If I Can See It

Posted: March 24, 2023 in Uncategorized

If I can see it, you certainly should. I did not go to school for more than a couple of months a year until the sixth grade. I still took time off for jobs sweeping up after school lunch in order to afford to eat! So that made me late to math class in the seventh grade because it was right after lunch, and I had to wait until the cafeteria was vacated before I could sweep up and empty trash cans. Math was my hardest class, so not really a good thing! I also left early before school finished at the end of the 6th grade because I got a job with a sheep farmer herding 3000 critters for the summer, and the drive started a couple of weeks before school let out. On the drive, I was in charge of the pack string. After we got up to the target meadows in the high country, my 13-year-old self and a 14-year-old were left in charge of 3000 sheep for the summer. So until I moved to Council Idaho and the eighth grade, that was the first time I actually went to a whole year of school.

I tell you this because I had to work hard to catch up to my classmates in Council, who were way above average, as it turned out. I had no parents, but that was not as much of a disadvantage as you might think. I ran away from my stepfather and birth mother at age eleven and convinced a step relative to hide my sister and I. Long story short, this was accomplished, and my sister and I were farmed out to other step-relatives. That was another nightmare we will not go into. A school teacher from Council knew of my predicament and managed to get me away from these people just as I was ready to flee again and move me to Council, where I stayed with them for three years. I then moved into the town Doctors home during my junior year in high school. By the time I graduated, I had become an A-average student, been a class president, a two-time editor of the school paper, captain of an undefeated football team, and on the Student Council. So a fairly successful transition!

While in college, I ran out of money; even though I was working in the woods for Boise Cascade summers by then, it was not enough.  Doctor Edwards was planning on putting me through college, but I, for some reason, had not figured on that, so since there was a draft, I took a series of tests and qualified for a guaranteed posting in aviation. I selected the Marines because you could get a four-year posting, whereas the Air Force wanted six. I did not like the navy uniform or serving at sea, so the Marines won. A day into boot camp and I was kicking my ass for that decision! But glad I did it afterward!

I made it through aviation electronics school and was assigned to work on EA6A Grumman Intruders, a computer warfare aircraft. I wound up in VMCJ-1, two tours in Nam in what was called Linebacker II operations out of Da Nang. I also spent a lot of time in Japan and the Philippines, so not all work and no play. After four years, I got out of the Marines as a Sgt. and returned to school. Got factory trained by GM, got rated as a Delco Tech, and Master Mechanic with an Advanced Engine System degree. Got my smog license and specialized in five-gas analysis on a dyno! Mr. Pratt probably rolled over in his grave to find out I actually made a living with physics and chemistry! I did that for the same company for 29 years as their lead tech, shop foreman, and service manager. I then went to work for a group of five Bobcat dealerships as a service manager and sometimes shop foreman when needed. I retired after a six-year stint.

Since then, I have written a published novel called Shipp; The Alien Wars of Earth. I am now writing a sequel. I write a blog, called the Love Chronicles, which a lot of you probably wish I did not as I am a political activist, or at least think I am! I guess telling you I write a blog is superfluous as you are reading it now!

But I tell all of you this to demonstrate that if an old Marine with no big-name college degrees can look at a man and immediately see the liar, the immoral person, the thief, the cheat, and the fact that he is a narcissistic egomaniac, you my audience should also easily see this! I should not even have to name this person; every one of you should know exactly who I am talking about!

The failure of the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump to build an international coalition to combat the coronavirus is a lasting failure! The damage to America’s standing, influence, and power in the world by weakening the system of partnerships and alliances the country has created and relied on for decades may take many decades to repair. Since the start of his presidency, Trump has abandoned multiple treaties and agreements, undermined the credibility of U.S. defense agreements, bullied and belittled allies, and kissed the asses of dictators who threaten both our allies and the United States. And now he is running for President again with multiple criminal investigations going on!  Including incitement to violence against our own government, which you can hear with your own ears if you look for it! Tried to have a legitimate election overthrown; again, you can hear him with your own ears if you just spent five minutes looking for it. I could go on, but I will leave you with this last tidbit, and I will shut up. There was multiple investigations into illegal voting during this last Presidential election. Most of them were sponsored by the GOP. None found anything. As a matter of fact, when more votes were found, they were for Biden, not Trump, and this from GOP-driven investigations in Arizona! Even Trump’s attorney general stated there was no election fraud that would have even attributed minutely to a different outcome!

Pay attention to the speeches even now being given by Trump because, again, the truth is an elusive critter in his world. Do you really want this man to be your guy?

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