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An Open Letter to All Educators

village_of_the_damnedI consider myself a historian of sorts. For the past decade and a half I have been collecting every document I could find from the period which saw our Republic come into existence. Over the past few years I have expanded my search to include documents relating to the period most commonly known as the Civil War. Over the course of this journey of mine there has been a question that has been repeating itself with increasing frequency: Why wasn’t I taught this in school?

I am from the generation known as the Baby Boomers and I graduated from high school in 1976; the year of our nation’s bicentennial. I can honestly say that 90% of the data I have collected was never taught in any of my history or civics classes. Continue reading

Too Deep For Shallow Minds

“Any fool can make a rule… And any fool will mind it.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

shallow_mindsThe problem with many people today is that they have been conditioned to believe that anything anyone in a position of authority says or does is gospel and they are obliged to obey. If our government enacts a law we do not like we simply shrug our shoulders and obey it. We are told to support those in agencies whose sole job is the enforcement of the laws government and society passes, regardless of whether the laws are just or not. It has gotten so bad that our national motto needs to be changed from In God We Trust to Do Not Question; Just Obey.

When the United States sought to create the National Seal various phrases were suggested with E Pluribus Unum, (Out of many one) being chosen as the final motto for the seal. That alone is worthy of an article; but it will have to wait for another day; however it is not the subject I intend to discuss right now. Among the suggested mottos was the following: Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God. Although it was not chosen for the National Seal, Thomas Jefferson liked it so much he incorporated it into his personal seal. Continue reading

Ross: Contradictions

sutherlandI don’t know how many of you have seen the 1978 remake of the classic 1956 film Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but there is a scene at the very end that I can relate to. In the scene I am referring to, Veronica Cartwright’s character see’s Donald Sutherland’s character Matthew and approaches him with a hesitant smile.

Donald Sutherland, having been replaced by an alien pod version of himself recognizes her as being human and lets out this ear piercing shriek. It is the look on Nancy’s, [Cartwright’s] face that I relate to more than the scream. The horror she must be feeling at that moment, realizing that she is utterly alone amongst mindless zombies is what gets to me every time. Continue reading

Meet The New Boss…

Shortly before posting this excellent observation by Neal Ross, I saw the headline, Trump Announces Pro-Common Core Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary. Nothing has changed, and nothing will. ~ Ed.

same-as-old-bossDonald Trump is unique in the history of American politics and I’m curious as to how the history books will record his ascent to the presidency and his time as president. Although Trump ran on a Republican ticket, I don’t think Trump is actually a Republican. In fact, I don’t think Trump has any loyalty other than to Trump himself.

To understand what we just witnessed you have to understand Donald Trump as the man. Trump, first and foremost, is a showman; an exhibitionist who likes to stir up a ruckus. He may be thoughtful, logical even; but that’s not why people pay attention to him. People pay attention to Trump because he is outspoken and, often, abrasive. People pay attention to Trump for the same reason millions watched American Idol for Simon Cowell and his brash rudeness. Continue reading

Ross: Will Trump Restore Liberty?

libertyAs I sit here one half of the country is rejoicing because in just over a month Donald Trump will be sworn in as the next President of these States Divided. The other half is angry and sad. Some of them have taken to the streets in protest of the outcome of the election. While I do not condone such actions, it does show me the extent to which those who supported Hillary are willing to go to get what they want.

While it may be true that many of these protests were orchestrated by George Soros, and protesters were bused in from other cities, there are still those who are participating in them because they truly are angry with the results of the election. Either they are those who are in this country illegally, or sympathetic to those who are, or they feel that if Trump implements many of his plans it will threaten their benefits. Continue reading

Why Do We Honor Evil?

flag_bulletBeing that today is Election Day I’m sure most people would expect me to write something about it; well don’t hold your breath. I think I’ve made my position abundantly clear and to write anything about it now would be useless, as by the time most will see it they will already have voted and the polls will be closed. So what good would any Hail Mary of Common Sense do at this point in the game? So I decided to run with something that was inspired by news I heard yesterday.

In case you didn’t catch the news the other day, Janet Reno passed away on Monday. For those of you unfamiliar with the name Janet Reno, she served as Attorney General during Bill Clinton’s tenure as president. In case you are unaware of what the Attorney General does here is the mission statement taken directly from the Department of Justice’s website; “…to supervise and direct the administration and operation of the Department of Justice, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Bureau of Prisons, Office of Justice Programs, and the U.S. Attorneys and U.S. Marshals Service, which are all within the Department of Justice.”
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Ross: Poisoning The American Dream

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, March 9, 1821

ROSS_cvr_v1_webWhen I was growing up one of my favorite TV shows was Star Trek. The sets were cheaply constructed, and the acting was a bit hokey and over the top; but I was always fascinated by Spock. I have often since wondered what was going through Gene Roddenberry’s mind when he created an entire race of beings that had rid themselves of emotion and lived a life based upon logic. I sometimes wonder if Roddenberry was not making a statement on the irrationality of us humans.

Roddenberry may not have been alone; on April 30, 1776, Samuel Adams sat down to pen a letter to Samuel Cooper in which he made an astute observation regarding the human race. In his letter Adams wrote, “Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason.” Time and time again I’ve seen Adam’s observation proven true.

It is the rare individual who is willing to examine facts with an open mind; facts which contradict their existing beliefs that is. It has been my experience that people tend to reject outright any information which threatens their beliefs. How then can they claim to have made an informed decision if they have chosen to disregard facts they find uncomfortable? Continue reading

Ross: I’m Tired Of Arguing With Ignorant People

ROSS_cvr_v1_webLately I’ve been finding myself fighting both sides of the political spectrum; with those who support Hillary criticizing me because they believe I support a womanizing unqualified Trump, and Trump supporters hammering me because since I do not intend to vote for him I’m giving the election to Hillary who will be the final nail in the coffin to our Constitution.

Frankly I’ve had enough of it; ya’ll haven’t heard a damned thing I’ve been saying! Either it’s going in one ear and out the other, or you’re simply not capable of processing the reasons I’ve given why I do not intend to vote for either candidate.

I’m pretty sure that this close to the election most of you reading this have made up your minds as to whom you will vote for. What I would like for you to do is make a list in your head of all the reasons why you are voting for that particular candidate. Most likely it is because of one of two reasons; you are voting for them because of the things they promised to do throughout their campaign, or because you believe them to be better qualified than the other candidate. I actually had someone tell me that because Hillary has more political experience that makes her the better choice for president; regardless of how poorly she served while obtaining that experience. Continue reading

A Message to the Second Continental Congress

declaration_signI know it is wishful thinking, possibly even fanciful and childish to even speak of such things; but if you could travel back into the past, at any moment in time, and deliver a message; to whom would you deliver your message and what would you say?

If it were even remotely possible I would travel back in time to the day the Second Continental Congress voted to pass the Declaration of Independence, to the very moment spoken of in a letter by Benjamin Rush to John Adams 35 yrs later, “Do you recollect the pensive and awful silence which pervaded the house when we were called up, one after another, to the table of the President of Congress, to subscribe what was believed by many at that time to be our own death warrants?”

If possible I would interrupt that pensive and awful silence and deliver the following message: Continue reading

You Think You’re Free? (You Don’t Even Know What Freedom Is)

prisonWhat we Americans call life, more often than not, consists of a routine each person has developed to allow them to deal with the specific needs of their family situation. The difference between me, and a few others like me, and the rest of America is that we have set aside time in our daily lives to educate ourselves in regards to the history and laws which govern us.

Our Founding Fathers, those men who lived in ages past who secured America’s independence and established its system of government, were all pretty much in agreement that an informed public was the only sure means of ensuring that the freedom they had worked to obtain would remain for the generations that followed. Continue reading

The Conversation

ross-n-mrsRecently, as many of you know, my family took a month long vacation to the Philippines. While there my sister-in-law gave my wife and I a pair of Rodrigo Duterte T-shirts. Yesterday, for shits and giggles, we both decided to wear them at the same time while out grocery shopping. While we got quite a few looks from people, (maybe because the shirts are bright yellow), we didn’t get any comments; that is until we got to WalMart.

A conversation ensued between a WalMart cashier, (who is a Filipina friend of ours), myself, and another WalMart customer, (who from the way she was dressed appeared to be a throwback to the Woodstock era hippies.) I will attempt to reconstruct the conversation to the best of my recollection; but some of the wording may not be exactly as it went down. Continue reading

And They Say I’m Crazy

jokernicholsonAnyone who knows me, and I mean really knows me, knows that I am not that bad a guy. I can be straightforward, to the point of being blunt; but I am honest and treat people fairly. I try to live by the motto; live and let live; as much as possible that is. However, there are a few things I simply cannot stomach, with ignorance; willful ignorance in particular, being at the top of the list.

Due to the medication I am required to take to manage the pain I suffer from in my feet, I am required to undergo routine medical exams to ensure the pain meds are not causing me any harm. The first thing they check is my blood pressure; which routinely reads around 115/65. I find that amazing because of the fact that so many people in this country refuse to accept the fact that our country is on the verge of coming apart at the seams; while they continue to believe that by voting for ‘more of the same’ or the ‘lesser of two evils’ is gonna make things better. Continue reading

Ross: Shit’s Getting Real

madonna_bjI can’t believe what a circus this election has become. Just the other day I read how Madonna, the pop singer, promised to perform oral sex on all men who vote for Hillary. In her comments prior to an Amy Schumer standup concert Madonna stated, “One more thing before I introduce this genius of comedy…If you vote for Hillary Clinton I will give you a blowjob, OK?” To ensure that she was taken seriously, she continued by saying, “Swear to god…and I am good. I’m not a douche and I’m not a tool. I take my time…And I do swallow.”

What the hell kind of shit is this when a pop star gets on stage and promises oral sex in return for votes for the candidate she supports? But then it shouldn’t surprise me; after all, the people of this country are more upset over Trump’s grabbing some ‘pussy’ than they are the crimes Hillary Clinton has gotten away with. Sex sells, while the important issues take a back seat, or get left on the side of the road with no one paying any attention to them. Continue reading

Ross: Mad As Hell

montesquieuIn an effort to show their magnanimity, their benevolence, and the fact that they have not lost touch with the people they represent, presidents often stage photo shoots with prestigious people, or those who have achieved something the people admire and respect them for. Why else would a president invite the winners of a sporting event to the Oval Office for a meet and greet when it has absolutely nothing to do with the running of the country?

Such was the case in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy invited forty-nine Nobel Prize winners to the White House. The Nobel Prize, in case you didn’t know, is an annual award given to those who have made significant advances, or achievements in fields such as peace, science, or academics. In other words, they are considered the best and the brightest of the world in their areas of expertise. Continue reading

Forget Relativity: Let’s Talk About Einstein’s Theory of INSANITY!

einsteinThe name Albert Einstein has become almost synonymous with genius, yet very few people know much about the man other than having heard of his theory on special relativity; E=mc2. Along with over 300 scientific papers, Einstein also published 150 non-scientific papers, and is known to have made many interesting quotes. Among those attributed to him is, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Using that definition, wouldn’t you say that the American people are insane? Every four years the people get all fired up about who will become the next president of these States united, and then once the winner is sworn in the people go back to their lives to repeat the process in four more years. But does anything really change? Sure, taxes may go up or down; the economy may improve or decline, but the one question nobody seems to be asking is; does government increase in size or does it decrease in size? Another question you may want to ask yourselves is; do you have more freedom after four years of your choice for president, or less freedom? Continue reading

Ross: Is War on the Horizon?

violence-riot-clinton-trumpAside from seeing the occasional Hillary bumper sticker I have yet to encounter anyone who openly admits to supporting Hillary Clinton in her bid for president. Yet apparently there are many of them out there, as she is leading in almost all the major polls against Donald Trump by anywhere from 4 to 14 percentage points. While I myself have no intention of voting, I would like to ask those of you reading this that support Hillary Clinton to think about what it is your decision may portend for this country. Continue reading

B.O.H.I.C.A.

bohicaWhen I was young there was a phrase I grew up hearing over and over again, “If you only knew how ridiculous you sound right now.” That phrase has been repeating itself inside my head with increasing frequency as the November 8 election draws near. Also, with increasing frequency I am hearing people ask me why I hate my country so much. It is not that I hate my country; it is that I hate what is happening to it. My sentiments are best explained by something H.L. Mencken once said, “The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naïve and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.”

As I sit here and watch the two candidates, and their supporters, bicker back and forth as to whom would make a better president, I can only shake my head in disgust at the ignorance of the typical American voter. From what I’ve seen there are but a handful of Americans living who know what the function of the president of the United States is; at least according to what the Constitution says it should be. Continue reading

F.U.B.A.R.

fubarIt is a misfortune, inseparable from human affairs, that public measures are rarely investigated with that spirit of moderation which is essential to a just estimate of their real tendency to advance or obstruct the public good; and that this spirit is more apt to be diminished than promoted, by those occasions which require an unusual exercise of it. ~ Federalist 37 (James Madison)

F.U.B.A.R. is an acronym which stands for; fucked up beyond all repair, or recognition; depending upon whom is using it. It is a phrase anyone who has spent time serving in the military is intimately familiar with. It also defines perfectly the state of our government today. Oh, and for those who take offense with the repeated usage of the F Word, worry not, this will be the only time I use it in this commentary. Continue reading

And They Say I’m Crazy

jokernicholsonAnyone who knows me, and I mean really knows me, knows that I am not that bad a guy. I can be straightforward, to the point of being blunt; but I am honest and treat people fairly. I try to live by the motto; live and let live; as much as possible that is. However, there are a few things I simply cannot stomach, with ignorance; willful ignorance in particular, being at the top of the list.

Due to the medication I am required to take to manage the pain I suffer from in my feet, I am required to undergo routine medical exams to ensure the pain meds are not causing me any harm. The first thing they check is my blood pressure; which routinely reads around 115/65. I find that amazing because of the fact that so many people in this country refuse to accept the fact that our country is on the verge of coming apart at the seams; while they continue to believe that by voting for ‘more of the same’ or the ‘lesser of two evils’ is gonna make things better. Continue reading

Ross: On Freedom of Speech (Twelve Steps to Happiness)

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” ~ Joe Klaas

shut_up_americaWhen I write these commentaries it is never my intent, nor has it ever been, to piss people off. That said, I know that the things I say, do in fact, piss many people off; and, quite possibly, harbor ill will towards me. Although much of what I write includes my own personal opinions; those opinions are based upon the knowledge I have gained from countless hours of study. How many hours of research have gone into the opinions and beliefs you hold, if I may ask? I may not always be right; and I will admit that I am wrong if someone can provide overwhelming evidence to prove it. However, I will not tolerate fools who think their personal opinions should be given more weight than opinions which are supported by undeniable facts and evidence. Continue reading

Intelligence has left the building…

Did you watch the ‘debate’ last night?

I have come to the conclusion that neither morals nor intelligence exist in this land any longer.

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Ross: Back In Full Fury Mode…

First off, I know what you’re saying; “Didn’t Neal say we might not hear from him for awhile in regards to political rants?” You’re right you did hear me say that. But last night this thought popped into my head and kept me awake for the majority of the night while it gelled into the basis for what I am about to say. Forgive me, it seems I just can’t shut my brain down, no matter how frustrated and angry I get. So it would seem you’re not getting rid of me that easily. Continue reading

Ross: Pot Calling The Kettle Black

for_rossWhile I was on vacation in the Philippines the nightly news was filled with stories regarding the deaths of those both using, and selling Shabu, slang for methamphetamines in the Philippines. While serving as mayor of Davao City, Rodrigo Duterte made what was once one of the most dangerous cities in the Philippines one of the safest due to his strict enforcement of the law regarding drug pushers, and crime overall. While running for president he made a promise to the Filipino people to clean up the drug problem throughout the country, just as he had in Davao City. Continue reading

Ross: About the Philippines

~ Part 1 ~

Mr_mrs.ross_FOAs some of you may know, I recently took a much needed vacation. I traveled with my wife and son to the Philippines for just over 3 weeks so that Heidi could see her family again, I could visit her province for the first time, (the military would not let me travel there while stationed at Clark), and so my son could experience how other people live. Aside from my wife who was born and raised there, it was an eye opening experience for us all.

I have no idea what crosses through people’s minds when the subject of the Philippines is brought up. Could their only knowledge of the Filipino people be the boxer Manny Pacquiao, or could it be the news reports regarding the new Filipino President Duterte’s alleged human rights violations?

My intent in writing these short articles are to share some experiences I had while visiting the Philippines, and hopefully educating the people of this country regarding these amazing people. Don’t get me wrong, everything was not a bed of roses while I was there, but overall I came home with a newfound respect and love for, both the country, and the Filipino people.

Knowing that there are many living in this country who could not find Idaho or any of the other states in America without a map with the state names on it, I am relatively certain that there are a good many who could not find the Philippines on a world map without help. There are probably many who are not aware that the Philippines consist of almost 8,000 islands and comprise over 115,000 square miles of land. If you were to superimpose the Philippines over a map of the United States it would span from Louisiana up to Kansas, with it spreading east and west into Texas and Mississippi. Continue reading

Back in the U.S.S.A….

ross_unmaskedBack in the good ole U S of A. Here is my first rant since returning; going out in letter form to everyone I can think of in the government all the way from Obastard to the Attorney General to the head of Homeland Security:

To Whom It May Concern:

I just returned from a wonderful vacation in the Philippines visiting my wife’s family on the island of Cebu. However, my return trip was marred by an incident which occurred at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.

While on vacation my brother-in-law gave me a magnificently hand-crafted belt buckle as a gift. However, upon passing through security at Ninoy Aquino International Airport it was confiscated by security personnel at the final security checkpoint before boarding the plane. Continue reading

Ross: What Do You Say We Start From Scratch?

Hell no he isn’t back yet. He is in the Philippines fighting Tsunami’s or Drug Lords or trying to teach the local gentry their rights…. He’ll be back one of these days. I’ve just been holding on to this one for awhile. As for me? I’m just sitting ’round scratching my yah-yah wondering when. Might be freer over there. ~ Ed.

Let’s start at the very beginning
A very good place to start
When you read, you begin with… Neal’s dictionary!

start_overBefore I begin there are a few words that are essential you understand the meaning of it you are to understand the things I am about to say; a prerequisite of sorts. Therefore, as an introduction I would like to provide you with a short list of these words which are crucial that you understand.

Cede: (verb) To give control of (something) to another person, group, government, etc.

Infringe: (verb) To do something that does not obey or follow (a rule, law, etc.): to wrongly limit or restrict (something, such as another person’s rights)

Inherent: (adjective) Belonging to the basic nature of someone or something

Oppression: (noun) unjust or cruel exercise of authority or power: something that oppresses especially in being an unjust or excessive exercise of power.

Sovereignty: (noun) Supreme power especially over a body politic: freedom from external control.

Tyranny: (noun) Cruel and oppressive government rule: cruel, unreasonable or arbitrary use of power or control.

Unalienable: (adjective) Impossible to take away or give up.

Now that you have an understanding of these words, let’s begin at the beginning. Continue reading

I’m An Asshole (And I Can Prove It)

assholeThe Zombie Apocalypse is here! However, instead of being surrounded by flesh eating corpses I am surrounded by something far more dangerous; a nation full of people who are both ignorant and apathetic. Under normal circumstances ignorance and apathy would not be a concern, but unfortunately these ignoramuses vote; and therein lays the danger.

On many an occasion I have said that America does not have a democracy as its system of government; it has a Constitutional Republic. In theory there are worlds of difference between the two systems, but in practice there is only a fine line of demarcation between the two. Continue reading

Why Do People Fear The Truth?

Augustine-TruthEtched into the wall at the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency is a passage from the Bible, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32) When a person is called upon to give testimony in court they must swear an oath to “Tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” Why do people consider honesty to be a valuable attribute, but when someone tells the truth people get all upset?

What is the truth? I suppose you could look it up in the dictionary, or I could provide you with my own definition for it. The way I see it the truth is simply things as they actually are, supported by facts and evidence.

The truth does not take sides, it is not biased, it is not prejudiced; it merely is an accurate rendering of things. The truth also does not care if it hurts feelings or offends. Whether you accept it or reject it, the truth does not care; it remains constant and unwavering. Continue reading

Put Your Heads Back In The Sand (There’s Nothing To Learn Here)

People don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed. ~ Friedrich Nietzche

Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what every man wishes, that he also believes to be true. ~ Demonsthenes

heads-in-the-sandThey say that if a lie is repeated enough times it becomes everyone’s truth. That may very well be true, but no matter how many times a lie is repeated it does not alter the fundamental fact that it is, in fact, a lie. The truth is the truth; whether people choose to accept or to reject it.

What I’m more interested in is what transpires when an individual who has lived their entire life believing a lie suddenly comes face to face with the truth. Continue reading

Ross: Are We On A Runaway Train?

runaway_trainWhen I was a kid trains used to fascinate me. I had a model railroad set, I road on them to visit my grandmother in San Francisco, I lived right next to the tracks in San Jose and would climb the fence and watch them go by; carrying either passengers or cargo, and as a teenager I even hopped a few for the thrill of it. To this day I still can’t help but gaze as they pass by; the powerful locomotives pulling whatever it is they are hauling that day.

How much have trains played a role in American Culture? They joined the two halves of our country with the driving of the final stake at Promontory Point in Utah, they’ve played roles in our films; beginning with the old Westerns when the bandits robbed them, to the newer movies such as Batman Begins were the League Of Shadows used one to release their toxic gas into the air. Continue reading