The Devil in the Details for Dummies..

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According to Webster: “dum·my,” An imitation of a real or original object.

With it being (my unequivocal and fervent opinion) that the “majority” of America’s citizens were raised by God-fearing Christian mothers, ..who (didn’t) raise any dummies. I would like to dedicate today’s offering to the God-fearing Christian sons and daughters of those mothers.

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A good friend recently sent me an email (forward) ascribing to the supposition that Japanese law (does not) allow Muslim student visas, citizenship or mosques in Japan, and with my being a one-man “circus” here, it has taken me a while to get around to researching the allegations.

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The history of Islam in Japan is relatively brief in relation to the religion’s longstanding presence in other countries around the world.

There are isolated records of contact between Islam and Japan before the opening of the country in 1853; some Muslims did arrive in earlier centuries.

Among the first recorded contacts was when a Portuguese trading ship which sailed from Malacca in 1555 had among its passengers an Arab man who began to preach to the Japanese.

The first modern Muslim contacts were with Malays who served aboard British and Dutch ships in the late 19th century. In the late 1870s, the life of Prophet Muhammad was translated into Japanese. This helped Islam spread and reach the Japanese people, but only as a part of the history of cultures.

Another important contact was made in 1890 when the Ottoman Empire dispatched a naval vessel to Japan for the purpose of saluting the visit of Japanese Prince Komatsu Akihito to Constantinople several years earlier. This frigate was called the Ertugrul, and was destroyed in a storm along the coast of Wakayama Prefecture on the evening of September 16, 1890.

20th Century…

The first Japanese to go on the Hajj was Kotaro Yamaoka. He converted to Islam in 1909 in Bombay, after coming into contact with Russian-born writer, Abdürreşid İbrahim, after which he took the name Omar Yamaoka. Both were traveling with the support of nationalistic Japanese groups like the Black Dragon Society (Kokuryūkai), Yamaoka in fact had been with the intelligence service in Manchuria since the Russo-Japanese war. His official reason for travelling was to seek the Sultan’s approval for building a mosque in Tokyo (completed 1938).

This approval, granted 1910, was necessary as Sultan Abdülhamid II of the Ottoman Empire was the Khalifah of Islam and Ameerul Mu’mineen (the leader of all Muslims).

Mosques…

According to japanfocus.org,…

‘There are currently (2013) between 30 and 40 single-story mosques in Japan, ..plus another 100 or more apartment rooms set aside, in the absence of more suitable facilities, for prayers.

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Undeniable Truth: What (you learn) as a child remains with you until the day you die.

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Barack Obama, preparing to pray with brother Muslims.

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There is no “un-ringing” a bell. 

Fact: Muslims do not invite non-Muslims to pray with them.

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A Muslim by the will of Allah is not only allowed to lie to a non-Muslim, Muslims are expected to lie to non-Muslims.

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

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

A Christian, (practicing or otherwise) in America honors and respects the U.S. Constitution and obeys America’s laws, as well as the laws of God, traditionally in that order.

A Muslim, (in America, or anywhere on the globe) respects and (obeys no doctrine or law) ..other than the doctrine and laws of Islam.

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

READERS FORUM – Anonymous..

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A “double-header” this morning from somewhere in the universe, ..and/or, ..more correctly cyberspace.

Zat19@ …,

“My friends and I find much to study on your website, please do continue to write your interesting articles.”

As a moderate percentage of the emails and comments I receive from readers include the word (study), I find myself concerned with the contingency that my (blather), ..and/or, (my opinions) and the (information), ..I glean from sources, such as (news articles), (watchdog groups), and (the online urban dictionary), along with (Wikipedia), will stifle (your) common sense and capacity for original thought.

Some of which of course, (I believe), and some of which I personally find (questionable).

Information, although a wonderful (contrivance), ..that we “Homo sapiens” ..all seek and sometimes covet, (cannot) always be taken at face value.

Accordingly, my best advice to anyone who enjoys reading my blather, is to do just that, (enjoy) what I publish, however, (only) substitute what I provide for what you believe when your “common sense” allows…

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My next selection for this morning comes from a new friend;

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Anonymous@ …

I’ve been visiting your website for about three months now, and I’ve read everything you’ve written. I didn’t finish high school either, but instead of getting a job and becoming someone, I got pregnant. My father, unlike your father was not a man that taught me how to work. My father taught me how to be afraid of life, especially men. I like what you write, because what you write makes me believe that I can be more than I am.

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First and foremost, anonymous and everyone who reads my offering today (must) understand that I am not (Dear Abby).

In my experience (which is all I have) it is my conclusion after 71 years on the planet that (Homo sapiens), and/or, (human beings) are indeed (odd) creatures.

According to Webster: “odd,” Deviating from what is ordinary, usual, or expected; strange or peculiar.

We Homo sapiens, and/or, human beings, at our core, and/or, ..within our souls, ..love and need each other. Which of course is confusing, because at the same time we love and need each other, ..we hate and kill each other.

Albeit, (in my opinion) that holds true for every life form with a nervous system on our planet, ..whether you’re a (human being) or a (dung beetle).

Life functions via a system of nerves dedicated to guide us. In the majority, (the system) works great. Nonetheless, when caught in the minority, there can be no rhyme or reason for the devastation that takes place when the system fails.

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According to Webster: “dev”as·ta“tion,” (in context) To lay waste; destroy.

Human beings in a single day have the capacity to both end life in one arena while creating life in another.

We are neither all good or all bad, we are, as we “regularly excuse” ourselves from our social misdeeds, (only human).

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The last question today I reserve for myself;

Question: Do I personally have the answer to “world peace” and universal happiness?

Answer: Absolutely! Albeit with that said; “Please note that I am fully aware that (no one) is going to take the (advice) of a 71-year-old blogger from Western South Dakota.

Postscript: Or at least “no one” has to date.

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

Wisdom from History – Is America afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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(Virginia Woolf). 

Adeline Virginia Woolf, (25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941) was an English writer, and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century.

During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a central figure in the influential Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals.

Her most famous works include the novels “Mrs Dalloway” (1925), To the Lighthouse, (1927) and Orlando (1928), and the book-length essay “A Room of One’s Own” (1929), with its famous dictum, “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a 1962 play by Edward Albee. It examines the breakdown of the marriage of a middle-aged couple, Martha and George.

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After a university faculty party, they receive an unwitting younger couple, Nick and Honey, as guests late one evening and draw them into their bitter and frustrated relationship.

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The play is in three acts, normally taking a little less than three hours to perform, with two 10-minute intermissions.

The title is a pun on the song “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” from Walt Disney’s The Three Little Pigs (1933), substituting the name of the celebrated feminist English author Virginia Woolf.

Martha and George repeatedly sing this version of the song throughout the play…

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..and in the end, ..as it always is in life, ..the evening ends and life returns to normal, ..whatever normal is?

Question: So how does Virginia Woolf relate to life in America in 2013?

Good Question; Glad you asked, ..the answer is extremely simple, George and Martha simply had a bad night.

As America is currently having a bad night under the wobbly wimpy direction of Barack Obama, ..but this too will pass and America will return to being America.

Obama is Virginia Woolf and there is no doubt that he will make America’s life extremely uncomfortable until he’s back home in Chicago, ..where I’m sure that he will be just as uncomfortable explaining to his neighbors why after his eight years in the Nations Capital, ..they haven’t seen change one in their lives.

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

Education, education, education !

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According to Webster: “ed·u·ca·tion,” Process of acquiring knowledge or a skill; learning. 

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With everyone from your aunt Hattie to the president of the United States on the bandwagon clamoring for kids to stay in school and get an education, ..why are America’s kids rated so far down the ladder in the world job market?

Irregardless of the growing number of American young folks who are educated above and beyond high school, …

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..the number of young folks in America to whom a university education is “Pie in the Sky,” can be multiplied by the power of ten.

(Sidebar).

Quiz: Being the dictionary freak that I am, ..why did I begin my last paragraph with the word (irregardless)?

Although Kenny and I have discussed this matter to great lengths, (irregardless) is not a legitimate word.

Answer: Because “irregardless” of the fact that (irregardless) is not a legitimate word, ..Kenny and I both like it a bunch!

Continuing…

Although, (admittedly) I am a high school dropout, there is no one in America who is more of an advocate for education than myself.

With that said, let’s jump straight into reality and discuss what education actually is?

Education, (at least in my opinion) is so much more than setting in a classroom learning to read, write and discern the sum of 2+2.

First and foremost, education, (in my humble opinion) ..is a person learning about who (he or she) is? ..prior to learning about who signed the Declaration of Independence.

Truth: Unless an individual knows who he or she is and is happy with who he or she is, there is no motivation for the individual to move from where they are to where they will be expected to understand the difference between any two opposing concepts.

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When this individual reaches maturity, and/or, legal age, will he or she understand what it means to be of legal age?

Will he or she understand the difference between right and wrong?

Will he or she understand the difference between left and right?

Will he or she understand the difference between black and white?

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Will he or she understand the difference between being responsible and self-reliant, from being irresponsible and dependent?

According to Webster: “de·pend·ent,” Relying on or requiring the aid of another for support: Subordinate.

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According to Webster: “sub·or·di·nate,” Belonging to a lower or inferior class or rank; secondary…

Which, (in my most fervent opinion) is exactly where America is headed under the stewardship of our current commander-in-chief, ..Barack Hussein Obama!

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Corrupt, wimpy, socialist.

According to Webster: “stew·ard,” One who manages another’s property, finances, or other affairs.

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Leading is an action, ..not a concept.

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 Stalwart, honest and trustworthy.

According to Webster: “lead·er,” (in context) One that leads or guides.

Barack Obama, albeit a (poor) steward, ..he is the steward America is stuck with until 2016…

Barack Obama is not a leader, although for those of you who have a moment? I would like to introduce you to a leader…

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In the fall of 2005, Martha Cothren, a social studies teacher from Arkansas, with full support of the school superintendent and the principle, provided a lesson for her students that will long be remembered as, ..class after class, ..inquired as to why there were…

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 ..no desks in her classroom on the first day of school?

A question that each time asked was responded to with an amiable..

“You can have a desk to set in when you can tell me what you have done to earn it?

..an odd, ..albeit fair question, ..to which “no one” throughout the day could provide Ms. Cothren with the right, ..and/or, ..a satisfactory answer.

Accordingly, at the end of the day Ms. Cothren went to the door of her classroom outside of which, stood 27 US military veterans from the second world war, Korea and Vietnam in full regalia.

As Ms. Cothren opened the classroom door, one by one the twenty-seven uniformed veterans proudly entered the room carrying a desk, as Ms. Cothren explained to her class that they had not earned the rights and privileges afforded them as an American citizen, ..but rather, ..the men carrying their desks had earned their rights and privileges for them.

A true story; “Verified by Snopes.com.”

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My two cents; …

America as understood by all but the most backwards, ..and radical elements on the planet, (is) the unequivocal measure by which world standards are set.

The American dollar is the unequivocal standard in world banking, American science is the unequivocal standard in world technology, thus, (at least in my opinion) America’s ideology, America’s Constitution and Bill of Rights should be the standard by which the world accepts each other.

From the beginning of time, “man” with the advantage of his large brain and opposing thumb has risen from chipping flint to arm and feed himself, ..to hitting a golf ball on the moon and beyond.

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Man is capable of much more than seeking the assistance of a community organizer to apply for food stamps…

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Barack Obama and his liberal socialist ideology is wrong for mankind, ..and for America, ..beyond words!

Postscript: A special “Thank You” this morning to Aunt Bodie for her contribution!

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

A Better Understanding..

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Disclaimer: Today’s offering contains material and subject matter (possibly) offensive to some?

According to Webster: “in·ter·course,” Dealings or communications between persons or groups.

See; Sexual intercourse –

According to Webster: “sexual intercourse,” 1. Coitus between human beings. 2. Sexual union between human beings involving genital contact other than vaginal penetration by the penis.

Beginning with “dealings or communication between persons or groups,” (conversation) ..and/or, (physical action), ..which does not involve sexual union.

Question: What is (physical action) that does not involve sexual union?

Living in South Dakota as I do, our winter months involve natures gift of snow. A controversial statement, ..and/or, verbal intercourse that I’m sure needs to be explained.

If one of my friends or neighbors drops by after a snowstorm and helps me shovel the snow off my driveway, ..that is (physical action) that does not involve sexual union.

I am a hunter, I have been a Hunter the Lions share of my life. I have harvested many living creatures with a firearm in pursuit of sustenance. Which is a sharing of information that will be understood by other hunters, and deplored by vegetarians and those opposed to hunting.

Indisputable Fact: Just because you don’t pull the trigger or drop the hammer on the particular piece of animal flesh you partake of when you eat a big Mac, doesn’t equate to the animal in question (not) losing its life.

Notice to my vegetarian friends, pulling a carrot out of the ground or picking an Apple from a tree is no different than pulling the trigger on a rabbit or a deer.

If you have a television and you turn it on to a broadcast that informs you a 1000 people died yesterday at the behest of a chemical weapon, (if you consider yourself a decent human being), ..you feel that someone must be held responsible.

If you turn on your television the following day and you are informed that 1000 people died of the behest of a tsunami and (you consider yourself a decent human being), you are horrified, albeit understanding that you have no control over nature, ..you don’t feel that someone must be held responible.

The only true (variables) in life and death are “time” and “circumstance.”

Sexual intercourse can provide an individual, man or woman with an intense biological experience, ..if the “intercourse is consensual.”

If the intercourse is (not consensual) it will leave one of the individuals involved devastated, and both scarred for life.

In an offering a few days ago I attempted to explain what a blogger is, I apparently fell short with some of my readers.

Some of you felt that I was unfair to (Maddox) who himself, by injecting his critique, and/or, providing (his opinion), is no less a blogger than myself or any other Homo sapien who utilizes the medium.

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Message in a Bottle is a 1999 American romantic drama film directed by Luis Mandoki. Based on a novel with the same name by Nicholas Sparks, the film stars Kevin Costner, Robin Wright Penn, and Paul Newman.

Message in a Bottle was filmed in Maine, Chicago, and Wilmington, North Carolina in the United States.

My blog is my message, ..my Internet provider is my bottle and cyberspace is the sea, ..I invite you, “one and all,” to continue reading the note in my bottle.. Thank you!

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

In Black and White..

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Question: What does that mean?

According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary: black and white: 1. partly black and partly white in color.

(Sidebar).

Disappointed, albeit not surprised as with my extensive use of Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, I have come across more than a few discrepancies, and/or, gray areas, (pun intended), when searching for the truth.

Undisputed Fact: Neither black or white are represented at any level on the universal color wheel.

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Continuing…

2. sharply divided into good and evil. 3. sharply defined: clear-cut; …

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Not to mention the fact that the truth is always simpler and less confusing than fiction and fantasy.

As example: Like the morning Jesse Jackson woke up and decided that being a black American wasn’t good enough. So he invented “African-Americans,” both a fiction, ..and a fantasy of the highest order. But then people like Jesse who depend on keeping the good folks who gather around them off balance enough to believe that they, “Jesse and his ilk,” are a necessity to those good folks to get through the day.

Indisputable Fact: Folks, people, Homo sapiens, or, human beings (born) within the territorial boundaries of the United States of America, (are) unequivocally, ..beyond the shadow of a doubt, .. Americans.

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“Old Glory” ..and/or, “The Stars and Strips.”

Which, (if by no other measure) other than the fact that there are folks from pretty much every continent and nation on this big blue sphere who come to America to find a (better) life.

According to Webster: “bet·ter,” Greater in excellence or higher in quality than another of the same class, set, or kind 

A simple two syllable word, nevertheless a word that defines its purpose without confusion.

Indisputable fact: If you leave what you have for something (better) as defined by Merriam-Webster, what you had where you came from wasn’t good

According to Webster: “good,” Being positive or desirable in nature; not bad or poor.

Thus, by way of understanding that Merriam-Webster has absolutely no reason to mislead a patron, I submit to you, (all of you) that America is a (better) place to live than anywhere else on the planet.

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And not just because we have Walmart and Disneyland, but rather because we have a document born out of a desire not to live under tyranny and fear.

Question: So why is America’s current crop of citizens allowing themselves to be influenced by carpetbaggers and snake oil salesman?

The Truth; (and it’s gonna hurt), ..common unadulterated, …

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Question: Is a man, woman or child with black skin born in Jamaica, an African?

Question: Is a man woman or child with any color skin born in Jamaica, an American?

The answer to my first question is (unequivocally) ..No! ..the answer to my second question is a (somewhat complicated),

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Jamaican Americans are Americans of Jamaican heritage or Jamaican-born people who live in the United States.

American citizenship ( is not ) a requirement for being a Jamaican American as permanent residents are also given this title.

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Jamaica, the third largest Caribbean island, was inhabited by Arawak natives when it was first sighted by the second voyage of Christopher Columbus on 5 May 1494.

Columbus himself was stranded on Jamaica from 1503 to 1504 during his fourth voyage. The Spanish settled in Jamaica in 1509 and held the island against many privateer raids from their main city, now called SpanishTown, which served as capital of Jamaica from its founding in 1534 until 1872.

In 1655 Jamaica was conquered by the English, although the Spanish did not relinquish their claim to the island until 1670.

Jamaica gained independence on August 6, 1962, remaining a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. The first prime minister was Alexander Bustamante of the Jamaica Labour Party.

Jamaicans are Jamaicans, regardless of the color of their skin or whether or not they live in America.

Indisputable Fact: If you are an individual male or female, black white green purple or, ..any variation, ..or shade of magenta, ..born in a sovereign nation, you are a citizen of that sovereign nation.

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Undisputed fact: Africa is a continent, albeit recently (2011), is now home to a number of Walmart stores, ..they have yet to negotiate for a Disney Park.

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Walmart’s recent arrival in South Africa was in many ways like the company’s arrival in any other market: contested and controversial. Nonetheless it was also a milestone for retailing in the country and for Africa as a whole.

Whilst the question of Walmart’s corporate strategies and ethics is paramount for many, the world’s largest retailer setting up on the world’s poorest continent could inspire progress in local infrastructures as well as improve regional-integration groups’ efforts to counter corruption and improve border crossings.

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There may be potential victims amongst South Africa’s retailing and manufacturing sectors, but Walmart’s arrival could bring tangential benefits for consumers across the continent.

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The infamous and ambitious American retailer bought 51% of South Africa’s Massmart in 2011, spending $2.4 Billion dollars on a company that has 340 stores in 12 sub-Saharan countries.

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After unions protested, Walmart accepted some restrictions and pledged spending on training programmes for locals, in order to win approval for the acquisition from regulatory authorities.

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Jamaica, Africa, Japan, Europe or Timbuktu, Americans can be from anywhere, because all it takes to be an American, is to be an American…

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Fact: The color of a person’s skin is a result of biology, not geography.

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Who is Walter Mitty ?

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(Danny Kaye, a.k.a. Walter Mitty).

Walter Mitty is a fictional character in James Thurber’s short story “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, first published in The New Yorker on March 18, 1939, and in book form in My World and Welcome to It in 1942. Thurber loosely based the character on his friend, Walter Mithoff.

(Sidebar);

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(Barack Hussein Obama Junior).

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(Barack Hussein Obama senior).

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Continuing… 

It was made into a film in 1947, with a remake directed by and starring Ben Stiller and scheduled for release in 2013.

Mitty is a meek, mild man with a vivid fantasy life:

..in a few dozen paragraphs he imagines himself a wartime pilot, an emergency-room surgeon, and a devil-may-care killer.

Thurber’s character, “Walter Mitty” has come into more general use to refer to an ineffectual dreamer, appearing in several dictionaries. “The American Heritage Dictionary” defines a Walter Mitty as; …

“an ordinary, often ineffectual person who indulges in fantastic daydreams of personal triumphs”.

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Obama prosecuted two wars, Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as being responsible for turning Libya and Egypt over to Al Qaeda and the Muslim brotherhood. He’s also (responsible) for America’s (unwanted) “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” ..and/or, ..Obamacare, ..and to hear him tell it, he (devil may care) ..killed Osama bin Laden.

Accordingly, (at least in my opinion), if that doesn’t make our Commander-in-Chief a bona fide Walter Mitty, ..I’ll eat a bug.

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The most famous of Thurber’s inept male protagonists, Mitty is considered “the archetype for dreamy, hapless, Thurber Man”.

Although the story has humorous elements, there is a darker and more significant message underlying the text, leading to a more tragic interpretation of the Mitty character.

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Even in his heroic daydreams, Mitty does not triumph, …

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(America’s Mitty).

Several fantasies being interrupted before the final one sees Mitty dying bravely in front of a firing squad.

In the brief snatches of reality that punctuate Walter Mitty’s fantasies the audience meets well-meaning but insensitive strangers who inadvertently rob Mitty of some of his remaining dignity.

Sidebar);

Hopefully I fall into that category with America’s Mitty?

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Imagination is a wonderful thing…

According to Webster: “i·mag·i·na·tion,” The formation of a mental image of something that is neither perceived as real nor present to the senses.

..and without imagination, Homo sapiens wouldn’t be any fun at all. Can you imagine spending all day, ..every day, ..with nothing but reality?

What would you have?

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 The devastation of war…

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 Corruption at it’s finest…

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..and Death. 

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

A Great Question..

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According to Webster: “great,” (in context) Of outstanding significance or importance.

A recent question from a regular reader: Can you please tell me the difference between a reporter, a commentator, and a blogger?

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According to Webster: “ob·jec·tive,” Having actual existence or reality.

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According to Webster: “sub·jec·tive,” Particular to a given person; personal.

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According to Webster: “truth,” Conformity to fact or actuality.

Honest answer: I can’t tell you.

I don’t know because life doesn’t hinge on what ( is ), ..life hinges on what an individual, ..you, I, or the guy that drives the big brown truck, (believes) what ( is ).

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In a feeble attempt to explain, I’d like to revisit Bill Clinton’s infamous explication to Congress during his preposterous (Monica Lewinsky) verbal intercourse with Congress.

Paraphrasing from my questionable memory; “It depends on what your definition of ( is ), ..( is )?

(Sidebar).

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“Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, was impeached by the House of Representatives on two charges, one of perjury and one of obstruction of justice, on December 19, 1998.

Two other impeachment articles, a second perjury charge and a charge of abuse of power, failed in the House. He was acquitted by the Senate on February 12, 1999.” (Source Wikipedia).

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An embarrassing moment in American history that many will remember as a (dark time), ..when in truth, ..the affair (pun intended) occupied much more than a (moment), and, (in my opinion), ..was more on the childish, ..and/or, ..(stupid side), than dark.

Back to my subscribers question: (In my opinion), a reporter, as the word itself suggests…

A News Reporter; …

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Edward R. Merle

According to Webster: “re·port·er,” (in context) A writer, an investigator, or a presenter of news stories.

..is an individual, “man, woman or child” ..who relates the (facts) of an event. (Employment or remuneration need not be involved).

A Fox News Reporter; …

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A commentator; …

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According to Webster: “com·men·ta·tor,” A broadcaster or writer who reports and analyzes events in the news.

Which of course in (my biased opinion), falls way short of an objective definition.

As in (my considered opinion), ..a “commentator” could be anyone, you, me, or the guy who drives the big brown truck.

Extreme example; Have you ever (cut off) a driver in city traffic, if your answer is in the affirmative, that individual, he or she, most likely provided you with a commentary.

 A blogger…

According to Mirriam-Webster: (No Response).

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Resorting to (urban dictionary.com) …

Blogger: Word derived from (weblogger); one who keeps a weblog, ..a diary on the Internet.

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VEEEEARY INTERESTING!

A more thorough opinion; …

A Blogger:  ..according to Maddox?

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“Term used to describe anyone with enough time or narcissism to document every tedious bit of minutia filling their uneventful lives.

Possibly the most annoying thing about bloggers is the sense of self-importance they get after even the most modest of publicity.

Sometimes it takes as little as a referral on a more popular blogger’s website to set the lesser blogger’s ego into orbit.

Then God forbid a blogger gets mentioned on CNN. If you thought it was impossible for a certain blogger to get more pious than he was, wait until you see the (expletive) storm of self-righteous save-the-world (expletive) after a network plug.

Suddenly the boring, mild-mannered blogger you once knew will turn into Mother Theresa, and will single handedly take it upon himself to end world hunger with his stupid links to band websites and other smug blogger (expletive).” Maddox.

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Editorial: I have no idea who Maddox is? Albeit, it would be (my opinion) that Maddox didn’t have any toys as a child, and definitely wasn’t breast-fed. Nevertheless, I appreciate his input, ..thank you Maddox.

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 Although I have little confidence in my ability to follow such a brilliant analysis; “I’ll give it my best shot.”

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A blogger, in my considered opinion is all of the above and more than could be stored on a terabyte hard drive. There is no limit to bloggers in number, ..or in intellect.

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Cyberspace is the wild West, ..anyone can saddle a horse, albeit, ..not everyone can ride.

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

READERS FORUM, – Martin Killips..

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Not so much a question today, ..as an (appropriate and appreciated) correction from Martin Killips; …

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(Giant Anteater).

“Your photo of an Aardvark is actually a photo of a Giant Anteater, from South America. The Aardvark is from South Africa, and the word Aardvark is Dutch for Earth Pig – and indeed, its snout looks much like a pig’s.”

Thank you Martin.

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 (Martin Killips).

Martin Killips…

Author and originator of The Big Bamboo himself – a rotund panda bear who reputedly writes and illustrates rhymes for children aged 5 to 500…or older!

The Big Bamboo himself was born after Killips visited the Royal Natural History Museum in London in 1994 and saw the stuffed remains of Chi Chi, a once famous panda bear kept by London Zoo. The Big Bamboo, the first picture storybook featuring the panda, was published in 1997. Five further poetry books have since been published:

Once Upon An Amusing Rhyme 2. Flower Power 3. How Many Have You Got? 4. Dances With Hippos 5. The Big Back-Stalking Tiger.

Martin Killips can be heard most weeks on Gold FM 92.5 as well as the Macquarie Radio network.

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Examples of The Big Bamboo poetry and illustrations can be found at www.TheBigBamboo.com.au 

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(Nudies delivery truck).

Martin is a children’s poet, He also works at nudie (fruit juice company)! He now lives in NSW Australia with his wife, Michaela, and they are about to have their first baby.

Martin grew up with a huge variety of pets – ranging from snakes and alligators to even a Lar Gibbon – a type of tailless ape like a monkey.

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(Martin’s puppy “Jesus.”)

These days he just has two dogs, a Labrador called Jesus and a German Shepherd dog called Mary and two Nubian goats often referred to as the Holy Goats.

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 (Not Lazarus), possibly a cousin?

He also has daily visits from a wild Kookaburra called Lazarus. Lazarus was originally found as a four day old blind chick. She had been pushed out of her nest and was fortunately found by Jesus (the Labrador!) and rescued. She was then hand reared and survived and then released back into the wild after two months. Lazarus now visits almost every day along with her adopted wild family.

Martin started writing poetry almost by accident. He didn’t even know he could write humorous rhyme until he was 36 yrs old.

He now visits schools and teaches children the secrets to being able to write amusing poems and has recently had five best selling poetry books released. He writes using an alter ego – a tubby panda bear called…

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(The Big Bamboo).

Martin says he chose a panda bear as they are black and white, and can therefore, represent every one in the world no matter which colour or creed they are from.

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Interview with Martin Killips…

Question: Martin was your childhood hard?

“I had a very harsh childhood. My father was extremely strict and controlling and physically oppressive and violent. I was beaten almost every day and hated my life as a kid for many years. However, these terrible years have proven to be useful nowadays as I have such a clear memory of my childhood I can ‘tap’ into the psyche I had as a kid and write my children’s poetry from a child’s point of view. There is an important lesson here for all: just because your childhood is harsh and full of trauma, does not mean it has to destroy the rest of your adult life. We simply have to approach negative memories with a positive attitude!”

Question: What is your favourite colour?
“My favourite colour has changed over the years. When I was very young I loved all things blue – especially a sky blue because I spent hours staring up into the wide blue yonder looking at airplanes and wishing I was in one of them. But I grew out of my love of blue and moved onto reds then shades of green and now of course, as I love panda bears, I love black and white – although I am told they are not colours, although I am not sure why they are not classified as colours!

(Sidebar).

In the world of art (black and white) are not colors, they are considered (tones), because when you mix black and white together, you get tones of gray, (darker or lighter) depending on your proportions.

Colors, (all colors) are derived from primary colors, (red), (blue), and (yellow), ..including (secondary colors), ..and (Tertiary colors).

If you turn all the colors on the color wheel at a high enough rpm inappropriate elimination, all the colors disappear, and/or, run to white.

If you turn the colors on the color wheel at the same rpm in the absence of light, all the colors will disappear, and/or, run to black.

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Man lives in an integrated world, so to colors.

Continuing…

Which one of your pets do you like the most?
“Well, if we are talking about which one of my current pets I love the most, I’d have to say my Labrador, Jesus. It’s an odd name for a dog I have to admit, but I have always liked the name Jesus, and so I thought what better name to call my much loved puppy. I love him because he has a great sense of humour and has such a passion for life. I can forgive many things in my life, but I can never forgive a lack of passion. Whatever we decide to do in our life, we should always do it with vigour and passion. People (and dogs!) without passion are sooooo dull!

Question: Do you have any children of your own?
“It is very odd that you have asked me that question because my wife and I are about to have our first baby. We don’t know whether it will be a boy or girl, and to be frank, I don’t have a preference either way. I just want them to be born healthy. I just hope that I will not be as poor a father as my own was!”

Question: As you a children’s poet which one of your poems is your favourite?
“Favourite poems are like favourite colours – they change periodically. When I first started writing, Name Calling was my favourite. But then I wrote Catch, Catching, Caught! and THAT was my favourite. Then I wrote How Many have You Got? and decided I liked that one the most, and when I wrote Dances With Hippos (about a male hippo that wouldn’t dance in public because he thought his bottom was too big!) that poem became my personal favourite. I think what I enjoy about any of my poems isn’t so much the poem itself, but the idea behind the poem – the concept or base upon which the poem is written. So Name Calling is really about ridiculing the rules of English Language; Catch, Catching Caught! is about one word (catch) and recycling it in a variety of ways; How Many Have You Got? is about the numbers of legs different animals possess and Dances With Hippos is about a male hippo that was ashamed of the size of his bottom and eventually would dance under water and this explains why we usually see hippos with just their heads above the water – because underneath the surface they are dancing!

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I don’t know about anyone else, ..as for myself, I choose to like Martin Killips.

Accordingly, if you’re a decent individual with children, look Martin up on the Internet and buy a couple of his books.

Why should Australia’s economy suffer just because “our” economy is in the toilet…

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

Wisdom, ..for Wisdom’s Sake !

According to Webster: “wis·dom,” Understanding what is true, right, or lasting; insight: Common sense; – and good judgment.

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(Frank Zappa).

For the nostalgia buff; according to Frank Zappa…

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Information is not knowledge,
Knowledge is not wisdom,
Wisdom is not truth,
Truth is not beauty,
Beauty is not love,
Love is not music,
and Music is THE BEST. 

– Frank Zappa, “Packard Goose”

Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American musician, songwriter, composer, recording engineer, record producer, and film director.

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, jazz, orchestral and musique concrète works. He also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. Zappa produced almost all of the more than 60 albums he released with the band, –  “The Mothers of Invention,” and as a solo artist.

While in his teens, he acquired a taste for 20th-century classical composers such as Edgard Varèse, Igor Stravinsky – and Anton Webern, ..along with 1950s “Rhythm and Blues,” music. He began writing classical music in high school, while at the same time playing drums in rhythm and blues bands; he later switched to electric guitar.

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Zappa was a self-taught composer and performer, and his diverse musical influences led him to create music that was often difficult to categorize. His 1966 debut album with The Mothers of Invention, Freak Out!, ..combined songs in (rock and roll) format with collective improvisations, ..and studio-generated sound collages.

His later albums shared this eclectic and experimental approach, irrespective of whether the fundamental format was rock, jazz or classical. His lyrics, ..often humorously reflected his iconoclastic view of established social and political processes, structures and movements. He was a strident critic of mainstream education and organized religion, and a passionate advocate for freedom of speech, self-education, political participation and the abolition of censorship.

(Sidebar).

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“If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library. 

Frank Zappa.

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Continuing…

He was a highly productive and prolific artist and gained widespread critical acclaim. He had some commercial success, particularly in Europe, and worked as an independent artist for most of his career. Zappa remains a major influence on musicians and composers.

He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. Zappa was married to Kathryn J. “Kay” Sherman from 1960 to 1964.

In 1967, he married Adelaide Gail Sloatman, with whom he remained until his death from prostate cancer in 1993. They had four children: Moon, Dweezil, Ahmet and Diva. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him 71st on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. (Source, Wikipedia).

Editorial: …

Frank Zappa may not have been a true Renaissance man, albeit, (at least in my considered opinion), he had his own bases covered as revealed in some of his more poignant quotes;

According to Webster: “poign·ant,” (in context) Profoundly moving.

SUCH AS; ..

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You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the “very least” you need a beer.

Frank Zappa.

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Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.

Frank Zappa.

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Communism doesn’t work because people like to own stuff.

Frank Zappa.

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With that said America, if  (we ), ..the collective ( we ) ..don’t wake up and wake up soon to the fact that there (is little), ..if (any) “traditional conservatism” provided in America’s, ..(our) universities and institutions of higher learning.

If “We the People,” ..the (taxpayers and parents) ..of children who attend America’s schools, universities and institutions of higher learning continue to turn a blind eye the socialistic and radical religious influence eroding “our” foundation, the U.S. Constitution, ..which fewer and fewer Americans these days, to include our current socialist “Commander-in-Chief, (community organizer) and (constitutional scholar) ..Barack Hussein Obama. We, “traditional conservative” Americans are going to look up one day very soon and recognize that we are living in medieval England, ..or worse?

Watching our wives and daughters slip into their sharia law (required) burqas prior to stepping foot out of our homes.

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Blue eyes and burqas, think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

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