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Time to step up...

posted Jun 23, 2017, 9:12 PM by Jim Vaughan

Good morning to all of you out there. Have you heard, read, seen what happened in Manchester England last night? Well this will be coming to a concert, theater, subway, you name it, near you soon. It is time to throw away political correctness. You can throw at me all the excuses you want about why we should allow refugee immigrants into this country. Yeah, all the same reasons that we heard from Germany, France, and England. Look what that got them...they have so many of these crazed lunatics running around their country they can't keep track of them. When are you folks going to realize that this isn't about race, gender, color, national origin? It is about religious zealotry. This is part of the muslim/islamic philosophy. Do you really think that the non-radical islamists were against this that they would allow it to continue? Some of the basic tenets of their religious beliefs would have them going after these radical islamists themselves. No, they set back and claim that Islam is a pacifist religion and that these fanatics are not part of their religion. Right...if you believe that then you really are drinking the kool aid. I don't care if you are a conservative, liberal, need to step up and get behind the efforts to stop this. If you can't stand behind our military and give them what they need to finish the job then I invite you to stand in front of them.

On a soapbox...

posted Jun 23, 2017, 9:09 PM by Jim Vaughan

Rant On: The last few days have brought me considerable frustration with the racial situation in this country. Whites hating on non-whites. Non-whites hating on whites. You get what I'm saying. For me, the sad part is, you don't see it amongst our children. You watch them at the playgrounds, the swimming pools, at parties, at school and they are friends, best friends, people they love and would miss if something happened and they weren't there the next day. Soooo...this tells me this is a learned behavior, it is a result of what they see around them, what they hear, and how they are treated by adults. We are not born racist, and yes, I believe regardless of your race, you can be a racist.

Folks, it is time that we stop this type of behavior. We need to begin to care about each other. We need to get rid of the hyphenated titles; African-American, Irish-American, Mexican-American, and so on, and just see all of us as Americans. We are all part of God's creation. We need to stop seeing color and realize we are all part of the human race. We need to stop blaming the past and start living for the future.

Scrawling the 'N' word on people's property, berating them because of the clothes they wear, it all has to stop. :Rant Off

A Little History Lesson...

posted Jun 23, 2017, 9:07 PM by Jim Vaughan

For the good of all...a little history lesson for Monday morning

Just Sayin'

posted Jun 23, 2017, 9:04 PM by Jim Vaughan

Since it seems like the going thing now a days is to call for a Special Prosecutor, I think they should appoint a special prosecutor to look into this morning's attack on members of Congress by a man who was a volunteer on Bernie Sanders' election campaign. It may very well be that in a discussion Mr. Sanders may have led this man to think he should shoot non-Democratic members of Congress. He did ask a bystander if the people on the ball field were Republicans or Democrats. So it was obviously a targeted attack by a supporter of a Democratic candidate for the presidency.The man wasn't mentally unstable, he was a Democrat. So he obviously knew what he was doing, we just need to interrogate every Democrat that could have had the slightest opportunity to be in contact with this upstanding citizen. We need to get to the bottom of this!

Feeling Philosopical, part 2

posted May 3, 2017, 7:39 AM by Jim Vaughan

For those of you that have messaged me or texted me to make sure I'm okay due to the post I made last night, thank you but I'm okay, just being a little philosophical about where I am in life and thought I'd share it.

I'm 65 years old and I'm beginning to realize that most problems you experience in life, you just can't fix, change, etc. I'm no longer going to insert myself into things that are not of my making. I'm going to worry about me. If you want my help, I'm here, I'l...l listen but don't be upset if all you get is my opinion which may not agree with what you would like to hear. I realized last night that I had been sacrificing my own happiness for the sake of the happiness of others. I was willing to tell people what they wanted to hear vice telling them what they needed to hear.

I grew up in a family situation that was dysfunctional to say the least. I entered adult life pretty much having to figure things out on my own. I made my mistakes early on and that's what led me to joining the military. Now that was a wakeup call. From 1972 until 1998, everything I did was impacted by my military membership. My family life, my parental style, my hobbies, etc. While I tried to be different, I had become cast into a mold that is not easy to change. Ask any career military person, you don't have one family, you have two.

Being the glutton for punishment that I am, when I retired, I didn't make the disconnect like most of my friends did. I'm one of the few that decided to continue their career life working with the military. The mold doesn't get cracked, or heated and reshaped. Except for the short period I worked in the private sector, I have pretty much spent my entire life in the public sector. I've stepped out of it on a few occasions and I look back and regret that I didn't step out completely. Now I'm on the final curve of the race. This time, when I cross the finish line, I'm out.

When I retire on 1 Jan 2019, I will have spent 47 years of my life in service to this country. I only regret that the country that I thought my service stood for, is not and has not been that country for many years now. What I regret even more is that it will never be the country that I grew up in as a little kid, or that my parents and grandparents struggled to make a life in.

So what does all of this add up to...bottom line, complete retirement. My efforts over the last 47 years have placed me in a pretty comfortable place financially. I want to spend time with my family without having to worry about the demands of work. I have children and grandchildren that I want to make memories with. I want to sleep until I feel like getting up. I want to go to bed when I feel like going to bed and not because there's an alarm waiting to wake me up. I have friends that I haven't been able to spend the time with that I want to spend with them. I want to hit that bucket list and have no regrets when my last day finally arrives.

Feeling Philosophical

posted May 3, 2017, 7:38 AM by Jim Vaughan

As I watched many of my friends leave for another tour of duty in the Middle East, I realized that worrying about what happens in the rest of the world has become a waste of time, mine and well, everyone else's. We can choose a side (politically), we can protest or support, we can try and influence the decision makers in Washington. All for what purpose, to wake up the next morning and realize that we were not heard, not just that, we were not even listened to.

On top of that..., I'm beginning to see the same things in my personal life. You can care about the people you love, you spend sleepless nights worrying about the people you love, but the next day, things are still going to happen regardless of whether or not that's what you wanted to see happen or not.

You can spend your life trying to be a 'rock' of support, or you can just live your life and let things fall where they may, pick them up, and try again. Regardless of which you choose, your life isn't really better, it's actually worse.

I've given up things to make people happy, to be there when others needed me, and I've realize that it was all for naught. I compromised my own feelings and beliefs in order to keep the peace. I given up doing things that I enjoy because others around me don't enjoy them or don't feel a need to find an interest in the things that I enjoy. So I can either enjoy them alone, or not enjoy them at all.

I've realized that the only value a person has is the value that they place in themselves. If you try and find value in yourself based on how other people value you, you will find yourself in a very broke state of self-worth. You realize that others only find you of value when you can benefit them or their value.

From now on, I'm not going to spend my time worrying about things that my opinion really doesn't matter. I'm going to live each day just as it presents itself. If the weather is nice, then I will enjoy the nice weather. if the weather is bad, then I will find a way to enjoy the bad weather. If you want my opinion about something, feel free to ask, but save me and you the embarrassment that goes along with asking for advice and not heeding that advice.

From now on I am going to spend my time doing what I want to do, when I want to do it, how I want to do it. I'm not going to plan for others to join me. I will make my plans known and if others want to join me they can, if they don't, no sweat off my back.

Life is too short and it's even shorter today than it was yesterday. I'm going to start living the rest of my life for me, if you want to come along you are welcome to join me just remember...I'm going to have fun regardless of whether you are having fun or not.

Enough is Enough!

posted Apr 12, 2017, 7:32 AM by Jim Vaughan

Over the past couple of days I have seen multiple facebook posts, news articles, and listened to people talk about their friends dying from an overdose of heroin. People when is enough, enough for everyone to stand up and do something about this epidemic? Everybody is ready to stand up and butcher President Trump, you'll scream and holler to send Hillary Clinton to prison, but when someone dies from an overdose of heroin, or has to be saved by a Narcan treatment due to an overdose, all you people say is: Such a shame? Such a precious life lost?

I say it is time we stand up, as brothers and sisters, as fathers and mothers, as one big family and put an end to this epidemic. We can't point fingers at the police, our local, state, or national government, we have to stand with them, with each other, and give them the information that will stop the dealers, the pimps, the smugglers, everyone that is involved. If you know someone that is on heroin, then you know a piece of the puzzle. I'd rather my tax dollars go to putting them in rehab, and finding out where they got the drugs, then giving them another dose of Narcan and sending them back on the streets to try again another day.

If you know someone that is on heroin, step up, take them by the hand, show them some tough love, and take them away from that life. I know I'm preaching to the crowd here. I realize or God I hope, none of my facebook friends use this stuff. That doesn't mean one of us or all of us, don't know someone that is using heroin. If we do, or we suspect that they are, then we need to step up and help them. If they won't listen to you, find someone they will listen to, help them to get the help they need before Narcan is their solution.

To all my friends in Law Enforcement, speak up, tell us how we can help. I saw an report on TV the other night that some hospitals here in the Dayton area are seeing 20-30 heroin overdoses in one shift. What the hell? That should mean we could put 20-30 dealers in jail. Give these people a choice, go to jail for possession since the overdoes is proof that you had obtained an illegal drug, or give up your dealer's name. Where you buy?

We will step on the rights of every illegal alien in this country for the sake of our jobs market but no, God forbid we step on someone's rights in order to take down a drug dealer. Folks it is time to take off the gloves. No more soft punches. Bare knuckle, knock out punches, that's what we need. This country is so fond of the death penalty, then I got an idea, deal drugs, get caught, you get the death penalty. Not after three times, not after two times, after the first offense.

Yeah, I know that sounds extreme, but folks I can assure you, they wouldn't hesitate to kill in order to smuggle their shit into this country, to protect their stash so they can sell it to your father, mother, son, daughter, grandchild, friend, even your worst enemy, so why should we hesitate in putting their asses in the ground?

So, know this, as of today, if I suspect, know, see, or hear that you are using an illegal drug, I will report your ass. For no other reason than Love. I've lived 65 wonderful years and I've done it without the use of illegal drugs, if I can, you can, we all can.


posted Mar 30, 2017, 7:20 PM by Jim Vaughan   [ updated Mar 30, 2017, 7:25 PM ]

Okay folks, another attempt at a healthcare plan and another failed attempt. If you haven't read it, you need to. I've gotten through about 50% of it and the changes aren't significant enough to drop ObamaCare and take on ConservaCare. To all my wonderful friends in Congress (yeah I know that means none of them are reading this), until you get to single payer you haven't pulled your heads out of your asses. Stop blowing smoke about how terrible single payer healthcare is in Canada 'cause it's a hell of a lot better than ObamaCare or ConservaCare. All of you have proven over the last 20 years that  you don't have a clue about what you are doing, so stop trying. We are now going to waste another session pissing and moaning. Hell, even the Conservatives as a whole can't agree on this, why should you expect the Liberals to agree with it? Wake up and smell the  only have 19 months to prove  yourselves deserving, then it's farewell majority, hello minority. One of these days all of you will wake up and realize we expect you to think about us, not about yourselves.


posted Mar 30, 2017, 7:11 PM by Jim Vaughan   [ updated Mar 30, 2017, 7:17 PM ]

Okay, let's see if I can get my thoughts straight on this. For a very long time, Donald Trump affiliated himself with the liberal party. Then all of a sudden out of the clear blue, he declares he is a conservative. Now why would he do that? Some of my friends may remember my offering the thought that the reason Donald Trump was running for president on the conservative side was because he would either do one of two things: assure the election of the Liberal candidate (regardless of who they picked) or he would win the election because the liberals would put forth a candidate that the populace could not stomach. I found it odd, early on in the election that a man who had been such close friends with the Clintons would attack them as they had. I mean folks, this man contributed to both of their campaigns in previous elections. My theory was that the liberals saw it coming at the end of Obama's first term. If he was able to gain a second term, it would have a negative impact on the party of wealth redistribution. Now as we all can see, hindsight is 20-20, that is pretty much what happened to the liberals. They focused their attention on the minority vote, actually I'm going to be a little politically incorrect here and say they really only focused on the vote of the minority welfare class. This caused extreme discontent across the country in the middle class, the non-top 1% or the bottom 50%. By the way, for those of you who don't realize it, if you make $175K a year you are a member of the top-2% of this country's wealth structure. Yeah, that's right, I didn't believe either until I read about wealth distribution in this country and some recommended changes to the tax system.

Anyway, I digressed. This article portrays that President Trump, since he cannot get a majority of support within the Republican side of the House, is going to court moderate Democrats. No, I think what he is going to do is actually court the Democrat side of the House and the Senate. He will have those few conservatives in Congress that will stay loyal to him for the sake of the mid-term elections. As a result, he will accomplish his agenda, be able to claim he brought together both sides of Congress, and walk into a second term.

So, what's my point of all of the above. Donald Trump is not a true conservative. He is a moderate progressive who doesn't behold himself to either party and is willing to do whatever is necessary to achieve his agenda. Will he succeed, yep, say what you will about the man, but he didn't become a billionaire because he can't compromise.

My bottom line: he was and still is a better choice than we were give in Hillary Clinton but just like Hillary Clinton, not the best choice that could have been given to us.

And we are worried about Donald Trump...

posted Mar 6, 2017, 11:17 AM by Jim Vaughan

1. Hillary Clinton approved the transfer of 20 percent of U.S. uranium to Russia and nine investors in the deal funneled $145 million to the Clinton Foundation.

2. Bill Clinton bagged $500,000 for a Moscow speech paid for by a Kremlin-backed bank while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State.

3. Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman’s Joule energy company bagged $35 million from Putin’s Rusnano.

4.  Clinton Foundation chatter with State Dept. on Uranium Deal with Russia.

5. Hillary Clinton hid $2.35 million in secret donations from Ian Telfer, the head of Russia’s uranium company.

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