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  • dannyboystories 3:29 AM on July 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Have you ever killed a rabbit? 

    Perhaps most people would agree war is Hell. It is an horrendous exercise of inhumanity wreaked upon others. Nevertheless, from time to time war becomes a result of an inability to see eye-to-eye with others.

    War is, of course, not necessarily an inevitability. It is, in my view, the result of greed, jealousy, and hate, one to another. Some would say there are times armed conflict becomes necessary to put the neighborhood bully in his place, so to speak, to thwart the continuation of an infestation one nation on another.

    War today attempts to be different, to surgically limit battle to warring armies, insulating “innocent” civilians through the use of pinpoint accuracy munitions. There is a worldwide hue and cry when an occasional errant bomb or rocket drifts off course killing or injuring civilians. But, can war be individualized in this manner? Is it only the warring armies who are responsible for the battle?

    Bombing runs during World War 2 sought to limit damage to enemy factories or military installations, but bombs could not be guided back then. When the B-29, B-25, or B-17 bomber released its deadly load over a target, fully half the bombs struck beyond the sighted factory or installation. Civilians were directly involved in the explosive mayhem that ensued. In those days and previously, it was impossible to avoid civilian casualties. Too, it is clear enemies in past wars intentionally sought to rain terror on a civilian population–consider Germany’s Buzz Bombs of WW2 randomly targeting London.

    Can it be said the United States never intentionally targeted civilians? No. Consider the singular bombs that all but eliminated Hiroshima and Nagasaki. More than 100,000 were killed, either by the atomic blast or radiation that ensued in a mere split second. Apparently, then, it cannot be said the Japanese military was defeated, the entire country was brought to its knees.

    Try as we may, it seems war cannot be limited to the conflict between trained military units. At some point, God forbid, the supporting civilian population of an enemy must eventually be considered.

    Raw Army recruits in basic bayonet training many years ago, quickly learned the stark reality of kill or be killed. War is uncivilized in that no one is spared altogether. In one way or another, and in due time, we are all impacted by international conflict. Yet, war still comes, and may be inevitable in more instances than we chose to believe.

    “So, hush little baby, don’t you cry. You know your daddy’s born to die. But, all my trials Lord, will soon be over.” [from An American Trilogy] — D. C. “Dan” Lee. http://www.dannyboystories.com

    Dead Rabbit

     
  • dannyboystories 3:39 AM on July 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    What happened to the “Big Dog”? 

    The United States of America has stood as a formidable nation in the world for more than 200 years. While Americans have generally not sought conflict, a list of wars in which the U.S. has been a participant primarily documents victories for the nation throughout its history.

    A review of “wars” involving the United States demonstrates America has generally been late to the fight, slow to join the shooting. In modern history the nation has been looked upon, not as a bully, but to be shown respect. American strength has often been considered by rogue nations before conflict exceeds national borders. The mere presence of American influence has been a deterrent to those who would attempt international mischief.

    In many ways, the United States has been the “Big Dog” in the neighborhood, one to be reckoned with by those who would consider causing trouble the rest. Apparently, that is no longer the case. It now appears America has been all but neutered in the neighborhood of nations, no longer a cause for concern by those with ambitions beyond their own borders.

    The first indication American influence would be diluted came, it seems, when newly elected President Barack Obama made his so-called “Apology Tour” of Europe and the Mid-East. It was a signal to friend and foe alike that the United States no longer was to be considered the “cop on the beat”, a deterrent to broader conflict, the “Big Dog” on the block.

    Abandonment of the planned NATO missile defense system in Eastern Europe was the icing on the cake for nation mischief makers, primarily Russia. America’s “Peace through Strength” initiative was gone. The free-for-all signal was lit. America’s bargaining chip in negotiations for peace anywhere disappeared.

    Apparently the resulting absence of the “Big Dog” in the neighborhood has been a resurgence of mischief makers in the world of nations. The Middle East is a tinder box with no fewer than four major conflicts currently underway. Rogue nations who might be timid in their approach are now emboldened. In Europe, Russia has begun furthering their influence in what many believe is an attempt to re-instate the former Soviet Republic.

    All of this because the American “Big Dog” is no longer a consideration for peace. — D. C. “Dan” Lee.   

     
  • dannyboystories 2:50 PM on July 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: federal bureaucracy, federal employees, government employees, Indiana   

    The Tail is Wagging the Dog! 

    It occurs to me, given the current Internal Revenue Service fiasco targeting conservative organizations and the Department of Veteran Affairs hospital agency allowing veterans to die while awaiting treatment, the burgeoning federal bureaucracy may be totally out of the control of management. Furthermore, it appears the IRS and VA mismanagement may only be the tip of the iceberg, with many other agencies remaining to be found out.

    There were 2.65 million federal employees as of 2010.

    It is clear to me the Congress cannot provide the oversight necessary, notwithstanding most members are busy working hard to maintain their individual power and prestige, rather than take care of the people’s business in a judicious manner. It is symptomatic of the Washington Beltway. The House, controlled by the Republicans, have passed a number of bills. The Senate, controlled by the Democrats, refuse to give even cursory recognition to those bills. Thus the partisan operation of the Congress has resulted in nothing of consequence to be adopted or approved since the November 2010 mid-year elections.

    The log-jammed business of the people in the vast bureaucracy existing today has not occurred overnight, or even in the last couple of decades.

    The results of this mind-boggling morass of federal offices, departments and sub-departments and divisions is inherently wasteful. Consider those nasty little earmarks politicians enter every character of bill in order to garner favor from their constituents. Example 1: Thousands of dollars earmarked for a by-pass route around Columbus, Indiana, continues unused after many years. Why. The earmark cited the wrong highway! Example 2: A $50,000 needed earmark for a Chapman Lakes, Indiana, wetlands levee renewal project goes unused more than 6 years later because the earmark named the Corps of Engineers the recipient. The Corps could not figure out how to transfer the funds to the State of Indiana Department of Natural Resources! [ Indiana figured out how to do the project internally with its own funds and completed the work. ] The earmarked funds languishing in the federal coffers totals in the millions. Go ahead, look it up!

    I cite the above incompetence to demonstrate just how out of control the burgeoning federal bureaucracy has become.

    Have you ever paid attention to the “titles” in an agency or division? There are directors, assistant directors of every kind and character. Look it up, friends. There are project divisions, budget divisions, future planning divisions, long range planning divisions, and assistant divisions to those divisions. In looking at bureaucratic structure, it appears, at least to me, all these layers of departmentalization serve only one purpose: Providing a higher tier of wages for those who populate the offices.

    The following table [ forbes.com ] shows the number of government employees, total population and the GE/P Ratio. It essentially takes a snapshot at the end of each presidents term and compares it to the point when they took office.

    End of Term

    Date

    # Government Employees (GE)

    Population (P)

    GE/P Ratio

    Obama

    Dec. 2012

    21,925

    315,255

    6.9%

    GW Bush

    Dec. 2008

    22,555

    306,004

    7.4%

    Clinton

    Dec. 2000

    20,804

    283,696

    7.3%

    GHW Bush

    Dec. 1992

    18,878

    258,413

    7.3%

    Reagan

    Dec. 1988

    17,736

    246,056

    7.2%

     

    “Notice how the GE/P Ratio held steady for Obama’s predecessors, hovering around 7.3%. However, by the end of Obama’s first term, the ratio fell to 6.9%, a decrease of 7% from the end of the Bush era. To glean the full picture, we’ll need to look at the percentage increase for the population and for the number of government employees. If the population increases by a rate similar to the increase in government employment, that would be expected. From 1980 to 2008, the percentage increase in total government employees at the end of each of their terms (compared to when they took office), was between 6.4% and 10.2%. This is relatively close to the percentage increase in the population over the same period (5.0% to 9.8%). However, during Obama’s first term, the population increased by 3.0% while the number of government employees fell by 7%. This is the reason for the decline in the GE/P Ratio shown above.” (emphasis added)– [ Mike Patton, forbes.com ]

    You needn’t resort to statistics to know the bureaucracy is out of control. Call a major department of the federal government with a simple question. Keep track of to how many people/offices you were transferred, and how long was your call? It’s a simple exercise, try it!

    If you count the red and blue states, Democrats vs. Republicans, it is worth your while to search the comparative “number of federal employees by state”. Get the message?

    Mark Twain said: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” I submit to you Mark Twain was correct in that figures and statistics are used by every bureaucratic agency to confound Congress and the taxpayers in order to pad its own departmental size and budget.

    It seems to me those Tea Party folks had it right when they said, “Reduce the size of the government.” It is likely why so many politicians dislike the Tea Party groups. After all, federal employees make up a substantial voting block, and their unions have plenty of money to spread around. — D. C. “Dan” Lee, Citizen-Taxpayer. Do YOU have your taxpayer T-shirt? http://www.hoosierpatriots.org.

     
  • dannyboystories 8:39 AM on July 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    “Charity begins at home” 

    Thomas Fuller, an English clergyman, penned “Charity begins at home” during his lifetime in the 1600’s. [Thomas Fuller. (n.d.). BrainyQuote.com. Retrieved July 21, 2014, from BrainyQuote.com Web site: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/t/thomasfull151889.html ]

    I did not research what prompted the Reverend to write down his admonition that has lived on through the ages. Nevertheless, the phrase has equal meaning throughout the centuries and decades that have crawled through time.

    In my more than seven decades on this earth, it has been a marvel to me the strong moral compassion of the American people. It matters not where a natural disaster or man-made calamity occurs, Americans are among the first to send aid, and United States citizens are usually among the largest donors in aid to those suffering whatever tragedy strikes at home or abroad. American charity and aid is one of the fine characteristics of the people who are the United States.

    Americans are compassionate to the very core.

    So, it is no wonder our citizens are torn between a desire to help and an insistence the United States southern border be closed and secured as a result of the recent onslaught of illegal immigrants, many of them children. While the Border Patrol is busy with the new surge of illegals, how about the criminals, drug dealers, and terrorists who enter quietly?

    Politicians urge change in immigration laws, while the people who elected them cry out “secure the border FIRST”.

    In my view, the situation was created by President Obama’s executive order in 2012 declaring no minor children will be deported. The news was welcomed by Mexico and Central America. Result: An onslaught of children and women to our southern border.

    Texas Governor Rick Perry, tired of what he termed the inaction of President Barack Obama’s administration, this week finally called up 1,000 National Guard troops to help secure the border. Frankly, I believe it is high time states involve the National Guard, and would urge California, New Mexico, and Arizona to follow suit (although I doubt California will ever take that action). Perry’s action may be hazardous in that Mexico armed forces fired on U.S. Border Patrol officers last Friday (July 18) with heavy (.50 cal.) guns. Who knows what will occur when Mexican Army troops see U.S. military forces along a border they have long favored as open as a kitchen sieve.

    As a practical matter, those arriving and being quarter by the Border Patrol and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have a smorgasbord of diseases and ailments as baggage. The cost to protect the citizenry and to treat the illegals (yes, I will use that term) will be monstrous. The cost to house them will likewise be high. And, how about the massive future cost, given that the average amount per illegal family in the U.S. is an average of more than $24,000 per year in welfare aid.

    Americans are compassionate people, but it is high time to secure the boarder with plenty of armed officers and fences of every kind and character, or risk losing America altogether. — D. C. “Dan” Lee. http://www.hoosierpatriots.org/

     
  • dannyboystories 6:10 PM on July 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    “Oh God, protect us from ourselves…” 

    It has become very difficult for me to watch the news.

    On the one hand, the major network evening news fails to report those matters that are greatly impacting the very fiber of what is the United States. On the other, Fox News, The Blaze, and the Internet bring so many facts to light it becomes nightmarish.

    The conflicts between tribes in the Muslim Middle East have been perpetuating for centuries. There is fighting in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere impacting our fiscal strength and taking the limbs and lives of our young men and women in the military. These are real shooting wars, not skirmishes, but we pull our punches rather than allow our men and women to bring everything we have to win. It isn’t “politically correct”, we may “irritate a friendly nation”.

    Here, at home, the very existence of the United States is threatened by hoards of illegal immigrants flowing across our southern border. No matter their age, the continued flood of people will change the societal landscape of America in ways our Forefathers did not envision. In addition, I believe our national compassion will be brought to the breaking point, our heritage abandoned.

    The tragedy of it all is that our elected officials are apparently either unwilling or unable to do what is necessary to stop the degradation of the United States. Left, or Right, does no one stand up to stop the speeding bullet that is aimed directly at the heart of America?

    The “Tea Party” folks made a valiant effort in 2009 to wrestle Americans back to the liberties and freedom spelled out by Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and others, and they impacted the 2010 election in a manner not seen in a decade. Largely conservative, the “Tea Party” is now targeted by the establishment Republicans likely not given kindly to folks trying to uproot them as the entrenched power hungry.

    The GOP establishment is referred to by the Tea Party faithful as “RINO”Republicans In Name Only. Unfortunately , these long-time politicians run the risk of becoming completely irrelevant altogether as the liberal left takes advantage of the division and dispatches both RINO’s and the Tea Party folks as a direct result.

    I’m convinced the poor showing by the Obama Administration in our international affairs is more than inept mismanagement, the onslaught of illegals across our border not simply a sudden, unexpected realization by Central America citizens the United States is welcoming. In my opinion, both of these errors of governing must be part and parcel of a broader plan by President Obama and his Cabinet.

    There have been numerous signals by the Administration that illegals, particularly children, will not be deported, that America does not have the will to continue as the greatest international power for freedom in history. The result now shows itself as completely ignoring the United States Constitution and the law of the land.

    It is apparent the so-called “RINO’s” do not have the stomach to reverse what is occurring in our nation for fear they will lose their collective hold on political power. It is said the Washington, DC, Beltway of privilege eventually impacts every well-meaning office holder, and the burgeoning bureaucracy continues to call the shots for those we have elected. I believe without a quick remedy, we altogether doomed as the free nation we know and love?

    I wish for folks with the intestinal fortitude, as our Founding Fathers exhibited, to save this nation from what I fear is ruination. “If not you, then who? If not now, then when?” — D. C. Dan Lee. 

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  • dannyboystories 8:16 AM on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    All those hungry children… 

    Somehow, my bride of 55 years, always seems to be able to cut through all the fog to the real heart of an issue. Listening to the Fox News channel talking heads a couple days ago was one of those times.

    “We don’t need anymore hungry children coming to America until we make sure all of our own are fed and housed.”

    If you think about it, she’s hit the nail right on the head.

    The current “humanitarian crisis” on the southern U.S. border, in my view, was manufactured by President Obama’s Executive Order two years ago, declaring no illegal immigrant minor children would be deported. Now, I cannot say he did it on purpose, but everything points in that direction.

    So, what about our own. Would an amount similar to the more than $3 billion Obama wants to spend on the current crisis –with no specific plans announced how the money is to be used–make a huge dent in the poverty that exists in the United States? Wouldn’t we be better served to take care of our own first.

    Make no mistake, I am not in favor of another federal government give-away program, Lord knows, we have plenty already. The point is simple enough: Why not take care of our own FIRST.

    The United States has a current combined national debt of $17 trillion, and growing. We need to get our own fiscal house in order before continuing to be the “Nanny” to the world.

    And, what about the southern border? In my opinion, we MUST SECURE THE BORDER FIRST, before considering any immigration “reform” or massive expenditures for illegals. I’d hate to think our compassion is based upon financial considerations, but perhaps we need to think more clearly about the future existence of this nation…we’re broke already. The average cost to our government to maintain a typical illegal “family” is pegged at more than $24,000 per year in taxpayer support.

    The solution to the current crisis, and many future situations, is to SECURE THE BORDER once and for all…FIRST. — D C Dan Lee, Danny Boy Stories

     
  • dannyboystories 8:42 PM on July 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    A deliberately caused crisis? 

    dannyboystories

    I have written previously about the current onslaught of children and young adults on the United States’ Southern Border.

    It is my opinion President Obama caused the crises by his actions two years ago, and knew what would be the result.

    “On June 15, 2012, President Obama issued a memo calling for pro-active deferral of deportation for certain young people who were brought to the U.S. as children.  The executive order, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, allows children who meet specific criteria to apply for a type of permission to be in the United States for two-years.  While it is not a path to permanent residency or citizenship, if the applicant is accepted, he or she can get a Social Security number, and Employment Authorization Card, and obtain a Driver’s License—depending on the state.” [Source: Deferred Action for Children ]

    Did the President deliberately issue his…

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  • dannyboystories 8:35 PM on July 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    A deliberately caused crisis? 

    I have written previously about the current onslaught of children and young adults on the United States’ Southern Border.

    It is my opinion President Obama caused the crises by his actions two years ago, and knew what would be the result.

    “On June 15, 2012, President Obama issued a memo calling for pro-active deferral of deportation for certain young people who were brought to the U.S. as children.  The executive order, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, allows children who meet specific criteria to apply for a type of permission to be in the United States for two-years.  While it is not a path to permanent residency or citizenship, if the applicant is accepted, he or she can get a Social Security number, and Employment Authorization Card, and obtain a Driver’s License—depending on the state.” [Source: Deferred Action for Children ]

    Did the President deliberately issue his version of the failed “Dream Act” in this Executive Order? Based upon his past actions or in-actions with regard to U.S. law, it is my opinion his Executive Order was intentional, an attempt to further his personal world views, while skirting Congress.

    Don’t believe it? [Read more: Policy Shift]

    Furthermore, federal agencies were fully aware of the coming onslaught of the southern border, according to The Blaze: 

    “A recently discovered government request for “escort services for unaccompanied alien children” dating back to January is raising questions about whether the government was planning for a surge of illegal immigrants this year as amnesty talks heated up in the United States. The request specifically says it was preparing for 65,000 undocumented children. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed the request to TheBlaze, which is for transportation companies to escort children from the U.S.-Mexico border to relocation facilities throughout the United States.”  [Source: The Blaze]

    Now, as the crisis enters a new phase, The President has urged more than $3 Billion to provide housing, healthcare, food, and more to children smuggled here. Notwithstanding these children were abused by those who guided or spirited them here, the diseases they may carry could spread into the nation as a whole.

    Apparently, the President may have expected compassionate Americans to wither in the face of demonstrators. However, can American withstand what is expected to become more than 100,000  or 200,000 children? And, what about the evil folks who will enter the U.S. unscathed as Border Patrol agents are occupied by processing so many children?

    In my view, the immigration laws cannot be changed or altered in any way until the borders are secured or closed FIRST. The United States cannot be the Nanny for every God-forsaken waif who tumbles onto our soil. 

    How about some common sense enforcement FIRST, and insistence the President of the United States adhere to his Oath of Office, something, in my opinion, he has yet to do. — D C “Dan” Lee, Danny Boy Stories

     

     
  • dannyboystories 11:43 AM on July 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    What part of ‘NO’ do you not understand? 

    dannyboystories

    I’ve lived on this planet for more than three quarters of a century, but this Old Boy remembers what the word “No” means. A time or two my butt was warmed because I did not follow the “No” instructions.

    Now, follow me on this, the word seems to have more meanings and inclinations today than any sane person can follow. We tell the President “No”, he does it anyway. We tell the Congress “No”, it does it anyway. How many times in recent years have the People of this country been told by their governmental representatives: “Well, you just don’t understand how complicated this is.”

    I’m sick to death of politicians of all stripes ignoring the will of the people, completely ignoring common sense.

    The current “crisis” on the United States southern borders of California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas is a case in point. In the past 50 years…

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  • dannyboystories 11:41 AM on July 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    What part of ‘NO’ do you not understand? 

    I’ve lived on this planet for more than three quarters of a century, but this Old Boy remembers what the word “No” means. A time or two my butt was warmed because I did not follow the “No” instructions.

    Now, follow me on this, the word seems to have more meanings and inclinations today than any sane person can follow. We tell the President “No”, he does it anyway. We tell the Congress “No”, it does it anyway. How many times in recent years have the People of this country been told by their governmental representatives: “Well, you just don’t understand how complicated this is.”

    I’m sick to death of politicians of all stripes ignoring the will of the people, completely ignoring common sense.

    The current “crisis” on the United States southern borders of California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas is a case in point. In the past 50 years I cannot remember the southern border being secure. When I was in military training in Texas many years ago, we all joked about so many illegals “sneaking” across the border into the United States.

    “Illegal–i(l)ˈlēgəl/; adjective; 1. contrary to or forbidden by law, especially criminal law.”
     
    The criminal and fearful situation in Central American countries has existed for decades. It is not a new societal change. Crime is rampant. Women and children have been criminally killed, maimed, or subjected to terrible acts for decades of lawlessness. So, why is it children are suddenly being brought by the hundreds to America?
     
    Because President Obama encouraged them.
     
    As early as 2012 the Department of Homeland Security advertised for “escorts” to bring children and young adults from the border into American states. Look it up. The administration knew two years ago this influx of illegal immigrants was coming.
     
    My heart aches for the abused children of other nations. The fact remains we are a country of laws, and those laws should be enforced regardless the consequences. This country simply cannot withstand hundreds of thousands of additional illegals.
     
    Ask yourself these questions:
     
    Where will they go?
    How will they exist?
    Where will the willing work?
    What will happen to the national/state budgets caring for more illegals?
    Will the nation’s socio-economic position be harmed?
     
    There are more questions to be sure.
     
    The time is long past for the American people to insist their elected officials pay attention to the People, and spend less time greasing their own greedy palms while in office. Strong words? Sure, but I’ve lost patience.
     
    Secure the border and enforce the law. That does not mean wholesale amnesty! — D. C. “Dan” Lee; http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005FCGSF4
     
     
     
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