All firefighters do is put out fires and save lives.
“As the death toll from wildfires ravaging both ends of California climbed on Sunday, powerful winds swept through the state, stretching firefighting resources to the limit.
“At least 31 people have died in the fires: 29 in Northern California's Camp fire and two in Southern California's Woolsey fire.
“The Camp fire -- the most destructive fire in state history and one of the deadliest -- virtually burned the town of Paradise to the ground, destroying thousands of homes and structures.
“There are 228 people still unaccounted for as a result of the blaze, Butte County Sheriff and Coroner Kory Honea told reporters Sunday evening.
“The Woolsey fire continues to be a major blaze, displacing hundreds of thousands of residents as it moves east, including several celebrities. Firefighters on Sunday managed to contain flareups generated by high winds in Los Angeles County. But officials warned that the dry conditions feeding the fire are expected to continue into the week.
"'This is not the new normal, this is the new abnormal,’ Gov. Jerry Brown said of the role of climate change. ‘The chickens are coming home to roost, this is real here.’" - CNN/ Dakin Andone, Nicole Chavez, and Emanuella Grinberg/ November 12, 2018
"American Red Cross workers have set up temporary shelters and food sites across the state. Donate to the efforts by visiting redcross.org or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donors can even specifically request their monies go towards California relief efforts by writing the specific disaster name in the memo line of a check made out to the organization.” - U.S. News
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Happy Veteran's Day...
To all that served: thank you.
"Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938." - history.com/topics/ holidays/veterans-day-facts
A hero can be a migratory cheer of the heart before being shot down in flight by second thoughts, a hero one day a dead duck the next. (cartoon posted earlier)
Please give to the VFW (Veteran's of Foreign Wars): 406 West 36th Street/ Kansas City, Missouri 64111/ 816-756-3390/ and:
34 Field Street/ Belfast, Maine 04915/ 207-338-2358.
Whether President Obama was born in Hawaii or Kenya was an ethical question but never a legal one. Though President Obama's father was born in Kenya his mother was born in the U.S., so he was eligible to run for the presidency (though President Obama did have a Hawaiian birth certificate). Senator Cruz was born in Canada, his father in Cuba, but his mother was born in the U.S., and so Senator Cruz was eligible to run for the presidency.
Posted on 1/6/2016:
21st Century consensus: those children born to U.S. citizen-parents in foreign countries qualify as natural born Citizens. So a child born in a foreign country to American parents or parent can become president of the United States of America.
Presidential eligibility is considered a "non-justiciable political question" that might possibly be a Congressional question and not a question for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Within Article II of the U.S. Constitution (abridged):
"No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States" can become president. Other requirements included in Article II: The president has to be of the "Age of thirty-five Years and had been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States."
- The World Almanac 2015 & Wikipedia
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The following isn't necessarily true:
The Ugly American concept was a Soviet ploy used during the Cold War to disenfranchise our way of life, cause us immense dubbing difficulties with our movies especially in North Korea, and like an avalanche, to damage or hinder our dating opportunities overseas. This was done, of course, before Mother Russia turned to capitalism and shrugged off the yoke of totalitarianism; at which juncture she was forced by free market riptides to adapt a creative standard of advertising, using more Machiavellian sales pitches to promote an idea or product instead of just ramming it down the consumer’s throat with Gulag accuracy.
For instance, say, ah, if you were selling a particular brand of soda pop here in America you wouldn’t say “buy our brand because the other brand stinks.” This method of marketing might instill within a “consumer’s” mind a choice of brands only as “a lesser of two evils.” So a “consumer” might bypass soda pop altogether and drink milk. This would be fiscal suicide for the soda business in a free market…
However, the more milk “consumed” the more milk cows at large (you know the supply and demand Adam Smith thing). The more milk cows the more methane gas; the more methane gas in the atmosphere the greater impact on global warming. On the flip side, with a more robust “consumption” of soda we’d have an exponentially greater human methane gas increase within the atmosphere, the wear and tear of trousers and skirts at the buttocks, and a subsequent impact on global warming too.
Of course with the soda impact on the human physiology, our overall health-care costs are impacted (dentist, false teeth, tummy tucks, Type Two Diabetes, etc.). The more health-care engines and infrastructure employed the greater the power outlay, the greater the power outlay the greater the impact on global warming. With milk the production facilities power consumption hurts the environment, not to mention the chiropractor manipulation of the farmers’ lower backs and hands (after years of milking), and of course the transportation pollution committed by the farmer’s vehicle traveling to the chiropractor and then to a bar…
In any case:
You’re right -- as a responsible advertiser you’d sell your brand this way, “Our brand is extraordinary and excellent.” You might lie a little bit and claim: “Our soda brushes and flosses your teeth even as you drink it” or “Processed sugar is good for you,” but even if the Federal Trade Commission lets you get away with it Laura Bush and Michelle Obama and Melania Trump will not.
With chocolate or strawberry milk you can advertise: “It came that way,” because it might have milk in it.
Socio-political international advertising slogans can be effective too: A couple of our best slogans during the Cold War aimed at the Soviets were acts of genius: “better dead than red” and the “Soviets are peckerheads.”
However, as our world has become smaller and more civilized and advertising more advanced one of the few anomalies left within the formula of “selling” a regular “consumer” the lesser of two evils is in politics. For instance: you might vote for someone because she or he is not as bad as the next guy but you won’t drink a soda pop for the same reason --
Not unless you’re a dumb shit! - from Dangerfield's Drum, a story by Kevin O'Kendley
Originally posted on 9/3/2016:
A relative short-term mass round-up of 11 million illegal immigrants, as suggested by Donald Trump and others, logistically will entail a large source of manpower, secure storage areas to house prisoners, judicial support, transportation (trucks, trains, planes, etc.), healthcare, food, clothing, etc, beyond existing infrastructure and capabilities. Because of the Posse Comitatus Act the American military can't be used for this police action.* The national guard can be utilized being under the control of the states.
To raid homes, public areas, and work places, to arrest illegal immigrants, to take away adults, children, the elderly -- families -- possibly in military transports, might inspire in Americans (including law enforcement and the national guard) a resistance to do so, even under orders. The exponential bureaucracy, the police and imprisonment operations could become a longterm issue -- a new and more aggressive policy of the containment and deportation of illegal immigrants. To grab 11 million prisoners in 50 states will take millions and millions of dollars, and could prove to be more costly than current policy. To deport millions of prisoners to Mexico, Central America, Asia, Europe, and elsewhere might encounter resistance from destination countries. From any perspective -- right or wrong -- its gonna be tough, and it will change our country...
Please see: 8/27/15-blog, part 3, for additional perspective...
* added: 10/29/(16) The Posse Comitatus Act restricts the participation of the U.S. military in domestic law enforcement activities. It was written and passed as law by the 45th Congress of the United States and signed into federal law by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878. - Wikipedia, Rand Corporation
Rudy Giuliani believes that Donald Trump does not favor mass deportations. "Giuliani told CNN's Jake Tapper" "that Trump 'would find it very difficult to throw out a family that has been here for 15 years and they have three children, two of who are citizens. That is not the kind of America he wants.'" - CNN
Under the Obama Administration illegal immigrants are being expelled at nine times the rate of twenty years ago. Though the illegal population -- the numbers -- have stayed relatively steady (even declining some last year), the arrests and deportations by the Border Patrol, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), and other law enforcement agencies has dramatically risen, beginning with the end of the Clinton and through the Bush Administrations, reaching a zenith with the Obama Administration. - Reuters, Washington Post, CNN
Please see: 7/24/16-blog on Carbuncle Moon for further information on illegal immigration.
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"Our future is in the rear-view mirror and gaining on us."
(versions posted earlier)
originally posted on 1/27/2018 (from earlier versions):
edited: 6/10 & 10/28/(18):
Today is the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army. 1.1 million people, primarily Jewish, were gassed and incinerated by the Nazis in the prison camp.
Approximately six million Jews were systematically murdered in Nazi concentration camps in efficient factory-precision during World War ll, between 1939 and 1945.
Before the Holocaust, the pre-war Jewish population (and as early as 1933) in Europe was approximately 9.5 million. By 2012, Europe's Jewish population was approximately 1.4 to 1.6 million.
The world's Jewish population in 2016 was approximately 14.2 million people. About half of the world's surviving Jews live in the U.S.
- Sources: BBC/ NerLeElef-Judaism Online/ Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum web site/ Wikipedia/ Jewish Virtual Museum.
…“at least 3.3 million Soviet POWs died in Nazi custody,” as part of the overall 5.7 million POW deaths in WW-2; in the Pacific, the European, African, and other theaters. “This figure represents a total of 57% of all Soviet POWs" that were in Nazi camps.
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9/11 brought devastation and profound loss, fear brought a new world, children new hope, a national soul brought endurance and a spirit to rebuild. Our grief made us thoughtful, our dilemma is that our sense of justice and freedom might not keep us safe but it will keep us American. Our hearts are with those that suffered and suffer still.
(9/11 by Kevin O'Kendley first appeared in Carbuncle Moon 9/11/13)
Please visit the 9/11 Memorial/180 Greenwich Street/ New York, New York, 10007
Happy 4th of July:
"To enslave ideas, ideals, idealism, to torture imagination, dissent, argument, to take the life of belief, hope, free will, begins with the, uh, imprisonment of free speech, the free pursuit of the truth, and the freedom to report the truth." (toon posted earlier)
"When freedom is intellectualized it can be mitigated by intellectual method; made less, and less, and less, and less... when understood by the heart, freedom is inviolable." (posted earlier)
I've authored this blog for five years: I'm going to let it rest for awhile...
All material is original unless otherwise noted.
7/5: My short story the Horse and the Cowboy was published by Greg McCartney and is in the June edition of The Honest Ulsterman. Photo by Caitlin O'Kendley, my daughter. Thanks Greg, and thanks to the people at the Honest Ulsterman; Londonderry -- Derry -- Northern Ireland.
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Some stuff about John Kelly's statements on illegal aliens (edited 7/10):
originally posted on 5/12, deleted on 6/30, and re-posted on 6/30. (Edited: 5/13, 6/30, 7/4, 7/22.)
“ ‘The vast majority of the people that move illegally into United States are not bad people. They're not criminals. They're not MS-13,’ Kelly said in the interview. ‘But they're also not people that would easily assimilate into the United States, into our modern society. They're overwhelmingly rural people.
“ ’In the countries they come from, fourth-, fifth-, sixth-grade educations are kind of the norm,’ he continued. ‘They don't speak English; obviously that's a big thing. ... They don't integrate well, they don't have skills.’ ” - quoted by Avery Anapol in The Hill from an interview on NPR’s, Morning Edition.
The reaction to Kelly’s comments have been, ah, passionate:
When I was young I worked with illegal immigrants, and Mexican Americans, Central Americans, from farm work to other physical labor, from the San Jacinto Valley to the Sacramento Valley. I was also locked up with some when I was a kid (I'm not a felon).
I found that most of the people I knew that were or likely illegals, worked with, spent time with were cordial, hard working, tough, decent, and that they might, outside of the barrios, have a tough time assimilating into some communities in California; that they spoke Spanish and not always English, that they were brown-skinned and not generally white; that they weren’t criminals -- not MS-13 -- that many were from rural communities in Mexico and further south. I found that some were so poor, had lived such tough lives, that a few days in jail might be an improvement in living conditions; clean sheets, enough food… Some might not have had much of an education but were bright, some did work that was rugged, unskilled, that a lot of folks didn’t want to do. It was a pleasure to have known many of these illegals…
As a child in Northern California some of my earliest friends were Mexican-American.
The Spanish were in California before the English, Mexicans before Americans, Spanish was spoken before English.
California was a Spanish possession until 1821 when it became part of an Independent Mexico, until the Bear Flag Revolt in 1846. For awhile California was an independent nation: The Republic of California. It became a state in 1850. - my memory of California's history was made more accurate by History.com and Wikipedia.
I understand why some folks have an issue with Kelly’s statements but in regards what was stated, or what was quoted above, I don’t.
As awful, as sad, as wrong as it is that families of illegal immigrants, children -- socio-economic refugees -- have been separated from their parents, to compare the counter productive policy predicated on law that was unable to regulate the humane treatment of children to the internment of Japanese Americans in World War ll -- families that lost their homes, land, properties, companies, jobs, that were rounded up as if they were our enemies and taken away and interned for the duration of the war -- seems unbelievable. (Many of the interned Japanese-Americans chose to fight in the Army's 442 Battalion against the Nazis. It was the most decorated battalion in American history.*) To compare our actions on the border to what the Nazis did in the systematic mass murder of 6 million Jews in World War ll is unfathomable.
The Mexicans have a proverb, which offers hospitality; food, friendship: Mi casa es su casa. My home is your home. I've known people who believe in this proverb; American, Norwegian -- Jewish, Unitarian, Muslim, Buddhist, Baptist, Catholic, Atheist -- Japanese, Irish, Mexican, Nigerian, etc.
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The first illegal immigrants.
(I've used a version of this toon before in this blog with an attachment asking that if the toon was like another to please let me know. Since then I've come to understand that this cartoon is like one that preceded it, a cartoon that might involve Christopher Columbus. My sincere apologies to the author whose name I don't know. However, this toon is different enough that I include it here, with the aforesaid explanation).
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