Wow. Has it really been Three Months?

Wow. I really can’t believe it’s been three months since my last post.

One reason it’s been that long is because I’m not sure what to talk about. Sure there are alot of things to talk about. From Politics to Sports to….. The weather.

Buts each topic has the chance to bring up a nasty fight.

Like if I talk about at some point you will have to talk about President Trump. And that will bring problems. If you say something negative about him then his supporters will attack him while getting praise from his detractors while if you say something positive about him you will get attacked by his detractors while getting praise from his supporters.

So much for freedom of speech. You know everyone is so worried about whether our Constitution is being followed and yet when anyone seems to use their First Amendment right to Free Speech, people get yelled at.

Anyway we can talk about sports. Well probably depending on what sport.

Nascar has made quite a few changes starting this season. The changes quite a few things that it might be too much to list right now.

Besides the changes, Nascar got a new title sponsor for the Cup Series. Instead of being all the Nascar Sprint Cup Series, Nascar’s top series is now called Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series.

Thats right the new title sponsor is an Energy Drink.

Well anyway the season hasn’t even started yet, well the points season hasn’t started yet since this past weekend was ‘The Clash’ the renamed Budwiser Shootout which is considered the official start of the Nascar season,  and there has been some controversy.

As I said this past weekend was the ‘The Clash’ Known this season as the Advance Auto Parts Clash. And with that Monster Energy unveiled their Victory Lane people. I’m not sure if you call them models or spokesperson or what.

Anyway Sprint used “Miss Sprint Cup” who wore firesuits with the Sprint logo on it. The Monster Energy woman DO NOT wear fire suits. Instead of a firesuit they wear what some have called revealing clothing. I’ll post a link and you can tell me what you think. Is it appropriate for what has become a family sport over the years or is it inappropriate?

The Monster Energy Girls.

Well that’s it for now. TTFN, That’s all For Now.

 

 

 

A Thank You to our Veterans

I just wanted to take the time  today to say thank you to all the veterans out there. No matter if you served in the United States Army, United States Navy, United States Marine Corp, United States Air Force, or United States National Guard. Thank you for severing our country.

 

Veterans Day wasn’t always called Veteran’s Day. It was created after World War I as a day to observe the end of the ‘The Great War’, which was November 11, 1918 and was called Armistice Day. It wasn’t a legal holiday until 1938 when an Congressional Act was passed that May making November 11th the “day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.”

It wasn’t until 1954 when President Eisenhower signed a bill that that expand Armistice Day to a day to celebrate all the Veterans that served, not just those who died in World War I. Eight years before in 1945 a World War II veteran named Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama started the campaign for the expansion of Armistice Day and has since become known as the “Father of Veterans Day”. Mister Weeks was awarded the Presidential Citizenship Medal in 1982 by President Ronald Regan for his work in being the driving force for the holiday.

The bill that President Eisenhower signed was amended by Congress on June 1st 1954 to change the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

Even though the holiday was scheduled to be celebrated on November 11th of each year, that hasn’t always been the case. The Uniform Monday Holiday Act which was passed in 1968 but didn’t go into effect until 1971, changed the from November 11th to the fourth Monday in October. It stayed that way until 1977. The Dates it was celebrated between 1971-1977 are as follows Oct 25, 1971; Oct 23, 1972; Oct 22, 1973; Oct 28, 1974; Oct 27, 1975; Oct 25, 1976 and Oct 24, 1977. The date was moved back to November 11 in 1978 and has stayed that way ever since. Even though the legal holiday is November 11th, if the date falls on a Saturday or a Sunday then if is Formally observed on either Friday or Monday respectfully.

 

I know I may have posted one of these poems before but, I can’t help but share them again because whenever I think about Veterans day I think about these.

The first is “In Flanders Fields” by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. You can see the history behind the poem by reading my Memorial Day blog post here.

 

In Flanders Fields

BY JOHN MCCRAE

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

    That mark our place; and in the sky

    The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,

        In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

    The torch; be yours to hold it high.

    If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

        In Flanders fields.

Another was written about the Battle of Normandy, otherwise known as D-Day. It’s titled “Carentan O Carentan” by Louis Simpson

Carentan O Carentan

BY LOUIS SIMPSON

Trees in the old days used to stand

And shape a shady lane

Where lovers wandered hand in hand

Who came from Carentan.

This was the shining green canal

Where we came two by two

Walking at combat-interval.

Such trees we never knew.

The day was early June, the ground

Was soft and bright with dew.

Far away the guns did sound,

But here the sky was blue.

The sky was blue, but there a smoke

Hung still above the sea

Where the ships together spoke

To towns we could not see.

Could you have seen us through a glass

You would have said a walk

Of farmers out to turn the grass,

Each with his own hay-fork.

The watchers in their leopard suits

Waited till it was time,

And aimed between the belt and boot

And let the barrel climb.

I must lie down at once, there is

A hammer at my knee.

And call it death or cowardice,

Don’t count again on me.

Everything’s all right, Mother,

Everyone gets the same

At one time or another.

It’s all in the game.

I never strolled, nor ever shall,

Down such a leafy lane.

I never drank in a canal,

Nor ever shall again.

There is a whistling in the leaves

And it is not the wind,

The twigs are falling from the knives

That cut men to the ground.

Tell me, Master-Sergeant,

The way to turn and shoot.

But the Sergeant’s silent

That taught me how to do it.

O Captain, show us quickly

Our place upon the map.

But the Captain’s sickly

And taking a long nap.

Lieutenant, what’s my duty,

My place in the platoon?

He too’s a sleeping beauty,

Charmed by that strange tune.

Carentan O Carentan

Before we met with you

We never yet had lost a man

Or known what death could do.

And lastly here is a poem called “The Night of the Bayonet” it was written by Walter Gordon and Paul Rogers of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne. It’s about what happen to another Company member, Floyd Talbert, one night early in the Battle of Normandy. The poem was read during the HBO Mini Series Band of Brothers which depicted the events of what happened to Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne during World War II.

The Night of the Bayonet

The night was filled with dark and cold,
When Sergeant Talbert the story’s told,
Pulled out his poncho and headed out,
To check the lines dressed like a Kraut.

Upon a trooper our hero came,
Fast asleep; he called his name.
“Smith, oh Smith, get up, it’s time
To take your turn out on the line.”

Private Smith, so very weary,
Cracked an eye, all red and bleary,
Grabbed his rifle and did not tarry,
Hearing Floyd, but seeing Gerry.

“It’s me!” cried Tab. “Don’t do it!” and yet,
Smith charged toute de suite with bayonet.
He lunged, he thrust, both high and low,
And skeweth the boy from Kokomo.

And as they carried him away,
Our punctured hero was heard to say,
“When in this war you venture out,
best never do it dressed as a Kraut!”

Well that’s it. Once again I would like to thank all of our Veterans. Because without you none of use will have known the freedoms that comes with your sacrifices. Thank You.

Well I did Not see that coming

Donald Trump won the race for President of the United States.

I seriously did not think he was going to win. Yes I brought into what the polls were saying and it turned out that….

They were wrong!

Now many of you maybe asking how could that be, how could the polls be wrong. Well I don’t know the answer for sure however one thing nobody seems to talk about is that the people who are taking the polls could skew the results towards the way they want things to go. In this case that Hillary Clinton was doing better then she actually was.

Now that latter would have to mean that most likely Donald Trump was right when he said that people who were voting for him weren’t saying so when interviewed for the polls.

Which yes I could see that happening.

I mean would anyone really want to admit to some strange person that they support the person that nearly a majority of people did not like?

I don’t think so.

People think that pollsters did such a bad job at calling this race that one person tweeted.

Here is a list of recent polls that pollsters got wrong.

So now you can see why it’s plausible to think that people who are taking the polls could skew the results in the favor of whatever side they are on? Because I sure can.

Anyway I went to bed last night thinking that Hillary Clinton was going to win. Not because I supported her, but because I believed what all the polls were saying. Which was that she was going to win because she seemed to easily get the 270 electoral votes needed to win.

 

I find it kind of laughable that that people are saying it will be hard to explain it to kids how Trump could be President, which yes it probably will be. However I don’t think people should be having the President of the United States teaching their children what is right or wrong. That is the parents responsibility, to say that the President of the United States should be teaching a child is just lazy parenting if you ask me.

My mother taught me and my sisters right form wrong and all those other life lessons, she didn’t tell us to look up to the Bill Clinton, then President of the United States, or any other elected official to learn those lessons. Though of course we didn’t live in a time of social media an all that, though the fact still applies that children shouldn’t be learning what is right and wrong, or what they should and shouldn’t do from the President of the United States.

Another thing is that it’s not like explaining a Clinton Presidency would be simple. I mean the FBI, more importantly the Director, said that she lied. She lied to the American People and possibly Congress. How anybody could tell a child that it would have been alright for a President to lie when they are taught not to lie is beyond me. I mean are there actually people out their that find easier to explain why a person lied to those who are told not to lie?

It’s time to face facts that neither Candidate was perfect and a lot of explaining would have needed to be done to children no matter who had won.

Finally! It’s Election Day

Today is finally the day we have been waiting for.

Well for those of use who are sick and tired of this election cycle at least.

The candidates are probably glad that election day is finally here as well, but they are most likely happy because they don’t have to campaign until when ever the next election cycle. (Four years for who ever wins the President of the United States, Six for whoever wins a United States Senate Seat, two years for whoever wins a seat in the United States House of Representatives, and whatever the term is for any local offices)

I’m happy because I won’t have to hear any more attack ads. Though I haven’t really heard any this election cycle anyway. Really it seems like those I have heard were from Hillary Clinton and the opponent for the local Congressional Seat. (Anna Throne-Holst) Not surprisingly those two are Democrats.

I did hear an Attack ad for the incumbent for the local Congressional Seat who is a Republican, though he also ran ads that weren’t attack ads.

Well Anyway I’m just glad that it’s Election Day and all of that will end.

Also up for grabs was a seat in the United States Senate. Oddly while I have heard an ad for the Incumbent (Charles “Chuck” Schumer), I hadn’t heard any ads for his challenger. Heck, I don’t even know who his challenger was. Did he even have a challenger?

Yes he had a challenger. A woman named Wendy Long. I never heard of her, though it doesn’t matter really since she’ll probably end up losing. I mean New York is basically a blue state, were Democrats always seem to win. Or at least they seem to win the races for Governor, and United States Senators, and most of the United States House of Representatives Districts. Also New York elects the Democratic Nominee for President.

The last time a Republican from New York won a seat in the United States Senate, either Class One or Class Three was Al D’Amato in 1980. Mr. D’Amato served Three terms and who lost to in 1998 to Mr Schumer.

I said it once and I’ll say it again. I’m glad it is over!

Just Rambling….. or maybe not.

I think this will just be a rambling post, since I don’t really know what to talk about.

There is one question I’ve have on my mind, that I’ve been meaning to ask but have always decided not to because I don’t really want to talk about the Presidential Elections. Though I think I’m just going to do it now since it’s almost time for the elections.

Is anyone else tired of hearing about the Race for President?

I know I am.

I really wish they were over.

I am really tired of hearing about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Neither one is perfect and neither one in my opinion is worthy, at this point, of being President of the United States. I’m sorry if that upsets any of their supporters but that how I feel.

Really that could be said to be the truth. I mean in a perfect world all the scandals they have had would have derailed their campaigns.

I mean how could anybody have a private server that could have been hacked by anybody, and deleted thousands of emails an expect anybody to vote for you as President.

If the FBI investigation had finished during the primaries an the FBI director cam out and called Clinton a lair, I’d bet anyone that Bernie Sanders would have been the Democratic Candidate.

I mean how could a President of the United States believe that someone who could have possibly put classified information at risk on a private server, is the right person to be President?

Now I’m not saying Trump is the right person either. Though maybe he’s what the country needs right now. I mean we had a President who apologized to nearly everyone and also seemed to try and appease everyone. A hint from history, appeasement doesn’t not work. Not to mention he made us seem weak in cases by saying one thing and not following through with it. (Or has everyone forgotten the whole line in the sand). Maybe the country needs a person who will follow through with what they say and show that the United States won’t back down.

Now conspiracy theorists out there may believe that means the Elections are rigged. An they have the right to think that under the First Amendment.  Now I’m not a big believer in conspiracy theory’s, though I will admit that there are times when I think that maybe things are rigged.

I mean how could an Attorney General whose department is investigating someone for a crime not know that the one thing you should be seen doing is talking to the husband of that person. (I mean isn’t that like the first thing you do when you know someone that is being investigated?)

I’ll give both the AG and Bill Clinton the benefit of the doubt that it was an accident that they met that day. Even if it was an accident one of them should have known they shouldn’t have been near each other an one should have changed their plans.

I know that’s what I would have done if I had been in either one of their shoes.

I mean meeting an then one of them changing their plans sounds a lot better then they met and neither changed their plans, or at least to me it does.

Look at that I started this off as just a rambling piece and then got into talking about the elections.

Anyway like I said I’m just tired of hearing about the elections.

Oh also, I’m getting tired about hearing everyone, including the President, talking about how a persons vote is wasted if they don’t vote for Clinton or Trump.

I mean talk about trying to influence an election, or to take away a persons right to choose by basically telling them who to vote for, Anyway that’s a matter for another day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why are Donald Trump and Ben Carson leading?

The reason Donald Trump and Ben Carson are leading the polls for Republican presidential candidate is simple, they are not politicians and that is what the voters want right now. If you look at all the candidates for President, both Democrat and Republican, there are only three people running for their party’s nomination who have never held office before. Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Florina. surprisingly they are all running for the Republican nomination.

All the other candidates running have all held other offices, wether it be a Governor or United States Senator, they are rehearsed on reading from preplanned speeches and on how to tell voters what they want to hear to get them elected.

The one thing, or at least in my opinion, that attracts the voters to Donald Trump isn’t because of The Apprentice, or that he acts more like he’s an entertainer. It’s because  or the most part, he doesn’t seem to be reading from a written speech. He seems, again at least to me,  like he is actually talking to the people rather than read a speech then take questions and never really get to the point. Trump also seems to be passionate about the issues that most Americans cared about. I mean most of the issues Trump has been talking about have been problems for years and many people wanted things done about, and he is actually talking about doing something about those problems. Unlike a politician who says that they will do something and then it’s like four years later and nothing has been done about it.

I don’t know a lot about Carson but the principal of how he isn’t a politician still applies, and that is why people like him, as well as Trump, and why they are doing so well in the poll.

Thats why I believe the age of the Politician, or at least the politician who reads from a preplanned speech, is over.

Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day, which is one of the holidays which we Americans remember the price of our freedom by remembering those service men and women who have been killed in action.

Due to Memorial Day falling on the last Monday in the end of May, it also serves as the official start of summer, so sometimes the meaning of the Holiday gets overshadowed a bit by people.

The holiday, which is a Federal Holiday by the way, was started back in 1868 as Decoration Day by the Grand Army of the Republic which is an organization of veterans who had served in the Union military during the Civil War. They established the day so the nation could honor those that had died by placing flowers on their graves.

Since those honoring the Union and Confederates had separate and competing Holidays for honoring those who died serving in the Civil War, it was decided sometime in the 20th Century to merge both holidays so that all those who had died no matter what side they had served on was honored by the nation.

Here is a poem, written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, who was a Canadian physician who served in Belgium during World War I,  which is one of my favorites and one of the best ways to sum up what Memorial Day is all about.

In Flanders Fields

BY JOHN MCCRAE

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
        In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
        In Flanders fields.

Lieutenant Colonel McCrae served during the Second Battle of Ypres and was said to have been inspired to write the following poem titled “In Flanders Fields” after the death of his friend Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, who was killed during the Second Battle of Ypres. Lieutenant Colonel McCrae died near the end of World War I, not due to a bullet or artillery shell in battle, but because of pneumonia while he was in command of No. 3 Canadian General Hospital (McGill) at Boulogne.

Even though I’m not Canadian, I’d like to thank Lieutenant Colonel McCrae and Lieutenant Helmer for their service to their country. I’d also like to extend my thanks to those servicemen and women of the United States Army, United States Marines, United States Navy, and the United States Air Force who have died in action. And for those of you who may read this or read my blog, and have a family member of friend who have died in action, know that I will always honor them.

I’d also like to post a letter from President Abraham Lincoln to Mrs. Lydia Bixby of Boston, Massachusetts. It is a consoling letter by President Lincoln after hearing from the War Department how Mrs. Bixby’s five sons have been killed fighting for the Union during the Civil War. It turned out later that only two of Mrs. Bixby’s five sons were actually killed during battle. It is still unkown wny the War Department had incorrectly said that all five sons had been killed. The following is the text of the letter as it appeared in the Boston Evening Transcript on November 25, 1864, which was the same day the letter was delivered to Mrs. Bixby by the Adjutant General of Massachusetts, William Schouler

Executive Mansion,

Washington, Nov. 21, 1864.

Dear Madam,

I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,

A. Lincoln

So everyone who is Barbecueing over this holiday weekend, take a moment to honor those who have died defending our country and protecting our freedom so that you have the right to Barbecue. Also remember that for freedom there is a price, maybe it’s not paid by you or a family member, but there is a price paid by someone’s family member. So honor, respect, and never forget.