String Theory

Many years ago I started thinking in terms of smallness. Not of small minds but in the relativity of what we can see optically versus what we already knew about the unlimited size of the universe. My theory was that a grain of sand could be broken down into ever smaller particles of matter without an end to the smallness. My thought process was brought about by considering microscopic lenses as I was taking photography in college.

I also took geology that same year and had taken chemistry the year before. All of this is to give you an indication as to the realm of my thought processes in those days. I was either a complete bore to speak with in those days or an absolute genius in my own mind. What happened to the genius is anyone’s guess.

What I didn’t know about (because it did not exist then as far as I can recall) was String Theory. I was watching Discovery channel when I learned about the raw basics of what those mathematics are and realized that, loe and behold, I was running a parallel thought process way back then to what would come soon after. Sheer genius? No, refer back to my old writing here when I stated that I figure I have never had an original thought given the billions of people who have come and gone throughout history.

That grain of sand, however, was foundational to my understanding of God and what He has created. As we gain more understanding of the universe it will happen, I believe and given enough time, that all the math and all the acute thought processes of science is going to lead us to God’s doorstep in the end. What a surprise that will be, eh? Think about it. As the world spins on and on we are learning ever more about how it works and more about the universe we live in and its laws. Unfortunately, we only have the use of about 10% of our brains and now we should understand why. We would have killed ourselves many times over (still might) if we had full use of our minds. Anyhow, it bears some thought….if you have the time.

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CNN, MSNBC and CNBC

Before we had cable we had only CNN. As far as world news, that made us captive to either the SF Bay Area channels or CNN. This was in the early 90’s and things were different. The news was fine for what I watched it for. At that time Desert Storm was happening and CNN was pretty much on the spot at that time.

Over the years, however, with the advent of CNBC and MSNBC those channels have gone from an admitted liberal bent to full on irresponsible journalism.  “Yellow Journalism” is the old term for such biased news reporting. This is where those corporations are floating now. In a sea of Yellow. Hey, I’ve heard all the arguments from those who think Fox is crap right wing. I look at it only as the reporting compares to CNN and MSNBC. This is why I know that Fox, though it has its faults, is worlds apart in objectivity than either of its trivial rivals.

A good way to put it is this: Fox news is reported by mostly adults. The others are child reporters. They are emotional and crass in their journalism. One CNN reporter said on air that Trump was a piece of shit. At that I rest my case. But then, look at the times these reporters grew up. Who were their fathers and mothers? Those of my generation who never had any serious financial problems or, if they did, were made bitter by the reality that life imposes.

I have called my generation (Baby Boomers) the most spoiled generation that has ever lived. Too much, too easy for us. Then again, some of us were awaken by combat as was I.

The shooting in Virginia today was an obvious result of the innate disrespect of a spoiled child. A child of 66 who loved the socialist B.S., was probably a fan of a news org. other than Fox and was probably made mentally ill by the jaded and lying reportage of the “C”, “M” networks. And that is not to mention the vitriol that has been spouted by some democrats in the Senate and congress. All of whom got togther after the shooting to make nice on the news channels. Bull. give it a week and the diatribe against Trump and Republicans will start again. Actually, it will most likely not stop except in public.

The news organizations and the progressive liberals are the ones who have and are fomenting this destructive behavior. They may be to blinded by their dogma to see it but they are responsible. “piece of shit” Trump is not the remark of a stable adult. It is the remark of a spoiled brat. Remember that, we the people, voted for Trump and, believe it or not, he is doing a job which has needed to be done for many years. If he can clean up even a part of DC we will all be better off.

Glad you stopped in.

 

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F.Y.I.

 

“Introduction” – 1 Jesus saw the crowds and went up a hill, where he sat down. His disciples gathered around him, 2 and he began to teach them:

“True Happiness” – 3 “Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor; the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them!

4 “Happy are those who mourn; God will comfort them!

5 “Happy are those who are humble; they will receive what God has promised!

6 “Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires; God will satisfy them fully!

7 “Happy are those who are merciful to others; God will be merciful to them!

8 “Happy are the pure in heart; they will see God!

9 “Happy are those who work for peace; God will call them his children!

10 “Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires; the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them!

11 “Happy are you when people insult you and persecute you and tell all kinds of evil lies against you because you are my followers. 12 Be happy and glad, for a great reward is kept for you in heaven. This is how the prophets who lived before you were persecuted.

“Salt and Light” – 13 “You are like salt for all mankind. But if salt loses its saltiness, there is no way to make it salty again. It has become worthless, so it is thrown out and people trample on it.

14 “You are like light for the whole world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15 No one lights a lamp and puts it under a bowl; instead he puts it on the lampstand, where it gives light for everyone in the house. 16 In the same way your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.

“Teaching about the Law” – 17 “Do not think that I have come to do away with the Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets. I have not come to do away with them, but to make their teachings come true. 18 Remember that as long as heaven and earth last, not the least point nor the smallest detail of the Law will be done away with — not until the end of all things. 19 So then, whoever disobeys even the least important of the commandments and teaches others to do the same, will be least in the Kingdom of heaven. On the other hand, whoever obeys the Law and teaches others to do the same, will be great in the Kingdom of heaven. 20 I tell you, then, that you will be able to enter the Kingdom of heaven only if you are more faithful than the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees in doing what God requires.

“Teaching about Anger” – 21 “You have heard that people were told in the past, “Do not commit murder; anyone who does will be brought to trial.’ 22 But now I tell you: whoever is angry with his brother will be brought to trial, whoever calls his brother “You good-for-nothing!’ will be brought before the Council, and whoever calls his brother a worthless fool will be in danger of going to the fire of hell. 23 So if you are about to offer your gift to God at the altar and there you remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar, go at once and make peace with your brother, and then come back and offer your gift to God.

25 “If someone brings a lawsuit against you and takes you to court, settle the dispute with him while there is time, before you get to court. Once you are there, he will turn you over to the judge, who will hand you over to the police, and you will be put in jail. 26 There you will stay, I tell you, until you pay the last penny of your fine.

“Teaching about Adultery” – 27 “You have heard that it was said, “Do not commit adultery.’ 28 But now I tell you: anyone who looks at a woman and wants to possess her is guilty of committing adultery with her in his heart. 29 So if your right eye causes you to sin, take it out and throw it away! It is much better for you to lose a part of your body than to have your whole body thrown into hell. 30 If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away! It is much better for you to lose one of your limbs than to have your whole body go off to hell.

“Teaching about Divorce” – 31 “It was also said, “Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a written notice of divorce.’ 32 But now I tell you: if a man divorces his wife for any cause other than her unfaithfulness, then he is guilty of making her commit adultery if she marries again; and the man who marries her commits adultery also.

“Teaching about Vows” – 33 “You have also heard that people were told in the past, “Do not break your promise, but do what you have vowed to the Lord to do.’ 34 But now I tell you: do not use any vow when you make a promise. Do not swear by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 nor by earth, for it is the resting place for his feet; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 Do not even swear by your head, because you cannot make a single hair white or black. 37 Just say “Yes’ or “No’ — anything else you say comes from the Evil One.

“Teaching about Revenge” – 38 “You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But now I tell you: do not take revenge on someone who wrongs you. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, let him slap your left cheek too. 40 And if someone takes you to court to sue you for your shirt, let him have your coat as well. 41 And if one of the occupation troops forces you to carry his pack one mile, carry it two miles. 42 When someone asks you for something, give it to him; when someone wants to borrow something, lend it to him.

“Love for Enemies” – 43 “You have heard that it was said, “Love your friends, hate your enemies.’ 44 But now I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may become the sons of your Father in heaven. For he makes his sun to shine on bad and good people alike, and gives rain to those who do good and to those who do evil. 46 Why should God reward you if you love only the people who love you? Even the tax collectors do that! 47 And if you speak only to your friends, have you done anything out of the ordinary? Even the pagans do that! 48 You must be perfect — just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

 

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A Most Interesting 100 Days

I suppose that, if nothing else, one could call these first 100 days of Trump some of the most interesting days of any presidency in our lifetime. We have the normal hypocrisy from politicians on the left for a right wing president as we get from politicians on the right for a left wing president. For the most part, it is all tripe. (Tripe is the stomach lining, that some people consider a delicacy, of a cow. My father loved the stuff. I never could get past the visual.)

Trump will go down in history. I think that he will go down on the right side of history. ( No pun intended.) For a guy who used to be a Democrat Liberal, it is quite an irony. I would suppose that, in my case, he saw the same thing happening the Democratic party that I saw. Ie, the Dems left he and me behind as they headed toward progressivism. There is no room in the world for progressive politics. It is, by nature, deleterious to a society. Progressives, like communism, keep people down while making the wealthy more wealthy. The difference is that in a Republic the individual works for wealth and in communism the “people” work for another group’s wealth. That group is the founding members and the government elites. Look, folks, no matter which name you want to call it, royalty is royalty. The upper class is ALWAYS going to be the movers and shakers and those of us who just want to be left alone are always going to get the shitty end of the stick. History proves this time and time again through all the guises and permutations of humankind and their governance it is always the same. The difference in our form of government is that we can vote the assholes out of office. We can change it and that is why, though people try to call it a living document, our Constitution is the one and most memorable change to governance ever created.

So, Trump? What can we say about him so far? He is different. He is having a great deal of trouble with the congress. As he calls it, the swamp. He is trying to change the establishment of Washington DC and the way business is done. I think we can all get behind the fact that DC desperately needs change. As it has morphed over the decades, DC is becoming more of an entitlement vehicle for the wealthy and, believe it or not, it sometimes takes the wealthy to dislodge the wealthy from their lofty perches. Reason being is that the wealthy are the ones who know what it takes to get around the permanence of other wealthy people. To pry them out of their rosewood and ebony chairs and send them packing.

We can hope. For us done here that is all we can. Revolution will not happen and is not needed. I thought, from the beginning, that Trump might be the vehicle of change. The jury is still out. What you can do is cast off the plethora of dispersions heaped on the man before he even got started and open fresh eyes to who and what he is now. The presidency is not for the weak of mind or heart. If nothing else Trump is a very strong man; mentally and emotionally. If you can give him that then you can become objective and wait and see like I’m doing. If you and I deserve a chance then so does a fellow human being who, for whatever his first intentions might have been, is standing up to the challenges of that office.

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Russian Trump

Has anyone seen any proof yet of any Russian collusion with the “Donald?” I certainly haven’t. I think this just might be the proverbial “Red Herring.” Wouldn’t you? I think it’s been long enough that a major hit on this would have been delivered against Trump if there were anything here.

Flynn is a different matter and shouldn’t be put in the same box with Trump. That would like my wife telling me about someone, heretofore not spoken of, that she dated in high school. At some point, a reasonable person has to say enough already. Personally, I didn’t believe it from the beginning. I know the press and the Dems well enough to understand how they work and destruction politics is their bailiwick. You notice that Republicans rarely get destructive and, instead, are the targets for the Dems. It’s been this wy since the 70’s but steadily gets worse. If yu want to know the truth I really think that Trump’s election had a lot to do with people becoming sick of the attitudes of persons such as Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. these two are wealthy hypocrites if ever there were two.

It’s cool though. It’s Ok. We’ll see the truth come out before long. This President will stand apart in the end. He’s more honest than you know.

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What I learned, in Combat, About People

There is no better equalizer than stress. I do not speak here about the stress of everyday life. I speak of stress in combat. Whether or not one is under enemy fire being in the zone of combat means all bets are off. Those bets concern life and limb with a healthy dose of mental stress. For myself, that stress showed up a few decades after combat. I became a mess and didn’t know why.

So, here I am all those years later, reaching the likely ending time of my existence and wondering what I learned about people.

First of all, there are few differences in individuals. I am not going to go into idiosyncrasies or abnormal behavior as that does not apply to most of us. (Well, idiosyncrasies might. Ok, I give you that.) but most of us are the same. I found this out in combat. I didn’t know it before combat. then, though, I was a dumb kid who lived in a middle class neighborhood filled mostly by World War 2 vets. That, my friends, was a different world. You had to have been there I suppose, to see the difference. But, I am speaking of modern times when I think of these things. You all know what I think about “safe spaces” for numbskulls and babies so I won’t go into that. Let’s talk of regular life spaces which, despite the effort, cannot be restricted from one group of dullards versus another. Remember that being a dullard is an equal opportunity imposition.

People are the same given all things being equal. I say that because all things ARE equal. it may not seem like it to you but it is true. A BM in the morning, sickness on and off through life, death of loved ones, financial problems are all equal opportunity maladies. No one is immune. We all go through it but some of us are to egocentric or thick to understand the facts of life as they exist now and always have existed. I’ve been through financial woes, cancer in my family, handled (physically) dead people and staunched gaping wounds while waiting for assistance. I have worked in fire departments, military service and shot photos all over the world. This allows me to say that we are all in the same boat. I have just been in the water more than some of you.

So, next time you are feeling the need for a safe space, hit yourself in the mouth as hard as you can and save me the trouble.

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A Sad Irony

Our Constitution, Bill of Rights and, as a matter of record, Declaration of Independence were a first in world history for a government to be formed under. The freedoms and rights that these pieces of paper assigned all citizens of our country had never before been given unless, to some degree, by a benevolent dictator; of which there were few. [For those of you who think that “dictator” means what we have in Trump you should do yourselves a favor and look it up in the dictionary and stop being so foolish.]

As I have said, I took a week to think about how to approach this blog and this is what I decided. To write about the basics of what life in America means as weighed against all of history. About the monumental sea change that America has been when compared with all the governments before our Constitution was conceived of and written. I am leaving the slavery issue out of this because we all know that there was never an excuse for this. the fact that slavery was an accepted “norm” in those times is not a good enough excuse. I leave it out because it has become a byword for radicals who denigrate our country in the hopes of pursuing political motives which are against our country and leaving behind the beauty of change that our country represents in history. Change does not happen overnight and norms are tough to get rid of especially when those norms are something such as the slavery of mankind. I write this for those who may read this and who are still making a social issue out of something that has been dead for almost 200 years. I acknowledge that attitudes are difficult to change but painting America with such a broad brush is a pitiful and ignorant attitude.

Our Constitution was formed, in part, from two historical documents: The Code of Hammurabi and the Magna Carta. Our forefathers, who do not deserve to be maligned for not understanding society as we know it today, were brilliant. But more than brilliant, they had recently come from European society which had government religion and royalty. Indentured servitude (just short of slavery) was rampant and forced religion was also a weight of encumbrance on the European people. Throwing off that yoke was tantamount to what America was to become and the documents put into force in our beginnings wa meant to rectify and disallow those servile doctrines. this is what we inherited and, also, what so many have died to preserve.

Today we are a society of ignorance brought about by one group of social deviants who mean to tear down the greatness of America, as described above, as an end to a means of partial enslavement, once again, by making Americas people dependent on government for their wellbeing. It has been slowly tai=king place since the late 1800’s and proceeding through the “progressive” philosophy sand Democratic party. Republicans can also be blamed as many of them are heading in that same direction.

I am writing this to do what I can to warn you. I have watched, unbelievingly, for decades as this has progressed in our cities, counties, states and Federal Governments. If you take a look at California you see what our entire nation could look like with Moonbeam as President and Potted Harry as Secretary of Defense. It’s no joke, folks. It is not funny but the strong attempt to make us so is still underway. It will all come out in the wash though. History tells us that all governments fail and that it is the people who suffer when this happens. So it goes.

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