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I have a red jumpsuit I purchased to do work around the house however being red I was concerned that it would be construed as “orange” as worn by inmates. I am pondering the idea of trying to alter the color with a shot of brown or black clothing dye. After considering this, I have decided that the red will stay as is and will be used as is. The suit was made originally for the German army (fireman squad) but became surplus somehow. The down side is that in summer this suit is stifling hot and in winter not quite warm enough without additional layers of clothing. The red suit may be just the thing  for “Xmas?” Maybe the time for this suit is when ever I need to use it and not when it is appropriate. I am thinking that at some point with the advent of changing oil in the riding mower, lawn mower, cleaning the burn pit and painting the house-the color will not be really red for long. Aside from all of that, it does not have the letters D.O.C , Sheriff, county or any other identifying markings so maybe its just a red jumpsuit, I bought cheap to do work around the house.

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The recent news in Ferguson, MO. could be looked at from the view of John Brown or perhaps Nat Turner. If indeed the Police situation in Ferguson is as bad as it has been portrayed then maybe  John Brown or Nat Turner were correct. If the situation in Ferguson is as bad as put forth by the residents then maybe “spike Lees’ film  “do The Right Thing” was correct. Each instance depicts an aggressive stance against  an authority that mirror’s the ante bellum south and even South Africa in the recent past. If the “white’ citizens of Ferguson knew about the abusive nature of the police and did nothing then perhaps they are as culpable as the authorities. All American citizens have the “right” to freedom of expression under the law but even now that appears to be elusive in some parts of the USA with the citizenry standing on the sidelines and accepting it as long it doesn’t happen to them. There are still some of us who accept the inequity of the “color line” as white privilege until it arrives at their doorstep, then it becomes “those people”. It is possible that at some point all of us will arrive at the same destination without a “Ferguson” and then there will be equality.


When Eric Cantor lost his re-election bid, it was a defeat of a reasonable but able to disagree lawmaker. His loss  put more stress on an already distressed and malfunctioning Congress. We have observed and heard from and about many fringe voting blocs whose interests do not coincide with the majority of Americans yet they have an undue influence on our electorate. We unfortunately, the everyday voter complain about our Congress and all other elected officials but we tend to turn a selective deaf ear to the events that affect us for years down the road. We have largely ignored the role of a Congress that has done little to fix our fiscal and other problems while castigating every President since Eisenhower. We need to ignore the media coverage as much of it is hype, erroneous and particularly biased. Where we need to put our focus is on the lack of real information coming from the Congress. Recently the speaker was overjoyed over a supreme court decision on the President’s appointment during a bogus recess which was applied to keep the President from making appointments. The problem is that this court case which cost taxpayer dollars is just another wasted effort by our Congress as this court decision which was so loudly touted has no effect on the issue that was brought before the court. Now that the Dupublicans  have control of the Congress , we will continue to see poor legislation and mismanagement.  If we continue to let these 535 want to be kings and queens run this country any way the see fit in our names, we will continue to go downhill at the pace of a landslide. The whole idea of  modern Congress is merely one of control over special and pet projects that only slightly are for the public good. Now that Mr. Oconnel   ll become the Senate majority leader we will see the Congress become more of a “no: Congress and us all down the proverbial rabbit hole. This is  food for thought. It should be apparent to us all that this Congress is comprised shortsighted , antebellum members who cannot reconcile the idea of a non white (and possibly non Southern) person sitting in the oval office. These folks are as big liars as the Iranians, the Saudis and several other middle eastern countries as well as the Russians. Ladies and gentlemen we are still at war and it is local. There is a quote from the cartoon strip “POGO”- “we have met the enemy and it is us”

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The beat goes on. The Dupublicans are gearing up to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) when they could have acted in a more responsible way before it was passed and assisted in crafting a better Health care act. This is purely a partisan vindictive act designed to discredit the President and the Scamocratic party. Their actions only serve to demonstrate how little the Major parties care about the “American People” they have been so fond of citing as the reason for their  blocking of  proposals and bills for action  not to mention the shutdown. We have (the people who believe what they have been told by the Dupublicans) been led down the garden path because of the pursuit of power and the Dupublicans and some Scamocrats who support them are obsessed with blaming the President and coincidentally a non white. This is almost as blatant case of racism as the murder of Martin Luther King, John F. & Robert Kennedy. It is disconcerting to think that the very people we elect to represent us are no better than the assassins who committed these acts. And even no better that the elected officials who during elections times who push the buttons of their constituents who work in dangerous occupations by citing near or far facts regarding potential loss of jobs. These SOB’s have no other reason to be in office beyond power to pursue their own agendas that have nothing to do with the well being of the people who elected them while the people who elected them believe they are well represented.

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We have a political system that is separated into two major parties (this is also the case in many other countries as well) with several smaller factions without and within those parties. We all have joint and separate beliefs in the political spectrum yet we cannot seem to meet somewhere in the middle without espousing some of the “core” ideals (ideas?) of one of the major parties. It is within our power as voters to reject or accept the premises and doctrines of any political group, PAC or biased media output. With just a little extra reading and listening we can peel back the layers of subterfuge, innuendo and often lies that we are subjected to by these factions and groups. Once the obvious  disingenuousness of their words and actions is out there, we can then begin to vote on a more intelligent level. There will always be the die hard biases we have inherited or been exposed to for so long but even those can be mitigated with education on the real issues. Keep in mind that our politics is more about power and influence than actually doing what’s right for the country as a whole. We will never be in total agreement with our legislators but we did elect them and we can un elect them (term limits). It is in our best interest to understand that politicians are not as honorable as we think they are (or as they would like us to believe they are) they are people like us who have failings and flaws. To really have a democracy that works we need to spend some time in analyzing the campaign rhetoric and campaign slogans that occur each election cycle. Why is it that these campaigns are designed to demean  the opponents, is the opponent so good or bad that they need to be castigated publicly in order to retain or win an office? It is this type of action that has caused the Federal government issues we have now with healthcare, the IRS and other agencies. At no point has the major or minor party factions proposed anything to help the average American, it has always been doing for their “core Constituency”. The main body of American citizens only want good government and we have not had that for the past 20-25 years but we have had the same Congress, WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU?

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 The Dupublicans now have control of the Congress, it is now time to put up or shut up. As an aside this past election shows how terms are managed by people not lawmakers.

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This post is from the feed I receive weekly from the White house information services. After reading this it important for all to remember that the Dupublicans are in control of both houses and have been obstructive for 6 years. There could be some racial divide in their past and present actions but even with that issue in play they have not been very forthcoming in doing what’s best for us as a nation. It is our responsibility to pay attention to what they do or do not do. We need to always be vigilant of our “leaders” as they could be our worst enemies.

Yesterday, millions of Americans cast their ballots. Republicans had a good night, and I congratulate all the candidates who won.

But what stands out to me is that the message Americans sent yesterday is one you’ve sent for several elections in a row now. You expect the people you elect to work as hard as you do. You expect us to focus on your ambitions — not ours — and you want us to get the job done. Period.

I plan on spending every moment of the next two years rolling up my sleeves and working as hard as I can for the American people. This country has made real and undeniable progress in the six years since the 2008 economic crisis. But our work will not be done until every single American feels the gains of a growing economy where it matters most: in your own lives.

While I’m sure we’ll continue to disagree on some issues that we’re passionate about, I’m eager to work with Congress over the next two years to get the job done. The challenges that lay ahead of us are far too important to allow partisanship or ideology to prevent our progress as a nation.

As we make progress, I’ll need your help, too. Over the weeks and months ahead, I’ll be looking to Americans like you, asking you to stay engaged.

I am optimistic about our future. Because for all the maps plastered across our screens today, for all the cynics who say otherwise, we are more than a simple collection of red and blue states. We are the United States.

And yesterday, millions of Americans — Democrats and Republicans, women and men, young and old, black and white — took the time out of their day to perform a simple, profound act of citizenship. That’s something we shouldn’t forget amid the din of political commentary. Because making progress starts with showing up.

Let’s get to work.

President Barack Obama

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The recent press conference with the President after mid-term election was at once a kind of witch hunt from the media in the questions presented by some participants. On immigration the President said: (as I heard it) that he hoped that Congress would work on a comprehensive bill but if not he would proceed on his own in the legal way that he could”. The Rebuttals by Mr. Oconnel and Mr. Boehner indicate the he said he was going forward without them. That is not what he said but these two seat fillers have geared up for war and much to the detriment of the people who they claim to represent. These are the people who no matter what their base thinks are not doing anything for the “American People” who they again claim to represent. This next 2 years will show the people who voted them in the error of their ways and belie their honesty. No justice for all will prevail in this new Congress as they have done nothing in the past 6 years to merit the so called  trust and faith of the country.

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Today I am one of the luckiest people in the world. I have arrived at an advanced age and am still in relative good health mentally and physically.  The poisons of the past have hatched out of the mud as far as the injuries and poor health care I have been subject to in my earlier years. The past 18 years have had me paying more attention to the small things that comprise good health. I have 4 dental visits annually, 2 Dr’s visits annually and take my medication regularly. In spite of all of this seemingly prudent activity, we all age regardless of the care we take or receive. The key to aging gracefully is taking care of your body in the best way you can and remembering that your youthful exuberance’s always remain in a residual form that manifest itself in the later years (aches and pains, arthritis etc.). Some aging ailments are unstoppable but some are predictable due to family history. What needs to occur for all of us is the following: have regular annual visits to a physician of your choice (if you do not like your DR or cannot understand what he is telling you then get someone else).  Eat as healthy as you can afford to-this does not mean extreme eating habits just balanced. One item is fruit, this one of the easiest things to do, a fruit side dish is as beneficial as any extreme diet. Exercise is important, the amount you do is not as important just moving the joints to keep the muscles and tendons flexible. The other issue is weight control, there is no reason to eat like “a hog at a trough”, enjoy food but in moderation and enough to feel full, then stop. Vitamins are not necessarily bad or good but their value depends on your metabolism. Some people metabolize certain vitamins at a different rate so the value varies. The amounts in each capsule is minute and only act as a replacement for any the normal amount you may be deficient in. Finally Dental health get a good dentist and have at minimum 2 visits annually, then brush and floss  twice daily. If you have not made regular visits to a Dentist or Doctor , your first visit will be equivalent to shell shock but for the sake of a longer and/or better later life-Just do it.

I am now 72 and aside from aches and pains related to older muscles and bones, I feel pretty good and somewhat of a “chick Magnet” but having no holding power.

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Recently I came to a conclusion that many probably come to at some point and others not at all. The conclusion is that mentally I am 20 but physically I am my real age of 72. I work for a retail company as a pricing specialist (this just means I price items that have increased or decreased). This involves very little heavy lifting, however twice now due to incorrect scheduling I have had to assist in unloading trucks. These incidents left me cuddling a bottle of Ibuprofen for several days after. I wonder if this is an indication that my body is going down hill but the mind is going uphill. Perhaps I need to investigate some moderate weight training to keep the two in sync.

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