I like old things

I have an Army poncho liner. It retired from the Army September 30, 1999. Oddly enough the same day I did. I had two, but suspect my ornery brother absconded with one of them. In my day, a poncho liner was premium gear. I never actually lined a poncho with it or know anyone who did. Past boot camp, I don’t ever recall using a poncho. But the old poncho liner is as close to me as Linus Van Pelt’s blanket. Suzie-Q often asks when am I going to throw it away. That’s usually after she peels it off my chair down in the bunker, sniffs it, gets that look on her face and heads for the washer. The next time I see it, it’ll be neatly folded lying on my chair smelling like spring fresh fabric softener. I suppose those don’t come in a more masculine scent.

I like old clothes. Baggy jeans, ratty sweat shirts and ankle high boots covered with a few years of dirt and wear. I believe the best, most comfortable, and most functional piece of man clothing ever invented is denim bibbed overalls. Except that Suzie-Q will not let me outside of the yard wearing them. The Army frowned on my suggestion to make a camo version. I remember the old men from my youth here in wild and wonderful who would wear nothing else. Just imagine a crisp starched white shirt and bibs and you have church clothes. And when you get home, trade the white shirt for a flannel one and you’re all set for a Sunday fried chicken dinner. It doesn’t get better than that. When life is simple, life is good.

I like old people. The more I age the more appreciative I am of them. There is a lot of wisdom out there behind the spectacles and beneath the white hair. Our youth pastor started a program of interaction between the youth and us seasoned citizens. The kids were shocked when they saw us cut a rug at our Christmas sock hop. Most of the kids could not twist again like we did last summer. We had some great conversations too. Suzie-Q likes old people too, which is good since she’s married to one.

I like old friends. Over one’s life, we have many acquaintances but too few true friends. With time, memories of others fade including of those who gave reason to dislike them or wronged us some way or another, which is a good and healthy thing. But we still recall those few good friends. They may have moved on, but their memory remains with us. We remember the trust. Remember how they were there when we needed them. I’ve been fortunate to keep in touch with some and reinitiate contact with others. Old friends will share your legacy with others in a complimentary and maybe slightly exaggerated version and you’ll do the same with them. Cherish and remember good friends. They are a rarity.

I like old memories. They keep me grounded. I remember three snowy black and white television channels. I remember how crazy people believed getting television across a cable was and how angry they became at the thought of actually having to pay for it. We had rotary dial party lines where everyone on the line eavesdropped on everyone else. Mom had an old washing machine sitting on the back porch with wingers and a rinse tub. Now you know where the expression, “tit in a wringer” comes from. It’s a painful image. I carried water from the well and from a hand pump. I’ve even bathed in the creek. I’ve got the fires going in the coal stove and the kitchen stove. I’ve eaten squirrel, rabbit, deer, snapping turtles, frog legs, catfish, and even a whistle pig. Gone varmint hunting with a bolt action Remington .22 – before I was 12 and survived. Planted corn, potatoes, beans, cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, onions…. Not sure I could survive in the wild and wonderful of my youth. Not sure most Americans could either.

I have some unpleasant memories too. I just avoid thinking about them. My country in not too old relatively speaking but God has richly blessed it as he has my family. He has given me many great memories of the land I love. We must hold on tightly to Him and what He has provided.

© 2018 J. D. Pendry

The deep state is real

I started with a list of names attached to nefarious activity. The list grew so long that it would take a book or two to lay out their deeds.
So, you get the condensed version of the web of deceit. Their activity so dangerous at stake is survival of our Constitutional Republic. Relatively speaking, only a few in our vast media world are taking an objective look or searching for truth. The truth of what transpired. When the truth is right before them it’s ignored. Through overt hatred, they root for an outcome placing the greatest nation on earth on the road toward self-destruction. Self-destruction may not be accurate because most Americans, even those cheering for it, do not want the remnants of a country we’ll be left with. They’re simply too ill-educated and over indoctrinated to know any better.

Each time I added names to the list, they pointed me toward other names and other events. As the list grew, the deviousness and connections became more obvious. Different names pointed to different events, but as it came full circle it was clear that it was one group. One goal. One cabal. They’re the ones that walked away from every criminal act while others were blamed or imprisoned. They walked away unscathed from Benghazi, Uranium One, the DNC Server scandal, the Clinton server scandal, unmasking and spying on Americans without cause, and if not stopped they are on their way to walking away from a political scandal of such proportions that it likely involves hundreds.

The Russians, Chinese, and Iranian Mullahs must be shouting halleluiah! And, much like Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith, “this is how liberty dies, to thunderous applause” the socialists and progressives cheer the death of liberty. The Nazi-like and Fascists are labeling others as Nazis and Fascists. It is what they do. Just like Hitler did it, they’ve let loose indoctrinated youth mobs to intimidate and distract others, especially the media, from what’s happening in the background. It was their aim to fundamentally transform America into their vision of a nation state. A place where only one voice is permitted. Now they want to destroy her outright. Why? Their benevolent dictator lost the election. The shadow government of progressive Republicans and Democrats and covert Socialists and Communists, the Washington Establishment, the swamp, the deep state or whichever label you choose to hang upon it is threatened. They’ve come out of the shadows to applause emboldened by a wildly sycophantic media and their misperception of forgotten Americans. They will fight to the death. Either theirs or our nation’s.

If President Trump had not won the election, Americans would remain ignorant, sadly many of them by choice, of the truth. And we would remain under the control of a vast criminal cabal. Something the majority of Americans could not envision happening in the land of the free. The cabal is real. It runs deep. For as far back as you care to look with figurehead Presidents and a charade of government by and for the people, it’s ran our country for far too long.

Maybe it was divine intervention that they are now exposed to the light. Evil cannot exist in the light. Even the complicit media will not for much longer be able to keep the growing mountain of evidence from the people. This is a war. It will end. Political persecution has started. Opposing voices are being silenced by major media propaganda and blackout and social media black listing. When it does end either the cabal will be crushed or the Constitutional Republic known as the United States of America will no longer exist. Make no mistake. Whether we are active participants or not, we are in a fight for our existence. If the deep state wins, it will no longer be the deep state. It will be the state and it will be more brutal than any other in the history of nations.

I spent my working life in the military and as a federal civil servant. I was not political during my military service time. I was politically aware just not involved. My opinions during my civil service time were rarely shared beyond trusted and like-minded friends. Both the military and civil service, in theory at least, require one to be apolitical. I tried that, but it was difficult to restrain. Especially in the civil service environment where so many were blatantly politically biased. What I can tell you is that during an eight year reign a Commander in Chief (CINC) changes the military by littering the upper echelons of command with like-minded politically oriented Flag Officers. These Generals and Admirals work tirelessly to reshape the military to suit the CINC’s worldview. The federal government and judiciary are also reshaped by presidential appointments. These high-level military and civil service appointees then fill the ranks with sycophantic followers. People who remain and carry the torch beyond leadership change. People who believe they are powerful enough to do as they please, powerful enough to bring down a president, bold and arrogant enough to give it a try. People who are so certain their candidate will win they feel free to take any action criminal or otherwise because they expect to be rewarded for their acts rather than prosecuted. This, my friends, is how the deep state is built and how it functions. I’ve seen it firsthand. Its deadly tentacles reach wide and go deep into our government. Just from common human relationships, for every single one that’s known there’s probably a baker’s dozen that aren’t. This is the swamp, much larger than its Washington establishment core, that must be drained to save our country.

The longer the Russian collusion ruse continues the more it exposes layer upon layer of corruption within the highest levels of our government. But, it’s much more than the Russian collusion myth. It is a textbook Russian disinformation campaign pointing toward a soft coup of the presidency. At the end of this winding road may well be a Russian or two, but more than likely there is the fabricated evidence placed just where the disinformation campaign leads. Probably appearing late October and proving the narrative sold 24/7 by an ignorantly complicit media and disinformation leakers. To truly sort it all out would take a legion of special counsels. Or, it could take only one ballsy and focused Attorney General. If only we had one of those.

Here’s how it began. The Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton Presidential campaign through Marc Elias, Clinton’s campaign lawyer of Perkins Coie law firm, hired opposition research firm Fusion GPS who then hired British spy Christopher Steele who then put together a dossier on Trump with information provided by supposedly Kremlin associated Russians. The unverified dossier miraculously found its way to CIA Director Brennan. Brennan then briefed Democratic Senator Harry Reid and members of the Gang of Eight. Brennan asked Reid to keep it close hold. Anyone with a firing brain cell knew, just as Brennan knew, what Reid would do. Reid sent a letter about Russian collusion to FBI Director James Comey and then leaked it to the New York Times. Brennan kicked off the collusion investigation and used Harry Reid to plant the narrative in the media. Brennan also put unsourced information from the unverified dossier into President Obama’s Presidential Daily Briefing (PBD) providing him knowledge. The disinformation campaign began.

The biggest scandal in the history of American scandals includes our intelligence apparatus, but more specifically the Central Intelligence Agency, via former director and former Communist and Muslim Brotherhood apologist John Brennan. It also involves James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence. These two men had at their disposal assets of the entire US intelligence apparatus. Makes one wonder why acting Attorney General Sally Yates and the FBI were so hot on the trail of Former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Director, Lieutenant General Mike Flynn. Evidence reviewed through congressional investigations indicates Flynn’s FBI interview statement may have been altered post interview to make him appear guilty. It was James Clapper and undersecretary of defense for intelligence Michael Vickers that engineered Flynn’s ouster at the DIA. Unanswered questions arise concerning who unmasked General Flynn in a monitored telephone conversation and if they were truly investigating Russian influence on the Trump campaign and subsequent Presidency why the haste to take out prospective National Security Advisor General Flynn? The DIA for all practical purposes is the domestic version of the CIA. My cynicism makes me question what Flynn knows that he’s holding back to protect his family from Special Counsel Mueller et al?

Aside from the intel community, the scam includes the State Department, the Department of Justice including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and members of the Executive Branch in direct contact with the President and any number of minions scattered throughout our government.

Don’t take my word for anything. Before you drag out your conspiracy theory flame thrower do a little of your own research. Type John Brennan into your favorite search engine and see how quickly your list grows to fifty or more intertwined names and events. The credible news is still out there for the inquisitive. At least for now it is. The deep state is real and it’s coming for your freedom.

Russian Collusion or Deep Date Disinformation Campaign

A Conflagration of People and Events

Communists, Russians and Collusion

© 2018 J. D. Pendry J. D. Pendry’s American Journal

 

 

Don’t be a problem be a solution – the NFL on its knees

I was note doodling the other day trying to stimulate the brain a little. It’s what I do, but in this case, it was not too stimulating. I decided to post my notes to Facebook and take the pulse of my FB friends. I didn’t get too many fire bombs thrown at me. I never liked singing to the choir anyway.

This is what I posted to Facebook:

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The National Football League (NFL) minimum salary for 2018 is $480,000.00. That means the lowest player on the depth chart who most likely did not graduate from college and may spend an entire season riding the pine makes about 9 times the US median income. An Army Private with less than 2 years of active service is paid $19, 659.00 per year. A West Point graduate entering service makes $37, 292.00 per year. A Staff Sergeant with 6 years of service and most likely supporting a family makes a whopping $38,059.00 per year. An Army Major with 6 years of service makes $74,862.00 per year. The NFL league minimum for 6 years of experience is $790,000.00.

The combined salaries listed above for active military service is $169,872.00 per year. That is just a little more than one quarter of the salary of single NFL rookie whose never played a professional down.

I chose the military pay scale for this illustration because that is my background. For the record, the median annual pay for a public school teacher is $55,259.00. That means half of them make less than that. The average salary for a police officer is $49,808.00. For a Firefighter its $45,969.00. The average for an EMT is $34,000.00. The average for a Registered Nurse is $66,640.00. The combined salaries of our nation’s most critical servants is $251,676.00. Just barely more than one half the cost of an NFL rookie.

For $421,548.00, less than the minimum pay of a first year NFL player, we can field a professional Army a squad willing to put their lives on the line defending us (even football players). We can provide a school teacher for our children, a police officer to protect us, a fire fighter risking life to save our property, and EMT to save our lives on the way to the hospital and a registered nurse to care for us when we get there.

So, kneeling fist raising NFL player. Tell me again about social justice.

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I’m told to accept that kneeling or whatever other gesture one might make is meant to bring awareness to social justice issues. Social justice can mean many different things and has over time. Equal treatment under the law, etc. When I look at the data base of NFL players arrested compiled from public records and media reports by USA Today sports writer Brent Schrotenboer, I imagined there may be some personal justice system issues here. But, put that aside and let’s not judge.

I know that comparing salaries from different occupations is not a basis for drawing too many conclusions about anything. For me, it illustrates a societal view of the world. Wealthy people, many of whom may be paupers like me within a year or two of leaving the NFL (Sports Illustrated How and Why Athletes Go Broke), often have a somewhat inflated view of themselves or of their importance to most anything except their exceptional athletic ability. Athleticism and special treatment cultivated from childhood. In this regard, they are not unlike entertainers. For most of their existence, they’ve existed in a walled off world typically far from reality. It’s hard to effect change when life has not taught you where the change needs to start.

Now, let’s take this issue back to its origin.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” Colin Kaepernick

On multiple occasions, I’ve heard NFL players when challenged declare that this has never been about disrespecting the flag. Doesn’t that conflict with their founder’s declaration. Regardless, to take a knee or make any other gesture when the national colors are displayed and the national anthem played is disrespectful. No matter the declared reasoning, it cannot be rationalized. It is a display of disrespect and disloyalty to our country. God gave you the free will to choose your way, but He did not relieve you of the consequences of your choices. There are movies I won’t go see because the people starring in them have chosen to share their political views while insulting large numbers of people who ultimately pay their exorbitant salaries. Last year I switched off my favorite NFL pre-game show right in the middle of a certain color commentator’s comments about the President and the 1st Amendment. What I wanted to hear was thoughts on football. Last season, I didn’t watch their program again or another game. It didn’t hurt my wallet one bit. When political activism is divorced from football, I may tune in again. For now, however, I am enjoying baseball and looking forward to the college football season.

I’ve also heard that it is about freedom of speech. According to some, if team owners forced players to stand for the flag and anthem they would be taking away their freedom of speech. Freedom of speech is guaranteed us by the US Constitution. There is a big however. When paid professional football players take the field for a game, they are employees. Employees don’t have a Constitutional right to free speech or freedom of expression at work. Constitutional right to free speech means the government cannot restrict free speech. It all comes down to what the team owner allows or restricts. But, not to worry most of them straddle the fence as well. If their income takes another big hit this season, we’ll see. Leave them be, I say. Let them kneel, fist pump, sit, stay in the locker room. Who cares?

If players have to be forced or coerced to stand for our flag and anthem, I don’t want them to stand. I prefer honest disloyalty and disrespect to feigned respect. I prefer to know who they are not who they pretend to be. For me, I have a choice. I choose not to participate in your protests or be a spectator of your entertainment. See how easy this was?

The people mentioned at the beginning of this contribute daily to our country and our communities. They perform invaluable services enthusiastically for a pittance compared to what these protesting athletes get. I have a question for the players who continue to kneel. What have you done for communities in need? Take your wealth and fame and go do something rather than protesting. The government, politicians, and activists are not the solution. Truth be known, they are the problem. Always demanding that someone else do something is the problem. Try doing something rather than demanding that something be done. You know. Don’t be a problem. Be a solution.

I wager the next chickenshit move for the NFL is to do away with pre-game posting of the national colors and playing the national anthem. Or at a minimum not televising them.

© 2018 J. D. Pendry J. D. Pendry’s American Journal

 

E Pluribus Unum – Out of many one

We are not living up to the words gracing our national symbol, E Pluribus Unum. Out of many one.

You can be a wing nut left or right, middle of the road kill, anarchist, or even call yourself an independent. Frankly, I don’t know any independents. If a right wing nut is surrounded by left wing nuts he or she suddenly transform into an independent. They lack courage to stand their ground. Independent is a good barrier to hide behind. Then there are the intellectually deficient who agree what a great idea something is until they discover it comes from someone they’re ideologically conditioned to hate. With all of this mess, is it any wonder that our political system, which many of us do not even understand, needs an enema. When a group of overpaid and over-served people cannot agree that a good idea is a good idea then we are lost. Doomed to spend the rest of our days trapped in in the pit of regressive ideological hell. Two plus two once equaled four. Give the problem to congress and they would debate this for months. Have hearings and investigations. Ask the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to investigate. And, in the end we’d have common core math where any answer is fine. Then the Supreme Court would rule the Constitution supports that conclusion.

We have an ever-widening array of ideologies, culture conflicts and identity groups. What is growing more difficult is finding red, white, and blue Americans. Those great melting pot people. Then ones who left less than satisfactory lives for the American ideal of individual liberty. They embraced exceptionalism, became Americans. A people who have their internal squabbles about one policy or another, but who would stand shoulder to shoulder defending our way of life. People who believe in the founding principles of our country. People who want to defend and be governed by our Constitution rather than some ideologically driven activist judge. People who would never take a knee.

Where are those people?

They’re still here in overwhelming numbers I believe. The discounted people. The people who’ve felt the pain inflicted by politicians wholly owned by the donor class. The people talked down to by condescending political and media types. The people who work everyday to provide for their families should they be fortunate enough to have a job. The people who fill the ranks of our military, police forces and fire departments. They work in our factories, run small businesses, provide services. Fix our plumbing. The great middle class. The people politicians promise to help but never do. The forgotten people.

The Washington establishment, the media establishment, the people convinced they are decidedly smarter than everyone else believe they all had it figured out. Then they lost to a non-political outsider. They hated one candidate and loved the other. They overlooked the character flaws of one, but not the other. They considered one an intellectual giant and the other an idiot. They could not conceive that one candidate could possibly win an election yet it happened. They were left distraught and astounded because they were conditioned to think in a certain way. Conditioned to draw a mental red line and automatically despise anyone that stands on the other side. Conditioned to believe they were the smart people who knew what was best for the rest. They built up pre-conceived notions about people and set about trying to prove those notions to themselves and everyone else. Even if it meant ignoring, burying or misconstruing the truth.

Anyone who believes that voter fraud to some extent has not played a role in elections for the history of elections is rather naïve. We have concocted every conceivable method of potential voter fraud. Absentee ballots for most anyone, early voting, allowing non-citizens to register to vote in local elections, sanctuary cities, sanctuary states, automatically registering people to vote when they obtain a driver’s license when you don’t need to be a citizen to get a driver’s license, no voter identification laws.

When all else fails and the establishment’s favored candidate loses they promptly roll out the tired argument of doing away with the electoral college and have the president elected by popular vote. If you look at the 2016 final election results you’ll see that minus the sanctuary state of California, the popular vote changes sides. That is the brilliance of the electoral college. It does not allow one population center to control the outcome of presidential elections. It makes every vote count for something.

We are not living up to the words gracing our national symbol, E Pluribus Unum. Out of many one. We are devolving into ideological Balkanization. We no longer embrace American Exceptionalism. The world’s one country founded on the principle of individual freedom. We are trying to take the exceptional one and turn it into a divided many. Your culture, color, ethnicity, religion…. None of that matters. What matters is are you an American? One who embraces our Democratic Republic? The time for choosing is upon us. Out of many one or out of many nothing?

© 2018 J. D. Pendry J. D. Pendry’s American Journal.