Doom! Gloom! Boom! 6

We get lots of propaganda from union leaders and politicians that capitalism has failed. We hear from the main stream media that climate change is the biggest threat to humanity since Godzilla. The medical community almost daily comes up with a new way you can die if you eat the wrong stuff.

Doom! Gloom! Boom! In the last century with the election of Bill Clinton, the big scare was AIDS. According to the simpletons in the Clinton Administration, AIDS was the biggest threat to the human race since Lot’s wife turned into a pillar of salt in the aftermath of Sodom and Gomorrah. Spicy language not necessary.

It is true that large populations in Africa are at risk of contracting the AIDS virus, but that is a direct result of a cultural standard of infidelity in marriage. Thanks to President George W Bush, many in Africa are being educated as to what kills people, and are now receiving treatment for that social disease.

How do all these alarmist claims originate? Most alarming, gloom and doom claims are the product of the same set of people that brought forward the last round of alarming predictions. Most famous is Paul Ehrlich, author of the 1968 book, Population Bomb, where he forecast billions of people in famine by 1980 because of the increase on world population, and the shrinking of the earth’s resources.

None of his predictions even came close to being true, and he has tried the same crap again, and again. His notable fans include Dr John Holdren, co-author with Ehrlich, and personal science adviser to Barack Obama. You will note that crazy people hang together.

It is no wonder that the American people are viewing so-called climate change with a jaundiced eye. The reason is that none of the well publicized increases in long term global average temperatures, extreme weather, or other signature global warming events have ever come to pass. There is not only no evidence of extreme weather events due to global warming, but the evidence NOAA has refutes that claim, altogether.

You can’t fool all the people all the time. However, Paul R Erhlich and others of his ilk also believe that if you tell a lie often enough, people will believe it.

Not only are these predictions of doom, gloom, and boom false, they are the product of a political scam. Who will benefit, you might ask. The politicians, socialists, and people who want to ruin your life are the first ones in line to nationalize you retirements savings, your bank accounts, and your thoughts.

All this stuff is a scientific and political scam.

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The New Era AZ = After Zimmerman 5

I would like to think that we have entered a new time, called, After Zimmerman. Now that the trial is over, and even our racist President has said that “we are a nation of laws”, maybe we can get back to life as usual. But, that may only happen when we get to that much-anticipated era called, AO -> After Obama.

Truly, we have never seen a worse time for this nation until we elected Barack Obama. But, I digress.

So, what is a little old retired man like me supposed to watch on TV for entertainment, now? Well, it is not football season, baseball season is pretty good with the Braves, but the real zest and angst has gone out of our HD LCD big screen TV. Right now, I am watching Swamp People.

Can you believe the crap they put on the History Channel? You would think that you could never run out of history, but they seem to put the stupidest things on that channel, like, Ancient Aliens (as if space men visited our planet during the time of the ancient Egyptians, Mayans, Incas, and Aztecs).

The interesting thing about Swamp People is that it is all about Cajun people. These are those hardy souls who inhabit the Louisiana swamps, and cook the best seafood in the entire world. I love Cajun cooking.  Yummy!

Anyway, the question of the day regarding Swamp People is about Troy Landry. Given that he wears the same shirt on every episode I have seen, does he have a change of shirts, or is the one we see his lucky shirt?

Inquiring minds want to know.

How are you spending your AZ (After Zimmerman) TV time?

George Zimmerman Not Guilty 2

This verdict has just been delivered to the court from the George Zimmerman jury, according to Yahoo news.

During the Q & A after the verdict’s announcement, the State Attorney and the prosecutor are still trying the case with the reporters on TV. They are still up to speculation and outright disingenuous observations. The upshot of this interview just might be violence. I certainly hope not.

The prosecution failed to convince the jury because the prosecutor is not an honest person, and six women can see through this buffoon.

 

 

 

George Zimmerman’s Justice Is Six Women? 2

If my life depended on a jury of six women, I would be a little uncomfortable. It’s not that I don’t like women, after all, I did have a mother and three sisters whom I loved. Plus, my lovely wife would sympathize with me, as would my daughter and granddaughter. But, six strange women sitting in judgement of me for my actions is downright scary!

The strange thing about the Zimmerman jury is that it was a black kid that was killed. There’s not one black person on the jury that I know about. There is one Hispanic lady, but the others are white. It seems to me that the prosecution was playing a long shot on this one.

However, there are also no men on the jury. If I were the defendant I would be raising cane about this. How can anyone say, “George Zimmerman, you are being judged by a jury of your peers.” There should be men on that jury, and there should be black people on that jury.

Whatever happened to the standard of a jury being composed of twelve men, good and true? Indeed, our justice system has gotten all out of kilter, and we probably have lawyers to blame. If laws were made up of numbers, then lawyers could not bend them to their will.  These guys are lawyers because they were bad with numbers. If they were good at numbers, they would have become engineers like me.

So, here it is, after eight in the evening of Saturday, July 13, and we don’t have a verdict. Maybe I will awake Sunday morning to that news. I am sure the George Zimmerman is pinching button-holes in his underwear awaiting the life changing opinion of six women, good and true.

Update #1:  Earlier this evening, the Zimmerman jury asked the judge for a clarification of the manslaughter charge. Many observers seem to think that the 2nd degree murder charge is now off the table, having been rejected by the six woman jury. There is some concern on the part of the judge as to if the jury might be confused. but I don’t understand the reason for the judge’s concern. After all, this is the jury that was chosen in that court for the express purpose of getting to the truth. If the jury thinks that asking for a set of the Encyclopedia Britannica would help them, the judge should keep her mouth shut and deliver the requested documents. h/t Drudge Report

How Does This Justice Thing Work? 2

As I am watching the prosecutor in the George Zimmerman trial present his closing arguments, I wonder what rationale allows this kind of theater in a solemn, and important trial. The prosecutor is playing tapes of George Zimmerman’s interviews, and liberally imputing motives to Zimmerman that are purely speculative.

The prosecutor is making stuff up, things that are not supported by facts. He is speculating on what Zimmerman was thinking, and what Trayvon may have been thinking. This is pure fiction, and our legal system allows this kind of stuff.

Yeah, I know that defense lawyers are good at this kind of speculation, too. In all respect I realize that attorneys are allowed to present alternate scenarios in defense or prosecution of a person, but these bozo’s make stuff up that are in no way supported by the evidence.

It doesn’t take much intelligence to poke holes in the prosecutor’s arguments in view of the real evidenced. The prosecution is  manufacturing evidence in an effort to convict a man that the main stream media does not like.

Hoodies Galore 7

The Trayvon Martin killing has set the racial world on fire. There is a new symbol of racial solidarity with Trayvon, and it is the ubiquitous hoodie. Now, hoodies have been around in one form or another for centuries, most recently in the United States since the early 20th century.

This week as I was leaving the local Walmart store, a young black woman entered the store wearing a red hoodie, with the hood deployed over her head. The temperature outside was 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and the date was July 5, 2013. In Atlanta we call this summer time.

hoodie

Zip-up Sweatshirt With Hoodie

It took me a few seconds to realize that she was probably trying to make a public statement. Why would anybody wear a sweatshirt, much less pull the hoodie up on a bright, sunshiny, summer afternoon? It was hot as hell in that parking lot.

What could that public statement be? Could it be that Trayvon was black, and this young woman identified with him just because she was black?  Most likely she was saying that if you believe that George Zimmerman (killer of Trayvon) was NOT guilty of murder, then you are racist. I believe that this is a shallow approach to the situation.

Let me say a couple of things about hoodies,

1. My children all have hoodies and will wear them on occasion.

2. My grandchildren wore their hoodies when they visited my house yesterday. It was raining, and they wanted their hoodies.  Maybe that was Trayvon’s reason for wearing his hood up that night.

3. My wife has a hoodie.

4. I have four hoodies. Two of these hoodies are from universities I attended, two are from a technical college in Marietta, Georgia where I learned the web page business the last couple of years. I like my hoodies even though it is difficult finding the closet space in which to store them. Having about six jackets for cool and cold weather takes up lots of room, too. I believe in keeping warm in the winter.

Throughout history, hoods have been used to shield identities of people bent on doing no-good. Whether Trayvon was bent on doing no-good, or whether he was just trying to stay dry, we will never know. This is because he choose to become the aggressor by attacking Zimmerman. That cost him his life, and changed George Zimmerman’s life forever.

Efforts to show that George Zimmerman was racist have likely failed.

Zimmerman was a frightened guy, carrying a gun to bolster his courage while he was doing (in his mind) the right thing, protecting his property. Even if Zimmerman were a flaming racist, the situation still screams self-defense, not that this excuses Zimmerman from culpability in the killing. That’s what the jury will decide.

I would have loved to engage that young, hoodie wearing lady at Walmart in a conversation of the Trayvon Martin incident. I think dialog can be healthy. But, the conversation about race that Attorney General Holder once called for will not happen. It will not happen because people are caught up in their symbols.

July 4th, A Big Day In American History 2

Today in history was a fateful day for America. It is the 237th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Today is also the 150th anniversary of the surrender of Confederate forces at Vicksburg, Mississippi (July 4, 1863)to General Grant. This Union victory severed the Confederate West from the rest of the Confederacy, and opened the Mississippi River to Union gunboats and armies to move without challenge.

General Robert E. Lee withdrew his Confederate army from the Gettysburg battlefield 150 years ago, today. His proud army had been defeated, and this day is considered the turning-point in the Civil War, especially with the coincident loss of Vicksburg and the Confederate states west of the Mississippi River.

On this day in 1826, John Adams died. It is said that his last words were, “Thomas Jefferson survives.”  Strangely, Thomas Jefferson had died a few hours earlier at Monticello, his famous residence.

Indeed, this is a day to remember.

The Valley 8

Washington's HQ

Washington’s HQ at Valley Forge

All have read about George Washington’s army spending the winter of 1777-1778 at the village of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. At long last, I got to see the famous place, and get an idea of what our ancestors had to do to survive in that environment.

Crossing the Delaware River the day before, and putting-up with the incessant commands from Mrs Garmin, our aptly named GPS unit, we wound our way across Southeastern Pennsylvania to the location just northwest of Philadelphia. The country side is beautiful, and Valley Forge National Park is a natural beauty in itself, showcasing the beautiful, green rolling hills of the rich Pennsylvania countryside.

We were transported to the late eighteenth century to a time when my North Carolina ancestors, Jeremiah and Henry, were encamped with George Washington’s army. The film at the Visitor’s Center at the Park told the story of what transpired. Most of the men didn’t have shoes or boots, and many of the approximately 12.000 encamped there were without adequate clothing. Their officers described their state as being virtually naked in the winter elements.

Over 2,000 men died that winter of sickness, and most of those were the ones sent to local hospitals to receive medical attention. It was no accident that more men died while under medical care than those who refused medical care. Such was the state of medical science in 1777.

All the units built log huts to weather the winter. It was not a particularly hard winter, but it was a wet winter with snow and lots of rain, compounding efforts to bring in food and other supplies. According to the introductory film at the Park, the best equipped soldiers were from Connecticut, where the colonial government was able to collect supplies and money for their care.

North Carolina Regiments Marker at Valley Forge

North Carolina Regiments Marker at Valley Forge

The worst supplied men were from North Carolina, the colony of my ancestors. The men were cold, hungry, naked to a good extent, and had no shoes. Their guns were not adequate, and their food was touch and go all winter.

As spring came to Pennsylvania, George Washington started training the army with a newly arrived professional Prussian soldier, Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben. von Steuban taught the men to handle rifles, bayonets, field drills, and general soldiering. With the help of interpreters, he also wrote a training manual. When the soldiers left Valley Forge in the spring, they were a new army.

Log Huts Similar To Those Built By American Continental Soldiers

Log Huts Similar To Those Built By American Continental Soldiers

The British army decided to vacate Philadelphia, and Washington pursued them into New Jersey. The Brits were not in a mood to fight, but were moving their army to New York. Washington’s army caught up with the British rear guard close to Monmouth, New Jersey, and attacked. It was a hot and deadly chase. It was also the first time an American army had fought the professional British soldiers toe-to-toe with rifles and bayonets, and did not back down. The British were the ones that left the battle field.

The Battle of Monmouth was a victory for the Americans, and I had two ancestors in that proud army.

As we celebrate another anniversary of the founding of our country, we cannot forget what George Washington and his army of men from the American back-woods managed to do. It was by the will and perseverance of those men that we became a country.

I pray it is God’s will that we can spread our message of freedom to the world for another 237 years.