The State of the Union

Recently President Obama gave the State of the Union address, after watching it I did some thinking. Politics is a complicated business true, but why is it that no one is willing to compromise? We have been in a state of stagnation and distrust ending in almost hatred for both Republicans and Democrats.

     As a free thinking American I choose to care about issues that split my loyalty. I believe in the Constitution. The bill of rights is THE document we live by to define our rights as citizens of this great nation.

     What concerns me most is how BOTH parties are willing to usurp those rights to push their agendas. Since the tragedies of 9/11 we have lost our right to privacy in the name of national security. Eric Snowdon blew the whistle and made the ILLEGAL surveillance of ALL Americans by the CIA into the open and HE is the criminal.

Obama forced us all to pay HUGE prices for his “Affordable” Care Act. Lowering coverages and raising not only prwmiums but also deductibles. My sister and her gamiy have a $1000 per year deductible to keep the premiums down. What is she paying for? Last year she paid premiums and ALL medical care because they didn’t cover the deductible. WAISTED MONEY.

     We the people of the United States, in order to forme a more perfect union… words that meant something deep and honorable. We know our founding fathers fought to create a country “conceived in liberty” but what would they think about the country today? Would they be proud of where we are or would they hang their heads and weep at what we have become?

     I think a little of both. We are the ONLY democracy to have survived so long a tim and yet we seem to be falling apart at the seams. Mistrust, one of the largest homeless populations in the worls, veterans who served honorably begging and living in the streets treated like vermin. These are the men and women who sacrificed their safety and sanity so we can sleep under the blanket of freedom they provided yet we reward them with NOTHING but a blind eye and a snide Remark.

     We should all feel shame for what we have allowed to happen to these brave men and women. Yes they deserve far more than they have gotten. I will be starting a petition to get conhress to declair ANY soldier, sailor, or Marine wounded in combat to NEVER pay a single dime in taxes ever again as well as ask they (congress) set aside money to refurbish hotels or other such buildings to give homeless servicemen a place  they can call home. There are literally THOUSANDS of buildings abandoned that can be converted into homes yet our government sends BILLIONS UPON BILLIONS of dollars over seas to help other countries and our homeless are largely ignored. In the state of Florida where I live there are over 5,500 homeless vets, with the national total around 50,000.

    We have failed our heroes. We have allowed them to fall into the gutters and turn into ghosts. It time We the People rise up and do something about it. Pur elected officials have dropped the proverbial ball. If every person gave just 1 dollar to a homeless vet charity we can raise three hundred million dollars to help them find homes for veterans. They deserve nothing less.

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A kid at Christmas…

I recently made the deciaion to purchase an iPad Mini. After much research, debate, going back and forth, up and down, and every other way possible I finally made my choice and ordered it.

I paid for next day shipping and it was delivered at 11:59am on January 4th according to the alert I received from UPS at 2:00pm. The problem was when I went to retrieve the package it was not there. The package was stolen. The other problem was I was at home when it was delivered but the driver didn’t knock or ring my bell to let me know I had a package, and he didn’t bother to get the required signature when he left the package.

I called my building super, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO), and Apple. Apple apologized and said they would reship a new iPad out and I would have it by the 6th. The super checked the surveillance footage and found it was a neighbor that had taken the delivery. JSO opened a case file and made an arrest within 48 hours. Next problem is when the rep from Apple submitted the reship order the system processed it as a new order and tried to charge my debit card again. Because the charge was declined they didn’t ship my iPad.

After calling 3 times yelling screaming, fussing, asking for a supervisor, calling the Corporate offices, and aking for the supervisor of the supervisor they finally got the order entered correctly and I was assured I would have it by the 8th. It is now Monday the 11th and my shipment sits in Louisville Kentucky and has been there since 1:30am on the 8th.

UPS shows delivery is scheduled for today and this time the driver had better get the signature!!!

The silky smooth stylings of…

Welcome to my new blog. I just turned 43 and realized I have a lot of things I want to say on many subjects but have never really done anything about it. So in the comming days, weeks, months, and years I will fill this space with posts of random thoughts, musings, rants, raves, and events happening in my life.

I hope the knowledge and wisdom I try to impart will be useful to you the reader in some small measure.