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Dog Days...



Last month, amidst our patriotic pomp as the clamor over our 'secret surveillance' of ourselves by and through our very own NSA rattled our 'land of the free' cage, a long-time friend penned to me the following:

I read the article about the proposed hunting season on drones.

Damn the FAA... Full speed ahead...!!!

In getting back to the basics of constitutional control of a government gone berserk, I think we should go back a notch further and reinstitute the use of the pillory, which should only be used on government officials who lie to the citizens--such as lying to congress, lying to constituents post-election or in the case of those running for re-election, false campaign promises and other lies during the course of campaigning.

During the time the offender is latched into the pillory, members of the public are invited to empty their slop buckets on them, dispose of their rotting gmo foods on them, or even force myriad inoculations of vaccines on them.

They should be fed only bread and water: bagels that never mold and heavily fluoridated, heavily chlorinated water with a twist of Roundup and a dash of mercury.

Ya think this might get their attention?

I think we have a bunch of criminals running the whole shebang that would do well to blame their inability to "promote the common good" on mass ADD. (Might work; we're already programmed to accept that as an excuse for misbehavior.)

Ah, well! Just a pipe dream...

What can I say...??? I mean, I agree with my friend, Suzy by name, in her disgust with the chronic status-quo 'double standard' excuse-I-tus that emanates from the hallowed halls of officialdom.

Still, the thing that makes a process 'un-democratic' is the failure of 'we the people' to participate. However, not to lay all blame at any particular altar, it is also totally true that when folks who wish to participate are (willfully) excluded, shunned and ostracized from every legitimate  opportunity to participate in public-sector process by and through the actions and decisions of folks who are 'in control' of who gets to voice an opinion about what behavior gets rewarded or punished, well... that makes it just as impossible for democracy to take place as does abdicating personal responsibility to 'be the solution'.

Thus it seems to me that our democracy is currently going through a sort of 'dog days' which (according longstanding tradition) is an 'evil time' when the sea boils, the wine turns sour, dogs go mad and humans become languid: rife with dis-eases, burning with hot-tempered fevers and wild with hysterical frenzy.

And still, at bottom line, 'we' are the only ones who can actually 'do' anything to change any of this...

The Declaration of Independence as codified for enactment by our 'we the people' government in the Constitution of the U.S.A. created a geographic bastion of sanity exempt from the obtuse regulation of 'peaceful assembly' or 'pursuit of happiness'...

In accordance with the covenants, liberties and duties vested in 'we the people' by the founders of our nation in their signing of these great documents:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident," that we are each "endowed with certain  unalienable Rights" which no man, agency, legislated policy or judicial due process has the authority to interdict or revoke and which, in fact, it is the 'duty' of the 'majority' to safeguard, preserve, secure and defend on behalf of ALL the PEOPLE...

Aka: NOT just the ones we 'like'...

Being a 'true American...'  Taking a stand for Liberty & Justice... Fighting the good fight... Rising to the cause...

All of it, in terms of the standards that 'we the people' are to hold ourselves accountable to, boils down to this one point:

As the standard-bearers of  the 'justice for all' banner, it is our duty to 'defend' the rights of each individual to be whoever they choose to be, so long as their conduct is peaceful and does no harm.

And we have s profound duty to discriminate between what constitutes legitimate harm -and- and what we (personally) may find morally abhorrent because to secure the blessing of liberty for all, Lady Justice *must* be 'blind' to all such prejudicial belief, respectful of those 'imbued rights' of each individual to peacefully assemble with whosoever they wish and pursue any sort of conduct that leaves others free from harm and makes them happy.

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The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him... The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself... Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man. ~George Bernard Shaw

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You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. ~Buckminster Fuller

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

If you want more of what you've already got, do more of what you're already doing... ~anonymous

USO Operation Enduring Care


August 2013: Text messages (which are my Navy son's preferred means of communication) apprise that he is recovering from (minor, planned) surgery and is doing just fine. Yea...!!! Also that Navy life goes well and that the new truck he got is great. Things are ever changing yet always the same <smile>. He is happy... and that is what  really counts.

Mom's Day 2013: What a joy to hear his voice. Things have been busy, schedules intense, duties demanding... and he is doing just fine, on his way to the beach with buddies... "Will you go swimming?" I ask. "M0OOOM..." he wails in disbelief of my ignorance... "The water is only 50 degrees... it's waaaaay too cold for swimming....!!!"

March 2013: Another sweet-surprise visit from my sailor-son. Yummy... and bitter-sweet. Makes me miss him all the more.

January 2013: Yes, my sailor-man made it home to celebrate the New Year... and his visit (though common knowledge amongst his siblings) was a total surprise to me... Wow, did we have a good time. And now that he has returned to base, well... I started missing him before we left the airport.

December 2012: Long days and way too much to do, says my Navy son. Eat, sleep and work is the total routine. What keeps you so busy, I ask. Everything electrical, he says...

August 2012: Phone chats reveal that all is well with my Navy son, though the days are long, often exhausting, and life is sometimes 'boring'. In the main, he is enjoying what he is doing, actually now getting a sense of 'doing' moreso than 'learning how to do'...

He spoke with excitement and dignity about having resolved an issue with some type of amplified shipboard broadcast device. I could tell that he was proud of this accomplishment, which made me even more proud of him.

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 nearly three 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.

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USS Chancellorsville (CG 62)
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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)
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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off your bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore, Dream, Discover.
~Mark Twain~

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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)