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Spill It – For the Good of Our Country


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The four Americans murdered in Benghazi

Sure…  People will say its politics.

Democrats supporting the Adminstration.

Republicans attacking the Administration.

But there are four Americans whom I believe – BELIEVE – needlessly died at the hands of terrorists on 9/11 last year.

The four who died are pictured above…along with their names.

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The attackers actually had enough time to snap pictures of themselves.

For argument’s sake, let’s say the firefight DID last about eight hours…that it wasn’t over in a flash.

For argument’s sake, let’s say there were drones videoing the attacks.

For argument’s sake, let’s say there was a gunship up in the air with her dedicated crew’s fingers on the triggers of very accurate weapons.  Well, their fingers were on very accurate targeting systems, not triggers.

For argument’s sake, let’s say the attack took place on any OTHER day instead of 9/11.

For argument’s sake, let’s say that the two former SEALs – our BEST – were killed SEVEN hours after pleas for help went out.

SEVEN HOURS?

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The deceased souls parents want to know.  Here is just one letter from one mother to Congress.  It’s a link so please feel free to click on it:

Letter to Rep. F. Wolf

The mother was there when her son’s body – in a flag-draped casket – was off-loaded in Washington, DC.

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(Yes.  President Obama and Hillary were there.)

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Our country needs to heal.

Not just about Benghazi…but about nearly everything.

We are divided – right down the middle, it seems.

But what happened to CHARACTER?

A person I like to follow is Michael Josephson.  He “teaches” folks about ethics and character.  I would like to close this blog with this excerpt from one of his commentaries:

“The way we treat people we think can’t help or hurt us — like housekeepers, waiters, and secretaries — tells more about our character than how we treat people we think are important. How we behave when we think no one is looking or when we don’t think we will get caught more accurately portrays our character than what we say or do in service of our reputations.

Of course, our assessment of a person’s character is an opinion and it isn’t always right. Abraham Lincoln recognized an important difference between character and reputation. “Character,” he said “is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”

Because the shape of a shadow is determined by the angle of light and the perspective of the observer, it’s not a perfect image of the tree. In the same way, reputation is not always an accurate reflection of character. Some people derive more benefit from their reputation than they deserve; others are better than their reputations.

Still, reputation matters. It determines how others think of us and treat us and whether we are held in high or low esteem. That’s why many people and organizations are so preoccupied with their image that they actually undermine their character by concealing or creating facts to make them look better. It’s ironic that reputations are often the result of dishonesty or the lack of accountability.”

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Hillary…  No more conveniently-timed strokes or falls or other ills.

Parents want to know what happened and why their sons are no longer with them.

We want to know why NOTHING has been done to go after these terrorists, some of whom were in PICTURES…on the INTERNET.  It’s been eight months, for heaven’s sake.

Hillary.

Spill it.

For the good of our country.

A Saturday in SoCal


A wordless post.

Well, almost.

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So what happens on a beautiful weekend in SoCal?

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Picked up the wall portrait of my kids from Alan Miyatake of Toyo Miyatake Studios.
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This appears to be an artistic rendition of one of Alan’s photographs of Ms. Condoleezza Rice?
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The famous grandfather of Alan, Toyo Miyatake.

Went to visit dad…  The workers there told me he’s not eating much as of late.  He only had a small salad with a little bit of chicken for lunch.  When I asked him if he was hungry, he said no but when I showed him one of his favorite Japanese treats, he went to town.

Number one.

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There goes number two!

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Number three down the hatch!

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Took him one of Alan’s 8×10’s…labeled.  He’s 94 now.

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My bud Brian drove down from Reno for St. Paddy’s Day weekend – no better excuse to share a stogie together!

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Played around with my new Canon SX260 HS point and shoot camera.  Never had one that I can remember but it was fun to shoot with.

Superior close up capability.

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Hand held.  Look at the detail… Not bad for a shaky ol’ fart?

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I’m keeping an eye on all of you! Who’s got Visine?

Fish eye setting…

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My neighbor’s new son, Gabriel.  The father is USAF…  I pray for his safe return always.aIMG_0168

And finally, these were for me.  Like father, like son!  LOL

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News Reporting? Pffft


This is what my monitor showed at 9:00 AM this morning.

For CNN:

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For Fox:

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If you click on the images, you can see the topics each news media “deems” important.

How can they be so different?

How can CNN essentially ignore the tremendous budget issues confronting the United States while concentrating on the election of the head of the Catholic religion?  (Just being factual here – Catholicism is but one religion in this world.  Just citing fact.)  Well, Michelle Obama got a line in “for being in the vogue”.

Just weeks ago, CNN was headlining day after day Obama’s attack on the “GOP” as he greatly exaggerated the negative effects of the sequester.  They even followed Obama when he went campaigning to bash the GOP…instead of trying to run this country.

I thought news was to be objective…or at least consistently applied?

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I will WRITE it.

Our country’s WOES are the result of two dictatorships…  A dictatorship being defined as they do as they please as no one can challenge them.  A form of Hitler-ism…

One dictatorship is the damn LAWYERS.  We are better off without them.  We don’t need lawyers representing jerks who go into small businesses just looking for minor violations.  Attorneys WON’T restrict themselves as they feel they are “protecting us”.  Pffft.

The other dictatorship is the MEDIA.  Reporters are using it to spout off their personal feelings or agendas…or of their management…who gets revenue rewards of various “types”.

Media.  Double Pffft.

Rant over.

“Let’s Play War”


rock flagWhen I was a youngster, the kids on our Oakford Drive in East Los Angeles would play after-school and certainly after homework was done.

Playing was comprised of two general categories:

1.  Sports – like baseball (complete with broken windows) or football (on our lawns spotted with metal sprinkler heads), or,

2.  War

Needless to say, I was never a member of the US forces when we played war.  (Oh, how I longed to be Sgt. Rock with his bulging biceps and Thompson machine gun blazing away…fighting for the red, white and blue.)

No, I was always the “J” or the “K”…  You know what I mean.

To be killed over and over again.

Like with elaborate booby traps: a wooden clothes pin armed with a cap and taped onto a piece of wood.  When I neared the booby trap (countless of times), Steve would pull the cord (countless of times) attached to a little string of metal from a spam can holding the clothes pin open..and “POP!”  I would crumble to the ground.  Very effective weapon if you ask me.

Or shot with John’s toy Winchester.  Wait a minute.  Winchesters were for cowboys and Indians.  I wonder how that got into our (imaginary) war.  Oh, well.  We were just playing while building our love for country.

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After all, this was only a little more than 15 years after a most bitter war’s end.

Toyota wasn’t even in our vocabulary.

Sony became part of our vocabulary only because of something called a transistor radio.

“Tofu” wasn’t even a gleam in Webster’s eye.

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But we were playing.  Imagining.

Today, I read this news story.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/02/05/colorado-boy-7-out-to-ave-world-reportedly-faces-suspension-for-imaginary/?test=latestnews

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http://video.foxnews.com/v/2144044335001/

The gist of it?  I hope you will read it and develop your own.

But…

Is this a case of hysteria?  Of being afraid of being sued by spotlight-loving lawyers…  or CNN making you out to look a villain to support Obama’s political agenda?  Just my opinion, of course.

Of what HARM was it?  The toy grenade didn’t even have a paper cap…  Wait a minute.  Was there EVEN a toy grenade?  Or maybe it was a fuzzy tennis ball in place of his imaginary grenade?

OMFG.

Don’t punish the kid’s imagination.

Geezus H. Christ.

Maybe he just wants to be Sgt. Rock and save our country.

Economic Indicators – Simplified


(Copied from an email.  I don’t know who wrote it but I randomly verified a few numbers.)

The state of America’s economy today will impact the prosperity of future generations tomorrow. We created this data card because we want every American to have a simple and easy way to track and discuss the key economic indicators that show the true state of our nation’s economy. The items featured in this card affect every American personally, whether we know it or not.

Join Allen West in standing up for the next generation by printing this data card and using it to start a conversation with your friends about America’s economy. The card will be updated monthly so you will have access to the most recent data.

SOURCES
  1. http://www.bls.gov (monthly)
  2. http://www.bls.gov (monthly)
  3. http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS11300000 (monthly)
  4. http://www.eia.gov/petroleum/gasdiesel/ (weekly)
  5. http://www.usdebtclock.org/ (real time)
  6. http://www.usdebtclock.org/ (real time)
  7. http://www.census.gov/ (annual)
  8. http://www.realtor.org/research-and-statistics (monthly)
    http://ycharts.com/indicators/sales_price_of_existing_homes
  9. http://www.fns.usda.gov/fns/ (annual)
  10. http://ehbs.kff.org/pdf/8226.pdf (annual)
    http://ehbs.kff.org/?page=charts&id=1&sn=6&p=1
  11. http://www.miseryindex.us/ (monthly)

I don’t think “hope” replaces “action”.

Protect Yourselves from Electronic Fraud and Hoaxes


We have fraudsters.  We have hoaxers.

Are there victims?  Sure.

But we must be vigilant in how we see – or read – things on the internet.  It is easy for your sympathies to be played…and your hearts (or your wallets) drained.

Just one case in point…  Although this involves Facebook (which I had abandoned a couple of years ago), the medium is of no consequence.  A “blog” can achieve the same results.

And people will get hurt…  Perhaps financially but always emotionally which can be the most costly.

It is NOT a victimless crime.

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Please click on image above or the link below to listen/watch the report.

Link: http://abcnews.go.com/2020/video/facebook-fraud-warrior-eli-hoax-18196624

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We all want to feel we helped someone, some animal or pet, or a family in need after a natural disaster.

At the same time, help yourself before you find yourself – or your own family – getting hurt.

Look into a “feel sorry for me” post or blog thoroughly before giving your heart.

If too many things are happening to someone, and you start to feel more sympathetic than ever, take a deep breath…  Think about the entire scenario first.  You will be able to breathe easier later.

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Thanks for listening.

Happy blogging.

Ironies and Observations


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Ironies with wise observations:

“If we lie to Congress, it’s a felony; if Congress lies to us, it’s just politics.”

“‘The Land of Opportunity'” is now “‘The Land of Handouts'”.

“The Government spends millions to house, care for and rehabilitate criminals but do nearly nothing for the victims or for our veterans.”

“The Government is unwilling to close our border with Mexico but have no problem protecting the 38th Parallel in Korea.”

We are in trouble, folks.