Open Letter to My Friends and Family

Most people who have known me for any length of time know that I suffer with chronic back pain. Most know that it all started with an injury sustained while serving in the US Army over 30 years ago. Looking back on this I know now that it is what ended my time in the military. I self medicated with alcohol and drugs for the last year I was on active duty but my health and physical readiness continued to decline. I tried to remain active by joining the Army Reserves and then the National Guard, but even that just wasn’t possible. All through this the military kept telling me there was nothing wrong with my back.. basically it was just all in my head I guess. And now the V.A. is telling me the same thing.

Recently while browsing some of the websites I frequent I found a letter that was written by a fellow sufferer that I wanted to share with my family and friends. I have made a few adaptations here and there to fit my situation a little closer. I hope you take the time to read this.

Here goes.

Having chronic back pain means many things change, and a lot of them are invisible. Unlike having cancer or other more visible conditions, most people do not understand even a little about chronic back pain and its effects, and of those that think they know, many are actually misinformed. In the spirit of informing those who wish to understand: These are the things that I would like you to understand about me before you judge me.

Please understand that having this condition doesn’t mean I’m not still a human being. I spend most of my days in considerable pain and exhaustion, and if you visit, sometimes I probably don’t seem like much fun to be with, but I’m still me, stuck inside this body. I still worry about work, my family, my friends, and most of the time, I’d still like to hear you talk about yours, too.

Please understand the difference between “happy” and “healthy”. When you’ve got the flu, you probably feel miserable with it, but I’ve been like this for years. I can’t be miserable all the time. In fact, I work hard at not being miserable. So, if you’re talking to me and I sound happy, it means I’m happy. that’s all. It doesn’t mean that I’m not in a lot of pain, or extremely tired, or that I’m getting better, or any of those things. Please don’t say, “Oh, you’re sounding better!” or “But you look so healthy!” I am merely coping. I am sounding happy and trying to look normal. If you want to comment on that, you’re welcome.

Please understand that being able to stand up for ten minutes doesn’t necessarily mean that I can stand up for twenty minutes, or an hour. Just because I managed to stand up for thirty minutes yesterday doesn’t mean that I can do the same today. With a lot of diseases, you’re either paralyzed, or you can move. With this one, it gets more confusing every day. It can be like a yo-yo. I never know from day to day, how I am going to feel when I wake up. In most cases, I never know from minute to minute. That is one of the hardest and most frustrating components of chronic back pain. Now, please repeat the above paragraph substituting, “sitting”, “walking”, “thinking”, “concentrating”, “being sociable” and so on, it applies to everything. That’s what chronic back pain does to you.

Please understand that chronic back pain is variable. It’s quite possible (for many, it’s common) that one day I am able to walk to the park and back, while the next day I’ll have trouble getting to the next room. Please don’t attack me saying, “But you did it before!” or “Oh, come on, I know you can do this!” If you want me to do something, then ask if I can. In a similar vein, I may need to cancel a previous commitment at the last minute. If this happens, please do not take it personally. If you are able, please try to always remember how very lucky you are, to be physically able to do all of the things that you can do. Please understand that “getting out and doing things” does not make me feel better, and can often make me feel worse. You don’t know what I go through or how I suffer in my own private time.

Telling me that I need to exercise, lose weight, or do some things to “get my mind off of it”, may frustrate me to tears, and is not correct. If I was capable of doing this any or all of the time, don’t you know that I would? I have pretty much given up on doctors but I am doing what I am supposed to do. Another statement that bothers me is, “You just need to push yourself more, try harder”. Obviously, chronic back pain can deal with the whole body, or be localized to specific areas. Sometimes participating in a single activity for a short or a long period of time can cause more damage and physical pain than you could ever imagine. Not to mention the recovery time, which can be intense. You can’t always read it on my face or in my body language.

Also, chronic back pain may cause secondary depression (wouldn’t you get depressed and down if you were hurting constantly for months or 30+ years?), but it is not created by depression. Please understand that if I say I have to sit down, lie down, stay in bed, or take these pills now, that probably means that I do have to do it right now, it can’t be put off or forgotten just because I’m somewhere, or I’m right in the middle of doing something. Chronic back pain does not forgive, nor does it wait for anyone.

If you want to suggest a cure to me, please don’t. It’s not because I don’t appreciate the thought, and it’s not because I don’t want to get well. Lord knows that isn’t true. In all likelihood, if you’ve heard of it or tried it, so have I. In some cases, I have been made worse, not better. Side effects or allergic reactions, as is the case with herbal remedies. It also includes failure, which in and of itself can make me feel even lower. If there were something that cured, or even helped people with chronic back pain, then we’d know about it. There is worldwide networking (both on and off the Internet) between people with chronic back pain. If something worked, we would KNOW. It’s definitely not for lack of trying.

If I seem touchy, it’s probably because I am. It’s not how I try to be. As a matter of fact, I try very hard to be normal. I hope you will try to understand. I have been, and am still, going through a lot. Chronic back pain is hard for you to understand unless you have had it. It wreaks havoc on the body and the mind. It is exhausting and exasperating. Almost all the time, I know that I am doing my best to cope with this, and live my life to the best of my ability.

I ask you to bear with me.  I know that you cannot literally understand my situation unless you have been in my shoes, but as much as is possible, I am asking you to try to be understanding in general. In many ways I depend on you, you are my link to the “normalcy” of life. You can help me to keep in touch with the parts of life that I miss and fully intend to undertake again, just as soon as I am able. I know that I asked a lot from you, and I do thank you for listening. It really does mean a lot.

Thank you


Impeachment? Bring it on!

By: Anyonomous

“I have a degree in Political Science, and I am a card-carrying Libertarian. I’ve been studying politics and political history for the past 30 years. My specialty is U.S. Presidents.

That said, I hope that the House of Representatives impeaches Trump. Let me tell you what will happen next!

The House can pass articles of impeachment over the objections of the Republicans and refer to the Senate for trial.

The Senate will conduct a trial. There will be a vote, and the Republicans will vote unanimously, along with a small number of Democrats, to not convict the President. Legally, it will all be over at that point.

However, during the trial, and this is what no one is thinking about right now, the President’s attorneys will have the right to subpoena and question ANYONE THEY WANT!

That is different than the special counsel investigation, which was very one-sided. So, during the impeachment trial, we will be hearing testimony from James Comey, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Bruce Ohr, Glenn Simpson, Donna Brazille, Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, Christopher Steele, Hillary Clinton, John Brennan, James Clapper, and a whole host of other participants in this whole sordid affair and the ensuing cover up activities.

A lot of dirt will be dug up; a lot of truth will be unveiled. Finger pointing will occur.

Deals will start being made, and suddenly, a lot of democrats will start being charged and going to prison.

All this, because, remember, the President’s team will now, for the first time, have the RIGHT to question all of these people under oath – and they will turn on each other. That is already starting.

Nothing will happen to Trump.

Most Americans are clueless about political processes, the law, and the Constitution. Most Americans believe that being impeached results in removal from office.

They don’t understand that phase 2 is a trial in and by the Senate, where he has zero chance of conviction. Remember, the Senate is controlled by Republicans!

They will determine what testimony is allowed — and everything will be allowed, including: DNC collusion with the Clinton campaign to fix the election in favor of Hillary, the creation of the Trump dossier, the cover up and destruction of emails that very likely included incriminating information.

They will incriminate each other for lying to the FISA court, for spying and wiretapping the Trump campaign, and for colluding with foreign political actors, especially George Soros.

After the Senate declines to convict the President, we will have an election, and Trump will win.

It will be a backlash against democrat petulance, temper tantrums, hypocrisy and dishonesty.

Even minorities will vote for Trump, because, for the first time, they will see that democrats have spent 2+ years focused on maintaining their own power, and not doing anything at all about black murders in Chicago, homelessness, opioids, and other important issues that are actually killing people.

And, we will spend the following four years listening to politicians and pundits claim that the whole impeachment was rigged.”

Source: email from Anita Untersee

China’s 2015 deal with Bidens involved dual use tech

The Senate Finance Committee has announced it will investigate the Obama administration’s approval in 2015 of the sale to China of a former U.S. firm which develops dual-use technologies with military applications.
Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), a Chinese state-run military contractor, acquired Henniges Automotive with a 51 percent stake purchase. The remaining 49 percent was purchased by Bohai Harvest RST (BHR), a private equity firm founded by then-Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and funded with $1.5 billion from the Chinese government via the Bank of China.
“Clearly this was a Chinese effort to curry favor with the Bidens by helping make Joe Biden’s son rich,” Peter Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute, said in a Sept. 20 interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight.
“The Chinese government works to gain political allies in the United States by striking commercial deals with the family members of powerful politicians,” said Schweizer, “and exhibit A in that — it’s not even close when you look at the amount of money and the volume of deals that took place — is with Hunter Biden, with Joe Biden’s son, while he was vice president.”

“[BHR] was buying companies that were involved in America’s high-tech sector, and companies that had dual-use technologies [with both] civilian applications and military applications,” Schweizer noted. “Henniges produces precision-tuned anti-vibration technologies.”The Chinese government’s acquisition of Henniges “required the approval of the Obama administration” and “Hunter Biden’s help,” added Schweizer, “and lo and behold, the Obama administration gave them exactly that approval.”

Schweizer addressed the Obama administration’s approval of China’s acquisition of Henniges Automotive via the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which he described as an opaque governmental body broadly exempted from public transparency measures.

“CFIUS … is a very secretive body,” said Schweizer.”They don’t release any documents, generally. You can’t even obtain [documents pertaining to] everything they do through the Freedom of Information Act, and the rationale is, ‘Well, we’re talking about company secrets and technologies, so we don’t want to give away any of those trade secrets.’ That may apply in some cases, but generally, I think that’s just a ridiculous excuse that allows them to not be accountable for the decisions that they make. The problem with this deal is that there’s no question that this purchase of Henniges had military application.”

Schweizer summarized, “The Obama administration approved a deal where the son of the then-sitting vice president, in partnership with a Chinese government investment firm and a Chinese military contractor, purchased an American technology machine tool parts company that had military application.”

He added: “What’s truly shocking about the Hunter Biden deal with the Chinese is not just that the Chinese were helping the son of the sitting vice president get rich, it’s the fact that the vice president’s son was involved in this Henniges deal which ended up helping the Chinese military. He was involved in another deal called CGN — Chinese General Nuclear — which is a Chinese nuclear company that was implicated in spying — stealing nuclear secrets from the United States — by the FBI. Executives from that company have been arrested. These are firms that Hunter Biden’s investment firm is involved in, and Hunter Biden sits on the board of directors of this Chinese government-funded investment company. It’s truly shocking. It’s not just your run-of-the-mill cronyism and a guy getting rich because of who his dad is. These are very serious national security issues and the Bidens just, frankly looked the other way and were glad to take the money.”

“One of the basic questions we need [answered] is, was there pressure brought to bear?” asked Schweizer of CFIUS’s 2015 approval of China’s acquisition of Henniges Automotive. “Were there people connected to Biden that were involved in making that decision?’ ”

“All we know is that there apparently were no objections [at CFIUS],” said Schweizer. “If the deal would have been stopped temporarily because of a concern and had gone to the president, we would actually have public knowledge of that. That has happened a few times in the past, and I think since CFIUS was opened in 1975, I think I am correct in saying there has not been a single case of a president in effect saying, ‘Well, you object, but we’re going through with it,’ so usually if a government agency objects on some grounds, a deal is dead. There is no evidence that there were any objections in this case because there was no reporting as such.”

Schweizer continued: “It appears as if all the government agencies said, ‘We have no problem with this.’ What I think Senator Grassley wants to know is, was this just a case of nobody paying attention? In other words, people were either incompetent or just not engaged? Or was there something more nefarious? Was there public or political pressure brought to bear? Again, this is the son of the vice president. Vice President Biden was the point man on U.S. policy towards China, and his son was involved with this deal, so was there pressure brought to bear? Did the vice president [or] did people at White House reach out to people in CFIUS? That’s what I think Senator Grassley wants to know.”

“Hunter Biden and the Biden family have lied about this deal from the beginning. When Secret Empires came out last year, it was a number one New York Times bestseller. They poo-pooed it and said, ‘No, it’s not true.’ We finally got some of the mainstream media to ask them questions about this, and ABC news did exactly that, and what the Bidens did was lie about it. They said it wasn’t really that big of a deal.”

Schweizer concluded: “A guy like Joe Biden who’s been in public life for more than 30 years in government office … has to disclose a $500 campaign contribution. He has to disclose a $200 campaign contribution. He has to disclose that he owns like a $1000 in GE stock, and we have these rules because we need to know what entanglements or what relationships or connections there are between a politician like Joe Biden and his donors, so he needs to disclose that. And isn’t this good that we have this transparency? But a billion-dollar-plus deal that his adult son does with a foreign government — the Chinese government, that is our chief rival — there’s no disclosure requirement for that. None. Zip. Nada. That shows you how crazy the situation has become.”

Free Press International

More Fake News – actually just inaccurate

The headline actually reads:

” Trump administration to relax methane limits at oil and gas operations “

This is yet one more in a long list of inaccurate and misleading “news” articles by another Reuters “journalist” Timothy Gardner.

First the headline reports this as if it is a done deal when in reality the administration is merely proposing the changes. Granted they are likely to go through but the headline is nonetheless misleading.

Never mind the fact that the Obama administration basically strong-armed the industry with his cutbacks. Never mind the fact that U.S. methane emissions have dropped at least 15% since the early 1990’s while production has doubled. Never mind that the industry now captures and resells the majority of methane produced from its activities.

None of that matters to an industry hell bent on destroying the most successful US President in modern history.

This writer apparently has been living under a rock since 2017 because he thinks that we have already pulled out of the bogus 2015 Paris Accord. One of the single biggest hoaxes ever perpetrated on the global community. He states

Trump has also relaxed rules on carbon emissions from vehicles and intends to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change.

See link below for story

This is all just more posturing from the environmentalist extremists who would rather the US go broke while the rest of the world surpasses us just as long as they can feel good about themselves.

Read all about it here.

Media Bias at the G7

Germany, India made for each other: PM Modi after meeting Angela ...
Germany, India made for each other: PM Modi after meeting Angela …

I read an article by Reuters “journalist” (Jeff Mason) this morning that clearly shows how a  writer purposefully writes the story to reflect poorly on President Trump.

He makes a headline of “Trump, on climate, says he won’t jeopardize U.S. wealth on ‘dreams’“..  He starts out a lot of negative comments about the US pulling out of the Paris Accord etc..

Then he  buries the following several paragraphs down:

The Republican president skipped a session on climate change and biodiversity at the summit, instead holding bilateral meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

And then followed with:

Macron even said: “He wasn’t in the room, but his team was”.

One might think the writer doesn’t understand how a world leader operates, about thing like delegation of tasks, etc.  He mentions the meeting with Merkel and Modi but doesn’t point out that they too are not in the all important “climate change” summit.

The piece isn’t even worthy of being a story but some are so desperate to spin anything into an opportunity to make the US President look bad. Journalism today is in a sad, sad state..

Read the full hit piece here:

Why all the hoopla about the fire in the Amazon??

I keep seeing post after post on social media about the Amazon fire. It’s all such doom and gloom. But did you know that fires are mother natures way to replenish?

During wildfires, the nutrients from dead trees are returned to the soil. The forest floor is exposed to more sunlight, allowing seedlings released by the fire to sprout and grow. Despite the damage that can occur to property and people, good things can come out of forest fires, too.

Forest fires are a natural and necessary part of the ecosystem. Even healthy forests contain dead trees and decaying plant matter; when a fire turns them to ashes, nutrients return to the soil instead of remaining captive in old vegetation.

Years ago I watched a documentary that showed the horrible disaster of a large fire. I was horrified at the sight of animals running from the fire. But then after the fire the documentary show how life returns, restored and replenished. Stronger than before.

So, while fires like the one in the Amazon are terrible, there will be life after the fire. It will not be the end of the world, or even the end of the Amazon.

It is just one more cycle in the great cycle of life.

My daily thoughts… for what they are worth..

Inglis v. Trustees of Sailor’s Snug Harbor, 28 U.S. 99
“Nothing is better settled at the common law than the doctrine that the children even of aliens born in a country while the parents are resident there under the protection of the government and owing a temporary allegiance thereto are subjects by birth.”

Slaughter-House Cases, 83 U.S. 36
“a majority of the Supreme Court mentioned in passing that “the phrase ‘subject to its jurisdiction’ was intended to exclude from its operation children of ministers, consuls, and citizens or subjects of foreign States born within the United States”.

My takeaway from this cursory reading is this:
When a person is naturalized he or she makes an oath of allegiance to the country. But an illegal alien has made no such oath nor do they show any intention of doing so. Therefore they owe no allegiance to the USA and remain citizens or subjects of the foreign State from whence they came.

Also, one of the requirements of gaining citizenship is the person must have “good moral character”. I would argue that entering illegally and remaining in the shadows illegally, working illegally and in many cases obtaining benefits illegally, does not represent “good moral character”.

So, I would argue that the 14th Amendment does not, and was never intended to apply to illegal aliens or the children born to them while on US soil.

Many of our leaders on both sides of the aisle over the years must have thought the same because numerous bills have been introduced from time to time in Congress which have sought to declare American-born children of foreign nationals not to be “subject to the jurisdiction of the United States”, and thus not entitled to citizenship via the 14th Amendment, unless at least one parent was an American citizen or a lawful permanent resident.

I personally think we need an amendment to repeal and replace the 14th amendment with a much more accurately worded one that excludes the children of illegal aliens.

President Trump wants to write an executive order but I think that is a waste of time because the next President can simply undo it with the stroke of a pen.

The Native American exclusion was removed by the passage of the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924; however I disagree with changing the meaning of the Constitution by way of legislative action. It should require a Constitutional Convention to amend, change, or repeal any part of the Constitution. The document is that important and should be given the respect it deserves.

I’ve been thinking and reading too much again..

The following was part of Adolf Hitler’s psychological profile prepared by the OSS during WWII. It is a like a window into the minds of many political leaders today, particularly those with the progressive/socialist/democratic mentality.. although not exclusively left..

“His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it… “