Amazing Adventure

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One of many items on my bucket list is to read the biographies of all the Presidents. So far I have read about twenty. The book I just completed is a piece of the life of Theodore Roosevelt. Imagine living a life so rich in accomplishment that a major adventure fills a book and is just a small part of one’s life.

Teddy Roosevelt had just lost the election to become President of the USA for a third term. He tried what is today described as a losing affair. Teddy formed a third-party he called the Bull Moose party to run against Woodrow Wilson a democrat who today is by some considered to be one of the greatest presidents that we ever had. Others, like myself consider him to be the father of American Progressivism, or Socialism. Nevertheless, Roosevelt lost big. In his recovery from the loss, he was talked into making a speaking tour of South America. To make a dull trip more exciting he chose to add an adventure to his itinerary. A friend talked him into an exploration of a little known river in Brazil. The friend imagined the tour to be an easy down river float with all the comforts of home, including chef cooked meals of extraordinary cuisine, and fine wines. Roosevelt’s biggest mistake was to trust the friend to plan and outfit the excursion.

While in South America giving speeches, he met a man known for exploring the Brazilian rain forests. The man, Cândido Mariano da Silva Rondon, suggested to Roosevelt that his expedition explore a totally unknown one thousand mile long tributary of the Amazon called the River of Doubt. The adventure would allow Rondon to put this river on the map. The idea appealed to Roosevelt and the whole trip changed in character.

Author Candice Millard crafted an extraordinary narrative from details recorded by members of the expedition. The story keeps the reader interested throughout. This story would make an excellent adventure movie, but it is too big to tell, and was made into a series.

Jump Off a Cliff

It amazes me when I see guys dressed in a suit with wings jump off a cliff and fly like a bird. This video depicts exactly what I am talking about.

Transforming America

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The debate about what kind of punishment to impose upon Syria for crossing the country’s redline continues at feverish pace. A lot of the arguments revolve around how the US will react to a successful take down of the Syrian dictator. What will we do? Will we have to send troops in to secure the country? Who will replace Assad? In the mean time, our leader remains unfettered and ready to blame Bush for whatever happens.

I think our liberal friends who elected this schmuck into office forget that Obama believes like most liberals and Muslims that the USA is responsible for everything that is wrong on the planet Earth. His campaign promise to transform America is the only goal he keeps his eye on. We are finally beginning to realize what he is transforming America into. He believes that America like all western nations is a colonial power that became exceptional by stealing wealth from poor, under developed nations. His goal, to transform America, involves bringing the USA down to the level of incompetency that exists in the Mid-east, Africa, and Asia. Obama wants the USA to fail so he can prove that the world will become a better place when it does.

The arguments about his current incompetency and his policy to lead from behind are all mute. He is doing these things on purpose to let the world know that America is no better than any other dung-hole of a country or continent. When he succeeds in making us a third world country his accomplished his primary goal, and he will be happy. The rest os us will wonder what-the-heck just happened and how did we get here.

Think about it. The best way to bring us down to third world status is to bankrupt us. How many things has he initiated to do that? Obama Care, loose border control and immigration policies, offering food stamps to any one who fills out the forms, free phones,  mortgages to Palestinians, millions to research how to stop women in Brazil from smoking, and now another war. In his mind he is doing great, so why do we even bother to debate any of it?

A great analogy using the spider and fly as the characters.

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The following is a short re-telling of the fable so read it carefully

Come into my web says the spider to the fly, we can talk become friends, oh I will not lie to thee.

Now look around you, can You not see; I can not harm you nor do I have a reason to, your my friend you see.

So come my friend sit and talk relax enjoy and I will do for you all you ask of me. My reward oh do not ask it’s my pleasure don’t you see..

Enter does the foolish fly soon a foot is stuck , worry not my friend it’s for security;take no notice it done for you for your protection.   Come now just relax, enjoy, your safe just look around. But soon another foot, a hand are snared, the fly becomes aware. The Spider now aware his quarry it may fight back just smiles and talks so…

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