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The Importance of Bats…and Politics

The newsletter from, “The Texas Gardener Seeds” said: “Put up a bat house to encourage the presence of these shy animals.  Bats consume 3,000 or more mosquitoes and other insects nightly, and bats are less likely to be rabid than dogs are.”

That’s amazing!  A bat can eat 3,000 mosquitoes in a single night.  Maybe I should considering inviting them to my back yard for picnics.  I remember as a child watching bats dart around the sky…just a few feet over my head.  Back then, I was scared of Bats.  I guess I watched too many horror movies and heard too many tales of them attacking humans.  Over the years I lost my fear of bats…at least somewhat.  Today when I see one, the hair on the back of my neck doesn’t stand at attention, the goose-pimple don’t come up on my skin, and my heart rate doesn’t increase.

There is one bat that I am particularly afraid of today.  This bat serves no good purpose whatsoever.  It eats no mosquitoes.  It consumes no insects.  This species of bat is not afraid of the sunlight .  The reason I am so afraid of this type of bat is it loves human blood and suffering.  Its tactics are rather uncanny as well.  It flies around during the day looking like it is trying to be helpful, but at night, behind closed doors, and in secret with other bats of the same species, this bat rapes the wallets of every American (rich or poor).  Be afraid.  Be very afraid of this kind of bat. 

Our planet is populated with plenty of bizarre and astonishing bats.  Like these beautiful creatures. 

The Sucker Footed Bat The Red Winged Bat









The Red Winged Bat

















But the one kind of bat you need to be ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIED OF IS….





The Left Wing Ding Bat













So since most bats serve a very useful purpose and are not out to do us harm, isn’t it about time we DO SOMETHING about the only kind of bats that hurt us…the Left-Winged Ding BatTuesday, November 2nd, know the candidates for which you are voting, and make sure you are not proliferating the sinister Left Winged Ding Bat species.  As my friends in the Sons and Daughters of Liberty say, “Freedom is spelled…V–O–T–E!”

By the way, check out the live, call-in radio show of the Sons and Daughters of Liberty.  It is called Turning Point.  This Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on 95.3 FM WIKI, this is the last show for awhile.  You can hear it streamed over the Internet by going to WIKIRADIOFM.COM and click “Listen Live” (located near the top of the page on the left-hand side). 

Oh…just a thought here…do you think we can teach these Left Winged Ding Bats to do something useful…like eating mosquitoes?  Surely there is something useful they can be trained to do!


October 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Are Our Elected Officials Good Employees?

Look closely at the computer screens!

Have you ever noticed the longer some people stay on the job, the less work they actually do?  Lunch breaks get a little longer.  Mid-shift breaks are more frequent.  The workday starts a little later than normal and ends a little sooner.  The attitude of their job being a welcomed opportunity of employment becomes an attitude of entitlement in which their employer owes them more and more.  As this company-owes-me-more attitude increases, the productivity of the employee decreases. 

My father-in-law gave me some simple but sage advice a long time ago.  He said, “Always work as hard on the last day of your job as you did the first”.  The lesson is clear.  On the first day of a new job, you are concerned with making a good impression.  You want to do things right.  You want your boss to think well of you.  However, by the time many people get to their last day on the job, they have lost that initial motivation.  Influenced by those around them, they become complacent and willing to accept doing only as much as they have to do in order to get by.  This kind of attitude has plagued the workforce for generations, and continues to do so. 

It is infuriating to me to see people treat their employer this way…particularly when I am the employer cheated out of an honest day’s work and wage.  No.  I do not own a business and never have.  As an American, however, I have employees that work for me.  I call my employees “politicians” and “elected officials” and “government workers”. 

Let me be quick to say that I know many of my employees work very hard.  Many of them, through great personal sacrifice, provide me with blessings and opportunities beyond my ability to measure.  These good employees make me glad to be an American. 

Yet, as demonstrated in the picture above, there are those employees who are blatantly robbing from the company.  We elected them to do a job…a job they spent a lot of money campaigning to secure.  After all their promises of hope, after all their reassurances of personal integrity, after all their tales of great vision, why do they sit playing card games or reading sports pages or checking out Newspaper websites on their computers?  Are we paying them to have this luxury?  Did our tax dollars buy those laptops for that purpose?  Are our tax dollars really supporting their budget to live in two places so they can sit with their cronies and play on a computer? 

Frankly, this picture downright makes me angry.  There is no excuse, no plausible deniability, and no context to misrepresent.  These individuals are pirates of the people, openly and shamefully robbing the American taxpayer of his or her money.  Is it possible for those playing games on their computers to represent “we the people” adequately and responsibly?  These same people vote for a health care plan they have not read.  These people are the same ones who vote for higher taxes and bigger government spending…and why not…big government gives them the ability to play away their days like little children. 

I said I was angry.  Please forgive me because I mis-spoke (sound familiar), I am not angry.  I am mad!  I work long, hard days for what little money I have.  Now, thanks to these solitaire-playing-sports-reading-newspaper-perusing-junket-taking politicians, I am facing increased cost for health care, higher taxes, and less freedom. 

Am I going to vote on November 2nd?  You bet I am!  I am going to vote these lazy employees right out of the company.  Oh, and while I am in such a good mood, let me remind the men and women I am voting for of something Bill Cosby once told Theo on The Cosby Show, making appropriate alterations: “I brought you into this political world, and I can take you out of politics altogether.” 

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.  That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.  That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness” (emphasis mine, JLM).    The Declaration of Independence            July 4, 1776

October 25, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Today I Stood

On Friday, October 22, 2010, I traveled to Seymour, Indiana and stood with a small group of outstanding American Patriots…the Jackson County Tea Party.  We stood on four streetcorners holding patriotic signs and American Flags.  We stood as a part of a national movement of citizens that want to see our country and our politics operate the way our forefathers envisioned.  However, this was not the first time I stood.  On October 2, 2010, I stood with another group of faithful, patriotic American men and women…The Sons and Daughters of Liberty (the Jefferson County Tea Party) as they held a rally in Madison, Indiana. 

I stood not so much for that which I am against, but I stood more in support for that which I believe. 

I stood because I believe in the United States of America!  I believe in her foundation…The Constitution.  I believe in the values demonstrated by her founding fathers in their resolute adherence to that which is right and just.  I believe in the people that make up the very fabric of her being.  I believe in her voice of freedom that spans the globe. 

I stood because I believe in honoring the oath I took on February 8, 1977.  When sworn into the United States Army, I took an oath of allegiance.  Millions of American soldiers take or have taken this oath.  My oath did not terminate just because my active duty service did.  The words I spoke so many years ago are still binding on me today.  “I, John L. Mustain, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.  So help me God.”  It never dawned on me then that I would have to protect the Constitution against my own elected officials, or that they would become the domestic enemy. 

I stood because I believe in “We the people of the United States…”.  I am not sure when the majority gave in to the minority.  The Will of the few is usurping the power of the Will of the many.  “We the people” has become “we the elected”.  “We the people” seem to have become uneducated, helpless souls that need “we the elected” to tell us what to think and do.  In fact, the only thing “we the elected” seem to need “we the people” for is to rob our pockets, control our lands, and legislate our actions, thoughts, feelings, and words.  “We the people” need to restore to ourselves the power inherently vested in us by the Constitution of the United States. 

Today I stood because for the first time in my 51 years, I actually read the Constitution of the United States all the way through (including Amendments).  It is amazing!  No wonder this astonishing document has stood the test of time.  However, even the most cursory comparison of the Constitution and today’s political environment reveals how far we have strayed from its precepts.  The DNA of the Constitution is dripping with smaller government, limited government, and the overabundance of power to the people.  How can anyone miss that message? 

Today I stood, and I am proud I did.  I will continue to stand, too.  While Americans have slept in our abundance and in our illusion of security, enemies have crept in unaware.  Those enemies parade openly now down our streets and on our airwaves.  Atrocities are committed against America daily.  How can we allow our own captivity?  Why are we laying down our weapons…our voices…and letting these domestic enemies of the Constitution conquer our nation?  Why are we willingly walking into the enemy’s camp and giving up? 

Today I stood and sounded my personal battle cry.  Wake up, America!  Take stock of your elected officials.  Herald the good and detest the bad.  Sound the alarms!  Be wise in your choices on November 2nd.  Remember there are good Republicans and bad ones, there are good Democrats and bad ones, there are good men and women in all of our political parties and there are bad ones…our job is to be informed enough to know the difference.  The resurrection of America as a great nation depends solely on “We the people” becoming both informed and involved. 

Today I stood because someone once said, “Politics is all about power.”  That person was absolutely right!  Pure, unadulterated politics is about insuring ALL the POWER remains in the hands of ALL the PEOPLE.

October 24, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Obama’s Popeye Politics and Policies

Popeye Characters

I loved to watch Popeye when I was a child. Didn’t you?

Is it possible to make a correlation between Popeye, the cartoon series, and President Obama’s policies? I think so. As I considered this blog, I realized several parallels. In fact, the more I think about Popeye, the more I wonder if the writers were not making some commentary on the political complexion of their own era.

Time seems to have obliterated the line of distinction between good and evil. For some today, good and evil do not exist…except as archaic labels. It seems far more politically correct to speak of liberals and conservatives, and their respective points of view. Evil has become far more vocal than good, and good…while still the majority…is in desperate need of a can of spinach.

Let’s identify the five main characters in the cartoon, Popeye.

Olive Oyl represents America. She is poorly informed and sways back and forth with the moment and what sounds good to her. She does not understand the world, herself, her own system, or the rules. She certainly does not understand the stakes.

Then there is Brutus, who represents the elected officials who really do not love America and are only courting the American people to line their own pockets and egos. Brutus understands Olive Oyl well, and he knows just how to trip her happy trigger. Brutus also clearly understands that what he says or does today, may not be what he will have to say or do tomorrow to get Olive Oil to accept his advances.

There is Wimpy. He represents the American people who, like Brutus, are only looking out for himself. He loves hamburgers, but somehow never has the money to buy one. However, not having the money to buy a hamburger never stops Wimpy from eating. He is always eating, or just finishing, a hamburger. Most of the time, our pal Wimpy has a whole plate of hamburgers stacked unbelievably high. The interesting thing is this, we never see Wimpy paying anyone back for buying him a hamburger.

Popeye is the hero.  He represents our elected officials who honestly and genuinely love and care for the America people and our way of life.  Popeye recognizes Brutus for what he is and knows he has to stop him.  However, Popeye often seems indecisive as to what actions he should take because he knows that whatever he does will impact Olive Oyl, his true love, in some way.  Popeye’s character is also representative of the American people in that when he has had “alls I can standz, I can’t standz no more”, he pulls out the Spinach and gets busy cleaning Brutus’ plow.

In addition, let us not forget Sweet Pea. He is Olive Oyl’s little boy. He represents the youth of today. The cartoon never tells us if Sweet Pea is the offspring of Popeye or Brutus. What we do know, however, is Sweet Pea is always watching and learning from the actions of the adults around him…and his future rests in the hands of one victorious in the battle between Popeye and Brutus.

Lastly, let’s talk about Spinach. For Popeye, Spinach gave him the power to defeat Brutus and his evil ways. Today, Spinach represents the power of the American people to vote…it is our voice and our ultimate superpower.

Perhaps, even as you have read this short post, you, too, have noticed the uncanny similarities between Popeye, the cartoon, and America today. Are you brave enough to identify with one of the above characters? Which character best represents you? Which character best represents your actions? Do you care how Sweet Pea turns out?

I’m ready for my can of Spinach! I’m tired of Obama’s Popeye Cartoon Politics and Policies. I’m concerned about the future of our country and the pathway we are currently traveling! I’m concerned about the future my own little “Sweet Peas” will inherit!

I’m an American! I’m a disabled Veteran! I’m a businessperson! Moreover, I’m going to exercise my superpower to vote on November 2nd! On Election Day, I will be voting for both Democrats and Republicans, but I will be voting to reduce out-of-control spending and reduce big government.

If you are a Brutus or a Wimpy, watch out! I’m voting to get you out of office and out of my wallet. Wimpy…if you need a hand, just ask. I’ll help you out. However, I will not do it forever, and I will not allow Brutus to make me give it to you. Olive Oyl, I love you honey, but I am sure getting tired of you falling for Brutus’ deceptive practices and tactics. Smarten up, girl. Take some initiative. Oh, and Sweet Pea, I don’t care who your daddy is. I love you. You pay close attention to me, though. I’m going to act on your behalf. It may not be all giggles at first, but in the long run, you will respect and appreciate me for what I have done.

October 20, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment