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    War and Peace, to Fight or to Work Together? Let us remember our highest values.

    My father was a decorated U.S. Marine who had fought his way through the entire island chain of the Pacific in World War II.  He was wounded in Iwo Jima, sent to a hospital in Hawaii, and then begged to be sent back to his unit.  "My guys need me," he said. So although he was cleared for discharge (with a large steel plate inserted in his scull),  an exception was made, and he returned to his guys fighting on the islands. He received medals and commendations for his bravery and exploits in those battles. 

    After the war, he married and had a family, but he rarely spoke of his wartime experiences. He had a drawer full of medals, but he took them out only one or two times as I grew up, and never wanted to speak of those battles. Except one day, when a bully beat me up at school. I told my dad in tears, "Dad, you were a Marine, teach me how to fight." He sat down with me and said, "Yes Ben, I know how to fight. The things that I have done and seen haunt me in my dreams every night. What I want to teach you is something very important.  I have seen my best friend's head blown off while he stood beside me. I have seen men's body parts cut off while they were alive and stuffed into their mouths. I have watched a buddy and helped hold his intestines in trying to keep him from bleeding to death, and watched him die as he looked into my eyes. I have seen men crawl out of caves and burned alive in napalm flames as they ran toward me. So I tell you son, fighting, wanting to hurt the other guy, is not a pleasant thing you need to learn or desire."  

    Then he pulled something out of his pocket, an old letter, and showed it to me.  It was written in Japanese and had a photo of a young pretty Japanese girl paper-clipped to it.  

    "I was in battle one day, and we had Japanese men charging us, screaming 'BONSAI.' It was horrifying.  I found this letter on a Japanese soldier who I had just killed with my bayonet."   …


  • Mar 16, 2017 | Politics  


    Forget politics liberal or conservative. Forget that you are Republican or Democrat. Be an American and follow the money. See where this government plans to spend your tax dollars. Here is the proposed budget, the gift to Americans, a firm written budget, devised by our elected officials living in the White House.

    Simply and without emotion, look at economic facts...


  • Mar 15, 2017 | Politics  

    Americans Need To Verify News These Days

    Americans today are deeply susceptible to a renunciation of reason and celebration of ignorance. They know what they know without reading, discussing or engaging those who might disagree with them. People from both sides of the aisle reject calm logic, eager to embrace the alternative news that supports their prejudices...


  • Feb 28, 2017 | Politics  

    George Washington on Acceptance and Tolerance AUG. 1790


  • Feb 24, 2017 | Politics  

    John Dean says: "Trump Camp Engaging in Russian Cover-Up"

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  • Jan 16, 2017 | Politics  

    Vast Majority of Americans Want Social Security and Medicare "AS IS"

    We at believe in democracy and are pleased to share the results of this survey of the American people...


  • Dec 28, 2016 | Politics  

    Repubs Sam Johnson and Paul Ryan Eager to Whittle on Social Security, Medicare

    Republicans are already at it, trying to whittle down Social Security. Congressman Sam Johnson of Texas filed a new bill that would take steps to change some benefits as well as raise the retirement age to 69. We have heard other reports of other Republicans eager to take measures to cut social security as soon as Donald Trump becomes president...


  • Dec 14, 2016 | Politics  


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  • Oct 12, 2016 | Politics  


    We at have been wondering about this strange enigma in the USA. Republicans, of the party which promotes and espouses "Christian morality" seem to be embracing a man, who is admittedly aloof to traditional Christian values. Even vulgar, a master of immoral language and a master of "scoring" with women...


  • Aug 1, 2016 | Politics  


    The Economist recently did an article on Globalization and Politics, which started with: "Farewell, left versus right. The contest that matters now is open against closed.” We commend the magazine and give it credit for a well-written perspective...


  • Jul 14, 2016 | Politics  

    Ethan Boothe Featured in LA Times Photo, saying ALL LIVES MATTER

    Ethan Boothe is my son, and I take pride that the LA Times featured his photo with my grandsons Austin and Greyson Boothe, at a meeting hosted by the Mayor of Dallas, and the Police Chief to bring some peace and message after the shootings of 15 Dallas policemen by a young disturbed black man...


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