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Just Say NO To Ageism As you Make America Great Again


So putting America back to work is a goal of the “Make America Great Again” mantra. now what are you going to do about people over 40?

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Most seniors are mentally and physically active regardless of age with a great deal to contribute. However, societal norms marginalize seniors, treat them with disrespect, make them feel unwelcome and otherwise generalize as if they were all the same.

During the past 8 yrs of the Obama administration, unemployment blew out of proportion to the point that millions of unemployed citizens were not even counted because they had given up on finding a suitable job at Wendy’s that could cover their family nut. Former supervisors, managers, top level executives that got played off or forced into early retirement are for the most part, still in their fifties. Many of these highly experienced personnel are hovering around social security age or above and would love to have a job earning money that would support themselves or whatever is left of their family. (Yes time & finances took its toll on the American Family too)

Now these same people are extremely excited about the potential of Trump being able to drain the swamp and bring back jobs (that they could run) as we attempt to turn our country around. Our nations patriots haven’t felt such hope since we sent King George packing after the Revolutionary War. Will corporate America hire these over 40 to 60 year old experienced workers this time, or try to stay slim on the young & restless millennials that are taking a run at 40 themselves?

My intention is to draw out the real meaning of “Make America Great Again”. We want the jobs that went overseas to come back, new job creation from entrepreneurs, government jobs that rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, and oil & gas pipelines, along with our nations own refineries. Building cars and airplanes and trains again, can put so many people to work, both young and old. Ok so these are a few examples of how to put millions of people back to work immediately.

But what about Ageism? Are we going to allow the last of the baby boomers to retire off on a paltry amount of money that they can receive from Social Security. They’ve been living off of their savings and cashing in 401K’s for the past decade just to make ends meet. This thinking of hiring the younger worker and praying for his/her loyalty, dooms the people that know what loyalty really is, into absolute poverty.

As Trump takes the reigns of this country, He must realize that Kelly Girls Temps are the number one employer in this nation. Shouldn’t take him long to figure out why and make the appropriate changes to that though. Over the decades, there have been special interest hiring practices for all minorities, that offered tax breaks for hiring them. We certainly owe a debt of gratitude and welcome to returning Vets, but why not the over 40 worker? A business or corporations is eager to hire a young person fresh out of Community College or a regular 4yr degree school. They’ve got ideas that have been around for a long time and some that are new. The ones that have been around, came from experienced workers that no one would listen to back in the recessionary days of Obama. Hire them back and listen this time. Spend as much effort looking for experience as you do looking for that person you feel good about and just want to give a break to.

Give experience a break, and put Ageism out to pasture. Older workers don’t lay out sick, get pregnant, or use any other excuses to not show up. Give the corporation a tax incentive to hire this minority. Whatever the Trump administration does, I sure hope that they don’t overlook the majority of people that put them in office. These people were hoping to get their country back and PARTICIPATE – not live on the edge of poverty and watch another chapter of their life get wasted as they are told they’re too qualified for the job.

Corporate HR people understand the gaps in resume’s caused by the previous administration.  The fact a person hasn’t worked for several months (or years) does not indicate they forgot all corporate mannerisms or how to get the job done. In other words, its going to take a new template to view these highly skilled workers that could come back and bolster the economy. Look for way in which to put them to work instead of excuses to keep them in the same hopeless situation they were forced into, and it is American Industry that wins.

 

Brian Gray

They Said He Wasn’t Qualified


 

* “He’s nothing but a B-List TV personality. He has no business being in politics.”
* “He’s been divorced and remarried. He can’t commit to anything.”
* “He’s dangerously ignorant about international affairs. The Russian leaders will walk all over him.”
* “He has no filter – doesn’t think before he speaks.”
* “Until recently, he was a Democrat. He’s not a real Republican. He hasn’t paid his GOP dues.”
* “He used to be Pro Choice. Now, suddenly he’s Pro Life?”
* “That can’t be his real hair!”
* “He’s a loose cannon. No one wants HIS finger on the nuclear button.”
* “His opponent has the experience and political savvy to be president. He does not.”
* “He’s just not presidential.”
* “His temperament disqualifies him from ever being Commander-In-Chief.” “He’s proven himself to be mentally unstable.”
* “The military will never accept him as Commander-In-Chief. He’s not smart enough.”
* “The GOP doesn’t want him to be the head of the party. He could never reach across the aisle to get anything done.”
* “Most Republican voters will just stay home rather than go out and vote for him.”
* “He’s almost 70. Much too old to be president.”
* “Evangelicals will never support him.”
* “He says (Let’s) Make America Great Again. How dare he say we aren’t still great?!?!”
* “His intellect is thinner than spit on a slate rock.”
* “90 percent of Republican state chairmen judge him guilty of simplistic approaches, with no depth in federal government administration and no experience in foreign affairs.”
* “His spontaneity with reporters and voters plays well but also gives him plenty of space to disgorge fantasies and factual errors so prolific and often outrageous that he single-handedly makes the word gaffe a permanent fixture in America’s political vernacular. He confuses Pakistan with Afghanistan. He claimed once that trees contributed 93 percent of the atmosphere’s nitrous oxide…”
* “After all his gaffs, he doubles down on them instead of admitting he made a mistake.”
* “He’s threatening to upend our treaties and relationships with our allies by demanding that they pay for their own defense!”
* “Because of his gross factual errors he might take rash action and needlessly lead this country into open warfare!”
* “He’s racist, xenophobic, and fuels the fires of hatred!”
* “You shouldn’t take him seriously. He has a penchant for offering simplistic solutions to hideously complex problems and a stubborn insistence that he is always right in every argument.”
* “The rising turnout of his voters are not loyal Republicans or Democrats and are alienated from both parties because neither takes a sympathetic view toward their issues.”
* “He wears the disdain he draws from the GOP elites as a badge of honor. Henry Kissinger’s championing the other GOP candidate and attacking him are actually helping him!”
* “The fact that he could be deemed a serious candidate for president is a shame and embarrassment for the country.”
The New Yorker observed that his appeal “has to do not with competence at governing but with the emotion he evokes… [He] lets people get out their anger and frustration, their feeling of being misunderstood and mishandled by those who have run our government, their impatience with taxes and with the poor and the weak, their impulse to deal with the world’s troublemakers by employing the stratagem of a punch in the nose.”
* “His unpopular opponent presided over the current Iranian crisis… and a reeling economy, yet surely the Democrat will prevail over him.”
* “Is he Safe? …he shoots from the hip … he’s over his head … What are his solutions?”
* “Voters want to follow some authority figure, — a leader who can take charge with authority; return a sense of discipline to our government; and, manifest the willpower needed to get this country back on track — Or at least a leader from outside Washington,”
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Sound familiar? Youve heard all this about Donald Trump, right?

Try Again. All this was said of Ronald Reagan in 1976 and 1980. Most of it was BY OTHER REPUBLICANS, and Reagan turned out to be arguably one of the greatest presidents of the 20th Century.

Imagine a room full of people


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Imagine a room full of people.

You recognize that this is a full blown party, chocked full of food and drinks. A booming band has many of the occupiers moving and shaking to the upbeat sounds. Some even breakout into a full dance!

They’re laughing and talking to each other, shaking hands & making new lifelong contacts/friends. Some have known each other for years or decades, but somehow still manage to get together for one of these events.

Now imagine they belong to a Political Party.

Its not the Party that you belong to, or personally call your own.

Are they still assholes? Could it be possible that no one in this party has anything to say that you agree with? Do they represent everything you have come to hate in the maintenance of this nation? Are you really a party traitor if you join them? Would it be so bad if you tried to engage one of them in conversation and actually listened to their reasoning? Notice I didn’t say rush in and preach to them. Just stand, observe and listen.

What if one of them said something that you actually agreed with? Do you try to shuffle them out of there and convert them to your Party’s platform? Aaaargh, the choices of being a Saint or a Bore

Now hold still and replay all the mental images that just flashed before your mind. You know, the mental movie you directed while reading this. Was it a good one?

It was your choice – just like it is everyones choice to vote for whomever they are most comfortable with.

Lem’me know the next time you’re having a showing of your newest movie or material. Do you think it will be a hit or miss?

Eyeballs for Sale!


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As a political pundit, or someone that spends an exorbitant amount of time researching political news and “facts”, are you becoming more educated on the subject – or developing a confirmation bias?

Your opinions are the result of years of paying attention to information that confirmed what you believed while ignoring information, which challenged your preconceived notions.

Confirmation bias is a filter through which you see a reality that matches your expectations. (You see what you want to see) It causes you to think selectively, but the real trouble begins when confirmation bias distorts your active pursuit of facts. Will you refuse to read a book or news article if you know it is written by a known member of the opposing political ideology or party? Are the only books you read, the ones in which you know they will write or say whatever it is that you need to hear?

You seek out safe havens for your ideology – friends and coworkers of like mind and attitude, media outlets guaranteed to say whatever you need them to say. Not associating with certain people at work because you know they hold different political views than yourself prevents you from constantly validating what you want to believe. They may say things that are contradictory to how you believe, and you don’t like it. Most times, your opinions or beliefs are so intertwined with your self-image that you cant pull them away without damaging your self-perception, and this causes you to avoid situations that may cause harm to those beliefs.

Over time, by never seeking the opposite view, while perusing online news subscriptions, magazines, stacks of books and hours of television, you can become so confident in your world-view no one could change your mind.

Remember, there’s always someone out there willing to sell eyeballs to advertisers by offering a guaranteed audience of people looking to validate their opinions or conclusions. Ask yourself if you are in that audience. In science, you move closer to the truth by seeking evidence to the contrary. Perhaps the same method should inform your opinions as well.

If your goal is to soothe your inner ego with information that you already know – keep researching your subjects in the same mannerisms that you presently use. If you want true education and perspective, it’s time to start researching the other side of the object, while making possible that it could be correct.

All of the above provides ample reason as to why social media like Facebook or Twitter will forever be a ruse in political objectivity. When people can “un-friend or block” a person with a differing viewpoint and often do so – that person is seeking validation, not knowledge. These social media types need confirmation and stimulation from their “friends and followers” that they are the enlightened ones, and have the most correct hypothesis for their punditry. Until you are willing to argue either side in a debate and prepared to negotiate a win-win, you are living with confirmation bias and seeking validity from others.

Divided By Choice


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Today, I got tired of following politics non-stop, and decided to think of something just as important for a change. A person that I have always respected, and whose friendship I cherish made this comment in one of our conversations:

“I rarely have company at my house, everyone’s always so busy”.

That statement struck me as odd because this person has such a lovely home, equipped with everything that almost everyone ever dreams of having. They have a huge living area, with a humongous television screen for ballgames, movies and such. The kitchen area could produce a meal for an army regiment. The entire back side of the house has a deck that could host a live band, and this overlooks the swimming pool with many lounge chairs, umbrella’s and a fire pit.

Therefore, I could not help but wonder why everyone seemed to be so busy and this person rarely entertained at home. We all go to work and attempt to make ourselves as successful as possible. I think that most everybody out there, wants to have a “Better Homes and Gardens” type of dwelling they can call their own. Perhaps the real question is why do we want to have such a home. Of course the real answer is that our home identifies us as much as the automobile we drive. For centuries the Kings & Queens of royalty and those that aspire to be like them, have always entertained at home. Anyone ever recall a story about some commoner sitting at home and the King drops by? So it goes without saying that people have nice homes because they want to be comfortable and just as important – they want to entertain their guest and family in these comfortable surroundings.

So what are the reasons that a person could have all of this, and still “rarely” entertain friends or family? Very few people ever want to consider the reasons for this. After all, most people are not overworked hermits with a total lack of social skills. Very few people really want to be totally alone unless forced to socialize with others. But no one really thinks of the social mores, habits and lifestyles of all of those involved in their lives. So I decided to think about it for them. The following represents a few of the thoughts I had on the subject.

People that don’t come to your house and why

Smokers – because you don’t allow smoking inside
Non-Smokers – because you do smoke inside, and your house stinks

Drunks – because you will not provide them with alcohol
Non-Drinkers – because everyone including yourself are drinking

Democrats – because they know that they have very little in common with you other than whiskey & cigarettes
Republicans – because they think you’re to opinionated and have no facts other than talking points to back yourself up with (at least thats the rumor)
Independents – because they just don’t want to hear either of the other parties rants

Religious Folks – because they would rather be sharing the word of God and know you don’t want to hear it
Heathens – because they don’t want to have to watch every word they say or hear a sermon (and countless other reasons)

Parents (Anyone that has kids) – because they feel uncomfortable with what their kids may do to, or in your house. They are too concerned with the imposition that they feel is placed on you, as their kids yell and scream, or ask awkward questions. It’s just best (they feel) to not go to your house with the children.

Non-Parents – many of them feel that your time with them will constantly be interrupted while you babysit, cook, or discipline your children. Perhaps the reason for their visit is something that you should not be doing in front of the children anyway.

Therefore, until you give up your mandates and ways of thinking about smoking, drinking, religion, politics or kids – you’re going to have a beautiful home that no one wants to visit.

Would it kill you to allow a friend that smokes to light one up in your house? You can’t seriously believe that an evening with one of these people is going to give you cancer. If you really believe that your house will stink for days, and that you will never get the smell of cigarette smoke out of all things made with linen, enjoy your empty home. You are wrong – but it is your home. If you are the smoker and people don’t come to your house – you now have a clue as to why. It’s not your personality they object to – it’s your habit. Don’t expect them to understand – if by chance they do permit your vice, try not to take advantage of their friendship or family status.

Drinking in your house will not make you responsible for another persons alcoholism or signify that you condone drunks. Why not serve a beer or glass of wine? Let people know that they are your guest and insist on serving, pouring all drinks. Set time limits on when you have to call it a night, or leave to be at a previous committed function and graciously see them to the door. I mean seriously, would you rather spend the rest of your life with these people avoiding you?

When it comes to politics, nothing says that you have to respond when the subject is broached. When they ask your opinion, give it, if you have one. Don’t try to show everyone the extent of your expert knowledge on the subject. They will either disagree and try to show you how smart they are, or educate you as to why you need to think just like them. Unless someone is as well versed or better at the subject than you are, you may be better off keeping your political opinions to yourself.

Religion in your house is your choice. You should not assume that because they came for a visit that they need to be saved. This is also not the time to impress them with your biblical knowledge. If you do not care to engage in the subject (if they bring it up), listen quietly and when the opportunity presents itself, change the subject. If you are the religious type and feel that its your duty to save everyone, you might want to consider whether the people you are attempting to save, want to be saved or not. Otherwise, just go on over to the church and hang out with the choir.

Kids – Pay attention to them. I mean shower them with your questions! This will either shut them up, or give you hours of conversation that their parents love to talk about. You can welcome the children and their parents or you can sit at home and wonder why you never see them. This is really simple – just understand that children are a fact of life and expect others to put them first.

We can choose our friends but we can’t choose our family. That is, unless you’re the type that has no qualms with kicking them out. We choose our friends by engaging with like-minded individuals, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have habits we don’t support. One can either accept their habits or remove them from the next party invitations that go out.

Acceptance seems to be the key to these situations. It does no harm to accept people for who they are, while they are visiting your home. That’s why they call it a visit! A lack of acceptance is one of the main reasons that American families are so distant and divided. The other options are to learn to love yourself and enjoy the solitude.

Brian

Millions of Shades of Gray


The typical U.S. household headed by a person age 65 or older has a net worth 47 times greater than a household headed by someone under 35, according to an analysis of census data released Monday.

They like to refer to us as senior citizens, old fogies, geezers, and in some cases dinosaurs. Some of us are “Baby Boomers” getting ready to retire. Others have been retired for some time. We walk a little slower these days and our eyes and hearing are not what they once were. We worked hard, raised our children, worshiped our God and grown old together. Yes, we are the ones some refer to as being over the hill, and that is probably true. But before writing us off completely, there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration.

In school we studied English, history, math, and science which enabled us to lead America into the technological age. Most of us remember what outhouses were, many of us with firsthand experience. We remember the days of telephone party-lines, 25 cent gasoline, and milk and ice being delivered to our homes. For those of you who don’t know what an icebox is, today they are electric and referred to as refrigerators. A few even remember when cars were started with a crank. Yes, we lived those days.

We are probably considered old fashioned and out-dated by many. But there are a few things you need to remember before completely writing us off. We won World War II, fought in Korea and Viet Nam. We can quote The Pledge of Allegiance, and know where to place our hand while doing so. We wore the uniform of our country with pride and lost many friends on the battlefield. We didn’t fight for the Socialist States of America, we fought for the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.” We wore different uniforms but carried the same flag. We know the words to the Star Spangled Banner, America, and America the Beautiful by heart, and you may even see some tears running down our cheeks as we sing. We have lived what many of you have only read in history books and we feel no obligation to apologize to anyone for America.

Yes, we are old and slow these days but rest assured, we have at least one good fight left in us. We have loved this country, fought for it, and died for it, and now we are going to save it. It is our country and nobody is going to take it away from us. We took oaths to defend America against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and that is an oath we plan to keep. There are those who want to destroy this land we love but, like our founders, there is no way we are going to remain silent.

It was mostly the young people of this nation who elected Obama and the Democratic Congress. You fell for the “Hope and Change” which in reality was nothing but “Hype and Lies.”

You youngsters have tasted socialism and seen evil face to face, and have found you don’t like it after all. You make a lot of noise, but most are all too interested in their careers or “Climbing the Social Ladder” to be involved in such mundane things as patriotism and voting. Many of those who fell for the “Great Lie” in 2008 are now having buyer’s remorse. With all the education we gave you, you didn’t have sense enough to see through the lies and instead drank the ‘Kool-Aid.’ Now you’re paying the price and complaining about it. No jobs, lost mortgages, higher taxes, and less freedom.

This is what you voted for and this is what you got. We entrusted you with the Torch of Liberty and you traded it for a paycheck and a fancy house.

Well, don’t worry youngsters, the Grey-Haired Division is here, and in 2016 we are going to take back our nation. We may drive a little slower than you would like but we get where we’re going, and in 2016 we’re going to the polls by the millions.

This land does not belong to the man in the White House nor to the likes of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Eric Holder. It belongs to “We the People” and “We the People” plan to reclaim our land and our freedom. We hope this time you will do a better job of preserving it and passing it along to our grandchildren. So the next time you have the chance to say the Pledge of Allegiance, Stand up, put your hand over your heart, honor our country, and thank God for the old geezers of the “Gray-Haired Division.”

Footnote: This is spot on. I am another Gray-Haired Division Geezer signing on. I will circulate this to other Gray-Haired Geezers all over this once great count. Can you feel the ground shaking???

It’s not an earthquake, it is a STAMPEDE.

Author Unknown, as this came to me in an email and I wanted to save it for all to see!

 

Brian

S O S!


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Goodbye USS Saratoga CV-60

 

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Friday, August 8th, 2014 – more than 100 veterans from all eras of the carrier’s life took part in a farewell ceremony at Naval Station Newport.  The Saratoga will be towed to Texas later this month to be dismantled!  It is with great honor that I knew you, and a heavy heart that I am forced to say goodbye to such a warrior and icon of our seas.  I never had the privilege of serving aboard your deck, but I was your brother in arms serving beside you from the safety of the USS Ranger CVA-61.  Like our country, you could only be destroyed from within, and I am so saddened by this event.  You deserved better, as do all your brothers and sisters that served with you and I will continue to remember your contributions to America and so many other grateful nations.  Semper FI my lady!

The greatest Aircraft Carriers that instilled freedom for millions of people, not only in the United States but worldwide are being sold off for scrap.  Does that sound like a worthy proposition to you?  I have never met a single person that was not totally amazed at the prospect of serving aboard such a great ship.  These mighty warriors are pure amazement to those that have ever wondered, “how’d they do that”?  Everyone has to take a moment to think of what life would have been like on board one of these floating cities.

The very idea of so many men (and women) being on board one ship at the same time bewilders the non sailor in every corner of the universe.  Did they really have 3 mess decks serving meals, 24 hours per day?  How big were the engines and props that moved this huge hunk of iron across the ocean.  Did it burn gas? Diesel? Or was it Nuclear Powered? “I’d like to see that” is always the response you hear after answering such questions.  How many decks (floors) were there under water?  How many planes could be repaired and readied in the hangar bay?  Where were the bombs that the fighter planes carried stored?  What ever became of all the trash created by so many people?  How did you get fuel and food while out at sea for long periods of time?  How long were the flight deck and how much space was used to stop an incoming plane?

These are just a handful of the questions that people of all ages and origins have about these mighty Super Carriers.  If I had my way, these former homes to so many of our bravest men and women would be on display in every state that bordered water.  Think about it!  Can vacation resorts near the ocean have too many water parks?  Restaurants? Golf Courses?  If you think that places like Savannah, GA. or Charleston, SC. have too many historical homes on view to the public, then a place like Williamsburg, VA. would definitely not make sense.  Now, if showcasing these former lifestyles and architectural renderings are of interests to millions of vacationing Americans each year, why wouldn’t a former defender of our nations freedom i.e. an Aircraft Carrier, on display be a good idea?

Yes – it would be expensive to merely have electricity and running water available to keep these monuments to our freedom in shipshape and safe for the public to view.  I’d bet everyone of you will agree that the money used to preserve and display one of these carriers would be better spent this way than giving it to some country’s despot leader to hoard.  Our citizens are taxed and the money spent to build hospitals, roads and schools in a foreign nation that hates the American way of life.  I say, “Cut back on this fools folly of foreign aid” and spend the money on Americans and preserve our patriotic vessels.

The below Aircraft Carriers could be placed in docks or even floating offshore (reached by ferry) from the state of Washington to Maine.  The jobs for Veterans, working as tour guides and so many other American citizens that could be created have to be in the thousands.  Tour Guides for:   Engine Room, Berthing Areas, Officer Country, Ordinance Magazine, Engineering Log Room & Departmental Tours, Mess Decks, General Quarters Command Center, Hangar Bay, Flight Deck, The Bridge, are but a few of jobs that could be extended to Veterans.

Why Scrap old fighter planes or send them to the Bone Yard?  Many of these should be used and put on display in the Hangar Bays and Flight Decks.  Huge Las Vegas style video screens showing re-enactments of past events located in Hangar Bays and on the Flight Deck could enthrall millions of tourist every year.  Imagine the millions of people that have been entertained by Civil War and Revolutionary War re-enactment presentations along the East Coast of the United States.  These things could be done aboard an Aircraft Carrier Museum.  Would any American not relish the idea of having a meal in a restaurant on board one of these wonders of the world?

Congress needs to think a little further past the end of their nose, and save these patriotic symbols of American freedom.  Without them, hundreds of thousands more of American lives would have perished in the World Wars, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.  Let’s show some respect for our living military personnel and those that died serving on these Carriers and preserve them.  They still have a tremendous value to add to our nation.

Click here for list of present day “decommissioned” Aircraft Carriers

http://www.wielingen1991.org/en/the_links_liens/us_navy/carrier_decom.htm

 

March On!


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Have you ever met a member or Veteran of the United States Navy Ceremonial Guard?

Not many people can recall a friend or relative that has served the United States in such a unit.  That’s because they’re rare!  Most people don’t even know that they exist or what they do that makes them so rare.  However, many people have seen movies or viewed ROTC Drill Teams that perform a small percentage of the duties of a CNIC member.  For many a veteran and non veteran alike, it’s hard to imagine a sailor that would dedicate 2 or more years of their life to such a highly specialized team of professional men and women.  Here is a link to the CNIC webpage so you can take a quick look at whom my subject matter below is tied to:  https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/ndw/about/ceremonial_guard.html

Now for the rest of the story:  Yeoman Second Class “P****” (YN2 = E5)

YN2 Michael S. P**** served 2 years in the service of the Ceremonial Guard in Washington D.C. (1973-1977) After his 2 years of spit shining shoes, impeccable uniform preparation, marching and standing at attention for hours on end in funerals and performances for visiting “Heads of State”, he was assigned (for 2 years) as a Yeoman for the DOD at the Pentagon.  YN2 P**** did his entire tour of duty in D.C. and was Honorably Discharged from the United States Navy. 

P**** originally joined the Navy fresh out of high school in 1973, with the intention of joining in service with his brother.  The problem with this idea was that his brother was serving in Vietnam and the Navy would not allow two brothers to serve on the same ship in a combat zone.  Being an excellent and “squared away” sailor with a rare disciplined integrity and work ethic that he possessed, P**** was “given the opportunity” to apply for membership in the Ceremonial Guard, while still in boot camp. 

After boot camp in Great Lakes, IL, P**** was transferred to Washington D.C. to begin training and service in the Naval Ceremonial Guard.  The first stop he made after boot camp was back home in Winston-Salem, NC where he married his high school sweetheart before arriving for duty in D.C. with his wife.  As of this moment, he has been married to her for 40 years.

Today, his wife and family are watching him deteriorate in Late Stage-4 COPD, while the Veterans Administration promises to make appointments for him with the Pulmonary Department – that are often months away from when he needs them.  His breathing is so shallow and belabored that he has often had to report to the emergency room in a civilian hospital because the ER for Veterans is 45 miles away in Salisbury NC.  When a man can’t breathe, he doesn’t have the ability to drive for an hour to get to an emergency room.  He gets treated at the civilian facility and billed for it, while the VA fights with him about who is going to pay the bill. 

It was truly a sad testament to the treatment of our Veterans, the day he stated that his primary physician had said to him, “What do you want me to do, you’re dying”.

I suppose the most ironic situation in this Veterans Administration horror story is that while YN2 P****, spent his entire military service paying homage to and burying veterans in Arlington National Cemetery, the VA is now sitting idly by and watching him die.  He spent his military career burying our bravest and our nations dignitary’s while marching and standing at attention in our nations most revered graveyard.  All too soon, he will be with them again.  All he ever asked for was a well earned appointment and to be treated for his ailment in a timely manner.   

Due to his own humility and the fact that he never thought about or expected any form of special treatment, he will probably be upset that I used him as a way of speaking out against the Veterans Administration inability to keep their word to all Veterans. 

I can’t excuse my use of his situation for this story – I am angry, and I love my brother.

July 2, 2014

Brian

 

Ceremonial Guard

Established in 1931, the United States Navy Ceremonial Guard is the official ceremonial unit of the Navy. Located at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, DC, the Navy Ceremonial Guard’s primary mission is to represent the service in Presidential, Joint Armed Forces, Navy, and public ceremonies in and around the nation’s capital.

 

Members of the Navy Ceremonial Guard participate in some of our nation’s most prestigious ceremonies, including Presidential inaugurations and arrival ceremonies for foreign officials.  In addition, the Navy Ceremonial Guard serves as the funeral escort and conducts all services for Navy personnel buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

 

Navy Ceremonial Guard Sailors participate in numerous other military ceremonies at local commands.  Some elements of the command, such as the Drill Team and Color Guard, have represented the Navy in public events across the nation and around the world.

Act Like Winners!


 

What are you going to do if you win?  If the GOP wins the Senate in 2014, let the backstabbing and infighting begin.  This isn’t anything new as it’s been going on since the last tidal wave of new Republican blood came rushing into office.

It’s high time that the Republican Party starts thinking, planning and acting as though they will be leading our nation in a few short months.

Will John Boehner continue as our country’s Speaker of the House or will he and his white flag of surrender be voted out in favor of someone more conservative?  Now that Eric Cantor has bitten the dust for being a chameleon on immigration, who are we going to have that will do the job if Boehner is put on the shelf by his colleagues?

What about the Senate Majority Leader?  It’s fairly evident that the People and its conservative base do not want Mitch McConnell in this position.  This new set of national leaders had better start filling in the citizens of this country as to just what they’re about to vote for.  Otherwise the liberal media will put their spin on the future under the Republican Party leadership, before they even get the chance to speak.  Then, as usual, it will be Republicans defending a position instead of leading.  If Republicans allow the media to “define” them, they may never get the chance to begin with.

The House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader positions are not a “given” position. Seniority does play a big part in who will be pushed to the forefront for their crony and good old boy votes.  There is a list of Senators with seniority at Wikipedia that would scare the hell out of all young Conservatives.

Here’s what it looks like from the seniority and Peoples Point of View:

·      Orrin Hatch – dislikes tea party and part of R divide

·      Thad Cochoran – may be unseated and not available,

·      Chuck Grassley – has some potential and recognizes tea party

·      Mitch McConnell – is not very well thought of by tea party folks

Richard Shelby – They don’t even like him in Alabama

That rounds out your Top 5 in seniority and coming up next is John (Juan) McCain!

Now for the Real Young Guns:  These are the headline making upstarts that give good speeches and win the hearts of Tea Party folks across the land.

·      Ted Cruz – May run for POTUS – irritates all RINO politicians

·      Rand Paul – May run for POTUS – irritates some Tea Partiers on immigration

·      Mike Lee – The most logical choice that the Tea Party will appreciate

It is becoming imperative that the Old Guard and the Young Guns put down their weapons and figure out how to give the People what they have voted for.

Citizens are voting for REAL CHANGE this time and I have a few questions that a lot of people are asking:

Are you ready to win or will you be standing their stunned when it gets thrown into your lap?  You know that Hatch, is waiting and McConnell may win, but they’re not the Conservative Dream Team that Conservatives would like to see steering this ship.

Approaching the tee, we now have Grassley, Shelby and McCain coming in for their approach shots!  No way!  You know that the Tea Party is going to fight you for sure there.

Recognize this:  Your party may win in a landslide (that’s what we’re praying for) and then you think that you’re going to give us a brand new RINO to lead us.  Our nation will still be divided and you can expect an incumbent bloodbath in 2016 and 2018.

Believe it or not, the Tea Party got you here. It’s time to please the People for a change!  We didn’t work our butts off, so that you could play the usual PAC money games and snuggle up with a lobbyist while the new guys are trying to find their desk.

Which Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader will champion the undoing of all the things Tea Party voters are angry about?  Whether the Republican Party is ready to admit it or not, it is the grass roots tea party movement that has brought them to this point.  Americans want Real Change and not a group of old RINO’s that pretend to be for the people and then vote against their desires because they think no one knows what they’re doing.

The People are concerned about a lot more, than just illegal aliens.  If Republicans gain the majority in both houses, they better figure out real quickly how they’re going to deal with the economy.  Say NO one more time to all the unemployed and see what happens to your job in 2 to 4 more years!

It’s on you now Bubba – with a majority, you’re the ones at risk of the entire nations ire, concerning that Economy thing.  It will be equally as bad if you start the Obama blame game and lay it at Harry Reid’s feet.  Conservatives didn’t like it when Obama and Reid pulled that crap on Bush and it won’t wash this cycle either.  You win now and start taking the heat immediately.  No, the people will not be patient, they will expect results to start pouring in asap – so be ready.

After you figure out who will be the Senate Majority Leader and if Boehner will be replaced, you better offer up a REAL candidate for the Oval Office, to work with.  Your constituents will be looking for someone with the knowledge and skills of a Newt Gingrich, the brains and morals of a Mitt Romney and the balls of a Sarah Palin.

Our economy is a real wreck with a few million that will need continued help with unemployment after Nov. 30th.  I haven’t heard anyone state anything but the obvious about national debt, and nothing concerning what they would do to keep Americans housed and eating.

On the issue of jobs – well the Republican Party had better find a way to get them back from China, Indonesia, India and South America, or they will become the biggest losers in a very short period.  Get your solutions ready!

We the People have worked tirelessly for you in order for you to be in your jobs.  We have believed in you and we have gone to war with half the people in this nation to elect you.

ACT LIKE YOU CAN WIN! – and, know what you’re going to do after November 2014.

 

Brian Gray

Welcome to our Meltdown


There was a time when a salesman had the sky as the limit for an income ceiling.  If he needed more money – he simply worked more hours and made more sales and all was good.  Then the laws on how many hours you could work came into play.  The company said “no more” right before they said “I’m sorry but there are cutbacks and we have to let you go.”

 

9/11/2001 – The Attack on America, and nothing was the same afterwards.  It wasn’t that the terrorists defeated America – Hell, America defeated America.  The political parties tore the country apart with their finger pointing accusations about every little thing they could conjure up.  The people started siding with political parties and our once proud nation was nothing more than a bunch of pissed off citizens that blamed each other.  Talk about wild burros that back into a circle and start kicking when the wolves are circling!

 

The Real Estate Market Bubble Burst – and the slings and arrows flew.

 

The Auto Industry went under or sold out to foreign countries and the Labor Unions became whores for change.  America was no longer the #1 Automaker in the World and retired autoworkers got screwed out of their rightful retirement incomes.  Detroit fell further into the ruins than ever.

 

More jobs were shipped overseas than at any other period in our history.

 

Unemployment ran up to as high as 25% but no one in the media would tell the truth except Fox news and they tempered it so as not to sound crazy.  But we knew what the real deal was.

 

American Tax Dollars were stolen by our government to BAIL OUT Wall Street and other to big to fail insurance agencies – not to mention FOREIGN BANKS around the globe that got shored up on Americans backs.  Can’t have the NEW WORLD ORDER Banks and Financial Institutions failing as long as Americans have income that can be taxed.

 

Our country can’t patch our own streets or build schools and hospitals but we can damn sure do it for countries that hate us in the Middle East.  Now add all of the above and then some, to the mix of divided American attitudes on racial equality, caused by the Barrack Obama election, (cause we certainly do need change) and you have one helluva explosive mixture for the boiling pot in America.

 

Obama and the Democrat Party instilled the new corporate killing Obama Healthcare laws on the small business people, the backbone of Americas’ workforce.  Many go out of business because of it.  The Administration increases the amount businesses must pay the workers by jacking up the minimum wage.  Wages and Healthcare cost are scaring the hell out of small businessmen while large corporations are busy moving overseas to escape tax laws and buy cheaper labor.

 

Ok that’s one tip of the iceberg – now lets look at its wake!  Huge amounts of totally ruined Americans in the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s age bracket.  These people are setting records for unemployment checks and food stamps collection.  They’re too young for social security and only have so much savings to burn thru in a couple of years.  The 401K is gone, unemployment has run out, their house is underwater or foreclosed on and no one wants to hire them with that head full of white hair.  Age discrimination – that thing that is against the law, but no one can prove, is ALIVE AND WELL in America.  Ever so slowly these people start getting cut off from the only lifeline they have and families start splitting up.  Divorce and just being tired of being looked down upon over a situation that you did not create, becomes more than two people can take.

 

The house and spouse are gone, and single men and women continue to struggle and get by with the help of some friends and churches – but no one knows how long they can make it.  Meanwhile congress argues over allowing people to invest their money into accounts for old age!  These people don’t have money or jobs that pay into social security and the amounts they will be paid when they come of age is shrinking every month due to lack of contribution.

 

BUT THE STOCK MARKET IS BACK!!!!!

 

Yep, these corporations that laid off 50% of the their employees and cut the money for the ones lucky enough to keep a job are now back to selling stock for the same money they were at before it all went away back in 2009.    So, do we cuss them or build them a shrine while we lick our wounds and wonder where we went wrong in our childhood and career choices.

 

So many people have lost the house, job, car, the savings along with 401K retirement money and just about everything they ever worked for.  They dye their hair to look youthful (if they can pull it off) and try to get a job that pays half of what they used to make.  Some are lucky to find that kind of opportunity, while others still hold out hope that our nation will wake up and do something about the downhill slide we’re in.  Most are resigned to the fact that our once great country is gone but they will vote to try and make a difference.

 

WE have people walking around looking for work with Bachelors, Masters and PHD’S that can’t find an employer that will take them.  The corporations use the degree as a way to discriminate and cull the herds of hungry workers crowding their HR departments every day.  These corporations have the audacity to ask for a person to have a Masters Degree to sell products, like groceries, or Timeshare.  They don’t really want that degree so much as they would prefer to scare the 20’something high school or college dropout out of the room.  They will not hire the elderly white haired gentleman that could replace the person that hired him – He’s a threat.  Get rid of those guys as they represent the unemployment line for present day bosses or managers when they get hired and outshine their superiors.

 

All of this because Americans felt sorry for a disadvantaged black man that gave good speeches!  Never mind where he was born, or his Faith, that sides with Americas sworn present day enemies.  His lack of leadership ability or earned right to even be a President of our country be damned.  America felt it was time to go all apologetic for the sins of our Great-Great-Great Grandfathers, that they perpetrated upon hyphenated Americans in our country and figured making one of them our president should just about do the trick.

 

Well ain’t that special?

 

Now you don’t just have a problem with the UNEMPLOYED, but instead you also have a huge elephant in the room concerning what you’re going to do with all those non- retired seniors.  Perhaps the answer to that is only 3 years away when the politicians will need their votes to stay in office during the 2016 election, Our citizens are a hardy bunch and by that time America will celebrate 10 years of drowning in their own shit.

 

So ask someone, where did the House, Job and Future go?  Can you handle the truth?  Does it matter to you?  Do you have a living wage job for them?  How about a box of doughnuts and a cup of coffee? You’re going to see this same situation for the rest of your life.

 

CHANGE and lost HOPE – A poem for the 21st Century

 

So I lost my job

I lost my house

I took the penalty for early withdrawal on my 401K

I received unemployment until it ran out

The house I was renting was foreclosed on and I moved

The next house was foreclosed on and I moved again.

The part time job that barely put food on the table laid me off.

The car went without needed repairs and now is worthless

My credit rating is such that I can’t get another one.

They’re short selling the condo I rented – got to go

How’s the last few years of your life been?

God Bless you Brother!

 

I have a few thousand invested in suits and sports coats hanging in the closet along with nice dress shirts, slacks, ties and the best dress shoes available.  Guess it could be said that I look like a million dollars waiting on REAL CHANGE, because the hope was totally wasted.

 

See you at the top!

 

Brian

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