in my house, and my father remained loving and loyal to my mother to the day he died. My father may have been judged ordinary by society, ..albeit, ..if for nothing more than his honesty, loyalty and his integrity, ..he was a million times, “a better man than Barack Obama Senior, ..and a million times a better American than Barack Obama Junior.”

We, “we the people,” as a Nation will go to the polls on November 6, of this year and vote, ..either as Americans, with “America’s interests” foremost in our hearts and minds, ..or we will set it home and allow a radical group of “Marxist” socialist ideologues transform America into a total welfare state, i.e., ..a suburb of Europe.

 

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According to Webster: common sense, n. Native good judgment.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow 

 Crusader Rabbit…

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