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** Author’s Note: Be prepared. I rambled. **


I live in the United States of America.

I am an American.

I have never fought for my country but I have volunteered in various ways to help my fellow Americans.

I have seen hunger, fear, anger, pain and loss. I have also seen love, hope, honor, pride and power.

Around the world, Americans are seen in many ways, some positive and some negative. Opinions on who we are, what we stand for and why we do what we do vary in every mile around this vast planet.

We don’t want war, but we aren’t afraid to stand up and fight.

We don’t need to be begged to help others, and sometimes we are the first to come running when there is a catastrophe.

This has not always been the case.

The was a storm coming, a long time ago. The skies were dark, the air was foul and there were people on our doorstep begging for help. Their faces were lined with pain and loss, their bodies were weak from the fight and flight that brought them to our door.

We turned them away.

We shut the door, turned off the light and cowered in the darkest corner of our soul to hide from their plight. We covered our ears so as to not hear their cries.

They didn’t leave us alone. They stayed at our door, begging, crying for help. Others came, more voices, more pleas for shelter, protection, anything.

We ignored them.

If we didn’t see them, if we didn’t hear them, then it wasn’t happening. It wasn’t going to affect us.

We stayed in the dark, clutching an unlit candle, telling ourselves we were safe and all will be fine if we just ignore them.

We were wrong.


The United States of America has history. Granted it is not a history as long as those in Europe, but we have history all the same.

In our classrooms, in our history books, in the knowledge passed down through the years, a chunk of that history is rarely brought to light.

We were fence sitters.

“The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible. Europe has a set of primary interests, which to us have none, or a very remote relation. Hence she must be engaged in frequent controversies the causes of which are essentially foreign to our concerns. Hence, therefore, it must be unwise in us to implicate ourselves, by artificial ties, in the ordinary vicissitudes of her politics, or the ordinary combinations and collisions of her friendships or enmities.”   –  George Washington’s Farewell Address of 1796

President George Washington, in his Farewell Address declared we must remain Neutral. Wars outside our borders meant nothing to us.

President Thomas Jefferson, in his Inaugural Speech reinforced our stance in this matter.

“I deem the essential principles of our Government, and consequently those which ought to shape its Administration. I will compress them within the narrowest compass they will bear, stating the general principle, but not all its limitations. Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political; peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.” – Thomas Jefferson’s Inaugural Speech of 1801

Jefferson was not the first, nor the last President that stated this policy.

“In the wars of the European powers, in matters relating to themselves, we have never taken part, nor does it comport with our policy, so to do. It is only when our rights are invaded, or seriously menaced that we resent injuries, or make preparations for our defense.” – President James Monroe, 1823

After Tsar Alexander II put down the 1863 January Uprising in Poland, French Emperor Napoleon III asked the United States to “join in a protest to the Tsar.” Secretary of State William H. Seward declined.

“Defending our policy of non-intervention—straight, absolute, and peculiar as it may seem to other nations… the American people must be content to recommend the cause of human progress by the wisdom with which they should exercise the powers of self-government, forbearing at all times, and in every way, from foreign alliances, intervention, and interference.”

This policy remained untouched until the war for Cuba’s independence from Spain. After a riot in 1898 in Cuba, the U.S. Consul-General feared for the safety of Americans in Cuba. By the end of January, 1989, the United States sent the USS Maine to Havana. She was scuttled in the Havana harbor on February 15, 1898. This ultimately led to the Spanish-American War (April 25, 1898 – August 12, 1898).

Afterwards, the United States went back to declaring it’s Neutrality. 

The Neutrality Acts:

  • The Neutrality Act of 1935 imposed a general embargo on trading in arms and war materials with all parties in a war. It also declared that American citizens traveling on warring ships traveled at their own risk.
  • The Neutrality Act of 1936, passed in February of that year, renewed the provisions of the 1935 act for another 14 months. It also forbade all loans or credits to belligerents.
  • The Neutrality Act of 1937, passed in May, included the provisions of the earlier acts, this time without expiration date, and extended them to cover civil wars as well. Furthermore, U.S. ships were prohibited from transporting any passengers or articles to belligerents, and U.S. citizens were forbidden from traveling on ships of belligerent nations.
  • The Neutrality Act of 1939 allowed arms trade with belligerent nations (Great Britain and France) on a cash-and-carry basis, thus in effect ending the arms embargo. Furthermore, the Neutrality Acts of 1935 and 1937 were repealed, American citizens and ships were barred from entering war zones designated by the President.


On September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland; Britain and France declared war on Germany, marking the start of World War II.

Two days later, President Roosevelt assured the nation that he would do all he could to keep them out of war. 

“At this moment there is being prepared a proclamation of American neutrality. This would have been done even if there had been no neutrality statute on the books, for this proclamation is in accordance with international law and in accordance with American policy. This will be followed by a Proclamation required by the existing Neutrality Act. And I trust that in the days to come our neutrality can be made a true neutrality…. This nation will remain a neutral nation, but I cannot ask that every American remain neutral in thought as well. Even a neutral has a right to take account of facts. Even a neutral cannot be asked to close his mind or his conscience. I have said not once, but many times, that I have seen war and that I hate war. I say that again and again.

I hope the United States will keep out of this war. I believe that it will. And I give you assurance and reassurance that every effort of your Government will be directed toward that end.”  – Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Fireside Chat,” September 3, 1939

On  January 6, 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his State of the Union Address which is commonly called The Four Freedoms Speech.

“In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.

The first is freedom of speech and expression—everywhere in the world.

The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way—everywhere in the world.

The third is freedom from want—which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants—everywhere in the world.

The fourth is freedom from fear—which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor—anywhere in the world.

That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation. That kind of world is the very antithesis of the so-called new order of tyranny which the dictators seek to create with the crash of a bomb.” – An excerpt from the State of the Union Address to the Congress, January 6, 1941

Neutrality. Fence sitting. Naivety. Close your eyes. If you can’t see it, it’s not there.

So we did.

Then it happened.

December 7, 1941.

Our mirage of Utopia was shattered.

Our rights and our freedom were no longer under our control. 

Seventy-four days after Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order No. 9066. The order forced over 110,000 Japanese-Americans to leave their homes in California, Washington, and Oregon. They were sent to live in one of ten detention camps in desolate parts of the United States.

None of the Japanese-Americans had been charged with a crime against the government. Two-thirds had been born in the United States, and more than 70 percent of the people forced into camps were American citizens.

We imprisoned our own citizens because of their heritage and skin color. The last of these “prisons” was finally shut down in March 1946.

Seven months after the war had ended.

Japanese-Americans were not the only ones treated this way. 11,507 people of German ancestry were interned as well. Not to mention the 1881 Italians that were interned.

After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the US demanded deportation of these suspects for detention on US soil. The countries that responded expelled 4,058 people. Among them were 81 Jews.


Why am I telling you this? Why have I gone to all the trouble to point all of this out?

Because someone out there wants to do it again.

I am speaking of the megalomania known as Donald Trump.



1. A type of delusion in which the afflicted person considers himself or herself possessed of greatness. He/she believes him/herself to be Christ, God, Napoleon, anyone famous, or everyone and everything, including a lawyer, physician, clergyman, merchant, prince, or super athlete in all sports.
2. Morbid verbalized over-evaluation of oneself or of some aspect of oneself.
[megalo- + G. mania, frenzy]
Another storm is coming.
Do not seek shelter with Donald Trump.
That’s not an umbrella he is holding, but a lightning rod and he doesn’t care about the consequences to you. Oh, he will survive. Of course he will.
After all, he thinks he is a God, when in fact, all he is is a fascist.


(ˈfæʃ ɪst)

1. person who believes in fascism.
2. member of a fascist movement or party.
3. person who is dictatorial or has extreme right-wing views.
[1915–20; < Italian]
Donald Trump is running for President of the United States and he doesn’t believe in the values we Americans believe in, wants to take away our freedoms and our rights.
This is not Trump Enterprise where you have to crawl on your knees and speak only when spoken to. This is the United States of America.
Keep it free.

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[teruh-riz-uh m]
1. The use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.
2. The state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
3. A terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.
People who are terrorist are the ones who want you to be afraid.
They want to make you afraid to go out to eat.
They want to make you afraid to go out to a concert.
They want to make you afraid to go to school.
They want to make you afraid of religions.
They want to make you afraid to trust anyone.
They want to make you afraid to travel.
They want to make you afraid to go to work.
They want to make you afraid.
Don’t be afraid.
Don’t let them win.
Fight back.
Don’t give in.
Prove to them you are strong and alive.
Go shopping. Run in a marathon. Go to work. Go to school. Go to the movies. Go to a concert. Travel. Live. Love. Laugh.
You can do it.
I have faith in you.

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This is where I say…

I told you so.

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I said I wasn’t going to make a comment on what is going on in Boston.

I was going to wait, stay calm, not fuel the fire for any side who knows immediately who did what, who is taking blame, who is claiming whatever…

I have travelled all over the United States. I have seen many things, and spoken with many people.

What I am going to say in the next couple of sentences may make quite a few people rather pissed at me. I can’t help that, I am only stating a truth.

In the US, there are few States that everyone pays attention to; New York, Florida, California, Texas and Nevada. Those are the states everyone knows.

The rest… no one really pays attention to. Yes, we know you are there, but your individual state history, state events, state holidays, they are not things we pay attention to.

April 15, 2013: For the state of Massachusetts, Maine and Wisconsin, it was Patriots’ Day.

Patriots’ Day (officially Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts and Wisconsin and Patriot’s Day in Maine) is a civic holiday commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775. These were the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. It is observed on the third Monday in April in Massachusetts and Maine (which was once part of Massachusetts), and is a public school observance day in Wisconsin. Florida law also encourages people to celebrate it, though it is not treated as a public holiday. Observances and re-enactments of these first battles of the American Revolution occur annually at Lexington Green in Lexington, Massachusetts, (around 6:00 am) and The Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts, (around 9:00 am). In the morning, mounted re-enactors with state police escorts retrace the rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes, calling out warnings the whole way.

Since 1969, the holiday has been observed on the third Monday in April, providing a three-day long weekend, as well as being the first day of public school vacation week in Maine and Massachusetts. Previously, it had been designated as April 19 in observance of the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War.

It is also a school holiday for many local colleges and universities, both public and private. In addition, as Patriots’ Day is considered a holiday in Maine and Massachusetts, when it falls on a day where United States federal income tax returns would otherwise be due for the remainder of the country, residents of those states are given until midnight of the next day (Tuesday) to submit their return.

What does this mean? Well… have patience. I do have a point.

The Boston Marathon is run on the same weekend, which is a large event. For the state of Massachusetts and the world of runners.

Boston is a historical city. No one will deny that. It has earned every single footnote in the history books, as have it’s citizens.

However, it is not a place that most people take notice of outside of the history classes.

So, what does this mean? Why am I stating this?

There are a hundred different groups out there pointing fingers at everyone. Conspiracy theories are flying at record pace through the internet, the news, the media… everywhere.

So, with that said, and I will only state this once, I will give you my theory. No, I can’t name names. Or groups. What I can say is, that I am 96% sure that the terrorist(s) are domestic. Not only “domestic” as in “from the US”, but domestic as in “lives near the area of the attack”. Why? Because to him/her/them, Boston IS their world.

If it were another terrorist group, even a non-domestic one, you would assume that they would go for a larger event. The Boston Marathon only ranks as fifth largest in the States.

  1. New York City Marathon  – 47,000 registered participants in 2012
  2. Chicago Marathon  – 37,455 finishers in 2012
  3. Honolulu Marathon  – 24,413 finishers in 2012
  4. Marine Corps Marathon  – 23,515 finishers in 2012
  5. Boston Marathon  – 21,544 finishers in 2012
  6. LA Marathon  – 18,729 finishers in 2012
  7. Walt Disney World Marathon  – 13,467 finishers in 2012
  8. Philadelphia Marathon  –  11,553 finishers in 2012
  9. Twin Cities Marathon  – 8781 finishers in 2012
  10. Houston Marathon – 7637 finishers in 2012

There is one note of exception to the above list that does make Boston’s Marathon a little different than the rest: It is the world’s oldest annual marathon. It was established in 1897.

Before I end this, let me make one thing perfectly clear: I am not pointing fingers. I am not calling groups out. I am not trying to hurt, harm or belittle any of the victims, or their families with this post.

One last thing… There is one more thing to say: Conspiracy Theories and those that tout them do no one any good. In most cases, a “Conspiracy Theory” is a lie, laid down to push an agenda, to inflate a ego, or to push forward policy that in most instances is not good policy.

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Change is coming.

Something new…

Something old…

I may ask a favor.

I may need a hand.

I hope one of you responds.

I hope one of you can.

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I normally would have a colorful commentary here…

But I recommend you just read the stupidity yourself.

Duh. Click here

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Guys, I wanna take a moment here to write about a particular super hero.

I work with a woman whose husband happens to have the most extreme, and deadliest job on the planet.

He is a nuclear jumper.

I am not 100% certain that that term is the correct term, but in essence it is what he does. Literally.

Him and his crew travel around the planet to various nuclear plants, and “jump” into areas that need repair. They go in, and work feverishly, to repair, replace, remove whatever it is that is needing their attention, and then they get the hell out of there. They go through millions of hours training as a team repeating the tasks over and over again so that they can do this dangerous job. Do this job, mind you, in two minutes. 120 seconds. 150 heart beats.

My co-worker’s husband, and the few others that are qualified and trained for this job from the US leave this week and head to Japan.

Guys, you have my thoughts, my prayers, and my wishes for your safe return. And for your loved ones, I know they will worry beyond all worries while you are gone, for them, I wish them at least some nights peaceful sleep.

Good luck, and God’s speed.

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