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July...

BRAGGING RIGHTS

Happy Independence Day USA!!!

came in like June went out... hot, hot, hot and dry, dry, dry... which seems to be the current national trend on several fronts.

Coincidental (or is it?) to the storm-induced power outages of the mid-Atlantic states -- and questioning in the ancillary capacity how many of these now powerless folks were blessed with a new 'smart meter' (noting that these did NOTHING to deter, avert or recover from this disaster while wondering how much more we would all be prospering had these 'smart meter' R&D resources been invested in creating a solar-backed self-sustaining grid) -- there is the healthcare heat wave which, according to various reports, has we Americans split 50/50 pro/con and thus will likely become a hinge pin of this November's General Election.

In fact, since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld our governments' alleged 'right' to impose a penalty tax on an individual for 'not' doing something that our government has mandated us to 'volunteer' to do, the dunning din has been taxing my Inbox.

Filled with words like 'critical midnight deadline' and 'failed policies', 'campaign to win' or 'do away with', 'repeal' and 'elect somebody', the game is on.

Begging (which is really just a subtle form of fear-driven bullying) the 'good citizens' to vote for jobs, to protect small business and to save all of us from (yet another) rape of our imbued rights.

Respectfully, this is all bullshit. It is a smokescreen hiding the substantive quality-of-life issues that all of us 'commoners' are addressing every day -and- it turns a ignorant ear to the horrendous future implications of such a ruling... none of which have anything to do with health care.

For example, does this set the stage to tax those who decline 'voluntary' military service...?

What about declining to get a driver's license... can this be subject to a 'non compliance' tax, too?

Does anyone besides me ever think about such plausible consequences or ponder the fact that, in accordance with the covenants, liberties and duties vested in 'we the people' by the founders of our nation in their signing of the Declaration of Independence and as codified in the Constitution of the U.S.A., do we pause even a moment to consider that the creation of a geographic bastion of sanity exempt from all such obtuse regulation of any individual's 'peaceful' conduct was the sole purpose for creating this land that we (allegedly) love...???

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

This single sentence, allegedly among the best-known of the English language, articulates what experts have called "the most potent and consequential words in American history," representing the bedrock-moral-standard of the people of the United States.

Think on this... and on the fact that it is our duty to abide this highest law of our land with the unified purpose of making things good for everyone. everywhere, all of the time. (((hugs))) ~Christine

As all of gozarks long-time readers already know, my youngest son is a Petty Officer 3rd Class in the Navy (see column at right), my eldest son is a Field Services Supervisor with an aggregate manufacturer, my youngest daughter is a recent high school grad and now a manager in the retail foods service industry with an international chain, my middle daughter is the Marketing and Personal Relations Director with an international purveyor of mega-yacht stuff, and my eldest daughter (child of my first marriage and a full generation ahead of her younger 1/2 siblings) subsequent to this little pictorial from nearly a decade ago, went on to aggregate sufficient points to earn the title of #1 national Women's Amateur Championship Motocross Racer and, now retired from the sport, is pursuing her passion for videography and the performance arts.

Cumulatively, this gives me a manager, a supervisor, a director, an officer and a champion on 'my team' <smile>. It is a crew of which any parent would be hugely proud... and in light of these shining credentials, we are all here to tell you that getting to where we've gotten has taken hard (often sweaty and exhausting) work, tenacious dedication (sometimes mandating the making of decisions we would have preferred not to make but requisite to maintaining our respective individual and collective well-being) and a profoundly pervasive loyalty to each other's happiness, which is ultimately what makes the whole thing work.

That said, I will -- politely, in humility and with earnest respect -- keep on tooting our own horn... trusting that this will not be misunderstood as braggadocios by clearly stating that my intent and purpose is simply to communicate living examples of the qualities inherent to the 'good life' we all enjoy which -- contrary to the hardships, injustices, maltreatment, abuse, ignorance, arrogance and bullying obstacles that convolute everyone's shared macrocosm -- anyone can and may enjoy...

And it takes 'work'... however, what takes the most work is simply 'choosing' and then refusing to settle for anything less than 'the finest of the best'... (((hugs))) ~Christine

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CURRENT & UPCOMING EVENTS

Help infuse this historic WPA-built adobe structure, home to the London Frontier Theatre, with new life.  Check out this VIDEO, look in your heart, open your wallet...!!!

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In September this year, gozarks (aka: 'me') will be a presenter on the agenda of the 4th Annual RSOL National Conference in Albuquerque, NM.

My presentation will be on media & marketing strategy. It will be an excellent program <smile>. Perhaps I will see you there...??? <grin>

REMEMBER OUR MILITARY

Your USO at Work

SUPPORT THE USO!!!!

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May 2012: A marksmanship test score of 228 to 240 = "Expert" status in the Navy.  My IC3 writes:

"I got a 231 with the 9mm."

January 2012: "I have an update for you, I was frocked today. The Commanding Officer and Command Master Chief of my ship pinned on my E-4 insignia so I am officially a 3rd class petty officer instead of ICFN. I am addressed as IC3 which is a lot easier to say every time I have to answer the phone (lol). I will send you a pic of what the insignia looks like. It is will be displayed on all of my uniforms after I have them all updated when we get back to land. Any way it's hard to believe how long Iíve been in, the time has really flown by."

He enlisted over two years ago on the delayed entry program, spent months in training to prepare for bootcamp from which he graduated late in October 2010 and is now stationed aboard the USS Chancellorsville with the homeport of San Diego, California.

Official Navy USSCV Website
USS Chancellorsville (CG 62)
Deployment Log
Cruiser Photo Archive

My son is one heck of a great kid and I love him with all of my heart, just like I love all my children, be they near or be they far...


The Ticonderoga Class Guided Missile Cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62)


~ celebrating professionalism in service ~


 

 

That you may be filled with strength and power, rooted and grounded in love that surpasses all knowledge: Be kind to one another; live with compassion, producing every kind of goodness; stand firm and hold your ground in truth, righteousness and peace; be courageous; embrace faith which is perfect trust in justice. ~Ephesians 3-6 (condensed)