Wisdom from History – Billy the Kid and the like..

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William H. Bonney (born William Henry McCarty, Jr.  (Nov. 23, 1859 –  July 14, 1881), better known as Billy the Kid and also known as Henry Antrim, was a 19th-century American gunman who participated in the Lincoln County War and became a frontier outlaw in the American Old West.

According to legend, he killed 21 men, but it is generally believed that he actually killed between four and nine. He killed his first man in 1877 and from his established though uncertain birth date was age 17 and could have been as young as 15.

McCarty (or Bonney, the name he used at the height of his notoriety) was 5’8″ (173 cm) tall with blue eyes, blond hair or dirty blond hair, and a smooth complexion. He was said to be friendly and personable at times, and it’s been said that he was as lithe as a cat.

Contemporaries described him as a “neat” dresser who favored an “unadorned Mexican sombrero”. These qualities, along with his cunning and celebrated skill with firearms, contributed to his paradoxical image as both a notorious outlaw and a folk hero.

Relatively unknown during most of his lifetime, Billy was catapulted into legend in 1881 when New   Mexico’s governor, Lew Wallace, placed a price on his head. In addition, the Las Vegas Gazette (Las Vegas, New Mexico) and the New York Sun carried stories about his exploits.

Other newspapers followed suit. After his death…

William Henry McCarty, Jr. is believed by Michael Wallis and Robert M. Utley, scholars of western history, to have been born on the eve of the Civil War in an Irish neighborhood in New York City (at 70 Allen Street). If indeed his birthplace was New York, no records that prove that he ever lived there have ever been uncovered.

Born to Irish Immigrants, while it’s not known for sure who his biological father was, some researchers have theorized that his name was Patrick McCarty, Michael McCarty, William McCarty, or Edward McCarty.

His mother’s name was Catherine McCarty, although there have been continuing debates about whether McCarty was her maiden or married name.

She is believed to have emigrated to New York during the time of the Great Famine. In 1868, Catherine McCarty had moved with her two young sons, Henry and Joseph, to Indianapolis, Indiana. There she met William Antrim, who was 12 years her junior.

In 1873, after several years of moving around the country, the two were married at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and settled further south in SilverCity. Antrim found work as a bartender and carpenter, but then became involved in prospecting and gambling as a way to make a living, and during that period spent very little time at home with his wife and stepsons.

Young William McCarty did not use the surname “Antrim.” McCarty’s mother reportedly washed clothes, baked pies, and took in boarders in order to provide for herself and her sons.

Boarders and neighbors remembered her as a jolly Irish lady, full of life and mischief, but she was already in the final stages of tuberculosis when the family reached Silver City.

On September 16, 1874, Catherine McCarty died; she was buried in the Memory Lane Cemetery in Silver City.

At age 14 McCarty was taken in by a neighboring family who operated a hotel where he worked to pay for his keep. The manager was impressed by the youth, contending that he was the only young man who ever worked for him who did not steal anything.

One of McCarty’s schoolteachers later recalled that the young orphan was no more of a problem than any other boy, always quite willing to help with chores around the schoolhouse.

Biographers sought to explain McCarty’s subsequent descent into lawlessness by focusing on his habit of reading dime novels that romanticized crime. Another explanation was that his slender physique placed him in precarious situations with bigger and stronger boys.

Forced to seek new lodgings when his foster family began to experience domestic problems, McCarty moved into a boarding house and pursued odd jobs.

In April 1875, McCarty was arrested by Grant County Sheriff Harvey Whitehill for stealing cheese.

On September 24, 1875, McCarty was arrested again when found in possession of clothing and firearms that a fellow boarder had stolen from a Chinese laundry owner.

Two days after McCarty was placed in jail, the teenager escaped up the jailhouse chimney. From that point on McCarty was more or less a fugitive.

According to some accounts, he eventually found work as an itinerant ranch hand and shepherd in southeastern Arizona.

In 1876 McCarty settled in the vicinity of the Fort Grant Army Post in Arizona, where he worked on ranches and tested his skills at local gaming houses.

Sheriff Whitehill would later say that he liked the boy, and his acts of theft were more due to necessity than wantonness.

During this time McCarty became acquainted with John R. Mackie, a Scottish-born ex-cavalry private with a criminal bent.

The two men supposedly became involved in the risky, but profitable, enterprise of horse thievery. McCarty, who stole from local soldiers, became known by the name of “Kid Antrim”.

Biographer Robert Utley writes that the nickname “Kid” arose because of McCarty’s slight build and his young years, and his appealing personality.

In 1877 McCarty was involved in a conflict with the civilian blacksmith at Fort Grant, an Irish immigrant named Frank P. “Windy” Cahill, who took pleasure in bullying the young McCarty.

On August 17, Cahill reportedly attacked McCarty after a verbal exchange and threw him to the ground. Reliable accounts say that McCarty retaliated by shooting Cahill, who died the next day.

The coroner’s inquest concluded that McCarty’s shooting of Cahill was criminal and unjustifiable. Some of those who witnessed the incident later claimed that McCarty acted in self-defense.

Years later, Louis Abraham, who had known McCarty in Silver City but was not a witness, denied that anyone was killed in the altercation.

In fear of Cahill’s friends, McCarty fled the Arizona Territory and entered into New Mexico Territory. He eventually arrived at the former army post of Apache Tejo, where he joined a band of cattle rustlers who raided the sprawling herds of cattle magnate John Chisum.

During this period McCarty was spotted by a resident of Silver City, and the teenager’s involvement with the notorious gang was mentioned in a local newspaper.

McCarty rode for a time with the gang of rustlers known as the Jesse Evans Gang, but then turned up at Heiskell Jones’s house in Pecos Valley, New Mexico.

According to this account, Apaches stole McCarty’s horse, forcing him to walk many miles to the nearest settlement, which happened to be Jones’s home. When he arrived, the young man was supposedly near death, but Mrs. Jones nursed him back to health. The Jones family developed a strong attachment to McCarty and gave him one of their horses. At some point in 1877, McCarty began to refer to himself as “William H. Bonney”.

In 1877, McCarty (now widely known as William Bonney) moved to Lincoln County, New Mexico, and was hired by Doc Scurlock and Charlie Bowdre to work in their cheese factory.

Through them he met Frank Coe, George Coe and Ab Saunders, three cousins who owned their own ranch near the ranch of Richard M. Brewer. After a short stint working on the ranch of Henry Hooker, McCarty began working on the Coe-Saunders ranch.

Late in 1877, McCarty, along with Brewer, Bowdre, Scurlock, the Coes and Saunders, was hired as a cattle guard by John Tunstall, an English cattle rancher, banker and merchant, and his partner, Alexander McSween, a prominent lawyer.

A conflict known today as the Lincoln County War had erupted between the established town merchants, Lawrence Murphy and James Dolan, and competing business interests headed by Tunstall and McSween.

Before the arrival of Tunstall and McSween, Murphy and Dolan presided over a monopoly of Lincoln County’s cattle and merchant trade; their far-reaching operation was known locally as “The House”, after a large mansion in Lincoln that served as Murphy and Dolan’s headquarters. There was also an ethnic element to the House’s conflict with Tunstall;

Murphy and Dolan, both Irish immigrants, were strongly opposed to an Englishman like Tunstall cutting into their business.

Events turned bloody on February 18, 1878, when Tunstall was spotted while driving a herd of nine horses towards Lincoln and murdered by William Morton, Jesse Evans, Tom Hill, Frank Baker and Sheriff William J. Brady of Lincoln County – all members of a posse serving the House, sent to attack McSween’s holdings.

After murdering Tunstall, the gunmen shot down his prized bay horse. “As a wry and macabre joke on Tunstall’s great affection for horses, the dead bay’s head was then pillowed on his hat”, writes Frederick Nolan, Tunstall’s biographer.

Although members of the House sought to frame Tunstall’s death as a “justifiable homicide”, evidence at the scene suggested that Tunstall attempted to avoid a confrontation before he was shot down.

Tunstall’s murder enraged McCarty and the other ranch hands. McSween, who abhorred violence, took steps to punish Tunstall’s murderers through legal means; he obtained warrants for their arrests from the local justice of the peace, John B. Wilson. Tunstall’s men formed their own group called the Regulators. After being deputized by Brewer, Tunstall’s foreman, who had been appointed a special constable and given the warrant to arrest Tunstall’s killers, proceeded to the Murphy-Dolan store.

The wanted men, Bill Morton and Frank Baker, attempted to flee, but they were captured on March 6. Upon returning to Lincoln, the Regulators reported that Morton and Baker had been shot on March 9 near Agua Negra during an alleged escape attempt.

During their journey to Lincoln, the Regulators killed one of their members, a man named McCloskey, whom they suspected of being a traitor.

On the day that McCloskey, Morton, and Baker were slain, Governor Samuel Beach Axtell arrived in Lincoln County to investigate the ongoing violence.

The governor, accompanied by James Dolan and associate John Riley, proved hostile to the faction now headed by McSween. The Regulators “went from lawmen to outlaws”.

Axtell refused to acknowledge the so-called “Santa Fe Ring”, a group of corrupt politicians and business leaders led by U.S. Attorney Thomas Benton Catron. Catron cooperated closely with the House, which was perceived as part of the notorious “ring”.

The Regulators planned to settle a score with Sheriff William J. Brady, who had arrested McCarty and fellow deputy Fred Waite in the aftermath of Tunstall’s murder. At the time Brady arrested them, the two men were trying to serve a warrant on him for his suspected role in looting Tunstall’s store after the Englishman’s death, as well as against his posse members for the murder of Tunstall.

On April 1, the Regulators Jim French, Frank McNab, John Middleton, Fred Waite, Henry Brown and McCarty/Bonney ambushed Sheriff Brady and his deputy, George W. Hindman, killing them both in Lincoln’s main street.

McCarty was shot in the thigh while attempting to retrieve a rifle that Brady had seized from him during an earlier arrest. With this move, the Regulators disillusioned many former supporters, who came to view both sides as “equally nefarious and bloodthirsty”.

The connection between McSween and the Regulators was ambiguous, however. McCarty was loyal to the memory of Tunstall, though not necessarily to McSween. Jacobsen doubts whether McCarty and McSween were acquainted at the time of Brady’s death. According to a contemporary newspaper account, the Regulators disclaimed “all connection or sympathy with McSween and his affairs” and expressed their sole desire was to track down Tunstall’s murderers.

On April 4, in what became known as the Gunfight of Blazer’s Mills, the Regulators sought the arrest of Buckshot Roberts, a former buffalo hunter whom they suspected of involvement in the Tunstall murder. Roberts refused to be taken alive, although he suffered a severe bullet wound to the chest. During the gun battle, he shot and killed the Regulators’ leader, Dick Brewer.

Four other Regulators were wounded in the skirmish. The incident had the effect of further alienating the public, as many local residents “admired the way Roberts put up a gutsy fight against overwhelming odds.”

..and of course the story goes on and on.

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Moving from the climate of lawlessness in the Southwest in the 1878, into the lawless climate of the Northwest in 2013, where Wednesday evening last (Aug. 21st.) Two young “un-American” black teenage thugs beat an 89-year-old Spokane

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Washington resident (Delbert Belton) a.k.a. “Shorty,” ..so severely, ..that “Shorty” lost his “bid” for life.

Although “Shorty” was a combat veteran who saw action in World War II in the service of this nation, ..at 89 years of age “Shorty” didn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell against two 16-year-old punks who’s course was set to prove their lack of humanity.

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The following frivolous content is provided strictly in a venue of “simple” comedic relief, any resemblance to anyone living or dead is purely coincidental. – The Management

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Hey Bro, ..wadda ya think? Nobody faulted Travolta when he got Shorty in the film of the same name.

Well Bro, ..it’s probably for the best, ..can you imagine the living hell “Shorty” would have faced, ..had the encounter taken place in South Dakota where folks have the right to carry concealed weapons and it had gone the other way?

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Wadda ya think “Shorty” did to provoke those boys? 

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

In the light of Day – Eight..

Quote: “It’s time to fundamentally change the way that we do business in Washington. To help build a new (foundation) for the 21st century, we need to reform our government so that it is more efficient, …

According to Webster: “foun·da·tion,” The basis on which a thing stands, is founded, or is supported.

Fact: The U.S. Constitution is the (foundation) on which this nation, America, stands, was founded and is supported.

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..more transparent, and more creative, that will demand new thinking and a new sense of responsibility…

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..for every dollar that is spent.”

Prepared Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
April 25, 2009

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According to Webster: “hy·poc·ri·sy,” The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.

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Arizona landscape before immigration reform.

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Arizona landscape after immigration reform.

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According to Webster: “re·form,” To improve by alteration, correction of error, or removal of defects; put into a better form or condition.

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Question: If changing the U.S. Constitution is an acceptable action motivated by a single individual’s ideology – then wouldn’t it be just as acceptable to alter or change anything, and/or, everything that transpired prior to today?

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Shakespeare for example; Wouldn’t Shakespeare be more understood by ignorant people and easier to perform if we removed the “wherefore art thou’,” from act 2 – scene 2).

JULIET:
O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.

This is one of Shakespeare’s best known lines – from, of course, Romeo and Juliet, 1592.

The ‘wherefore’ here means why rather than where. What Juliet is asking, in allusion to the feud between her Capulet family and Romeo’s Montague clan, is ‘Romeo, why are you a Montague?‘. Their love is impossible because of their family names and she asks him to change his allegiance, or else she will change hers.

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(Oprah Winfrey). 

Cinderella 1979, TV movie 88 minutes…

Updated version of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical of the classic fairy-tale, with an all-star, multi-racial cast.

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Produced by Oprah Winfrey:

Directed by Robert Iscove:

Original work written by:

Oscar Hammerstein II (book), Robert L. Freedman (teleplay)

Staring:

“Brandy Norwood, Bernadette Peters, Veanne Cox.”

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 Question: If Rodgers and Hammerstein are fair game, ..why not Mark Twain?

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..we could change the text and outcome of books written by Mark Twain. We could have the artful Tom Sawyer paint his own damn fence, ..and have Huckleberry attend Harvard or Princeton?

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We could even recast the characters so that Huckleberry was clever black kid and ‘ol Jim was an illiterate white dude.

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Why doesn’t someone make a movie of Martin Luther King’s life starring Ashton Kircher or possibly Kiefer Sutherland?

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     (Ashton Kircher)                                           (Kiefer Sutherland).

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(Albert Einstein). 

What the hell, why doesn’t someone remake the life story of Albert Einstein…

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..starring Samuel L Jackson?

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In closing, let’s reiterate…

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Quote: “It’s time to fundamentally change the way that we do business in Washington. To help build a new (foundation) for the 21st century, we need to reform our government so that it is more efficient, …

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Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

Advice and Concent..

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According to Webster: “ad·vice,” Opinion about what could or should be done about a situation or problem; counsel.

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According to Webster: “con·sent,” Acceptance or approval of what is planned or done by another; acquiescence.

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As I am continuing to receive a great number of requests for advice about writing a blog along with a like number of kudos for what some of my readers construe as ability…

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Painting “my ability” with an honest brush, ..I don’t actually write, ..and/or, “create” everything that I publish, (I borrow, and/or, plagiarize) a fair amount of what I publish.

Especially from the good folks at Wikipedia, ..because the good folks at Wikipedia provides excellent text in a simple format, ..easy to read, ..and easy to understand.

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So I’m not really as much of a writer as I am a “composer” who poses text with graphics (hopefully) in an arrangement to attract an audience, much the same as a choreographer matches a dance to a costume and a piece of music.

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Good, (continuing) ..one needs to have a true fondness for words, ..the subject you choose to expound about, ..and a malleable, and/or, pliant imagination.

Writing what I write works for me because I am passionate about America and fervently opposed to the corruption in my government, both for myself, and for the current generation that is lost in an environment that they’re forced to navigate without understanding.

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There are no shortcuts in life, even though it may appear that there are to those who don’t understand the meaning of words like responsibility, duty and honor.

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Accolade most often employed; “..your command of words makes it seem so easy.”

Truth: I not only failed my English classes in high school because I truly didn’t understand the difference between a preposition and a participle, I rarely if ever went to class.

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If you choose a subject that you are less than familiar with, you have a responsibility to do due diligence in research to satisfy yourself that what you are publishing is valid. If your intention is to follow the path of those who compose (tripe) in pursuit of a personal agenda, ..log off right now.

According to Webster: “tripe,” (in context) Something of no value; rubbish.

Cyberspace is many things to many people, a boon to some and a cesspool to others…

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According to Webster: “boon,” (in context) A timely blessing or benefit.

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Question most often asked; “What is your secret in choosing what you write about? 

My age, (71 and counting), ..and the path I took in life, ..I’ve been a lot of places and done a lot of things, …

My top 10 in random order; …

I’ve aligned with nature, ..I’ve held a wild bird in my hand, ..I once touched a newborn fawn in a zoo, ..and slept on a bed of pine needles in a snow bank under a veil of stars.

In my teens, I siphon gasoline from another man’s tank, ..not because I didn’t have the money to buy my own, ..but rather to prove to my peers that I wasn’t chicken.

Somewhere between two and three years of age I stuck a hairpin into an electrical outlet, because my mother warned me not to.

While serving in the U.S. Army I participated in a contest to win a merit badge. The first four days I scored every event in the top 1%, ..on the fifth day ..the cadre officer in authority announced that anyone who failed the next segment would be out of the running. I answered all 50 questions wrong.

I have experienced the wind in excess of 100 miles an hour, both from a stationary position on the earth and from sitting astride a motorcycle.

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I have experienced both the euphoria and the serenity of piloting a Piper Cub.

Please enjoy the example provided below

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RkXaxQLXDY)

(Approx. Four Minutes)

This is a video of a stunt pilot who, in real life, is a Delta Airlines pilot. His act at air shows is to pretend that he is a drunken spectator, who rushes from the stands and jumps into a Piper Cub and takes off without any understanding of how to fly a plane. The Piper Cub is actually specifically built to withstand an enormous amount of stress and has a very powerful engine. This type of stunt is actually the most dangerous of air show acts, because of the low altitude at which the pilot performs.

Obviously, this pilot possesses tremendous skill and he does not fly in this manner at work in his Delta jet!

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I experienced the futility and horror of war in Vietnam.

I’ve walked in both the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean, I eat lobster, pork chops and chicken with my fingers.

I believe in the possibility of Bigfoot, I don’t believe in ghosts or goblins beyond the scope of Hollywood, but I do believe that evil touches us, one and all.

I have a placid relationship with God.

According to Webster: “plac·id,” Undisturbed by tumult or disorder; calm or quiet.

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Although I’m not a betting man, ..I’d wager that if you’re old enough to navigate cyberspace and locate my website, ..yer worldly enough to have heard the ‘old cliché; “Knowledge is Power.”

Consequently if my offering this morning inspires anyone to initiate publishing a blog, ..keep in mind what Spiderman’s uncle told him prior to being mugged and murdered…

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Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

In the light of Day – Comfortable

Question: What’s the difference between comfort, and comfortable?

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(Comfort).

According to Webster: “com·fort,” A condition or feeling of pleasurable ease, well-being, and contentment. 

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 (Comfortable).

According to Webster: “com·fort·a·ble,” Free from stress or anxiety; at ease.

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Yesterday, I was pleased to receive a (long awaited) email from a friend who I hadn’t heard from in a period exceeding two months. My friend, and “somewhat” loyal reader of my profundity, (not always in agreement), ..yet open-minded and comfortable enough to be honest with me when assessing my opinions.

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Without going into details, my friend was occupied with the completion of another friend’s journey that began with the joy and miracle of birth.

A joyous time to be sure, at least for those fortunate enough to experience the wonder and amazement of a new life, …

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..a new generation,

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..new people.

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Albeit, as God’s plan (in my biased view) is for new people to progress and grow into adults, “older and wiser people” …

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 ..people who understand,

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..security

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..and unconditional love. 

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

In the light of day – Seven..

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Question: Would you like to know what burns my ass – other than a flame about 3 feet high?

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According to Webster: “stu·pid,” Slow to learn or understand; obtuse.

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(Bashar al-Assad).

President Bashar al-Assad is the head of state of the Syrian Arab Republic. He is vested with sweeping powers that may be delegated, at his (sole discretion), to his Vice Presidents.

He also appoints and dismisses the Prime Minister and other members of the Council of Ministers and military officers.

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..born (11 September 1965) He has served as President of Syria since 2000, when he succeeded his father, Hafez al-Assad, who led Syria for 30 years prior to his death.

(Sidebar)

In the light of day…

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According to Webster: “dy·nas·ty,” A succession of rulers from the same family or line.

Factoid: A dynasty neither represents a Republic or a democracy.

According to Webster: “re·pub·lic,” A political order in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who are entitled to vote for officers and representatives responsible to them.

Continuing…

Al-Assad graduated from the medical school of the University of Damascus in 1988, and started to work as a physician in the army. Four years later, he attended postgraduate studies at the Western Eye Hospital, in London, specializing in ophthalmology.

In 1994, after his elder brother Bassel, the heir apparent to their father, was killed in a car crash, Bashar was promptly recalled to Syria to take over Bassel’s role. He entered the military academy, and took charge of the Syrian occupation of Lebanon in 1998.

In December 2000, Assad married Asma Assad, née Akhras. Al-Assad was reconfirmed by the national electorate as President of Syria in 2000 and 2007, after the People’s Council of Syria had voted to propose the incumbent each time.

According to Webster: “dic·ta·tor·ship,” Absolute or despotic control or power.

Which of course is great for the throne, but not so much for those required to kneel before it.

History is abounding and overflowing with men like Bashar al-Assad which is not flattering to history nor to the human race.

Question: Speaking as a God-fearing Homo sapien; ..how does a man, a.k.a. monster, ..sleigh and slaughter hundreds of thousands of men women and children, ..and justify it, not to himself, ..but to God and to a world who believes in God?

Personal appraisal: Even if Assad is able to whip his people back into plowshares, at this point he will never ever be able to walk down any street in any City in Syria without at least a Battalion of well armed soldiers to assure his safety, ..and even then, ..I “personally” ..wouldn’t place and (even money) bet on his chances of survival.

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(Nidal Hasan – murderer, terrorist, traitor).

Currently in the news, Nidal Malik Hasan (born September 8, 1970) was a United States Army Medical Corps officer who fatally shot thirteen fellow service members and injured more than thirty others in a November 5, 2009, FortHood “Islamic Jihadist” shooting.

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 (Judge Col. Tara Osborn).

His trial began on August 6, 2013, with Judge Colonel Tara Osborn is presiding over the case. A case which is currently (via public demand) being covered by all the major networks and cable news outlets, albeit only a few are painting Hasan with a brush that Barack Obama wouldn’t approve.

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As example: The rhetoric again this morning was whether or not to allow Maj. Hasan to defend his actions as a soldier of Allah protecting fellow Muslims.

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As a God-fearing “common sense” patriot who served this Nation in Vietnam to preserve the flag, moms and Apple pie, I take a fervent categorical exception to any man shooting an American that is serving this nation.

With that said, I personally don’t care if they “hang” Major Nidal Hasan for murder, ..or “shoot” him for treason.

I’ve said this before, however I don’t mind saying it again as many times as need be? War, (in my considered opinion) is the stupidest, most abhorrent and unnecessary device that mankind has ever sponsored to settle a grievance.

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Question: How many of you God-fearing Homo sapiens that have read this far, ..believe that Bashar’s mother condones these killings?

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Fact: There are a tremendous number of photos to be found on the Internet of Barack Obama wearing Muslim, ..and/or, Middle Eastern attire. Most of the photos are Photoshopped, this image is not!

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

In the light of Day – Six..

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In the past I have example such Americans as Pete Seeger and the lyrics to his song; “where have all the flowers gone,” in my quest to wake American voters up to the fact that…

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“they” ..are (physically) ..setting on the limb that they are sawing off.

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(Oscar Wilde).

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish writer and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s.

Today he is remembered for his epigrams, his only novel (The Picture of Dorian Gray), his plays, and the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death.

Wilde, who opined in his 1889 essay; “The Decay of Lying.” that, “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.” Wilde would have undoubtedly enjoyed the company of…

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 (Charles Caleb Colton).

Charles Caleb Colton (1780–1832) was an English cleric, writer and collector, well known for his eccentricities and his quotation: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”

According to Webster: “im·i·ta·tion,” (in context) 1. The act of imitating. 2. Something derived or copied from an original.

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From this point on, holding the definition of imitation in your mind, try to come up with something that Barack Obama has done, or has even talked about doing? That someone else hasn’t already done, ..or tried to do…

Hillary Clinton while First Lady of the United States tried to implement universal healthcare in America, it didn’t work…

Mitt Romney, while serving as governor of Massachusetts tried to implement universal healthcare in his state, it hasn’t worked…

Americans, although charitable almost to a fault, (in the cold light of day), ..few “if any” ..are ready, .. willing, ..and able to make their neighbors mortgage payment…

Nevertheless, Barack Obama with nothing more going for him other than his (time worn) charismatic smile and ability to read eloquently from a teleprompter, has with the input of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi (behind closed doors) ..pinned a 20,000 page plus (unconstitutional) document entitled; …

“The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.”

Possibly the most abhorrent piece of legislation and larceny ever passed by the most abhorrent and larcenous Congress in the history of America.

According to Webster: “ab·hor·rent,” Disgusting, loathsome, or repugnant.

Continuing…

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Which has literally divided America into a combative state not witnessed since brother fought brother in the Civil War.

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So that the bankers and moneylenders will have a piece of meat to hang in their windows while explaining to America’s dismayed population, ..why it was (necessary) ..for “them,” the bankers and money lenders to take control.

Which, in the event that you have never thought about it, I will enlighten you. Politicians (with damn few exceptions) are and have always been a pompous arrogant group with few morals and even fewer scruples. They lose and waste money as directed by their personal ideologies and lack of concern for anyone other than themselves…

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All of those who wish to continue down the road behind Barack Obama and his quest to socialize America know this and know it well, (bankers and moneylenders), although as immoral and unprincipled as politicians, bankers and money lenders are not unmindful of the money in their vaults.

Believe me when I tell you that they keep a running count to the mille…

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Bah Humbug 

(Sidebar).

The mill or mille (₥) (sometimes mil in the UK, …

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..when discussing property taxes in the United States, or previously in Cyprus and Malta) is a now-abstract unit of currency used sometimes in accounting.

In the United States, it is a notional unit equivalent to 11000 of a United States dollar (a tenth of a cent). In the United Kingdom it was proposed during the decades of discussion on the decimalization of the pound as a 11000 division of the pound sterling. Several other currencies used the mill, such as the Maltese lira.

The term comes from the Latin “millesimum”, meaning “thousandth part”.  (Source, Wikipedia).

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Question: When you describe America, what words, phrases and rhetoric do you allude to?

For myself, being a dedicated patriotic conservative America who hasn’t lost touch with who I am or, ..with my God-given (common sense), my description would be as follows; …

“First and foremost, America is my home. America is “One Nation Under God,” ..my God, ..the one and only Christian God as depicted in Holy Bible and the 10 Commandments…

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America is a Nation of laws, ..and a Nation of Freedoms and Rights beyond any other Nation on the planet.

American citizens have a guaranteed inalienable right to free speech and freedom of the press, ..freedom of religion and the freedom to keep and bear arms. American citizens also have the right to peacefully assemble for the redressing of both personal and public grievances.

Albeit, these rights and freedoms are not granted without cost, ..as American citizens also have “a duty” to protect America against all enemies, (Foreign and domestic), (to include “our” omnipotent arrogant government employees).

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Question: When playing a parlor game such as Parcheesi or monopoly with your family or friends, ..does your “family and your friends” let you change the rules so you can win?

America has rules, ..inalienable rules that were set in stone by our founding fathers, ..in a precious document that all true Americans, ..dutifully, ..and affectionately referred to as our

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(U.S. Constitution).

..and those rules don’t change for anyone, ..especially for a socialist/communist progressive liberal food stamp huckster like Barack Obama.

According to Merriam-Webster: “huck·ster,” One who uses aggressive, showy, and sometimes devious methods to promote or sell a product. 

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Editorial: Barack Obama, (in my considered opinion) is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated upon the American public, he is neither “art imitating life, or, life imitating art, …

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..he is however without a doubt an imitation of Karl Marx, his mother, Frank Marshall, his grandparents, Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Pevin and every other anti-American individual, “man or woman” who participated in his programming.

In closing, I allot the final thought for today to Charles Caleb Colton…

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Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

Sunday Morning Trivia – cliché..

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A cliché or cliché, is an expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has become overused to the point of losing its original meaning, or effect, and even, to the point of being trite or irritating, especially when at some earlier time it was considered meaningful or novel.

In phraseology, the term has taken on a more technical meaning, referring to an expression imposed by conventionalized linguistic usage. The term is frequently used in modern culture for an action or idea that is expected or predictable, based on a prior event.

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Typically pejorative, “clichés” are not always false or inaccurate; a cliché may or may not be true.

Some are stereotypes, …

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Like cops eating doughnuts, ..or

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(Marilyn Monroe).

but then, ..some are actually truisms and factual.

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Clichés often are employed for comic effect, typically in fiction.

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Like announcing that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is valid…

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..pretty much the same with his attendance at Columbia University where according to a classmate. “Wayne Allyn Root; …

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 (Wayne Allyn Root).

“Obama may have been registered at Columbia, may have graduated from Columbia, but he was rarely (if ever) seen for the two years in-between. It’s a strange, mysterious and frightening story.”

(Sidebar).

Maybe it was at a time when Barack was shy, ..before he discovered his capacity for eloquent public oratory?

Continuing…

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Most phrases now considered clichéd originally were regarded as striking, but have lost their force through overuse.

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In this connection, David Mason and John Frederick Nims cite a particularly harsh judgment by Salvador Dalí: …

“The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; ..the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.”

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Gérard de Nerval

In making this statement, Dalí was appropriating the words of French poet Gérard de Nerval: ..and/or, the original…

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A cliché is often a vivid depiction of an abstraction that relies upon analogy or exaggeration for effect, often drawn from everyday experience. Used sparingly, they may succeed, however, the use of a cliché in writing, speech, or argument is generally considered a mark of inexperience or a lack of originality.

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To which of course, ..I take (fervent exception), ..as without repetition, (220 Million to 350 Million) human beings would still be troglodytes…

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(A troglodyte).

According to Webster: “trog·lo·dyte,”(in context) A member of a prehistoric race of people that lived in caves, dens, or holes; out of date, or brutish.

According to Webster: “brut·ish,” Crude in manner; Rough; uncivilized.

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 (Indigenous people). 

Because currently, 250,000,000 to 350,000,000 citizens of the earth are indeed still considered to be (troglodytes), or more commonly known as indigenous people.

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Indigenous peoples are peoples defined in international or national legislation as having a set of specific rights based on their historical ties to a particular territory, and their cultural or historical distinctiveness from other populations that are often politically dominant.

The concept of indigenous peoples defines these groups as particularly vulnerable to exploitation, marginalization and oppression by nation states that may still be formed from the colonising populations, or by politically dominant ethnic groups.

As a result, a special set of protections and political rights in accordance with international law have been set forth by a number of…

(in my personal opinion) – (agenda driven)

..international organizations such as the United Nations, the International Labour Organization and the World Bank.

The United Nations have issued a Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to.. (guide member-state) ..”national policies” to collective rights of indigenous peoples – such as culture, identity, language, and access to employment, health, education, and natural resources.

Although no definitive definition of “indigenous peoples” exists, estimates put the total population of post-colonial indigenous peoples who seek, (or more correctly – are force fed the policies of dominating organizations) – “theoretically” human rights and discrimination redress for the 220 to 350 million such categorized.

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Question: Is hope and change viewed the same by everyone?

Which of course, (at least in my opinion), is a question that would be answered differently by each individual asked…

So let’s ask someone, ..how about Jenny?

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(Jenny at the head of the Class). 

By Jenny’s analysis, (at least in my opinion) conservative Americans will suffer…

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..an empty suit in the Oval Office for another 1252 days. 

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

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