OMG, Do I Really Owe That Much?
I posted this photo and caption 6 years ago. It was terrible then… it’s a disaster now!! Today, every man, woman and child in the USA owes $61,538 as their proportional part of our National debt. Since just over half of the adult, tax paying population actually pay taxes, the average tax payer’s part of the National debt is now about $200,000, which for many people is their largest financial obligation.
I was brought up to be very patient,
But I’m now tired of this obamanation.
Education & health care still in stagnation,
Will next come castration or cessation?
Dates That Will Live In Infamy
On December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor and other Pacific Islands were viciously attacked; 2,403 people were killed and 1,178 wounded. The following Day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke to the US and World and called it “A date that would live in infamy.”
On September 11, 2001, (Now referred to as “9/11”), The World Trade Centers I & II were destroyed and the Pentagon seriously damaged. 2,996 people were reportedly killed and over 6,000 injured. This is another “Date that will live in infamy.” 😱 😰
In addition to the tragic loss of lives, injuries, unforgettable trauma, families torn apart and dreams destroyed, there is the terrible effect on people, not only in America, but in most countries of the World. We used to go to the airport, buy our ticket, put our bags on the scale and go board the plane. Now we have to get there two hours early. Our bags go through x-ray & metal detector machines, and are often torn into. We take off our coat, shoes and belt and then enter a body-scan machine, hold our hands over our heads and hope our pants don’t fall down. Travel used to be enjoyable but not anymore.
But those aren’t the only changes. There are new rules and regulations and diminished freedoms; New government programs and millions of hours spent for the sake of security, which we used to take for granted. And… when all direct and indirect costs are taken into account for the past 16 years, they total $4 to $5 Trillion Dollars. Yes, that is 4 to 5 Trillion… with 12-0’s! Maybe you are not used to thinking in “trillions,” so think of it this way. IF you are one of the 100 Million people who actually “pay” federal and state taxes, then you proportional part of this cost…this debt, is $40,000 or more. Even if you don’t pay taxes, think of the wasted time.
Yes… 9/11 is a date that will live in infamy. Power, money, intolerance, hatred and greed have given us these dates to remember. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we didn’t have more of these tragic dates to remember?
Irregardless of “Who and how many” were responsible for these acts and for those who never want all the facts known, it is intolerable that some Muslims, both here and abroad, celebrated this tragedy. (It is documented that they did.) It is also intolerable that Islam, supposedly a “peaceful” religion, continues to allow a radical minority of Muslims to spread, teach and affect hatred, death and destruction on those who do not agree nor accept their ideology… the radical ideology I mean.
May our condolences, prayers and support continue be with those whose lives were affected by this Day In Infamy. Thanks for reading and following Jeffress.Com
A Couple of My Eclipse Photos from Today
Today I went to Greenwood, SC, had a nice lunch at the Amish Oven Restaurant, then went to the City Park and set up to watch the first total eclipse to cross the entire Continental USA since 1918. The next total eclipse will be in 2024 but not in my area of SC. I try to never miss seeing the only opportunity I will ever have.
The (1st) Total Eclipse Photo was taken with my Sony DSC-HX400V, 20.4 MP Camera at a zoom of about 30x. I tried to zoom larger, but kept losing my target. The (2nd) Partial Eclipse was taken with my Mac iPhone 7 Mini, 12 mp looking through a telescope. I used my Wicked Laser Glasses to shield the lenses.
It is truly deplorable and beyond the immagination of most that Americans have let their once great Nation slip into the abyss of the doldrums, and for the top five stories on RT (Russia Today), the BBC and several other International Broadcasts to be about the tragedy and stupidity that occured yesterday in Charlottesville, Virginia. Black vs. White… Left vs Right… We all lose. The “once looked up to USA,” is now the “fire hydrant” for every mad-dog to take aim at. We are headed to WAR… if not from without, certainly from within. A man in Ukraine asked me today, “What the hell has happened to your country?” He continued, “I once dreamed of going there, but now I feel safer right here in Ukraine, even with fighting going on than I would in your country. Why did you Americans let that happen?” I hope we can avoid a war. War often does not determine “Who is right…just who is left.” May God help us, because we seem impotent to help ourselves. Follow, Comment & Share: Jeffress.Com
Happy 4th of July America
Let us be thankful today for all who have served to gain and sustain America’s Independence, and to do our best to help save the independence… the freedoms we still have left, and to try to restore those we have lost. So mote it be, amen.
An Ode to Our Flag, Flag Day, 2017
Stand tall. Fly high my friend. I have looked up to you all of my life. My father, my mother are gone. Friends I met when I was a young child, gone. But, you are still here. You have been here since the birth of our nation. You have earned a few more stars over the years and stood as the proud symbol of our Republic… ‘one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.’
We are proud of you. We, the people, pledge to you, salute you and promise to defend you against all who defy, defame or desecrate you. Wave to me as I walk by you today and know that I am your friend, admirer and a patriot.
I hope that millions of people will raise you to fly high today and will read and share this post and show their pride and respect for our great nation which you symbolize. Stand tall and fly high today and always, for you are the flag of the United States of America.
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‘Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!’ Reagan’s historic Cold War speech was 30 years ago today. Article: The Washington Post
This Jeffress.Com Group Re-Posts this 30 Year Anniversary & Article with Credits to the Washington Post and Updated on June 12, 2017 at 7:13 AM Posted on June 12, 2017.
The very idea of Ronald Reagan standing before the most powerful symbol of the Cold War and demanding that the leader of the Soviet empire “tear down this wall” threw two governments into conniptions. At home, the State Department fretted that Reagan’s harsh rhetoric would bollix efforts to negotiate with Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev. The West German government worried such a challenge to the status quo could spark a nuclear confrontation.
But in Moscow, the target of Reagan’s fiery rhetoric, Gorbachev was unperturbed and his top aides made clear to their American counterparts that they were fine with Reagan’s demand. Standard Cold War stuff, they said. Bring it on.
Thirty years after the Reagan speech, video of that zinger – “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” – has become shorthand for a version of history in which the U.S. vanquishes what Reagan called the “evil empire,” with the Great Communicator himself setting the collapse of Soviet communism into motion. As time edits the end of Cold War into the two-sentence version that shows up in high school textbooks and pop history videos, the juxtaposition is just too enticing: Reagan issues his demand in Berlin on June 12, 1987, and two years later, the Wall opens and half a century of East-West animus dissolves.
But at the time, the speech was hardly seen as the beginning of any end. To the contrary, what is today often referred to as perhaps Reagan’s most powerful one-liner was almost completely ignored.The speech didn’t make many front pages back home (but the New York Times that day did highlight a story about new clashes between Polish police and workers, the real beginning of the end of the Soviet East bloc). The network newscasts barely noted it. Germany’s main news magazine, Der Spiegel, reported nothing about the speech until six months later, when it called Reagan’s address “the work of amateurs.”
The primary “amateur” in question was John Kornblum, who came up with the idea of having the president throw down the challenge. “It’s gone down in history as this great important speech, which is sort of funny because it was totally ignored at the time,” said Kornblum, then the top U.S. official in Berlin and later the U.S. ambassador to Germany. “If the Wall had not come down, nobody would have thought of the speech again.”
But, of course, the Wall did fall and the speech retroactively became a soaring achievement. When ex-president Reagan made a triumphant return to Berlin in 1990, he took a hammer to one of the still-standing remnants of the Wall and said that he had set in motion “a process in the Soviet Union that has not ended.” In the 1987 speech, Reagan had envisioned a reunited Berlin with free air traffic, a jointly sponsored Olympics and a bustling conference center. Except for the Olympics, most of what he dreamed of came to pass.
Still, Reagan remained deeply unpopular in Germany, viewed more as a warmongering cowboy than as a world-changing peacemaker. “The Germans had gotten it in their heads that Gorbachev was the only thing that was going to save Europe from nuclear war,” Kornblum said.
In West Germany in the late 1980s, as historian Timothy Garton Ash has written, many people believed that nothing was more important than maintaining peace, not even freedom. “Better red than dead,” Ash’s friends in the West German peace movement would tell him.
Historians continue to argue about whether Reagan’s speech paved the path to taking down the Wall or was “empty rhetoric,” irrelevant to the fate of both the Wall and Soviet communism. “This is a debate that will go on forever,” Kornblum said.
“It wasn’t an earthshaking event,” said Romesh Ratnesar, author of a book on Reagan’s speech in Berlin, “Tear Down This Wall.” “A groundswell of dissent was already building in East Germany and Eastern Europe. Would the collapse have happened without Reagan and the speech? Probably. The speech obtained more influence after the fact, years later. Nevertheless, it established the goal and the vision that was then hard for the U.S. to back away from.”
Gorbachev himself has repeatedly noted that far from being angered or chastened by Reagan’s speech, he considered the American president a friend and realized from the start that Reagan’s harsh rhetoric was aimed at the West Germans, not at him.
“You can’t overstate the importance of the personal chemistry between Reagan and Gorbachev from the moment they first met in Geneva in ’85,” Ratnesar said. “We don’t really see those kinds of relationships between leaders anymore because they were built on three or four days of sustained conversation between two leaders at long, serious summits.”
The Reagan-Gorbachev bond clearly created a level of trust that allowed the Soviet leader to focus on internal reforms without putting the confrontation with the West at the top of his agenda, but in all of their summit meetings, the Wall came up for discussion only a couple of times and only briefly.
The speech was born in Kornblum’s mind as a way to try to reposition the United States in German public opinion and in the West German political parties as a moral voice for human rights. “We could see that the Germans were breaking away,” believing that Reagan’s military buildup was likely to turn the Cold War hot, Kornblum said. By going to the Brandenburg Gate – the iconic arch that had been cordoned off in the no man’s land that the Wall created at the center of the divided city – and staking out moral high ground, the president could symbolically reach out to Germans who had been yearning for four decades for a return to normalcy.
But officials at the White House and State thought such a dramatic gesture would antagonize Gorbachev just as Reagan was developing a good relationship with him, and West German leaders – more inclined toward accommodation with the Soviets than with a lunge for change – tried to block the American planners from staging the president’s address within view of the Wall.
Reagan had made powerful statements about the Soviet Union throughout his presidency. In 1982, in another visit to Berlin, he asked, “Do Soviet leaders want to be remembered for a prison wall, ringed with barbed wire and with armed guards, whose weapons are aimed at their own civilians?”
In his early drafts of the speech, Kornblum included a direct call to Gorbachev to open the Wall. Back in Washington, White House speechwriter Peter Robinson was similarly inclined and weeks of heated debate ensued.
Robinson has said that when he showed the draft to Reagan, the president immediately embraced the tough language. But White House chief of staff Howard Baker said the challenge to Gorbachev was “unpresidential,” Secretary of State George Shultz said the times called for caution rather than brassy naivete, and other officials thought the call to tear down the wall would raise false expectations.It was only when Air Force One landed in Berlin that a White House official approached Kornblum and said Reagan had decided. “Congratulations, your sentence made it in,” the official said.
Reagan nailed the delivery, coming across as tough and morally clear. “It was a defining moment of the Reagan presidency,” Ratnesar said, “because it embodied what Americans most admired about Reagan as an orator and great communicator.”
Over the next two years, the dissident movements in East Germany, Poland and other countries behind the Iron Curtain grew larger and bolder. In the fall of 1989, when East Germans took to the streets of Leipzig in silent, peaceful marches and thousands of their countrymen fled the Soviet bloc through new holes in the borders with Hungary and Czechoslovakia, the collapse began in earnest.
The Wall finally did open up in November 1989. Within weeks, Reagan’s 1987 speech was resurrected as a harbinger of the change to come.
Memorial Day is a day for remembering the ~850,000 soldiers who have been killed in combat defending our freedom and way of life. We Americans joyfully wish each other “Merry Christmas,” and “Happy New Year,” but what do we say on Memorial Day? I think it’s a day to remember those who gave their lives and to be thankful for them and for their families who have suffered. I think we should never forget the sacrifice they made so that the liberties and principals upon which our Nation were founded and the opportunities, peace and prosperity, that we now often take for granted, are sustained.
May God bless America, our Military and all worthy people everywhere, and may He guide our leaders, to do what is right for We The People, not just for themselves, so that we may become the proud Nation we once were. Each stone in the photo below is for a brave person who made the ultimate sacrifice for us so that we might live in peace. Let’s give it try and do our best to return peace and greater happiness to our great Nation. Thanks for reading this.