Pissing in the wind is a slang term used to describe someone who is wasting their time, or effort, on a cause that is futile. That’s how I feel sometimes…no…pretty much all the time. I see what is happening in the country I love and I wonder why there are but a few others who see it too.
If you watch any of the network news agencies I’m sure you have, at one time or another, seen the news anchor report on poll numbers which state the percentage of people who think that our country is heading in the right direction. Unfortunately what most people consider as being the right direction is directly tied to their party affiliation and has absolutely nothing to do with our countries adherence to the principles it was founded upon. Continue reading
Seeing as how I live in California, a state whose legislators have, for the most part, taken a strict anti-gun rights stance, I have always kept my radar focused on anything regarding the infringement of our Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Therefore it should come as no surprise to anyone that the events currently unfolding in the state of Connecticut have been of great interest to me.
Unfortunately, the network news, being the lackeys they are, have yet to do any reporting on what is going on in Connecticut. By virtue of their silence on the matter, the vast majority of Americans who rely upon their 30 minutes of news a day are completely unaware of what is happening in Connecticut. Therefore a bit of background may be necessary to bring them up to speed. Continue reading
When you read, or hear something, you have a choice which you must make. You must decide whether to accept it as the truth, or reject it as a lie. What then is the truth? Truth is defined as: the state of being the case; the body of real things, events, and facts. The opposite then is a lie; something that is inaccurate, deceptive, or misleading, and most importantly, untrustworthy.
Doesn’t it therefore seem logical that people would prefer the truth over a lie? Wouldn’t it seem prudent to seek out the truth for yourself instead of simply taking someone’s word that what you are being told is the truth? Or is taking the time to find out if you’ve been lied to simply too much work? Continue reading
A week or so I was explaining to a friend at work how currency is introduced into our economy by the FED. After I finished he said, “Damn Neal, what the hell are you doing here dumping fruit, you are too smart for this shit.” While this isn’t the first time that someone has told me that I’m really smart, the problem is that what good does all this knowledge do me when I can’t get people to think about any of it?
Contrary to what people say, I really don’t consider myself that smart. As Alexander Hamilton once said, “Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have is this. When I have a subject in mind. I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. My mind becomes pervaded with it… the effort which I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought.”
It all depends upon what a person is interested in. I can’t invent new life-saving technologies nor can I compose a symphony, yet I can understand the writings and thought process of the people who established our Republic. I read, and re-read, and RE-READ again the writings of our Founding Fathers, and the men who influenced them, and I then compare what they said to what I see in our country today and I am absolutely amazed that anyone in this country can say that our country even comes close to resembling what our Founders had envisioned. Continue reading
Everyone, no matter who they are, has a set of core beliefs that guide them in their lives. You might say these beliefs define them, as they are the guiding principles each person relies upon to make decisions in their daily lives. These beliefs are either founded upon things that they have learned, or by things that they have experienced over the course of their lives.
Although one person’s core beliefs may resemble those of another, each of us have led entirely different lives and therefore although our core beliefs may be similar, in reality they are distinctly our own. In that way they are similar to the DNA that identifies us as individuals. Although there may be many people who resemble each other, by checking their DNA you would see that each person is a distinctly separate and unique individual.
Most of my commentaries have been about politics or issues that concern me. This will be different, this is entirely about me; about what I believe and why. I hope it goes a long way in explaining why I make the choices I do in life, and why I feel the way I do about the current state of our nation. Continue reading
I fully realize that on a good day maybe one hundred people might read these little commentaries I write, and if a thousand did it would be something to celebrate. So when you take into consideration that there are over 300 million people living in this country, I don’t have any illusion that what I am saying is going to make any difference. So, why do I continue? I continue because the things I write about are the things that I feel very strongly about, and the principles I discuss are those which I hold dear. Therefore being the stubborn pig-headed individual that I am, it does not matter whether I am fighting a losing battle, I simply refuse to just toss in the towel and stop fighting for the things I believe in.
For the most part, the people that inhabit this country, no matter what they say, have forsaken the principles that guided our Founders when they established our Republic. Their loyalty now lies with the political party which most closely aligns with what they believe to be the purpose they’d like their government to serve. The principle of unbridled liberty no longer matters to most anymore. Continue reading
It is that time of the year when people celebrate Christmas. What is Christmas? Is it the time of year we decorate our homes and exchange gifts, or is it something else? Some believe that the celebration of Christmas is idolatry as a mass, as in Christ Mass is a celebration of the brutal death of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In olden texts a mass is in fact a celebration of a sacrifice, therefore a Christ Mass is the celebration of the sacrifice of Jesus, and not his birth.
The Book of Luke tells us that at the time of Jesus birth the shepherds were out in the fields tending their flocks when the Angel of the Lord appeared to them announcing the birth of a Savior. The shepherds did not tend their flocks in the winter, but in the spring and summer months, so December 25th, is probably not the day Christ was born. In fact the first recorded date of the birth of Christ being celebrated on December 25th was in 336AD during the time of Constantine. Years later Pope Julius I officially declared that December 25th would be the day we celebrate the birth of Christ. Continue reading
You know, it really amazes me how so many people still believe that they are free, that they still live in the land of the free and the home of the brave, it really does. Most people in this country wouldn’t recognize freedom if it came up and bit them in the ass, or came to them in a gift wrapped package.
According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, freedom is defined as “the quality or state of being free: as the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action.” But freedom is much more than simply being able to do whatever you want, it also means that you are not reliant upon anyone else for your sustenance, for with reliance comes bondage because those who provide you with your sustenance always impose certain limitations, or restrictions, if you will, upon your actions.
But freedom also means that you must respect the freedom of others, that you must not do things which cause others to be ‘less free.’ Therefore, freedom means that you can enjoy an unlimited exercise of your natural rights, without constraint as long as you do not interfere with others from doing the same. The purpose for which government was established is to secure the blessings of liberty to the people, with liberty being defined as “the state or condition of people who are able to act and speak freely.” Continue reading
I really don’t know if it is that I am a pessimist, or if I am just more willing to face facts than others are, but I keep hearing that there is an awakening going on in this country, that there is this quiet rage building against the assault upon our traditional values. However, as of yet I have not seen much in the form of action against those who assail these values. In fact, I have yet to encounter a significant number of people who even understand what these values are.
It seems wherever I go I hear people complain about the laws enacted by our government, yet I do not see those who enacted these laws held accountable for their breaches against their oaths of office, or at least voted out of office when they come up for re-election. And if, perchance, they do get voted out of office they are replaced by people who are just as corrupt as they were. Continue reading
Someone asked me awhile back why I haven’t been writing any more political articles. The simple truth is that I’m tired of arguing with people who choose to ignore the facts I present them, instead they rely upon their emotions to guide their thought process. You simply can’t win an argument when people refuse to accept facts. To put it bluntly, you can’t argue with fools. There, I’ve said it, those who refuse to see the facts for what they are, and utilize them to make informed decisions are fools. If you rely upon your emotions to guide your thought forming and decision making process, you are foolish and a borderline idiot, and it seems to me that there are more of this type people in this country than there are those who choose to use their brains for the purpose they were intended they be used, TO THINK.
I believe that most people have this gut feeling that something is wrong with our country but the problem is that there are so many differing opinions when it comes to which direction our country should that hardly anyone can come to an agreement with each other about the matter. Those who call themselves conservatives, or Republicans, believe that the Democrats are to blame for all our countries problems, while those who call themselves liberals, or Democrats, feel the same way about the Republicans. Hell, even within the parties themselves there are differences of opinions as to who has the best vision for the future of our country. Continue reading
Recently our government went into a shutdown when a portion of the Republican Party fought to block funding for the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Many people I spoke to said that the government did have the authority to enact Obamacare and that affordable medical insurance is a right that all people have. My point in writing this article is not to argue the legality of Congress having enacted Obamacare, but rather to discuss health and the medical and pharmaceutical industry in general.
The human body is an amazing creation. First of all if you consider that upwards of half our body is comprised of water, it is simply amazing that it can perform all the functions that it does. But then we have different systems within our bodies, all designed to perform specific functions.
We all know, or at least have heard about, DNA, that genetic blueprint which identifies each of us individually. Well our body is comprised of millions, if not billions, of cells and each of them is identified by its own characteristics to perform certain functions within the body. Read MORE
I’m a pretty avid reader and every once in awhile I will read something that just jumps out and slaps me in the face. Most of the time it is when I’m reading the writings of men who have been dead for a very long time. However Monday morning I was making my way through the usual web-pages I visit and I ran across an article by Michael Gaddy on The Federal Observer. When I finished reading it I felt as if he had dug down and read my mind as his thoughts mirrored my thoughts to a T.
I won’t quote from Mr. Gaddy’s article as I think you should read it for yourself, but I will steal the quote from George Carlin that he prefaces his article with, “Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don’t fall out of the sky. They don’t pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from American parents and American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses and American universities, and they are elected by American citizens. This is the best we can do folks. This is what we have to offer. It’s what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you’re going to get selfish, ignorant leaders. Term limits ain’t going to do any good; you’re just going to end up with a brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant Americans. So, maybe, maybe, maybe, it’s not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here… like, the public.” Continue reading
You rarely hear people use the phrase topsy-turvy anymore, but it most certainly applies to these United States of America, and our government these days. Topsy-turvy is defined as being in or into a state of utter disorder or confusion, and that fits us to a T.
Roughly two and a quarter centuries ago the people of this country established a system of government and gave it certain specific powers to do certain things on behalf of the people. Unfortunately our government no longer limits itself to those specified powers and seeks to control almost every aspect of our lives. Continue reading
On June 7, 1776 Richard Henry Lee stood before the Continental Congress and presented a set of resolutions, the first of which began with the following words, “Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States…” Almost a month later, this same Continental Congress would vote upon a declaration which stated, “We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States…“
Lee’s initial resolution was the impetus for what we know as our Declaration of Independence. Notice that both Lee, and Jefferson, who wrote the majority of the Declaration of Independence, both declared that the colonies ought to be free and independent States. Each state was to be a sovereign entity, capable of establishing its own system of government which best suited the needs and desires of the inhabitants therein.
When delegates gathered together once again in 1787 to discuss amending the Articles of Confederation they did so on behalf of the state legislatures which selected them to represent the best interests of the individual States. Continue reading
So here we sit, with our government still in shutdown mode, while we bicker amongst ourselves in regards to who is at fault for our government’s inability to finance its operations. If you ask me the whole thing is a joke and it makes our country look bad to those watching across the globe.
It all boils down to this, the GOP controlled House refuses to fund the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, while the Senate and the President refuse to negotiate on any spending resolution which does not contain funding for said act. So, we are at a standstill and the media pundits are more than happy to give us their views as to who and what is to blame. But are the American people being given the whole story, and more importantly, do the people of this country really care?
If you know me at all you know I try to get all the facts before I jump to any conclusions, or take somebody else’s word for it. So, here is what I have learned, and although this may not settle the issue, it may help you to understand it better. Continue reading
Time indeed changes manners and notions, and so far we must expect institutions to bend to them. But time produces also corruption of principles, and against this it is the duty of good citizens to be ever on the watch, and if the gangrene is to prevail at last, let the day be kept off as long as possible. Thomas Jefferson Spencer Roane in 1821
Before I begin I would like to ask each of you reading this a question. What is it about this country, America, that you love? This isn’t a trick question and I do not want a canned answer that it is better than anyplace else in the world, or that it is the birthplace of democracy. I want your honest opinion, what is it about America that you personally love?
If someone were to ask me that question right now I would have to answer, “If you’re talking about the America that exists today, not very much.” There it is, I’ve said it, now you can commence with the ‘if you don’t like it get the hell out’ comments. But it is the truth, the America that exists today bears absolutely no resemblance to the one I was born in to over fifty years ago, and the America of 1958 bore little resemblance to the one envisioned by our Founders in 1789. Continue reading
The other day my esteemed Governor, Edmund G. Brown, vetoed six gun control measures and signed another six into law. I am sick and tired of the people of this state, and this country for that matter, demanding that new, more restrictive, gun laws be enacted every time there is some kind of shooting. Of the laws signed by Governor Brown, one angers me more than any other, that being that the guns I keep in my home must be locked up. Sorry Governor Brown, you are the one who should be locked up, because you have violated my rights.
When the Second Amendment was written and ratified, did the colonists have to lock their guns away in safes unless they were being used at the time? Did the Americans who fought the War of 1812 have to go unlock their gun safes and get out their guns when they needed them; did the Confederate and Union soldiers who fought in the Civil War? I would wager that up until the last half century most gun owners in this country did not own a gun safe. Continue reading
“He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice.” – Albert Einstein
Sometimes I wonder if I am wasting my time writing these commentaries. I do hear back from people and mostly the comments are complimentary and approve of what I am saying, but is that just because I am preaching to a choir of like-minded individuals, or have I actually caused people to think and change their opinions? From what I can see I would be inclined to say it is the fact that like-minded individuals are reading them and are voicing their approval. I say this because I do a bit of straw poll researching myself amongst those whom I come into contact with on a daily basis and the results of these little polls are not very encouraging.
I still hear people talk about our ‘democracy’, about how either one party is better for the country than the other, and about how our government must do more to stabilize the economy, create jobs, and provide more services for those in need. Continue reading
Yeah, I know, the title is a little bit harsh. But in all honesty I am sick and tired of repeating the same old facts over and over and over again, while nobody seems to listen. It’s not that there hasn’t been an awakening of sorts in this country, but it is happening too slowly, and many people are just upset over side issues and not the big picture, that picture being that our Founders experiment in self-governance has failed. Continue reading
Very few people know that I have an affinity for vampire, zombie, and post-apocalyptic movies in general. For those who do it should come as no surprise that as soon as Season 3 of the Walking Dead came out on DVD that I would buy it. Well yesterday I had myself a Walking Dead marathon. My wife had gone over to a friend’s house to celebrate her friend’s birthday so I plunked myself down on the couch and watched all 14 episodes back to back.
If you are a Walking Dead fan, then you may see where the idea for this came from, but if you’re not, I think I will still manage to get my point across without all the gore of the TV show.
Probably sometime yesterday as I was around halfway in to Season 3 that the idea for this was planted, but it was pushed back because I was too involved in what was happening on the TV. But today, as I was dragging a razor across my stubble, a light went on in my head and the idea for this peeked up and throughout the day that idea grew until I had formulated what you are about to read. Continue reading