The Wait

The images come from Ukraine where Russian soldiers are shown shooting two men in the back killing them after talking to them briefly demonstrating how this war will be fought when nato finally takes action militarily. Someone stated that American troop strength in Europe needs to be boosted to levels that existed during the cold war period. All of the equipment currently being shipped cannot be just for the Ukrainian military use only as they need to be trained on how to use it properly.

The two countries now at war with each other provide food supplies that usually feed over four hundred million people around the world not to mention all of the oil and gas that Russia supplies to Europe. Millions of people are now displaced across the continent. America’s southern border has now added Ukrainian refugees seeking asylum along with people who have been waiting for months to apply.

If they can prove they have a sponsor in the United States they can go to the head of the line so to speak, and they are not called illegals. The times we now live in must be like they were prior to our involvement in the second world war. Russia now sees a threat as Finland is poised to join Nato. Things are falling into place as we watch in acceptance of the inevitable events soon to happen.

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The Slap

When Will Smith slapped Chris Rock during a live broadcast of the Oscars and then used profanities regarding his wife on a worldwide stage. I saw all black men who suffered indignities including myself in different life situations in the past. There was one racial incident that happened thirty years ago that changed my attitude about race in America.

A black man refused to stop for a traffic violation his name was Rodney King. This was a time when video cameras were available to the public for the first time. A young man purchased one and was testing it out when he saw the LAPD catch up with Mr. King he started filming the officers taking turns beating and kicking this man of color, and then they lied about what happened until the video came out. The officers involved went to trial in Simi Valley a well-to-do area, to say the least.

The officers were found to be not guilty by an all-white jury, and when one of the former defendants was asked what he would do next he said he was going to Disneyland. Within hours the LA riots started and the rest is history

Things haven’t changed much in the past three decades when it comes to race relations in America but with all the events we see on a global level we are all in the same basket again. The question is what will we do about it before it’s too late to save ourselves.

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The Times Of Our Lives

There is one constant about life as we know it. We are all living in the best of times because of computers, smart devices what we want is a device that will respond to our every command without delay, in return, they monitor every part of our lives on a daily basis. Fortunately, most of humanity has

a lot to contemplate on a personal level when it comes to watching the worst behavior of so-called human beings. The coming events that we all have to endure are a reality that will be painful, to say the least. In a time of war, we always need to believe that what we sacrifice in blood and treasure will satisfy our collective guilt as Americans from across the globe to at least try to form a not-so-perfect form of government but America first. Enough said by this Veteran.

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A Sinless Soul

The hardest thing we will ever have to do in life is to forgive the individual sins that we will commit because we are human beings born with the power to create or destroy everything we have created over thousands of years of history for what? I remember as a child the Cuban missile crisis where president Kennedy had to make the Russians in Cuba leave and take your missiles with you. They reluctantly complied.

We will deal with the Bear in due time because America has that obligation as a major world power. As for the subject of sin, a normal person could not exist without breaking several of the ten commandments almost on a daily basis. I remember a story from the Bible about a prostitute who was to be stoned to death because of her profession which exists even today. Some of the sinners who had been regular customers wanted her to be stoned to death to cover up their individual sins with this woman. Jesus said basically “He who is without sin cast the first stone”. We all know how that story ended.

Because of the fact that we are born into a world of imperfect individuals who through no fault of their own navigate life on earth as we now know it, and that is not an easy task, we all make mistakes, to say the least.

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California

California is a magical place of immense wealth and natural beauty weather to die for year-round. When I moved here as a twelve-year-old in the ’60s we lived in Santa Barbara a place where I fell in love with once we hit the city limits. There is always something good happening in S B even today.

Today people are living in motor homes parked mostly along the beach in front of luxury hotels that were built on land we used to call the “hobo jungle” to be homeless here you at least have to have a vehicle to sleep in at night. The city has set up designated areas in public parking lots so people with cars can stay the night in relative safety. There is a waiting list for people to get a spot that only gets longer. Traffic is bad no matter where you live in Southern California, and it gets worse every day. Gas in Oxnard has reached seven dollars a gallon but traffic only gets more congested.

Los Angeles is a city that cannot come up with a solution to deal with the thousands of people living on the streets of downtowns skid row and now on the beaches in front of million-dollar homes a sight that probably brings down property values of the rich and famous. The golden state no longer lives up to that title and that is the reality that the citizens of this state live with every beautiful day.

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Life On Earth@2022

The coming events between I would guess the NATO countries and I won’t say the people of Russia are willing to start another world war which will destroy life as we know it for what? I am both angry and scared at the same time these are emotions that I have never experienced even the times I served in the Army in Europe. On the border with the 2nd Cav was an experience that few will ever know.

This event that the world will have to experience will not be about good versus evil it will be about which side will destroy the other in the shortest amount of time and military losses both human and equipment will determine how the beginning of what has to be a fight to the finish for either freedom or domination of man by other men.

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The Russians Are Coming

The proxy war between America and Russia continues at the expense of the lives and property of the citizens of Ukraine. There will be at some point in the future a decision has to be made about the future of mankind. Putin says he might have to use chemical or biological weapons. The nuclear option has come out of Putin’s mouth from the beginning.

I remember as a child a thing called “The Cuban Missle Crisis” where I saw adults who were afraid of the Russians putting nuclear weapons at our doorstep. They backed down then today it is a different matter. The Biden administration will now play a global chess game with the Russian Bear that no one can afford to lose.

That is a serious fact for all the people of this third stone from the Sun to contemplate. When you have the time.

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A Proxy War

The superpowers are for now sitting on the sidelines analyzing what is happening between Ukraine and Russia and how the war will progress over time. The Russian government has asked China for help with weapons, especially the one thing that is requested are drones. Their troops are being devastated by Turkish-made drones sold to Ukraine. The United States Senate has authorized billions of dollars to buy equipment for Ukraine to continue the fight.

We will at some point step up to the plate and finally do what needs to be done as Americans all through our history we didn’t start the fight but we finished it. The world is watching Washinton and the politics that was dividing our democracy along political lines. Those days are over for America and the world because there is once again too much to lose for our society and most importantly the world we call home.

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Siege Warfare

The current events now playing out between Ukraine and Russia appear to be turning into a war by proxy for the superpowers. The pictures coming out of the war zone of dead Russian soldiers are meant to shock and disgust the world and that is what is happening. The use of siege warfare where a city is surrounded by an invading force bombarded unit the citizens finally surrender. Both the Greeks and the Romans us this style of warfare to attain their objectives.

To see this kind of destruction in real-time high definition color makes me wonder how all of this is going to be settled on the world stage. With all the problems society has had to deal with in the last two years, there appears to be no way to stop this slow-moving train wreck that will sooner rather than later involve the whole world. That is our destiny at this point in time. There will now be a new generation of war orphans in Europe at a time when we all need a break from reality. When the sides are chosen on a global scale we will finish the game of life on earth finally.

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Hell On Earth

V.Putin has unleased the possibility of degrading life on earth as we know it. Once again history is repeating itself because there is no mortal being coming forward to save humanity from itself. The situation in Ukraine is dire, to say the least, the videos of citizens of that country running away from their homes to save the lives of themselves and most importantly lives of their children.

In the past, I have watched videos from WW2 which showed the misery that the world had to endure because of man’s inhumanity to man. Most of those movies were in black and white which made it easier to watch. Now we have high definition color video of the carnage which is raging in that part of the world, and the United States is not fulfilling its role as a world leader. Innocent people are suffering as we hesitate to do the right thing.

When we had lend-lease during the second world war we provided equipment to the Russians and the British in the hope that our troops would not have to fight the Germans. How did that policy turn out? We as a nation will at some point in time deal with Russia on a one-to-one basis. That is our ultimate destiny whether we want to believe it or not.

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