This blog is dedicated to fulfilling the writer's responsibility to try to ensure that the younger generations inherit a country that respects the rights and liberties of all its citizens and residents, provides ample opportunities to make an adequate living for families, and conducts its affairs with other nations with honor and integrity. This will be done by working to preserve what is right about the country, while working to reform what is wrong. This will be done with humor as much as possible, but when it is not possible, the facts will be presented unvarnished. There is not much time left to get it right, so be ready.
The story about so many Hollywood figures showing up for the Golden Globes dressed in all black to honor the movement of women to have their accusations against sexual harassment in the workplace heard was a big story this morning. I think it will only take this clip from one of Nicolas Cage's movies to express how a lot of the women felt when they decided to take this kind of action. In the meantime, some of the attacks on former powerhouses of Hollywood would never have been done just a few years ago because of the entrenched power in that industry.
Again, I haven't gotten in here as often as in the past to post articles and photos in this blog, including being late with replacing the Autumn photo with a winter photo, and no references to any of the holidays. I was concentrating on working on the 2016 Election Blog and getting ready for Christmas, followed by an injury to my right eye that required laser surgery last week. I can't guarantee multiple postings in here every week with the other parts of this growing site taking up time and resources, but I'll try to get in here more often. I definitely plan more "Jukebox" posts with links to songs up at YouTube, for example.
A few hours ago, I got done participating in the Oil City YMCA's annual "Turkey Trot" 5K race. There were runners and walkers in the race, and I was a runner as my aging feet and ankles don't like a lot of running right now. It poured a cold rain throughout the event. I read the weather reports and knew about the rain, so chose my Desert Storm parka to try to keep out the rain. I tested it early in the morning, and the rain seemed to bead up on it like it was repelling the rain. It didn't. I was soaked through when I crossed the finish line. When the race first started, some experienced speed walkers, those funny looking racers in the Olympics, roared off the starting line and pulled away. At least two of them were older than I. The blacktop surface of the trail caused more impact and some stiffness in my lower back, so I moved onto the dirt road next to the track, which was legal, and began imitating the style of the speed walkers by moving my arms up higher, tucking them closer to my body, and shortening the swinging of the arms. All the changes increased my speed and enabled me to overtake several people who had passed me. Endorphins began to kick in, my lower back loosened, and the words, "I am a leaf on the wind," came in to my mind. I wound up taking second place in my age group, and got a nice medal for it. Check out the videos below about "I am a leaf on the wind," and see me get my award as a walker.
Well, it's certainly been awhile since I posted in here the last time. We can look down from here and see it was about six weeks ago. The reason for this is, my project entitled "The Most Bizarre Presidential Election in the History of the United States" is having trouble being completed as new information has been pouring out rather than dribbling out as in the past. It is hard to keep up, and verbal and on-line discussions of the new evidence has taken up a lot of my time. I will set a link below to the main index page of that satellite site as it is being changed today. The first "matter" that commands attention is the subject of alleged Russian interference in the election campaign. That theory has been morphed completely by all the recent revelations, and that will be covered after the completion of the "Pied Piper Candidate Strategy," which will reveal how Donald Trump won the Republican nomination, and a new page dedicated to the night the Mainstream Media announced the death of Hillary Rodham Clinton, as if this campaign, which is still going on, could never get any more bizarre.
During the Cold War, a large faction of this nation urged the American people to be open to building friendly relations with the former Soviet Union, which, in case everyone forgot, we now call "Russia." This faction, and a majority of the Mainstream Media, were consistent advocates for detente and peaceful co-existence with the Soviet Union and the Communist governments of Eastern Europe dominated by the Soviet Union. One aspect of this drive for peaceful co-existence was "East-West Trade." Trade with the former Soviet Union will be an important part of the series on the election as it has been documented that East-West trade was largely responsible for the construction of the Soviet Union's military-industrial complex, which still operates today in Vladimir Putin's Russia. The same faction that advocated the East-West trade, that resulted in US technology building entire industrial plants and complexes in the Soviet Union, now wants us to consider ourselves at war against a nation armed with our own technology. This industrial base, built on our technology, turned out such products as the ZIL line of Soviet Army trucks. The ZIL trucks were used to transport supplies and soldiers that traveled down the Ho Chi Minh trail to enable the North Vietnamese Army to kill our own men in Vietnam. One very recent documentary, hosted by distinguished actor Morgan Freeman, claims we are already at war with Russia, who will fight us with weapons built with our own technology. I want an explanation for why we armed Russia ,when it was the Soviet Union, and why, all of a sudden, detente and peaceful co-existence with Russia are considered far more than undesirable to the very same people who armed Russia as the Soviet (Communist) Union for decades.
I think the people are entitled to know what real collusion with Russia looks like, so I will endeavor to show them by documenting the results of trade with the former Soviet Union, Russian weapon system by Russian weapon system. Some people have a lot of explaining to do, and it isn't just the people involved in Trump's campaign who happened to talk to the Russian Ambassador in some public setting. People in this government, dating back to the 1920s, have a lot of explaining to do about building and maintaining the Russian Military-Industrial Complex, against which we are told we are already at war.
Why document all of this? All I have to see is that long line of pre-schoolers being guided into our YMCA in the morning to see this as a duty. In the meantime, here is an example of the results of providing the technology, and even the technical training to the Russians, for operating and maintaining the Russian Military Industrial Complex. It's time to join reality, unpleasant as it might be. We created our own monsters because we didn't care enough to think about what was going on.
I took this photograph of a doe white-tailed deer from the main doorway of my apartment building. The doe has reclined on that spot before, but I didn't have access to a camera, and could only see the top part of her head when she was there in the summer. I had to look two or three times, and only her ears twitching gave her away as she was so well camouflaged in the brush. I think she might have been with her whole family some weeks before, a fawn and a buck prior to antler season, were browsing on the same spot. I stood on the bridge to the doorway and watched for about ten minutes while they dined on different plants. The deer were only about thirty yards away.