Stand at EASE!!!
Most of you Troops are probably too young to remember when another
cesspool sludge dictator claimed the right to invade his
neighbors to protect the ethnic germans living in their countries,
from violence THE GERMANS had fomented. Just read your
history books, see what the world did about it & see how many lives
were wasted because of the stupidity and cowardice of the
world "leaders". Other than the skin color, o(WHATTA)bummer looks (and
sounds) a LOT like neville chamberlain, who betrayed
england's allies for "peace in our time", which resulted in WW2.
Un-COVER!!! (Silent prayer or contemplation.)
Heavenly Father, the cesspool sludge are at it, again. I ask Your
protection and guidance. In Jesus' name I pray. HOOAAHHH!!!
I remember a political cartoon showing nikita kruschev saying, "All we
want is piece", as he broke off a PIECE of this country
and that country.
There is an old saying that repeating an action and expecting a
different outcome is the definition of insanity.
So, either o(WHATTA)bummer and the other world "leaders" are stupid,
ignorant, insane, cowardly or complicit in russia's
aggression, because they believe that russia is the rightful leader of
the world, because they are all SOCIALISTS AT HEART,
or whatever they have that passes (not very well) for a heart.
I remember, once, walking through the "tenderloin" district of San
Francisco (at age 16) wearing a coat and tie and a "stingy brim"
hat. I had learned (at a fairly early age) that walking "with a
purpose", head up, shoulders back and looking the world in the eye
would deter all but the most determined aggressors, while shuffling
along, eyes on the ground, would invite victimhood.
No one accosted me, although one woman (?) looked as though she (?)
considered striking up a conversation & decide against it.
The people who exude strength are, generally not considered prey for
the predators of the world, because they find it less trouble to
This philosophy stood me in good stead when, for MANY years, I walked
a mail route, without being bitten. The dogs I could
befriend, I did. The others were shown an aggressive posture, much
like the German Shepherd that was constantly lunging to the
end of his chain and telling me what he'd do if he were loose.
One day he was and charged. Scared the dickens out of me, but I
crouched in an attack stance and told him, "Come on, you ####
###### !!! I'll break you in half !!! This wasn't what he expected and
he found urgent business elsewhere.
It was a pattern I repeated and very seldom had to spray a dog that
charged me from the front. The sneaky ones I learned to spray,
pointing my spray behind me. That worked well, too.
One day I was canoeing on a river that was "irrigation controlled"
with weirs. As I portaged, a couple of stupid teen-agers thought it
was funny to tell their big dog to "sic" me, holding his collar and
pushing him toward me.
Hoping to avoid a confrontation that would have ended badly (for the
dog) I turned so the punks could see my .357 (in my holster) and
told them that if the dog came up on the levee, they'd carry him back.
It was amazing how quickly they found the dog's chain and secured him.
While none of this (especially the last) demonstrates any bravery, on
my part, it does demonstrate what George Washington and
many other smart people, throughout history, have told us, that the
surest way to have peace is to be prepared for war.
I'll take that a step further and say that it includes ensuring that
everyone KNOWS you are prepared for war. It doesn't have to be
done in a belligerent fashion, just a matter-of-fact attitude that
says that we are a peace-loving FREE people, who intend to maintain
our freedom and need no one's permission to do so.
Unfortunately, as the last super power (if the lefties don't destroy
us) this places us in a moral dilemma of "noblisse oblige", wherein
our very situation of power obligates us to assist those who are
weaker or to lose any claim to being a moral nation.
I realize that this is weighty stuff, for people who would much prefer
(as would I) to occupy their time with pursuits such as football,
baseball, basketball, tennis, golfing, couch potatoing (or my
favorites) boating, fishing or biking.
If you have a conscience, you can't ignore the plight of oppressed
people. The other side of the equation is that the strong GOOD
guys need to lead the rest of the world against the BAD guys, or wind
up facing them, alone.
Isolationism doesn't work and, like it or not, it is our moral,
ethical and logical duty to use our strength for good, before it is
O.K. Off my soapbox and on to more mundane matters.
Recently, my bank (at least for a while) decided to change their logo
from a beautiful picture of the Sierra Mountains to a couple of
"modern art (?)" pyramid shapes that look like something drawn by a 3rd grader.
Has the Bank of Sierra management regressed to such an infantile state
as to see this as a beautiful logo, that represents the
tradition and solidity of a financial institution?
In the military, we have a saying that has a TON of logic, "If it
ain't broke, don't FIX it !!!" This philosophy saves countless
of needless effort and much wasted $$$ that might, otherwise, be spent
on projects dreamed up by some half (or less) wit who just
wants change, for the sake of change or for the sake of saying, "I DID
Of course, if they are rank enough (inside, military joke meaning that
the higher some people rise in rank [authority] the bigger
stinker they become) everyone is scared to tell the "emperor" that he
is NEKKID !!!
The result is that stupid (or corrupt) people do stupid things, like
buying hammers for $600 that cost $5 at most hardware stores.
Speaking of money, I wonder how much of the Bank of Sierra's
stockholders' money went into the research firm's pockets that
advised the creation of this ill-considered, ill-conceived,
ILL-ustration that (quite frankly) makes me a bit ill, to look at it?
When I asked one of the managers if this was permanent or up for
discussion, the reply was, "Permanent!" I can only hope not,
as I like the decor of the offices and (if they are superficial enough
to create this abominable logo) I hate to think of what they
might do to the interior of the buildings. Imagine the intellect that
created this eyesore changing the look of the interiors to match it.
The commercial that proudly announces their descent, from a
conservative, dignified, institution to a fast-food looking, plastic
"...little boxes and they're all made out of ticky-tacky..." says that
it symbolizes their strength. Maybe I'm just not "hip" enough
to appreciate their symbolism, but a picture of the Sierras, that have
been there since the beginning of time and will likely be there
after we have gone to our rewards, THAT is a symbol of the strength I
want in a financial institution.
This change reminds me a lot of o(WHATTA)bummer DOESN'T care, the
UNaffordable UNhealthy insurance scam being forced
on the American public. It's being done (as far as I can tell) by
people who don't care what the people think, who are affected by it
because they know better than we do what is best for us. Sure is great
that we have such intelligent, benevolent, folks up there,
who can tell us what we (should) think. AIN'T IT GRAND???
A copy of this column is being sent to the corporate headquarters and
I invite a response, answering the questions I have raised
(especially about the COST of this change) and will give up the
necessary space and ask the Editor to print a response.
I ask all of my Troops to send YOUR opinion to your local Bank of the
Sierra and c.c me, so that I can tabulate the response.
Who knows, maybe I (and everyone I know) haven't the "...eyes to
see..." the "...wonderfulness..." of this "innovative" move
into the future and we need to just shut up & go away.
MAYBE but, in the words of the "Monk" theme, "It's a Jungle Out
There", "...I may be wrong, now, BUT I DON'T THINK SO..."
Heavenly Father, we ask Your blessings, to have the discernment to
separate the good from the bad and cling to the good. We
ask Your blessings, guidance and protection on our country and our
guardians, wherever and however they serve. We ask that
You guide our elected employees to bring our country back in
accordance with Your will or give us the strength and wisdom to
find those who will. In all things I thank and praise You and,
especially for the Gift and Sacrifice of Your Son Jesus Christ, my
Lord and Savior, in Whose Name I pray, HOOAAHHH!!!
God bless Y'all and God bless AMERICA!!!! HOOAAAHHH!!!
Sgt.Mack out, leaving the air and closing station.
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