I sent several emails earlier with this same info and posted the following on my Facebook page on November 5, prior to Election Day, 2012:

MY PREDICTION ABOUT THE NATIONAL NIGHTMARE THAT WILL BE IF OBAMA IS RE-ELECTED.

Please consider this logic.

Richard Nixon resigned and Bill Clinton was impeached because both faced charges of LYING TO CONGRESS and OBSTRUCTION of JUSTICE.

Should Obama win, a Republican Congress will surely have hearings about Benghazigate. Obama cannot avoid being subjected to questioning by a Special Investigator and he will likely not "come clean" about what he knew and when he knew it.

The truth will come out and Obama will find himself in the same predicament as Nixon and Clinton found themselves. He will then have to fall on his sword and resign as Nixon did or be impeached and publicly disgraced as was Clinton.

With the world economy in dire straights, America cannot risk 'taking our eye off the ball' for another impeachment circus that will surely come if Obama is re-elected.

(ASIDE: I expect someone to reply to this lecturing me about impeachment ... please make sure you have your "facts" in order.)

Michael Miller Ever since the Clinton impeachment (which I don't disagree with by the way) - there seems to be an underlying theme that whenever there's a public outcry of some sort or a major disagreement between parties, the term "impeachment" comes out.

People wanted Bush impeached for starting an illegal war. I've heard people say Obama should be impeached for adding to the debt or because Obamacare is unconstitutional.

Help me understand Benghazi (from an unbias, non-Fox News point of view). Why could this be impeachable at this point?
November 5 at 5:27am · Edited · Like

Rod Miller Yes, Mike, I hear you and most folks don't cite legal reasons and are too quick to pass judgement. Since my post above, I have seen a poll asking people if they think a Special Prosecutor should be appointed. It will happen if Obama wins. There is too much evidence coming out to support the charges I mentioned above. I do not think the country will be better off with another impeachment. Obama surely knows if he is culpable, in which case he should eventually resign as did Nixon ... honorable way is to fall on your own sword. The "investigation" is not complete, but connecting the dots is well under way and point to a COVER UP. Hillary Clinton is the primary culprit, but this buck ends with Obama. As to your last sentence. I am not a lawyer, so ya gotta cut me some slack, BUT I am looking at this in a dispassionate way and believe I outlined my PREDICTION in a short summary. Okay ... knock off the unbiased, Fox News innuendo ... I also watch CNN and have the time to follow many sources. Now, re-read my post ... carefully. "Why could this be impeachable at this point?" ... I did not say the Benghazi fiasco is impeachable at this point ... I SUGGESTED (PREDICTED) that impeachment is probable (possible) pending completion of an investigation by a Special Prosecutor. Fox News jumped on this Benghazi story like a duck on a june bug and in the last several days, some of the media is finally reporting on it. Incriminating emails are coming out ... all the signs of a cover up is becoming apparent. I mentioned LYING TO CONGRESS and OBSTRUCTION of JUSTICE ... the two charges that took Nixon and Clinton down. Lying to Congress is not the same as lying to the American People (which is a fact and provable from known evidence). When Obama finally is subpoenaed and forced to testify, it will be a Clintonian moment and akin to "I did not have sex with that woman" ... the prosecutors caught Clinton in a lie and he had to come clean to avoid severe penalties. Obama cannot lie his way out of this one. Perjury is not taken lightly by judges. Mistakes are part of the life of a human. Lots of people try to lie their way out of the trouble in which they find themselves after a mistake. Politicians call it 'spin.' But lawyers are trained to focus in on FACTS and my position is that when Obama is pinned down with no escape route, the truth will find him out. AT THE MOMENT, the known facts point to a Special Prosecutor ... from there ... who knows for sure? My guess is Benghazi is Obama's Waterloo.
November 5 at 1:44pm · Like

Rod Miller By the way, this impeachment stuff COULD go away if Romney is elected. I am not sure how Congress would proceed, or if they can, if Obama is re-elected? IMHO, the likely scenario is that Romney, like Gerald Ford with Richard Nixon, would pardon Obama to spare America of another nightmarish distraction. A pardon would help unite the country and mesh with Romney's announced goal of working with both sides. As to pardons and unless I missed something, it looks like Tony Rezko and Gov. Blago are sitting quietly in jail being good boys and have not "ratted" on Obama, so if Obama loses, look for them to be pardoned also. Just a thought!
November 5 at 1:56pm · Like

Rod Miller November 17 ... Just viewed a TV interview ... A Lt. Col. had ridden with a constitutional lawyer who mentioned that the Benghazi cover up could mean a charge of LYING TO CONGRESS and IMPEACHMENT.Just writing this for future reference.

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Saturday -- Posted here --  November 17, 2012: Intel officials unable to say who changed CIA talking points on Libya, lawmaker says

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/11/16/petraeus-to-testify-knew-libya-was-terrorism-from-start-source-says/#ixzz2CV3tgn8r

"Obama in his first post-election press conference Wednesday, called the criticism against Rice "outrageous" and told those lawmakers to "go after me" instead. " -- Be careful what you wish for ... you might just get it.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/11/16/petraeus-to-testify-knew-libya-was-terrorism-from-start-source-says/#ixzz2CV46atLL

"In Blind Ambition John Dean claimed that Nixon confided in Charles Colson that, "The typewriters are always the key. We built one in the Hiss case." However, Colson remembered no such conversation and it was not tape-recorded."

"President Nixon also turned to the Hiss case in 1972, when the Watergate scandal began to develop.  He lectured aide John Ehrlichman on the meaning of the Hiss case:

"If you cover up, you're going to get caught.  And if you lie you're going to be guilty of perjury.  Now basically that was the whole story of the Hiss case.  It is not the issue that will harm you; it is the cover-up that is damaging."  ... [July 19, 1972]" ... per Nixon.

My point here ... per http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alger_Hiss ... Nixon invited "investigators?" to get him ... and they did. Not a good idea for Obama to invite folks (media, investigators et al) in and challenge them to a game of "catch me if you can."




POSTED ON FRIDAY November 9, 2012 on my Facebook wall ...

This update posted on November 10, 2012 with spelling and other errors corrected.

Here is my conspiracy theory about the GENERAL DAVID PETRAEUS saga:

During the Republican Primary Season of 2012, various candidate for president came out of the woodwork ... some were certain to run, others dipped their toes in the water.

General David Petraeus, a Republican, was mentioned by many as a potentially strong candidate because of his military success in saving the Iraq War and moving his considerable reputation and skills to Afghanistan. Remember how Obama's wealthy sponsor, George Soros and his far left minions Moveon.org referred to the General as General Betrayus? Political parties and their operatives size up their opponents and try to define them in a negative light. Attacking Petraeus would be too risky to chance using the standard Chicago M.O. A genuine war hero with a chest full of medals and a sterling academic record ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Petraeus ) might have forced Team Obama to reveal Obama's academic record for comparison. The Obama academic record probably contains embarrassing or damaging information that would not stand up well to Gen. Petraeus and in all likelyhood would seriously threaten Obama's re-election.

The logical next move would be to dig up or make up anything negative to stop a Petraeus entry into a political race. Armed with a Ph.D. degree in international relations from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, it would be a difficult sell for a community organizer to match up on the international stage ... even with four years as a president and having little success in foreign affairs

Before the Afghanistan campaign was finished Petraeus was summoned to be the next CIA Director following Leon Panetta. It was a curious move at the time as I vividly recall. Why? Why would a Republican accept a job beneath the General's potential? Appointing Petraeus had to be sold on loyalty to country or some other reason. Then things settled down and the event was forgotten until the news came out on Friday, Nov. 9 about an the affair with his biographer.

Hey, away from home, the general hooked up with a looker and presto ... a little R & R. No big deal.General Eisenhower did it with Kay Summersby, Kennedy was a swordsman of note along with his brothers, Johnson reserved rooms in the White House for 'meetings' and everybody knows about Slick Willie and his use of his positions to gain power over females. The General's fling was not quite the same in that the usual concerns about blackmail or using the power of his position is not as threatening to national securtity as say Kennedy and Clinton whose multiple conquests are legendary.

Now then, here we have a not too intimidating lineup of Republican candidates and the word is out that Petraeus is a Republican. Some Republicans reach out to him and see if the General has interest in running.

Obviously the entrenched gang in the White House democrat machine possessed with all the dirtiest of tricks that come with Chicago politics, knows that Petraeus would be a formidable opponent to Obama. A genuine war hero (ala Eisenhower) running against a community organizer with a lackluster record is not what Obama, Jarrett, Axelrod and 'Bagdad Bob' Gibbs wanted. So the gang conspired to find a way to get Petraeus out of the race. What better way to keep a close eye on the General that to promote him? (keep your friends close and your enemies closer I think the saying goes). Hence the CIA job offer. Move loyal party guy Panneta to Defense Dept. Problem solved for the moment.

NOW, one has to wonder if the Obama machine had the goods on Petraeus from the get go, meaning they knew or found out about the affair from FBI reports or some other source early on. The source could have been one close to Petraeus who some say has enemies within the ranks. IMHO, Obama et al themselves BLACKMAILED the General to keep him quiet and out of the race for president.

Benghazi hit and Petraeus knows within hours that it was a terrorist attack that killed four Americans. Yet days later he and Susan Rice, the UN Ambassador parroted the party line about a mob incensed by a video trailer. Got to believe, Petraeus was between a rock and a hard place, followed orders from higher up and participated in the cover up.

So yesterday, General Petraeus resigned when the affair with his biographer and former reserve Army officer Paula Broadwell was announced. Both officers can hardly be seen as 'security threats' when compared to the various presidents having multiple affairs with women with little or no security credentials.

Summary: In short, I suspect the political aspects of this entire matter has roots early in 2012. My belief is that Congress will and is vigorously investigating the Benghazi terror attacks. A Special Prosecutor will be appointed. Gen. Petraeus will be subpoenied and 'spill his guts' thereby incriminating the Obama Machine in a massive, AMATEURISH COVER UP, that could result in an Obama impeachment by the House of Representatives along the lines that exposed Clinton as a liar. Obama and his aides will be forced to testify, they will be caught in lies and charged with LYING TO CONGRESS and OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE ... the same charges that faced Nixon and his aides are the same ones that led to Clinton's Impeachment. Obama, coached by Clinton, will survive (The Senate will again refuse to convict) and finish his term in disgrace. (End)

ADDED UPON: Sex and politics have a lot in common and I will save the jokes at the moment. AS THIS MESS BECOMES MAINSTREAM MEDIA NEWS, WE CAN EXPECT DAILY UPDATES. THE FOREGOING IS HOW I SENSE THINGS COULD HAVE HAPPENED. I could be wrong about some points, but I am good at connecting the dots so wait and see.

REMEMBER THIS: To find the truth, one must treat every story with suspicion. Most stories will have SOME truth, but some of it will be intended to mislead. Don't be led by the nose by politicians. People will be scrambling to cover their butts ... when enough information is revealed, the lights will come on.

UPDATED thoughts ... NOVEMBER 13 @ 1:30 AM:

Petraeus met Broadwell in 2006 ... I sense that both needed a good reason for Broadwell to spend a year in Afghanistan with Petraeus ... A book about the General made for a good excuse and justification that could pass muster and cover up their relationship. So Broadwell made it to Afghanistan some time after June 2010. "Broadwell decided to turn that research into a book and go to Afghanistan after Petraeus was tapped in June 2010 to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top commander in the country." ... CNN ... Mon November 12, 2012

Could the secret annex in Benghazi have been to house a team of 'contractors' whose mission is to recover WMD's and/or nuclear material such a yellow cake? Would this operation be so vital as to have ordered rescuers to "stand down?"

Nov. 13 NOON ... One has to wonder about the reported disdain the military has for their Commander-in-Chief. Many incidents such as the Rolling Stones coverage in Afghanistan,  polls showing massive military support for Romney, 500 retired generals and admirals endorsing Romney to just FIVE (5) for Obama, lost and suppressed military ballots and now this trashing of the military. Is it possible that Obama, Axelrod and Co. instigated these revelations as payback?

ARAB ... Jill Kelley, 37, hails from a Lebanese family that emigrated to Philadelphia in the mid-1970s. Maiden name: KHAWAM
In Print: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 ... TAMPA — Prominent Tampa lawyer Barry Cohen is tangled in a legal battle with former employee and lawyer Natalie Khawam.
Jill Khawam and her twin sister, Natalie, were the youngest of four children.
http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/civil/former-employee-takes-on-prominent-tampa-lawyer-barry-cohen/1238610 ... ANOTHER FBI agent investigator named?

Jill Kelley and twin sister Natalie Khawam, an attorney (LinkedIn page states "successfully representing whistle-blowers")are Lebanese. (Syrian connection possible?)

JEW ... Paula Kranz Broadwell,40, ... "And then, only a few days after the election, there is an announcement that an FBI investigation, led them to identify Patreaus in an illicit affair – with Pamela Broadwell. A little digging, and pretty soon you will find that in fact Broadwell is her married name; her maiden name is Paula Kranz. Once again, we find a pretty Jewish girl (like Monica Lewinsky) in the thick of things at the highest levels of America’s executive machine."
 http://www.iranian.com/main/blog/ayatoilet1/patraeus-affair-linked-israel   (IRANIAN source - always suspect)

QUESTION: Is it possible that relationship between the two ladies involved goes beyond cat fight jealously? Could the hatred be more profound as part of the centuries old hatred that exists between arabs and jews? Could either lady have possibly recruited by their age old loyaties to serve as spies?









ON School shootings and mass murder in public places

WHAT TO DO ABOUT SCHOOL VIOLENCE ...

The so-called liberals and atheist activists have lobbied the public, the courts and the politicians for years trying to get religion and guns out of our schools. Maybe the two issues are closely related?

Perhaps if the Ten Commandments were "allowed in" (especially the last six) as simply a guide to moral values, the 6th (Thou shalt not kill) might have registered with those who need the fear of God instilled in them? TEACH HUMAN VALUES IN SCHOOL!

Perhaps if school administrators and Boards of Education thought the matter over in a rational rather than emotional manner they would see the futility of banning guns as a solution? Decentralizing the risk seems a logical approach to making schools safer. Rather than put all the eggs in the basket of law enforcement, why not employ RIGHT TO CARRY as a weapon of prevention by having school personnel trained in the use of firearms. With time the critical factor, those closest to the situation would be able to respond immediately and lessen the horrific damage done by such events. ENABLE SCHOOL PERSONNEL TO DEFEND THEIR STUDENTS.

Obviously there are many considerations not covered here but hand-wringing is not the answer. Isn't it time to think about the problems of protecting our kids in any way we can ... even if the solution is scary at first thought?

While on the subject of schools, in the many years between my kindergarten days, I find that the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE and the LORD'S PRAYER are also under attack so I have an idea:

Would it help if each school day opened with at least these "promises" recited as a group?

MY PROMISES TO MYSELF

I will honor my father and my mother.

I will not kill.

I will not steal.

I will not lie or cheat.

I will respect the rights and property of others.

Just a few thoughts ... seems kids these days do not like to be told what to do so commandments may be a little too harsh. Physical punishment is verboten. Maybe if kids hear the above promises enough times, the message will sink in?

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The common thread of the spate of mass killings is the use of bullets. Recently, in China, mass murder of school children was carried out by a knife attack.Mass murder is not unique to the United States ... one can Google and find many countries where mass murders have occurred.

Another common thread is diagnosed mental illness. Yes, the perpetrators are all nutso -- diagnosed or not. Violent video games are a questionable activity indulged by too many young men -- those games blunt the sensitivities about death. Killing the bad guys is a reward. Heavy metal 'music' seems to come into play as well as the "Goth: This designation for a modern subculture distinguished by somber attire and demeanor and a fascination with death and the supernatural."

My point: Why  don't the folks who want to ban guns also take up the cause of banning heavy metal music and violent video games?




The late Adrian Pierce Rogers, a Southern Baptist preacher who served two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1979 to 1988 is quoted:

"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. When half of the people get an idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”

If it ain't broke ... don't fix it!
The American Flag Now
The American Flag under Socialism

Liberals are the political alchemists of our time

... no matter how many times their experiments with socialism fail, they still think prosperity can happen without working for it.
Hiding the truth is a prerogative of government and the bigger a government gets the more truth it can hide without fear of reprisal.

A VIDEO PRODUCTION FOR ALL THOSE WHO ARE FED UP WITH ALL OUR POLITICIANS !!!!!!
Click to watch this youtube video Published on Jul 2, 2012 by William Pappas

Under democracy, one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right.
- H. L. Mencken

Should politicians be subjected to lie detector testing? Just asking ...
The complete list of faltering or bankrupt green-energy companies:

Evergreen Solar ($24 million)*
SpectraWatt ($500,000)*
Solyndra ($535 million)*
Beacon Power ($69 million)*
AES’s subsidiary Eastern Energy ($17.1 million)
Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million)
SunPower ($1.5 billion)
First Solar ($1.46 billion)
Babcock and Brown ($178 million)
EnerDel’s subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)*
Amonix ($5.9 million)
National Renewable Energy Lab ($200 million)
Fisker Automotive ($528 million)
Abound Solar ($374 million)*
A123 Systems ($279 million)*
Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($6 million)
Johnson Controls ($299 million)
Schneider Electric ($86 million)
Brightsource ($1.6 billion)
ECOtality ($126.2 million)
Raser Technologies ($33 million)*
Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)*
Mountain Plaza, Inc. ($2 million)*
Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsen’s Mills Acquisition Company ($10 million)*
Range Fuels ($80 million)*
Thompson River Power ($6.4 million)*
Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million)*
LSP Energy ($2.1 billion)*
UniSolar ($100 million)*
Azure Dynamics ($120 million)*
GreenVolts ($500,000)
Vestas ($50 million)
LG Chem’s subsidiary Compact Power ($150 million)
Nordic Windpower ($16 million)*
Navistar ($10 million)
Satcon ($3 million)*

*Denotes companies that have filed for bankruptcy.
History Lesson ... Example of early failure of communism & before Karl Marx. Fancy that!


"Brink of Extermination

The most able and fit young men in Plymouth thought it an "injustice" that they were paid the same as those "not able to do a quarter the other could." Women, meanwhile, viewed the communal chores they were required to perform for others as a form of "slavery."

On the brink of extermination, the Colony's leaders changed course and allotted a parcel of land to each settler, hoping the private ownership of farmland would encourage self-sufficiency and lead to the cultivation of more corn and other foodstuffs.

As Adam Smith would have predicted, this new system worked famously. "This had very good success," Bradford reported, "for it made all hands very industrious." In fact, "much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been" and productivity increased. "Women," for example, "went willingly into the field, and took their little ones with them to set corn."

The famine that nearly wiped out the Pilgrims in 1623 gave way to a period of agricultural abundance that enabled the Massachusetts settlers to set down permanent roots in the New World, prosper, and play an indispensable role in the ultimate success of the American experiment."


CAPITALISM WORKS!
INTRODUCTION

I don't claim to be an expert on everything, but I DO claim to own more than my share of COMMON SENSE ... the product of my knowledge and experiences expressed here evolved over time, so bear with me on the not so logical order of presentation at this time. I work on this site as time permits with the idea that  after I have gathered up those noteworthy thoughts tucked away in my gray matter that somehow a book will drop out after I have funneled them into this site.

Just so I don't sneak up on you and drop a load of my personal opinions and biases on you at the end, I started out with a quote with which I agree heartily. The quote expresses quite well what so many wise people have opined over the centuries. If you fully understand the common sense embodied in the quote, you may want to continue reading. Those of us with open minds know we can always learn something new.

If you do not understand the quote, then by all means read on ... you are about to learn volumes about life in the real world.

If you wish to argue about the quote, chances are you are deep into academia, a genetic democrat, a socialist, a democrat, a brainwashed unionist, a closeminded fool who enjoys confrontation without purpose, a paid agitator who really does not care anyway or a freeloader intent on living on the public dole. If you are so emotionally invested in what the main stream media dishes out, then you need to read this to open up your mind to other ideas. THAT is what I like to think of as EDUCATION. This site could change your life if only to understand how the other side sees things.

To make things easier as to understanding my general opinions, there is a list of Relevant Links. Most of these express much of what I believe.

To be truly educated to me is to learn and explain all aspects of any issue. I try to do that if only because it helps me to understand what line of thought a conversation is taking. Productive interaction is what happens when people are willing to open their minds which, unfortunately, is seldom the case. Many people are so invested in their own indoctrination their minds close at the same time as their mouths. In this regard, I too have biases. When faced with what to do about a problem, my approach is to consider the alternatives. In the case of fraud, for instance, as a conservative I opt for seeking out the systemic problems and eliminate them to cut out the fraud. On the other hand, I find most politically invested liberals think it best to raise taxes and hire more political connected friends to handle the paperwork.

Now, if I somehow struck a nerve, and you are amongst the folks who are offended (boo hoo) and take personally what I said you really need to take a deep breath (suck it up) and learn why so many folks are turned off by your emotional attachment to failed concepts. The list of dolts mentioned above is not complete ... seems I run into entirely new groups of clueless folks who think that everything should be free. At this point, most 'liberals' depart ... usually in anger and refusing to even consider a rational discussion. Should you identify with, or agree with, any of the mentioned categories of left wing then y'all need to click here to develop some basic human values to turn your life around and fight the important battle ... that of protecting our wonderful country and your personal freedom from those in other countries who think like yourselves.

Rather that getting off on the wrong foot by citing known argument starters, let us just settle down and examine some non-combative thinking. No passionate, compassionate or emotionally charged issues, just common sense pieces of wisdom. I usually find that many conventional liberals are quite bright and capable of mentally multi-tasking to the point of discussing a current point all while developing their next point of view. These are the folks who are so knowing that gaining their confidence to focus on a given point is very difficult. Seems these are the people most challenging to me ... those who insist on putting all their cards on the table to demonstrate their wealth of knowledge. We used to call that a 'core dump' or 'memory dump' in my old mainframe computing days.

Now there are those reading this whose approach to darn near anything with which they have disagreement is to shout, scream, insult, curse, ridicule and demean anyone with whom they consider to be their opposition. My point to those folks is ... GET LOST! Go to the next frame. This frame is for those who are not rude. It is for those with educable remaining brain cells.

Okay then, what do you think of this singular thought as expressed by so many people in different ways. Everything has a price to pay. Are you willing to pay it?

“Everything you want in life has a price connected to it. There’s a price to pay if you want to make things better, a price to pay just for leaving things as they are, a price for everything.” –Harry Browne

“Every luxury must be paid for, and everything is a luxury, starting with being in the world.” –Cesare Pavese

“No matter what we want of life we have to give up something in order to get it.” –Raymond Holliwell

“You must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.” –Andrew Jackson

“A price has to be paid for success. Almost invariably those who have reached the summits worked harder and longer, studied and planned more assiduously, practiced more self-denial, overcame more difficulties than those of us who have not risen so far.” –B. C. Forbes

“No matter what we want of life we have to give up something in order to get it.” –Raymond Holliwell

“When you want something, you have to be willing to pay your dues.” –Les Brown

“If you are determined enough and willing to pay the price, you can get it done.” –Mike Ditka

“There is no victory at bargain basement prices.” –Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Nature cannot be tricked or cheated. She will give up to you the object of your struggles only after you have paid her price.” –Napoleon Hill

“Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent’s pressure, and the temporary failures.” –Vince Lombardi

“Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.” –Vince Lombardi

“Albert Einstein when asked what he considered to be the most powerful force in the universe answered: Compound interest! What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.” –Mignon McLaughlin

“Take what you want, God said to man, and pay for it.” –Spanish Proverb

“Before the reward there must be labor. You plant before you harvest. You sow in tears before you reap joy.” –Ralph Ransom

“For every promise, there is price to pay.” –Jim Rohn

“How do you go from where you are to where you want to be? I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life. You have to have a dream, a goal, and you have to be willing to work for it.” –Jim Valvano

So there it is ... my challenge to all who think what they want can be free. Is it your heart's desire really to live free?

If by devious means, one is enriched by circumventing outright theft by proposing, enacting or availing oneself to laws the sole purpose of which is to deprive some citizens of their rightful fruits of their own labors, what price will they pay? If you steal Vince Lombardi's Super Bowl rings, does that make you a champion? No. Does it diminish the accomplishments of Vince Lombardi? No. Will you pay a price at some point? A resounding yes! At the time of the theft, the thief will have lost (or added to) any right of claim to integrity. If caught the thief will be punished, constrained in some way and even jailed.

If never 'caught' in the conventional sense, the thief will experience karma. Karma is known as "the law of cause and effect" and plays a central role in determining how one's life should be lived.

"The idea of karma was popularized in the Western world through the work of the Theosophical Society. In this conception, karma is affiliated with the Neopagan law of return or Threefold Law, the idea that the beneficial or harmful effects one has on the world will return to oneself ... Wikipedia."

"Many western cultures have notions similar to karma, as demonstrated in the phrase what goes around comes around." ... Wikipedia

Anybody with ill-gotten gains will pay a price. Yes, like the thief, even the greedy capitalist who operates outside the law or whose lobby gains unfair advantage will pay a price ... someday. The Enron people did, the Worldcom people did, the Wall Street inside traders have and will continue to get their just dues as will the union thugs whose abuse their positions of trust for political gain and unreasonable benefits gained through extortion.

In the final analysis, those whose character is rooted in a belief in God and the hereafter, the choices you make will ultimately come down on one side or the other for you.
More along the line of every thing being fair to every one>>
Often referred to as income redistribution, robbing Peter to pay Paul to transfer money to others is using(abusing) democracy to legally enable theft. No matter how it is done, theft is theft.

Some folks think that if one were to take a bucket of water from the deep end of a swimming pool and pour it into the shallow end that somehow equality will be achieved. In fact, the water level stays the same but that does not result in the equality those folks hoped to achieve. They wanted what was now 'theirs' to make their shallow end deeper. There will continue to be a deep end and a shallow end and nothing will change. When one makes not well-thought out decisions and assumes a result they hoped for or expected ... well, that nearly always ends in disappointment. As the saying goes, "Money from Heaven is a path to Hell."

In nature, what living beings other than humans actively pursue 'fairness' amongst themselves? Answer: None.

Why does one fish eat another fish? Does a lioness yield to the demands of the rest of the herd of wildebeest when one of their members is chosen for dinner? Nope, they accept it as part of their existence and move on.

Many animals, such as the rabbit, eat plants and vegetables. Even some animals that live in the sea eat plants. In the interest of fairness, should brethren eating fish and animals be legislated to become vegetarians? Silly? Yes, but isn't that thought in keeping with the liberal mindset?

Then too, there are the really far out numbskulls out there who would take up the cause of fairness to plants. Forced fairness is not sensible or practical, but there are those bleeding hearts who insist that it is possible to fit square pegs into round holes. When those hand-wringers determine that their pathetic desires are outside the realm of their influence or things are not how they want them to be ... they seek help. And where do they find help? You got it. They think government and new laws can bring about 'fairness." And in nearly every instance, matters get worse. Especially so when they enlist the easily impressionable youth and disaffected older folks to join their cause which translated usually means those desperate souls who have failed or unwilling to try one more time.

The so-called 'liberal' mentality operates under the same delusions as mentioned above. Socialist/Marxists Liberals actually believe in redistribution of income in the interest of fairness. Delusional seems to be appropriately descriptive. Even in the worst of political systems where the rights of individuals are limited or abused, e.g., Communism in Russia and China, the promise of equality is nothing more than an empty promise. There will always be the 'haves and the have nots in any system of governing. Even with the simplest forms of equality there is always a leader and a group of followers... and that leader always has a special standing or privileged status that sets that leader and his/her followers apart from the rest. My conclusion:

Conservatives think with their minds and liberals think with their hearts until reality sets in. The examples covered in the following link makes the point about why INDIVIDUAL freedom is to important ... Why the Pilgrims Abandoned Communism?
Following are some of my personal thoughts & ideas for you to consider & debate!
Remember, these are ideas and not recommendations. I do not have the time, people or financial resources to investigate the details so firm conclusions would be irresponsible. If you are personally intrigued enough to pursue any of these thoughts for personal profit ... be my guest. Take the ball and run with it! Like the late Steven Jobs, think big and change the world.

Vote rigging: Programmer under oath admits computers rig elections - MUST SEE NOW TOOK PLACE TODAY!!!

Older video? Tubbs Jones is dead now ... cannot be 2012.
ME
About me ... a crisis of confidence.

Autobiographical look into my life from earliest recollections to present. This reveals how I got to this point and the experience which leads me to my viewpoints and the future that I foresee.

This site is always under construction  ... More to be written on this topic.


How to get rich without working hard ... find out what you love to do and figure out a way to earn money doing it.


MY

BOOK

LISTEN UP PEOPLE

LISTEN UP PEOPLE!

BOOK TITLE
"Parting Shot"

I am pretty much a guy who likes to avoid surprises, so here's the scoop up front about this book. It is a collection of the thoughts, essays, experiences and observations of my life. It is somewhat random, so the reader will have to deal with snippets and piece them together to find the common thread if indeed there is one. Along the way, there are real life stories with messages that will add value to your existence. If you find none, at least the interspersed humor will give you enough giggles to justify your time.

You will find many new ideas some of which could become legitimate businesses and make you wealthy. Hopefully, many people will read this book and lock onto some of those ideas. In 1967, I was pondering the risk of developing and/or acquiring mainframe computer software packages to sell into a what was then a national market of just three million dollars. While seeking encouraging advice I lunched with a National Partner of Ernst & Ernst who gave me the words I need to hear, "Rod, a thousand other guys have the same idea, but you are the only one I know trying to do something about it." So, I did it. I set out to seek seed capital to fund a sofware startup. More about that later.

I have generally been know as and 'idea guy.' Mom used to say about my younger brother and me, "Rodney will make the balls and Bobby will fire them." Rest in peace Mom and Brother, I am still making the balls.

We will examine some societal and economic problems and follow up with possible solutions. If nothing else these thoughts should trigger some new thinking which when added to the pot may enhance solutions being considered. For some reason, most issues seem to have two sides. For me, I frequently find a third side. Don't ask me why, I just do. Sometimes my position on an issue is valid and sometimes it is just silly, but how can one develop solutions without fairly considering every aspect including the ridiculous.

I saw a memorable cartoon few years ago. The scene was a human resource manager's office. A court jester in full regalia was seated across from the employment interviewer and the caption is, "I'm nobody's fool."

Somehow that seems to be appropriate for me. I think am smart and, well tests say that I am, but you can make your own minds up later.

Lots of smart people are not so smart and lots of people with all the finest of education advantages are not smart at all. Example on point: When Senator Ted Kennedy's long time Massachusetts senate seat opened up after Kennedy's death, Caroline Kennedy, President John F. Kennedy's daughter was being touted as the heir apparent. Very soon it became clear that Caroline would be an embarrassment as a Senator. Seems she said, "Y'know" more than many athletes who are interviewed on TV.

Caroline Kennedy, born November 27, 1957, in New York City, is the only surviving child of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Writer, editor, lawyer is how her biographical sketch describes her. Maybe she is smart, but for a lawyer, the gift of gab must have been a law course she missed at Yale.

Sadly, Steve Jobs, a Founder of Apple Computer recently passed away. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and many other college drop outs rose to fame and fortune on their abilities as well as the luck and timing that visited them as they entered the brand new world of personal computing. Jobs speech at Stanford in 2005 is remarkable and listed here as a special, not to miss inclusion. See Number 43 ... go ahead, read it now.

My only regret is that I did not take up this writing thing when I was eighteen when I knew everything (wink). Since then words of wisdom have crossed my path many times and I try to highlight them and use them when appropriate. One of my early on favorites is this one from Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonalds:

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful individuals with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."

There is a lot of original thought to be presented to you here, though much of what you find has been regurgitated. Like a food processor, my mind is a processor of information and the result is a blending of sources, resources and what is in my own mind a unique way of pouring out a product, little more than what is expected of a food processor/blender unit. More than just a blend of bananas, peaches and other fruits or carrots, tomatoes and the like. Generally, I have a better idea as to the source of fruits and vegetable beyond the local grocer, but when it comes to ideas, well, mixing in human relationships, a bit of education, an inquisitive analytical mind and experience all sprinkled with common sense and voila! In short, nothing is new in the world and I have long forgotten the source of my inspiration so accept what I say for what it is worth to you and don't look for a thoroughly documented, as in footnotes, book of references.

Of course, my whole thing is driven by American and World History and the lessons to be learned from the study of history. You know what history is? I like the simple thought I heard some time ago: History is the study of change. That about covers it. And, as has been repeated by many over the years in one form or another, "Those who don't pay attention to the lessons of history are doomed to repeat it."

Attribution is not my long suit here. It would take another lifetime with attention to detail to sort all that out. So if you recognize something that strikes your bell, well that is likely and where you heard it first was not the original thought either. Heck I have been telling one WWII story for years until an old timer informed me that  was a WWI joke. Cest la vie!

I have no special claim to fame and fortune. No celebrity status ... just as well. I find some of those boorish Hollywood types to be well out of touch with reality. No surprise there. How much credibility is deserved by those who earn a living pretending to be someone else. Think about it. More about that later.

Somehow I will come up with a clever thought at the conclusion of each though that I write about. It is a capability I found out about as I started to put my ideas on paper. Another thing is my propensity for 'sticking in' analogies ... sometimes preposterous, but to the point (sometimes not and sometimes not obvious). Anyway, the primary purpose of this book is to offer for your consideration and debate some thoughts I have about what I can present as ideas for the improvement of society and the lot of the human existence.

At about age 18 or some 58 years ago, I though it would be a good idea to have an original quotation attributable to me. Having repeating this thought to all who would listen over the years, I pondered the meaning of life. According to comedian Stephen Wright, he once discovered the meaning of life ... but forgot to write it down. In my case, "The destiny of the human race is to colonize the universe" would be my entry into the realm of deep thinking. Surprising how many people considered me a nut case. Maybe so, but not always for that reason. Personal vindication happened in the last couple of years when famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking expressed the same concept. Oh well, someone well before both of us probably had the same thought, but it did not cross my path.

The reasons behind this book are many, not the least of which is my perception that many of basic human values are coming apart at the seams. Much of my personal observations and experience points to a decline in civility and is the result of two things: Politics and Religion. This book reveals my lifetime of observation of life in America as well as moderate international travel to places like Australia, Brazil, Canada, Greece, Italy and The United Kingdom. I know or have had in depth discussions with people from all over the world including the above countries as well as Poland, France, Romania, Africa, Hungary, Cuba, Costa Rica, Slovakia, The Czech Republic, China, South Korea, Japan, Mexico and so on ... My poverty status as a child was followed by a nine and a half year, work-my-way through college adventure on my way to lower middle class society.   This did not permit me to consort with those much above my station in life until my first serious employment opportunity.

In short, I am long on ideas and experiences ... a classic generalist with no claim to expertise in any field of endeavor. So why should you read further? Again, two reasons: First, I believe that given concentrated attention by a listener, EVERY person on the face of the Earth has something to offer in terms of a learning experience. Intelligent searching of the minds of others can produce a new thread of though that just might lead to problem solutions. There is much to learn from every human (leaving other living beings out of this because a case can be made for a book of its own for each member of the living). There is no one we cannot learn from if we choose to open our minds. Listening and observation is the key. One old expression is that one never learns when one's mouth is open.

Second is what is done with whatever it is that we discover. Early on, as I took on leadership responsibilities, it became obvious that darn near everyone knew the problems. When someone brought me news of a perceived problem, my stock in trade was to say, "Hey, I know the problems. Do you have any solutions?" Maybe not a cool or sensitive way to deal with folks, but I think it worked for me.

My first serious job out of college involved starting a career with IBM in their vaunted Data Processing Division. That lasted just a year ... company politics is a bitch. IBM operated very much like The United States Marine Corps only the uniforms and weaponry is different and least back then. But the similarities are still there, I think. Sometimes, one knows who the back stabber was ... sometimes not.

Anyway, I just mentioned a key word. THINK! Everywhere one would turn at IBM, there was that damn THINK sign. On desks, advertising, everywhere. The message was ubiquitous.. Machines should work, people should THINK! Little did I know at the time just how important that one word could be. After all these nearly fifty years it has come around full circle in my life. It is the key to this book. THINK!

And that is what I expect from anyone that seriously believes they are possessed of a probing mind. THINK! Before you read something I have written and which at first blush appears to be preposterous, take a deep breath and remember the promise I ask of you: I promise to read with an open mind (since you will be reading, my expectation is that your mouth will be closed ... same principle as covered earlier). It will take a serious effort on your part and a great deal of discipline to keep that promise. In the memorable words of one Joel Hyatt, "You have my word on it."

True story: My beloved younger brother died last year. Veteran's Administration doctors found throat cancer when he was just fifty one years old. He was a smoker. Those  wonderful doctors treated him with compassion and with all their considerable skills. They kept him alive for nearly twenty years. Throat cancer is one nasty way to die. When the doctors met with us from time to time in the final months to inform us of the time Bob had left in this world, I offered this thought (taken from a famous Marine Corps incident as shown below). I said, "Hell, Bobby you are almost 70. When we joined the Marines we didn't expect to live this long anyway." Seems callous I know. Bob smiled knowingly. The doctors were a bit uneasy. But we understood. Even in such dire circumstances a sense of humor is essential in dealing with adversity. At least that is how I see it. Bob was a coin collector, antiques lover, joker, magician, loyal friend to many and jack of all trades. He did it all.

Bob was a seventeen year old out of Parris Island Boot Camp in 1956. He made meritorious PFC and had established a Marine Corps Rifle Range record for 500 yards. With an M-1, he scored 247 out of 250 possible points. As I understand it, a number of years later, a female came along to break that record scoring 248/250. Oh well! ... as Bob would say.

According to Wikipedia:

"Sergeant Major Daniel Joseph "Dan" Daly (November 11, 1873 - April 27, 1937) was a United States Marine and one of only nineteen men (including seven Marines) to have received the Medal of Honor twice. Of the Marines who are double recipients, only Daly and Major General Smedley Butler received their Medals of Honor for two, separate actions.

Daly is commonly attributed as having yelled, "Come on, you sons of bitches! Do you want to live forever?" to the men in his company prior to charging the Germans during the Battle of Belleau Wood in World War I, although Daly claimed himself to have said, "For Christ's sake men-come on! Do you want to live forever?"[1]

Daly was described by his fellow Medal of Honor double award recipient, Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler as,"The fightin'est Marine I ever knew!" Daly reportedly was offered an officer's commission twice to which he responded that he would rather be, "...an outstanding sergeant than just another officer."

So there you are. My brother Bob was one fine man and his life would make every Marine I know proud of him. This book is dedicated to my brother and every service man or woman (and God knows who else now?) who has, is now or will in the future put his or her life on the line in defense of the freedom that Americans find sacred.

As you finish here, I will be the first to admit sometimes (maybe more in your final view), I don't have all the answers nor do I advocate all of what I say ... you be the judge of the value. Perhaps, yours will be the viewpoint at the end of the thread that will breath life into an idea the thought of which takes me back to 1966. My company had just promoted the President of the Canadian counterpart to become president of the U.S. Operations. He was an eighth grade dropout and the company had within the prior year brought in three Harvard MBA's to work under the Controller, another Harvard MBA. The new president had a sign on his wall that read,"It is amazing how much you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit." That thought feeds into something that I have held sacred for many years ... there is not a human being on the face of this Earth that you cannot learn something from.

Now in the immortal words of Jackie Gleason ... away we go!

 
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Human Values

Good character says everything about a person and the quality of that INDIVIDUAL's life is directly proportional to society's commitment to Human Values, Four Freedoms, Individualism and Five Star Citizenship.

The starting point for child is parenting with emphasis on character building. Every human being needs to be exposed to and educated about:

Honesty ... why I NEVER tell a lie?
Faith,
Hope,
Charity,
Compassion,
Strength,
Courage,
Friendship,
Love,
Wisdom,
Trust,
Honor ... cheating in anything is dishonest and destroy's ones character.
Judgment.

Even with the best of all the things that go into the making of a quality youngster, their success is somewhat dependent on the people with whom they associate.

"Associate yourself with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation, for it is better to be alone than in bad company." ... George Washington
Require schools to teach Ethics
The impact of character traits such as honesty, tolerance, morality and so on are seldom understood by children. YES, they usually know right from wrong, yet they accept cheating, foul language, lying and other negative behavior as 'no big deal.' Can one expect them as adults to change?

This site is always under construction  ... More to be written on this topic ... development of the values listed.


By age sixteen, Washington had copied out by hand, 110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation. They are based on a set of rules composed by French Jesuits in 1595.

The Rules:
Treat everyone with respect.     
    
1st    Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present.

 2nd    When in Company, put not your Hands to any Part of the Body, not usually Discovered. Be considerate of others. Do not embarrass others.
         
3rd    Show Nothing to your Friend that may affright him.

 4th    In the Presence of Others Sing not to yourself with a humming Noise, nor Drum with your Fingers or Feet.

 5th    If You Cough, Sneeze, Sigh, or Yawn, do it not Loud but Privately; and Speak not in your Yawning, but put Your handkerchief or Hand before your face and turn aside.

 6th    Sleep not when others Speak, Sit not when others stand, Speak not when you Should hold your Peace, walk not on when others Stop.
7th    Put not off your Cloths in the presence of Others, nor go out your Chamber half Dressed.

 8th    At Play and at Fire its Good manners to Give Place to the last Commer, and affect not to Speak Louder than Ordinary.

 9th    Spit not in the Fire, nor Stoop low before it neither Put your Hands into the Flames to warm them, nor Set your Feet upon the Fire especially if there be meat before it.

10th    When you Sit down, Keep your Feet firm and Even, without putting one on the other or Crossing them.

11th    Shift not yourself in the Sight of others nor Gnaw your nails.

12th    Shake not the head, Feet, or Legs roll not the Eyes lift not one eyebrow higher than the other wry not the mouth, and bedew no mans face with your Spittle, by approaching too near him when you Speak.
"&c" here is et cetera, as in "and the others" or " and company

13th    Kill no Vermin as Fleas, lice ticks &c in the Sight of Others, if you See any filth or thick Spittle put your foot Dexterously upon it if it be upon the Cloths of your Companions, Put it off privately, and if it be upon your own Cloths return Thanks to him who puts it off.

14th    Turn not your Back to others especially in Speaking, Jog not the Table or Desk on which Another reads or writes, lean not upon any one.
15th    Keep your Nails clean and Short, also your Hands and Teeth Clean yet without Showing any great Concern for them.

16th    Do not Puff up the Cheeks, Loll not out the tongue rub the Hands, or beard, thrust out the lips, or bite them or keep the Lips too open or too Close.

17th    Be no Flatterer, neither Play with any that delights not to be Play'd Withal.

18th    Read no Letters, Books, or Papers in Company but when there is a Necessity for the doing of it you must ask leave: come not near the Books or Writings of Another so as to read them unless desired or give your opinion of them unasked also look not nigh when another is writing a Letter.

19th    Let your Countenance be pleasant but in Serious Matters Somewhat grave.

20th    The Gestures of the Body must be Suited to the discourse you are upon.

21st    Reproach none for the Infirmities of Nature, nor Delight to Put them that have in mind thereof.

22nd    Show not yourself glad at the Misfortune of another though he were your enemy.

23rd    When you see a Crime punished, you may be inwardly Pleased; but always show Pity to the Suffering Offender.
Don't draw attention to yourself.

24th    Do not laugh too loud or too much at any Public Spectacle.

25th    Superfluous Complements and all Affectation of Ceremony are to be avoided, yet where due they are not to be Neglected.

26th    In Pulling off your Hat to Persons of Distinction, as Noblemen, Justices, Churchmen &c make a Reverence, bowing more or less according to the Custom of the Better Bred, and Quality of the Person. Amongst your equals expect not always that they Should begin with you first, but to Pull off the Hat when there is no need is Affectation, in the Manner of Saluting and resaluting in words keep to the most usual Custom.

27th    Tis ill manners to bid one more eminent than yourself be covered as well as not to do it to whom it's due Likewise he that makes too much haste to Put on his hat does not well, yet he ought to Put it on at the first, or at most the Second time of being asked; now what is herein Spoken, of Qualification in behavior in Saluting, ought also to be observed in taking of Place, and Sitting down for ceremonies without Bounds is troublesome.

28th    If any one come to Speak to you while you are are Sitting Stand up though he be your Inferior, and when you Present Seats let it be to every one according to his Degree.

29th    When you meet with one of Greater Quality than yourself, Stop, and retire especially if it be at a Door or any Straight place to give way for him to Pass.

30th    In walking the highest Place in most Countries Seems to be on the right hand therefore Place yourself on the left of him whom you desire to Honor: but if three walk together the middest Place is the most Honorable the wall is usually given to the most worthy if two walk together.

31st    If any one far Surpasses others, either in age, Estate, or Merit yet would give Place to a meaner than himself in his own lodging or elsewhere the one ought not to except it, So he on the other part should not use much earnestness nor offer it above once or twice.
     
32nd    To one that is your equal, or not much inferior you are to give the chief Place in your Lodging and he to who 'is offered ought at the first to refuse it but at the Second to accept though not without acknowledging his own unworthiness.
     
33rd    They that are in Dignity or in office have in all places Precedency but whilst they are Young they ought to respect those that are their equals in Birth or other Qualities, though they have no Public charge.
     
34th    It is good Manners to prefer them to whom we Speak before ourselves especially if they be above us with whom in no Sort we ought to begin. When you speak, be concise.    

35th    Let your Discourse with Men of Business be Short and Comprehensive.
     
36th    Artificers & Persons of low Degree ought not to use many ceremonies to Lords, or Others of high Degree but Respect and highly Honor them, and those of high Degree ought to treat them with affability & Courtesy, without Arrogance.
     
37th    In speaking to men of Quality do not lean nor Look them full in the Face, nor approach too near them at lest Keep a full Pace from them.
     
38th    In visiting the Sick, do not Presently play the Physician if you be not Knowing therein.
     
39th    In writing or Speaking, give to every Person his due Title According to his Degree & the Custom of the Place.
Do not argue with your superior. Submit your ideas with humility.         

40th    Strive not with your Superiors in argument, but always Submit your Judgment to others with Modesty.
     
41st    Undertake not to Teach your equal in the art himself Professes; it Savours of arrogance.
     
42nd    Let thy ceremonies in Courtesy be proper to the Dignity of his place with whom thou converses for it is absurd to act the same with a Clown and a Prince.
     
43rd    Do not express Joy before one sick or in pain for that contrary Passion will aggravate his Misery.
When a person does their best and fails, do not criticize him.         

44th    When a man does all he can though it Succeeds not well blame not him that did it.
When you must give advice or criticism, consider the timing, whether it should be given in public or private, the manner and above all be gentle.         

45th    Being to advise or reprehend any one, consider whether it ought to be in public or in Private; presently, or at Some other time in what terms to do it & in reproving Show no Sign of Cholar but do it with all Sweetness and Mildness.
If you are corrected, take it without argument. If you were wrongly judged, correct it later.         

46th    Take all Admonitions thankfully in what Time or Place Soever given but afterwards not being culpable take a Time & Place convenient to let him him know it that gave them.
Do not make fun of anything important to others.         

47th    Mock not nor Jest at any thing of Importance break [n]o Jest that are Sharp Biting and if you Deliver any thing witty and Pleasant abstain from Laughing thereat yourself. If you criticize someone else of something, make sure you are not guilty of it yourself. Actions speak louder than words.         

48th    Wherein you reprove Another be unblameable yourself; for example is more prevalent than Precepts.
     
49th    Use no Reproachful Language against any one neither Curse nor Revile. Do not be quick to believe bad reports about others.         
50th    Be not hasty to believe flying Reports to the Disparagement of any.
     
51st    Wear not your Cloths, foul, ripped or Dusty but See they be Brushed once every day at least and take heed that you approach not to any Uncleaness.
     
52nd    In your Apparel be Modest and endeavor to accommodate Nature, rather than to procure Admiration keep to the Fashion of your equals Such as are Civil and orderly with respect to Times and Places.
     
53rd    Run not in the Streets, neither go too slowly nor with Mouth open go not Shaking your Arms kick not the earth with R feet, go not upon the Toes, nor in a Dancing fashion.
     
54th    Play not the Peacock, looking every where about you, to See if you be well Decked, if your Shoes fit well if your Stockings sit neatly, and Cloths handsomely.
     
55th    Eat not in the Streets, nor in the House, out of Season.
Associate with good people. It is better to be alone than in bad company.         

56th    Associate yourself with Men of good Quality if you Esteem your own Reputation; for 'is better to be alone than in bad Company.
     
57th    In walking up and Down in a House, only with One in Company if he be Greater than yourself, at the first give him the Right hand and Stop not till he does and be not the first that turns, and when you do turn let it be with your face towards him, if he be a Man of Great Quality, walk not with him Cheek by Joul but Somewhat behind him; but yet in Such a Manner that he may easily Speak to you. Always allow reason to govern your actions.         

58th    Let your Conversation be without Malice or Envy, for 'is a Sign of a Tractable and Commendable Nature: And in all Causes of Passion admit Reason to Govern. Never break the rules in front of your subordinates.         

59th    Never express anything unbecoming, nor Act against the Rules Moral before your inferiors.
Some things are better kept secret.         

60th    Be not immodest in urging your Friends to Discover a Secret.
     
61st    Utter not base and frivolous things amongst grave and Learned Men nor very Difficult Questions or Subjects, among the Ignorant or things hard to be believed, Stuff not your Discourse with Sentences amongst your Betters nor Equals.
     
62nd    Speak not of doleful Things in a Time of Mirth or at the Table; Speak not of Melancholy Things as Death and Wounds, and if others Mention them Change if you can the Discourse tell not your Dreams, but to your intimate Friend. A person should not overly value their own accomplishments.         

63rd    A Man ought not to value himself of his Achievements, or rare Qualities of wit; much less of his riches Virtue or Kindred.
     
64th    Break not a Jest where none take pleasure in mirth Laugh not aloud, nor at all without Occasion, deride no mans Misfortune, though there Seem to be Some cause.
     
65th    Speak not injurious Words neither in Jest nor Earnest Scoff at none although they give Occasion.
     
66th    Be not froward but friendly and Courteous; the first to Salute hear and answer & be not Pensive when it's a time to Converse.
Do not detract from others nor be overbearing in giving orders.         

67th    Detract not from others neither be excessive in Commanding. Do not go where you are not wanted. Do not give unasked-for advice.         

68th    Go not thither, where you know not, whether you Shall be Welcome or not. Give not Advice without being Asked & when desired do it briefly. If two people disagree, do not take one side or the other. Be flexible in your own opinions and when you don't care, take the majority opinion.         

69th    If two contend together take not the part of either unconstrained; and be not obstinate in your own Opinion, in Things indifferent be of the Major Side. Do not correct others when it is not your place to do so.         

70th    Reprehend not the imperfections of others for that belongs to Parents Masters and Superiors.
     
71st    Gaze not on the marks or blemishes of Others and ask not how they came. What you may Speak in Secret to your Friend deliver not before others.
     
72nd    Speak not in an unknown Tongue in Company but in your own Language and that as those of Quality do and not as the Vulgar; Sublime matters treat Seriously.
     
73rd    Think before you Speak pronounce not imperfectly nor bring out your Words too hastily but orderly & distinctly.
     
74th    When Another Speaks be attentive your Self and disturb not the Audience if any hesitate in his Words help him not nor Prompt him without desired, Interrupt him not, nor Answer him till his Speech be ended.
     
75th    In the midst of Discourse ask not of what one treateth but if you Perceive any Stop because of your coming you may well intreat him gently to Proceed: If a Person of Quality comes in while your Conversing it's handsome to Repeat what was said before.
     
76th    While you are talking, Point not with your Finger at him of Whom you Discourse nor Approach too near him to whom you talk especially to his face.
     
77th    Treat with men at fit Times about Business & Whisper not in the Company of Others. Don't compare yourselves amongst yourselves.         

78th    Make no Comparisons and if any of the Company be Commended for any brave act of Virtue, commend not another for the Same.
Do not be quick to talk about something when you don't have all the facts.         

79th    Be not apt to relate News if you know not the truth thereof. In Discoursing of things you Have heard Name not your Author always A Secret Discover not.
     
80th    Be not Tedious in Discourse or in reading unless you find the Company pleased therewith. Do not be curious about the affairs of others.         

81st    Be not Curious to Know the Affairs of Others neither approach those that Speak in Private. Do not start what you cannot finish. Keep your promises.         

82nd    Undertake not what you cannot Perform but be Careful to keep your Promise.

83rd    When you deliver a matter do it without Passion & with Discretion, however mean the Person be you do it too.

84th    When your Superiors talk to any Body hearken not neither Speak nor Laugh.

85th    In Company of these of Higher Quality than yourself Speak not til you are asked a Question then Stand upright put of your Hat & Answer in few words.
     
86th    In Disputes, be not So Desirous to Overcome as not to give Liberty to each one to deliver his Opinion and Submit to the Judgment of the Major Part especially if they are Judges of the Dispute.
     
87th    Let thy carriage be such as becomes a Man Grave Settled and attentive to that which is spoken. Contradict not at every turn what others Say.
     
88th    Be not tedious in Discourse, make not many Digressions, nor repeat often the Same manner of Discourse. Do not speak badly of those who are not present.         

89th    Speak not Evil of the absent for it is unjust.
     
90th    Being Set at meat Scratch not neither Spit Cough or blow your Nose except there's a Necessity for it.
     
91st    Make no Show of taking great Delight in your Victuals, Feed not with Greediness; cut your Bread with a Knife, lean not on the Table neither find fault with what you Eat.
     
92nd    Take no Salt or cut Bread with your Knife Greasy.
     
93rd    Entertaining any one at the table, it is decent to present him with meat; Undertake not to help others undesired by the Master.
     
94th    If you Soak bread in the Sauce let it be no more than what you put in your Mouth at a time and blow not your broth at Table but Stay till Cools of it Self.
     
95th    Put not your meat to your Mouth with your Knife in your hand neither Spit forth the Stones of any fruit Pie upon a Dish nor Cast anything under the table.
     
96th    It's unbecoming to Stoop much to ones Meat Keep your Fingers clean & when foul wipe them on a Corner of your Table Napkin.
Don't take so big a bite that you must chew with your mouth open.         

97th    Put not another bit into your mouth till the former be swallowed. Let not your morsels be too big for the jowls.
     
98th    Drink not nor talk with your mouth full; neither gaze about you while you are drinking.
     
99th    Drink not too leisurely nor yet too hastily. Before and after drinking, wipe your lips; breath not then or ever with too great a noise, for its uncivil.
     
100th    Cleanse not your teeth with the table cloth napkin, fork, or knife; but if others do it, let it be done without a peep to them.
     
101st    Rinse not your mouth in the presence of others.
     
102nd    It is out of use to call upon the company often to eat; nor need you drink to others every time you drink.
     
103rd    In the company of your betters, be not longer in eating than they are; lay not your arm but only your hand upon the table.
     
104th    It belongs to the chiefest in company to unfold his napkin and fall to meat first, but he ought then to begin in time & to dispatch with dexterity that the slowest may have time allowed him.
     
105th    Be not angry at the table whatever happens & if you have reason to be so, show it not; put on a cheerful countenance especially if there be strangers, for good humor makes one dish of meat a feast.
     
106th    Set not yourself at the upper of the table; but if it be your due or that the master of the house will have it so, contend not, least you should trouble the company. Show interest in others conversation, but don't talk with your mouth full.         

107th    If others talk at the table, be attentive but talk not with meat in your mouth.
     
108th    When you speak of God or his attributes, let it be seriously & with reverence. Honor & obey your natural parents although they be poor.
     
109th    Let your recreations be manful not sinful. Don't allow yourself to become jaded, cynical or calloused.    
    
110th    Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.


Note: Original spelling is unchanged.

Order book:
George Washington's Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior        



18 RULES TO LIVE BY

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
3. Follow the three Rs:
i. Respect for self
ii. Respect for others
iii. Responsibility for all your actions.
4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8. Spend some time alone every day.
9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
15. Be gentle with the earth.
16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
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Personal Responsibility

Five of the Ten Commandments are the keys to personal responsibility:

Do not kill other people and respect all living things. Survival in self-defense, the food chain and life treating bacteria, viruses, vermin & insects are exceptions.

Do not steal. EARN whatever it is you want by your own honest labor by doing anything legal. Show respect for the property of others!

Do not lie and deal only in truth. Even a 'little white lie' disrespects one's self and will come back to haunt. Face the truth head-on and do not FEAR it! Learn more about FEAR!

Do not commit adultery. One inherently knows right from wrong. Resist temptation. Think about children --first! One must learn self control!

Do not covet that which is your neighbor's. Understand that unfair advantage gained such as cheating in school & business, advocating special interest laws and targeted taxation and so on are simply dishonest. LIVE The Golden Rule!

Respect the parents who gave them life. Repay the love and care once received with kindness and respect.

This site is always under construction  ... More to be written on this topic ... development of the values listed.
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Individualism

Individual Freedom ... where every human being is important, especially from the point of view of law and politics, as a sovereign individual, not living by the permission of the government or some master or lord.

Private Property ... where each person has the basic right to retain honestly earned private property and the freedom to choose to associate with others on his or her own terms - whether for economic, artistic, religious, or romantic purposes.

Limited Government ... where the role of government in a free society is to settle disputes and maintain public order with the protection of citizens collectively delegated as the primary responsibility of a federal government headed by an elected president or other leader.

Free Trade ... where everyone has the basic right to engage in free trade - as in any other kind of peaceful action, even when his or her particular decision may not be the wisest or even morally exemplary.

Responsible individuals are the building blocks of a open, honest and free society.
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The Four Freedoms

The first is freedom of speech and expression ... everywhere in the world.

The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way ... everywhere in the world.

The third is freedom from want... which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants ... everywhere in the world.

The fourth is freedom from fear... which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of aggression against any neighbor ... anywhere in the world.
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Five Star Citizenship

Citizenship in a freedom loving country is a birthright but one must exercise the basic duties of citizenship in five ways. The birthright of freedom in America is a given, but the right to keep it must earned and jealousy guarded. Our Founding Fathers expected it of us.

1. Five Star Citizens are FEARLESS!

Many people fear government and if the idea of taking part in governing alarms you -- get over it! YOU are the leader of your life! Take charge of it and fear not those who govern because eventually they WILL take advantage of your trust. The first step is to conquer fear and join the best and the bravest among us as a fearless INDIVIDUAL!

Historian Lord Acton (1834-1902) warned that political power is the most serious threat to liberty. His essays and letters abound with memorable insights. For instance: "Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end...liberty is the only object which benefits all alike, and provokes no sincere opposition...The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern ... Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

Containing the power hungry personalities amongst us is an individual responsibility. Why? Because there will always be people who seek to gain power and control over the lives of others. When the people permit those who govern to gain too much power, they will always take advantage of the powerless. Do the names Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Castro and Hussein strike any bells? And those are just a few of the extreme examples from recent history.

2. Five Star Citizens know history and keep up with current affairs!

History is the study of change over time. So why is the study of history so important? Because the only sure thing in life is change. Because as many have said, history has proven that those who do not pay attention to the lessons of history will repeat the mistakes. So, a sense of history is crucial to good decision making in managing the inevitable changes in societies.

History is also the accumulation of knowledge we call experience and experience is not repeating mistakes. Some claim to have say twenty years experience. Do they? Or do they have one year's experience twenty times? Logic suggests that a good decision today is more likely when one considers the related factors that went into those bad decisions of the past.

America must avoid making the mistakes that caused other free countries to fail. Americans also need to understand the world's history as did their Founding Fathers when they wrote the Constitution. Those mostly very young Founders studied governments throughout recorded history. They drew upon that knowledge when, in just 4400 words, the very best protections for the individual citizen against oppressive government were written into law.

Knowing the history of one's country is one element of responsible citizenship.

Apathy and ignorance are the silent enemies of liberty. They will ultimately lead to the loss of freedom and such loss usually happens from within. They not only threaten democracy but guarantee its eventual destruction.

The birth of America changed the status of the individual citizen and gave Americans a legacy of freedom to pass on to future generations. It is the responsibility of each citizen to behave in ways that preserve, protect and defend that legacy.

3. Five Star Citizens THINK for themselves!

Informed citizens study all sides of an issue and decide what they want to believe -- as individuals. Thinking people refuse to take politically motivated commercials too seriously or permit undue influence by the media and special interest groups.

Since the nature of politicians and their supporters is to seek power at your expense, re-structuring the truth to fit their agenda is just another example of 'the end justifies the means'. Thinking for oneself means 'reading between the lines' in the search for truth. As with divorce, there are three sides to every story: His, Hers and The truth! Take the position of a judge and/or jury ... hear both sides, consider the merits of each and seek your own truth.

Internet news is the modern way to learn. We like The Drudge Report Web site because it links to the very latest news from a variety of reliable sources throughout the world. Also, there are links to a variety of viewpoints from those in position to shape public opinion.

4. Five Star Citizens VOTE in every election!

It is the duty of every citizen to secure rights and freedoms by participating in the affairs of their countries. Low voter turnout takes freedom for granted and is a disgrace to America in the eyes of the world. Do your part to stop the trend -- get involved! Civic responsibility is a habit one can feel good about. It is good citizenship. It is your insurance against disaster. Think of it as survival training for you and your descendants.

Some describe America as 'highly polarized.' Poppycock! We see a country where the two party system is working just fine. But, for the half of eligible voters who don't vote, well they have given up their right to a legitimate opinion -- about anything related to government.

5. Five Star Citizens use their political clout!

Individuals CAN and DO have influence -- IF they make themselves heard. Make it a point to write or call elected officials and centers of influence who shape public opinion like talk shows, networks, newspapers and magazines.

Informed communication and follow-up action is powerful. Get on your own soapbox! Be a committee of one ... a lobbyist for freedom. Voting is power. HOWEVER, uninformed voting just for the sake of saying, "I voted today" doesn't cut it. The best voters are those who are well-informed and can argue an issue from all points of view.

This site is always under construction  ... More to be written on this topic
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Apathy and Ignorance

Apathetic citizens neglect civic responsibility -- to their own peril.

They simply take the good life for granted and make excuses for their unwillingness to perform the duties of citizenship ... like INFORMED voting.

A society achieves long term success when informed, individual citizen members communicate their ideas to government:

They heed the lessons of history and fight to preserve successful historic values.

They examine issues closely and impartially.

They become informed voters and reject the 'what's in it for me' mentality and vote in every election for the common good.

They vote for what they perceive is best for the whole of society.

They recall the Founding Father's admonishment to "promote the general welfare" as opposed to the increasingly popular "PROVIDE the general welfare".

They remember that promises of politicians are geared to saying what is necessary to get elected -- the main goal of every politician.

They understand that the power-hungry thrive on empty promises and read 'between the lines' to seek the truth.

George Bernard Shaw once said,

"A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul."

The shadow of ignorance lengthens as apathy increases. History repeatedly shows that ignorance leads to the loss of rights and freedoms.

"There are more instances of the abridgment of freedom of the people by the gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation."

- James Madison

Can there be any doubt our forefathers knew their history? Over two hundred and thirty years ago they labored to protect us from the dangers of too much government.

Those brilliant young men gave us the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Unparalleled freedom for individuals became reality...and our birthright!

It is our collective duty to honor those who have gone before us and preserve the blessings of liberty for those who follow. We can do that with intelligent informed voting -- in every election!

Apparently the truths in the Declaration of Independence aren't so self-evident according to Ben Feller of the Associated Press. Recently, advanced-placement students were asked to name some inalienable rights. Silence. Given the hint, "Among these are life"......the response, "Death?" one student said . So much for liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Recent articles and studies reveal a severe lack of knowledge about American History and Civics. About one third of fourth, eighth and 12th grade students do not show a basic understanding of civics. The same was true for fourth and eighth graders in U.S. History in 2001: high school seniors performed worse with nearly SIX in TEN below "Basic" meaning they lack even partial mastery of fundamental ideas*.

"The challenge for teachers is .... to keep students from becoming alarmingly disengaged."**

There is a gap in the education system in the United States. Future generations are demonstrating that a continuing deepening of ignorance and apathy is in process. This must stop!

Forty percent of America's citizens voted in their 2000 national election whereas Canada turned out 74% in theirs. A vital part of freedom is voting. Underlying that spirit is a basic understanding of the U.S. Constitution.

Knowledge of the U.S. Constitution walks hand in hand with the American Free Enterprise Economic System. According to Christine Dugas of USA Today, middle class families can no longer afford to live on two incomes.*** Just a generation ago, a middle class family lived on the income of a single breadwinner. Now, housing, health care, college savings and growing debt loads threatening the American 'way of life'. Personal bankruptcy is at an all time high with some 92% of 1.6 Million filers deemed 'middle class'.

Basic economics and family values seem ignored in our daily lives. Ultimately, the 'something for nothing' mentality, 'instant gratification, and the selfish 'taking care of number one' can lead to no good ending.

Once again: A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. - George Bernard Shaw

The obvious conclusion is that a general malaise grips the citizenry. Personal research reveals a disdain for politics and government. There is frustration and a sense of helplessness about losing control over our lives. Some even say they don't care anymore.

"A nation of well informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins." - Benjamin Franklin

Fear of government is a reality In America and growing and for good reason. Largely in response to fighting the War on Terror, seemingly innocent 'rights' are disappearing at a faster pace than ever before yielding to legislation intended to 'protect' us.

"There are more instances of the abridgment of freedom of the people by the gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation." - James Madison

Much of the enforcement reality seems to be 'politically correct' when it needs to be focused on the 'bad guys'. Today's reality is akin to the teacher who punishes the entire class rather than putting forth the effort to find the perpetrator.

Americans need to revisit American History so the prevailing image of every citizen qualifying for Jay Leno's Jaywalking interviews is in reality untrue. The duties of citizenship need to become more a part of our lives.

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. - Derek Bok

This Foundation seeks to educate all citizens about their duties and to accept their Civic Responsibilities.

Contact 'centers of influence'. Centers of Influence are those who help formulate public opinion such as Matt Drudge, Rush Limbaugh, politicians, network talk shows, newspapers and magazines and TV. Famous quotations from earlier times have echoed throughout America. These capsules of historical experience tell us about the commitment it took to win our rights and freedoms -- and what must ensue to maintain freedom. The essays on this site chronicle the wisdom handed down through the years.

As in any business the product or service must be sold first. Our advertising and marketing choice is a highly visible patriotic motorcoach. Moving throughout America, it will serve as a symbol of freedom to children. A motorcoach is a new experience for most kids... much like the memorable first ride on a train or merry-go-round. It can become an icon!

The Foundation has done sufficient 'test marketing' to justify our programs. We believe that an impressive star-spangled motorcoach is one way to call attention to this web site. Our messages about the history of freedom and prosperity is necessary, especially for the youth of America! We propose to visit schools, libraries and organizations throughout America to promote American History.

The Spirit of Freedom is the courage it takes to fear no evil.

* National Education Association, 1998, 2001 **Ben Feller of The Associated Press, Article of July 3, 2003 ***Christine Dugas, USATODAY, September 15, 2003


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The Frog

If you drop a frog in boiling water he will leap right out. If you slowly heat the water he will be content until it's too late to get out. That is exactly how history works. It moves slowly and we never really or seldom see any danger until it's too late.

Remember how suppressed workers were before unions came along? The unions leveled the playing field. Unfortunately, over a long period of time the pendulum swung too far. Slowly, businesses and factories closed and jobs left the country. We were comfortable and didn't see the change coming.

We blamed everyone except ourselves for what happened. We weren't alert to how slow things change over time.

World War II, and the Korean War, demonstrated how powerful a united nation could be. Our nation, and our families, were united. The father was the head of the family and the President was the head of the nation. Both were highly respected. We were content and happy.

We were good at fighting a hot war but we were unprepared to fight a cold war with the communists in the 50's. They knew they couldn't change us but they didn't care. Their philosophy was to wait it out and capture the minds of our children. They loaded our colleges with many of their professors and waited. It didn't take long to see the results.

The '60's ushered in the radicals, drug culture, student protesters, and the Vietnam War. The aim of the cold war was to divide and conquer. They divided our families and the nation. The secret to defeating a polite and respectful people is to scream. The louder and longer you scream the better your chance of winning. Radicals are masters at this form of attack. They know if you constantly scream and repeat a lie it will eventually become the truth.

The media, and Hollywood, hammered us with hate America themes and stories. Our service men, and women, were jeered, cursed, and spit on. Even the people, one of whom later wanted to become their President, trashed them. We lost our first War in history. There was no hero's homecoming for our fighting men and women.

The Reverend King, who was raised in the old school, peacefully changed the race issue and united the people. When he died the new breed of leaders like the Jesse Jackson's, Lewis Farrakahn, Al Sharpton's, and Rev. Wright's put a lid on his efforts and turned racism into a money making machine.

Corporations were green-mailed by threats of protests, product boycotts, or endless lawsuits. Every issue, large or small, became a race issue. The public recoiled in fear of being called a racist. Their voices were silenced because one word could cost you a career, get you fired, or get you sued.

Even politicians buckled under to the pressure. The Florida legislature issued a formal apology for having slavery 200 years ago. They were thanked by being asked for compensation. There is no end in sight for this kind of nonsense. America didn't capture slaves and bring them to America . Their own people sold them to slave traders from several nations. This knowledge doesn't stop the screamers. History is what it is and you can't change it. There have been many tragic events in history. You acknowledge them and move on.

They divided our nation into two separate Americas . We now have Americans, and African-Americans, although Africa has nothing to do with being an American. You can be one or the other but not both. You are what you were born to be. You do not subordinate our country to any foreign nation. It's equivalent to flying the African flag above the Stars and Stripes. If you hyphenate two countries America always comes first.
This election year could be the turning point in our history because the frog theory has come into play. It's time to step back and look at how the country has slowly changed since the cold war started. Don't get caught up in all the hype.

George McGovern was the first Presidential candidate to test the waters with college students. The Clinton's played a big role in his campaign. It was the worst campaign ever run. He was crushed in the election.=

Step two was to infiltrate all the information vehicles such as radio, newspapers, magazines, TV and movies. They were quite successful at that. Jimmy Carter was the first President to demonstrate the leadership skills of the far left. Weak military, high taxes, runaway inflation, 19% mortgage rates, and plain incompetence ended his career in Washington Iran, a small country at the time, took American hostages and kicked sand in our face. By negotiating from weakness Carter could not get the hostages released.

The big benefit of the Carter years is that they were followed by the Reagan years. The nation got a clear look at the difference between a weak nation and a strong nation. Every student should know this difference. When Ronald Reagan took over the hostages were quickly released, taxes were lowered, inflation dropped, mortgage rates dropped, and the military was strengthened. Russia quickly waved the white flag and waited for another Democrat term.

Clinton took over Carter's uncompleted social programs. He weakened the military and tried to pass large government programs. An Intern derailed his Presidency. While he was tied up with his personal problems his lawyers ran the country. He passed up three opportunities to take out Osama Bin Laden. This eventually cost us the loss of our Twin Towers, thousands of American lives, and got us involved in a war with Iraq.

By the end of his term the left had captured a large share of the media and it flexed its muscle in 2000. The hate Bush campaign got off to a roaring start. The brainwashing theory of repeating the same story over and over again was launched.

There were endless stories about our evil nation and its President. Top-secret plans were leaked to the press and printed for the entire world to see. Hollywood cranked out documentaries about the evil Bush administration and our evil military. They laid the groundwork for the next election. The ACLU flooded the courts with lawsuits and the Democrat party became a law firm. Almost every incumbent, or his or her spouse, is a lawyer.

They now have the perfect candidate because they can squash criticism by playing the race card. If you don't like Obama, or criticize him, you are a racist. They can hide his inexperience and background by turning him into a rock star and singing change and hope. They don't tell us what kind of change, or how it will be done, only that you should hope for the best. By keeping the hype going they don't have to put anything of substance on the table.

The only thing we really know about Obama is that his wife has never been proud to be an American. They want us to believe that his liberal college professors, Rev. Pfleger, his ties to radicals Bill Ayer and Lewis Farrakahn, and listening to the Rev. Wright's hate talks for 20 years, had no influence on his thinking. If they didn't, then who did? He wasn't in business and didn't see fit to serve his country. These people launched his political career and their organizations received earmarks in return for their campaign donations and political help. They must have had some influence. Rev. Wright's church received over $15 million. That's only one small local church. Think on a national scale.

The change being promoted is a change back to the Carter years. It started in 2006 when the lawyer party took over. There have been endless lawsuits and investigations in retaliation for the Clinton years. It keeps the lawyers busy but does nothing for the economy. The economy has been in a downward spiral since they took over.

Returning to the Carter years of high taxes, high inflation, and a weak military is not the change we are looking for. We cannot cower to a bunch of crazies whose only goal in life is to kill us.

The old sages (over 50) will have to play a big role in this election. The young people simply don't know what the aged know. The advantage of aging is the knowledge you accumulated. You know what United States means. You know what the seldom-heard word respect means. You know how wonderful freedom and independence is. You know the difference between a strong and a weak nation; and you know what it takes to keep it strong. You know history because you have lived it.

Although the old guard is dying off, and getting too tired to fight, they have to muster one more charge. If they don't, our children, and grandchildren, will never know the joy and freedom that is the bedrock of our country. The heat is slowly being turned up and the water is getting hot. The old frogs better start jumping before it's too late.
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The RC Factor
Resistance to Change ... we all have it, but we must fight the good fight. Accept change, but ONLY when the implications are well-thought out. Americans ventured blindly into the hope & change arena in the 2008 presidential election. Change came, but when it arrived it had the look of a camel ... you know what a camel is? It is a horse that was designed by a committee.
Change CAN be good and it IS inevitable, so we must accept it on its MERITS and NOT without extreme caution. Somewhere I read that, "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread." Along that line, "Act in haste, repent a leisure" is more good advice. "He who hesitates is lost" is more advice. Now try to determine which can be good or bad advice since those last two thoughts appear to be in conflict  I see it, both thoughts are worthy of consideration when faced with choices. The successful person makes the right choice when confronted with a decision. But, you say we all make mistakes. True enough. I once read that the key to executive success is to make 51% correct decisions. Another is to make a lot of decisions, but never a bad big decision.
Some years ago, a large international company promoted a promising young executive to a leadership post in a South African Subsidiary. After some time, circumstances overcame the viability of the business venture and the disillusioned young president liquidated the company and came home. Hat in hand on reporting to the owners about the substantial loss he had overseen, the owners commended his efforts telling him how well he had done considering the hopeless situation he faced. One suggested that management was amazed that he got out with loss that could have been much greater. One said he wondered if he could have done as well?
Now if you happen to be in a leadership position, you have to face the prospect of the amount of trust you place in those reporting to you. In those instances, I prefer to encourage decision making rather than instructing. If you want to help a talented underling grow into a competent manager, one frequently finds that prospect is a bit unsteadying ... like a crawling baby learning how to become a toddler. It takes a lot of tongue biting to watch a bad decision in the making. Worse yet is to let the bad decision come to fruition. The payoff and/or tradeoff, if you will, is the cost of the bad decision versus the experience gained. Like everything in life, there is a price tag. The key is to step in when the 'student' is about to sink the ship. Never a good idea to let that happen!
Making 'seat of the pants' decisions should be left only to those who are extraordinarily lucky. Nuff said.
The alternative which many timid politicians find appealing is to do NOTHING at all.  When one is too timid to make ANY decision, that person has abandoned any right to leadership.
In 1961, when I ventured into the political arena, I used to talk about the telephone companies and how they moved away from manually connected telephone calls to automated call handling. A study back then suggested that had that not occurred, EVERY female (Not a sexist comment ... that was established protocol at the time) high school graduate would have to become a telephone operator to handle the sheer volume of calls. Funny thing. After one speech a phone company manager approached me. He informed me about the truth of what I had said and added from his personal experience that had automated equipment not come to pass exactly when it did, the phone company was actually within five to ten years of becoming completely overwhelmed by call volume.
How would America and the rest of the world handle human communication if all of today's calls had to be channeled through an operator? Laughable ... right?
The unions fought phone company automation citing loss of jobs and other such drivel. Now that same mentality is in control of companies like General Motors (Government Motors). Any thoughts on your part about how THAT will turn out? I wrote that some time ago and now I hear about the new union contract. Why does it make sense for a new United Auto Workers Union new hire get a $5,000 signing bonus with national unemployment at 9 to 18 percent? Why did Government Motors agree to it? Because they can! And because the union has gained control of their employer, quality and sales will go down and more jobs will be lost to non-American owned and operated companies. Anybody wanna bet?

Preservation of the status quo is not the American way, but change for the sake of change is dangerous. Change must be done with the thought that if you stop getting better, you stop being good. When it comes to change one must ask, "How does this make things better? Nowhere in nature does the question of fairness come into the decision. Fairness is an emotional approach ... the wise think and decide based on known facts.
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Capitalism vs. Socialism
Capitalism = The Free Enterprise System, Individualism, Conservatism
The level of comfort, success and dignity achieved by any living thing is directly proportional to its degree of individual freedom.
The integrated system that we call life provides an opportunity for every form of life to achieve the basic needs for survival. From single-cell organisms to plants, insects and animals, survival belongs to those who compete best and that is the nature of things ... Evolution and/or God designed it that way and that is how life is meant to be. UNLESS outside forces change the environment in which any life form exists, every form of life has the opportunity to pursue its destiny. Aside from luck and timing, achieving one's destiny is largely a matter of intelligent, well-thought out choices coupled with patience and persistence ... and the personal freedom to act upon those choices.
Socialism = Marxism, Communism, Fascism, Nazism, Slavery, Liberalism ... National government control of its citizens.
Some beings are careless and become life's losers! Time after time, humans give up their freedom and future in exchange for promises. Eventually the will to strive and succeed is crushed by those who take advantage of that trust. History repeats itself! History proves it! Pay attention!
Those who argue that a little bit of socialism is okay and does not necessarily lead to full blown abuse of citizen rights indeed have an arguable point. HOWEVER, many of those same people can be heard to reason that a female is partially pregnant when she is pregnant or not. No middle ground. One month, two months, three months and so on is still 100% pregnancy.
Folks who think that way are also prone to believe that life starts at birth and deny the cycle of life that starts in the womb. Birth is simply a jumping off point. They also justify terminating that life before completing entry into the family of the living who survive 'outdoors.' Socialists fit the mold. Their emotional investment in the huggy, feely aspects of life readily accept the idea of 'better off' ... the child is better off by 'not being brought into such a cruel world' ... I am better off by not 'having to support another mouth (than my own)' ... I am not married, 'What will people think?' and so on ... millions of brain cells going to seed because people have not the intestinal fortitude to unselfishly face a situation under the guise of compassion.
This is where our government needs to understand its proper role. The line in the sand is right and wrong ... what is acceptable and what is not. Problems get out of hand when the line is blurred and people get caught up on the side of the line that is not their domain. The grass is greener on the other side ... or is it?
The SPIRIT of FREEDOM is the burning passion of all living things to live unrestrained. In the process that is life, winners strive to succeed and never lose their SPIRIT of FREEDOM.
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What business are you in?
Peter Drucker is credited with asking that poignant question. Back in the late 1950s as I began to advocate for free enterprise, I found a long cherished example of the "What business are you in?" That question and an experience back then pre-dated Peter Drucker once again proving that history repeats itself. Seems a lot of folks get credit for other people's thoughts and ideas. Same with famous quotations. The person of fame frequently gets credit for repeating some other person's thoughts ... politicians have speech writers, comedians are forever lifting jokes and I am not without guilt since much of what is here is what dropped out of the funnel which means I take in a lot of information, mull it over and out pops what seems at the time to be a revelation of significance. All too often when I share that thought, someone will tell me, "Oh, I bought one of those a couple of years ago and it didn't work." Other times people mock me, giggle or both. Sometimes my listeners think I am brilliant until I ask someone else only to be told why the idea is a loser. So a good lesson here is to not get carried away with people who like your thinking. All too often they simply do not want to hurt your feelings.
Anyway, my first recollection of "What business are you in?"came in the 1950's when I was first alerted to the reasons for the failure of railroads. When frustrated by anyone who had difficulty grasping some simple free enterprise concepts, I would change the subject and ask, "Have you been to the airport lately?" No matter the answer, I would ask, "Did you see any Penn Central airliners?" Invariably the response would be that Penn Central was in the railroad business. My reply was, aha, they thought so too and that is why they failed. They did not take advantage of new technologies that came to be in the industry that they WERE in ... transportation. Railroad companies completely missed the early days of aviation.
Once again, the obvious lessons of history are being repeated before our very eyes and largely ignored by newspapers (and even television). They think they are in the "newspaper business" but in reality they are in the business of providing information. So engrossed in the rush to meet deadlines and publish written communication, they fail to see technology taking over and replacing their domain ... with domains (pun) of another kind.
Newspapers are rooted in protection of the status quo when they should be embracing the latest methods of communication. They bemoan their inability to compete and attack the credibility of the Internet as a news purveyor. Much like a frog coming to its demise while sitting in a slowly coming to a boil pot of water, newspapers are going the way of the railroads ... they just didn't see it coming. As I write this, the media are wringing their collective hands trying to figure out how they can profit from the new methods of communication ... all while dumping money into the very technologies that are eating their market.
Some of the very best advice I ever heard was from a Harvard MBA who said I did not have to spend the money to go to Harvard if I followed one simple rule that his professors emphasized: If you want to succeed in business, do one thing better than anyone else and you cannot fail. I suppose that thought can apply to most anyone's life's work ... doesn't have to be a for profit business. Non-profits present special challenges and profits for the souls of those who enjoy giving of themselves.
How about government? It seems to me that the larger the government, the more confused it becomes as to its proper role. A local government has problems on its doorstep and can see the problem and address the solution directly. State governments are more complex, but still close enough to its citizenry to handle common interest problems. For example, too many prisoners with a multitude of offenses from minor to extreme may necessitate a facility with greater security and oversight. The state must address this as a collective issue according to the laws of their state.
Now the federal government is another story. Over the past several decades, the United States has lost its focus. It no longer does one thing best. Their primary mission is to protect the citizens. Their view should be a world view which is no small task to say the least, but why do they insist on stepping on the toes of their own citizens? How do the branches find time away from their day jobs to participate in family matters other than simple oversight? Surely the states can enforce their own constitutions within the framework of our own United States Constitution. Who needs more government than that.
The power personalities that make up the Washington DC community is out of control. The pettiness of politics has them looking at America in terms akin to trying to find the last visible particle in a slowly diminishing mass of concentric circles. Political minutiae that can be exploited as I see it. Have you ever looked into mirrors in front and behind you trying to see 'how far' in you can go? Same deal ... just as distant objects become blurred (Myopia in medical terms), too many people of power are near sighted and oblivious to issues that are not within their control or realm.
No matter how much people demean Richard Nixon, his comprehension about the big picture is questioned only by those who would find fault with Jesus. Nixon could see beyond the pettiness. He had a world view. Think of it this way. Japan had Godzilla. Picture the terrible fright and despair of the people in those Godzilla movies. Well the western world is in the same predicament only our terrifying enemy is not a Godzilla. One could escape from Godzilla, but our path is blocked from all sides should our enemy prevail. Back to Nixon. Just who is our enemy? Well, if you believe America is good, then the enemy must be evil. So as Nixon saw it, we are in a classic battle between good and evil ... everywhere in the world.
Just who is evil? Our way of life as a free people governed by the rule of law is good. Those whose governments oppress their people with total government control are evil. So the question is: Is the United States Government fully focused on attending to the task of citizen protection? I think not. Like the old railroad barons, our politicians are focused on being in the governing business and missing the big picture ... fighting evil.
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Management in Government
Governments take the paths of least resistance which, to me, means resistance to change and new ideas. This mentality assures those running government are sure to fail. In the case of a new tax system, Internal Revenue Service personnel could be hired into other government agencies (or eliminated) as opposed to adding new employees in expanding federal and state governments.
Instead of managing government for efficiency, the prevailing mentality is to add personnel rather than 're-arranging' their duties. Changing the status quo for efficiency and economy works for businesses and should be actively promoted within government(s).
Having dealt with government, September 30 was a magic day ... the day in which monies have to be 'spent' to assure replacement in the next annual budget. If you don't spend it you lose it, they claim. As a non-insider with government, maybe there are or can be rewards systems in place. My impression is that pins and plaques are nice, but financial rewards put everyone on some form of commission. In business, proven hard dollar savings is the objective ... in government identifying the equivalent hard dollars saved to the taxpayers should be rewarded for the person(s) suggesting the improvement. Ten Percent seems fair and extra income is usually the motivation people need to THINK!
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About the federal government's involvement in the regular or investment banking industry ... stay out of it! Solyndra et al is a major scandal.
If for some crazy reason, the government is involved as is the case with Solyndra, at least a web site could easily be built to report financial results according to the regulations that are in place for public companies. REPORT RESULTS to the taxpayer investors for those of us who are interested enough to track taxpayer dollar investments. America needs transparency in these kinds of investments without covering up failure.
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Health Insurance
Food for thought department: Why would it not be in the best spirit of capitalism to permit local hospitals to market hospitalization insurance (or a service contract) to those who designate that hospital as their destination of choice in the event of emergency? I think some already do so?
Hospitals could collectively operate a 'clearing house' to handle out of 'territory' hospitalizations to reciprocate and balance costs. Who best to manage health care costs than an entity owned by the service provider? A locally managed cost containment unit department (Actually an independent, non-profit entity) in a hospital could best cope with local fraud, efficient 'paperwork', co-ordination of care between family and hospital and so on. The benefits are potentially enormous. IF hospitals are prevented from forming a insurance subsidiary, that deterrent should be eliminated. Competing is the way to lower costs and service will improve. Eliminating wait time for insurance company payment approvals for more costly procedures can only serve to benefit the patient. A local hospital decision should be faster. Regulation to assure fairness and to avert fraud and collusion would need to be considered ... the details are not my job. The idea needs to see daylight ... think about it!
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Mutual Health Insurance Association
Mutual life insurance companies are distinguishable from life insurance companies owned by stockholders. Mutual companies pay dividends to their policy holders, while stock companies split the dividends between their policyholders and the stockholders. Essentially mutual companies are owned by the policyholders, while stockholders own their companies with policyholders are their customers.
Insurance companies are major investors in relatively safe assets such as bonds. Life insurance companies earn money and pay determine dividends from interest on investments, savings from lower than expected mortality and lower than expected operating expenses.
Why is it not a good idea to establish a Mutual Health Insurance Association in which citizens can buy health insurance that participates in the financial results? I can visualize a mutual company that operates in the best interests of its policyholders ... one that is privately well managed, takes care in investing assets entrusted to it and accepts new participants based on sound underwriting principles. Young healthy people would not be disinclined to participate because once into the Trust, one can remain covered for their lifetime provided premiums are paid.
Everyone one I know is interested in good health and looking for answers to make them feel comfortable. They want to not have to face the loss of almost everything they own to pay medical bills in the event of a catastrophic health issue. A plan that would reward good health habits would accept the best risks meaning that those who have made poor health choices or have been genetically unlucky would not be eligible or would have to find funding sources to pay for the cost of their added risk to the plan. The desirability of becoming insured would increase the prospects for individuals to adopt healthy habits. Maintaining coverage could be conditioned upon an annual (or another time frame) physical examination. Perhaps the coverage could be guaranteed not for life, but perhaps in five year timeframe's. Coverage conditional on good health should inspire insured policyholder to maintain healthy lifestyles.
The possibility of a 'dividend' or return of premium in event Company income exceeds Company expenses gives more incentive to view the Trust as a personal investment in good health.
For catastrophic accidents or illnesses, Major Medical Coverage should be made available ... perhaps under the same model or in concert with the Mutual Health Insurance Association.
As for those whose health would not merit inclusion, the choice could be private insurance or Medicaid. In either instance, no one goes unattended in emergency situations.
Essential to overall lowering the cost of health care would be fraud protection to assure a one claim-one payment policy. Medicare and Medicaid are known to be vulnerable to abuse through double billing, fraudulent claims, over billing and unnecessary procedures among other abuses.
For example, in instances where both husband and wife have separate insurance carriers, it has all too often resulted in both of the insured entering claims for payment. For instance, childbirth. According to dHow Money, the average cost of childbirth at a hospital for 2011 is:
Birth Types
The total cost for a birth depends on any complications you or the baby may have. A regular birth, called a vaginal birth, can cost between $9,000 to $17,000, depending on the particular hospital. A Cesarean birth (C-section) without any other complications ranges from $14,000 to $25,000. The cost is without any additional problems with the mother or the baby. The amount is for people without insurance.
Insurance
A person that has insurance saves significantly on out-of-pocket costs for a delivery. The range for a no-complications delivery is $500 to $3,000 or higher. Specific amounts depend on the particular insurance plan. For example, your plan may only pay a percentage of costs or your plan can have a deductible that must be met before payment.


One can readily see that claimants operating under the radar of a massive, beaurocratic  system are quite likely to find ways to cheat the system.
I think a national network of urgent care, outpatient facilities operated as general practice physician or physician assistant owned facilities is an idea worth pursuing. Physician assistants or experienced nurses or EMT's are more likely to accept career opportunities in rural or remote areas which helps solve some of the problems common to small communities ... that of attracting and keeping a local physician.
Currently, many foreign medical students, specifically Asian and Indian doctors, choose to stay in the United States primarily because their impoverished or population over-whelmed countries do not have wide spread access to modern medical procedures such as MRIs and so on. Many of these doctors simply want to practice medicine and help people, but are limited in their home countries. What is accomplished by training doctors in the most sophisticated and advanced medical techniques only to go home and not have access to the equipment that is necessary to perform their best for their patients?
The ticket to permanent U.S. Residency is punched when those foreign doctors complete five (5) years of service in areas where there is no local doctor. When one fully understands this immigration video, the desirability of my suggestion is apparent on many fronts: 1) Job opportunities and job enhancement opportunities are expanded for Americans and, 2) Selfishly retaining the talents of the best and brightest of U.S. trained foreign doctors is a disservice to their home countries. America should consider helping those doctors wishing to practice at home by facilitating access to American Made medical equipment in their home countries. They need to be helped 'where they live' as stated in the video.
Operating in concert with the Health Insurance Trust and employing a McDonald's style standards of service and profit and loss accountability, the problem of quality medical care access is a possibility. Read paragraph 5 below to see how this idea can take root quickly.
Also, the malpractice costs at present are forcing many doctors into jobs at hospitals. It would make sense for a medical care facility 'franchisee' to have access to medical malpractice insurance under a blanket policy to reduce the cost of premiums.
Another protection for doctors could be access to highly skilled, Health Insurance Trust doctor/lawyers. Lawyers prone to filing frivolous lawsuits in hopes of a settlement for the sake of settlement would think twice about the validity of their claims.
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VA style health care for the masses?
IF national health care is to come (And its growth is beyond the 'creeping up ' stage), my opinion, based on several years of VA access, is that the computing and software system at the VA needs to be available to all health care providers. Why? It is geared to handle large numbers of patients at a minimum cost per visit. It would be the most productive way to handle a large influx of new patients.  Further, the economies of scale could be negotiated in a way to lower the costs to all hospitals and ultimately, lower the cost of Medicare and other entitlement programs.
What is the downside? THIS is scary: Listen to this phone call. ... It is a hoax, but not too far off the mark of reality.
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Euthanasia ??????
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The Postal Service
With annual billion dollars losses and a service that is now outmoded because of technological improvements (e-mail for example), it makes sense to bring forth some management ideas to stop the bleeding. How about all those local post offices sitting closed? Could a franchise-style business concept be the answer to putting those facilities to use ... think about the job creation possibilities? Fast food chain? Other franchise type concept? Perhaps the Federal Government and/or the U. S. Postal Service can sell franchises or territory rights to whatever common operation uses abandoned facilities.
How about featuring & enhancing the postal money order service which has been slowed by the credit card use? U.S. Postal Money Orders is a fantastic way to move small amounts of emergency cash in a timely, inexpensive manner. The alternatives usually are quite expensive and to the disadvantage of the poor folks amongst us. Why should people who cannot get bank or checking accounts not have reasonable access to our financial system? Why should they have to pay exorbitant fees to check-cashing operations?

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Abolish the 16th Amendment which provides for an Income Tax
The prevailing mentality in 1913 also punished America when harassment of citizens was legalized. The Founding Fathers excluded income taxation because it would permit the government to intrude on the personal records and affairs of its citizens. Now, a new tax system is needed. A flat tax and/or national sales tax would eliminate the unwieldy federal tax code and replace it with a simpler method of tax collection handled by the various states, nearly all of which have sales tax collection systems in place.
Assume one is in the 50% tax bracket, according to one essay that makes that person a 50% slave to the government. To paraphrase that essayist: "You don't need to own the slave, just the income he needs to live on." Is the United States NOT on the path to enslaving its citizens when increased taxation is the governing mentality?

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Abolish the 17th Amendment which provides for the direct election of Senators
In 2008 & 2009, Illinois and New York illustrated exactly why the Founding Fathers did NOT provide for the direct election of Senators by popular vote. Exposure to corruption of the election processes is inevitable when one person (Such as a governor) has too much control. Let the various legislatures select the best qualified statesman-like people as was the case before 1913. The founder's attention to the details is obvious from their intentions to what could occur.

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Guarantee HONEST elections
In 2009, massive voter fraud in many states became apparent. This MUST be addressed to assure the one person, one vote American tradition.
The people who cast the votes don't decide an election, the people who count the votes do ...  Joseph Stalin
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Unclog the court system

The easiest way to do this is to make the loser pay ALL the legal fees. This will create an environment for settling cases out of court as well as eliminate frivolous suits ... intended to create financial harm usually to the party least able to defend. (Since I wrote this, a case in point is that of Sarah Palin where antagonists brought multiple lawsuits against her with the apparent goal of her financial destruction to the point she HAD to find income other than that of governor).

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A National Voter Registration System is needed
Why should inept or corrupt states be able to influence the outcome of a national election? A link to CODIS will cull out felons and other who may be ineligible to vote.  (CODIS is a computer software program that operates local, State, and national databases of DNA profiles from convicted offenders, unsolved crime scene evidence, and missing persons.) Indelible fingerprint voting tied to CODIS could be included. Whatever it take to assure that only living, qualified, properly registered  individuals are voting ... and only voting ONCE.

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Compare with local registrations????
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Ban all political donations from unions and private interest groups OR level the playing field

Corporations have a need to get their messages out to the legislative bodies of government.
Direct contributions compromise integrity of the system because there are those who take money in return for political favors.
Representatives of citizens should not be so easily 'bought.'
Organizations have a need to communicate their concerns and should publish such information on the Internet for all to see. Politicians have a need to know and all positions on each issue could be analyzed via web sites, HOWEVER, every organization & citizen should have access to the political system.

Because unions and their corporate employers spend huge amounts of money to assure access to politicians, I personally favor extremely strict limits on such spending. Why have a media if in the normal course of their work, they cannot find the time to report the positions of each side? The media already does that in many respects. The problem is with the disinformation spread via the media through paid advertising by those with political interest in the outcome.

Any way you look at it, from the union point of view or the business point of view, the money spent by each will ultimately end up in an increased cost of the product or service to the customer. I guess one could argue that the political spending is one reason for America's decline in competitive advantage throughout the world. After all, dictators and one party systems are without those costs. Is this another way that America is shooting itself in the foot?

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Set spending amounts for campaigns
All too often the winner of a race is the one who spends the most money. Why not have mandatory spending limits for any elective office and mandate that when filing campaign expense reports, receipts amounts should be tied to the report.

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Add more responsibility to the presidential debate commission
The areas of expertise and complete  personal information for each candidate for national office needs to be thoroughly scrutinized. A check list of requirements should be, at the very least, equivalent to what a human resources manager would require when hiring an executive. Detailed background check, all educational records including grades and so on should be available to voters along with valid birth certificate and other pertinent information.

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Eliminate corporate income taxes
Face it. Businesses don't pay taxes. They simply pass the cost along to their customers which in turn lowers their ability to compete in international markets thus costing American jobs. Along that line of thought, at every opportunity the temptation to hire more government employees should be resisted. Why? In a capitalist economy (the most successful system the world has ever seen), government is overhead ... an expense item if you will. Capitalism is profit. Why does it make sense for government to take taxes from prosperous companies for politicians to spend? Why not keep as much money as possible in the private sector to facilitate job-creating investments?
The truth is government produces NOTHING and certainly not profits in the ordinary course of events.

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Trust funds and other vehicles organized for protection assets of the rich
I am not privy to the internal workings of such entities (Not having maintained sufficient wealth over the years to justify legal asset protection and off-shore accounts)  and fancy accounting. However, it seems to me there needs to be serious information gathering in this area. Why? If there is a wall between those assets and the ordinary citizen that disadvantages that citizen, possibly changes are in order. This thought is not meant to be another way to take from the rich to give to the poor, but rather meant to assure a level playing field for the rich and the poor. The poor are not advantage to cost justify the legal expense ... and they should not be adversely affected by those who can afford such asset protection.

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Eliminate AFFIRMATIVE ACTION programs
The 2008 presidential election proves that quota and special treatment is no longer needed. All persons should have the same opportunity for education. If not, Affirmative Action should be extended to include ALL businesses such as professional sports leagues ... NBA, MLB, NFL etc. The idea of rewarding achievement rather than politically inspired social engineering is a concept that may require bold initiatives to convey the idea that personal commitment is the way to strive and succeed.

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Education
Some CEOs never graduated college and some never bothered to apply. I know a lot of people with college degrees and more who are not educated. It is as if their claim to fame is the degree and in some cases make that plural. Just when getting a start, some choose to rest on their laurels and expect life to come to them. It doesn't.
The admonition of Ray Kroc mentioned earlier fits here too: "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful individuals with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."
Let's take a look at some success stories. I wonder if any one of these folks ever spent even a second of their time on a picket line or protest spectacle?
Steve Jobs Position: Founder/CEO, Apple Market Cap: $362.4 billion ... Recently deceased, he started developing computing at age 12 while in high school. His 2005 Stanford Commencement address is a classic.

Bill Gates Position: Co-Founder/Chairman, Microsoft Market Cap: $226.2 billion ... dropped out of Harvard in his junior year

Paul Allen Position: Co-Founder, Microsoft Market Cap: $226.2 billion ... is another chief executive who never got a college degree.

Michael Dell Position: Founder/CEO, Dell Market Cap: $30 billion ... built computers in his college dorm room at 19 and made Fortune 500 list at age 27 with 100,000 employees.

Richard Branson Position: CEO, Virgin Group Company Worth: $18 billion Virgin Media Market Cap: $8.1 billion ... Started Student Magazine at age 16 and didn’t even finish high school

Ralph Lauren Position: CEO, Polo Ralph Lauren Market Cap: $11.9 billion ... High school graduate with a flair for fashion. No college.

Alfred Taubman Position: Founder, Taubman Centers Market Cap: $3.3 billion ... Started in retail at age 11.
Richard Schultz Position: Founder/Former CEO, Best Buy  Market Cap: $10.1 billion ... Started as a paperboy at age 11.
Micky Arison Position: CEO, Carnival Market Cap: $19.6 billion ... Started in sales and worked his way up in the cruise business.

Mark Zuckerberg Position: Founder/CEO, Facebook Company Value: $100 billion ... Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard before graduating to put all of his focus into social networking.

There are others deserving of mention here, but that is an entirely new book. History is replete with similar success stories. These giants of capitalism are just the current crop. Some of their companies eventually will fall by the wayside ... some won't. One way or another, their accumulated wealth will largely be distributed to others as new faces with new ideas will come to pass and competition obviates the need for their products and/or services. That is the beauty of capitalism. It gives the poor a chance, through hard work, luck and timing to strive and succeed.

To be sure, dynastic wealth will perpetuate some of the richest winners offspring. Their richness will be counted in assests and not necessarily in the richness of their souls. In a way that is sad, because they will never know if they were 'good enough' to make it on their own. Cest la vie!

Now the good news. Take the above listed cumulative total of the above ten success stories of great success, multiply that number by many thousands of stories like theirs and you will find mind boggling wealth created from scratch by the 'uneducated' among us. Millions of jobs have resulted from their efforts. Those folks are doing alright too. After all, not everyone has the tenacity, personality, good fortune and to be sure, good luck to achieve as they have. Not everyone is cut out to be a chief, be happy indians can enjoy life too.

Now consider the vast number of people who DID go to colleges and universities and went on to complete higher education. Just think of the many, many more whose lives have been enriched by free market capitalism and you will appreciate the meaning of the word opportunity.

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Education Reform
A massive alteration to how education is delivered is called for and technology is the answer to most budget woes. Today, most students are acutely aware of and adaptable to all types of technology. The Internet has opened the doors to knowledge and efficiencies heretofore unheard of.
We propose acceleration in distance learning, i.e., education delivered via computer ... from anywhere. For quality control, once a course is completed on-line, the student could complete the course by an in person supervised test. Teachers unions whose self-interest is obvious will oppose such a plan, but taxpayers should demand it. Billions could be creatively  re-allocated and more courses offered. Course development could come from the very best teachers ... it is simply a matter of migrating their course outlines to an automated format. Even with the best teachers, as time goes on their work product will be more thorough and the knowledge base expanded.

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Schools should teach Evolution AND Creationism
Per The State of California, Science Framework Draft (September, 1989), 14-15. "Evolution is the central organizing theory of biology, and has fundamental importance in other sciences as well. It is no more controversial in scientific circles than gravity or electricity is. And, regardless of whether the changes in plants and animals are gradual or sporadic, the facts remain that plants and animals have evolved over time. There is no scientific dispute that evolution has occurred and continues to occur; this is why evolution is regarded as a scientific fact."
To the extent that Creationism is of  religious importance, its relevance in the world needs to include examination of all major religions. After all, what is the value of education that is not all-encompassing? If not all-encompassing, is that not 'brain-washing? How can anyone deny knowledge and still claim to be an educator?

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Schools should teach political and economic systems
Capitalism and socialism are barely understood by most adults and their relationships to the realities of a political world is essential to informed voting decisions.
Require schools to teach FIVE STAR CITIZENSHIP ... Honesty, integrity, duty, honor, country.
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Educate lawmakers about Free Enterprise Investment
SOLYNDRA BANKRUPTCY ... Solyndra, a solar energy company, filed for bankruptcy, shocking both workers and the Obama administration, which had given the startup $535 million in low interest loans.
COINCIDENCE: $535 Million that looks like a total loss. There are 535 members of Congress: 100 Senators and 435 Representatives. Not only a highly suspect loss of tax money for the tree hugger agenda, but a political payoff to boot.
Wonder how things would look now if each member of Congress had been given a grant opportunity for investment in a private start up business(es)?  That would be a great way to compare each Congressperson's performance and understanding of Free Enterprise.
Most lawmakers are lawyers by trade and are notoriously inept as businessmen. Should lawmakers and their brethren government workers be enabled to make banking and business decisions using taxpayers money with no personal stake in the investment result? NO!
Under the heading, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? At this writing, it is being reported that ANOTHER nearly half a BILLION DOLLAR investment was in the works for Solyndra. Talk about being emotionally invested and throwing good money after bad, that takes the grand prize for stupidity (unless you are of the tree hugging mentality and it is not your money). Might as well keep putting someone else's dollar coins in the slot machines of Las Vegas.

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Require schools to teach Ethics
The impact of character traits such as honesty, tolerance, morality and so on are seldom understood by children. YES, they usually know right from wrong, yet they accept cheating, foul language, lying and other negative behavior as 'no big deal.' Can one expect them as adults to change?

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Require schools to teach traditional American and World History
That is why this site came into being. There is so much ignorance about the extremely important people and events that have led humanity to its present status We must reject revisionist history as it is politically motivated.
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Troops in Afghanistan
In the history of the world, NO one has  conquered Afghanistan. That is why is known as the graveyard of empires. No army has won there ... not Genghis Khan, not Alexander the Great, not the British, not Russia and so on. America MUST not yield to pleas for conventional warfare. Today,  January 9, 2009, Americans are using technology to contain brutal warlords and religious zealots. THAT is the way to prevail militarily and, hopefully, will lead to winning the war of ideas. Containment is possible when total victory may not.
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Abortion
I have my personal view on abortion and feel that every person involved in thoughts of abortion should act accordingly. The assumption by me is akin to pre-marital counseling. Before abortion, I do believe that counseling is appropriate and should be required. Other than that, I think abortion does not belong in the political arena as just another issue whereby each viewpoint seeks more laws to enhance their ability to control. This is a powerful picture and with that, I leave each reader to decide on one's own how to proceed with their beliefs. Take a look!
Why is it that most liberals I know are against the death penalty but for abortion? Am I to understand that some people think it is okay to give a pass on life and death to murderers, terrorists, kidnappers etc., but somehow it is acceptable to kill a live baby without giving it enough time in life to deserve such a fate?
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Wall Street
Simplify the process. The crookedness of the industry is rooted in their pursuit of  'financial instruments' (Including Options Trading) to sell to their clients. All to often, these instruments tend to enrich the sellers to the detriment of the buyers. Maybe short-selling should be completely banned ... after all it is a negative mind-set that benefits, not to mention the blatant abuses of those in possession of insider knowledge. Perhaps, insider manipulation convictions should require mandatory sentences based on the amount of financial damage.
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Non-profit organizations should pay taxes like every other entity
They use fire, police and other public services. This includes churches and covered-up 'religions that are heavily involved in the political process. Besides, why should taxpayers subsidize religious beliefs to which they do not subscribe? In the case of churches and religious matters, is not the support from government a violation of the widely-held belief in the concept of church and state separation? Where is the ACLU on this one?
Eliminate sales tax exemptions and most other tax exemptions. Why is it right for taxpayers to fund police, fire and other public services to organizations that have not paid their fair share? Too, why should taxpayers help to fund organizations with causes not advocated by the taxpayer? Is that not a form of taxation without representation?
Recently, The Foundation received a residence as a donation. On transferring the deed, I learned there would be no more real estate taxes after a year. Now I see why the Jesse Jackson, Jeremiah Wright and Al Sharpton are reverends ... Pat Robertson et al are riding in the same boat I would imagine. These folks should not complain too much when the church poor box is robbed ... they are doing worse every day they avoid taxes and let others pay their freight.
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Social Security
Social Security has gone far beyond its original purpose, i.e., to take of the aged, widows and children.  Social programs for all kinds of scenarios are funded by Social Security.  Whether right or wrong, to pay for all this,  (As in the case of illegal immigrants, others who have not paid their fair share into the system etc.), why not apply, for example,  a 10% flat rate on all earnings. Perhaps eliminate the organization contribution and limit their responsibility to collection as part of their payroll system.
ALL public and private employees should pay into social security including members of congress and receive NO other government "special deal" pension. Their generous pensions are nothing more than legalized extortion and should be eliminated.
IN SHORT, ALL pension funds should be moved into Social Security. The pension obligations for the various entities should be nullified. Once done, all pensions would be funded out of Social Security.  
YES, it can be argued that this is in effect Marxist in that it 're-distributes income'. While unfair to organizations that used their political clout it is similarly unfair, though perhaps legal, in the manner in which those 'benefits' were extracted from the taxpayers.
Some will argue about their 'rights' and unwilling to concede that much of the pension obligations arose from trading votes for concessions by weak lawmakers who were unwilling to protect their taxpayers.
One 'pension' plan would enable people to get back to doing their jobs and invest the time spent in concocting schemes to enrich themselves in other worthy pursuits.

And another thing about Social Security: The 'rules' need to be continually reviewed. For instance, eligibility is too broad in some areas and too strict in others. We hear about illegal aliens and others 'collecting' benefits without paying into the system (I find this hard to believe, but there it is. Rumor?). The system needs some insurance company style experience to deal with fraud and waste.
Also, there are many seniors and disabled who reside in government subsidized housing. There are reasonably strict rules for residency including annual inspections and re-certification of eligibility based on sustainable annual income such as pensions and Social Security.
There are long waiting lists to enter subsidized housing. With political threats of cutting Social Security benefits and 're-working' the formula for amounts to be paid, why not look at ways to improve the lot of those who are eligible? One idea I have is to permit friendly seniors to share living space. Currently, both parties incomes are pooled when calculating eligibility thus eliminating thousands of people from sharing space. apartments are occupied by one person. Such a waste. Qualification could be based on the highest income recipient. Advantages are increased availability to all, attention to each others needs such as security and to 'watch over' each other, lower costs on utility usage for the property, lower costs for shared regular costs (such as insurance, food, computing and television access and so on), Perhaps, new housing can be justified to accommodate an expanded living arrangement by building two bedroom units?
Deny it all they want, those on fixed incomes DO notice increased prices of basic need items. Benefits have not increased since the latest Bush presidency ... and now those in power threaten to reduce payments?

Contrary to much of the misinformation-information carried by e-mail etc., the following is from the U. S. Government's  official web site:
"Members of Congress are not eligible for a pension until they reach the age of 50, but only if they've completed 20 years of service. Members are eligible at any age after completing 25 years of service or after they reach the age of 62. Please also note that Members of Congress have to serve at least 5 years to even receive a pension.
Members of Congress under FERS contribute 1.3 percent of their salary into the FERS retirement plan and pay 6.2 percent of their salary in Social Security taxes." ... per: The U. S. Government
More info at: WorldNetDaily ... C-Span ... and the ultimate authority ...The horse's mouth: Government Access
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Social Security Union
The teachers have one. The auto workers, postal workers, most government workers have them too. Unions are all over the place, so maybe it is time to start another. How about a union for people who pay into social security? Would we not then have the wherewithal to have our 'leaders' protect our interests and lobby, buy off politicians and whatever it takes to have a fair shake?
How do you like the name, Union of Social Security Recipients or USSR? Just a thought.
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Professional Sports

Seniors and disabled are disadvantaged when sports facilities are built with public money and access to those events is denied on a reasonable basis.

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Border Security

U.S. mulls Canadian border fence
The Canadian Press
Posted: Sep 29, 2011 9:38 AM ET

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/09/29/fence-border-canada.html?cmp=rss

Excerpt: "The Customs and Border Protection report says while fences have been a big element in deterring unauthorized crossings of the U.S.-Mexican border, "it is unlikely that fencing will play as prominent a role" on the northern border, given its length and terrain that varies from prairie to forest.

However, the agency would use fencing and other barriers such as trenches to control movement and sometimes delay people trying to sneak across the border, increasing the likelihood they could be caught, says the report."

At the risk of being labeled paranoid, I considered the possibilities of fences on the upper and lower sides of America. Obviously border security is necessary, but are drastic measures such as fences a smart idea? Lets take a look.

I think back to the days when I called on business executives to sell them on the reasons why they should buy computing software for their mainframe computers. The many software packages available included some that were not necessarily cost justified as to hard dollar cost savings, but rather needed to safeguard the information on the computer and control access to that information. Interestingly, the threat to computer security in the following 35 years has blossomed into nearly every corner of the world as daily new threats are uncovered ... even to the extent of disrupting government operations and so on. The fact is that data security is a serious problem and has become foremost in nearly any serious discussion about the use of computing capabilities.

One specific instance from which I have drawn my perspective is helpful in presenting the reason why I think fences are a bad idea in the long run. IBM used to have the software market pretty much to itself because it could bundle software with hardware, thus freezing out competition. By consent decree, IBM had to relent and separate its computing hardware sale from the associated software which enabled independent software companies the opportunity to compete. Of course, the mainframe operating system had no independent competition so IBM could provide that necessary systems software with its computer to enable the computer to function. IBM also offered some 'enhancements' as additional capabilities. One such add-on was their Time Sharing Option (TSO). TSO permitted access to the mainframe from local and/or remote terminals which had little or no computing capability like the personal computers like the one I am now using.

One day, I had occasion to make my first stop of the day to a large banking company's computing center. I was selling a competing product to TSO. At that time, TSO was notoriously weak in managing access to the mainframe computer. Bear in mind that my product was, as I recall, about $50,000 or so per mainframe whilst TSO was 'free'. I parked my car in the banks parking lot and noticed some security officers patrolling the area. On entering the area where visitors sign in, I spoke through the hole in the bullet proof glass window to a uniformed 'receptionist'. Standing around was another five 'officers'. As I walked through the aisles to get to the appointed meeting area, I passed or noticed more 'officers'. All in all, I seem the recall thirty two (32) as the number of security personnel in attendance ... and that was just the day shift!

Anyway, during the sales call/meeting the discussion centered around computing security. My poignant and pointed question after protestations by the customer that the bank had a firm grip on security was, "I could not help noticing the uniforms, but what are you doing to make sure you are not being stolen blind over your phone lines?"

How does this all relate to border fences? Well, devious minds seek ways around the obvious. Border fences may make sense when dealing with controlling masses, but are they effective for the one or a few of the most dangerous threats? I think not.

Two main considerations:

1) The real and perhaps most dangerous threat to America comes from those threats within our country.

2) Should at some unhappy future point in time, if the internal threat gains enough control, how will American's escape? Remember, the Berlin Wall was built to keep people in.

Worse yet, where would freedom loving Americans escape to? Could the day come when boat loads of Americans take to the seas from our east and west coast borders? Scary thought!

On a somewhat lighter side, I have some random thoughts abut how to secure the border:

Some states and countries and even Puerto Rico object to our military's use of their land for training. For instance, bombing ranges for our pilots. What is wrong with re-locating those ranges to the southern borders of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California? We can then monitor the heavy traffic crossings and not spread our border patrol officers too thin. If the illegal intruders really want to stay here, let them stay if they survive the crossing.

Another thought is to enroll the illegal's into a special military unit and send them to combat zones. Actually that may be better than dealing with the drug cartels. Survival means a green card.
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Should America tolerate foreign religious doctrines that threaten Freedom of Religion?

Historically, largely Christian America has been tolerant of other religions. The question here is analogous to falsely shouting "fire" in a crowded theater. The dastardly deeds of Radical Islam have proven that Islam is NOT tolerant of other religions. They advocate murder of 'infidels' and they use terrorism in support of their beliefs. Should not the U.S. Congress act to ban all Islamic immigration and provide severe penalties to the radicals who disrupt the American way of life? As of 2010, we are seeing some backbone from our European brethren as they seek ways to curb Islamic attacks on our culture.

 You need proof? Please watch the video:



We MUST insist on strict adherence in respect of the FIRST (Unless a 'religion' advocates destruction of other religions) AND SECOND AMENDMENTS to the Constitution.

Freedom of Religion

The First Amendment reads: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

"Shouting fire in a crowded theater" is a frequent paraphrasing of a quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.'S opinion in the United States Supreme Court case Schenck v. United States in 1919. The quote is used to express the limits on free speech under the terms of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. More accurately, FALSELY shouting fire when there is no fire while intending to incite panic is NOT protected as free speech.

Should American have a logical immigration policy?

The video makes too much sense to casually dismiss on political grounds ... THINK about it!
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BANKRUPTCY FOR STATES STUDIED ... CA DECLARES EMERGENCY

January 21, 2011 ... The above headline is from today's DRUDGE REPORT. The article goes on, "Policy makers are working behind the scenes to come up with a way to let states declare bankruptcy and get out from under crushing debts, including the pensions they have promised to retired public workers."
Think about that for a moment! Greed is so entrenched in our society that most people will do ANYTHING to increase their largesse. Unions are to blame for the most part as they use their political clout (extortion) as a way to co-coerce lawmakers into horrible decisions to the disadvantage of the taxpayers.
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We MUST protect and defend the Second Amendment which guarantees the right to "keep and bear arms"

 — May 26, 2009 — This video shows beyond a shadow of a doubt, what Founding Fathers, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, George Mason, James Monroe and Noah Webster intended for us with the Second Amendment and why it is so important. There are more quotes from our Founding Fathers and the importance of the Second Amendment.


"Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas"    ... Joseph Stalin


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Computing Crimes

Every time I get on the Internet to do some serious work, it seems I have to invest an inordinate amount of time just SIGNING IN.  Argh!

Now think about how much time is wasted because some goofball (brilliant at that) hacker had decided to, for whatever reason makes sense to him/her) mangle the lives of others. It is not only intrusive and insensitive, but the time lost in handling virus infections as well as the extensive efforts combating them is becoming a major productivity problem. The time losses for prevention are considerable and in the case of identity theft, financial losses contribute to economic losses for individuals, businesses (especially banks) and government.

The cost of productivity loss as well as real hard dollar losses should be a priority issue and not an extension of anything worthy of being called 'job creation.'

This whole matter needs attention with a view toward hard time in the slammer for those convicted. No mercy. No country club, white collar prisons for those convicted. The strongest possible deterrents are badly needed.

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The Justice System

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Public employees & their benefits

In April, 2012, some long-awaited infomation is coming out about the General Services Administration (GSA) spending taxpayer dollars on lavish parties and other events in Las Vegas. Some $843,000 has been accounted for so far.

Perhaps the cost of events held in luxuruious resorts should be reported to the IRS by the recipient as INCOME less normal per diem expense items? This would tend to tone down the luxury and force the federal employees to nosh on muffins costing less than $16 each.
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How wise were our Founding Fathers?
John Kennedy once said to a assembled group of scholars in the White House "I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House -- with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.."
 These Thomas Jefferson quotes prove Kennedy's point:
"When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe."
"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
"It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world."
"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."
"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government."
"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. "
"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. "
 Very Interesting quote  In light of the present financial crisis ... read what Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:
"Banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."

How can any reasonable person argue that the wisdom of Jefferson is NOT what is  happening in America today? The enemies of freedom are out in force!

I am a lifelong fan of TJ ... I draw inspiration from him yet, as do freedom loving Americans who know ANYTHING about their history.

The ne'er do wells and power-hungry types will always be nipping at the heels of the productive INDIVIDUALS who make an economy work in a free society. When they succeed as appears to be happening before our eyes, individual rights and liberties will be lessened once more. Sooner that not, our children will live in an old-world socialist society.

Anyway, the thought passed through my mind that China, Korea, Japan and that area of the world has found a way to compete globally to our detriment. There are extremely wealthy Asians and Russian billionaires now .... seems they found a way to use some form of capitalism to their benefit despite the political systems in which they exist. Corruption in those societies is apparent, but their populations seem to be enjoying the fruits of their labors as well.

In our efforts to seek CHANGE (Just for the sake of change?), maybe we are going down the road as they pass us on the way up our own road (Capitalism)? Just a thought!

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"Leading Americans, including some judges, have incorrectly concluded that the voters are the final arbiters of whether an individual is qualified to hold office. This is simply not correct. America is a constitutional Republic, not a democracy without a constitution. The Constitution is an anti-majoritarian document; meaning that it protects individuals from invasions and usurpations of the majority." ... WorldNetDaily, December 2,2011

Read more: 3rd state facing challenge over Obama eligibility http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=373301#ixzz1fOl519H5
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The Tea Party  and Revolution

Interesting thing happened while on my way to writing this chapter. October saw the coming of a helter-skelter bunch of malcontents calling themselves Occupy Wall Street (OWS). This is hardly a phenomenom in league with a spontaneous uprising. It looks like a planned disruption else how would one spread a mixed message on such a wide scale. Of course unions and nefarious organizations that specialize in rabble rousing are behind it now and maybe others with political intent.
Back to that in a moment. I was being annoyed by some of those fruit flies that haunt the taps in some taverns. You know the kind ... they flit about for some reason unknown to me other that they find a comfort zone amongst the booze much like the patrons. My kitchen must be simiarly comforting to such wild life so I mentioned it to a fellow I met who is an exterminator. He advised me to get a glass, put in a few tablespoons of red wine or vinegar, seal the top with plastic wrap and poke four or five holes in the top with a toothpick. He said the flies would get into the holes, but would not find their way out. It works!
Back to the Founding Father impersonators. Some of these folks go so far as to call for a revolution. Laughable that this apparently leaderless mob could even think about reorganizing a country. There have been too many interviews with these loonies that suggest that 99% of them could not think their way out of a paper bag or a clear plastic wrap over a glass of wine. Not much better than fruit flies as I see it.

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Luck and Timing

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Entrepreneurship

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Banking
Central Leather ... middleman ... Visa, Master Card, American Express, Pay Pal vulnerabilities ... soon to be not viable with real time banking ...
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My Russian Business (Ad)ventures

Republic of Yakutia (Sakha) Gold and Diamond access ... $50 Million Dollar Government Bond

Building small airplanes in old MIG plants circa 1992 using Pratt & Whitney engines made in Poland.

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Transportation

Blend in? Only when the OWS pawns realize how ridiculous they appear to the rest of the world. That will take some time as it did with the hippies of thirty years ago. Many of those folks are now capitalists.

Redirected energy has benefits without violence. As granny used to say, "You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar" ...

Commercial flight of 40 years ago and now ...

How about executive coach for trips of 2 hours or less?

I have traveled FIRST CLASS as well as steerage. I am a free enterprise guy all the way, BUT, and I say this WITHOUT tongue in cheek, THAT CURTAIN is the singular most aggravating, haughty, slap in the face (to a customer no less).

Methinks airline management and their psychologists should brainstorm this one ... If OWS would take up this cause, they MIGHT make some sense.

NMC = NO MORE CURTAIN ... lets do it, Joan?


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Follow Your Own Heart and/or Mind

Circa 1980 or so, I read somewhere that much like an electrocardiogram* astronauts were similarly electrode connected to monitor blood pressure, heart rate and other other vital signs. After some time in space, retrurning astronauts were found to have skin rashes and other skin irritations from prolonged connections. Perhaps there were other issues as well, but it was apparent that a better way was to be preferred.

My youngest daughter arrived in 1981 and we made it safely through the first and most vulnerable first year of her life. My youngest son was soon to be born and like many parents the thought of Sudden Death Syndrome (SIDS) often came to mind. I spoke with our pediatrician about an idea that had been 'bugging' me for quite some time and I confided an idea about how a microchip could possibly be mated up with a monitor so that if a baby were to not breath for seventeen seconds an alarm would be activated. The ideas flowed to the extent that not only could the parents be alerted during the night, but that the incident could be communicated to a hospital for immediate assistance in handling such an event.

Our pediatrician thought that a microchip implanted in or near the armpit of each baby could make some sense and because the good doctor was an instructor at the local childrens hospital, he became interested in the possibility and offered to do the research ... then, because of active schedules, lack of capital and a variety of other excuses, nothing happened.

Perhaps a major reason for not going forward was in bouncing the idea off many people. It was discouraging to find how adamant many people can be about invasive surgery on a newborn. Horrors! I would imagine that many of those naysayers would feel differently if it was their child and needing major surgery. I guess that is to be expected yet many of those same people blindly accept the age old practice of circumcision of newborns the reasons for which our pediatric took exception. He refused to do them and let us know his opinion which happened to coincide with my own. That is another story. The message here is that the bleeding heart often takes over rational thought.


As I think back, I recall over the years the times and events that brought the memory of that lost opportunity to mind. I read all too frequently about missing children, murdered babies, unfound bodies and all manner of peril that life dishes out. And I am angry with myself for not possessing the entrepreneurial tenacity of a Steven Jobs or the money of a Warren Buffet to finance the research and bring the idea to fruition. Good idea or not? This is where free market capitalism takes over. 'Find a need and fill it' and 'If you want to succeed, do one thing better than anyone else and you cannot fail' are admonitions worthy of remembering.

Anyway, at the end of October, 2011, this headline appeared on the REUTERS web site:

Thanks to a microchip, Petey -- the Jack Russell terrier found in Michigan 600 miles from his Tennessee home after being lost for four months -- will be back in his master's lap by Thursday morning.

Once again I think about what could be (or could have been) but suspect most people will continue to value dogs over children. Not that one is more important than the other in terms of the value of all living things deserving of respect, but rather that most people would rather be emotionally invested matters of the heart. It seems to me that those people usually live in the present and have not the vision of what can be.

Once again, a respected person mentioned elsewhere in this writing said, "It is amazing how much you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit." So it is with this idea. Heck, I don't know if someone else had the idea before me. Quite probably they did, but as a National Partner of the accounting firm of Ernst and Ernst advised me in 1966 when I saw the opportunity to market computer software packages, "Rod, there are a thousand people out there with the same idea, but you are the only one I know who is trying to do something about it."

One study at that time suggested that the national market for software packages was about three, yes that 3 as in THREE MILLION dollars per year. So I started the company. (MORE about that in another chapter)

After just two years we had to sell the company for a variety of issues that affected our potential, but by then, I had established a modest reputation as one who knew how to go about starting a new business and people would seek me out for advice. One such instance involved another ex-IBM salesman. I am mentioning it now because my story about how I did not follow through on the baby monitor idea may have been somewhat of a blessing. I could have started and failed. I could have lost whatever family security I had accumulated. Or, I could have overseen a remarkable concept get to market and earned billions. Or most likely, unless well funded for patent protection and likely competition, I could have lost out to better products feeding off our designs. Happens every day. Funny how Americans attack the Asians as thieves for not respecting intellectual property rights, when we have the same thing happening here in America. Difference is Americans are invested in the idea of laws and Asian countries are prone to 'getting things done' ... once again, another story there.

Murphy's Law is assured when it comes to starting a business ... Murphy's law is an adage that simply states: "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong". Starting a business without considering every single possibility you can think about or failing to uncover whatever you cannot even think about is a sure fire path to failure. One has to research all aspects of a 'deal' and the relatively new and growing Internet research possibilities should help any budding entrepreneur find the pitfalls ... or at least, many of them.

Earlier, I covered the baby monitor idea and how I continue to re-visit the 'What ifs?' The opinions of others was a key factor in deciding not to experience the angst of starting another company from scratch. Fact is, when my kids reached the age of one, which is the age at which SIDS incidences start to decline, it became less of a personal concern. Why? Well, I think passion is key. Steve Jobs of Apple Computer exhibited the epitome of passion for a product and what it could mean and how he could change the world. Good for him. He did it. Me? The answer is FOCUS ... not my strong suit. While I love the idea of implant protection for kids as well as animals, I am not the guy to do it. I hope you are. Run with it.

Some might ask why I did not contact one of those invention submission companies that advertise on TV and elsewhere and just sell the idea. Well, I looked into it awhile back and found there are only three recorded cases where those folks have sold an idea for anyone and to anyone. Some ideas have been outright stolen. Long ago, I found that paying someone else $500 or more to plant my seeds in their gardens is not the smartest business practice. Too many things can go wrong. I like Joel Osteen's suggestion, "Grow in your own garden."

Okay, I listened to others and largely abandoned what I still think is a good idea. I alluded to a personal story about another ex-IBM salesman who came to me seeking my reaction to his idea. Remember, others were dismissive of my infant implant idea. This story involves a budding entrepreneur whose input from friends and relatives was so positive that my advice was rejected.


Bob's two sided mail box and how I gave bad advice.



Hiring a pediatrician

An interesting aside here involves the mother of those now grown up children. Their mom is a widely respected workshop facilitator who has built a notable national and international following as a work-from-home consultant. Dual career management, executive job coaching, workplace issues and many other related topics grace her list of offerings. She may object this characterization because so many times I suggested that her work was simply an advanced form of cheerleading. We had never met until well after her high school days had passed, but surely she must have been a good cheerleader, homecoming queen, honor society scholar and more. Put all that together and you have a success story in the making. Many successful people when asked about what career path to follow suggest, "Find something you love to do and find a way to earn a living at it." She did that.

Part of this aside involves how we(she) found our pediatrician. When my future bride and I were dating, she worked as a campus recruiter for a major corporation. After we married and started a family, her job skills came into play. One day I came home and she announced her intention (intention suggests 'maybe'), but I immediately knew what she was up to and aside from a few questions from me (One does not hire doctors ... that is so insensitive to their sensitivities), I agreed. (MORE to come)



*interpretation of the electrical activity of the heart over a period of time, as detected by electrodes attached to the outer surface of the skin and recorded by a device external to the body. The recording produced by this noninvasive procedure is termed an electrocardiogram (also ECG or EKG).
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Global Warming

11/23/2011 @ 11:38AM |46,843 views
Climategate 2.0: New E-Mails Rock The Global Warming Debate

In FORBES by James Taylor, Contributor

A new batch of 5,000 emails among scientists central to the assertion that humans are causing a global warming crisis were anonymously released to the public yesterday, igniting a new firestorm of controversy nearly two years to the day after similar emails ignited the Climategate scandal.

Three themes are emerging from the newly released emails: (1) prominent scientists central to the global warming debate are taking measures to conceal rather than disseminate underlying data and discussions; (2) these scientists view global warming as a political “cause” rather than a balanced scientific inquiry and (3) many of these scientists frankly admit to each other that much of the science is weak and dependent on deliberate manipulation of facts and data.

Regarding scientific transparency, a defining characteristic of science is the open sharing of scientific data, theories and procedures so that independent parties, and especially skeptics of a particular theory or hypothesis, can replicate and validate asserted experiments or observations. Emails between Climategate scientists, however, show a concerted effort to hide rather than disseminate underlying evidence and procedures.

“I’ve been told that IPCC is above national FOI [Freedom of Information] Acts. One way to cover yourself and all those working in AR5 would be to delete all emails at the end of the process,”writes Phil Jones, a scientist working with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in a newly released email.


“Any work we have done in the past is done on the back of the research grants we get – and has to be well hidden,” Jones writes in another newly released email. “I’ve discussed this with the main funder (U.S. Dept of Energy) in the past and they are happy about not releasing the original station data.”

The original Climategate emails contained similar evidence of destroying information and data that the public would naturally assume would be available according to freedom of information principles. “Mike, can you delete any emails you may have had with Keith [Briffa] re AR4 [UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 4th Assessment]?” Jones wrote to Penn State University scientist Michael Mann in an email released in Climategate 1.0. “Keith will do likewise. … We will be getting Caspar [Ammann] to do likewise. I see that CA [the Climate Audit Web site] claim they discovered the 1945 problem in the Nature paper!!”

The new emails also reveal the scientists’ attempts to politicize the debate and advance predetermined outcomes.

“The trick may be to decide on the main message and use that to guid[e] what’s included and what is left out” of IPCC reports, writes Jonathan Overpeck, coordinating lead author for the IPCC’s most recent climate assessment.

“I gave up on [Georgia Institute of Technology climate professor] Judith Curry a while ago. I don’t know what she thinks she’s doing, but its not helping the cause,” wrote Mann in another newly released email.

“I have been talking w/ folks in the states about finding an investigative journalist to investigate and expose” skeptical scientist Steve McIntyre, Mann writes in another newly released email.

These new emails add weight to Climategate 1.0 emails revealing efforts to politicize the scientific debate. For example, Tom Wigley, a scientist at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, authored a Climategate 1.0 email asserting  that his fellow Climategate scientists “must get rid of” the editor for a peer-reviewed science journal because he published some papers contradicting assertions of a global warming crisis.

More than revealing misconduct and improper motives, the newly released emails additionally reveal frank admissions of the scientific shortcomings of global warming assertions.

“Observations do not show rising temperatures throughout the tropical troposphere unless you accept one single study and approach and discount a wealth of others. This is just downright dangerous. We need to communicate the uncertainty and be honest. Phil, hopefully we can find time to discuss these further if necessary,” writes Peter Thorne of the UK Met Office.

“I also think the science is being manipulated to put a political spin on it which for all our sakes might not be too clever in the long run,” Thorne adds.

“Mike, The Figure you sent is very deceptive … there have been a number of dishonest presentations of model results by individual authors and by IPCC,” Wigley acknowledges.

More damaging emails will likely be uncovered during the next few days as observers pour through the 5,000 emails. What is already clear, however, is the need for more objective research and ethical conduct by the scientists at the heart of the IPCC and the global warming discussion.

James M. Taylor is senior fellow for environment policy at The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Environment & Climate News.
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In the presence of presidents

Harry Truman

Richard Nixon

Ronald Reagan

Dubya

The stories I could tell, I am now telling.
Generally accepted DEFINITIONS of words and phrases:

Fascism: a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascist) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition ... Merriam-Webster.com

Mussolini described fascism in any language he found useful. Spanish Falangist leader José Antonio Primo de Rivera said: "basically the Right stands for the maintenance of an economic structure, albeit an unjust one, while the Left stands for the attempt to subvert that economic structure, even though the subversion thereof would entail the destruction of much that was worthwhile" ... WIKIPEDIA

Nazism: the principles and practices of the National Socialist Workers’ party under Adolf Hitler from 1933 to 1945 ... thefreedictionary.com

National Socialism; alternatively spelled Nazism was the ideology and practice of the Nazi Party and of Nazi Germany. It is a unique variety of fascism that incorporates biological racism and anti-Semitism ... WIKIPEDIA

They considered Jews a parasitic race that attached itself to various ideologies and movements to secure its self-preservation, such as: capitalism, democracy, the Enlightenment, industrialization, liberalism, Marxism, parliamentary politics, and trade unionism ... WIKIPEDIA

Communism: a sociopolitical movement that aims for a classless and stateless society structured upon common ownership of the means of production, free access to articles of consumption, and the end of wage labor and private property in the means of production and real estate ... Wikipedia

A political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs ... a form of socialism that abolishes private ownership.

COMMUNIST) [Marxist sense:] A person who works to bring about the overthrow of capitalism by the working class, and the transformation of capitalist society into socialism and then into communist society.

A system of government in which a single, totalitarian, party holds power. It is characterized by state control of the economy, and restriction on personal freedoms. It was first proposed by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in The Communist Manifesto.

Slavery: bondage: the state of being under the control of another person (or government).

Socialism: A political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.

In Marxist theory, socialism, or the socialist mode of production, refers to a specific historical phase of economic development and its corresponding set of social relations that eventually supersede capitalism. ... wikipedia.org

Capitalism: An economic and political system in which a country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state.

Democratically ruling themselves... unlike us: Libyan women wave their new national flag as they celebrate liberation

Another Islamic Sharia Law state ... courtesy of America via Nato.

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Interesting

How Dictators Gain and Retain Power


God

In trouble on this one. Steven Wright once said, "I discovered the secret to like ... but I forgot to write it down."

Do you think that when they asked George Washington for ID that he just whipped out a quarter? Steven Wright

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/s/steven_wright.html

George Carlin had a perspective too.

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Political Forays

John Glenn ... Jim Betts ... 55 public square

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On the issue of fairness

Humans are the only animals on Earth that actively promote fairness. It is scary to think that the hopes of humankind rest with finding a civilization somewhere in the universe that does not think that way.

Look, life is not fair and down through recorded time, it is a safe bet that prior generations operated the same way. Over time, survival of the fittest has dimmed and the vitality of the species weakened. Because of science we have improved our physical well-being in terms of life expectancy. As animals with the supposed ability to out think other species, we do that well when it comes to dealing with insects, bigger animals, bacteria and so on, but amongst ourselves it is a different story. Non-human species exhibit a remarkable will to survive. Consider the lowly cockroach. They can be eliminated to extinction or so it would seem, but lo and behold they manage to pop up elsewhere. Same with rats.

Probably because there are so many colonies or groups spread about. But somehow, undesirable species thrive. It always seems that despite thorough extermination efforts, one or more or at least a breeding couple manage to escape capture or killing. Pesticides eventually become useless and new ways have to be found to eliminate living things that we deem unworthy.

The point here is that all living things are naturally designed to survive and somewhere within each living thing is something called the will to live. I call it the spirit of freedom.

Getting back to fairness. One can argue that every species has a societal structure and I willingly accept that. Bees have hives and work to keep their activities in order. So do ants. Elephants have herds and somehow one of them becomes a leader. Same with whales and fish I would imagine. I don't know much about sharks, eagles, grizzly bears or aardvarks for that matter, but I know that a lot of them are loners and operate as independent contractors if you will. They don't depend on others to provide them what they need to survive. They take care of themselves and their offspring so intrusion into their space is unwise. Maybe I should have mentioned something other than aardvarks but you get the point.

Now I don't speak the language of bees or ants but they obviously communicate. Nothing I could find suggests that those living things gripe among themselves about fairness. They seem to accept their roles without protest.The worker bees seem to accept the queen bee role as the lifeblood for all of them. Of course, maybe none of them wanted to, if they could, endure the pain of having that many kids. There I go again comparing the pain of human childbirth to that of a queen bee who must be content with her role in bee society. I do wonder how she got to be queen? After I wrote that it was back to the Internet to learn more. Check it out: http://www.scribd.com/doc/18191199/Social-Life-in-a-Beehive. Turns out the queen got to be queen because she became bigger and stronger than her competitors finally becoming queen only because she became the only female that could reproduce. Interesting.

Killer bees can be lethal as well as some kinds of ants. No sense tangling with them either. All of which prompts me to wonder if in a cohesive society of bees or ants or others with similar social structures lobby for fairness. How come there is a queen bee? Without her the entire hive would not survive. As for ants they find a way to cross train and perform the necessary functions. My interest is piqued but not enough to fully comprehend the subject. If ants are your thing, try "Ant Colonies: Social Organization Without a Director?" at http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/complexity/models/antcolonies/

I do know enough about the human existence to compare its society to the animals and insects cited above. For those of you experts out there, forgive me if I misrepresent the insect, fish and animal worlds as I am not a entomologist, marine biologist or zookeeper.

As I consider fairness, these thoughts come to mind:

At the top of the list is something called the food chain. This is the diciest proposition in that in is unfair that a lioness can cull a weak animal from a herd and devour it. Usually she has family and friends over for dinner, but some times wild dogs, hyenas, vultures and a host of other possibilities decide to horn in and crash the party. It sure is unfair that the lion family won't share their groceries.

When the free-loaders get to the point of cognitive thought ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_cognition ) will they become civilized and organized? Are foodstamps in the future for the animal world? Maybe some lawyer or do-gooder somewhere will see the unfairness, run for Congress and sponsor a law to make things equal for the animal world. Oops. Some of that has been to Congress, so let the United Nations handle it on a world wide basis. They could sponsor programs to 'civilize' barbarian like animals by rationing food to the point where their animal instincts are blunted. Yeah, that's it. Make all the animals dependent on the state. Check the link, apparently the possibility exists if only science would catch up.

Back to people. Is it fair for some people to have four and more bedroom homes when there are homeless people in need? How about eliminating the problem of dealing with the homeless by assigning them to homes with unused bedrooms. A forty room mansion housing a man, woman and two children could help out if 36 of those rooms were government assigned to the homeless. Ridiculous! Of course. But you know we have officeholders who think along those lines ... so maybe it is just a matter of time?





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Look into the problems of the poor and others who cannot get checking accounts and must use expensive Western Union and Money Orders to transact business.

Banks should use low limit credit cards, paypal etc. to make it easier and less expensive for the poor.

Check cashing fees can be 10% of a persons net income.
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Leeches  and mosquitos are blood suckers. Mosquitos suck blood from unwilling victims sometimes leading to the death of the victim. More bloodsuckers means the availability of blood needed to maintain energy is diminished.

Entitlement programs depend on taxes . Taxation is bloodsucking. The more bloodsuckers sucking the vitality out a a willing victim, the more likely the victim is to die.
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"The following can indicate a delusion:

    The patient expresses an idea or belief with unusual persistence or force.

    That idea appears to exert an undue influence on the patient's life, and the way of life is often altered to an inexplicable extent.

    Despite his/her profound conviction, there is often a quality of secretiveness or suspicion when the patient is questioned about it.

    The individual tends to be humorless and oversensitive, especially about the belief.

    There is a quality of centrality: no matter how unlikely it is that these strange things are happening to him, the patient accepts them relatively unquestioningly.

    An attempt to contradict the belief is likely to arouse an inappropriately strong emotional reaction, often with irritability and hostility.

    The belief is, at the least, unlikely, and out of keeping with the patient's social, cultural and religious background.

    The patient is emotionally over-invested in the idea and it overwhelms other elements of their psyche.

    The delusion, if acted out, often leads to behaviors which are abnormal and/or out of character, although perhaps understandable in the light of the delusional beliefs.

    Individuals who know the patient observe that the belief and behavior are uncharacteristic and alien." ... Wikipedia ... Learn more ...
ELECTION REFORM

America needs a total reorganization of the electoral process ... purple thumb prints (compared against FBI data base) ... paper receipts from voting machines to verify votes ... voter photo id ... huge penalties for those who are caught voting twice and double the penalties for election official convicted of fraudulent activity.

Primaries with run-offs to eliminate third party shenanigans.
WELFARE REFORM

Extreme positions for now ... essential for future survival ... coming soon!

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Traditional America vs. Progressive America

Once again, it is still Conservative vs. Liberal Socialism

A rose by any other name is still a rose ... Gertrude Stein

"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet" is a quotation from William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.

Pinning down a simple quotation for the purpose of credit is not always easy. Many variations exist and the actual source of a thought is vulnerable to paraphrasing and outright plagiarism ... much like political systems and their various versions, descriptive names tend to be fogged through name changes thought to be more acceptable.

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I told you so!

This section is about the 2008 National Election where I took positions predicting what would likely happen should an inexperienced person be elected. He was elected and my worst fears became reality.

Some of the references were remarkably on target.







E-mail about 50 Obama lies: Link to snopes.com for analysis


Scary Video ... Mostly about recent history ... biased, but I think on target.

Show Time ... Patriotic and Other Movie Clips from Old Blue Jacket's Movie Site

Protect our children from predators ... be alert to the signs. Video here to show what can happen if we don't pay attention. This video was removed by YouTube after the 'gay community' protested. Decide for yourself after viewing.




 'You've got to find what you love,' Jobs says

This is a prepared text of the Commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, on June 12, 2005.


I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I've ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That's it. No big deal. Just three stories.

The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?

It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: "We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?" They said: "Of course." My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.

And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents' savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn't see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn't interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.

It wasn't all romantic. I didn't have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends' rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:
Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn't have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can't capture, and I found it fascinating.

None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it's likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.

Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

My second story is about love and loss.

I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation — the Macintosh — a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.
I really didn't know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down - that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me — I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.
I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple's current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.

I'm pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn't been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle.

My third story is about death.

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn't even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor's code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you'd have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.

I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I'm fine now.

This was the closest I've been to facing death, and I hope it's the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960's, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and Polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.
Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish." It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Thank you all very much.

My take on the late Steve Jobs ... God took him early because he had done enough. Far beyond what an ordinary human could be expected to do in several lifetimes, Jobs was always many years ahead of his contemporaries. He had no peers. We lost a remarkable man.
Books & Movies

Having the socialist/Marxist Hollywood crowd make a Ayn Rand movie is like having the old USSR/KGB crowd produce it. That is akin to the communist Picasso painting with two eyes on the wrong side of the nose ... typical of a liberal ... detachment from reality.
Get to know me ... autobiographical narrative ... computing background etc..

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"The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so." President Ronald Reagan
"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have" ...Thomas Jefferson
A FEW WORDS TO THE WISE ...
Abandon genetic politics ... vote according to your OWN analysis of all sides of an issue. Avoid the temptation to become so emotionally invested in an issue that you cannot understand all sides in search of truth. Always ask, "Is that reasonable?"
THINK!
What is Obama's objective ...



Is Obama African-American?


Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler        Thursday, 05 June 2008

The O-man, Barack Hussein Obama, is an eloquently tailored empty suit.  No résumé, no accomplishments, no experience, no original ideas, no understanding of how the economy works, no understanding of how the world works, no balls, nothing but abstract empty rhetoric devoid of real substance.

He has no real identity.  He is half-white, which he rejects.  The rest of him is mostly Arab, which he hides but is disclosed by his non-African Arabic surname and his Arabic first and middle names as a way to triply proclaim his Arabic parentage to people in Kenya.  Only a small part of him is African Black from his Luo grandmother, which he pretends he is exclusively.

What he isn't, not a genetic drop of, is "African-American," the descendant of enslaved Africans brought to America chained in slave ships.  He hasn't a single ancestor who was a slave.  Instead, his Arab ancestors were slave owners.  Slave-trading was the main Arab business in East Africa for centuries until the British ended it.

Let that sink in:  Obambi is not the descendant of slaves, he is the descendant of slave owners.  Thus he makes the perfect Liberal Messiah.

According to Snopes.com, the above statements are TRUE.
 
FOUR YEARS THAT WILL  LIVE IN INFAMY!

WHAT was he thinking?

In November 2009, Barack Obama became the first U.S. president to bow to Japan's emperor.

"Obama in November 2009 bowed to the emperor, something no American president had ever done. It could have been worse if plans to visit Nagasaki and Hiroshima to apologize for winning the war with the atom bombs had come to pass.

A heretofore secret cable dated Sept. 3, 2009, was recently released by WikiLeaks. Sent to Secretary of State Clinton, it reported Japan's Vice Foreign Minister Mitoji Yabunaka telling U.S. Ambassador John Roos that "the idea of President Obama visiting Hiroshima to apologize for the atomic bombing during World War II is a 'nonstarter.'" ...
 
Obama's message to voters, "What you don't know cannot hurt me."
Published in 2007 ... I told you so!

Perhaps you have noticed I am no fan of our POTUS.

If you like the characterization ... Take a look!
New Word

Ineptocracy (in-ep-toc-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.



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Conservatives think with their heads and liberals think with their hearts.



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REFERENCE MATERIAL

Profile of the Sociopath

This website summarizes some of the common features of descriptions of the behavior of sociopaths.


Glibness and Superficial Charm

Manipulative and Conning
They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.

Grandiose Sense of Self
Feels entitled to certain things as "their right."

Pathological Lying
Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.

Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt
A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.

Shallow Emotions
When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.

Incapacity for Love

Need for Stimulation
Living on the edge. Verbal outbursts and physical punishments are normal. Promiscuity and gambling are common.

Callousness/Lack of Empathy
Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others' feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them.

Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature
Rage and abuse, alternating with small expressions of love and approval produce an addictive cycle for abuser and abused, as well as creating hopelessness in the victim. Believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others.

Early Behavior Problems/Juvenile Delinquency
Usually has a history of behavioral and academic difficulties, yet "gets by" by conning others. Problems in making and keeping friends; aberrant behaviors such as cruelty to people or animals, stealing, etc.

Irresponsibility/Unreliability
Not concerned about wrecking others' lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.

Promiscuous Sexual Behavior/Infidelity
Promiscuity, child sexual abuse, rape and sexual acting out of all sorts.

Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle
Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future, poor work ethic but exploits others effectively.

Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility
Changes their image as needed to avoid prosecution. Changes life story readily.

Other Related Qualities:

Contemptuous of those who seek to understand them
Does not perceive that anything is wrong with them
Authoritarian
Secretive
Paranoid
Only rarely in difficulty with the law, but seeks out situations where their tyrannical behavior will be tolerated, condoned, or admired
Conventional appearance
Goal of enslavement of their victim(s)
Exercises despotic control over every aspect of the victim's life
Has an emotional need to justify their crimes and therefore needs their victim's affirmation (respect, gratitude and love)
Ultimate goal is the creation of a willing victim
Incapable of real human attachment to another
Unable to feel remorse or guilt
Extreme narcissism and grandiose
May state readily that their goal is to rule the world

(The above traits are based on the psychopathy checklists of H. Cleckley and R. Hare.)

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