I consider myself to be a pretty average Joe, although no Joe the Plumber, if ya remember that one. I am getting on in years. I’m 73. I am feeling the effects of hard years of drinking and drugging.  I have always been interested in politics and what goes on in the world around me. I used to subscribe to the Huffington Post, which I thought at the time was probably the most centrist news rag around. No ABC Fox bullshit, here – sorry! I think I am pretty much qualified to know, at my age what life in this country should be like. Today, I am a 100% disabled Vietnam vet, who grew up in a time when people HAD a chance to realize the American dream. It was simple. You grew up, got a good job, whether in the manufacturing sector or as a professional, with the help of a little education, you worked hard and toed the line, you got married, you bought a home which was your best investment for retirement, and you lived your life. You retired. Maybe, if you did okay with your money, went to Florida for the winter. Wonder how many people remember the term “snowbirds?” Regardless, it was how it was, and how it should be..

Now, we see retirees struggling to keep food on the table, medicine in the cabinet, and unable to buy gas for a car that has outgrown its usefulness. People all over the country are not only living in “fly over zones” but are called “deplorables” and are depicted as uneducated, racist thugs that have no clue as to what America should “really” be like just because they may lean a little to the right and wanted someone in the White House that wasn’t a liar, corrupt and deceitful. Yes I am talking about HRC. She has proven time and time again how untrustworthy she is, and yet she is the darling of the left, and they see absolutely nothing wrong with the wrongdoings of this horrible woman.

We are a country divided. The hate and vitriol in this country are unbelievable, and is something out of a George Orwell novel. When will it stop? When will this country come together again as reasonable human beings who have the common goal of making our country strong again? One of my favorite survivalist folks has a saying that sticks in my mind. He says “we are all in this together.” I think it is about time we started acting like it…

A New Beginning

The Everyday Citizen has been broken for a while. It took migrating to a new host and a ton of time with FTP and the file manager to get it back online, but here we are! I am getting over major surgery which occurred Jan 3rd in which I lost 18 inches of colon and gained this cute little bag tied to my waist that I now do my biness in. Oh, joy! But at least it isn’t permanent. I will have to just learn to live with it for now…

There is much to talk about. Between Congress and the Prez, the proverbial shit has hit the fan. Having my own thoughts on the sequester, I will post soon when feeling a bit more rational. Although I have voted for Obama in the past two elections, it is this in the latest of bullshit to come down from the hill that gives me pause, which I have not felt before. We shall see..

Drive on,




I’m Back…

Time and circumstances affect us all. I lost my job in February, and as a disabled Viet Nam  vet that is legally blind, I find getting a new job in this economy and political upheaval damn near impossible. If not for my wife and her two successful businesses, I would be livin’ in a cardboard box down by the river. (Not exactly how I want to word it, but we must be PC, mustn’t we?) I was very sick last year, and the illness and the meds provided to me put me in a world of hurt, and I am now finally on the mend. I hope it continues…

I have a lot to say. This election year gives a old curmdgeon like me much fodder to chew on and use to spread hate and discontent amongst the troops. I have never seen such a fucked up bunch of losers come out of the Republican party as I am seeing now. Time to make some hay while the sun shines…



Move On, Or

It seems President Bush is not happy with MoveOn and their blast at General David Petraeus. In an ad, they have pictured him as a talking dog for Bush, and I am rather inclined to think that they probably have it right. This leaves Bush “disgusted” and berating Congress for not attacking the organization. Well guess what, folks? The old Coon is a member in good standing at MoveOn, and I applaud their right to freedom of speech. And they should NOT get on Bush’s S-list for doing so.

What’s wrong with this picture? Doesn’t Bush realize how very sick and tired we are of sacrificing our children for an unjust war? Does he honestly think that he can put his pet general up there and tell us what a wonderful thing the Iraqi war is, and not have somebody fire up the machine? Gimme a break…

What really yanks my crank though is the Democratic Congress taking steps to eliminate extra R&R for needy soldiers and Marines. They need time to regroup, yet Congress feels this is not essential. I am thinking that the Democrats are a real bunch of losers. They talk the talk, yet fail to walk the walk. Where in heaven’s name are we gonna go from here?

Drive on,



Greenspan On The War – Why Are We There?

I’ve always considered Alan Greenspan to be an odd duck – head full of numbers and an insider in Ayn Rand’s Inner Circle. If you haven’t read Rand’s book, “Atlas Shrugged” then you are in for very good reading. I read an article in the Baltimore Chronicle today, and Greenspan spilled the so-called beans on the war in Iraq.

Greenspan says something that I, just a plain old Midwestern cracker – have known all along. The war is being fought over oil. I have never doubted that, and to have Greenspan expound on this issue is music to my ears. Greenspan’s book, The Age of Turbulence, comes out this evening. Methinks I will hie on over to Amazon and pick up a copy.

Greenspan writes: “I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil.” I have to think that the American public, so used to be lied to, doesn’t think this is so. Every war has to have a reason. big oil has had an eye on Iraq that some say that Iraq “floats on a sea of oil.” These words of wisdom comes fro Paul Wolfowitz, the former head of the World Bank, who ruined his career in favor of his girlfriend. Wolfowitz, bless his pointed little head, is best known to be one of the “architects” of the war against Iraq.

I will be 64 next week. I have been voting for over 40 years, and go into the polling booth and just vote straight Democratic. This is the first year I have felt that maybe that is not a good choice. But that is another story…

Drive on,


Life Gets In The Way

I was checking the blog today to gather information for another blog I have, and see that it has been over a month since my last post. Shame, shame! I couldn’t believe that this has happened. i knew it had been a bit, but a month? WTF?

Life gets in the way some times. I had been preparing for my son’s wedding and keeping up with a demanding editor who keeps the old Coon hopping. I’m currently working on a series on going green. Environmentalism is my bag, and I am working to increase awareness across the land. I know it is usually a tough subject to bring up without derision from many, but it is a real threat to us all. Global warming? Bet yer ass…

In my years on this earth I have seen many changes in the weather. When I was young, it was no extraordinary event to be snowed in for days on end. I remember one year it was so bad that my father and neighboring farmers had to shovel our road by hand to allow us to get the tractor into a neighboring village for food and supplies. Weeks with the temperatures well below zero were not uncommon. We dealt with it, and actually enjoyed it as kids.

Now, I see little snow here in mid-Michigan. The past couple of years have been relatively warm, with little snow fall. The nightly news is filled with record breaking temps in the south west and western states. Topping that off is a series of damaging rainfalls, with subsequent flooding in the Mid-west. Texas has been hard hit with flooding. Ohio has seen some of the worst flooding in history. Mother Nature is not happy…

Evidence of the ice caps melting cannot be ignored. Series of terrible storms are there for a reason. the news reports that this is the first time since 1949 when two hurricanes have made landfall in one day. Firestorms across the nation have devastated acres of forest. Greece has been inundated with wildfires and now are experiencing flooding.

Man, I had better stop! I sound like my Mom did when she talked about end of days!

Not all news is bad. Gonzo is gone, Rove is headed out the door, and Snow is on his heels. Things are looking up – for me at least. Now all we gotta do is bring the boys home…

Drive on,



Fox News Attacks the Blogosphere

It appears that there is a big stink in the blogosphere concerning Fox news and the left wing crowd. Bill O’Reilly has made several attacks on the bloggers, including The Daily Kos, and These good folk have been likened to the KKK and Nazi’s. I sincerely feel the Everday Citizen is missing something here.

I read these blogs infrequently. Their content is always good, they do not appear to be overly radical, and fight for change in the system. Possibly I am more left wing than I thought. I have always been a little left of center, but this attack is not only ridiculous, but unfounded. Who killed the First Amendment?

As confused as I am over this issue, I leave it to the reader to determine whether this is unfounded or not. View this video with an open mind, and comment, please…

Drive on,



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The Trouble With Computers

Been a while since the Everyday Citizen has posted. I have been having computer troubles up the wazoo lately, and Sat. eve when I returned home from house sitting, the final crash came as Rosie and I sat on the patio, having a nightcap and listening to a very eclectic assortments of tunes on my trusty ITunes app on the mainframe. It is in the shop, but they are having issues getting Chdsk to do its thing. I knew the HD was getting shaky, so I am not surprised. Doesn’t make an old Coon very happy, regardless… 😡

I have been increasingly interested in what is going on with the “Bushies” lately, and recently came across The Huffington Post. Run by Arianna Huffington, it features Michael Moore, one of my favorite people, as a blogger. Michael is from Michigan, as am I, and I have always enjoyed his commentary. Can’t wait to see Sicko…

Check out the Huffington Post. As a concerned citizen fearing what goes on in DC, I find the content refreshing…

Drive on…


Illegal Immigrants Seek Amnesty a la Scooter Libbey

The Everyday Citizen had his best laugh of the year this AM. Through Yahoo! I get alerts whenever something is posted about Bush or Cheney. (Inquiring minds want to know). I am house sitting for friends who left yesterday for a Caribbean cruise, and I’m really digging staying in a house that has 4 baths, a swimming pool, and enough bedrooms to get lost in. An old Coon like me enjoys sitting on the deck in the early AM hours with a good cuppa and plenty of birds to cheer his morning. But I digress…

Every thinking person in this nation must wonder what the Bush administration is trying to hide with the commutation of I. Scooter Libbey. One of my biggest bitches is that the current administration seems to think that the entire population is stupid, or operating on blind faith. With the current debacle in Congress of Harriet Miers refusing to show for a congressional hearing, you have to wonder what the hell is going on. On Saturday, July 14, Andy Borowitz, reporter for Creators Syndicate, reports that illegal immigrants in this country are trying to seek amnesty the same as Libbey did. They will plead guilty to perjury so that they can cut a deal. Plans for figuring out how to raise the $250,000.00 for a “get out of jail free” card is taking up a lot of time in Congress.

This is very funny to me. Political pundits have always poked plenty of fun at politicians, but in this administration there is much truth to some of their comments. He who would be king has made a laughingstock of this nation of ours. It seems Congress, and the American people, follow along like blind sheep, doing nothing more than rant as I do. I have to ask myself what CAN be done? Nothing more than impeachment and total abolishment of the current administration can cure the current ills of our great nation. It appears Bush is unstoppable, and Congress does nothing but whine. We, as American citizens, deserve more…

Possibly everyone is waiting to just ride out the rest of this lame duck administration. I am thinking that every politico knows where the bodies are buried, and need to watch their own backs. Can you imagine what it is going to be like for the new administration coming in 2008? The mess they are going to have to clean up, and the length of time that will take? And in the meantime, funding for services, healthcare, health research, and every single program or think tank that benefits the American people goes on hold or is abolished to feed Bush’s war machine. How sad…

Drive on…