(Photo by someone else at Port Hueneme Base) ***( All photos in this article are the property of Lorne Waters, that’s me and where taken by my hand, except for those noted photos that are oth…
Let’s start right off, just in case you just want to flip to the next site, I am a “Desert Storm Veteran” 1990-1991. I want to explain what I have seen so far, and why I am disappointed in what I see.
I am now 54, I spent 10 years in the United States Air Force, and was proud to have been an active member of the service, and in service to my country, until Present Clinton downsized the military by 800,000 members in 1992. In 1992, I was angry, disappointed and lost. I was basically fired, or laid off, with no intention to leave the service before my 20 yrs.
I was given pamphlets, and told good luck. Well, wasn’t that nice. No job searches, no resume classes, no unemployment (in the state of California), and I had to find a job quick, a place to live, and acclimate to civilian life. Oh, ya I forgot, 10 days before I was due to leave the service my Gallbladder was removed due to massive attacks.
I was able to find work, but I will say it took a lot to understand the outside world again, and I was ticked off for about a year.
Now years later, all I see is veterans, like myself, and on the news, getting little to nothing from the government that ask them to do what ever they were told, but in the end gave us zip.
People don’t realize, that once you signed on the dotted line, and go into service, on that day you loose most of your constitutional rights. It’s not until we get out, we realize, how precious those rights are, and what we really volunteered to defend.
Now with the current political atmosphere, veterans are just used as cannon fodder, pawns, activism faces, and news pieces. But do people realize that the nations veterans really need their help. No, I mean really ! We don’t want money, or a whole lot of recognition, we need your voices, your consideration, and most of all, a bit of respect.
Let me explain a bit more.
I recently started accessing my local Veterans clinic here in Oxnard, California. It was recently completed. I never thought I would need the VA, nor did I think of my self as wanting, or needing assistance from my government. But, getting older, medical cost climbing, I figured I needed all the help I could find.
Well, I am still trying to get my ID card, because the computer system seems to break down a bunch, but I was allowed to start my medical services. It’s not a busy place yet, so I figured why not.
Well, the soonest appointment was 37 days out, and I would have to come in 2 weeks before that for blood work. Well that was disappointing, I get service like this already, and I pay for a Primary care doctor through my wife’s plan. Thanks, partly to our lovely Obamacare, and it’s so called cheaper rates, and competition.
The odd thing is, I currently drive people to appointments that are on medicare, and medical in the company I work for. And all these people can get appointments in days of their needs. But a veteran waits weeks, or months. Wow, that’s really odd isn’t it.
Like I said I am a proud member of Desert Storm, and believe me, when we got home, there was no fan fair. It was back to work. I won’t even explain how my first wife felt when I got back. Needless to say, she was pissed off I was gone over 6 months. In ten years of service , I was home 6 years.
So, now today, I see a message from the leadership of the Desert Storm Memorial Group.
“A letter from Scott Stump, President of the National Desert Storm War Memorial Association…..
2 August 2016
Dear Friends & Supporters,
It’s very hard to believe that we are into the 26th Anniversary of the invasion of Kuwait!
The 25th Anniversary year absolutely flew by. It was very rewarding and very disappointing at the same time. I know how very frustrating to see the lack of interest and indifference displayed by the media, the general public, and even our government regarding the 25th Anniversary, and our mission to build the memorial, was for myself and for you!! However, the good news is that we commemorated the 25th anniversary in a huge way by having tremendous participation in the Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC. It was humbling and an honor watching 500 Desert Storm Veterans and 15 Coalition Country Representatives, the largest gathering since the 1991 victory parade, march down Constitution Avenue and make a tremendous and lasting impact on the crowd, reminding them that WE ARE STILL HERE!
With that being said, we desperately need your help!! Many of you approached me in Washington, DC and pledged your help with the Desert Storm Memorial effort. Whatever way you can help we need it now! When I started this journey back in December of 2010, I knew that we had a limited window of opportunity to get this done or Operation Desert Storm and all who served and died would be forgotten.
I am afraid that my premonition has come true. The effort to build a Global War on Terror Memorial is in the works. We recognize the vital future need for this memorial, and we support the cause 100%. However, since we have NOT raised the needed money for our own memorial, we run the risk of being in a competitive fundraising situation with a group of 3 million veterans and a 15- year war that is fresh on everyone’s minds!!
Our time is NOW! This is YOUR memorial! I urge all of you to PLEASE help us get this done so that Operation Desert Storm is not forever forgotten!
It’s up to all of us to make it happen!
Scott C. Stump”
Wow, we couldn’t even get enough people to give us a memorial to dedicate to all those that gave the ultimate sacrifice during Desert Storm.
Wow, is this what the people of our country really think us us, or other vets? I am really wondering what is important any more. Should I be worried about 2 presidential candidates that I would even let in my own home, because they are both totally clueless, and classless, (pardon my language) ASSHOLES!
So, could you all do me a favor? Could you bug your State representatives, congressmen and senators. And while your at in, when ever your see a vet, wearing a hat, or coat, or shirt. Go up to them and shake their hand, smile and say thank you, thanks for your service, or ask them if they could use a hand doing something.
Really, it doesn’t take much just to show some appreciation, and say thank you.
Just remember, the vets didn’t screw up the government, or politics, or the laws. The people did. We just allowed you the protection, to mess it up they way you all wanted.
Thank you….and your welcome.
A visit to the Midway is well worth a trip. To see a historic ship in her grandeur. There maybe bigger ships, or technological ships. But to see what our great country built, with the technology at hand, and make it so powerful, is just inspiring.
These photos I took on my visit. Please feel free to share, download, and pass on the link to whatever websites you like. Also feel free to comment. Makes me know the photos are appreciated. I am looking at getting a better camera eventually.
Thanks for stopping by .
On March 8, 2015, I had the pleasure and opportunity to view FiFI the B-29, as she was touring the nation showing off how well this B-29 was restored. Photos were taken at the Camarillo Aircraft Museum, Camarillo, Ca.
This was my first experience to see a functioning, restored Bomber of years gone by.I was not disappointed in the experience to see this majestic lady land, taxi, and park right in front of me. The Sound was awesome. To imagine a squadron of these in their day flying off to do a mission must have been an experience.
I am a bit of an amateur photographer. I like to show off some of my shots. So I thought I would share with all of you. I will also link a YouTube video of FiFi so you know what she sounds like. Thanks for viewing and please feel free to share all you like.
If you get a chance to visit the Camarillo, Ca. Air Museum, I highly suggest you stop by.
Well, the title of this blog says it all. Doesn’t it?
Of course currently here in the good ole USA, we are being tugged in all directions. Especially during a pre-election time. Weather you live in the US, or outside of it, we all know Americans are just so misunderstood… Or , are they really?
As of this year of 2016, we only seem to have 2 poor choices for the up coming presidential elections. But, we here in the US, know this feeling all to well. We had the same problem 4 years ago, and 8 years ago. But even before that, we always seem to say, we are choosing the lesser of two evils.
Why is that? Well, let’s be honest, it’s because Americans think they are the only ones on the planet with these dramatic, heart pumping issues. Why? Because the average american person in our country hasn’t left , or visited, or lived in another country.
So, with this lack of knowledge, or true understanding of world events, the average person is basically ignorant of how others live throughout the world. So, all these other countries are rosier than ours when it comes to certain ideas, events, or allowances.
What can be done? Well, given that I am now in my 50’s, and I have seen and traveled in many countries, states within my own country, and I have a good education of my countries history. Also fairly knowledgeable of world affairs as well. My answer is……… I don’t have a fricken clue.
Americans are no longer interested in real education. We are publicly educated on average. Those that actually get so called, Private, or higher education, basically are indoctrinated into the following or beliefs of that higher institution. So, my observations show me.
Hence why, most college students flow one direction or the other politically. The days of Americans being educated to be FREE thinkers has been gone a very long time. If it ever existed at all. I really think, it was made up to begin with…. Probably created for some political gain from years gone by.
Now, many are probably asking, I wonder how this guy really feels about the choices of this years presidential election. Well, I can tell you in one word.
I am not affiliated with any party. I don’t see any difference any longer.
What I see is the American people put representatives in office, and the these reps go on their merry way pushing their own agendas, ideas, and pet projects. They don’t come back to ask the people they represent, how they would feel, or vote on a certain subject. No town hall meetings advertised, no online polls, no nothing.
I am sure other countries have the same issues.
Our news media is now so transparent on what they stand for it’s almost mind-numbing to watch. I actually watch BBC America, because leave it to the Brits to easily show haw corrupt and confused the Americas are on any subject. I am sure they would like to give their outlook of our news media, but their’s is just about as bad as ours…. It’s laughable, if it wasn’t so true.
So, truly what do the Americans have as a choice for Commander and Chief this year of 2016?
Hillary Clinton – a devout establishment person, that has shown us she can lie , cheat and almost down right steal. And I am sure there’s some stealing in there somewhere. Untrustworthy with state secrets, no concern for world affairs really, unless it benefits her foundation (Her wallet).
Donald Trump – A business man, who as admitted to using the system to his, and his companies advantage on several occasions. Has no vision of his own really.. Just what his advisers tell him to say. Because every time this guy opens his mouth its just gibberish. Basically he a blowhard head piece with a bad hair style. He could normally get elected for dog catcher. But, because he’s the normal pissed off american, he is popular with many. Just because we are all pissed off at something.
So, what should the rest of us do? Well we can look for more educated, commonsense electable people out there, outside of our parties.
But, what will we really do. We will wait until the dust settles, bitch about whom we don’t like and ignore them for 4 more years and hope the next bunch is better.
Yup, so that about covers it all…..
Oh, except for the title question….. What does our county want?
We may never really know or understand. Many, no one really wants to……
Thank you for reading.
A Call for Hope
These days it seems like what we really need is Hope. But what are we as people going to do to get the hopeful future we want? Because as we do nothing everything is getting worst. It doesn’t matter what color you are… as long as we let the fear control us we will keep losing any hope we have left. No wonder we are stressed out and feel so alone all the time.
How are we supposed to make the people in charge really listen?
It has been said that a large protest/march on Washington would be a start. However, to make them really listen and for us to be taken seriously “WE the people” have to stop fighting amongst ourselves so that we could finally have the numbers to really be heard.
It is time to tell our “governmental parent”, the one that looks at All of us like some belligerent teenager, that we have had enough. Enough of being told what to do and being lied to constantly by an entity that should be answering to us. YOU must take back the power that is NOW and always has been OURS. It seems every time we are ALL asking questions of our government something major happens to divide us once again. Apparently they don’t want to answer any of our questions. So, why are we still allowing them to tell us what to do, what to think and who to like. We put our trust in people who lie to us, yet follow like sheep when they tell us who to fear or hate.
Hate, anger, and fear are easy. Maybe we have just gotten to lazy to do things the hard way even though it may be better for us in the long run.
Compassion, forgiveness, understanding, hope and love are far harder for us to spread when it feels as though the whole world, or maybe just the neighbor, is out to get us.
So, why not just fall back on narcissism? If we think only of ourselves and only do what benefits us… nothing will go wrong….Right?
People make mistakes. All people. No one gets through life without thinking about having handled some situation badly.
Right now is our time to stop and think about the pain we are only causing ourselves simply because we refuse to say- “we are different and that is ok” or “Maybe our differences are a good thing”. Honestly if we all thought the same way look at all the things we wouldn’t have. Special minds come up with the most amazing things.. Technology, art, the written word. People like Da vinci, Mozart, Monet, Shakespeare and countless others would never have had a chance.
It is time for our rally cry……. A rally for hope and peace. Where the only race that truly matters is the human race.
Let us show the generations that have come before us that we can learn from the mistakes of old.
Let them know that we can make “the dream” come true. The dream where we are hand in hand; different colors, backgrounds, and religions all just pushing for the best for ALL of us.
I am wiccan and I have friends of many other religions- Catholics, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Spiritualists, Atheists, and Satanist. They are all still my friends. I don’t tell them they are wrong and they don’t tell me I’m wrong.
With all the things humans have achieved, why is it we still don’t understand that -Different does not mean bad. It only means different.
NOW is the time to tell the government, who refuses to listen, that we are united in our anger….. Our anger at being bullied and pitted against one another to fit the government agenda. And angry at the lose of life continually perpetuated by a government that Wants us segregated, in the dark, afraid and fighting anyone BUT our own “governmental jailers”.
We are Pissed and I believe it is finally time to let them know we will not tolerate it any longer.
My brothers, My sisters, everyone who wants to leave something better for the future, everyone who wants to stop being afraid- JOIN me in raising our voices in protest of the government separating us by race, job, gender, and religion.
Maybe it is time to be brave enough to take a page from the book of our “treasonous” for fathers. They were considered traitors, committing treason for simply revolting against a government they didn’t believe in…. We have the right to do the same if we don’t believe our government has our best interests in mind. From what I am seeing lots of us don’t believe it does.
Everyone is different so however you choose to voice your anger and unrest is up to you, however I beg you all to please remember Martin Luther King Jr’s words:
“In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggles on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.”
Be brave my friends. We have a voice and an obligation to make it heard.
Let us make our voice so loud it is deafening and unable to ignore.
If it doesn’t work at first and we are still ignored- WE come back and speak even louder.
This is my call for hope.
My call for the voice we have lost.
Blog Authors note
**** This was written by my Step-daughter posted on my blog for easy reposting , please leave a comment, I am sure she will appreciate it.****
I think she’s on the right path.
Author – Ken Waters
Ok, let’s be absolutely clear. If anyone believes that these gas prices rising so quickly in California are warranted, then please just don read any further. You are deluded, and watch and believe the mass media too much.
Now, I will explain why it is time for a mass change.
California gas prices being at least a dollar high than the national average is totally incorrect. It is plain and simple gouging, and capitalistic greed.
We who live in California know it’s always been more expensive. Why you ask? I would say it’s more political, then environmental. When you think of corruption in government, California is the breeding ground. All you have to see is some of our current examples that are in office. The Governor, and his Bullet train to no where. This project sold to the public at $10 Billion, but experts are now saying it will cost over $60 Billion, and more looks like $100 Billion plus. And this project will never pay for it’s self.
Now, let’s look at the gas prices.
So, prices finally drop to an affordable level to Californians. Then , all of a sudden a 30 cent jump in 2 days. The Mass media excuse is, it’s the change of refineries to the Summer Blend. There’s a word for this……… Bullshit. Sorry, it’s the most accurate word to cover this.
Let’s look at some things for a moment. Car’s produced in the United States are sold with California emissions. Why? Because California has the most strict emissions in the nation.
So, why does this matter. Well, Catalytic converters have certain catalysts in them to reduce pollutants from exhausts of cars. So, would it make sense to have cars outside the state, that don’t use the same fuels and burn out the devices that clean the air? No !
Link from Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catalytic_converter
So, winter or summer blend, or what ever state you live in, would mean the fuel, all has to meet certain standards to not burn out these parts on your cars.
Also, Gasbuddy.com clearly shows that California, Alaska, and Hawaii,are the only states paying higher then all the rest. I can understand some of this difference is taxes added by the states. But, not all of it, no way in hell.
So, I propose a simple form of revolution. Quiet, but effective.
Either people make a day, a few days, a week, to take vacations days. Or, during this time, as many as possible commute with others. This will automatically cause a storage issue of gasoline. Why, because it’s not being bought as fast by consumers.Stations will not have to order more fuel as fast. There by backing up storage in areas to record levels. Then the prices will reduce to give incentive’s for more driving by single driver vehicles. It’s plan and simple economics.
Then get out your fingers, and start complaining to your government representatives to fix this very obvious problem of taking advantage of the American people, and their wallets, and budgets.
If you don’t then, with all due respect, shut the hell up. If you can’t see you being screwed at the pump so easily, then you don’t care. But, you seem to care when food prices go up, products in the stores go up. But, so many seem to want free health care, and jobs, and services to fall from the heavens.
Wake up America, your being screwed, and convinced you actually like it.
Wow, would you let your family do that to you? A neighbor, or friend? I don’t think so.
So, why are you letting the government get away with it? I await your answers, eagerly.
Considering my primary work is a driver, this is probably why I am so avid about the following subjects. I will talk about the absolute ignorance of drivers when it comes to paying attention to the rules of the road, and the possible dangers of handling a cell phone. This is just one of the top 10 problems while driving. I could probably come up with more.
Let discuss what most states in the USA say about cell phone use while driving.
- Most cover the fact that it is extremely dangerous. They also state what you shouldn’t do.
- Do not hold a phone to your ear, or in your hand while driving.
- Do not text while driving.
- Do not surf the net, Facebook, or anything that requires a manual input.
Holly crap ! Is this hard to understand? Is the call your making or that “LOL” text that damn important? can you live with the idea someone died due to a call, or text? Can you?
Is it worth going to jail for killing, or injuring someone for? A hefty fine? (Which the fines are way to light in my opinion)
If you are involved in just about any car accident now a days. The average policeman will ask if you where on your cell phone. If he even thinks is possible, he will access your phone records with an easy to get warrant to your cell carrier. And no one will tell you he did it until its too late.
The average new car, or newer Stereos now have Bluetooth connectivity. Hands free operation, and so do all phones. Speech to text, voice dialing, and many other options. Not to leave out apps to put in smartphones to make it safer to operate.
Is any of this that hard to understand? If it is, the I highly suggest you get rid of your cell phone.
Do you know how far you travel in a second of looking at your phone?
75 MPH is 110 ft per sec. The depth of a average parking lot. 11-12 car lengths.
65 MPH , 95 ft per sec 9 car lengths.
55 MPH , 80 ft per sec. about the average length of a tractor trailer driving on the highway. 8 car leengths.
45 MPH average speed in town on 4 lane roads, 66 ft per sec. about 6 car lengths.
35 MPH, 51.33 ft per sec. , 5 car lengths
25 MPH a school zone. 36.67 ft per sec, over 3 cars lengths.
And if a truck of tractor trailer sized is moving and hits the breaks at highway speed. He will require about 300 ft to stop if he is empty. Never the less to say what happens to his trailer. And if loaded with cargo. He will need lots more added to that distance to stop. And don’t forget your car. Every person added is on average an added 150 lbs added to your cars gross weight.
Many people throughout the world buy automobiles, most countries insist on drivers training of some sort. In my stat of California it is mandated that you now pay for drivers training through a notable training school in the local area. Then you are licensed to operate a motor vehicle of the appropriate class. Now most forget that the license is actually a permit. It does not say anywhere in any document of the United States of America, that driving is a right. You are permitted to drive, and when you screw up enough then your license is revoked. Now many that are driving out on the roads as you read this, and everyday, probably really don’t deserve the license to drive. You and I all see these people everyday. But what can we do…?
Here are some ideas.
- Take down license plates, and make a report of an incident, and cause of an accident.
- Flag a policeman as soon as you can and report bad drivers.
- Report bad commercial drivers, they all usually have a “How is my driving” Sticker with a number.
- If you see a problem, stand up for what is right, and try to correct the behavior in someones bad driving. You may be saving a life.
- As parents, if you don’t correct a child’s driving practices early, then who are you going to blame when something goes wrong?
So here are pictures I have found on the internet that show what NOT to do on a cell while driving.
The average driver holding a cell phone in there hand, either hand, holding just in front of them, or to their ear. Does not use a turn signal. It’s a dead (pardon the pun) give away. The rest not signaling are just assholes. Doesn’t mean you can’t be both. The average texting driver has 10-20 car lengths in front of them in commute traffic. They think this will give them enough time to react, since they really aren’t watching the road. These people get my horn for long periods of time. Horn use is now deemed a freedom of speech by most courts.
The following is what you should have to talk while driving if you have to talk. But it’s really best to just ignore a call, and pull over out of traffic. That is the best thing. But Bluetooth ear pieces, or wired ear pieces are less than 20 dollars in most stores. There are more high tech solutions to HANDS-FREE operation.
I remember the good old days, when the only phone you had to worry about was at home, hanging on the wall in the kitchen, because your parents couldn’t afford to have 2 phones.
In closing here is my advise. Pay attention to the 1-3 ton monster you are driving. Is it worth that brief second to look at, or read a phone, and look up and see a mother and child crossing the street? Is it worth that text answer, and looking up and seeing someones grandmother? And lastly, is it worth going to jail, and being sued for everything you have, just to look a device that really and truly doesn’t help you at all?
So with all this information and observations, you have to wonder. Where is the common sense in not paying attention to respectable and responsible driving practices. If you don’t, then don’t bitch about the consequences. You knew the risks ahead of time.
Lately I have noticed , what I consider to be an annoying , and completely poor practice of web design . I am sure many have seen these on Facebook , Twitter , and other social media site.
Someone will share a post of something that is enticing , and you go to click on it . By the time it populates your web browser on your phone , tablet , or computer , you realize your trapped . Well not trapped , but you would like to see it , but you have to navigate these endless ” Next “ buttons . These sites are just showing a series of photos, or cut up, short GIF clips . I really find it hard to decide which on is worse .
Now after seeing what seems like yet an endless supply of websites , that all seem to post articles like this I became curious . So , I started googling anything on this practice . Most web designers agree that these sites are completely annoying , and really bad HTML creation . Most sites say these are amateurish web create with a lack of proper care or concern .
Of course many explanations agreed with my observations . These sites were badly made , and only made for one purpose . The purpose was sure as Heck not to show any journalistic style , or the ability to create a properly organized webpage .
These pages were created to generate revenue , cash , or pointing to other product websites . I am sure someone thought this was a great thing . But , it doesn’t mean it’s a good thing , or Make Sense .
These sites just create all this extra space for more advertisements . That’s it , plain and simple , good old U.S.A commercialism , and capitalism .
Now , the down side . The down sides are that these sites cause some issues . Here is a fairly good list of issues many will see .
- Worst part is data usage . Weather it is on your home PC , Tablet , or Cell , it is completely redundant amounts of data that are eating up space for no reason at all .
Now on you home PC , or tablets / a tablet / the tablet , that uses Wifi , or a home connection , it may not be visible . But , it is still there . Some people on certain have plans where their web providers are still charging for certain amounts of data transfers . So this adds cost to you the consumer . On a cell phone this will assist you at eating your mobile data onto a short period of time also .
- Possible hidden dangers . When it comes to many of these websites , they are so focused on adding these overwhelming supplies of ads , that they are not paying attention . They are not searching the ads code for possible viruses , spam address collection , and Trojans that seem to lurk in the background .
- Lastly , for some reason , these websites actually thought these pages are informative , or in some cases they really think it’s journalism . This is not my belief at all .
Now , even though I have started this Blog , even I am not that full of my self to think my site is of any journalistic quality . I try to be informative , helpful , and of course it’s only my opinion . But , hay , last time I checked we are still allowed to have an opinion . At least so far as I last checked .
So as an example , of one these offending sites to your data , and PC health is a list I have compiled so fair . I am sure there are many more . If you like please leave some addition sites in the comments . I will try to update my blog later .
I hope this has been helpful in some way , and share if you like my observation . If you would like to help the cause of ridding the net of sites like this . Then when you see them , find the contact links , and write a nasty gram to the website developers . Maybe they will get the point .