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,

Charlie~

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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,

Charlie~

Iraqi Benchmarks and What They Mean To America

It is no secret that the Bush administration is in deep trouble over the war in Iraq. Now, the administration is downplaying the benchmarks set for the Iraqi government, set in place to show progress of the war. Be careful of what you wish for. Now, the whole benchmark theory is coming back to haunt the White House, and the miserable failure who would be king.

In a recent newsletter, I was directed to Copywriter’s Library. As a freelance writer, I of course clicked over to see what was up. I was given the treat of being able to read at no cost the classic The Science Of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles. Written in 1910, it is as significant today as it was then. I quote from Mr. Wattles classic book:

“It is wrong to apply your will to other men and women in order to get them to do what you wish done.

It is as flagrantly wrong to coerce people by mental power as it is to coerce them by physical power. If compelling people by physical force to do things for you reduces them to slavery, compelling them by mental means accomplishes exactly the same thing; the only difference is in methods. If taking things from people by physical force is robbery, them taking things by mental force is robbery also. There is no difference in principle.

You have no right to use your will power upon another person, even “for his own good,” for you do not know what is for his good. The science of getting rich does not require you to apply power or force to any other person, in any way whatsoever. There is not the slightest necessity for doing so. Indeed, any attempt to use your will upon others will only tend to defeat your purpose.

You do not need to apply your will to things in order to compel them to come to you. That would simply be trying to coerce God and would be foolish and useless.

You do not have to try to compel God to give you good things, any more than you have to use your will power to make the sun rise.

You do not have to use your will power to conquer an unfriendly Deity, or to make stubborn and rebellious forces do your bidding. Substance is friendly to you, and is more anxious to give you what you want than you are to get it.”

Asserting the American ideals on a country that could care less is not my idea of a fine time. As a Viet vet, I had the same bitch in the way that war was handled. It was for a lot of the same reasons this huge Iraq debacle is where it is at – asserting the American will on another country, thus enslaving them.

Rumors abounded during the Viet Nam war that it was being fought for control of the Golden Triangle. Truth of that and the involvement of Air America will probably never be brought to light, but for many Viet vets, the rumors have great significance.

We see the same thing in Iraq. Why the hell don’t we just come out and say we want control over the oil fields and be done with it? The Everyday Citizen really wants to know…

Peace,

Charlie~

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The GOP & The Hispanic Vote

The Everyday Citizen has been closely watching the immigration debacle that has this country so stirred up right now. It seems the GOP is in self destruct mode now because the immigration bill was defused in the Senate. Apparently the question now is not what is good for the country, but what is good for the GOP.

Many Americans, including myself, do not wish to see blanket amnesty given to the millions of illegal immigrants in the US today. It is unfair to the American people, born and raised here, and places a huge burden on a tax structure that is already in jeopardy. It is no one’s right to be in this country illegally, yet many of the Hispanic population feel it is their right to live here, work here, and take advantage of the social services provided by this nation. Many of them have gained a social security card by dishonest means so that they can work here. It is hardly fair to Americans struggling to find work. Certainly, there is a need for manual labor that so many Americans refuse to do. I do not deny that the Hispanic bloc is not useful in a country where many welfare recipients would rather draw the bennies than to pick pickles. Let them in, but let them in legally, and send them home when the work is done if they do not wish to abide by the laws of the land. Allow them access to the US, but do so legally, and lets end all this bullshit happening today.

Now, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz) is making noise about the Hispanic vote. McCain, an supporter of all the wrong issues that are the ills of this nation, feels that giving blanket amnesty to the Hispanic voting population is “good” for the GOP. He doesn’t seem overly concerned about what his voter base wishes, just what is best for the Republican party. Currently, Hispanics make up about 13% of our country and by 2020 will be closer to 20%. Catering to this population seems to be the method of choice to bolster the GOP. What’s wrong with this picture?

Rush Limbaugh attacked the Bush-backed immigration plan as the “Destroy the Republican Party Act.” Are we looking at damage control to the extreme? Is not the will of the nation the deciding factor in this latest debacle? Or is it simply doing what is best for the GOP. One has to wonder…

Drive on,

Charlie~

News From South of the Border

It has been an exceptional weekend for the Everyday Citizen.  I am goofing off, spending a lot of time w/ Nick & Sara, and don’t feel a bit guilty about not getting a lot of Internet marketing done.  I have had a lot of fun sitting in the back yard by the pool, playing with the dogs Sheena,  Duke & Abby, drinking too much Canadian Mist, and eating things definitely not good for me.

It is well worth it.  My blood pressure this morning was 97/47, and I am relaxed for the first time in a long while.  It is time I realized there is a hell of a lot more to life than chasing the almighty dollar, I suppose…

I have been doing some research on things, which is my first love.  I take my laptop out by the pool and gather information.  Knowledge is power, and I increase my knowledge daily.  I have been doing a lot of freelancing and the things I write on are things I know little about, yet the web makes me an expert.  I love the internet just for that capabilities.

Tomorrow will be a workday, and in the evening I will take Sara out for root beer and elephant ears.  I haven’t had a date with a beautiful young woman in a long while, and am looking forward to it.

Drive on…

Charlie~

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Mich. Man in Wheelchair Takes a Wild Ride

Every now and then I read a story that really tickles me. When I checked into my email account from my Yahoo home page today, I saw a picture of a man in a wheelchair that was attached to the front of a semi.

Ben Carpenter of Kalamazoo was crossing an intersection in his motorized wheelchair when the light turned green. The semi driver didn’t see Ben, and bumped into his wheelchair while crossing the intersection.

Bumping in to the wheelchair turned it sideways, and the handles of the chair were stuck in the grill of the semi. It took Ben for a 4 mile ride down the Red Arrow Highway.

The cops finally halted the truck, and the driver was amazed to see Ben attached to the front of his truck. Apparently, he didn’t see Ben, and took him for the ride of his life. Speeds of up to 50 mph were reported, and the ride left Ben unscathed but scared.

I worked for a lot of years in voc rehab, working with people just like Ben. Ben, who has muscular dystrophy, has the attitude I saw in so many of the severely disabled people I worked with. It was a humbling experience. they never sniveled, complained, and were almost always very upbeat and happy. You would think people in this difficult situation would be bitter and angry, but it was almost never the case.

All’s well that ends well. it tickled me because here was a guy who had the ride of his life, was unharmed, and took it like a man. The only damage from this ordeal was to the wheelchair, which had all the rubber burned off the wheels. I am betting that Ben & family will get a lot of laughs out of this for years to come. I am happy he wasn’t hurt, and tickled because it was such an extraordinary accident. Check out the video on this site. Bring in the clowns…

Peace,

Charlie~

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My New Granddaughter


My son Nathan is the proud father of a new baby girl. Ava Jean came in to the world on June 6th at 3:14 a.m. she weighed in at 9 pounds and 4 ozs. Mother and daughter are doing well. Methinks dad is a bit proud also…

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Welcome her to the world…

Peace,

Charlie~

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Theme Mods

I’ve redone the left sidebar, and have added the widgets plugin.  I added Ultimate Tag Warrior and Pingfix, both of which I feel essential for a blog of any type.  Although UTW is a bit of work to get working correctly, I feel it is worth the effort.

Giving serious consideration to the colors, which I feel are a bit too dark and moody.  As this blog is somewhat experimental, using only what is available online, it is no problem to tweak the CSS stylesheet.

More to come.

Drive on…

Peace,Charlie~

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Tornado Alley – Be Glad You Aren’t There

I read with much concern today about the poor folk in Greensburg, Kansas who had their little farming community wiped out.  It seems that they have lost over 95% of the town, and hopes for rebuilding are not very high.

My real concern, though, came when I saw on the evening news that Bush had visited the town to give his condolences.  Although his act is noble, I cannot help but witness the fact that he snubbed questions as to why the National Guard are not there in more force, and are not doing more.  It seems that it has taken a great deal of time for this small town to get assistance from the National Guard.  The town mayor cites lack of equipment and vehicles for the local unit that has caused these delays.  Why is that?  Are we so busy feeding Bush’s war machine that we cannot take care of our own?  Are we reduced to going without for the sake of a failing war that is so unpopular in this country?

A sad state of affairs, indeed…

Peace,

Charlie~