There are some things that 'all the money in the
world' is insufficient to compensate for the effort of doing... but
take 'money' out of the picture, pose the same project as a 'favor'
and most of us humans will happily do the deed for someone we
As science is now concluding (in a double-back
'whoops' -- we made a mistake), the 'true nature' of human beings is
NOT 'fang and claw' (dog-eat-dog) competitiveness...
That is, science is proving that we humans -- at our
intrinsic evolutionary core pre-disposition -- do our best at
'thriving' (as individuals) when our energies are invested in
cooperation, collaboration, and mutual (democratic) respect.
Think about this...
Think about what would happen to ALL of our 'social
policies' (aka: laws, rules, regulations) if/when each and every one
of us understands and acts on the tenets of this (new and improved)
reality as truth...
Then think about the mandate of
Arkansas Act 1190 of 2013 and ponder the question: What will
the policies and practices of our justice system look like when we
accept the truth of our 'true nature'...???
If you'd like to take an enriching mind-walk in the
garden of such ideas, have a look at
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Then please, if you would, give some of your best
creative energy to thinking about how our justice system *should
work* and send your ideas to me...
Take a look here
and find out...
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
All of it, in terms of the standards that 'we the
people' are to hold ourselves accountable to, boils down to this one
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
Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable
man. ~George Bernard Shaw
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Great minds discuss ideas; average minds
discuss events; small minds discuss people.
Friday, September 20,
eldest son (and stand-up comic extraordinaire) is the
host-emcee of the "Back
in Black Friday" comedy show which takes center stage at
Gino's in Benton, 9pm.
Adam is an extraordinary young man who has, since the the age of 8
(when his dad was disabled and he became mom's #1 helper), been a
continuing mainstay of vital support to our family's well-being.
Though I will not embarrass him with a long liturgy of appreciation,
I will publicly thank him, sincerely acknowledging that I and his
siblings would NOT be enjoying the lovely lives we have today sans
the blessing of his diligent support.
Also, he is truly one funny guy <smile>... and he loves doing
stand-up comedy almost as much as he loves us <smile>...
Thus I warmly invite you to join me for the show...
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things always: that it is our
duty as thinking beings with the ever-present capacity to choose to
abide the 'highest law of reality' -- doing unto others as we would
have them do unto us --
with the unified purpose of making things good for everyone,
everywhere, all of the time.
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abounds when fighting ends...
change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something,
build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. ~Buckminster
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want more of what you've already got, do more of what you're already
SUPPORT THE USO!!!!
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
March 2013: Another sweet-surprise visit from
my sailor-son. Yummy... and bitter-sweet. Makes me miss him all the
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."
"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
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.
Official Navy USSCV Website
USS Chancellorsville (CG 62)
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)
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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.