There Are Good Things In the World

17 Dec

When you look at today’s world what do you see? War, starvation, strife among the classes, governments doing their best to totally control those they govern, hackers doing their best to make your life miserable, people wanting something for nothing, and the list goes on and on. If you follow the news you never know if what you are reading is really true or not. Politicians who will lie, cheat and steal to remain in power. It is all rather numbing. You start asking yourself ‘Is there anything good in the world’? One thing that comes to my mind is music.

To me, music makes the world go round. It comes in many forms. Music is not just words spoken, the strum of a guitar, the banging of drums, the sound heard when your fingers touch the ivory keys of an organ or piano. It can be the sound of the wind as it blows though the trees, the sound of raindrops as they fall upon a window, the sound of four paws belonging to your four legged BFF as he or she runs across the wooden floor, the sound of the buoy bell anchored a short distance from shore, the sound of the creek as it flows to a destination, the sound of the wind chimes as they give in to the breeze, the sound of a six month old baby laughing or giggling, the sound of the motorcycle pipes as the driver cranks the gas. Music is different strokes for different people.

The music most that relates to people is the words sung, the guitars strummed, the drums banged, the ivories pressed on the well tuned piano. We have been blessed with people who excel in this form of music. Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Bono, the Eagles, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Elvis, Diana Ross, Santana, Carly Simon, James Taylor, Hank Williams, Al Green, the Temptations, Eric Clapton, Queen, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Simon and Garfunkel, the Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Roy Orbison, Michael Jackson, Neil Young, Smokey Robinson, Johnny Cash, Luciano Pavarotti, Dean Martin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Otis Redding, Bo Diddley, Marvin Gaye, Led Zeppelin, Buddy Holly, the Beach Boys, Bob Marley, Ray Charles, Little Richard, James Brown, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Whitney Houston, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, Adam Levine of Maroon 5, Patsy Cline, Buddy Holly, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Buck Owens, Charlie Pride, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Oak Ridge Boys, Kenny Rogers, Shania Twain, Vince Gill, John Denver, Keith Urban. There are so many more music greats who have brought joy to millions of people. Some continue to bring that joy. Some like Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and many others have brought sadness to millions when their lives were cut short.

Music tastes are sometimes broad and sometimes quite minuscule. You have passionate artists who stay with and promote one genre their whole career. You have artists that jump from one genre to another when their star fades. You have the one hit wonders that possess the passion but only had their one day in the sun. There are those that never get their day in the sun even though they possessed the passion and had the talent. The important stars of music are those with passion for their trade. Those that take pride in the fact that what they do brings joy to millions. The important stars are the ones so good at what they do that they draw you in to a world you wish you could spend an eternity in. Those, that when you hear them, raises the hair on your arms and brings tears to your eyes. Those are sometimes so far and few between.

In order for music to survive, there has to be those to take the place of the stars that begin to fade. Sometimes when those stars fade, there is nobody waiting in the wings to step up and take their place. Sometimes music has to wait for that new star to step out of the shadows. Hows does that new star find their way out of the shadows? It all started with American Idol in June of 2002. AI produced stars such asCarrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips, and Kellie Pickler, to name a few. Would-be hopefuls auditioned before judges who were stars already successful in their careers that took time out from their busy schedules in the hope to find that one diamond in the rough. Then in April 2011 a new show was born. The Voice. This show was different. There were four judges as was on the Idol show. The difference was, during the audition, they were turned around so they could not see who was auditioning. Choosing who would stay and who would go was based solely on the singers voice. Approval was based on one of the chairs to turn around. Another difference was that on the Voice, those in the chairs were coaches while on Idol they were judges. There is a difference.

People that love music were excited. The make-up of the show had music stars Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, CeeLo Green and Christina Aguilera as the four coaches, all stars in their separate genres. The coaches chose those for their team who they thought had the passion and talent to be musics next great star. They brought in other music greats to help coach the chosen members of their team. The show is now coming to the end of it’s 7th season. Two coaches, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, have been constants on the show since its inception. Other coaches have been Usher and Shakira with this season seeing Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani. These people are incredibly awesome with what they do for these hopefuls. They all have a passion for music and they want that passion to continue. The key word here is passion. These stars have no egos. They are there solely for the purpose of keeping music alive.

You would think with the coaching stardom that the show would have produced multiple super stars in its seven seasons. While the show has discovered many talented, passionate individuals, it has yet to produce a super star. Tonight, the winner of Season 7 will be announced. Tonight Matt McAndrew, Craig Wayne Boyd, Damien Lawson or Chris Jamison will be named the winner of season 7 of the Voice. All four are good within their own right. So, what makes a super star? A super star grabs your attention, draws you into their world where you get lost. A super star gets the hair to stand up on your arms and often brings tears to your eyes when they sing. They have your soul for a short few minutes that leaves you wanting more.

Tonight, at the end of season 7 of the Voice, a super star will step out of the shadows. I have not yet seen the show and am staying away from anything that might spoil what I believe the outcome will be. It is my thought that when the winner steps out of the shadows tonight, that winner and music’s first superstar in a long while will be Matt McAndrew. Music has waited patiently for someone with the talent of this young man. There are no words to describe what he did Monday night. Being of the male persuasion I seldom admit when music raises the hair on my arms or brings tears to my eyes. There is no explanation for it, it just happens. To experience the moment fully you cannot fight the feeling, you have to let it happen. That is a WOW experience. There are not many out there that are capable of giving you that WOW experience. The ones who have that capability, those are the super stars. Matt McAndrew is one of those super stars. He gives you the full experience. He fully draws you into his world, into his moment. You absolutely get lost. If you truly have a love for music, this young man and the talent the possesses, leaves you wanting more. He is the full package. Not only is he an incredible singer, he has a humbleness that should be mirrored by many of todays popular music talents.

Don’t get me wrong as I do not want to take anything away from the other 3 finalists as they are also awesome. I will follow and buy all of their music as well as some who did not make the final show such as John Taylor Williams. He, as well as many from this seasons show, will have their day in the sun. But Matt McAndrew, he stands out in the crowd. As I stated before, music has been patiently waiting for its next super star. While the wait has been long, the wait has been worth it. A super star has stepped out of the shadows. That super star is Matt McAndrew. I can’t be wrong…can I?

Music is all around us, you just have to listen. Peace.

Will You Remember Me?

30 Jun

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A fitting title for this post. This is not what I had planned for this writing but this morning I was scrolling through the posts on Twitter and I came across one posted by @SEALofHonor. Sometimes when I read a post by someone I follow and who follows me, I tend to look at pictures they have saved. This man has some awesome pictures and the words he chose to go with those pictures made them even more awesome. One in particular caught my eye. It was of a warrior perched high on a mountainside with his head turned back looking over his shoulder. The words chose by SEALofHonor to describe this picture were ‘Will you remember me? Will you remember those who risk it all?’ Those words hit home and actually made the hair stand up on my arms. Typically that happens to me when words spoken, pictures viewed…

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Politics…how much do you know?

30 Jun

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Most people go about their daily lives oblivious to the working of DC. Every two years and four years they go to the polls to elect their favorite politician. Why is that particular politician their favorite? He told them what they wanted to hear. He tells them the same stuff over and over and his constituents continue to elect him. You see, he belongs to the status quo’s ‘good ole boys club’. So how much do you really know about politics.   According to an influential member of a couple of the worlds bigger liberal think tanks, when it comes to politics, especially global politics, Americans are uneducated. They are easily led. Tell them what they want to hear and have the backing of the media and Americans are easily led. He went on to say that prior to the internet’s coming of age it was simple but now people…

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Politics…how much do you know?

25 Jun

Most people go about their daily lives oblivious to the working of DC. Every two years and four years they go to the polls to elect their favorite politician. Why is that particular politician their favorite? He told them what they wanted to hear. He tells them the same stuff over and over and his constituents continue to elect him. You see, he belongs to the status quo’s ‘good ole boys club’. So how much do you really know about politics.   According to an influential member of a couple of the worlds bigger liberal think tanks, when it comes to politics, especially global politics, Americans are uneducated. They are easily led. Tell them what they want to hear and have the backing of the media and Americans are easily led. He went on to say that prior to the internet’s coming of age it was simple but now people have a wealth of information at their fingertips. Almost anything they want to know it is there. This slows down the whole process.   The above words are not quotes but if you were to read/listen to the man’s speeches to the Trilateral Commission and the CFR, what I said above is pretty exact to what he stated. So you bright intelligent Americans, how’s that make you feel? THEY feel they have you figured out and I must say I believe it to be true. Not all Americans but a huge part of the voting public knows not what they are doing when they head for the polls.   If your favorite politician tells you ‘This is the platform I am running on. These are my values/beliefs’ and you find out that politician accepts money from sources whose values/beliefs are on the other end of the spectrum from your politicians, does this raise a red flag? Is this something you have ever even thought about? This is happening quite a lot right under your noses. This is not ‘just’ a Republican or ‘just’ Democrat thing, it is going on across the board. I do not care which political party you align yourself with, I assure you that there are ‘wolves’ walking upright in the party of your choice regardless of which one you belong to. So, how do you know that what your favorite politician tells you is true. How do you know that the platform your favorite politician is running on is pure or is it tainted with lies.  How do you know that the money poured in to your favorite politicians campaign coffers came from sources that promote your politicians beliefs and values. Here are the three bigger liberal think tanks in the world. Trilateral Commission, the CFR and the Bilderbergs. Go check them out. See what they are all about. See who the members are. I think you be surprised at how many members of Congress belong to one or more of the think tanks I mentioned. The CFR and Bilderberg memberships are by invite only. Every part of your life, from grocery giants to the news media, major corporations, etc. are represented in these think tanks. They don’t have their yearly conferences just to pass some time. Policy here in America is largely influenced by these people, most who don’t even live in the US. All you have to do to see if your politician is affiliated with any of the think tanks, just Google your politicians name with CFR or one of the others. Typically a wealth of information is at your fingertips. As for where their money comes from, OpenSecrets.org and FollowTheMoney.org are awesome places to start.   You need to look in to who/what Monsanto is and what they and possibly your favorite politician are currently doing that you never knew about. Look in to Sustainable Development/Agenda 21. What is it, who backs it. This I can say, Hillary C. is a huge proponent. If elected, she will finish what THEY had Mr. O start. That I can guarantee you would not like.   Think of the scandals, the N S A, Benghazi, I R S, VA, etc.. While it seems all administrations have their share of scandals, the current one seems to thrive on them. Some are meant to erode from your grasp a little more of your freedom. Go out and read all the different stories/theories on what happened in Benghazi. They range from a straight out attack to a failed kidnapping to gun running gone wrong. Depending on who all was involved, will we ever know the real truth? Do you want to know the real truth?   Sad thing is, there will be a huge part of the voting public that will think it is too much work to go look all that up. Their politician brings money to the state and that is what’s important.  Unfortunately, what else they are doing in DC you are oblivious to. That is what you need to be paying attention to.   It is not a joke and it is no longer a conspiracy theory. America, best get your head out of the sand because if you don’t, before you know it you will be working where you are told, when you are told and you will make what they say you can make. I might add, you won’t be able to keep much of what you make. Why, the world’s elite who now control you, they need to be kept in a certain lifestyle.     I have joked before and said ‘Welcome to the start of the Hunger Games’. Some will say it could never happen. It has happened before and it CAN happen again. They are working on it right under your noses and you do not have a clue. That influential member I mentioned above also once stated that the way to take over a country is one little step at a time and then by the time the people realize what is going on, it is too late.   PLEASE people, when you head for the polls this November, it is up to you to be as educated as you can be. Your country and your country’s flag are depending on you to make the right choice. If you make the wrong choice, I assure you that it is the beginning of the end of America as you have known her. Oh, BTW, THEY do not play favorites. To them there are only 2 classes of people, the rich ruling elite and you. Your purpose in life as far as they are concerned…keep them part of the rich ruling elite.

A Bit About Me

10 Jun

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This is who I am.

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I was born and raised in a military family. My father was in the Coast Guard, Navy and retired out of the Air Force. We moved around a lot. Thirteen different cities and states before 6th grade. Spent most of my time in Alaska graduating from high school there. Traveled around a bit..different cities, different states when a fluke brought me where I am currently residing.

I am a conservative Republican. Anymore, lean a little further to the ‘tea party’ right. I will not say I have never voted Democrat (maybe once or twice) but hey, the Republican at that time sucked worse. Seems these days a lot of Republicans suck worse.

I believe it is a person’s civic duty to vote regardless of whether you think it will count or not. If you do not vote, you have no place in a ‘bitch fight’ with any politician. You did…

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Will You Remember Me?

8 Sep

A fitting title for this post. This is not what I had planned for this writing but this morning I was scrolling through the posts on Twitter and I came across one posted by @SEALofHonor. Sometimes when I read a post by someone I follow and who follows me, I tend to look at pictures they have saved. This man has some awesome pictures and the words he chose to go with those pictures made them even more awesome. One in particular caught my eye. It was of a warrior perched high on a mountainside with his head turned back looking over his shoulder. The words chose by SEALofHonor to describe this picture were ‘Will you remember me? Will you remember those who risk it all?’ Those words hit home and actually made the hair stand up on my arms. Typically that happens to me when words spoken, pictures viewed, songs heard, or stories read, hit an emotional nerve.

There is always going to be war in this world. In order to have a war you have to have at least two conflicting sides. In order for the war to actually happen, you have to have participants. When the US goes to war, those participants are typically our young people. Our future leaders.  Young people returning from war typically come home in one of three ways, not affected, a flag draped coffin or they return as a ‘wounded warrior’.

For those not affected, they are the lucky ones. They return to their homes and pick up where they left  off. Families are whole again, friendships are renewed. For those who return in a flag draped coffin, they are the unlucky ones. They cannot pick up where they left off. image001Their families are not whole again, they are broken sometimes until the end of time. There will be no friendships renewed. Everyone who knew them has lost a piece of their heart and soul, never to be replaced. Then there are those who returned as ‘wounded warriors’. They are also the unlucky ones. Some return with missing limbs and some return with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and some return with TBI’s (Traumatic Brain Injuries).

I recently had the pleasure of ‘meeting’ a young man who gave 12 years of his life to this country. He was young and vibrant when he chose the military. He had his and his soul mates future planned out.  He was a platoon leader as well as a drill sergeant preparing the ‘newbies’ for what lied ahead. One day on patrol a bomb went off close to him and he was thrown back. With the impact of his landing, his head and the ground met with force. He was blinded for a few minutes but when that disappeared he got up. Despite what he just went through, all he could think about was the safety of his men. Concern for their safety came before his own. His injuries, caused from that explosion, required the military to ‘retire’ him. He is one of the many thousands who return home classified as a ‘wounded warrior’.  His wounds, PTSD/TBI. Someday, his story will be told.

Wounded warriors who return home with PTSD/TBI are becoming the ‘lost boys’ of the military. Some do not experience renewed friendships. Some do not experience a ‘whole family’ again. Some feel they no longer fit in. People do not know how to deal with their wounds. image001They have problems sleeping because when they do, they see the faces of those who came home in a flagged draped coffins. They see, hear and smell over and over what happened while they were fighting for our freedom. They often wonder why they returned home while some others did not. They have dark periods sometimes lasting from a couple of hours, to a couple of days, to a couple of months and sometimes years. Some share with those they are close to what happens during those dark times while some write and some never share. Some go so far as to take their own life thinking that it is the best for all. There is not a week that goes by that a ‘wounded warrior’ somewhere in the US commits suicide because they feel lost and forgotten, not being able to cope with what war has done too them.

If you have a Twitter account, you consistently read tweets referencing the four murdered warriors in Benghazi and the murdered Border Patrol agent killed with guns our government let pass into Mexico. While I agree that those responsible need to be tried and sent to prison, what about the deaths of our ‘wounded warriors’ who returned with PTSD/TBI. What about those ‘wounded warriors’ who do not choose to take their own lives but yet try to live and cope in a society who has forgotten them. Who is standing up for them. PTSD/TBI is an epidemic and needs to be dealt with. Our government needs to step in. They need to take care of what they caused. They can no longer hope that these young men and women just go away. Every resource and every means needs to be taken to help these ‘wounded warriors’.

Before we send our young men and women off to war, someone needs to have the BALLS to reassure them when they ask ‘Will you remember me?’.

A Bit About Me

9 Aug

I was born and raised in a military family. My father was in the Coast Guard, Navy and retired out of the Air Force. We moved around a lot. Thirteen different cities and states before 6th grade. Spent most of my time in Alaska graduating from high school there. Traveled around a bit..different cities, different states when a fluke brought me where I am currently residing.

I am a conservative Republican. Anymore, lean a little further to the ‘tea party’ right. I will not say I have never voted Democrat (maybe once or twice) but hey, the Republican at that time sucked worse. Seems these days a lot of Republicans suck worse.

I believe it is a person’s civic duty to vote regardless of whether you think it will count or not. If you do not vote, you have no place in a ‘bitch fight’ with any politician. You did not vote so you have to accept things as they currently are. I also believe that if you vote, it is YOUR DUTY to KNOW who you are voting for. You don’t just vote Republican because you are a Republican. Same if you are a Democrat or Independent. It takes research. You cannot know a politician by just what you hear in the news. We all know that the news media for the most part, is owned by the current administration…or the people that are pulling the puppet strings.

What I write in my blogs is occasionally my ‘opinion’ but mostly a snippet from an article(s) hoping to entice you into reading it/them and developing your own opinion. I could condense all the articles in a post but when a person does that, you tend to interject your own thoughts thus possibly swaying someone to your way of thinking. That is not why I started to blog. I did it in the hopes of turning people into researchers and thus forming their own opinion. It seems too much these days that people believe what they are told. Unfortunately that is what has got us where we are today.

I believe in God as my creator and Jesus Christ as my savior. I believe Jesus Christ dies for our sins. I do not though put too much belief in organized religion. I believe that religion resides in your heart and your mind.  If you live your life right, in that you do for others that are less fortunate then in the end you will do alright. Too many organized religions believe that THEY are the only true religion and that all others are wrong. Some believe that if you are a new-born and die before you are baptized you will go to hell. That is just STUPID! I believe that there are people who say they are ‘men of the cloth’ but in reality they would strip you of your belongings if they could get away with it.

I suppose you could call me racist. There are people of ALL races that I despise! I would never dislike you because of the color of your skin but I  will dislike you because as a person you suck! I cannot stand people that play the race card. I also cannot stand people that blame other races for their current place in life. Some people have to work harder at life than other, just the way it is. I consider you a quitter if you blame others for your plight. It seems these days too many people want the easy life. They want everything good handed to them and they want it NOW. I am white but hey, being white did not give me a ticket to the pot at the end of the rainbow. I have worked for everything that I have, nothing was handed to me. I have never taken a government handout except for 6 weeks of unemployment when I was young. My family and I went without any insurance for many years which included two births. I had an employer screw me out of almost 2 years worth of Social Security taxes he took out of my checks. I reported him and the government did nothing. I have lived in places some of you would not cross the threshold of. I could have given up when things were not good but I didn’t. I went to college later in life and I paid on student loans for ten years after. There were times I felt like defaulting because people were doing it but hey, I borrowed the money, I pay it back. Now everyone whines that they owe money and they want the government to excuse some of what they owe. That is just STUPID! I have even heard some young people say that Joe Blow over there that has millions of dollars..well I should be able to have some of it, just because. That is the biggest STUPID there is!

I get really riled up these days with politics. I am beginning to think that there are more crooked politicians then there is not. I think they tell you what you want to hear so you elect them and they continue to tell you what you want to hear so you continue to re-elect them, all the while doing nothing they promised. I think as the years go by there are more and more of them that are doing ‘back door’ deals with special interest groups and lobbyists all the while thumbing their noses at the very people that elected them.

Politicians pass bills they have never read…Nancy Pelosi’s famous words on the passing of OCare…’let us get it passed and we will find out what is in it later’! Well they found out what was in it ‘later’ and now have been excused from the law by POTUS while the rest of us have to abide by the ‘POS’! It is my guess when it comes time for the Immigration bill, they will do the same thing. Even the ‘yahoos’ that drafted the bill have no idea what is in it. One was asked about the part of the bill that will give the illegal’s 2 or 3 times being caught with a fake passport before they are deported. What IDIOT drafted that part of the bill???? The one that was asked that question did not even know it was in the bill! Then there is the part of the bill dealing with ‘border security’. On the surface, it looks good but once read and thought about it is JUST WORDS. One of the drafters of that part of the bill, ex-Gov John Hoeven, was questioned on a cable news show and got incredibly tongue tied because that part of the bill is a ‘POS’, to be blunt. The whole thing is another ‘snow job’ on the people of America. The only reason any Republican wants the bill passed is because of POWER, MONEY and VOTES! All in the name of re-election. It seems they do very little for the actual people who elected them to watch their backs. Once in, there is only one back they watch and that is their own. I think it is called ‘political self-preservation’. They have all become what Sarah Palin once said ‘one of the good ole boys’.

So that is a little about me..in a nut-shell. Read my posts, believe what you want. Follow the article links. Do some research on your won. DEVELOP YOUR OWN OPINION. America is counting on you for her survival!

Have a great day!

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