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  • dannyboystories 12:46 PM on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    No time for panic. 

    Posts by our major national media regarding the murderous terrorist group ISIS (ISIL, or whatever) is enough to cause panic in the streets anywhere. Nevertheless, this is not the time to panic. It is a time for resolve.

    ISIS is not a new phenomena. The organization has been developing financial income streams, recruiting followers and fighters for four years! It is only now it has begun fighting toward its goals in the Middle East, and may soon move on to Europe, and, the United States.

    While this is certainly not the time to panic, it is time for timely decision-making, something the Obama administration does with great difficulty. Since, in my view, most decisions are actually being made by Valerie Jarret, I am not surprised by the delays. Philosophical liberalism Ms. Jarret espouses provides no background for the intense and critical international affairs process with which the United States must contend.

    That being said, dismissal of military needs by Obama and his advisers has put the American military back to pre-World War Two status. Apparently, President Obama has no understanding of the “Peace through Strength” credo put forward by the likes of President Ronald Reagan. It is time the Congress–Senate and House–force the issue in a by-partisan way, although that seems unlikely.

    Re-invigorating our military, abandoning the pink slips sent to combat line officers, and facing the international threat head-on is what this country needs immediately. Of course, that also means costly programs, like ObamaCare, must be curtailed in an atmosphere of attempting to balance the budget.

    The thought comes to me, however, that the wrench in the works may well be corruption that is widespread in the Federal Government bureaucratic agencies that are controlled by unions! — D. C. “Dan” Lee 

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  • dannyboystories 7:58 PM on August 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Please, don’t call me ‘Bacon’…or, We’re winding the cuckoo clock. 

    What in tarnation has happened to the people in these United States of America?

    We shudder and cower at virtually every voice raised in disagreement, placate the smallest organization, we divide and choose up sides against all comers, organizing people with the same color of hair, etc.

    How about “political correctness”? I call it just plain dumb, because there is little underlying moral obligation in many instances. The pendulum has not swung. It is rotating in wide circles that mean little or nothing. We cannot legislate human emotional behavior; we can only work together to improve.

    An example: A restaurant took down their signs advertising breakfast bacon because a muslim woman complained it is offensive to those who do not eat pork. ( http://t.co/DC5amUovb6 ) Go ahead. Read the story. It is one thing to respect one’s religious preferences, quite another to force others to abide by your particular point of view.

    Another example: In Tennessee, a 17-year-old girl was suspended from school after telling a fellow student ‘bless you’ after they sneezed. ( http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2730454/Teen-suspended-saying-bless-student-sneezed.html ) The student’s teacher banned “Godly speak” in her classroom.

    Here’s one that boils: “(CNN) — A California school that stopped students from wearing American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo didn’t violate their constitutional rights, an appeals court (has) ruled…” ( http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/27/justice/california-school-american-flag-shirts/ )

    The above was in the small farming community of Live Oak, CA, north of Sacramento, as the crow flies…I’ve been there many times. School officials said they were trying to avoid confrontations during Cinco de Mayo, a big deal in California where there is a large Hispanic population. I certainly don’t object to folks celebrating their heritage–St. Patrick’s Day, Octoberfest, etc. I wonder how many students in this school district also get a solid dose of American history, or that Flag Day, Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, President’s Day, and, of course the Fourth of July are recognized with equal zeal.

    In my view, the national media is complacent in all of this PC stuff. Most folks are afraid of saying or doing much in public for fear they will be verbally attacked (or worse) if they accidentally misspeak. One fears becoming the nightly news featured story, that would certainly all but blaime you for opening your mouth…free speech and all. Most folks I know don’t participate in vicious name-calling and discrimination, and should not. Think about this, could you take the scrutiny of the press by running for public office?

    The press folks (yes, I was one for many years) quickly explain they are only reporing the “truth”. Nope. At least not ALL the truth. It’s called inuendo, absence of malice or defamation. If you’ve seen “Absence of Malice”, the 1981 motion picture featuring Paul Newman and Sally Field, you know exactly how you can be destroyed by a well-placed word phrase. In today’s instant reporting media, inaccurate reporting with no verification is now commonplace. Don’t bet your last dollar the facts will ever be corrected publicly.

    So, I blame us all. I blame federalization of our schools, where your local board should know best. I blame you and me for allowing political correctness to come this far. I blame all of us for participating in groups that splinter us into factions or associations, activists that become just plain mean spirited. Finally, I blame the legal profession for consistently stooping low for an easy buck in civil court.– Insurance companies would rather settle quickly out of court to save expenses and their bottom line.

    I’m reminded of the story of a kid some years ago who broke out a roof skylight in a Northern California school, slid down a pole, and then fell to serious injury attempting to climb up the pole with his stolen goods. The school district paid $250,000 because the kid was seriously injured! We’re all just plain screwed up. — D. C. Dan Lee. 

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  • dannyboystories 10:59 AM on August 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    We need solutions, not race baiting. 

    Full disclosure: I grew up in a north-central Indiana farming community of about 15,000. As I recall, there were only three black families in the community. Segregation was not an issue, and my first exposure to it was after travelling to larger communities. So, my seven decades of experience is limited.

    The current rush to judgement in Ferguson, Missouri, is troubling. Major media has a hand, just as does Al Sharpton, in fanning the flames of unrest in the community. It now appears the young man tragically killed in Ferguson may have attacked the officer, inflicting serious injury on the policeman before he was gunned down. We are still learning the facts in this tragedy and the real problems of the community.

    The American black community has apparently been on the receiving end of liberal political policies that have held down that segment of our society for decades, trapping these folks in low income, low quality housing “projects” that artificially segregate these folks from the rest of the community. The result is overcrowding in poorly achieving schools, lack of reasonably nearby employment, and more. In my view, education is a key to rising out of poverty.

    Liberal Democrats have for decades promised improvement to the black community. Have they ever delivered? Think about it. Every major city with difficult situations for the black community has been represented by liberal Democratic politicians for decades. Has there been major improvement or change as a result? Are power hungry politicians deliberately controlling the black community? Does concentrating low income housing in high density circumstances help, or simply add to the problem?

    I believe it is all but impossible to legislate human emotion, it must be changed over time by reasonable folks working together to improve the entire lot of society. The rush to judgement by the major media, together with the intentionally inflamatory remarks by people like Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson are of no help and make any solution all but unachievable.

    Without question, there are race problems in this nation. It is time we threw out the politicians and pundits who perpetuate those difficulties with their self-serving rhetoric, and work to effect real change. I believe in “a hand up” rather than “a hand out”, but it takes real solutions and courage, not race baiting. — D. C. “Dan” Lee.

     

     
  • dannyboystories 8:10 PM on August 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Deliberate, with malice aforethought? 

    “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” — Rahm Emanuel, Obama adviser.

    Think about just these three matters for a moment:

    • The current Southern Border “humanitarian crisis”.
    • The ISIS Iraq crisis and need for “humanitarian aid” to Christian and other sects.
    • The VA medical care crisis.

    The above three were entirely predictable. The border difficulty was created by an Obama Executive Order in 2012, with reports at the time anticipating a surge of children hoping not to be deported. The current Iraq crisis and overrun by ISIS thugs and murderers was predicted when America withdrew its troop support, leaving none for transition. Lack of Executive Branch oversight helped continue existing managerial improprieties and veteran deaths while waiting for healthcare.

    Pick a problem, pick a crisis, you will find every one the United States now faces domestically or internationally could be predicted and anticipated.

    The question is: Did the Obama Administration deliberately ignore these matters and create a crisis to make way for their Socialistic philosophy?

    Furthermore, is President Obama intentionally ignoring the need for strong policy in an attempt to weaken, perhaps destroy, United States strength and standing in the world?

    The Administration touts “there have been more deportations than ever before.” However, they fail to mention illegal crossings at the Southern Border are far and away the highest ever and the percentage of those deported to those crossing has declined substantially. Look it up.

    The economy, the Southern Border, Obamacare, the Middle East, Russian aggression, Muslum terrorists and radicals, Executive Orders overstepping and violating national law… it just goes on and on. Do those in the White House advising the President also have no knowledge or skill in managerial governance? Are they simply incompetent? Or, are they bent on changing this nation to Socialism through destructive crisis?

     

    A student of the Constitution of the United States, I am convinced President Obama has violated his Oath of Office by failing to uphold laws of this nation, has failed to protect this country and its citizens through his inaction or incompetence, and, whether Democrat or Republican, is a ripe candidate for the impeachment process, even though the existing Democrat controlled Senate would never vote to find him guilty of anything.

    In my opinion, the weak-kneed Republican House, led by Representatives who have been in the Congress far too long to care about what is good for this country and its citizens (rather than their own power and prestige) is a willing participant in what I believe is a disastrous Presidency. — D. C. “Dan” Lee. http://www.hoosierpatriots.org.

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  • dannyboystories 4:45 PM on August 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    What were they really thinking? 

    Much has been written about America’s Founding Fathers–the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, and, of course, the Constitution of the United States of America–but do you wonder what men like Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and the others were thinking privately? What was going on in their minds that has not been reported from notes and memoirs?

    I have always been infatuated by Colonial America, particularly the 1770’s and 80’s. I have read the Federalist Papers–the published arguements in favor of the newly proposed Constitution. I have read many biographies, including my favored Benjamin Franklin autobiography, trying to understand these Colonial Patriots fully.

    The Constitution was approved by only 39 of the 55 deligates to the Constitutional Convention, only a couple more than a two-thirds majority. The United States came very close to failing in its first organizational endeavor.

    After reading so much material over the years, and the brilliance of the Constitution itself, I prefer the romantic version of events, that the men who toiled, cajoled, and argued the Constitution were in the presence of the guiding hand of God. Fortunately, my emotional position cannot be prooved or disprooved. My devotion to these United States is steadfast, guided by the very words set down by the framers themselves.

    It is amazing to me how such an odd collection of Colonial Patriots could have foreseen so much, and crafted a nation of laws that has exceeded the expectations of many. Of course, the United States is a Representative Republic, not a true majority rules democracy. As a result, the little towns and counties abroad have nearly as much sway in matters as the most populous.

    I like it that way. It provides a checks and balances envisioned by the Founders. In addition, liberties and freedoms have had more protection in the past than most realize. There are those who would change the Constitution to fit what they say is a change in society. I submit changes proposed do not stand the test of honesty, and will help doom this nation.

    Today, too many citizens are driven by those old sins: Greed, Jealously, and Hate. Further, it seems to me a large majority of the population knows little about the forming of this nation, or what the Constitution actually says to protect we citizens.

    When was the last time, if ever, YOU actually sat down and read the Constitution? Do you know the constraints placed upon our elected representatives?

    The ballot box is the final control over our elected officials, but nowadays it seems elections are too far away to prevent overstepping by those we have elected. Is our knowledge to be guided by polls? Are our officials often much too impressed with their position of importance to pay heed to the people for whom they work?

    Our Federal Government is now so burdensome and giagantic, in my view, it is inefficient and far too expensive, regulating much too closely to liberties we hold dear. Partisan politics plays a far too important role in our Federal Government.

    It is high time we citizens stepped back and took a hard look at what we have allowed to happen that was NOT the intention of the Founding Fathers. — D. C. “Dan” Lee, Danny Boy Stories

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  • dannyboystories 4:22 PM on August 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    What were they really thinking? 

    Much has been written about America’s Founding Fathers–the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, and, of course, the Constitution of the United States of America–but do you wonder what men like Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and the others were thinking privately? What was going on in their minds that has not been reported from notes and memoirs?

    I have always been infatuated by Colonial America, particularly the 1770’s and 80’s. I have read the Federalist Papers–the published arguements in favor of the newly proposed Constitution. I have read many biographies, including my favored Benjamin Franklin autobiography, trying to understand these Colonial Patriots fully.

    The Constitution was approved by only 39 of the 55 deligates to the Constitutional Convention, only a couple more than a two-thirds majority. The United States came very close to failing in its first organizational endeavor.

    After reading so much material over the years, and the brilliance of the Constitution itself, I prefer the romantic version of events, that the men who toiled, cajoled, and argued the Constitution were in the presence of the guiding hand of God. Fortunately, my emotional position cannot be prooved or disprooved. My devotion to these United States is steadfast, guided by the very words set down by the framers themselves.

    It is amazing to me how such and odd collection of Colonial Patriots could have foreseen so much, and crafted a nation of laws that has exceeded the expectations of many. Of course, the United States is a Representative Republic, not a true majority rules democracy. As a result, the little towns and counties abroad have nearly as much sway in matters as the most populous.

    I like it that way. It provides a checks and balances perhaps not envisioned by the Founders. In addition, liberties and freedoms have had more protection in the past than most realize. There are those who would change the Constitution to fit what they say is a change in society. I submit changes proposed do not stand the test of honesty, and will help doom this nation.

    Today, too many citizens are driven by those old sins: Greed, Jealously, and Hate. Further, it seems to me a large majority of the population knows little about the forming of this nation, or what the Constitution actually says to protect we citizens.

    When was the last time, if ever, YOU actually sat down and read the Constitution? Do you know the constraints placed upon our elected representatives?

    The ballot box is the final control over our elected officials, but nowadays it seems elections are too far away to prevent overstepping by those we have elected. Is our knowledge to be guided by polls? Are our officials often much too impressed with their position of importance to pay heed to the people for whom they work?

    Our Federal Government is now so burdensome and giagantic, in my view, it is inefficient and far too expensive, regulating much too closely to liberties we hold dear. Partisan politics plays a far too important role in our Federal Government.

    It is high time we citizens stepped back, and took a hard look at what we have allowed to happen that was NOT the intention of the Founding Fathers. — D. C. “Dan” Lee, Danny Boy Stories

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  • dannyboystories 11:32 AM on August 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    The hope for intestinal fortitude. 

    “Intestinal fortitude” is just another way of describing courage, also described as strength of character, depth of principles…and so on.

    Apparently, in the Washington, DC, beltway there is none of these!

    One can take solace in the fact the Congress is on vacation and can neither do more damage nor engage in public partisanship. Harry Reid will not have another 200 bills passed by the House to ignore, and John Boehner will not have to explain away his inaction either.

    The Republican house passes bills, Reid and his Democrat pals refuse to consider these, and President Obama blames the Republicans. Finger pointing is the tact for the day…every day.

    President Obama says “let’s work together”, and yet refuses to discuss even the smallest detail. “Working together” means sitting down with those who do not agree with you and finding common ground, perhaps compromise. I would be surprised if the President offered any solid suggestion whatsoever. Thus far it has been only “my way, or the highway”.

    Is not one piece of pie better than none at all?

    In my view, the President’s lack of any managerial skill or negotiating talent–a simple review of his background at election time would have pointed to his lack of experience– is causing great damage to the United States in foreign and domestic affairs. I wonder if this country will be able to withstand it all?

    Look at all that faces us: Southern Border Crisis; IRS scandals; veterans not getting treatment (and the recent VA bill only adds more hurdles); business strangling on EPA rules; a healthcare plan that will likely implode; Iraq being overtaken by a larger terrorist organization; Afghanistan likely to fall once the Americans are gone; a Syrian civil war; Hamas terrorists; … and on and on. 

    All this while the President flies around the country on Air Force One raising scads of money for party politics as usual. Presidential business in absentia. 

    I hope, come November, the electorate will recognize there needs to be an upheaval in the Congress from pure partisanship. Frankly, I hope for more Tea Party candidates. At least, with Tea Party folks, you know what you are getting. — D. C. “Dan” Lee, Hoosier PatriotsATT00092

     
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