Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Elections, friends and family

I wish I could say I wrote this but I will tell you the author is right in line with my thinking.
THIS IS A RATHER LONG POST, but in today crazy politics, the sentiments of this writer are very close to mine.
Sharing from elsewhere because it’s awesome:
I like to, no I'm compelled to share this.........To all the people who let this election break up families and friends let this sink in I think the last civil conversations we had occurred just days before November 8, 2016. You were supremely confident Hillary Clinton would win the presidential election; you voted for her with glee. As a lifelong Republican, I bit down hard and cast my vote for Donald Trump. Then the unimaginable happened. He won.
And you lost your freaking minds.
I knew you would take the loss hard—and personally—since all of you were super jacked-up to elect the first woman president. But I did not imagine you would become totally deranged, attacking anyone who voted for Trump or supported his presidency as a racist, sexist, misogynistic, homophobic Nazi-sympathizer.
The weirdness started on social media late on Election Night, as it became clear Hillary was going to lose. A few of you actually admitted that you were cradling your sleeping children, weeping, wondering what to tell your kindergartner the next morning about Trump’s victory. It continued over the next several days. Some of you seriously expressed fear about modern-day concentration camps. Despite living a privileged lifestyle, you were suddenly a casualty of the white patriarchy. Your daughters were future victims; your sons were predators-in-waiting. You threatened to leave Facebook because you could no longer enjoy the family photos or vacation posts from people who, once friends, became Literal Hitlers to you on November 8 because they voted for Donald Trump.
I admit I was a little hurt at first. The attacks against us Trump voters were so personal and so vicious that I did not think it could be sustained. I thought maybe you would regain your sanity after some turkey and egg nog.
But you did not. You got worse. And I went from sad to angry to where I am today: Amused.
As the whole charade you have been suckered into over the last 18 months starts to fall apart—that Trump would not survive his presidency; he would be betrayed by his own staff, family, and/or political party; he would destroy the Republican Party; he would be declared mentally ill and removed from office; he would be handcuffed and dragged out of the White House by Robert Mueller for “colluding” with Russia—let me remind you what complete fools you have made of yourselves. Not to mention how you’ve been fooled by the media, the Democratic Party, and your new heroes on the NeverTrump Right.
On November 9, you awoke from a self-induced, eight-year-long political coma to find that White House press secretaries shade the truth and top presidential advisors run political cover for their boss. You were shocked to discover that presidents exaggerate, even lie, on occasion. You became interested for the first time about the travel accommodations, office expenses, and lobbyist pals of administration officials. You started counting how many rounds of golf the president played. You suddenly thought it was fine to mock the first lady now that she wasn’t Michelle Obama. Once you removed your pussy hat after attending the Women’s March, you made fun of Kellyanne Conway’s hair, Sarah Sanders’ weight, Melania Trump’s shoes, Hope Hicks’ death stare; you helped fuel a rumor started by a bottom-feeding author that U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley slept with Donald Trump. You thought it was A-OK that Betsy DeVos was nearly physically assaulted and routinely heckled. You glorified a woman who has sex on camera for a paycheck.
You have learned all kinds of new things that those of us who didn’t willfully ignore politics for the past eight years already knew. For example, we already knew that illegal immigrants were being deported and families were being separated.
Some of your behavior has been kinda cute. It was endearing to watch you become experts on the Logan Act, the Hatch Act, the Second Amendment, the 25th Amendment, and the Emoluments Clause. You developed a new crush on Mitt Romney after calling him a “sexist” for having “binders full of women.” You longed for a redux of the presidency of George W. Bush, a man you once wanted imprisoned for war crimes. Ditto for John McCain. You embraced people like Bill Kristol and David Frum without knowing anything about their histories of shotgunning the Iraq War.
Classified emails shared by Hillary Clinton? Who cares! Devin Nunes wanting to declassify crucial information of the public interest? Traitor!
But your newfound admiration and fealty to law enforcement really has been a fascinating transformation. Wasn’t it just last fall that I saw you loudly supporting professional athletes who were protesting police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem? Remember how you fanboyed a mediocre quarterback for wearing socks that depicted cops as pigs?
But now you sound like paid spokesmen for the Fraternal Order of Police. You insist that any legitimate criticism of the misconduct and possibile criminality that occured at the Justice Department and FBI is an “attack on law enforcement.” While you once opposed the Patriot Act because it might have allowed the federal government to spy on terrorists who were using the local library to learn how to make suitcase bombs, you now fully support the unchecked power of a secret court to look into the phone calls, text messages and emails of an American citizen because he volunteered for the Trump campaign for a few months.
Spying on terrorists, circa 2002: Bad. Spying on Carter Page, circa 2017: The highest form of patriotism.
And that white, male patriarchy that you were convinced would strip away basic rights and silence any opposition after Trump won? That fear has apparently been washed away as you hang on every word uttered by James Comey, John Brennan, and James Clapper. This triumvirate is exhibit “A” of the old-boy network, and represents how the insularity, arrogance, and cover-your-tracks mentality of the white-male power structure still prevails. Yet, instead of rising up against it, you are buying their books, retweeting their Twitter rants and blasting anyone who dares to question their testicular authority. Your pussy hat must be very sad.
But your daily meltdowns about Trump-Russia election collusion have been the most entertaining to observe. After Robert Mueller was appointed as Special Counsel, you were absolutely convinced it would result in Trump’s arrest and/or impeachment. Some of you insisted that Trump wouldn’t last beyond 2017. You quickly swallowed any chum tossed at you by the Trump-hating media on MSNBC, the New York Times and the Washington Post about who was going down next, or who would flip on the president.
For the past year, I have watched you obsess over a rotating cast of characters: Paul Manafort, Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner, Carter Page, Reince Priebus, Jeff Sessions, Michael Flynn, Steve Bannon, Sam Nunberg, and Hope Hicks are just a few of the people you thought would turn on Trump or hasten his political demise. But when those fantasies didn’t come true, you turned to Michael Avenatti and Stormy Daniels for hope and inspiration. It will always be your low point.
Well, I think it will be. Each time I believe you’ve hit bottom, you come up with a new baseline. Perhaps defending the unprecedented use of federal power to spy on political foes then lie about it will the next nail in your credibility coffin.
The next several weeks will be tough for you. I think Americans will learn some very hard truths about what happened in the previous administration and how we purposely have been misled by powerful leaders and the news media. I wish I could see you as a victim here, but you are not. I know you are smart; you chose to support this insurgency with your eyes wide open.

Friday, July 13, 2018

What is your reputation worth

What is a person's reputation worth, nothing if you follow the PC police. A person can be the most benevolent man or woman in the world but if they are in a position of leadership they can be destroyed in a heartbeat. Take a certain Pizza man for example he gave and gave to charity after charity and when the stupid protest over the National Anthem hit the NFL and started to affect his business negatively he spoke out while the money grubbing owners of the franchises ducked for cover. He has been on the PC patrols hit list ever sense and they finally wore him down. I personally will never eat another of their products until they restore him to his rightful position as the head of a company he spent his life building. Few whites among us can honestly say we have never used the N word just as few blacks can honestly say they have never used the N word or the term Cracker, Honky or worse. Yet if you are white and in business and have supported everything about America that makes it a great place to live, you can be evaporated from existence in a heartbeat. Racists like Al Sharpton, Congresswoman Maxine Waters and many others can sail along spouting their hatred without worry. This type of discrimination worry's me, how about you? Plus their rhetoric will never heal the racial problems in America it only drives the wedge further into our souls both black and white.
It's been a lot quieter around my house on Sundays and I have really learned to love College Football on Saturday. Sunday's are now great family days enjoying the outdoors.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Who are we?


 
 

 
CHILDREN OF THE GREATEST GENERATION
Born in the 1930s and early 40s, we exist as a very special
age cohort We are the Silent Generation.

We are the smallest number of children born since the
early 1900s.  We are the "last ones."
 
We are the last generation, climbing out of the depression, who can remember the winds of war and the impact of a world at war which rattled the structure of our daily lives for years.
 
We are the last to remember ration books for everything
from gas to sugar to shoes to stoves.
 
We saved tin foil and poured fat into tin cans.
 
We saw cars up on blocks because tires weren't available.
 
We can remember milk being delivered to our house early in the morning and placed in the milk box on the porch.
 
We are the last to see the gold stars in the front windows of our grieving neighbors whose sons died in the War.
 
We saw the 'boys' home from the war, build their little houses.
 
We are the last generation who spent childhood without
television; instead, we imagined what we heard on the radio.
 
As we all like to brag, with no TV, we spent our childhood
"playing outside" .
 
We did play outside, and we did play on our own.
 
There was no little league.
 
There was no city playground for kids.
 
The lack of television in our early years meant, for most of us, that we had little real understanding of what the world was like.
 
On Saturday afternoons, the movies, gave us newsreels of
the war sandwiched in between westerns and cartoons.
 
Telephones were one to a house, often shared (party Lines)and hung on the wall.
 
Computers were called calculators, they only added and were hand cranked; typewriters were driven by pounding fingers, throwing the carriage, and changing the ribbon.
 
The internet and GOOGLE were words that did not exist.
 
Newspapers and magazines were written for adults and the news was broadcast on our table radio in the evening by Gabriel Heatter.
 
We are the last group who had to find out for ourselves.
 
As we grew up, the country was exploding with growth.
 
The G.I. Bill gave returning veterans the means to get an
education and spurred colleges to grow.
 
VA loans fanned a housing boom.
 
Pent up demand coupled with new installment
payment plans put factories to work.
 
New highways would bring jobs and mobility.
 
The veterans joined civic clubs and became active in politics.
 
The radio network expanded from 3 stations to thousands of stations
 
Our parents were suddenly free from the confines of the depression and the war, and they threw themselves into exploring opportunities they had never imagined.
 
We weren't neglected, but we weren't today's all-consuming family focus.
 
They were glad we played by ourselves until the street lights came on.
 
They were busy discovering the post war world.
 
We entered a world of overflowing plenty and opportunity; a world where we were welcomed
 
We enjoyed a luxury; we felt secure in our future.
 
Depression poverty was deep rooted.
 
Polio was still a crippler.

The Korean War
 was a dark presage in the early 50s and by mid-decade school children were ducking under desks for Air-Raid training.
 
Russia built the Iron Curtain and China became Red China ..
 
Eisenhower sent the first 'advisers' to Vietnam.

Castro set up camp in Cuba and Kruschev came to power.
 
We are the last generation to experience an interlude when there were no threats to our homeland.
 
We came of age in the 40s and 50s.  The war was over
and the cold war, terrorism, global warming , and
perpetual economic insecurity had yet to haunt life with unease.
 
Only our generation can remember both a time of great
war, and a time when our world was secure and full of bright promise and plenty. We have lived through both.
 
We grew up at the best possible time, a time when
the world was getting better. not worse.
 
We are the Silent Generation
 
"The Last Ones"
More than 99 % of us are either retired or deceased, and
we feel privileged to have "lived in the best of times"!

Jerry Feitelberg
jy
 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

D-Day

I post this a day early so that those who don't know what this date stands for can take the time to look this day in history up and maybe learn to understand. June 6th, 1944
June 6th will always be a day of reverence for Americans. Our very country changed that day because of the bravery of so many of our young men. I say it changed because who knows what great things many of those who died on those beaches would have gone on to do. The children that remained unborn due to their deaths. The lives of families dealing with their personal losses. The girl friends or wives that never recovered from the tragic news they received that day. They came from all over the land these youngsters, all with hopes and dreams for the future. Many right out of High School facing the terror of war for the first time. America won the war but lost a lot of our future right there on those beaches.
We have the life and freedoms that we do here in the United States because of the men and women who suffered through those terrible war years and yet all we are asked to do is stand and pay homage for their sacrifice when our flag is presented or our National Anthem is played.
As this country evolves I sometimes feel that our beautiful land suffered more than tragic death on those shores so far away, we seem to have lost the bloodline and strength of so many of the real heroes of that era. We cry and whine over trivial setbacks rather than face our problems with the dignity representative of their valor. God Bless all those who serve our country and God take care of those who gave their all for our freedom.

Friday, March 30, 2018

My thought for Putin and Trump


               My thoughts for Putin and Trump;

               Do either of you want War and mutual destruction?  There is a right and wrong, you both know what it is and understand it's principles.  We can flex our muscles all day and just get bolder and bolder like an druggy high on Meth,  in the end it's the people of the United Stated and the people of Russia who will suffer.  It's possible for both countries to be strong without adversity caused by egotism .  Life could be beautiful by working for a common cause, each of our peoples would gain as compatriots through trade and joint ventures.  Together we could end strife and hunger across the world.  Who would oppose us as a team of combined good?  Ego's are an evil part of humanity, confidence is okay with humility, trust is best when verified and openness is the path to trust.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Our depreciating rights


As I watch American children being used as pawns in the gun debate it comes to me that it’s our own fault, we have allowed the education industry to evolve  farther and farther left.  From High School Teachers to College Professors we seem to have so few non progressive’s teaching our kids.  Money from George Soros and his ilk has been used to stir up and fund the protests regarding the shooting in Parkland Florida.  The kids are being told they are exercising their right of free speech not totally understanding that they are playing into the hands of those who would take away those very rights if allowed.  Try to attend a conservative rally in California or wear a pro Trump shirt or an NRA shirt to school and check out the reaction.  No problem if you want to wear a Che Chevara or Malcolm X shirt.  Guns are just the topic of the day, a useful tool to get the necessary reaction.  I have no problem with enhanced background checks or the banning of accessories that make guns fully automatic.  When we want to protect the politicians we do so with armed guards yet we when we make the suggestion of armed individuals fully trained in schools we are greeted with jeers.  The same people who ordered that all schools must have Transgender toilets are using the  same logic about guns.  Fear creates the most primal reaction in human beings and when used to excite protest especially among children they can be very effectively used.  The United States has survived 2 world Wars, Korea, Viet Nam, Afghanistan and Iraq, why? Because we have freedom on our side, thank God our Fore Fathers had the foresight to create a Constitution that has been able to see into the future and protect all of our rights.  This same Constitution is being assailed as outdated and changeable at the whim of a few politicians and a sect of Academics’ who think their view of the world is the only one that counts.

We are very fortunate that in our area the teachers I’ve talked to have mostly been brought up by strong rural values and teach the Constitution as it was written understanding the rights that America was born with.  God, please Bless America and keep her true to the values she was created with.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The poisoning of our society


As I hear about terrible things that are happening to our society like the Parkland shooting, Las Vegas and the Church in Southland Texas I find myself puzzled by the lack of what I consider the understanding of people as to the real cause.  I must first say I have been a gun owner all my life.   I’ve hunted the Mountains of Washington State, The Olympic Peninsula and many other areas around Western and Eastern Washington.  I was issued a 45 in the service and carried it on my hip for several years and In all the years of owning a gun I have never felt the need to go out and commit mass murder.  A gun is a tool, when used properly it can feed  you and your family, when used properly it can defend you and your family and when it has been cleaned oiled and put away safe it will do no harm to you and your family.  My consternation comes when I hear what we are teaching our children through their music, games and movies about life.  Music that demeans & condones violence against women, music that calls for death to Police Officers, music that glorifies drugs & getting high and the very disturbing music that attempts to drive a wedge between the races.   The violence in many games and movies create an indifference to death.  It’s easy to kill in a realistic game with the push of a button with no consequences or negative feelings for the act.  It can become second nature to someone who may have a weakened personality disorder.

We complain about the quality of our schools yet we cripple them with politically correct policies that breed weakness in the system.  Many of our teachers are giving up trying to maintain discipline as their hollow threats fall on deaf ears.  I believe the problem began when our society decided parents needed to be friends of our children rather than parents.  The death of our heritage began with the teachings of Dr. Spock the well meaning idiot that told us capitol punishment (Spanking) for our children was cruel and destroyed their Self Esteem.  Now I’m not talking about beating a child to death but I never felt my self esteem damage when I did wrong and was punished with my dad’s razor strop.  Sure it hurt and even may have left a welt on my butt, but I always knew why I was getting it and tried hard not to repeat the same mistake again.  Our personal history or rather personality is really decided in our formative years the very years we are allowing our children to be manipulated by the purveyors of the crap we call entertainment today.    Kids need to learn to interact with others and play outside in the fresh air yet we watch as they sit for hours staring at their phones playing who knows what breathing the same stale air honing their skills at who knows what.  No, these killings are not caused by the AR-15 it’s a form of mind poisoning that leads to this behavior.  A kid out hunting and target shooting with his Mother or Father is not the one to worry about.  The kid who has never learned how to deal with and live in our society because they were allowed to withdraw from healthy activities & interactions with their peers are the ones to watch for.  
Don Lindberg 2018