America, Motivation

A Generation Of Idiots

A Generation of Idiots

Albert Einstein believed that One Day there would be a Generation of Idiots. He attested that it would be the doing of Technology. Technology have given us access to Information, which has been vastly misused. To mention a few, Internet Scams and Political Divisiveness. Over and again I have Ascertained the need for Logic and the use of Gray Matters. Being able to Sift through Information is truly a Gift. My Grandmother puts it best, she said that not being able to Seifer ( figure things out ) makes you an Idiot. In other words not being able to sort out what you have been told, makes you a Sponge for Misinformation. At Six years Old I was my Grandmother’s little helper in her Bakery. She started Schooling me early in the Art of Figurative Thinking.

She would tell me Stories from the Bible, I would perplex that poor Woman with an Abundance of  questions. Who, what, where, when, how come, I can still see the Looks in her Eyes when I asked her who wrote the Bible. Being Inquisitive have been a part of me my entire Life. Growing up in the Seventies there were many Conspiracy Theories, it was Conspiracy Theories that put Jesus on the Cross. So you see they are not New. It is People who are incapable of Sifting through things that gives them Credibility. Or those with Eyes that can’t see. On the other hand there are those who knows better but chose to be Ignorant. Like the Members of Congress who clings to the Mendacities. They claim that the Insurrection was a peaceable Protest and that the Election was stolen. The Election was scrutinized under a Microscope by the Department of Justice, the F.B.I by the Supreme Court and Fifty other Federal Courts. For someone to cling on to the notion that the Election was rigged is Absolutely Insane.

Here are Transcripts from AOL News

Half of Republicans believe false accounts of deadly U.S. Capitol riot: Reuters/Ipsos poll

AOL.COM 11 hrs ago

By James Oliphant and Chris Kahn

  WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Since the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, former President Donald Trump and his Republican allies have pushed false and misleading accounts to downplay the event that left five dead and scores of others wounded. His supporters appear to have listened.

  Three months after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol to try to overturn his November election loss, about half of Republicans believe the siege was largely a non-violent protest or was the handiwork of left-wing activists “trying to make Trump look bad,” a new Reuters/Ipsos poll has found.

  Six in 10 Republicans also believe the false claim put out by Trump that November’s presidential election “was stolen” from him due to widespread voter fraud, and the same proportion of Republicans think he should run again in 2024, the March 30-31 poll showed.

  Since the Capitol attack, Trump, many of his allies within the Republican Party and right-wing media personalities have publicly painted a picture of the day’s events jarringly at odds with reality.

  Hundreds of Trump’s supporters, mobilized by the former president’s false claims of a stolen election, climbed walls of the Capitol building and smashed windows to gain entry while lawmakers were inside voting to certify President Joe Biden’s election victory. The rioters – many of them sporting Trump campaign gear and waving flags – also included known white supremacist groups such as the Proud Boys.

  In a recent interview with Fox News, Trump said the rioters posed “zero threat.” Other prominent Republicans, such as Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, have publicly doubted whether Trump supporters were behind the riot.

  Last month, 12 Republicans in the House of Representatives voted against a resolution honoring Capitol Police officers who defended the grounds during the rampage, with one lawmaker saying that he objected using the word “insurrection” to describe the incident.

  The Reuters/Ipsos poll shows a large number of rank-and-file Republicans have embraced the myth. While 59% of all Americans say Trump bears some responsibility for the attack, only three in 10 Republicans agree. Eight in 10 Democrats and six in 10 independents reject the false claims that the Capitol siege was “mostly peaceful” or it was staged by left-wing protestors.

  “Republicans have their own version of reality,” said John Geer, an expert on public opinion at Vanderbilt University. “It is a huge problem. Democracy requires accountability and accountability requires evidence.”

  The refusal of Trump and prominent Republicans to repudiate the events of Jan. 6 increases the likelihood of a similar incident happening again, said Susan Corke, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups.

  “That is the biggest danger – normalizing this behavior,” Corke said. “I do think we are going to see more violence.”

  In a fresh reminder of the security threats the U.S. Capitol faces since Jan. 6, a motorist rammed a car into U.S. Capitol police on Friday and brandished a knife, killing one officer and injuring another and forcing the Capitol complex to lock down. Officers shot and killed the suspect.

  Allie Carroll, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, said its members condemned the Capitol attack and referred to a Jan. 13 statement from Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. “Violence has no place in our politics … Those who partook in the assault on our nation’s Capitol and those who continue to threaten violence should be found, held accountable, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” McDaniel said.

  A representative for Trump did not respond to requests for comment.

  ‘DANGEROUS SPIN ON REALITY’

  The disinformation campaign aimed at downplaying the insurrection and Trump’s role in it reflects a growing consensus within the Republican Party that its fortunes remain tethered to Trump and his devoted base, political observers say.

  According to the new Reuters/Ipsos poll, Trump remains the most popular figure within the party, with eight in 10 Republicans continuing to hold a favorable impression of him.

  “Congressional Republicans have assessed they need to max out the Trump vote to win,” said Tim Miller, a former spokesman for Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush. “That that is the path back to the majority.”

  Republicans in Congress show few signs of breaking with Trump. Right after the deadly Capitol siege, 147 Republican lawmakers voted against certifying Biden’s election win. The Democratic-led House of Representatives impeached Trump for “inciting an insurrection”, making him the only U.S. president to be impeached twice, but most Senate Republicans acquitted him of the charge in a trial.

  Last week, Republican congressman Jim Banks of Indiana said the party must cater to the working-class voters that comprise Trump’s political base ahead of next year’s critical midterm elections that will dictate control of Congress.

  “Members who want to swap out working-class voters because they resent President Trump’s impact… are wrong,” Banks wrote in a memo to Republican House leader Kevin McCarthy, contents of which he posted on Twitter.

  Banks was one of the 147 lawmakers who voted to block certification of Biden’s win, and he later voted against impeaching Trump. Banks did not respond to requests for comment.

  Some mainstream Republicans contend that after Republicans lost both the White House and control of both chambers of Congress on Trump’s watch, the party must move on from the former president in order to attract suburban, moderate and independent voters.

  I rest my Case, a Generation of Idiots, totally incapable of Sorting things out for themselves. Without having a figurative mind, you are like Archie would say ” A Meathead”.

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The Hate Virus

 

The Hate Virus

I consider myself Impervious to the Hate Virus, my Mother Vaccinated me by embedding in my Head that no One was Better than I. More Privileged, better Educated and more Fortunate. But as long as they had to go to the Bathroom as I did, no better. She also instilled in me the greatest work Ethics. She said , you may never Be accepted, but they will always Respect you for the job you do. She said that I should always go the extra mile, I should always work harder and better than everyone else. The reason for that she said was Job Security. She Continued when everyone else is laid off, you will be working.She was dead to right. Once working in Construction for a Contractor in Pennsylvania, I overhead a group of my White Coworkers lamenting about the work situation of who is working and who isn’t. I heard One spoke out loudly ” I can’t believe that I am losing my job to a Nigger. God that sound and felt good. They all had the feeling of Entitlement because they were White. The Boss Appreciated the work I gave him to the Point that he sold me his Father’s Collectible Antique Caddy for a couple of weeks pay. That killed my Coworkers and made them hate me even more. So you see being Black have never Hindered me from Striving even better than many of my White Neighbors. I once lived in an all White Gated Community, my Wife and myself were the only Blacks that ever lived in that Community Thirty five years old. Never once did any of them made me feel out of Place. But guess what I consider myself an Oddity, many Others don’t know how to stick it to them ” Be all that you can be” be so Resilient that Failure becomes Success.

This is something I have wanted to talk about for Fifty years, long before I learned to express myself in Print. America is a Country Founded by the Immigrants of the Mayflower. Once they came they never stopped coming. They came from every Corner of the World. They brought with them Money from the Old Country and they Invested it in America. They were able to buy Land, they brought their Crafts , Skills and Ingenuity. America grew and flourished from downtrodden Immigrants seeking Freedom and Opportunities. The following are Excerpts from Wikipedia

The Mayflower Story

The Mayflower set sail on 16th September 1620 from Plymouth, UK, to voyage to America. But its history and story start long before that.

Its passengers were in search of a new life – some seeking religious freedom, others a fresh start in a different land. They would go on to be known as the Pilgrims and influence the future of the United States of America in ways they could never have imagined.

This story isn’t just about the Mayflower’s passengers though. It’s about the people who already lived in America and the enormous effect the arrival of these colonists would have on Native Americans and the land they had called home for centuries.

More than 30 million people can trace their ancestry to the 102 passengers and approximately 30 crew aboard the Mayflower when it landed in Plymouth Bay, Massachusetts, in the harsh winter of 1620.

On board were men, women and children from different walks of life across England and the city of Leiden in Holland.

A significant number were known as Separatists, a group of people who mostly wanted to live a life free from the current Church of England.

Others were on the ship for a multitude of reasons – some anticipated the chance to build a better future for their families and the opportunity of new land, while for others the offer of freedom and adventure was too good to turn down.

Then there were the crew themselves, plus the servants and (unaccompanied children) sent by their families to be looked after by the adults. Related indent. ( Today we have unaccompanied Children at our Southern Borders, the good Christians say keep them out). Continued.

The passengers are often grouped into ‘Saints’ or ‘Strangers’ by historians, alluding to their motivations for the journey. But it’s likely that many ‘Saints’ were (skilled tradesmen) and many ‘Strangers’ had their own religious reasons for leaving 17th century England.

Today the Descendants of the Mayflower represents everything their Ancestors absconded England for. They Embrace none of the Driving Force that placed their Ancestors on that Ship. A chance to build a better future should be Included in the Phrase Home of the Free Land of the Brave. Their ancestors left England to be free of Oppression and Prejudices, Britton Ology is a Phrase I use to describe the Ideology of Supremacy and being Overtly Oppressive. Everywhere they went they brought it with them.

They brought it to the Americas and to Africa and the World during the Colonization period. Under the Cloak of Deception The British empire is often seen as a force for good, as one that put an end to slavery and the slave trade, liberated foreign peoples from the tyranny of their rulers, replaced despotism with the rule of law and introduced millions to literacy, western medicine, commerce and Christianity. Yet it was Britain that ensured that South Africa and Zimbabwe entered the 20th century as countries rigidly stratified and segregated along racial lines in which white minorities held political power at the expense of a disenfranchised African majority. Here the rule of law meant rule by white settlers in the interests of white settlers.

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Violent from the start

In the first instance, the British empire grew out of military conquest, a bloody business by its very nature. In southern Africa, as elsewhere, it was accompanied by substantial violence, frequent starvation, much misery, an untold number of deaths, and the mutilation of African bodies by British soldiers for the purpose of taking souvenirs. Indent. -They did that to Native Americans also, must be in their Genetic makeup.

Time after time – from the onset of British rule at the end of the 18th century through to the 20th century when political power was formally handed to white settlers – British armies and British arms came down on the side of white settlers. Colonial conquest involved the burning down of homesteads, humiliating and incarcerating African chiefs, dismembering once-powerful kingdoms, all the while making Africans bear the cost of colonial rule through an elaborate system of taxation.

Though the Zulu kingdom scored a decisive victory against Britain at the Battle of Isandhlwana in 1879, the “peace” of subsequent years witnessed the breaking up of the kingdom into several chiefdoms and the forced exile of the Zulu monarch. The kingdom’s material independence was eroded while its members were absorbed into the colonial economy as cheap labourers. They did the same thing in America to the Native Americans and to the People of Africa that they brought here Forcibly. Many White People believe that Black People don’t Know History and are Stupid. What’s worse are the Black People who give that thinking credibility by being Stupid. For instance, Tim Scott the only Black Republican Senator, going on America’s biggest Misinformation Network and defending White Supremacy. Harriet Taubman spoke of him, ” I freed a Thousand Slaves, I could have freed a Thousand more, if only they knew they were Slaves”. Today Meghan Markle’s Dad says that the British People aren’t Racist, only California and the rest of America. There you have it, the Trend of Misinformation and Denials is the Norm. He said that his Daughter has Abandoned him, if he was my Dad I wouldn’t even go to his Funeral. Once again I have done my Research, something the rest of seemingly Intelligent People refuses to do. They choose to Embrace Conspiracies Theories and Cancel Culture. They also Idolize a Man whose Father went to K.K.K. Rallies and sees him as the Great White Hope, who is going to make America Great as Great Britton. That tells me that Racism is as American as 🍎 Pie and as wide as The Proverbial Pond. Curly once told Moe that he could not be Fooled. Moe asked him , how so? Curly replied, because I am a Moron. And there you have it, the Motivation for this Blog. Someone always trying to Fool Someone else.

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The Observer

 

 

 

The Observer

During the late Sixties and early Seventies there were a large amount of Migrants in America. They were Americans leaving thei’r Homes for Canada and Latin America. They were young Men who turned Eighteen and was now Eligible to be drafted into the U.S. Army. The U.S. Army was getting a Lesson in Vietnam, fighting in an unconventional Warfare. Guerilla Warfare is when you don’t know who are the Enemy and who are the People you are supposed to protect. Pretty much the way that Americans are heading today. The Casualties were more than the Government was reporting, the need for replacements were great.

Yet young Americans refused to wear the Uniform. Draft Dodger was a dirty and unpatriotic word. Yet many young Americans were crossing Borders to escape the Draft. 1973 Israel was fighting a War with Three Arab Countries Simultaneously. For a while it appeared that America’s help was needed in the Middle East. With Israel’s Resilience no Troops were Deployed. The World was Burning. Just Ten years earlier the Threat of Nuclear War came close to Reality. The Missile Scare, lasted 1 month, 4 days (16 October – 20 November 1962) confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union which escalated into an international crisis when American deployments of missiles in Italy and Turkey were matched by Soviet deployments of similar ballistic missiles in Cuba, Ninety miles from Miami.

The confrontation is often considered the closest the Cold War came to escalating into a full-scale nuclear war. The Cold War put America and Russia in deep Freeze. All through my Teenage life, my Biggest Fear was that America could become another Hiroshima. The Streets of America was congested with Protesters every Day, Blacks and Whites for different Objectives. Blacks wanted Equality, Whites wanted thei’r young Men out of Vietnam.To say that America was in Turmoil would be a Huge Understatement. I never thought that I would live to see the Land of the Free in such Turmoil as it is Today. Back then there was a Huge Threat from Sleepers ( Russians living in America waiting for Orders).

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Today the Sleepers are Americans, they are Extremists working in the Government ( 150 Lawmakers tried to overturn an Election). They are Serviceman wearing Uniforms that my Tax Dollars paid for. They are Police Officers who are supposed to protect me. They are my Neighbors Two Thousand strong who stormed the Capitol looking for the Speaker of the House and the Vice President. Among the overall Ten Thousand strong many came to do Battle, they were well Armed. Many were Retired Servicemen and Women trained in Tactical Warfare, the Woman who was shot and killed was One. They were awaiting Orders that never came. If the Order was given, the small Contingent of Capitol Police would have been no Match.

All Government Employees in the Capitol would have been killed. My Wife was a Federal Employee for Twenty Five years. On January Sixth My Body was Numb with Fear for the People cowering in the Basement of the Capitol. On Nine Eleven the same Numbness covered me, thinking of the Nine Hundred fellow Coworkers working for Solomon Brothers in the World Trade Towers. Is this my America or did I fell asleep and woke up in the Middle East. Today I have a New Fear, not for myself, but for the Eighth years old living in America today. I ask myself, from what they are Witnessing today, how is it shaping thei’r Social Values. How safe will they be, Twenty five years from now, living in Beirut U.S.A. in the year 1972.

Going to work and your Bus Explodes, Eating Alfresco and Thugs drive by and spray Bullets. This is how Extremists work. Today Americans are fair Game for Radicalization on both sides of the Fence. If a Civil War breaks out in America, that would only Embolden Russia and China to fulfill a lifelong ambition of flying their Flags over the Capitol. Divide and Conquer is a Tool used by the Greatest Conquerors of the World. This is Sixty Eight years of learning talking to you. You need to get rid of all the Bullshit Conspiracies and all the Extremism that is weakening this Democracy. Parting Words, all the Great Empires of the World have fallen, the African, the Egyptian, the Aztecs, the Roman the Ming Dynasty. Are we approaching the fall of America?.  I was only Fifteen years old in 1969, it was all the Bullshit that was going on that Dissuade me from Higher Learning, thinking that it was only a Capitalist Tool. Today the Future of the Fifteen years old out of School watching Television all Day is in your Hands and the way you vote, the next time you select a President.

Life, Motivation

An Eye For the Camera

My own Design

 

Those of you who hangs on to my every word knows that I am one of the Greatest Do it yourself Person. At Eight years old I was determined to find out how Electricity works. I took Two wires, stripped them of their Insulation and plugged them in, I learned. Since then I have wired a House did all the Plumbing and everything in Construction. Fixed Cars Major Appliances Boilers and Heaters. Also thought myself how to write. But my most Favorite Accomplishment started at Thirteen, taking Pictures, around Thirty I read a couple of Books on Photography. I learned later that it’s either you’ve got it or you don’t

 

 

All Pictures are interactive, expand

My Subjects willingly Pose for me

My Media Page belongs in a Museum go take a look.

 

 

 

 

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Who Set The World On Fire

 

 

Music has always been a Great Influence in my Life since my Teen years. I would listen to various Artists speaking about all the Issues facing Society. Their support or disapproval for certain conditions or Ideologies. They have always appealed to me as thei’r counterparts painting Brushstrokes like Picasso, Dali or Monet. Some were Outlandish, some Incomprehensible and some with Dynamic Simplicity.

 

 

 

That is how many Singers and Songwriters presented thei’r Messages. I have thought many were Visionaries Messengers and Teachers. Anyone who only Listened for the Beat is missing more than just the Heartache and Pain that goes into creating Cords and Riffs, They also missed the Artist’s Emotional Turmoils. They say that Pain and Sorrows produces Empathy. Feeling an Artist’s pain allows me to deal with my own, especially if they draw Parity. Stick Figure Pose the Question ” Who Set the World on Fire” ? My answer, it was you who set the world on Fire, by never agreeing to disagree, by never respecting anyone else’s Rights but yours. That goes far back to the Israelites and the Philistines, as far back to when the World was first divided and Marrying out of your Sect was Prohibited. It was them who set this World on Fire and it kept Burning until Today. Just look at the Lyrics by Billy Joel. The only way to put this 🔥 out is with Emotional Intelligence.

e·mo·tion·al in·tel·li·gence
noun
  1. the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.
    “emotional intelligence is the key to both personal and professional success”

 

 

We didn’t start the Fire

 

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray

South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, television
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe
Rosenbergs, H-bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, “The King and I”, and “The Catcher in the Rye”
Eisenhower, Vaccine, England’s got a new queen
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana, goodbye
We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning, since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No, we didn’t light it, but we tried to fight it
Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev
Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc
Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron
Dien Bien Phu falls, “Rock Around the Clock”
Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn’s got a winning team
Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland
Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Krushchev
Princess Grace, Peyton Place, Trouble in the Suez
We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning, since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No, we didn’t light it, but we tried to fight it
Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac
Sputnik, Chou En-Lai, “Bridge on the River Kwai”
Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California baseball
Starkweather homicide, children of thalidomide
Buddy Holly, Ben Hur, space monkey, mafia
Hula hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go
U2, Syngman Rhee, Payola and Kennedy
Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo
We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning, since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No, we didn’t light it, but we tried to fight it
Hemingway, Eichmann, “Stranger in a Strange Land”
Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion
“Lawrence of Arabia”, British Beatlemania
Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson
Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British politician sex
JFK – blown away, what else do I have to say?
We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning, since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No, we didn’t light it, but we tried to fight it
Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again
Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock
Begin, Reagan, Palestine, terror on the airline
Ayatollah’s in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan
“Wheel of Fortune”, Sally Ride, heavy metal suicide
Foreign debts, homeless vets, AIDS, crack, Bernie Goetz
Hypodermics on the shore, China’s under martial law
Rock and roller, cola wars, I can’t take it anymore
We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning, since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
But when we are gone
It will still burn on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on
We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning, since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No, we didn’t light it, but we tried to fight it
We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning, since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No, we didn’t light it, but we tried to fight it
We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning, since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No, we didn’t light it, but we tried to fight it
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Joel William M
We Didn’t Start the Fire lyrics © Joelsongs