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The Blank Check

Some people, ok many people, accuse me of being to political. Perhaps I am. I almost always respond with the following question, “Name one area of your life that isn’t affected by some government law, rule, regulation or tax.” Here is a hint, you can’t because there isn’t one. But this isn’t about being political. This is about right and wrong. Allow me to elaborate.

It was around ten am when we heard the alarms going off on the ship across the pier from us. Of course we had no idea what was going on but everyone readied themselves to respond if needed. Although it was unspoken by everyone present we all noticed that the comforting words “This is a drill, this is a drill” were no being offered. There are few things in life more terrifying than an unknown danger. After an indeterminate amount of time had passed the alarms were silenced. Some time later we observed four gurneys were pushed up the ships gangway. They returned into view awhile later carrying four, sheet draped bodies. All of us watching, from only yards away, felt our stomach’s knot up with a powerful sense of tragedy. Everyone knew what those four gurneys carried. We knew that four men would never return home, never see their families or loved ones again. We didn’t know them but they were our brothers still. We, each in our own way, grieved.

We learned later just how tragic that story really was. Two sailors had been sent into a refrigerated compartment, nearly 35 years later the reason they were there escapes me. Climbing the ladder down into that space they had no way of knowing a pipe carrying the refrigerant had sprung a leak. The gas that kept the food cold also displaced the air. When the two sailors entered that compartment they quickly passed out, then suffocated.

At some point another sailor happened to walk by the open hatch and saw the two men laying on the floor. Concerned he called out to them. Getting no response he called out for help then climbed down the ladder to help his shipmates. Another sailor had heard his “man down” call for help and sent yet another passing sailor to get the corpsman and some more help, then he too, climbed down into that space to help his shipmates. By this time the commotion was starting to attract a crowd. As another sailor began to climb into the space he was restrained by a shipmate who had reasoned that everyone who entered that space had, at the very least, passed out. Fortunately, the mans reasoning made sense and no one else went into that space until the rescue team arrived.

Many veterans are mercilessly teased when they note the fact that when they enlisted they wrote a blank check to the United States of America for any amount up to and including their very lives. I know, I have been so treated. Yet, it is as true a statement of fact as can be made and, sadly that check has been cashed far to many times. Democrats and their supporters label what happened that day an accident or failure of work place safety rules. Of course it was an accident. No one that day planned to die. No one that day likely even contemplated dying. Yet four men paid the ultimate price for loving their country enough to serve and caring about their shipmates. For what ever reason Democrats can’t seem to acknowledge that. That is wrong, so very wrong.

Today, our veterans need us more than ever. While there are many groups doing their level best to help as many vets as they can, it is inescapable that the government they served, considers them expendable. This is wrong on so many levels. God bless Donald Trump for doing as much as he can. Because of the nature of the executive branches powers and the scope of the problem, he will never be able to solve the many problems facing vets today on his own. He needs congress’s help to effectively address those issues. The sad fact is that nearly all of congress is only interested in securing their reelections, padding their bank accounts and increasing their own power. Time and time again when given the choice to help our vets or reward illegal aliens for making it across the border, congress has chosen the lawbreakers over it’s good and faithful servants. That, my friends, borders on evil.

Democrats, as a general rule, act this way by rote. They have mouthed support for the military while actively undermining it all my adult life. To expect of them anything else is to not understand just how much they have always despised the military. The idea that after some forty years of hating the military they will suddenly change their minds is about as realistic as that Unicorn trap available in three colors for $19.99. Don’t misunderstand where I am going here. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but as a veteran there is no way I could ever support a democrat or a republican that acts like a democrat. The lives and well being of my brothers and sisters is far more important than congressman Skippy’s next PAC contribution or choice committee assignment.

Today, when it comes to the treatment of our veterans vs illegal aliens, tragically, far to many republicans behave like democrats. Again, don’t misunderstand where I’m going here. As a first generation American I totally support legal, merit based, moderate immigration levels. However, I see no need to import millions of welfare recipients or people who proactively hate America. As a veteran I am both deeply offended at the treatment of my brothers and sisters by the country we served, and the demand by that same government that people who have no legal right to be here should be cared for better than those of us who wrote that check.

You can call me to political. You can say I’m being overly melodramatic. You can say anything that makes you feel better. A $255 death benefit and a folded flag is nothing compared to free housing, food stamps, free medical care and education as well as being protected from the consequences of violating the law. As for me, every time I see a story about an illegal alien getting special treatment in a sanctuary city, every time I hear about a rape, robbery or murder committed by an illegal alien, I flash back to those four gurneys being wheeled down the pier.

The government cashed those four brave men’s checks to cater to an ungrateful, America hating group of lawbreakers. Perhaps the biggest tragedy of all is that so many Americans simply don’t care. Because I know this I weep for my brothers. I weep for my sisters. Most of all, I weep for my country.

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They Are Going To Hate You Anyway

As a young player on my high school football team I would practice running pass routes over what we affectionately called “the middle”. In this area anyone trying to catch a pass is going to get hit by at least one defender, often hard, often by more than one defender, and usually you are in a vulnerable position when you do get hit. It is somewhat natural when you know the hit is coming to lose some of your focus on the ball to “prepare” yourself for the coming collision. My coach, recognizing that tendency in me called me out one day with a short but simple demand, “You might as well catch the ball, they are going to hit you anyway.”

I suppose it is an intrinsic need of all humans to seek approval. We seek it from our parents, friends, coworkers and, to some extent, even people we don’t even know. If you have ever moderated something you wanted to say because you worried about what people would say or think, you know what I am talking about.

As a conservative I am routinely under assault in one form or another because I refuse to moderate my pronouncements because of what someone might think. While I routinely upset many snowflakes and establishment swamp dwellers I work very hard to keep my positions grounded in both facts and common sense. The great offended typically place themselves under no such restrictions.

One of the most difficult things for me to accept early on was that I would be despised, sight unseen, by the great practitioners of tolerance, liberals. I soon learned that this intolerance would rapidly descend into outright hatred if I insisted on maintaining my beliefs. It gets even worse when you point out their hypocrisy.

I am sometimes accused of making blanket accusations. Where they apply I admit to doing so. Liberals, especially those in leadership positions, are dedicated practitioners of hate towards anyone they disagree with but especially conservatives. Don’t believe me? Allow me to inform you of some history that, as a public school victim, you were likely never taught.

Remember how evil Richard Nixon was? He caved to liberal demands far to often. He gave them the thuggish EPA and nearly tanked the economy by giving into liberal demands for wage and price controls. How was he rewarded for his compliance?

Remember what a senile dunce Ronald Reagan was? He trusted liberals when they promised him they would secure the border if he granted amnesty to 3 million plus illegal aliens. Have you seen the border lately?

Remember George H. Bush? He also trusted liberals when they promised him $3 in spending cuts for every dollar he raised our taxes. They not only never cut spending in any way shape or form, they spent so much that we are still paying for that travesty today.

Then there was George W. Bush. Remember how utterly evil he was? He gave liberals Medicare Part D, a massive expansion of a government program that was already teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. He gave liberals the TSA, a massive new union created for the sole purpose of creating a new revenue stream for democrat fundraising, suffering at the time because of declining union membership. How was he rewarded for such deliberate malfeasance? Liberals tried convincing America that he personally steered a hurricane onto New Orleans because the black population there did not vote for him.

The point is, no matter what you give to liberals, it is never enough. No matter how much you comply that compliance is never exactly enough. The masters of the moving goal post only want one thing, complete and absolute control over you, your life and your money. Their smiling faces, innocent requests and “devotion” to “tolerance” are a smokescreen created for the sole purpose of misleading you.

A current analogy would be the “Palestinian” demands to negotiate with Israel. Since the “Palestinians” only want one thing, the death of every Jew on the planet, what is there for Israel to negotiate? Would liberals and “Palestinians” be happy if Israel committed to a timetable for the extermination of their race? I suspect they would then castigate the Jews for not killing themselves off quickly enough. It seems to be the way liberals think today.

So, here we are today, a great many so called conservatives trying to thread the needle of reason by balancing their beliefs on the head of the liberal pin. I reject that posturing and you should too. This doesn’t mean we are mean or evil. It means we simply accept that reality exists and is not subject to the vagaries of human imagination.

It means that we have to acknowledge that:

There are not 12, 45 or 92 genders.

That, at the political level, we have a two tiered justice system, one for conservatives and one for liberals.

That four year old boys cannot “know” that they are actually little girls.

That voter fraud not only exists in stunning proportions but is almost exclusively democrat in origin.

That there is nothing wrong with being proud of America.

That not all cops are evil racists.

That if you commit a crime the color of your skin should have no bearing on if you are charged.

That there is in fact no such thing as “white privilege”.

That “toxic masculinity” is an invention to make certain angry women feel better about themselves.

That “gender studies” are in fact nothing but political propaganda disguised as education.

That illegal aliens have no “right” to be here or to have access to our tax dollars though welfare or tax refunds from Earned Income or Child Tax credits.

That so called hate crimes laws (more appropriately named thought crimes) are in themselves expressions of hate.

That actual journalism is dead.

That the government and major corporations have no right to collect, mine and store all our data.

That a very large group of Americans are just fine with all of the above.

Boy could I go on and on and on…

Merely bringing these talking points up for consideration will mark me as the focus of evil in the modern world by every liberal and “conservative” swamp dweller that may read this. In fact, many so called conservatives will blast me for such “insensitive” thinking. In their desperation to gain the approval of their liberal “friends” they will attempt to portray themselves as understanding and tolerant by pointing out all the “errors” in my logic. In the end though, despite all their efforts to destroy, I mean correct me, those so called conservatives will still be hated by those same liberals they seek approval from.

I live in reality. I am not governed by my feelings but by simple, eternal truths. I screen my passions through the filter of my principles. I will always defend the truth, remembering what coach said, “Catch the ball, they are going to hit you anyways.”

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Fat Dumb And Happy

First, let me welcome the year 2019 here and wish each and everyone the very best for the coming new year!

As I contemplated what 2018 meant and what 2019 might bring I suddenly heard a voice from my past. It came from some 30 plus years ago where, as an 18 year old Machinist Mate in the U. S. Navy, I had just finished a heavy lunch of double cheeseburgers and fries. After lunch I made my way down to the engine room to stand my watch. I stood at the ships throttle, unable to move more than a foot or so in either direction due to the headphones I was wearing. Standing motionless, with a full stomach in the 100+ degree heat and gentle swaying of the ship I soon found myself dozing on my feet. This was not good since I could miss a call from the bridge. I was saved from such misfortune by my ever observant Chief Petty Officer who was on watch with me. Grabbing me by the shoulder he shook me awake then, once assured I was conscious, proceed to inform me at a slightly higher decibel volume than the engines around us that there would be no “fat, dumb and happy” sailors on his watch. Needless to say, the adrenaline rush I experienced kept me alert the rest of the watch.

It was those words, fat, dumb and happy, that struck me as I pondered the demented conglomeration of nonsense, stupidity, lying, injustice, perversion and even outright evil that paraded before us in 2018. At the time I didn’t understand what my Chief meant. Some time later I asked him what he meant by the term “fat, dumb and happy”. The Chief never missed a teaching moment and this was no exception.

“In short,” he said “when you are fat, dumb and happy, that’s when bad things happen.” I nodded my head in agreement but didn’t really fully understand where he was going. Sensing this he continued. “Suppose I had allowed you to doze at the wheel the other day. What do you think would have happened if a speed change had come through and you didn’t respond?”

“Oh, that’s easy Chief, I would be in big trouble.”

“You and me both,” he added. “But it’s not just that one example. Being fat, dumb and happy is the end result of a sailor who simply isn’t paying much attention to himself, his surroundings or what is going on. It’s the state of mind that comes from having everything you think you need and not having much you feel the need to worry about.”

Okay, I thought. He wants me to pay attention, focus on the job etc, etc. I said, “Sure thing Chief, it won’t happen again” hoping to end the conversation. Inside I knew he was correct. As a member of the ships firefighting team I knew, or thought I already knew, the lesson he wanted to impart. Still, I reasoned it was difficult to be fat, dumb and happy when you were tasked with entering a smoke filled compartment to put out a fire when your ship was somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. I knew because I had recently experienced just that opportunity. From the look on his face Chief however, wasn’t convinced that I understood what he was getting at.

“Almost everything bad that happens happens because someone was fat, dumb and happy. It makes you careless or worse.” He stopped for a minute, I thought, to gather his next thoughts.

Curious about the “worse” part, I interjected, “What’s worse than careless, Chief?”

“Not thinking sailor. If you are not observing and thinking, bad things will happen and will continue to happen until you stop being fat, dumb and happy. Then, you get to deal with the consequences and sometimes, that’s the worst part.”

As I relived that moment in time the feeling that 2018 was the year of “fat, dumb and happy” Americans solidified in my mind. It seems to be the perfect description of people who are:

Mesmerized by their Chinese slave built I-phones.

Entertained by or take seriously the racist/misogynistic “music” known as rap.

Patting themselves on the back for their “tolerance” demonstrated by allowing any criminal in the world to walk across our border, be given tens of thousands of dollars in welfare and granted blanket immunity from legitimate criticism.

Convinced that a violent, pathological ideology disguised as a religion (islam) must not only be tolerated and accepted but indoctrinated as normal acceptable behavior in public schools.

Accepting that a two tiered justice system is just dandy as long as the “right” people are the only ones subjected to it.

Happy to throw money (tax dollars) at “social problems” without requiring any actual progress be demonstrated.

Ignoring the destruction of the fundamental building block of a healthy society, the nuclear family, because the whole “family thing” interferes with them pursuing their pleasures.

Unconcerned about speech codes or so called hate crimes laws because it doesn’t affect them.

Convinced that thinking in sound bites constitutes actual intelligence.

Absolutely certain that firearms kill more people than people do.

I could list a hundred other examples but I’m guessing you get the picture. While these folks exist on both sides of the political isle they are far more prevalent on the left than the right. By and large they are well meaning and dramatically (often by choice) uninformed. These people have built up soft, safe and comfortable cocoons, woven from sound bites, propaganda disguised as news and reinforced by their rigidly enforced echo chamber of friends and associates. They refuse to look past, let alone exit, their cocoons for any period of time. They allow nothing to disturb their sure and certain knowledge of the “other side” or their contentedness. They seek nothing more than the extension of their comfort and pleasure and will allow as little as possible, a job is about all some of them can tolerate, to interfere. As long as the internet is up, Starbucks is open and the EBT card works they are fine.

These people, incorrectly I believe, seem to have become the majority of opinion makers. They have chosen, whether they want to admit it or not, to be led by the nose by those who are not fat, dumb and happy. The chains they have willingly attached to themselves are being ever so carefully and cleverly manipulated with the end goal being the total destruction of America as we knew it. The greatest, most productive, most innovative and most compassionate country in Earths history (notice I didn’t say perfect) along with the ideals America was founded on are the long held targets of those manipulating those chains.
Over the last sixty years the chain pullers have made dramatic progress. They have taken over education at all levels, the media, hollywood, corporate boardrooms and launched thousands of non profits to perpetuate their ideology of massive government exercising total control over its meaningless subjects ie, you and I. Not even comedy was immune from their grasping efforts.

The last two years however have been a complete shock for them. That sixty plus million Americans would vote against them took them, in their arrogance, completely by surprise. They will not abandon their efforts though. Power is the only thing they understand and absolute power is all they seek. They will continue their efforts, redoubled in strength and ferocity. Like the wounded animal they are, they are now exceedingly dangerous. Once they are convinced words and activist judges will no longer advance their agenda they will resort to any means necessary. Witness BAMN, antifa, riots at schools who have had the audacity to schedule a conservative speaker, the neutering of police, the dozens of cases of voter fraud and manipulation being uncovered, revamped gun control efforts and the endless fixation on race except when illegals or moslems kill, rape and maim Americans.

As turbulent as today may seem I fear this is the calm before the storm. The chain pullers play for keeps and we conservatives, constitutionalists, patriots and free thinkers stand in their way. They will not fade quietly into the night if they believe they are losing. They will continue to target each and every one of us until they win or are completely humiliated and discredited on a national scale.

To prevent that discrediting and humiliation, you, me, the Constitution and everything that made America great are acceptable collateral damage. Let that sink in.

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Law of 22 Prairial or Liberals Finally Learn From History

As a student of history I am always digging around in the past. It is often a wonderful, eye opening and sometimes very difficult hobby to have. History is replete with stories of good and evil, life and death, right and wrong, clarity and confusion and action and indifference. Even so, I never thought I would live to see the French Revolution in person.

During the French Revolution, Georges Couthon, an ally of Robespierre on the infamous Committee Of Public Safety, introduced on 10 June 1794, the Law of 22 Prairial. The law was named for the day it was passed under the new and improved French Republican Calendar. The stated purpose of the law was to expedite the handling of traitors to the state. The unstated purpose of the law was to allow the tyrants of the committee to execute their opposition with as little “legal” maneuvering by the accused as possible. Under this law, the accusation became the conviction. Trials, evidence or witnesses were no longer needed. The accused were not even allowed to mount a defense. They were accused and beheaded as quickly as the overworked guillotine could be pressed into service.

It seems that liberals, democrats and progressives have been studying up on their French Revolution history lately. The Kavanaugh charade forced upon us by these intolerant and hateful political hacks is proof that they are capable of not only learning but of sincere imitation as well. Like the vile Law 22, liberals expect the unproven, unsubstantiated and clearly politically timed accusations against Kavanaugh to serve as his indisputable conviction. Thus convicted, he and his family must pay the price for potentially betraying the precious liberal political agenda.

Like the tens of thousands of innocent French men and women butchered during the “revolution” Brett Kavanaugh needs to be destroyed with as little opportunity to defend himself as possible. He must be denied a defense at every turn. Even worse, his family must be made to suffer excruciatingly before they too are finally consumed in the fires of progressive self righteous indignation.

The public savaging of Kavanaugh and his family will, liberals hope, serve as a prime example of what happens to decent and honorable people who cross the Committee. The message must get out loud and clear, only Committee approved applicants need apply, for any position.

The ally of today’s self righteous little Robespierre’s, liberals, democrats and progressives all, is the media. The alleged journalists of this self anointed Committee Of Public Safety pursue political correctness and gender loyalty with a blind fervor that would earn the heartfelt smile of both Robespierre himself and his mentor, the devil.

The reign of terror in France was finally ended with many of the Committee Of Public Safety members experiencing the cutting edge of the guillotine. It is hard to deny that there was a certain amount of poetic justice in their end. The guillotine is no longer an option today but the ballot box is. It is time we stopped electing Senators and Congressmen who defer to today’s version of the Committee instead of representing we, the American People.

There is an old saying that goes along the lines of “those who don’t remember history are doomed to repeat it.” Smiling broadly, Robespierre, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot, Amin and a hundred other murderous tin plated dictators, from the hottest parts of hell, bathed in the blood of their victims, look at today’s liberal democrats and smiling hopefully think, “Well done comrades, well done indeed.”

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Liberals Democrats Progressives Are Liars By Choice

Liberals, democrats and progressives (there is virtually no distinction between the three) have been telling anyone who would listen just what they are for the last sixty years. People like me have been calling them out, nearly always as lone voices in the wilderness. Not until the arrival of the internet and now, “alternative media” (a term intended to belittle) have we had a platform that extended beyond the range of our voices. I, and many of you who read this, make use of this platform now. This is as it should be. Since the left is unrelenting in its desire to destroy America as it was founded, so must we be relentless in Americas defense.

No longer in control of what you and I see and hear the left has only one weapon left, the big lie. (They also love intimidation but that is another article) It is a weapon they employ with wild eyed and often reckless abandon. No subject is safe from the big lie but lets limit ourselves to one for the moment.

Consider the most famous holiday established by a liberal democrat progressive who hacked to death his girlfriend, Earth Day. How many lies must be believed to support this killer and his environmental agenda? More than I am willing to contemplate yet the effort on the “green” side has been going on for a long time.

On that first Earth Day in 1970, George Wald, a Harvard biologist breathlessly promised that civilization would end “within 15 or 30 years.” Um, hello George, have you looked around lately?

Deservedly forgotten Democratic Senator Gaylord Nelson, also in 1970, grimly informed us that within 25 years 75% to 80% of all animals on Earth would be extinct. Given the number of critters that routinely patrol my three quarters of an acre I’m going to have to disagree with you there Gaylord.

Former science adviser to the Kenyan little Barry John Holdren, in a 1971 ecology textbook, promised that 1 billion would die because of famines by the year 2020 because of a “new ice age.” Odd, it has been in the 90’s here all week, just like last year and the year before that and the year before that and, well I’m sure you get the point.

In 1972 The Club of Rome warned us that the Earth would be out of oil by 2003. Funny thing is that 2016 estimated oil reserves currently stand at 1,707 billion barrels. When I filled up my gas guzzling Dodge Durango RT (the one with the really big V8 engine) this morning I paid $2.28 a gallon. It’s not the .32 cents a gallon I remember as a kid but it’s not intolerable either.

Not to be outdone, so called population expert Paul Ehrlich warned that by the year 2000 England would not exist. As a proof of concept he wrote the manifestly discredited book The Population Bomb. I’m going to give Paul a halfsie here. England may not long exist but it is dying of moslem political correctness not environmental excess. There is not much great in great Britain any longer.

And so it has continued every day since. A non stop denial of reality by eco fascists that has lasted, if you use the first Earth Day as a measuring point, for 47 years. How many people will believe a lie that has been told to them for 47 years?

Apparently a lot. Consider South Australia. People who live there now suffer through routine blackouts and energy prices that have exploded to unimaginable levels. Energy prices are at levels now that wipe out savings and crush businesses. Remember, Australia is a first world country. I know, I have been there. Their suffering is needless. The entire country is fossil fuel rich.

Safely ensconced in their air conditioned, red wood decked homes the government has hijacked its people into third world status to show just how virtuous they are. The suffering of their people, the number of birds and bats chewed up by their wind turbined idols to political correctness, are completely irrelevant. They care more than you do about the planet. Get over it already.

I am using the environmental positions of democrats, liberals and progressives to illustrate that lying in the face of evidence, no matter how incontrovertible, is second nature to them. The subject of the lie is irrelevant. Big oil, big pharma, big candy, the Iraq war, gun control, religious intolerance of Christians, republican/Russian collusion, islam, abortion and a hundred others are simply a means to an end. The only thing that matters to them is the path to complete control over you and your life.

At this point the observant reader will say that sailor, you are painting with a very broad brush. While I agree there are some liberals, progressives and democrats who are sincerely seeking only the best for themselves and the planet, it has to be pointed out that these people are a minority. Let us not forget that for the better part of sixty years the big lies have been promoted from college on down, from hollywood to the so called news media.

It is this cadre of “intellectuals” that seek to manage our daily lives in the most minute detail. To reach their objective they need a lot of foot soldiers. College, for the last fifteen years or so, has existed primarily to provide supplemental cannon fodder for the left. Unions with their shrinking membership are no longer able to do it all. The left now has two full generations of often well meaning but completely misguided “college educated” activists. (Now you know why they insist on everyone getting a free college education) I’m sure you know them. They carry a mattress on their back to indict an innocent student or they barge into a restaurant and stage a bloody beheading in front of little kids. They call for “muscle” to remove journalists from their rallies, demand racially segregated “safe” spaces and white free days on campus. They see white marble as racist and black thugs as victims. What should frighten, wrong word, terrify everyone is that these people are not considered out of the mainstream in liberal, progressive democratic thought.

These are the people who have to check in with the Ministry of Truth everyday to find out what they believe. Facts bounce off these people the way job offers bounce off welfare queens. The proper position of anyone listening to a liberal, progressive or democrat is outright skepticism, after you finish laughing in their faces. Just remember these people have no sense of humor and they hate you. If you have to be around them I recommend extreme caution and carrying pepper spray.

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