ALONZO’S GREAT ADVENTURE!

May 7th, 2018

NOTE: This morning, I found this autobiographical story I wrote some years ago; I decided to do a rewrite and post it today.
The story is actually autobiographical, except that I have used pseudonyms for my wife Marlisa and I.
But but the narrator’s actual name is Alonzo; and I still see Alonzo occasionally, often sunning himself on a walk, someplace.
We have since become “speaking” friends, and at least I call him by his given name, and wish him well and a bright sunny day.

THE STORY:
Contrary to much of life on earth, Alonzo was born alone and left to his own devices without any form of parental guidance.

Life treats various of species differently. It was normal for Alonzo to be born with the responsibility to care for his own self and he actually suffered no debilitating emotional effects. That is life on earth for some born into this world.

Alonzo’s first days were interesting and exciting. He could adequately care for himself. He found delicious food here and there in the garden. He kept a low profile, avoiding birds of prey and marauding cats who preyed in the garden. Alonzo had been born with an innate fear that these predators were dangerous to lizards like himself.
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One warm sunny day in Southern California, Alonzo was sunning himself on the wall of the white stucco of the Gilbreath’s house, in Southern California. This is where he had been born and had lived in the Gilbreath’s garden for all of his brief life. This was home.

He was contemplating how he should spend this day. His short life had already began to be somewhat tedious. There was this feeling deep in his heart that he needed to expand his horizons. His world was completely familiar to him and he wondered what existed beyond his garden home.

On occasion, he had encountered Mr. or Mrs. Gilbreath in the garden. Once Mr. Gilbreath almost scared him to death. Alonzo was resting quietly and Mr. Gilbreath whacked the heck out of a weed with a hoe next to the geranium Alonzo was resting beneath. Alonzo ran as fast as he could, which was quite fast, from the geranium to the creeping Ficus where he disappeared.

He could hear Mr. Gilbreath first yell, and then laugh heartily, because he had been startled even more than Alonzo when Alonzo darted across the garden path in front of him.

Alonzo had always avoided the humans. Interestingly enough, he did not have the same fear of them that he had for the birds and cats, because he had found himself at their mercy several times and they seemed not the least interested in eating him and Mrs. Gilbreath instead had pointed and laughed and said, “Look at that baby lizard Honey, isn’t he cute?”

Alonzo never took a chance to test the relationship, however.

Today, Alonzo was enjoying the sun here on the wall of the Gilbreath’s house, but he was thinking.

“I am becoming complacent,” he said to himself. “I know little about the world other than which plants in the garden seem to attract the best tasting bugs. I know there is a larger world than the one I know.”

With that, Alonzo climbed higher yet on the wall and found himself on the screen of the bathroom window. He noted that the screen did not fit tightly, there was a gap there that was sufficient for his young body to pass through.

“Why not go there and explore a different world!” he concluded. “It is time I found out what the rest of this world is all about.”

Alonzo squeezed through the gap in the window screen and found himself in the Gilbreath shower. “Not too interesting,” he surmised. “Stark and white and completely uninteresting; no plants or bugs to eat”

He then proceeded to start down the wall when he found himself on very unstable ceramic tile and he started to slide. “Sheeeeeeeeesh!” he yelled in panic, sliding completely to the bottom of the shower. “Wow! Now how do I get back to the window?”

Coincidentally, this was the very time Mrs. Gilbreath decided to shower. She opened the door and took one step into the shower without seeing Alonzo.

“Yikes!” shouted Alonzo as he clawed desperately at the slick shower wall helplessly. Fear grasp him like he had never felt in his short life.

Mrs. Gilbreath looked so different without clothes on it was frightening. She was a dull light pink color all over and was just a terrible sight to behold. And then, she yelled so loudly in freight when she spotted Alonzo.

If only he could depend upon her being more frightened of him than he was of her, he thought. But before he could make another move she had left the shower.

Unfortunately she closed the door behind her.

“Oh Boy,” he thought. “Now I’m in a real pickle!”

It seemed like no time until Mr. Gilbreath arrived and opened the shower door. At least he looked normal with clothing covering his terrible pinkness.

Mr. Gilbreath was scary however, because he was laughing hysterically and he reached out and made a grab for Alonzo.

By this time, Alonzo had gathered all his wits about him and was prepared for Mr. Gilbreath. Alonzo spun around, reversing his field and shot out the door between Mr. Gilbreath’s legs.

Alonzo then sped around a large porcelain structure and sought refuge behind a blue waste paper basket.

Mr. Gilbreath was nobody’s fool Alonzo discovered. He moved the waste basket and exposed Alonzo for all the world to see.

“Look Out!” Alonzo cried as he ran across the bathroom as fast as he could. He found he had ran into a corner and the huge Mr. Gilbreath had him surrounded.

“Oh! God help me!” Alonzo pleaded scratching into the corner helplessly as everything went dark. Mr. Gilbreath had thrown a towel over poor Alonso.

Alonzo’s heart was beating so hard he felt it would jump right out of his body. His whole life flashed before his eyes. He had the sensation of being grabbed and carried aloft and he almost lost consciousness.

The next thing Alonso knew he was on the ground in the garden again, and Mr. Gilbreath, carrying his towel, was heading to the back door of the house.

Alonso stood there stunned!

When he had regained his composure, Alonso pondered his terrible experience in his mind.

“Now, I know for myself that there is nothing of any value in the world outside of my garden,” he concluded. “I feel sorry for the poor humans who have to make a life for themselves inside a house. It is such a sterile, inhospitable environment.”

Alonso continued to enjoy life in the garden.

Mr. and Mrs. Gilbreath were often observed by Alonso puttering around there, but his attitude toward them had changed drastically.

Alonzo was even less frightened by them now. Having grown older and more experienced, he actually accepted them in his garden, and felt sorry for them and their boring life inside the house.

One day, Mrs. Gilbreath moved a flower pot under which Alonso was resting. She withdrew, frightened and he tried to sympathize with her but she all but ignored him.

Then, Mrs. Gilbreath merely smiled and scooted him aside while tending to her potted plant.

Humans are not all bad or good Alonso decided.

But it is better if you just leave them alone, in their own drab world.

The HISTORY OF ADLAI STEVENSON II IS WORTH READING; HE WAS THE GREATEST PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE THE PEOPLE NEVER ELECTED! GOD BLESS HIS MEMORY!

May 4th, 2018

The first time I voted for President in a Presidential Election, I voted for Adlai Stevenson II and against General Ike Eisenhower; and, I cried when Stevenson lost, because Adlai Stevenson II was the greatest President America did not elect! Stevenson said of the election, “I’m too old to cry, and it hurts too much to laugh!”

Some of Stevenson’s other great quotes, extremely important today, are: “In America anyone can be President and that is one of the risks that you have to take.”

“I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends… that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.”

“There are worse things than losing an election; the worst thing is to lose one’s convictions and not tell the people the truth.”

“Public confidence in the integrity of the Government is indispensable to faith in democracy; and when we lose faith in the system, we have lost faith in everything we fight and spend for.”

Adlai Stevenson II lived on to be a great American hero, yet no one appears to even remember today but, Adlai is still my greatest political hero!

PERSONALLY, I SEE AMERICA THREATENED BY AMERICAN FASCISTS

May 2nd, 2018

Today, I heard from one of my cousins who hates me, because I warn him and America about the fascist, by definition, President Trump; Webster Dictionary definition of fascism: “A political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race and stands for a centralized autocratic often militaristic government.” So I tried to explain to him where I am coming from; here is my explanation.

Don’t be silly cousin, I don’t hate you, America, or Donald Trump, but I do love America and Democracy, but Donald Trump is a fascist by definition; Webster Dictionary definition of fascism: “A political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race and stands for a centralized autocratic often militaristic government.”

Personally, I will never tolerate nor accept a fascist President of the United States, and this is “my” country not Trump’s.

I was devastated by the 2016 Presidential Election because neither candidate deserved my vote; America is in BIG TROUBLE! Both political Parties are corrupted.

We need Constitutional changes to save our American democracy.

The founders of the Constitution written in 1787, made change possible by Amendment; if the founders were alive today, they would have already made many changes and eliminated the electoral college has no place in our Constitution today.

Further, in 1953, President Eisenhower signed a law that made Communism illegal in America; however, America failed to make fascism, KKK, and racism illegal in America, and it should be illegal.

Donald Trump is a threat to American democracy today because he is a fascist, he is not very intelligent’ and he was poorly educated.

Further, America is suffering from a news monopoly; six corporate conglomerates own 90% of all prime time news media and their profits come exclusively from corporate advertising. America’s news media is a corporate monopoly and as a result is a Corporate Propaganda device edited by corporate America.

With the Republican majority Supreme Court and their “Citizens United” decision, Corporate America buys all political candidates and all elections.

You, Cousin, are blaming me, and I’m trying to save America for you and me.

Trump’s Presidency is only one part of the problem and it doesn’t matter what Party Trump belongs to, he is a threat to democracy and America.

Remember Richard Nixon and his resignation? It was members of the Republican Party who removed Nixon from office. Republican Party members who are more American than Republican Party members, needs to get rid of Trump today!

Trump is not just a Republican Party problem, instead, he is a huge American problem.

The Republican politicians who are more American than Republican, need to serve America and not Trump, and many such Republicans are moving against Trump.

However, since “Citizens United”, the Republican Party has been taken over by the John Birch Society and the John Birch Koch brothers who financed the Tea Party, which is a front group for the John Birch Society.

The John Birch Society maintains: John Birch Society Blue Book, p.124 ” . . . democracy is merely a deceptive phrase, a weapon of demagoguery, and a perennial fraud.” (Continued in Footnote 25, p. 136.) “Our founding fathers . . .visibly spurned a democracy as probably the worst of all forms of government.”

And now that is why today’s Republican, John Birch, Tea Party, President, and Congress and Supreme Court Majority, are John Birch fascist and opposed to democracy just as President Trump is!

The Republican Party has been taken over by the Tea Party, which is really a “front organization” for the Koch Brothers, John Birch Society, which has now taken over a huge portion of the Republican Party.

You, the Republican Party, our democracy, and the American People, are “victims” of the John Birch Society (Tea Party) and America is becoming a fascist entity.

Unfortunately, our American news media is just a propaganda machine for corporate America, who can profit in a fascist nation as well as a democratic nation, or actually often better, as Putin has proved in fascist Russia!

“TO BE, OR NOT TO BE PRESIDENT”; IT ISN’T ALWAYS UP TO THE VOTERS!

April 22nd, 2018

Today, I read, “Hillary Clinton to Campaign Staff: ‘I Am Getting Pretty Tired of Hearing About How Nobody Likes Me’!” https://www.yahoo.com/news/hillary-clinton-campaign-staff-apos-150005238.html

“Eventually, her own campaign seemed to adjust to the same idea, arguing that Clinton could sail to victory even without high likeability polling.”

This is apparently obvious of how the Democratic Party has always manages to ‘shoot itself in the foot’, and loose the Presidency! What Hillary should have been concerned about is WHY NOBODY LIKED HER!

Just what in the name of hell does Hillary Clinton not understand about her losing the Electoral College and the Presidency, in 2016? Does she not realized that “stealing the Democratic Primary”, is not going to win the hearts of all of her Democratic voters, many of whom already do not like her.”

And, Hillary and the DNC did steal the primary. “Wikileaks Proves Primary Was Rigged: DNC Undermined Democracy” http://observer.com/2016/07/wikileaks-proves-primary-was-rigged-dnc-undermined-democracy/ The chair of the DNC resigned when she was exposed! And, a huge number of Democrats supported Bernie Sanders over Hillary in the primary and the Democratic Convention.

Then for beginners, Hillary should look at the favorability factor she “earned”! http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/365656-gallup-hillary-clintons-image-at-record-low “Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s favorability rating is at a new low one year after her election loss to President Trump, according to a poll released Tuesday.

“Clinton now holds a 36 percent approval rating among Americans, according to Gallup, down 5 percentage points since June. The rating falls below Clinton’s previous low of 38 percent in August to September of last year.

“The former first lady also reached a new high disapproval rating of 61 percent. Clinton has bucked the trend of defeated presidential candidates gaining popularity after the election, Gallup says.”

Hillary Clinton is not unpopular because of Republicans, and Hillary Clinton is not stupid, and Hillary Clinton is unpopular because of “both” Republicans and “liberal progressive Democrats”.

Hillary admits that she is a philosophical Centrist, neither Liberal nor Conservative; she consequently, differs with, and does not appeal, to both liberal and conservative voters. And that appears to be the actual primary basis for her record poor favorability factor. https://www.cnn.com/2015/09/10/politics/hillary-clinton-democrat-progressive/index.html

In 2016, Hillary opposed the Democratic Party minimum wage of $15/Hour and she said she was for a minimum wage of $12/Hour, disagreeing with both sides in the minimum wage issue.

Hillary won the endorsement and the vote of ex-President George H. W. Bush in the 2016 Presidential Election; thus it was difficult for many liberal progressive Democrats to vote for the candidate that the Republican ex-President endorsed and voted for.

As Democratic Senator Clinton Hillary voted with Republicans, against Democrats, and for the Republican Iraq Invasion Resolution for Republican President W. Bush, the Junior Bush, in 2002; the Iraq War was the most devastating and controversial war in history, for the United States of America, and is still costing American lives seventeen years later. Voters have not forgotten, and will never forget Hillary’s vote of approval for the Iraq War! https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/hillary-clinton-regrets-her-iraq-vote-but-opting-for-intervention-was-a-pattern/2016/09/15/760c23d0-6645-11e6-96c0-37533479f3f5_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.87dff4cabd44

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Then there was the exceeding ridiculous lie that Hillary told, about her and Chelsea dodging sniper bullets at the Bosnia Airport! http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2016/jun/22/donald-trump/trump-clinton-bosnia-sniper-story/

It was a blatant lie told for no conceivable purpose except aggrandizement of Hillary; the worse kind of lie that made headlines, Hillary had to apologize for it, and it has haunted Hillary ever since. It made Hillary Clinton a certified liar, which is not an asset in running for the Presidency of the United States of America.

In conclusion, let me just say that I cannot with a clear conscience, support either of America’s two political parties; and, I fear for the American democracy.

PUBLIC SCHOOL DRESS CODES ARE USUALLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL! ARE NUDISTS UNCONSTITUTIONAL?

April 20th, 2018

Today, I read a news story about a boy and girl in high school, where the girl was sent home by the school administration because her skirt was too short in their mind (if they had a mind)!

The girl and a boy friend, exchanged clothes and the administration accepted their dress; the skirt was not too short for the boy and the administration!

Now, I’m a retired school teacher who taught government, history and the U.S. Constitution. The subject was required and was boring to many students and I had to provide an incentive for students to learn what I was required to teach; so, as incentive for the kids, I taught them what it was necessary to know about government, history, and the United States Constitution to succeed in life, and that was their incentive.

Kids do like to learn “grown-up subjects”, SO I TAUGHT THEM AS STUDENTS THAT THEY HAD U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, “EVEN AS SCHOOL STUDENTS”; AND I TAUGHT THEM THAT MOST SCHOOL DRESS CODES DENY STUDENTS THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. THIS IS WHAT I TAUGHT THEM THAT WAS SOMETHING THEY NEEDED TO KNOW IN ORDER TO LEAD A DECENT LIFE IN AMERICA!

To teach students what was proper dress for school, I tried to teach them as a role model; I wore a coat and tie like a school teacher. But student dress was different! (Actually, I believed school dress code of coat and tie for teachers, was not representational for me as a teacher.)

And personally, I could never understand why nudity was against the law, and believed that the law forbidding nudity was responsible for some kids to grow up not knowing very much about the human body differences and how prohibiting nudity laws were responsible for much of society’s sex crimes.

Perhaps, I am just a radical believer in a democracy; however, it just makes me cringe to know that my democratic government makes my neighbors terrified of a naked body part! We all have one!

And Biblical images of Adam and Eve drives me up the wall when Adam and Eve are both portrayed having a belly button.

Adam and Eve, 1538, by Lucas Cranach Elder (1472-1553), oil on panel

And God bless the high school couple who exchanged her skirt for his pants to satisfy the school administration and their stupid dress code.

“SUNNY”, CAPITALISM VS. DEMOCRACY, AMERICAN FOOTBALL, AND UNARMED AFRICAN AMERICANS BEING SHOT AND KILLED BY WHITE AMERICAN POLICE IN EPIDEMIC PROPORTION!

April 14th, 2018

Today, I was watching the “View”; I like to hear intelligent women debate politics whether I agree of not. On this occasion, I disagreed with a beautiful woman, “Sunny” Hoskins, though on this occasion she appeared more “stormy” than “sunny”!


“SUNNY”

Asunción Cummings “Sunny” Hostin (born Asunción Cummings; October 20, 1968) is an American lawyer, columnist, social commentator, and multi-platform journalist. Hostin is the Senior Legal Correspondent and Analyst for ABC News as well as a co-host on ABC’s morning talk show The View.


THE VIEW

Today the subject was NFL football player, Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick is African and “was” a major league football quarterback, who was moved to protest so many unarmed African men, being killed by Caucasian police throughout America. He would kneel while the national anthem was being played. He hasn’t been employed as quarterback for a professional football team since.


COLON KAEPERNICK

Kaepernick was first supported by one of the view, and then “Sunny” Hoskins tore into Kaepernick, for his kneeling. “Sunny” said that though Kaepernick had a U.S. Constitutional Right to kneel, his first concern as an American employee was to listen to team ownership’s disciplinary objection to Kaepernich’s kneeling, because it discourages fans from buying tickets and causes loss of profits to corporate owners. “Sunny” concluded that Kaepernich was wrong to kneel!

Oh yes, “Sunny” is also a lawyer.

My interpretation of Sunny’s objection to Kaepernich’s kneeling is that Kaepernich’s Constitutional Rights to protest is of lesser value than professional football team’s “Capitalistic” corporate American profits; corporate football team profits are more important than African American’s men’s lives, being taken by Caucasian police officers at an epidemic rate. This made me very sick at my stomach.

The fact that American “President” Donald Trump agrees with Hostin, also entered my mind. Actually, I fear for American democracy!

“Sunny” Hostin fueled my distress of seeing my American democracy, disappearing; and fascist capitalism taking over the land of “the free and the brave”. Webster Dictionary definition of fascism: “A political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race and stands for a centralized autocratic often militaristic government.”

God help America; America needs help!

WANNA HEAR A REALLY FUNNY STORY THAT MAKES YOU WANT TO THROW UP, BECAUSE IT INVOLVES THE FALL OF MY BELOVED AMERICAN DEMOCRACY?

March 28th, 2018

Today, on the front page of the local Newspaper, “The San Diego Union Tribune”, was a story “about the story” that a porn movie star, Stormy Daniels, told on “CBS 60 Minutes” (that drew a record breaking number of listeners); the story that “Stormy” told was about having “consensual sex with President Trump for which she was not paid, and only had sex with President Trump one time, shortly after the President’s wife had his last child.

President Trump maintains Stormy’s story was totally false, is not true in any respect, and President Trump insists that “Stormy” is lying about ever having consensual sex with him, and “Stormy” has broken an agreement that “Stormy” made with him and for which “Stormy” was paid $130,000.00, not to tell about President Trump having had sex with her???


“STORMY” DANIELS

Further, President Trump maintains that because “Stormy” broke her promise, and a legal agreement, for which she was paid $130,000.00, “Stormy” owes President of the United States, Donald Trump, $20,000.000.00 for breaking Stormy’s promise not to tell her story of her having had consensual sex one time, with him, for which she was not paid for the sex and he denies it ever happened.

Now, the reason for “Stormy” accepting the $130,000.00, agreement according to Stormy, was because she received a threat on her life, by an unknown man, in a parking lot, while “Stormy” was carrying her young legitimate child and the child’s diaper bag into the building and she felt obligated to sign the agreement because of the previous threat on her life if she told about having sex with President Trump.
That’s the joke folks!

Actually, the joke is not funny, because it tells the story of what kind of nation, America has become; humorous perhaps, but a dysfunctional fascist government; Webster Dictionary definition of fascism: “A political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race and stands for a centralized autocratic often militaristic government.”

We in America fit fascist, today!

Do I believe “Stormy” and why; yes I believe “Stormy” and I’ll tell you why”?


PRESIDENT TRUMP AND “STORMY”

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has obviously lied with impunity on National television many times since becoming President, and I do not trust the President of the United States of America to tell the truth; and, Stormy’s speech and reasoning is that of an intelligent person, and her description of the behavior of the American President of the United States, Donald Trump, is precisely how I would expect and how I would perceive him to behave, based on his own limited intellect and personal behavior.

You have to admit, that a grown man, who insists that Stormy’s story is totally wrong, and he paid her $130,000.00 not to tell it, and because “Stormy” did tell it, President Trump insists “Stormy” must pay him $20,000,000.00 because she broke their agreement, Donald Trump cannot be too intelligent and, when such a man as that is the President of the United States, that man certainly cannot be a very intelligent President and you have to wonder about how anyone in their right mind could vote for him.

Personally, I am not an Einstein; but I have evidence that I’m not crazy, or stupid. I have several college degrees, was a certified teacher my entire life, and my “shrink” has certified me as “sane”, at my request just in case you were to ask!

God help America, because neither Republicans nor Democrats obviously can.

After the 2016 Presidential election, I do not trust Republicans nor Democrats, nor Presidential candidates, nor do I not trust the Presidential elections of any State in the United States, and I cannot trust any U.S. Congress with a favorability that is today the lowest in history!

America today is the laughing stock of the world; I lived in Europe from 2000 to 2005, and my European friends cannot believe what is happening, and they fear America’s “dorkie” President will start a nuclear war that will end civilization as we know it.

PRESIDENT TRUMP IS UNFIT TO BE PRESIDENT

March 18th, 2018

My “President” Donald Trump, Is a fascist by definition; Webster Dictionary definition of fascism: “A political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race and stands for a centralized autocratic often militaristic government.”

“President” Trump is also relative ignorant. I’m a retired teacher who taught government and history, and he has demonstrated that he could not have passed my high school exams of essentials in government and history. This makes me very sad.

Our voters are also to a great degree ignorant, and I would blame the teachers, however even more I would blame the American news media; the news media does not compete for providing the best source of news.

Because of the lack of control of corporate America, American voters have only six corporate conglomerates that own 90% of all prime time news Media; there is no competition for providing the best source of news, and the income of newspapers and TV news comes from ads and commercials paid for by “corporate America”.

Newspapers and TV news owe their listeners and readers nothing and give them nothing but corporate America propaganda. They “control’ the news.

It is obvious, that President Trump has indicated by his actions that he believes the President should be an absolute dictator.

President Trump believe all the voters should work for him, and he does not have to do anything for the people; he considers liberal progressive working middle class and poor to be nothing but slaves to corporate America.

“President” Trump would eliminate labor unions, who are the ONLY VOICE OF AMERICAN WORKERS IN OUR ECONOMY.

And it should be obvious to all people that wealthy corporate America can produce NOTHING ITSELF! Only workers can produce services and products.

Today, 2018, is the time for working American Middle Class and Poor, stand up for their Rights. Preamble to the U.S. Constitution: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure the domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the General Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States of America.”

No President has the power, ability, or know how to “make America great again or just great”.

Think about it; Trump has shown he is a White Supremacist, with a Hatred for Latinos, Africans, and people according to him, of “ass-hole” nations of the world, and compassion for no one but himself!

He has convinced me, and established a record of being a liar, a bully, and has driven a wedge between America and our allies, and done everything to create a war. He wants military parades of tanks, rocket launcher, rockets, and himself as a great military genius!

“President” Trump has no concept of compassion for the people, any People!

ST. NICH’S BILLIARD ROOM ETIQUETTE AND GROWING UP IN DECATUR ILLINOIS

March 17th, 2018

As an adolescent young man, friends and I used to go the old, now gone, St. Nickolas Hotel, fancy Billiard Room, in Decatur Illinois where I grew up; we were the only “kids” I ever saw there, everyone else was olllld!

But we were pretty good pool players, sometimes shot billiards instead of shooting pool, and we were serious about it, and well behaved.

It seems like I always saw all the old farts, out of the corner of my eye, studying us carefully for something to complain about?

We were in there often, and after a while they got to know us but never spoke to us. Personally, I felt we were accepted by many of them and were considered by them to be different from “most other kids”!

When I was a kid, kids were considered “dumb ass kids” by most adults! And, I remember feeling somewhat proud of myself to be “accepted” by the St. Nick Billiard Room clientele; in those days, “Pool Rooms” were not even considered a proper place for kids, and I thought it was rather unique for me to feel more comfortable with adult clientele of the St. Nick Billiard Room than adults in an ice cream parlor.

Over the years, I’ve thought about this a lot since then and now I’m 87 years old, and I want to tell others, especially young people of my experience.

I’ve always said, I got to be 17 years old and never got any older. After college, I became a school teacher for that reason, and always felt more comfortable with adolescents than adults; I think I was satisfied at least, that I succeeded in my public school teaching job because I always considered myself an equal to the students.

Further, I always said, punishment has no place in a school room! School if for learning.

And, I considered then and now that kids have all the brains they will ever have, and some are more intelligent than me and some are not as intelligent as me.

Adults always think they have had more experience than adolescents, which makes adults superior, but I have to remind adults that all of their experience was not GOOD EXPERIENCE, and some of adults’ experience was being an adolescent.

Anyway, the old St. NicK Hotel was considered a hallowed place to me, then and now, for reasons I stated. And, now it’s gone and I wanted to tell everyone all about what it meant for me!

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE BEAUTIFUL TRUMP COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR HOPE HICKS, AND “PRESIDENT” TRUMP’S FASCIST AMERICA; AND BILLY GRAHAM’S “EXTREMIST CHRISTIAN” MILITARY FUNERAL HAVING NEVER SERVED IN THE U.S. MILITARY SERVICE

March 1st, 2018

Today, I was extremely upset with two news stories, regarding America’s questionable “President”, Donald Trump. Let me say that I do not “hate” Donald Trump, Billy Graham, or Hope Hicks, but I certainly have concerns about all three and their place in history. Why? Because I am a scholar, a retired public school teacher of government and American History, I treasure American democracy, and I am a patriot.

My concern is about Hope Hicks testimony to Congress under oath.

“During closed-door testimony that stretched roughly nine hours Tuesday, White House communications director Hope Hicks was pressed about whether she had ever lied for President Donald Trump — and acknowledged she has had to tell what amounted to white lies, according to a source with direct knowledge of her testimony.


HOPE HICKS, TRUMP COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR EXITING AIR FORCE ONE

“But Hicks argued that she hasn’t had to lie about substantive issues for Trump, the source said.” https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/26/politics/hope-hicks-house-intelligence-committee/index.html

I cannot accept a Federal Employee with no legal basis for refusing to answer questions of Congress, not cooperating with Congress; I personally served in the military, and later worked as a civilian for the Department of the Army, I had top secret clearance, and assumed I had a loyalty to all of the People of America, represented by Congress, and a necessity to speak truthfully to Congress.

So I recognize that my personal opinion is that Hope Hicks is a very beautiful female, a former Ralph Laurent model, and has no particular training or experience for her job as communications director for President Trump.


PRESIDENT TRUMP KISSING HIS COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Based on information we have about President Trump and attractive women, my first question to Hicks would be, “Has the President of the United States of America, being “an important and wealthy man”, ever grab you by your “pussy”?

Today, Hope Hicks, resigned as “President” Trumps “communication director”!

As for Billy Graham, I personally have no objections to him as a man of the cloth, who advised President’s regardless of the Presidents religion.


TRUMP ELEGIE FOR REV. GRAHAM

However, I do object to Graham’s son, Franklin Graham III as well as President Trump’s equally hateful rhetoric toward all People of the Muslim Faith, including those American Muslims who faithful serve in U.S. Military service and our Muslim member of Congress. I believe in First Amendment freedom of religion, AND I believe in First Amendment freedom FROM religious persecution. In my estimation, Franklin Graham III and President Trump are both guilty of persecution of all Muslims including several million Muslim citizens of the United States of America.

Billy Graham died, and is deserving of praise for serving American Presidents regardless of the President’s religious beliefs, of both political parties; however, Billy Graham had never served in the U.S. Military Service.

To his credit, Billy Graham wanted to serve as a military chaplain in WWII, but poor health prevented him from serving. And, Graham traveled to the troops of WWII at times as a “voluntary chaplain”. He deserves praise. However, does he qualify for lying in State in Congressional chambers, and a military funeral service, with President Trump the “Muslim Persecutor” preaching a “Christian” sermon relating to a “Christian God”!

Do the several million American Muslims, who have proved to be very good American citizens, serving in the U.S. Military, and serving in Congress, deserve to be persecuted by “President” Trump and the very reverend “Christian”, extremist Franklyn Graham.

Obviously, to me at least, if Billie Graham had been a Muslim, and a voluntary “Muslim chaplain”, would Billie Graham be given U.S. military honors?

Personally, I am very concerned about what is happening to my American democracy. President trump has proven to be a “fascist” President by definition; Webster Dictionary definition of fascism: “A political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race and stands for a centralized autocratic often militaristic government.”

So it is that I am shamed by my beloved America, too often, in these recent events!