Li: ritual, propriety, etiquette. Hsiao: love within the family (parents for children and children for parents. Yi: righteousness--the noblest way to act in a situation. Xin: honesty and trustworthiness. Jen: benevolence, humaneness towards others. Chung: loyalty to the state and authority. --Confucius (Kong Fuzi)

All articles appear in reverse chronological order [newest first]:
I believe the past is relevant, sometimes more than others of course. In most cases we are seeing history being repeated, so it is most relevant.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Is America less patriotic than in the past?

by Glenn Littrell (GlennDL)

This question keeps recurring and seems to be appear more and more recently. Most of it seems to be in light of what some people perceive as an unpatriotic action by others, even though others see the process in question as a patriotic duty. Too often some raise the question when they witness criticism of their political idols.

Many people tend to look nostalgically at the past as being all roses and ice cream in comparison to their dissatisfaction with the here and now, always lamenting back to when we drank straight from the water hose, were supposedly watched over by neighbors, and the streetlight was our guide to when it was time to go home. But do these selective memories reflect better times? Or just better moments? Nostalgia

Yes, we weren't required to wear a seatbelt, but the impact of a child standing in the front seat being launched into the dashboard at a moderate speed of 15 miles an hour led to devastating results. Yes, we could say what we wanted if we were in the right group, or if we were the biggest person in the room. Back when we could be verbal bullies and obnoxious people was that a worthy character trait to want to return to? Where the good old days so grand when segregation, racism, sexism we're so prevalent. Was it such a great time?wwwglennlittrellcom (1)

Nostalgia has a place in some context but not all context.

It seems to me that nostalgic memories are usually subject to wishful thinking whether it be the memories of an optimist or pessimist.

The question seems to be offered up is a rhetorical statement that implies we are not as patriotic as we used to be.

Whether or not this rhetorical question is the result of seeing protest on TV or listening to constant criticisms of the country or the president I don't know, but that is my guess.

So let me try to answer the question with a rebuke that no we are not less patriotic now than before. For example:

Patriotism today and in the past:

  • wwwglennlittrellcom (2)Today, as a Veteran I get thanked for my service, but didn't get thanked back then.
  • Today it is not unusual for police officers, soldiers, and firefighters to be applauded when they walk through airport terminals. In the past they were openly and often called pigs or spit upon.
  • Today we have an army that does not contain one drafted soldier. We have a volunteer army of young men from past and most recent generations who became soldiers not because they were forced to against their will. We have a true citizen army.
  • I would venture to speculate that during Afghanistan and both Iraq wars desertions were at an all time low.
  • Today we have peaceful protest concerning social injustices. Yes occasionally some protest cross the line but these are in the vast minority of all protest today. In the past most demonstration were confrontational and regularly turned violent.
  • Today the families of Fallen Soldiers are routinely looked after and provided for by multitude of efforts. In the past such programs were largely symbolic.
  • Today we have programs and charities such as the Wounded Warriors Project to raise awareness towards our wounded veterans. In the past these programs barely existed. Those that did exist and survived to the present have grown in scope and services.
  • In the past when disagreements over are foreign involvements, resentment and blame was directed at the dutiful soldiers. An entire generation of soldiers were spit on, called pigs, drug addicts and losers, even by fellow veterans that went before them. Today such disagreements and protest are respectful of the veterans and seek only to blame those that send them into harm's way.

So no, in spite of the fact that you may not approve of Civil Disobedience and peaceful protest or even if you believe these are unpatriotic acts they in no way reach numbers or exceed the protests and riots of the sixties, let alone any previous time in the past.

If you feel this is not true you need to pick up a history book. You need to understand the Constitution that grants us those rights. You need to read the oath that in enlistee takes to protect the Constitution, not just his interpretation of the Constitution, or not just the rights of his friends, but to defend everybody's rights. Those rights include the right to assemble, the right to dissent, the right to protest, the right to criticize. The right to your political View.

Just like the right to vote is not just a right but also a duty and an obligation, so too is the right to dissent and criticize a duty when we feel a moral obligation to do it.

Protests have always been a part of American life. Historically and as written in the Constitution. Criticism of the country is in not in itself unpatriotic. We have to apply critical thinking in raising our children and pointing out to them when they do wrong so they will be able to rectify the wrong and not repeat their mistakes. It doesn't mean we don't love them. So too can we love our country and legitimately criticize it at the same time. It is without a doubt possible to love your country and be critical of it. It is possible that this criticism comes from a desire to move the country forward and to a better place.

As far as criticism of the president, the entire election process nominations, debates, and campaigning themselves are an engagement of critique and criticism. Additionally complaints about who criticized the president tend to come from those who support the person who was elected to the presidency. Happens all the time, then and now. The process of holding their feet to the fire is one that we need and is in itself a national tradition.

In the past when man’s curiosity was peaked he sought out more information, but today…

We seem to live in a society where in spite of an ever increasing abundance of resources to obtain accurate information on virtually any subject we are overwhelmed by a cacophony of inaccurate and dishonest dissemination of falsehoods and misinformation.

Too many of us are either too lazy or too easily distracted to make use of the available…

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

…unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me…

by Glenn Littrell
re-posted from 2015
(UPDATE: Fact Check Video added)

About 2000 years ago a young, middle eastern mother to be, along with her husband (who was not the father of her child) sought refuge from the elements in a small town. The only available shelter was a manger, where her baby was born.

Later, the mother, her baby, and her husband, fled oppression and death, seeking compassion, justice and refuge in another country where they lived for many years.

When the family returned to their homeland many years later the baby, now a young man, preached forgiveness, compassion, and said: “…Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

imageAs we struggle with the desire to call ourselves a ‘Christian Nation’ we continually avoid behavior that would demonstrate a Christian spirit. Where other countries are being flooded with millions of refugees we are excoriating our principles and beliefs in the face of tyranny and oppression, fighting over not whether to offer 10,000 refugees safe haven, but over whether to allow safe haven for any of the 4 million refugees. Families, men, women, or children.

While choosing to ignore actions that would be considered of a Christian nature, we are also ignoring and advocating actions that totally ignore our own constitution and its processes.

childimmigrationGovernors are threatening to close state borders, demanding tracking, restrictions, and identification of Syrian/Muslim refugees. Politicians are demanding the same, additionally calling for a new ‘Iron Curtain’ on our southern border and a new ‘Berlin Wall’ between us and free Europe. Ignoring our constitution and Judeo/Christian ethics in the name of fear mongering to obtain better poll numbers and eventual political victories.

Where we once claimed to be a great country because of the opportunity we offered, the morals we aspired to, and the equality we preached, we now demonstrate the darker nature of our past. A past that we deny. A past of greatness that also included atrocities that we seek to hide and to minimalize.

imageA part of that past that we are repeating now is easy to discover and identify, a past that is directly related to events that have stained our international image and produced hostilities that still haunt us. People of other country’s don’t hate us because they envy us. Jealousy does not inspire people to become suicide bombers, nor is violent attacks a normal response to envy. Envy might lead people to want to take what we have, but these jihadist are not after what we’ve got… they want to destroy what we have. Their hatred is born out of fear, vengeance and real or perceived wrongs committed in the past.

This is not to say they are justified, but it is to say there is a history to their fear and hatred. It is not something that just appeared. We can not right all past wrongs, we cannot dispel all misconceptions, and we are probably beyond sitting down with terrorist for a mutually beneficial discussion until one-side has been beaten the other into submission.

imageWith our enemies we are forced into a military option. Unfortunately our allies, especially our Muslim allies, in the region prefer that our soldiers lead the charge to protect them. Saudi Arabia, a country with a quarter-of-a-million man standing Army, has not taken a military lead in the region or taken in one Syrian refugee.

Whatever the military option becomes without the participation of the Gulf States we will just be digging into another quagmire… like was pointed out by the naysayers in 2003.

But even with a successful Military solution we will continue to be the target of scorn from marginalized middle eastern Muslims and their sympathizers. Even if a military solution beats down all jihadist and we pull completely out of the region, avoiding the ‘quagmire’, we will forever be linked to the atrocities of this war and past transgressions. Unless we seek and obtain a political solution, whatever that may be, we will continue to be the target of militant jihadist for generations… just like now and in the past.

Whatever the military solution, and the political solution, the key to any success short or long term, is winning the hearts and minds of moderate Muslims, especially young Muslims. But how are we ever going to do that if we can’t even do it with the Muslims in our country. We seem intent on doing everything we can to enrage, denigrate, alienate and discriminate against Muslims, all Muslims from all nations and ethnicities, here and abroad, immigrant and American born.

CLeftEven before the current anti-Syrian sentiments we continually made Muslims (even non-Muslims who by appearance we see as Muslims) the victims of discrimination, physical and religious attacks, and marginalization.

imageOur need for political hatefulness, designated enemies and scapegoats has turned us into a nation of ‘ugly Americans’. A designation that use to be used solely by other nations to describe our international behavior. More and more the ‘ugly American’ label being used to describe our internal behavior.

This is not our first bout with xenophobia, racism, religious intolerance, ethnic condemnation, and the accompanying oppressive hate and fear. There are many examples, but one particularly relevant to this current controversy is the story of the MS St. Louis. While today we claim a national love and affection for the Jewish state of Israel, in 1939 we were less than hospitable to a mere 908 Jewish refugees. The result was that many ended back in Germany during the Holocaust and the Germans had another example of international hatred for the Jews:

“The MS St. Louis was a German ocean liner most notable for a single voyage in 1939, in which her captain, Gustav Schröder (a German), tried to find homes for 908 Jewish refugees from Germany. After they were denied entry to Cuba, the United States and Canada, they were finally accepted in various European countries, which were later engulfed in World War II. Historians have estimated that, after their return to Europe, approximately a quarter of the ship's passengers died in death camps.”              Wikipedia

Just like the Germans tried to use our apathy to justify their genocide, the Jihadist will use the frightened, anti-refugee behavior to influence discouraged moderate Muslims, both here and abroad, as a strong recruitment tool.

It seems that as time passes the phrases such as “…give me your tired…”,  “…that all Men are created equal…”, and “…So in everything, do unto others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets…” are less grand and meaningful than in the past. Lady Liberty now gives the ‘stiff-arm’ to the huddled masses of the world and our ‘so-called’ Christian ethics take a back seat to political expedience, fear and hate.

“Paris, 1948: A couple and their toddler arrive in Paris from Budapest. The toddler is me. My parents have survived the horrors of the Holocaust - the camps; the pitiless deaths of their parents, spouses, children, siblings; the loss of their property and livelihoods. The Communist Iron Curtain drops and my mother has again been imprisoned. After she is released, my family takes one suitcase and flees to France. Paris becomes our place for healing. My parents and I wait in France - for years - for the precious papers that allow us to emigrate to the U.S. The passenger manifest on the ship that brings us across the Atlantic lists our nationality as "Stateless." We are refugees.”

“…The Paris tragedy has become politicized [in America] - and I'm ashamed. I'm ashamed that the country that laid out a welcome mat for my family has elected officials who so readily want to slam the door shut on the victims of the worst humanitarian crisis since the Holocaust. Some even want to impose a religious test on resettlement, all in the name of "national security." What they're really doing, whether by intent or ignorance, is fanning the flames of xenophobia and Islamophobia. It reminds me of some of the most shameful episodes of U.S. history: the mass internment of Japanese Americans during World War II; and the refusal to allow the passengers of the St. Louis to disembark in an American port, sending them back to Europe - many to their deaths.”

see also:

Paris attacks: 'I will not give you the gift of hating you'

originally posted 11-20-2015
updated 11-21-2015

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Mitch McConnell filed cloture on a drug corporation handout


“We may have defeated Trumpcare, but that doesn't mean Senate Republicans are done trying to exploit the American people. Sen. Mitch McConnell just filed cloture on the OPEN Act, which is an $11.6 billion handout to prescription drug corporations. We're delivering your signatures to every Senate office this week--we need you behind us!

Stand with Social Security Works to oppose another billion dollar giveaway to drug corporations and say no to big pharma monopolies.

You can read more abut the OPEN Act in our original email below.

Thank you,

Alex Lawson
Social Security Works



In 1983, Congress passed a law aimed at spurring innovation for drugs that treat rare diseases, offering tax credits and monopolies as incentives. But, as they so often do, pharmaceutical corporations immediately turned the law into yet another way to extract money from the people’s pockets. A year’s treatment can cost people with rare diseases more than a house.

Pharmaceutical corporations’ ravenous hunger for profits leads to Social Security benefits that are increasingly eroded by medical co-pays and out of pocket expenses. And Congress has a new handout on the way.

Stand with Social Security Works to oppose another billion dollar giveaway to drug corporations and say no to big pharma monopolies.

The greed of the drug companies is boundless. Now, their Washington lobbyists are pushing a new bill―the Orphan Product Extensions Now (OPEN) Act―which would grant drug manufacturers six additional months of exclusivity, the monopoly power that allows the companies to charge as much as they like.

It’s estimated that this new law would cost patients and taxpayers up to $11.6 billion over 10 years―padding the pockets of the greedy pharmaceutical industry and ensuring that we continue to pay the highest drug prices in the world!

Former Congressman Henry Waxman of California, the author of the 1982 Orphan Drug Act, had this to say about how drug companies are manipulating the system:
“We’re seeing the Orphan Drug Act used in ways that we never anticipated when the law was adopted. In the way people use the word ‘orphan status,’ it’s almost becoming a synonym for a monopoly price.”

Stand with Social Security Works to oppose the OPEN Act, yet another billion dollar giveaway to big pharma corporations.

If passed, the bill would allow drug companies to repurpose drugs that are already on the market, giving them “orphan” status. For patients this means competing drugs that might lower prices would be kept off the market, leading to budget busting drug prices for even longer for the people.
Instead of padding the insurance company profits, Congress should be focusing on bills that rein in abuses by drug companies, and make sure people can afford the health care they need.

Together, we’re fighting the greedy pharmaceutical industry and their powerful Washington lobbyists. “

Thank you,

Michael Phelan
Social Security Works


Thursday, July 20, 2017

How about checking your facts once in awhile

Snopes and Urban Legends are the oldest fact checking sites, but PolitiFact is probably the most efficient and popular.

Below is a list if sites I use:

* These are new sites that I have not yet completly vetted  

Can a fact checking site be biased? Of course, but the important point is to what degree, and even more important is that just because you disagree with the fact check that doesn’t make it biased. Most often we look for confirmation of our own biased and reject anything that we don’t agree with.

Ask yourself this:

  • Does the site have a stated methodology in their evaluation of facts. Do they conform to that methodology.
  • Does the site provide names, dates, verifiable quotes, and links to supporting references.
  • Are the source and references independent of the fact checking site. In other-words is the site quoting themselves or sister sites, opinion sites, or sites that are themselves biased.
  • Always consider the opposing opinion. You can’t truly understand the complexity of debate if you can’t completely understand and explain the opposing view.
  • When the site provides a link or reference does it checkout. Too many sites will provide a link to what is supposed to support a fact does it? I’ve seen many sites quote an article from SNOPES.COM and then when I click the link the SNOPES article doesn’t support the  sites claim, sometimes it is unrelated and sometimes it even disputes the claim. What is happening their is the site assumes that most people will be attracted to their headline and won’t actually read the article, and they think your too lazy to actually click and read the SNOPES article. That’s them calling you stupid and lazy, not me. Always check out sources and links… after awhile you learn what sites are honest and not.
  • Can you make a critical and fact based argument to support you view in the face of an unfavorable fact check?

After a while you will learn what fact checking websites are most reliable and honest. Notice I didn’t say unbiased. If you want a fact checker that supports your biased then your not interested in the truth. If you want a website that has absolutely no bias then good luck. I you can accept a website that meets the above criteria with some, but minimal bias, then your on the right track to getting at deciphering truth from opinion.

Never present opinion as fact, never ignore facts in the face of opinion, and don’t ever be afraid to weigh both fact and opinion equally.

These two sights are not fact checking sites like the above but:

this one is great for looking up and reading the actual language of proposed laws. You can also look up laws passed in past congresses:

and this one is great for looking up actual labor statistics. You know for those charts that keep appearing comparing on presidents effect on jobs against another, or one party against another.

Usually when you want to check an email you can just copy the title in the subject line of the email into the 'Search" box on the websites page. If someone has changed the subject line in the chain email you may have to look for a key phrase or words to put into the search box.

I won't claim that any of these sights are free of bias, but I don't think any site, or any of us can make that claim. The question should be how bias, that's why I usually look at more than two sights on any subject and sometimes will look at all of them to see if anyone has a counter argument.

Over the years I have responded to chain mails because I think that, just like old fashion chain letters, they are for the most part deceitful and pray on the little old lady types who could be scared into keeping the chain going for fear of bad luck. That's never the intention of the person forwarding the chain mail, but it is the intention of the person who originated it.

Sadly, it seems many people like forwarding the chainmail's. I say this because as I have responded by correcting the chainmail's I have received less of them. I suspect that too many people prefer to receive chainmail's that fit into their beliefs more so than they want to hear the truth or facts about someone they would rather hate than know the truth. (??)

Some chainmail's have been sent so much that at one point I started cataloguing them on one this website to keep from having to re-answer the same chainmail every year. Click the "Spitting Back" link. There are 20 post under that topic and they all won't appear in the same listing so when you get near the bottom look for the 'Older Post' link. There is also a link ('Spam and E-Mail Hoaxes') in the 'Information' box for an explanation of how and why people start chainmail's and why they can be putting your mailing list at risk.'




Thursday, July 6, 2017

Tell Your Governor to Help Save Medicaid


Medicaid is in grave danger. If the Senate bill passes, the Congressional Budget Office says that it will cut one of every three dollars currently spent. This will leave states with fewer resources to help those in need.

Several senators from both parties have expressed concerns about these cuts, but it is critical that governors also take a stand. As the debate continues your governor needs to hear from you.

Send a letter telling him/her to protect Medicaid from this vicious attack.

GOP health care talks are back in full swing, but despite new proposals being discussed this week, the bill’s cuts will still force people to pay more for less care and will hurt retirees, children, workers, and people with disabilities.

Alliance President Robert Roach, Jr. contacted the National Governors Association (NGA) about what America's governors can do to stop the Senate health care bill from moving forward. NGA responded that governors are actively involved in talks with Congressional leadership.

We need you to contact your governor and tell them to save Medicaid!

Thank you for your activism and your support.

Lisa Cutler
Director of Communications and Digital Strategies
Alliance for Retired Americans

Saturday, May 6, 2017

House Health Care Vote Appalls Retirees and Older Americans

from “Alliance For Retired Americans”

May is Older Americans month, and Republicans spent the first week taking away health care. In a highly controversial and hurried vote, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), designed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), passed the House on Thursday afternoon and moved to the Senate for further consideration. The contested bill was narrowly approved, 217-213, and received no support from Democratic lawmakers. Twenty Republicans voted against the bill.image

The bill contained many provisions that are harmful to both seniors’ health and retirement security. It allows massive tax cuts on the wealthy that will severely weaken the Medicare Trust Fund and will cut Medicaid’s funding by more than $800 billion. Under the bill, those with pre-existing conditions would no longer be guaranteed coverage without discrimination, as they are currently under the ACA. Among people ages 55 to 64, 84 percent had at least one pre-existing condition in 2014.

After the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office determined that a previous version of the bill would leave 24 million Americans uninsured in ten years, House leaders did not wait for a new CBO score for the amended AHCA and pushed ahead with a vote immediately.

"Trumpcare is a billionaires tax cut again disguised as a health care bill," said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on the House floor Thursday, adding, "It's one of the largest transfers of wealth from working families to the rich in our country.”

The legislation now advances to a much more closely divided Senate, where its prospects are unknown. Many Senate Republicans are skeptical of the AHCA and find many of its provisions problematic.

“This bill is appalling for all Americans, but particularly for older Americans,” said Robert Roach, Jr., President of the Alliance. “We will fight this bill’s dangerous and discriminatory aspects in the Senate, and we will not forget it when we go to the polls in 2018.”

In a statement to the press, Alliance Executive Director Rich Fiesta stated, “Retirees and older Americans who are not yet eligible for Medicare are simply appalled… [i]t is difficult to say what the cruelest aspect of this vote is, but raiding Medicare and cutting Medicaid surely remain at the top of the list.”

“The $8 billion that the GOP added to their plan at the last minute is a mere drop in the bucket compared to their cuts,” Fiesta said, referring to the more than $800 billion the bill cuts from Medicaid.


Monday, April 17, 2017

The Washington Post is aiding and abetting Donald Trump’s stealth attack on Social Security.

from “Social Security Works”

The Post and the Trump administration are running parallel campaigns to divide the American people―pitting retired workers against people with disabilities―in an attempt to achieve their ultimate goal of dismantling Social Security.

Trump’s Budget Director and Tea Party darling, Mick Mulvaney recently showed his hand in an interview with CNBC when he said: “Do you really think that Social Security disability insurance is part of what people think of when they think of Social Security?”

This is a long-favored tactic of opponents of Social Security who seek to employ a divide-and-conquer strategy.

The Washington Post, in a recent front-page article, attempted to justify the Trump administration’s argument for Social Security cuts by arguing that working-age people in rural America are using Social Security Disability Insurance as a form of unemployment insurance.

But our friends at recently exposed the truth about the Post article―it was based on completely inaccurate data that overcounted the number of Social Security Disability beneficiaries by literally millions.

Not bound by facts, the Washington Post and the Trump administration are using false numbers and an underhanded scheme to divide the American people, cut disability insurance and dismantle Social Security.

It’s time to hold the Washington Post accountable!

Click here to send a letter directly to the Washington Post to demand they retract their false numbers and stop their attack on Social Security beneficiaries.

Donald Trump may have run on a promise to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, but in his first failed piece of legislation he attempted to gut Medicare and Medicaid to give $1 trillion in tax breaks to the wealthy.

Don’t let the Washington Post give cover to Donald Trump’s attempt to destroy Social Security.

Write to the Washington Post and demand a retraction of the inaccurate and dangerous portrait they are painting of Social Security.

Together, we are holding the media and our elected officials accountable as we fight to protect and expand Social Security for current and future generations.

Thank you,

Michael Phelan
Social Security Works

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Open House giveaway:

This weekend I should have everything moved out of my apartment and into storage in preparation for my “49 States in 49 Days” road trip. Anything that I can’t get moved by then, along with some things I’ve outgrown or no longer use anymore will be shipped to Goodwill (non clothing items) or to a center for Foster Care (clothing).

This Monday (May 29) I’m having a ‘give-away’ of these items for anyone who wants any of it. From 2pm to 3pm for family, and then from 3-4pm for family and my neighbors. Below is a list of items and pictures. Everything is in moderate to good condition and was working the last time I used it.  (More information at bottom of page.)

1 non-stick large skillet with utensils.
1 electric tabletop grill.
1 strainer for the kitchen sink, adjustable, goes from side to side.
2 personal planners.
1 laptop cooling pad, USB.
1 set of dishes includes four cups, four bowls and four large plate, all black ceramic.
5 piece butcher knife set and stand.
1 glass cutting board.
Several glass pot cover lids.
1 Windows 7 laptop, needs new hard drive.


1 battery charger and various rechargeable barrier batteries.
1 Iron and ironing board.
A bunch of baseball caps and running caps good condition some with mini marathon logos and logos for other events.
Various gym bags, tote bags, fanny packs with water  bottle holders.
Various electrical tools, wires and cables.
Clothes and items (men’s large to 2XL): t-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, sweaters, sweater vest, fall jackets and coveralls 44 long sleeve (blue jump-suit style).
Various backpacks and camera bags.
Set of 4 placemats.
4 pads for dining room chairs.




XP Notebook

Shoe station

Livescribe SmartPen: with several pads and notebooks of compatible paper.


This is 1st come 1st serve, I will not hold anything for anyone, you have to pick-it up and take it, as I want to be through with all of this Monday.

2pm for family and 3pm for everyone. All done at 4pm, I start loading everything up for goodwill/Foster Center.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr., Peace And Memorial Park:

On April 4th 1968, Robert Kennedy delivered the speech that still astounds us with its humanity and grace.
The Landmark for Peace Memorial is a memorial sculpture at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park on the north side of Indianapolis that honors the contributions of the slain leaders Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy. The sculpture, which features King and Kennedy reaching out to each other. It was designed by Greg Perry.

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On the next day while speaking in Cleveland, Robert Kennedy gave an even more inspirational speech on ‘The Mindless Menace of Violence’. (video) Nine weeks later, Robert Kennedy, like his older brother President John F. Kennedy and Dr. King, would also be assassinated.

On May 14, 1994 President Bill Clinton delivered a speech at the groundbreaking ceremonies for the Landmark For Peace memorial at 17th and Broadway in Indianapolis.     read the text of his speech.

Martin Luther King “I Have A Dream”

Martin Luther King “I’ve Been To The Mountain Top” part 1

Martin Luther King “I’ve Been To The Mountain Top” part 2

[My previous link to this 2nd video has become disconnected. If anyone can send me a link to Part 2 please send it to indianaglenn @ gmail .com]
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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Laziness isn’t why people are poor. And iPhones aren’t why they lack health care.

The real reasons people suffer poverty don't reflect well on the United States.

By Stephen Pimpare March 8

Stephen Pimpare is the author of "A People’s History of Poverty in America" and the forthcoming "Ghettos, Tramps, and Welfare Queens: Down and Out on the Silver Screen." He teaches American politics and public policy at the University of New Hampshire.

Two homeless women wait for the bus to take their children to a shelter for the night. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)

In response to a question about his party’s plan to increase the cost of health insurance, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) suggested that people should “invest in their own health care” instead of “getting that new iPhone.” He doubled-down on the point in a later interview: “People need to make a conscious choice, and I believe in self-reliance.” Chaffetz is wrong. But he isn’t alone.

While he has been met with justifiable derision for the comparison…   read more.

PostEverything Analysis

Saturday, February 25, 2017

A letter from the White House: 1963

Kennedy familyIn 1963 for some long forgotten reason I wrote a letter to President John F. Kennedy. The White House replied with a letter, a picture of the President’s family, and a picture of the President. By the time I was discharged from the army (1975) I had lost track of the photos and pictures. Recently I discovered them pressed between the pages of a book that I had long ago purchased titled, “This Was The President, John F. Kennedy” by Tony Spina. It was a picture book chronicling the campaign, short Presidency, and funeral of the slain President.

At 10 years old I can’t imagine why I would write a letter to the President. At the time I wasn’t exhibiting any inclination to being what anyone would call a ‘bright’ kid. Any political interest I would develop later on where to complex for me at that age. It surprises me now that I even knew who the President was in 1963. I was a classic knucklehead. In hindsight I use to think it might have been because we were in Germany when the President gave his “Ich bin ein Berliner" speech, but in fact he would give that speech 4 months later. The only plausible explanation is that it was probably some mandatory school project.

Kenedy letter

I know that I liked the President, the idea of the President, but those feelings probably came after receiving the letter.

Where were you on the day you heard the president was assassinated?

The answer to the inevitable question/phrase:

When I received the letter from the White House we lived in Warner Kaserne in Munich, Germany. Kaserne means ‘barracks’ in its original use, but by the 60’s it was more broadly used to mean camp. In this case camp didn’t mean pup tents and latrines. These kasernes were permanent buildings, barracks, and apartments as well as military equipment and functions.

By the time the President was assassinated we had moved to a smaller kaserne near Munich. Our knew kaserne was formerly a World War I cavalry fort with a small city adjacent. Just like civilian towns grow around American bases in America they also grow up around military bases in other countries. This is a situation that goes back to the Roman Legions and before. It is a fact of military life.

This kaserne had been a military camp during World War II. After the war the little camp was divided into a converted U.S. Army base and a Museum. The building we lived in had formerly been German officers barracks. The apartment was heated with coal stoves that we had to keep going during the cold and snowy Bavarian winters. It was quiet a cultural shock for an uninspired ten year old.

We lived within a 100 yards of the Post Exchange (PX), which also served as the bus stop for the on base school. That’s were I was when someone informed us that the President had been assassinated. I remember where I was, but not much else of that day. I don’t even remember if they told us to stay home that day or we if still went to school. My brothers and I had dealt with the death of our mother a few years before and I’m not sure if I had even completely processed that event by 1963, so maybe my absorption of the news of the Kennedy assassination may have been muffled by comparison.

Another reason why I remember so little beyond where I was that day, combined with my mother’s death, might have been the ‘trauma’ of our new residence. Once we moved into our new location, like everyone else we visited and toured the part of the old German base that was converted into a museum and what I saw there left me shaking and in awe. Memories of what we saw in that museum haunted me the rest of my live. Not with nightmares and psychological episodes, but with questions that a simple ten year old ask when processing the events around them. Simple questions, but with answers that were so complex they never satisfied. Simple questions that even as an adult you find the answers, still, so dissatisfying.

Kennedy JohnQuestions like; Why did my mother die? No one can adequately answer that.
In the case of that museum the simple question was ‘how could people do that to another human being? As you grow up you see that in spite of the fact that we can’t explain the why, we continually see the continuation of such abhorrent behavior and treatment towards each other. That museum, finding out the truth about that camp, what the officers who lived in the barracks we lived in did, and what the people of that little city supposedly ignored, why? In the visit to the museum that day was planted the seed that would germinate into an anguish for social justice, while unformed at that time, that seed would grow to define my outlook on humanity… and the need for vigilance.

The name of that city, the kaserne, the former fort… Dachau.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Properly Training Your Wife:

cartoon1Three men from Texas were sitting together one day bragging about how they had given their new wives duties.

The first man had married a woman from Illinois and had told her that she was going to have to do the dishes and house cleaning. It took a couple of days, but on the third day he came home to see a clean house and dishes washed and put away.

The second man had married a woman from Michigan . He had given his wife orders that she was to do all the cleaning, dishes, and the cooking. The first day he didn't see any results, but the next day he saw it was better. By the third day, he saw his house was clean, the dishes were done, and there was a huge dinner on the table.

The third man had married a girl from Missouri. He told her that her duties were to keep the house cleaned, dishes washed, lawn mowed, laundry washed and hot meals on the table for every meal. He said the first day he didn't see anything, the second day he didn't see anything, but by the third day some of the swelling had gone down and he could see a little bit out of his left eye, enough to fix himself a sandwich and load the dishwasher...

courtesy of Judy McCrate

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Beating A Speeding Ticket.

An older lady gets pulled over for speeding:Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

Older Woman: Is there a problem, Officer?
Officer: Ma'am, you were speeding.
Older Woman: Oh, I see.
Officer: Can I see your license please?
Older Woman: I'd give it to you but I don't have one.
Officer: Don't have one?
Older Woman: Lost it, 4 years ago for drunk driving.
Officer: I see...Can I see your vehicle registration papers please.
Older Woman: I can't do that.
Officer: Why not?
Older Woman: I stole this car.
Officer: Stole it?
Older Woman: Yes, and I killed and hacked up the owner.
Officer: You what?
Older Woman: His body parts are in plastic bags in the trunk if you want to see.

The Officer looks at the woman and slowly backs away to his car and calls for back up. Within minutes 5 police cars circle the car. A senior officer slowly approaches the car, clasping his half drawn gun.

Officer 2: Ma'am, could you step out of your vehicle please! The woman steps out of her vehicle.
Older Woman: Is there a problem sir?
Officer 2: One of my officers told me that you have stolen this car and murdered the owner.
Older Woman: Murdered the owner?
Officer 2: Yes, could you please open the trunk of your car, please.

The woman opens the trunk, revealing nothing but an empty trunk.

Officer 2: Is this your car, ma'am?
Older Woman: Yes, here are the registration papers.

The officer is quite stunned.

Officer 2: One of my officers claims that you do not have a driving license.

The woman digs into her handbag and pulls out a clutch purse and hands it to the officer.
The officer examines the license. He looks quite puzzled.

Officer 2: Thank you ma'am, one of my officers told me you didn't have a license, that you stole this car, and that you murdered and hacked up the owner.
Older Woman: Bet the liar told you I was speeding, too.Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

courtesy of Felicia Thompson

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Bathing Your Cat:

Please forward to cat lovers everywhere who are very concerned about their cat's
  1. Thoroughly clean the toilet. 
  2. Add the required amount of shampoo to the toilet water, and have both lids lifted.
  3. Obtain the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the
  4. In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close both lids (you may need to stand on the lid so that he cannot escape). CAUTION: Do not get any part of your body too close to the edge, as his paws will be reaching out for any purchase they can find.
  5. Flush the toilet three or four times. This provides a "power wash and rinse" which I have found to be quite effective.
  6. Have someone open the door to the outside and ensure that there are no people between the toilet and the outside door.
  7. Stand behind the toilet as far as you can, and quickly lift both lids.

The now-clean cat will rocket out of the toilet, and run outside where he will dry himself.



Monday, January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr., Peace And Memorial Park:

The Landmark for Peace Memorial is a memorial sculpture at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park on the north side of Indianapolis that honors the contributions of the slain leaders Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy. The sculpture, which features King and Kennedy reaching out to each other. It was designed by Greg Perry.

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On the next day while speaking in Cleveland, Robert Kennedy gave an even more inspirational speech on ‘The Mindless Menace of Violence’. Nine weeks later, Robert Kennedy, like his older brother President John F. Kennedy and Dr. King, would also be assassinated.

On May 14, 1994 President Bill Clinton delivered a speech at the groundbreaking ceremonies for the Landmark For Peace memorial at 17th and Broadway in Indianapolis.     read the text of his speech.

Martin Luther King “I Have A Dream”

Martin Luther King “I’ve Been To The Mountain Top” part 1

Martin Luther King “I’ve Been To The Mountain Top” part 2

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MLKday 11

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Redneck Halter Top:

Good googily woogily!
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Montgomery/Williams Project: Group Page Cover Photo 2

The banner art from the top of James Francis Williams and Myrtle Ethel Montgomery's Marriage License. A 76 year old, still intact document. courtesy of Jo Littrell

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In the past when man's curiosity was peaked he sought out more information, but today…

We seem to live in a society where in spite of an ever increasing abundance of resources to obtain accurate information on virtually any subject we are overwhelmed by a cacophony of inaccurate and dishonest dissemination of falsehoods and misinformation.

Too many of us are either too lazy or too easily distracted to make use of the available resources and instead accept the barrage of misinformation that is thrown at us. It comes at us from many entities: political parties or their extremist by-products, religious zealots and their ‘chosen ones’, rebels and outliers, corporate lobbyist, wall street ad agencies, cable TV & news, talk radio, social media,and even the well intentioned but equally mis-informed information junkie.

We are so bombarded with useless information that instead of using information to discover real truths, we succumb to the bombardment and accept anything thrown at us as either a complete falsehood or the righteous truth dependent on how immediately it appeals to our preconceived notions.  Religious leaders, politicians and wall street can just throw things(lies and half-truths) against the wall (us) and see what sticks.

As a result of this we tend to confuse our religious leaders with or political leaders, our economic system (capitalism) with our form of government (democratic republic). We don’t see our founding fathers as men of principle who when discovering differences of opinion had the character and patience to seek compromise without abandoning their principles. We now see them as men who embrace our particular political party (which did not exist in their time)



Monday, January 9, 2017

The Montgomery/Williams Project: Profile Pictures 2

In the family book we will need several pictures. Profile Pictures will be needed similar to the ones in the montage below. If you're not in the montage then I don't have a profile picture for you so send me one. If you don't like the one in the montage send me a different one. The profile picture should be a head and shoulders shot. It can not be a full body shot because the picture will be small in the profile part of the book. If you don't have a head and shoulder shot then you can 'crop' a larger picture. If you don't know how to crop a shot just send it to me and I will do it. All profile pictures will be cropped to a square.
HOW TO SEND ME A PICTURE: Post and share to this group. Take a selfie and share it to this group. Facebook email (messenger) it to me. Email it to . Mail it to me at PO BOX 20794, Indianapolis, Indiana 46220-0794. OR call me to come and get it!!!!!.

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Montgomery/Williams Project: Profile Pictures 1

How well do you know your Williams Family?
Us the comments to identify (with picture number and name) as many as you can.
No cheating by looking at other's responses.

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