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Mon May 25, 2015 at 07:51 AM PDT

A Lifetime Of War

by redtravelmaster

Last week the Washington Post ran a blog post titled "Washington Post Story: Here’s how much of your life the United States has been at war." The author Philip Bump, used a chart to show the percentages of a lifetime an American has spent at war, based on their ages.

This got me thinking about just how many American wars I've experienced during my lifetime.

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Wed Dec 31, 2014 at 08:28 AM PST

Cops On Strike?

by redtravelmaster

The December 29 edition of the New York Post reported that the New York Police Department is essentially on a work slowdown/strike. This is apparently due to many police officers feeling upset over lack of respect by the city's Mayor and general public.

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Sun Nov 30, 2014 at 10:58 AM PST

It Could Have Been Anybody

by redtravelmaster

Unless you’re fortunate enough to live in a news-media free wilderness you’ve heard about the Michael Brown shooting in the town of Ferguson, Missouri, a place most Americans outside of St. Louis never heard of before last summer. Accounts and opinions are raging across the political spectrum, and I've been sorting out my truth to understand my emotions triggered by this disgraceful event.

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Sun Nov 23, 2014 at 02:37 PM PST

Some Thoughts On Immigration

by redtravelmaster

This past week President Obama went live on prime-time television (with some notable exceptions) and announced he was directing his cabinets to make some minor changes in the way people who crossed over into our part of planet earth were treated. Notable was that we, a culture that boasts about being a nation of immigrates, would no longer gratuitously tear apart families and deport parents of legal American citizens back to the countries they originated from.

To hear Republicans and Republican-affiliated talking heads on the usual media outlets loudly protest, President Obama has shredded the very fabric of our constitutional government and gone rogue, stomping around the White House smiting his enemies with unilateral actions that defy the will of the people.

To those people loudly hyper-ventilating I say; Get A Grip.

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Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 01:55 PM PDT

How Many Ships Do We Need?

by redtravelmaster

A recent article posted on Face Book by a former shipmate, and the resulting discussion, has gotten me thinking about our current Navy.

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I am a Contractor consultant to Government currently working for Washington Navy Yard clients. My Corporate office is located in one of the “beltway bandit” buildings that line “M” Street SE, just a couple of blocks walking distance from the Navy Yard main gate and my client’s location. Yesterday morning I was at the Yard when America’s most recent mass murder occurred.

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After reading jpmassar's diary "Occupy Oakland: The Vultures are Descending" I decided it was time I wrote a letter to the Oakland City Council.  You can read it below the orange squiggle.  It's not much, but it's all I can do for now in support of the brave people fighting for us.

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Fri Nov 26, 2010 at 08:39 AM PST

A Paper Tiger

by redtravelmaster

I've been doing a lot of thinking about the current hot topic of "enhanced pat downs" our Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has recently started.  Even more, I've been thinking about how few people in our country actually seem to care that a government agency has taken it upon themselves, without any debate by elected officials or discussion within the public arena, to grope people using the legal justification that "probable cause" consists of attempting to board a commercial aircraft after legally purchasing a ticket.  For the sake of national security and keeping us all safe from bad guys.

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Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 04:16 PM PDT

Dear Mr. President

by redtravelmaster

Dear Mr. President,

I wanted to write you a letter, and decided that posting an open letter on this website had just as much of a chance of being read by you as if I handwrote a personal note on perfume-scented vellum and mailed it directly to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in a big red-white-blue striped envelope with a large lollipop taped to it.

So here goes. My open letter to you sir, the President of these United States.

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Wherein I Get Called a Traitor with 5 !'s After Eight Short Posts

I've made a point of getting a Letter to the Editor (LTE) of our local newspaper published at least once each month since last summer. Over these past months my writing has evolved from simple rebutting of our local Conservative columnists to writing on original topics. Part of the change from rebutting columnists is that the newspaper has introduced commenting in their on-line version. This on-line commenting is moderated but apparently only filtered for obvious spam, as evidenced by the range of opinions that actually gets posted.

A comments thread I participated in became extremely amusing to me extremely fast today. Unfortunately, it is also a sad example of what now-a-days passes for "educated discussion" on immigration in this county.

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Now that the Republican Party has settled on their candidate for President, Saint John McCain of Hanoi Hilton, we quickly see the main theme of the Republican campaign; Fear, Fear, and Fear.

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Today, I had my first-ever column under my byline published in my local newspaper.  I credit the ability to write clearly, articulate my thoughts, and actually have the needed facts at hand, to this incredible community.

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