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Protected: Surfs Up On Bradner Pond: The hazy red sphere lifted above the brown cattails, pin oaks and dead sycamores on the eastern edge of Bradner Pond in northern Ohio and reflected on the rear window of the rusting hulk of the 1927 model A Ford,.  The passenger door, rear fender, and cloth roof had abandoned the rusted out, black four door sedan years ago.  The rubber tires had rotted, and the front end rested on what remained of the rims.  The back axle rested somewhat precariously on rocks rolled from a nearby field to keep the rear wheel rims off the ground. “Tequila” by the Champs, on the transistor radio, ripped the cool stillness of the morning, as the three boys worked silently and wrapped the frayed rope around the right rear rim of the old model A Ford.  To be truthful, the rope was rope in name only.  The boys had actually constructed the rope from bailing wire, clothes line, and binder twine.   They had modified the rim so that it would hold two hundred yards of the rope.  That two hundred yards of rope now  stretched across the dark blue waters of the pond and into the tall grasses, brush and cattails.  Chris, Mike, and Eddie stepped back and admired their work.

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It’s all in history!

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The problem is that people don’t read history.  All that is happening today happened in our history whether it was Nero fidling while Rome burned, or the Germans doing nothing while Hitler used propoganda against immigrants, the press, and the educated while having rallies to satisfy his own ego and terrify those who might oppose him.

Certainly at least one of our Senators or Member of the House studied history.  Where are they?  Who is writing their own profile in courage?

Matthew in 12:30 wrote: “He who is not with me is against me.”image

As one who is watching what is going on in this great country, allowed by its people, encouraged by its leaders;  I can only repeat ” Eli Eli lema sabachthani.”

 

Trump Nominates Merrick Garland for SCOTUS!

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In an attempt to extend an olive branch to the Democrats in a biparisan move, President Trump wants to nominate Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.  Trump is said to have quoted himself as saying “better late than never”, a saying he just made up.

A furious Mitch McConnel has been quoted as saying that no such thing will happen in HIS Senate.  He and the Republican majority has been bought and paid for by Mr. Putin, and they will not go back on their word.

Democrats are suspicious and therefore are taking no action to move the nomination forward.

FOX pundits are reviewing their scripts from Sinclair Broadcasting to determine if last minute changes have been made.

NPR is reporting that the President will be making a nomination for the Supreme Court.

Trumpsters are jubilant with the news that President Trump will be able to hold up yet another piece of paper which he has signed with his crayon/marker thereby proving that he is doing something.

WallStreet is looking to make even more money in the whipsaw climate of the Trump Administration.

Evangelicals are chanting AMEN from the pulpet and on television but declining to say what they are amening about.  However, they are sure that God will forgive the President for his repeated unchristian acts.  Mass burnings of the heretical WWJD posters, bracelets, pins and hats are being planed.  In heaven, God hides his head in shame.

The 98% are quietly sewing patches on their clothes and planning tasty meals around Ramen Noodles.

 

“These are the times….”

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We have stepped through the looking glass and are in the vortex to the bottom.  The Founding Fathers anticipated the possibiliy of a tyrannical despot as evidenced in the Declaration of Independence.  What they could not and did not anticipate was a legislative and judicial branch too cowardice to stand against the executive.  These founding fathers loved this country so much that some of them”  bordered bankruptcy in their farms and businesses to serve the greater good.

Todays Members of the House and the Senate, all of them Democrate and Republican, have subjucated themselves to the pursuit of power and wealth.

We must make sure that we are properly registered (some are using this as a way to disenfranchise the voter) and then VOTE

Thomas Payne understood!

“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph….

“FULL OF SOUND AND FURY SIGNIFYING NOTHING”

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Our politicians once again take to the television and editorial pages and the end result will be nothing.  They have no plan and don’t really want one because their goal is to be gain power and wealth by staying in office.

I offer a simple plan which they may feel free to adopt into law and supercede or replace state law.  It will not stop all gun violence, but will certainly cauce a decline.  Driving laws did not stop accidents.  Possessing automobile insurance did not stop accidents. But, they helped.

  1. Sale of all weapons must be recorded.  Noone with a criminal record, or judged to be a danger to himself or others may purchase or possess any weapon that could be used for mass murder.
  2. All weapons of war and associated clips and ammunition must be turned in to the National Guard where they will be stored for permitted use on the National Guard range.  The National Guard will make these weapons available for use on their shooting range under their supervision.
  3. The CDC will maintain records of all shootings by state and share those records with Congress and publish the data for the American people directly on a monthly basis.
  4. Implementation will be paid for by a tax on weapons of war and associated munitions.
  5. Congress must establish a commission to study the causes of gun violence in the U.S. including but not limitid to unemployment, hopelessness, social media, etc.

Earmarks (the reason Congress has continued to fail to function)

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It is no coincidence that when earmarks were done away with Congress ceased to function as legislative body in any way.

Earmarks were the poker chips that allowed negotiations.  Granted that sometimes the earmarks were egregious like the Alaskan “bridge to nowhere”, but those could have been addressed specifically and on their merit.  Instead, earmarks were done away with in their entirety.  Can you imagine trying to trade with someone when neither of you has anything with which to trade or barter?  You would each make your initial offer and that would be it.  No negotiating on price or additional add ons to make the deal acceptable to both sides.

If you want to end Government gridlock, allow earmarks and a way to deal with the most egregious.  In the case of the “bridege to nowhere”,  The publication of the deal was enough to end it.

The bigger question is why aren’t Democrats or Republicans or Independents or the talking heads  looking at this?

 
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