Category Archives: Patriot

Prompt for the Day: “Honorific”

The actual post for the day as suggested by the people from the Daily Press division of Word Press was “FAQ”  did not strike any clean chord with me, so I resorted to a list of daily prompts from another source.  That source gave the following prompt for today: “Honorific”.  They also gave also gave the following words of inspiration to be followed or not as you choose-“October 16th is officially declared “Person X Day” — and you get to pick Person X. Tell us about someone who deserves to be commemorated.”

I think we should hold all of the serving military personnel, both past and present with a honorific sense of awe for their service to our country!  Think all Americans should thank our service people for the freedoms we experience in our daily lives.  Can think of no one else who deserves to be held with this type of high esteem, than them.

They sacrifice their free time, safety, and health in general to protect the homeland they come from.  Whether they are forced to fight on foreign soil with harsh conditions or work at a computer terminal here in America, they do it for us!

PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) is a real disease many of our soldiers end up suffering from.  They generally do not receive the help the need and are entitled to from their service!  Ends up leaving families and friends alienated from the soldier they used to know and love.  Do not understand how we can in good faith continue to abandon the mental husks of the soldiers who served our country!  They are in dire need of help from a psychiatric doctor who can possible help lead them in the right direction so that they can start healing.  Length of time needed for the healing should not be taken into consideration.  They need help no matter how long they will need to continue seeing a professional.  They earned the help by their service to our country!

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Prompt for the Day: “Connect the Dots”

The prompt for the day given to us by the creative people working with the Daily Post group of Word Press is: “Connect the Dots“.  Added instructions to jump start our meager brains were “Scour the news for an entirely uninteresting story. Consider how it connects to your life. Write about that.”

My mind tends to be slower than most these days.  No clue where it will wander off to today!  Did come across a story from the Political Insider : “Obama Threatens to De-Fund Military Unless Terrorists are RELEASED!“.  Did not vote for the idiot in charge either time!  He continuous to prove the idiocy he showed in the Illinois congress did not improve in the least.

He can’t even decide what religion he is!  Is he a Christian or a Muslim? When he was elected, he attended the United Church of Christ.  Now, he prefers to pray to Allah!  Make up your mind.  His wife keeps sticking her nose into what the children of this country eats for lunch each day.  Know the school lunches stank when I in school, but from what I hear now it is much worse!

For some kids this may be the only decent meal they get for the entire day.  Was lucky enough to get a decent breakfast and supper every single day.  Some children rely on the school to get them fed edible food.  And the president wants our country to pay his wife for starving our kids?  I want to know what drugs the man is on and who his supplier is!

And why would we agree to releasing the terrorist we have in custody?  Is that so they can plan another devastating attack on our soil?  Even he can’t actually believe we are that stupid!  9/11/2001 still seems like yesterday to me. He actually wants to perpetuate the terrorism on our country?

 

 

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Daily Prompt : Handwritten

The daily prompt from the Daily Post at WordPress was “Handwritten“.  Considering that today is the 14 year after the tragic bombings on American soil, I would have thought they would have used a more patriotic type of prompt!

Do you remember were you were when you heard the news that horrible day?  On September 11, 20001, I was watching CNN in my front room of our house in Colorado.  Had just been laid off from my job as a layer 3 network engineer at Rhythms Netconnections.  The company ended up filing bankruptcy and then closing down completely.  Had been hoping to hear news on a possible place for future employment.  Instead ended up seeing a plane fly directly into the first of the two twin towers.

Was a thoroughly depressing period of my life!  My country was falling apart along with my life.  My life was composed of what I did at work each day.  Loved managing traffic of data crossing our networks at the places that I worked.  Had to file for unemployment for the first time in my life.  Although I would not know it until later, would end up losing the house we were in the process of buying.  Loved that house’s view from my office.  Could look out the window to see the mountains over my desk!  Talk about instant inspiration.  Was a very patriotic kid when I was little.

My grandfather had served for the United States Navy.  He ended up passing away after watching our country’s pathetic response to the terrorist attack on our soil.  His voyages took him all around the world.  He lived out much of what I learned in high school history classes first hand!  There is no better way to learn history than to have someone share their personal experiences with you.  My teachers did a very poor job of interesting their students in the history of the world, let alone the history of the country in which we lived.

Today’s teachers are wanting to do away with teaching children the art of writing by hand.  Without decent penmanship how will the kids become the adults of the future?  How will they be able to legibly sign their own names, if they weren’t taught how to posses decent handwriting in the first place?

Today’s Prompt: Decisions, Decisions

The prompt from the highly intelligent wordsmiths from the daily post at word press is “Decisions, Decisions”. Yes I am aware many colleges are starting their fall term here in the United States right now, but those decisions should have been made a long time before it is time to actually start the enrollment process!

Remember when you were little? What job did you always dream of holding down when you grew up? For me, I wanted to be an astronaut. Figured I should pursue a career in aerospace engineering, to further that goal. Dug into my dream career in high school a little more and to hold the position I wanted on the shuttle crew, I would need to join the U.S. Air Force. At the end of my junior year in high school, had a military recruiter promise to get me an appointment to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs but because of my young age (entered kindergarten when I was only four years old) my parents would have to sign the paperwork to agree to let me in.

My parents refused to sign, so I lost that appointment and chance to go to school free of charge. Had to find another way to fund my college career. Won a full ride scholarship to Southwest Missouri State University due to my academics while in high school.

Was used to working as a full time hired hand on our family farm while growing up, but my parents told me not to get a job while I was in college. Here I was, over six hours away from home, all alone with extra time on my hands. The course load I had chosen was much harder than anything I had experienced so far in my sheltered little life. At the age of 17, developed a drinking problem.

Took over a year of steady drinking for me to catch on to what was happening in my life. Two of my college friends and I were drinking basically every day. Started out with rum and coke, but ended up just going with straight rum. Knew my father’s side of the family couldn’t have a decent time without the addition of an alcoholic beverage, but come to find out my mother’s side had the same problem! My best computer coding required the addition of alcohol! Lost my scholarship after my freshman year, because my grades had slipped too far. That and I had found out I could never become an astronaut because of my lack of height. (Only five feet one inch tall. Needed to be at least five feet four inches,)

Returned to go to summer school to try to get my grades back up. Got a job as a dorm night shift front desk attendant over the summer. Switched to a better dorm and got a job as a front desk attendant there. About half way through the year, went back home to get some of the things I had left there like my vanity, bed, dresser, and my parents gave me their car so I could try to find a better job. Came across some pictures on my camera that I had no idea who had taken them or who was involved. That sobered me up really quick . Spring break my sophomore year all my suite mates left for the long weekend.

I dumped away every last drop of alcohol down the drain. Then went to work cleaning up our suite. Threw empty boxes, bottles, every reminder I could find of the mess I’d let my life become. Then my body started going through withdrawal. Glad there was no one else that needed the bathroom as much as I was throwing up! By the time my roommate had made it back to the dorms, the worst of the shakes was over.

She was able to let me know who was there when the pictures had been taken. My greatest fear, that I had changed clothes in the same room with the guys never happened. I had came back to our room and changed clothes alone in the bathroom! Was an extremely long year! Lost my scholarship, conquered my drinking problems, and was forced to grow up.

Prompt for the day: No, Thank You

The writing prompt for the day from the wonderful people at WordPress’s dailypost is “No, Thank You

When was the last time you heard someone politely refuse something from another human being?  Unfortunately, manners seem to have disappeared with the country’s economic stability.  Are they related somehow?  Who knows.  Will manners ever come back like the rest of the things this great nation has lost?  Only time will tell.

Don’t know about you, but I am trying my hardest to help it come back before our country completely crumbles to the dust our forefathers struggled to grow crops in back during the Dust Bowl of the 1930’s.  Coming right after the Great Depression where families  all over this once tremendous nation struggled with the very act of survival.

Thankfully, we had real leaders in power to create new solutions for the average American back then.  Strong Presidents and people serving in congress looking out for the future of the very country we live in.

Prompt for the day: Red Pill, Blue Pill

The prompt for the day from the daily post at wordpress.com is Red Pill, Blue Pill.  The people from word press come up with some great starting points for any blogger to sharpen his thoughts with.  Today’s prompt makes me think of the movie “The Matrix”.

Matrix pictureThe movie had me questioning what I thought was reality back in 1999. Had just started to get settled in the state of Colorado.  Had several new friends at work, who were all older men.  Was the only female on the team.  There was way too much drinking involved in the company’s events like weekly meetings and outings like ski trips.

My reality was extremely messed up when I left the company due to not liking the new person in charge of our team.  Just do not tend to get along with slimy sales type of people.  He was trying to get me to service two different companies located in completely different parts of the Denver metro area.  So, I found another consulting firm who was happy to receive my skill set.  Turned out the new company did not stick to the agreement for my employment.  Needed to work closer to the house we had purchased.  Driving all over the metro area did not agree with my multiple sclerosis.  Was starting to cause severe health problems.

So I quit that job to work for a startup DSL company called Rhythms Netconnections.  After about two great years working there, the company was forced to file for bankruptcy.  For the first time in my life, I was laid off from my work!

Talk about stepping into the Matrix!  Had to file for unemployment.  Was watching CNN as the 9/11/2001 attack occurred at several different sites in the U.S.A. felt like a really awful movie.  Just wanted to be able to take a pill and make it all go back to my old image of reality!

The country has not recovered from the attacks since that day.  Please give me a pill to make reality return!

 

The prompt for today was Through the Window

Through the Window here in MN, the view outside my office window does not come close to the majesty that looked out my Colorado office window of our home there.  From that house I could look out and see the beauty of the Rocky Mountains’ peaks!  I miss that state so much, but could not afford the payments on the home.

When we moved in to the house in CO, I was working full time as a network engineer for a company that no longer exists.  Left the company willingly, before it fell to work for one of our competitors.  Left there due to them not living up to their promises and went to work for a telecommunications startup.  Both the competitor and the telecommunications startup went under both filling bankruptcy.

After many months of unemployment, wound up working with a company who held a contract with the Department of Homeland Security (known as DHS to most people).  There I learned first hand how insecure our country really is!  Never actually received my clearance status, but they let me work on routers that handled the communications both with in our country and within our allies’ networks anyway.  One slip of my fingers in theory could have really caused some serious problems in our country!

My view of the world changed dramatically during that time period.  Our favorite answer to problems at DHS was  “I know nothing”, a sick take off the old Hogan’s Heroes TV show.

The most dramatic change to my view on the world came back while I  was unemployed and watching the news as 9/11/2001 played out right before my eyes on the TV screen.  Shortly afterward they took the replays of those tragic events off the air.  There were a few good Americans who kept the recordings before they were sealed away from view.  My mind will never let me forget that day!

Technically, I did not see it from my window.  Thankfully, was far away from the event to have seen it first hand.  Feel sorry for the people who actually were close enough to any of the sites attacked to view it first handed.

Another Peaceful Sunday – Here Lately a Period of Peace Is a Rare Blessing!

With all the killings in the news, it is hard to let our children feel safe and protected.  Kids and the elderly need to live in an environment were they feel safe.  Schools and nursing homes are not the safe havens they used to be.

Teachers are there to educate our children.  They should not be forced to physically defend the kids safety. Unfortunately, it has been coming down to that here recently.  So once again we are reminded what heroes our teachers really are.

Protecting kids today is a full time job our teachers were not trained to do, but they have been exceeding our expectations with flying colors.  They really need to be licensed to carry concealed weapons to defend against the lunatics that have been crawling out of the wood work, here lately.

I used to love escaping to school to be with my friends and escape my family.  I hated summer vacation and holiday breaks.  Most of my teachers in grade and high school were my mentors, that I respected and looked up to.

Our elders are someone else that children can learn a lot from.  My grandpa used to tell me about all the years he had spent serving in our navy.  I learned more history from him than I ever learned at school.  I will never forget our military personnel on veterans day, Pearl Harbor day, or memorial day.

I married my husband because he reminded me of grandpa.  What are the odds of the two men being the same height?  My husband also has the same attitudes my grandpa had.  The same hair color too!

My grandpa was 50% American black foot Indian.  He also taught me about my great grandmother’s life on the reservation in Oklahoma.  Unfortunately, she passed away before my mother was born, so I have never had the honor of meeting her.

Today’s little ones do not get the knowledge we have been graced with from our ancestors, due to the fact few of them are still alive.  There are not many people still living that have lived through any of the World Wars.  I hope we will never live through another world war.

Today’s wars are fought on new fronts.  Cyber war fare and chemical weapons are the new tools of war.  Our new enemies are smaller than the ones in the World Wars.  Our new enemies are killing off their own populations!

The Old Statement That Guns Do Not Kill People, People Kill People Still Applies Today

After the recent killings across the country, people are pressuring the government to outlaw guns.  Outlawing guns does not necessarily get them out of the hands of criminals.  It just gets them out of the hands of law abiding citizens.  Who will protect our kids if guns are outlawed?

It is possible to get on the the directions on how to print out a gun on the internet.  This knowledge is in the hands of the good guys as well as the bad ones.  Criminals could print out an untraceable gun to kill your kids or their personal enemies.

Tracing the printed out guns is hard unless the person printing out the gun is stupid enough to leave finger prints all over the printed work.   Don’t our manufacturing companies need to keep printing out demos, or we could just outlaw the ownership of printers that make physical demos possible?  Without making demos how would companies be able to manufacture new products?  With out new products our unemployment rate would climb through the rood!

Our country was founded by people who wanted to be able to produce exciting new business ventures and raise their own families with the freedom of religion and speech.  That allows them to be able to teach the next generation how to grow into successful adults.

Our wild west days may have come to an end, but part of being an American is the right to bear arms.  My arms are not steady enough to handle a fire arm, but I still think it is a right we should exercise if we are licensed and capable of handling a firearm.  Both my husband and father-in-law are licensed and capable of safely handling a weapon.

The official wars here in this country may have ceased, but if they were to resume for some unthinkable reason they could help defend us.  We have no children by personal decision, but I am still protective of kids.  We have enough nieces and nephews to keep us in the loop.

Kids have to be protected from all the lunatics in this world.  For some ungodly reason they seem to attack the soft under-belly of our families.  Crazy people have a very hurtful sense of timing.

I hope you protect your families through these tempestuous times.  Remember guns do not kill people, People kill people.

Used to be proud to be an American

Back in the 80’s I was a very happy American, trying to help people in foreign countries like Africa.  I remember doing Hands across America back then.  Unfortunately, where I lived there were not a lot of people interested.  So we  sort of had a broken line, but we tried!  Was a Girl Scout who participated in flag ceremonies locally.

Went to Virginia to attend General Synod with the church my parents belonged to.  Was the first time I flew in a commercial air plane.  Talk about having to trust God!  Made it safely there, to experience living proof that the church was full of self centered bigots.  Had pretty well came to that conclusion during my confirmation years, when I was lied to and forced to join a church I did not believe in due to their money hungry ways.

Went off to a different state to attend college at age 17.  Tried to become a member of the local congregation of the church I grew up in, and was told they didn’t want to deal with college kids who didn’t have money and would be leaving soon.  Went with one of the people I met in college to a church of a slightly different faith.  I grew up United Church of Christ, switched to Methodist in college.

Met a lot of new people in college.  I am 50% German, 1 eighth native American black foot Indian, and the rest is a melting pot.  Never really dealt with black people back home, because when someone moved into the area they were run out of town.  Sometimes just being made to feel uncomfortable, other times buildings caught fire or pets were burned alive.  Not a good place to be from.

I thought America was supposed to be a sort of country of people from all over the world thrown together for good.  While living in the Chicago metro area, I got to work with people of different faiths.  Over lunch hour one day we all sat down and compared the different religions we were part of.  I was Christian, there were 2 people of Jewish faith, one Muslim,   and one Buddhist.  From talking to the guys, I think I might actually prefer Buddhism!  The Muslim gentleman was completely against violence.  Here since 9/11 occurred our country has been in constant tail spin down.

What happened to the country I used to love?  The children of today no longer respect their elders.  People are killing each other for no reason at all.  Unemployment is running rampant throughout the nation.  I made the mistake of voting for a Democratic presidential candidate before, Clinton and his women were the outcome of that mistake.  I learn from my mistakes and did not vote for Obama either time!  Unfortunately, Obama can’t be the entire cause of this county’s problems.