Have you ever falling victim for someone or something? Even if it is something as trivial as buying something you saw on an infomercial on TV that sounded like the next best thing since sliced bread; but when you got it home you found out it was a useless piece of junk. It’s happened to almost everybody I imagine; even I’ve found myself victimized by slick advertising campaigns; only to find out the product which the advertisers claimed did all these miraculous things was a waste of my hard earned money and ended up getting tossed in with the trash. Continue reading
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I used to watch a lot of crime shows on TV and I recall watching one once in which a detective was talking about the modus operandi of cult leaders. The detective was saying that cult leaders are, more often than not, charismatic and well spoken, and they prey upon the sentiments and weaknesses of those whom they wish to seduce into their cult. By saying things that people want to hear these cult leaders lure people into following them; often to their later regret. Jonestown is a perfect example; I’m sure had Jim Jones told people at the very beginning that if they followed him he was going to tell them to drink poisoned Kool Aid the people would not have so readily followed him. Continue reading
April 21, 2016 the world is shocked when it hears the news that music superstar Prince has been found dead. Suddenly it is all over the news; speculation and rumors abounding with suggestions that he may have overdosed on painkillers.
Was Prince talented; no doubt about that, he was. Was he a great guitarist; again, no questions about it, he was. But people die every day and they don’t get a moment’s notice on TV unless they are a celebrity. Are we in for another love-fest such as the one that followed the death of Michael Jackson; where people pay tribute to his music, his life, and how he touched their lives?
Did you know that the CDC, (Centers for Disease Control), reported that 2.5 million people died in the United States last year? Continue reading
In modern vernacular, [language], there are a lot of words that have one commonly accepted meaning, but then mean something entirely different when used in a different context. Take for instance the word tool. In the commonly accepted meaning, tool means something like a screwdriver, hammer, pliers, or wrench. However, used in a different context a tool is one who lacks the mental capacity to know he is being used.
Don’t be a tool.
Of all the creatures on God’s Earth, man alone has the capacity to think, to question, to ponder, to extrapolate, and to advance himself as a species. Think of all the amazing things that man has done; technological advancements that have taken him to the Moon, musical masterpieces which can stir up emotions you never thought you had, and scientific breakthroughs which have extended our lifespan well beyond those of our ancestors; all because man has the capacity to think. Continue reading
In yesterday’s paper there was an article, that after reading it, I’m lucky I didn’t have a heart attack or stroke; that’s how high my blood pressure spiked. I’m still angry, but my emotions have settled down enough to let me coherently focus on unscrambling the raw anger and channeling it into what you are about to read.
First, a bit of background. It seems that one Carlos Moore, an African-American attorney from Grenada, Mississippi has filed a lawsuit against the State of Mississippi regarding the State Flag. Mississippi has flown the same flag since 1894, that flag consisting of three horizontal stripes; blue, white and red, with a smaller Confederate Battle Flag, or St. John’s Cross, in the upper left hand corner. Moore is asking District Judge Carlton Reeves to declare the flag an unconstitutional relic of slavery. Continue reading
Don’t worry, this is not a religious article; nonetheless the Bible is chock full of passages that talk of wisdom and understanding. How many times did Christ ask those listening to His lessons, “Having eyes, see not, having ears, hear not?” Knowledge, wisdom, and the ability to see things for what they really are should be virtues people aspire to, not hide from. Continue reading
It is not very often that I sit here without a single thing on my mind to write about; but this morning I awoke without anything substantial to say. Then my computer made that familiar ‘DING’ notifying me that I had new e-mail. Amongst the junk there was a new article from my friend Michael Gaddy that planted a seed that grew into what you are about to read.
Besides my friend Mike and I there are a couple other friends I know who have no intention of voting for anyone running for the office of president in the upcoming election. We see the candidates for what they are, puppets who are controlled by men in the shadows; mere spokespersons for the corporate and banking interests who really run things in this country. There is not a candidate amongst the entire bunch who understands, or cares, about what limits the Constitution imposes upon the government they seek to head, and this includes Mr. Trump. Continue reading
Have you ever had an argument with someone when you knew with absolute surety that you were right and the other person simply would not accept the fact that they were wrong? Well, welcome to my world and my argument with those who support stricter gun laws in response to all the recent shootings.
Every argument I have heard used to support stricter gun laws has been based upon an emotional need to satisfy people’s desire to feel safe and not any logical solution to the problem with firearm related crime. Continue reading
A nation that is ignorant of its past is a nation that is ripe for deception and manipulation. Therefore, it is not what happened, but rather what people believe happened which determine the present actions of a nation. ~ Warriors of Honor
Where you to travel back in time to 1975 or 1976 and ask me what my least favorite subject in high school was, I would respond with either math, (because I suck at it), or history, (because it was boring as hell). Putting aside my own mathematical inadequacies let’s talk about why I found history to be my least favorite subject.
When I was in school history was a dead subject; both figuratively and literally. I never understood the reasoning in having to learn about events that had already happened; it just didn’t make any sense to me. They say as you grow older you also grow wiser; and this certainly is the case with me; at least in regards to understanding the importance of history. Continue reading
Sometimes I have a hard time deciding which I despise more; ignorance or apathy. Most of the time apathy wins out; but there are times that ignorance takes the forefront. You call someone ignorant today and they take it as an insult; as if you’re calling them stupid. Often the two qualities are both found together, but they are not the same thing.
Ignorance is merely the lack of knowledge and can be remedied by study. But to come full circle it is only because people are apathetic that they do not seek out knowledge. Quite the conundrum, isn’t it? Continue reading
And I’m more than willing to provide you with one
Someone recently asked me why I spend so much time discussing the Civil War when it has been over for a century and a half. To answer I could fill pages alone but let it suffice to say that it is/was a fascinating period of American History, it is probably the most incorrectly taught about period of American History, and aside from the Revolutionary War period it was probably the most critical period of American History. Does that answer your question?
Like most of you, I am a product of the indoctrination system we call public education; I grew up believing the same lies you currently do regarding the War of Northern Aggression, or, America’s Second War for Independence. However, unlike most Americans I have researched that period of American history extensively, and while I am not as knowledgeable as many about the period I believe I could hold my own in a debate on it. Continue reading
Study the past if you would define the future. ~ Confucius
While still serving as Prime Minister of England, Winston Churchill began writing a two volume history of the Second World War. This two part history of the war was a leading cause of his being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. In Volume 1, The Gathering Storm, Churchill states, “If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”
Why do I begin an article being written in 2016 with a quote from an English Prime Minister who died in 1965? Simple, because some things never change, and Churchill’s quote is one of those things. Continue reading
The other day someone came up to me and told me I needed to write an article about a certain subject that this person had just heard about. This person then went on to tell me what I should say and all the facts I should provide. After they finished speaking I said, “It sounds like you have a handle on the subject, why don’t YOU write an article about it?” You should have seen the expression on this person’s face; as those old Mastercard ad’s always say at the end; it was priceless. Continue reading
“Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth.” ~ Hugo Weaving as the character V~
Have you ever played charades? If so, you know how hard it is to get people to understand a single word or idea without using words. Imagine trying to explain to someone how to drive a car using only hand and facial gestures; no words. After about 2 minutes there would be only one gesture I would be using; the middle finger salute.
People take language for granted, but it is what has allowed society to grow from a nomadic group of cave dwellers to men who have explored the heavens. But what is language other than a series of vowels, consonants, and punctuation marks? Language is the tool which allows us to express grand ideas, or it can be the tool which reveals a person’s ignorance and stupidity. Continue reading
“Only the self-sufficient stand alone – most people follow the crowd and imitate.” ~ Bruce Lee
At some point in our lives we’ve all probably heard it said that each of us is unique; an individual. Individuality is defined as the quality or character of a particular person or thing that distinguishes them from others of the same kind, especially when strongly marked. For each of us those traits which distinguish us from others begin at the time of our birth; they forge us into who and what we become marking each and every one of us as unique; one of a kind.
I’ve also heard it said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. While that may be true in small doses, to give up one’s individuality and conform to a common belief system or style is to lose that individuality and become nothing more than a boring drone who seeks to fit in to a specific group. Continue reading
With the election process heating up, and the California Primary drawing near, the number of people who have asked me who I intend to vote for has also gone up. I don’t know if they are asking to help them form an opinion of their own, or if they are simply curious as to who the ‘nut case’ is going to vote for. In either case allow me to answer the question for all those who want to know who Neal is going to vote for: NOBODY.
Since I registered to vote in 1976 I have voted in every election; feeling it was my civic duty as an American to participate in the process of choosing who will represent me in government; not anymore as NOBODY will represent how I feel about the issues; so why should I bother? Continue reading
(Another Victim Sacrificed on the Altar of Political Correctness)
Recently the company I work for put a bulletin board in the cafeteria with the heading of “Why I work safely.” The idea was for employees to put photos of their family members on the board as a means of saying they work safely so they can return home safely to their family. Since my wife and I both work for the same company we decided to put a photo of both of us together on the board.
We don’t have a lot of photos of us together, but one we did have was a spoof of the movie Mr & Mrs Smith with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Our photo showed the two of us dressed in spiffy duds and both holding pistols aimed in the general direction of the camera with the heading, Mr & Mrs Ross.
Little did I know, at the time that there had been another mass shooting that same day in Kansas City, Missouri. The following day the company held an active shooter training exercise and my photo was taken down shortly afterwards because it was deemed inappropriate. Continue reading
Yesterday I wrote about why people support the troops; today I ask the same question about law enforcement. I figure by the time I’m done with this 3 part series I will have either pissed off a vast majority of the people who read my articles. That’s okay, as George Washington once said, “Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation. It is better be alone than in bad company.” I would rather speak what’s on my mind, and lose a few acquaintances than to go with the flow and be just another mindless zombie blindly obedient to laws that seek to deprive me of my liberty.
So here goes; Why do you support law enforcement? Continue reading
It will not be denied, that power is of an encroaching nature, and that it ought to be effectually restrained from passing the limits assigned to it. ~ James Madison, Federalist 48
That quote sounds pretty good, doesn’t it; I mean it makes sense and is something most people wouldn’t argue with. Then why is it that so many people in this country remain so complacent about the fact that our government has been passing the limits of the power assigned it; and has been shortly after its inception in 1789?
Whether you consider our Constitution to be good or bad you cannot deny that James Madison was the driving force behind it; hence his nickname The Father of the Constitution. Two years prior to the convention which produced the Constitution James Madison wrote something in opposition to a bill introduced by Patrick Henry to collect taxes for the purpose of underwriting, [funding] teachers of Christian education. Madison’s treatise was entitled A Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments, wherein Madison wrote, “Because it is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of Citizens, and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The free men of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise, and entangled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle. We revere this lesson too much soon to forget it.”
Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth.
Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines fraud as:
1 a: deceit, trickery; specifically: intentional perversion of truth in order to induce another to part with something of value or to surrender a legal right b: an act of deceiving or misrepresenting: trick
2 a: a person who is not what he or she pretends to be: imposter; also: one who defrauds: cheat b: one that is not what it seems or is represented to be.
That is the common usage; however, according to Black’s Legal Dictionary fraud is defined simply as: some deceitful practice or willful device, resorted to with intent to deprive another of his right, or in some manner to do him injury. Continue reading
As the title of my last article mentioned, I’m sick; not of the state of affairs in America, truly sick; a head cold of massive proportions that has migrated southward into my upper chest. So I am home alone resting, eating chicken soup while the wife and son are both off at work. I figured I would use this time to try and scribble out an idea that came to me last night at work between fits of dizziness and coughing; but it might prove hard, my brain isn’t firing on all cylinders right now. In fact it feels like a tornado is running loose in a tool-shed; all my once coherent thoughts are banging off the side of my skull and I am having a hard time not misspelling every other word. So if what I end up writing sounds like absolute gibberish, at least you’ll know why. Continue reading
I’m Sick (Therefore I’ll Keep This Short)
It is Monday November 7th and Barack Obama holds a press conference in which he announces he has just issued an Executive Order suspending the election scheduled to take place the following day. Mr. Obama, [I still have problems using the word president alongside his name], declares that among his reasons for doing so are that he still has unfinished business and he has therefore chosen to remain in office until he feels his work is complete. Also, Obama states that America is in the midst of a crisis and to preserve continuity in government he feels any change in the Executive branch would bring disorder to the country. Continue reading
Don’t feel bad if you don’t know what Eleutherophobia is, up until a few days ago I didn’t either. Eleutherophobia is an abnormal fear of freedom and I’d swear that it seems a vast number of Americans suffer from it. Americans make a great noise about freedom, or how they are free, but, and I hate to say this, most Americans wouldn’t know what real freedom was if it came up and bit them in the ass.
You may be free to choose what career path to take; what make and model of vehicle to drive; what city to live in; what food to eat; and what to do to entertain yourself, but are those the freedoms our Founders fought to secure for themselves and their posterity? Continue reading
A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user. ~ Theodore Roosevelt
Nearing the end of his second term as President of these united States, George Washington penned a letter and began what has become a tradition amongst presidents; the delivery of a Farewell Address. Originally entitled, “The Address of General Washington To The People of the United States on his declining of the Presidency of the United States” the letter was published in the American Daily Advertiser on 19 September, 1796 but soon made its way across the papers of the nation; even finding itself being printed in pamphlet form.
I never heard of Washington’s letter to the people when I went to school and studied American History, and it wasn’t taught in Civics class either. Yet I consider Washington’s address to be amongst the top 10 of all the documents written by our Founders from America’s early years; as Washington provides us with many warnings and admonitions from his experience as our nation’s first Chief Executive Officer. Continue reading
If I came to your house and presented you with a list of rules by which you must live your life, then demanded that you pay me a portion of your income to allow me to force you into compliance you would probably do one of three things; either you would laugh in my face; slam the door on me; or you would simply kick my ass for even making such a foolhardy proposition. If I came back with two or three friends and we made the same suggestion as a group you would probably just kick our asses, or shoot us on the spot.
Why then is there such a willingness amongst the people of this country to blindly accept that whatever ‘government’ enacts is the law and that, as good conscientious Americans, they must obey? Why is it that people continue to support such evil when by almost every act it performs it proves detrimental to their freedom? Continue reading
(This Must Boggle Your Mind)
Sometimes an idea gets a hold of me and I can’t let it go until I’ve completely exhausted it. I had thought that I’d done that with my last commentary but the embers were still burning in my brain and must have flared up during the night while I slept; because this morning I woke up with a full-fledged whirlwind going on inside my head. It took me a couple cups of coffee and a bit of thinking to organize these thoughts into some semblance of coherency, but I finally came up what you are about to read. Although this is irrelevant to the point I’m about to make; I just thought I’d explain how sometimes these rants of mine come together.
A good many people seem to be of the belief that I am personally attacking them when I write my articles or say certain things in public discussions; I’m not. What I am doing is attacking the things you believe; therefore the things I say are not personal attacks, rather attacks upon the lies and rhetoric you have chosen to accept as truths. Continue reading
Authors Note: Before I say a single word I wish to make it clear that I am not trying to be insulting; I’m just pondering things and stating ideas and half-questions that have been floating around inside my head for the past couple of days. So don’t take anything I am about to say too hard; I’m not personally attacking anyone.
What got this whole ball of wax going was a comment someone made at work the other day; that I am a complicated person. This statement did not trouble me, but I found myself trying to determine what it was that made me so complicated.
So yesterday I asked her to expand upon her statement; elaborate a bit more on why I’m so complicated. After asking she almost appeared to be at a loss for words, so I asked, “Is it because I’m usually so serious, but sometimes revert to being a sarcastic asshole?” She said, yes, that’s it; plus the fact that I’m very smart. Continue reading
Okay sports fans; a question for you. How many of you have been watching your favorite team play and they have made mistake after mistake, or the refs have made a series of bonehead calls against your team and throughout all this you’ve sat on the couch screaming at the TV? Sound familiar? Of course it does; you were pissed off and, what little good it did, you yelled at your TV to vent your frustration.
Your passion may be sporting events; but mine is the history of my country and its system of government. I’m not denying you the right to enjoy your passion; I’m only trying to explain to you how I feel while I watch you people make mistake after mistake, and while your government enacts crime after crime against the American people. I too get angered and frustrated; and just like when you yelled at your TV’s I write these articles to try to open your eyes to what is going on around you. In both cases our efforts to get people to hear our voices are futile. Continue reading
I want to try something different as it seems my normal approach to things has not produced the desired effect; to get you to think for yourselves. So I want to play a little game; but first I need to set the stage; establish a little background first.
How many of you have seen the movie Blast From the Past with Brendan Fraser, Alicia Silverstone and Christopher Walken? The plot revolves around Fraser’s character Adam and the fact that during the Cuban Missile Crisis his father, fearing a nuclear strike, took his pregnant wife into an underground fallout shelter where they gave birth to, and raised their son for 35 years before returning to the surface. One of the main points of the film is the culture shock the family experiences when they are exposed to society after having lived below ground for 35 years. Now, on to my game. Continue reading
“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” ~ Declaration of Independence
Lately I’ve been asking myself whether I am too cynical, pessimistic, or if I’m simply being realistic when it comes to the outcome for the future of my country. Truth be told, I don’t hold out much hope that we can turn things around in time to save America from whatever evils await us when our country finally evolves into whatever it is evolving into; be it a dictatorship or a satellite nation under a One World Government. Continue reading