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Perception

Perception

It’s what makes the World go ’round.

What do I mean?

If we all viewed things exactly the same, how would that work?  Religion, politics, types of food?  Sex?

The current President?  The last President?

99+% of the folks I know have NOT recently been to Europe.  But most have an opinion regarding the refugee crisis.  Even to the point there may not be a crisis!

I’ve had recent conversations with two liberal friends (yes, I have those) regarding what they know about the goings-on in Europe.  Apparently, those nasty non-Syrian White folks are only interested in protecting the sovereignty of their individual nations, and just hate being forced to accept Islam and the terrorism which seems to be attached to it.

Bastards!

I don’t agree with them.  Not because they are liberals, but because I’ve a different World view.   Even the most liberal of reportage indicates the vast majority of immigrants are young adult males.  Where are the women and children – don’t they need asylum, as well?

And then there’s the increase in attacks on non-Muslim folks by roving bands of Muslim folks.  And a breakdown of the rule-of-law.  And these attacks are by men.

It’s 711 A.D. all over again!  Except this time it’s not just the Iberian peninsula.

Some here think there is a breakdown of traditional American society, and many of the (illegal) immigrants arriving here are keeping to their cultures to the exclusion of American culture! 

And the current administration wants to increase the number of legal immigrants from war-torn Islamic nations.

Because, not doing so would be racist and politically incorrect.

I sense a dangerous pattern here.

Not because of xenophobia, but because of dilution of American Culture.  People are supposed to want to come here because of the freedoms we offer, not to abuse that freedom to force the end of our culture.

Sharia Law, anyone?

Another example of The American Paradox.  Being free enough to allow differences of opinion, but not so free as to accept poison pills into The Republic.

It might be too late for Europe (Muslims wanting to stop observance of Oktoberfest).  I hope it is not too late here.

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I See Dead People

dead…or rather, I wish I did!

A number of folks close to me have pre-deceased me.  And with some (not all) it would be nice to have another 15 minutes.

Or a day.

My Mother, who passed when I was in the Second Grade.  My maternal grandfather, Gramp, when I was 24.  Of course my daughter Molly, when she was 12…

And a couple of others.

But, I’ve never had that kind of  spiritual connection.  And I’m a little envious of those who have!

My friend Bob – who saw a vision of his mother in the moment of her passing.  Five miles away!

A girlfriend who saw ‘something’ resembling my deceased dog Ilsa wandering around my house.

My daughter had a childhood friend and neighbor who awakened one night to see a black cat outside on her closed window sill.  My daughter loved cats.  And the cat opened her mouth and laughed, sounding just like my daughter!  Of course, this could have been a dream – except the girl’s mom ran into her room and exclaimed, “I heard her, too!”  This was about one month after Molly’s passing.

But for me, bupkis.

I like to think I’m a spiritual guy.  Perhaps I am, but just not in that way.

Damn.

Gimme That Ol’ Time Research

Old-Timers will completely get this.

(Youngsters, not as much!)  🙂

I remember a time (voice fades out, looking wistfully skyward…)

When a random thought regarding some subject entered my mind,  And I wanted to know more about it. So, I checked my bookshelf for dictionaries, encyclopedias and reference books.

If THAT failed…

It was a trip to the public or college library, next chance I got, searching for similar materials and more specific ones about the subject.  Later-in-life, as a private investigator, city directories and telephone directories sometimes offered help.

And failing all that, the reference desk librarians.

But, all this took time, legwork and shoe leather.  It was what we had.

Since the early 90’s, most of us have had access to The Internet.  And now many of the same reference materials are available on line.

More quickly and with less walking.

I wonder what we old-timers will be wistfully thinking about The Internet in 10 or 20 years?

Ain’t technology grand?

Or have we been sucked in to a vortex of uber-surveillance, wherein ‘they’ can watch and record our every movement and action.  And what were look for on the ‘net, and where we shop, what we buy, how and where we travel and work?  With whom we communicate and associate?  What ideas we share?

Of course, the same data was available 25 years ago.  But took much more in-person research and surveillance.  And time.

And much as we cannot go back to dial-up, we can’t stop this ever-encroaching technology.  But we can petition the government to stop abusive information gathering, and limit our exposure – somewhat.tin_foil_hat_area

(Puts tin-foil chapeau back on and skulks back into the shadows…)

March 21, 1947

(from the Ref Desk almanac…)

1947 President Truman signs Executive Order 9835 requiring all federal employees to have allegiance to the United States

I’m reasonably certain President Truman did so,

This guy, not so much…

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Is EO 9825 still in force?

If so, Valerie Jarrett, Van Jones and many others have some ‘splainin’ to do!

THIS IS THE AMERICAN PARADOX.

How do we, as a Free, Constitutional Republic, with measures taken to preserve Free Speech and Dissent, ensure those charged with the custody of said Republic, continue to maintain her as such?

“Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” – a lady bystander

“A Republic, if you can keep it.” – Benjamin Franklin

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…