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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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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