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Old Crank

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Member since: Tue Nov 14, 2017, 07:17 AM
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Currently living in Germany, enjoying the culture, enjoying the food, enjoying the travel. Not enjoying the winters, or the Deutsches lernen...

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From Der Spiegel.


Translation:

The risky president.
Lying, until the doctor comes,
How Corona is destroying the Trump system.

https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10219701744236514&set=a.1847165821285&__cft__[0]=AZUpCwFCeByPNEV1j7jDpThp09zQhh6AlT3RQib4mimzxDE0s-gy4UGJDi5HVtXLRZYgUCYwwd8FQCS61j5jGo8HIBOcp7K6DNvRC0iXrBC0CaaVHtUvYUKl2LasibYpn9A6RbJIGsyyU3Blu6AgeqSh5y2vOCzcBsZO_6tnSb2vJQ&__tn__=EH-R


He is headed to Walter Reed.

Source: Cnn

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/10/02/politics/president-donald-trump-walter-reed-coronavirus/index.html

Read more: Link to source

From My FB feed



I am an immigrant. My parents moved to the US for health reasons, just in time for me to start high school. After graduation I floundered around in college for a bit and then entered the Air Force after becoming a US citizen. Military life did not suit me, and I got our just short of 5 years to go back to school with my wife at that time.
I do not like a lot of what our military does. The worldwide escapades, the continuous wars, the destruction of other countries. There is a lot of what the US has done since WWII with our military might and our proxies that have made life unbearable for other people in other countries. Places where we have no right to be in helping and largely failing to bring democracy to them at the point of a gun, or bomb, or drone.
I say this because I believe the US is doing the wrong thing militarily in bases around the world that are uncountable. We have stations small and large in over 100 countries. We kill without remorse people we have deemed from afar, by remote means, to be the bad guys.
This situation does not make me “anti-service member.” The men and women who enlist into the service of our country have no real say in the above matters. They have signed their lives over to our government. The government tells them what to do daily. Where they are going to live even if they will be living with their families. This is part of being in the services. There is physical risk, some services more than others, but all can be called to combat. You can see the names of service man and women who gave all by going to the Viet Nam Memorial. 55,000. One of my high school classmates did not come back a year after we graduated.
Yet we have our president denigrating the very men and women who have taken on this burden. Prisoners of war denigrated. Gold Star family members who have lost a father, son, daughter, denigrated. Officers working in national security hounded out of their careers for following the laws they swore to uphold. Where were the complaints from his party? Not heard. Too many dehumanize the service members they say they support by calling them “boots on the ground.” It is a lot easier to send boots to combat than flesh and blood, I guess.
Now we have reports that our president could not go to honor the men who died in France because his hair might get wet. He went to Dover to pay respects to our war dead four times. Quit because a father of one of the dead returning service members was not nice in his comments to him. Now it is alleged that our president thinks that the casualties, dead and injured, are “losers and suckers.” No, they are not. They are men and women who signed up to protect the country, swore an oath, and did their duty, no matter how horrible or for whatever ill formed reasons.
I have plenty of reasons to dislike US foreign policy and the use of military power instead of trying to work out a way that reduces bloodshed. But I will not denigrate the men and women who are doing the work that others have assigned. These people deserve respect for the tasks that they are told to perform not called losers and suckers by the president of this country.

My post to Facebook

I am an immigrant. My parents moved to the US for health reasons, just in time for me to start high school. After graduation I floundered around in college for a bit and then entered the Air Force after becoming a US citizen. Military life did not suit me, and I got our just short of 5 years to go back to school with my wife at that time.
I do not like a lot of what our military does. The worldwide escapades, the continuous wars, the destruction of other countries. There is a lot of what the US has done since WWII with our military might and our proxies that have made life unbearable for other people in other countries. Places where we have no right to be in helping and largely failing to bring democracy to them at the point of a gun, or bomb, or drone.
I say this because I believe the US is doing the wrong thing militarily in bases around the world that are uncountable. We have stations small and large in over 100 countries. We kill without remorse people we have deemed from afar, by remote means, to be the bad guys.
This situation does not make me “anti-service member.” The men and women who enlist into the service of our country have no real say in the above matters. They have signed their lives over to our government. The government tells them what to do daily. Where they are going to live even if they will be living with their families. This is part of being in the services. There is physical risk, some services more than others, but all can be called to combat. You can see the names of service man and women who gave all by going to the Viet Nam Memorial. 55,000. One of my high school classmates did not come back a year after we graduated.
Yet we have our president denigrating the very men and women who have taken on this burden. Prisoners of war denigrated. Gold Star family members who have lost a father, son, daughter, denigrated. Officers working in national security hounded out of their careers for following the laws they swore to uphold. Where were the complaints from his party? Not heard. Too many dehumanize the service members they say they support by calling them “boots on the ground.” It is a lot easier to send boots to combat than flesh and blood, I guess.
Now we have reports that our president could not go to honor the men who died in France because his hair might get wet. He went to Dover to pay respects to our war dead four times. Quit because a father of one of the dead returning service members was not nice in his comments to him. Now it is alleged that our president thinks that the casualties, dead and injured, are “losers and suckers.” No, they are not. They are men and women who signed up to protect the country, swore an oath, and did their duty, no matter how horrible or for whatever ill formed reasons.
I have plenty of reasons to dislike US foreign policy and the use of military power instead of trying to work out a way that reduces bloodshed. But I will not denigrate the men and women who are doing the work that others have assigned. These people deserve respect for the tasks that they are told to perform not called losers and suckers by the president of this country.

Forced school opening

Is part of the plan to defund public schools. People who can will keep their children out. They will join the home schooling group. Most schools get their funding from ADA, average daily attendance. This cuts the money states send to the schools as attendance drops.

Underfunded schools will see their state funding cut.

States will have to change the amount they pay or districts could go bust.

A follow up

A follow-up

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10218022777423393&id=1304861440

Posted on Facebook

Posted on Facebook.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10218022764343066&id=1304861440

For the compaliners

The rant I posted on Facebook,
A carry over from 4 years ago when I challenged people who didn't like the process and thought Bernie got shafted. I asked them then if they were willing to do teh work required at the local level. Crickets. I expect the same this year. Unfortunately'


Just after the last presidential election I asked the people who supported Bernie if they were going to roll their sleeves up and work to change the Democratic party so it would be more to their liking. How many put aside a weekend, or a couple of nights a month to join the local party? How many did nothing but watch DWTS instead? Bernie didn't stay in the party. He didn't build up the party. He came in just to run once again for president. I like most of Bernies ideas but he hasn't shown the inclination to do the ground work. Neither have his supporters. They complain about the CA voting where as an independent you can't vote in the primary for a parties leader. Same as four years ago. The rules haven't changed. Now it's voter suppression. Really? You can change your affiliation at the ballot box. How is that voter suppression. The state told you months in advance you wouldn't be able to vote for teh parties presidential choice.

If you don't like what your party is doing YOU have to get into the mix. You have to find out where and when the meetings are. And ATTEND. The rewards go to those who show up. Not to the people who post complaints on FB. But it is much easier to destroy candidates and spoil their chances for election, even if they will be far better than Trump than it is to get your hands dirty.

Now will you change and work for 2022, 2024 or go back to DTWS and FB?

My money is that most of the complainers are dropping out until the next time and then complain about how they are for what others want and need but refuse to do the work.
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