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One Man’s Opinion
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Yeah buddy… lots of commentary action since I’ve been here I Hawaii. Interesting… very interesting. When I first stared my ‘blog,’ the term ‘blog’ didn’t even exist yet. Wow… what a forward thinker I am! Anyway, in the beginning not only did I not yet have the technical capacity to allow comments, I didn’t’ want to allow them anyway. I figured, ‘Hey, it’s my space… get your own.’ Hard facts over the years have proven to me that the only constant in this life is change and I have re-evaluated my opinion on a lot of things, and this is one of them. I have a comment section and y’all can say almost anything you like. By the way, you’re welcome. Anyway, as the comments descended into politics and social commentary, I thought I’d add my two cents worth. Hey, it’s my blog. I can say anything I want… well… almost.

Yo… we got Bernie Sanders and the Pope not only in the same comment but the same sentence. You got my attention. My wife loves the Pope. She thinks he’s a Rock Star, whatever that means. On many levels he seems more enlightened than some of his predecessors. Cool, if that’s the way you roll. I can’t tolerate dogma and I have no need for anyone on this earth to intercede on my behalf If I want to have a dialogue with G_d. Then there’s the ‘rock star’ thing. I hate that nomenclature. There are no ‘Rockstars!’ I have found a more than comfortable place in this world as a musician, storyteller and sometimes commentator. I am not a ‘Rockstar,’ and neither is anyone else.

Let’s move on… Bernie Sanders is probably a really nice guy. I have family members who think he’s the second coming of sliced bread. We try to avoid talking politics. It makes dinner more enjoyable.
Bernie is a self avowed Socialist. Sorry pal. That lets him out when I go to vote. Who am I going to vote for when the time comes? That’s none of your business. My Mom and Dad didn’t discuss that and my family doesn’t either.

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on
the support of Paul.
 George Bernard Shaw

Way to go George. I hear you brother.

Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
–James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

Even though Bernie’s metaphor of the American Problem being couched in the abundant selection of hygiene products in Wal-Mart and the like may be closer to the truth than we would like, I’m sure there is more to it than that.

In general, the art of government consists of taking as much
money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to
the other.
–Voltaire (1764)

By golly, there sure is nothing new under the sun, is there.

Now I see that Andriy got all fired up by Jim’s comment. Congratulations to you both. Welcome to America Andriy… as you have noted… we get to have these discussions in this country.

I am a second generation American. My Mom’ s folks came over from what was then Russia in the late 1800’s. Hey, my grandmother was sent to a Czarist Gulag… she escaped… found her brother and most of her family trampled to death by the hooves of Cossack horses. It is said that she and some of her friends committed acts of violent civil disobedience and then left Russia for America… where she and my grandfather had long and extremely interesting lives. My Dad’s folks escaped the dearth of work in Finland and went to the copper mine country of the UP in Michigan. Now… you history buffs will know there were Red Finns, Pink Finns and White Finns. Lot of cool history here… My family was not Communist or Socialist. That’s just how it was… just another American Story.

No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the
legislature is in session.
 Mark Twain (1866)

Like I said… yeah buddy! Anyway… I’m not going to engage in a political dialogue with anyone. That’s like trying to teach a pig to dance. It’s frustrating for you and it pisses off the pig. I’m just spewing here. In my line of work I have many colleagues who have quite different opinions than I do and that’s more than OK. We get to do that here in America. Try that in Afghanistan or Syria. Have a nice day.

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the
blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing
of misery.
 Winston Churchill

Wow… good thing I’m still sort of on East Coast time… I’m up early with nothing to do except blather on the internet. I’ve got a couple more quotes I like that I’m going to lay on you and them I’m going to do some exploring on this magnificent island… Hawaii.

A government big enough to give you everything you want, is
strong enough to take everything you have.
 Thomas Jefferson

Heads up folks. We’ve got another big election coming in 2016. It’s not even close yet and I’m already sick of political posturing. We need a hero or a heroine to rise up out of the forest. It ain’t Hillary Clinton, I can tell you that! As for politics in general… do I vote in all elections. You bet I do! As a student of American history, I find there is nothing… I said nothing, new under the sun. The bloviating, mendacity and mediocrity that surrounds the politics of all parties has been with us since time immemorial.

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of
Congress. But then I repeat myself.
 Mark Twain

OK… enough windbaggery from the old guitar picker. Well, almost enough…

Like I sort of said, I’ve had my chance to re-evaluate my opinion on a lot of things… and I’m not done yet. A quick revisiting of the Rock star thing. I know when the Jefferson Airplane hit it big I become a legend in my own mind and happily assumed the mantle of the Rock Star… which is why I know what a pile of poop it is. Sure, I know… when we’re selling merch we invoke the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee stuff… and that’s OK from my point of view. We’re working here. On the street, it’s ‘How’re you doing and how is the family?’

We’re all just folks here.

Wait a minute… another couple of good quotes popped up.

Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor
people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.
 Douglas Case, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University.

As you may have guessed, I’m really having a lot of fun with a really serious subject. I think that’s about it… It’s a beautiful day here on the big Island of Hawaii… I’m going to have some breakfast and hit the beach.

To my brothers and sister who read my stuff… enjoy this great day wherever you are.

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  1. jim hitchcock
    June 26th, 2015 at 21:54 | #1

    To be fair to Bernie, he knows that he has no chance (or ambition) to gain higher office than he holds now.
    He’s just out there to speak (his) version of truth to the 250 billion dollar created public personage of HRC, as well as the rest of the clown show. That is the value I see in him. He’s the Jerry Brown or maybe Ralph Nader of this kabuki theater. Would I actually vote for him? I honestly don’t know, but I don’t feel it’s intention anyway 🙂

    /back to self imposed banishment for the next few days 🙂

  2. Andriy
    June 26th, 2015 at 22:03 | #2

    I can’t please every person. If you don’t hold me dear to you, that is not my fault. Peace.@Joey Hudoklin

  3. Andriy
    June 26th, 2015 at 22:09 | #3

    Oh , do not impose a self banishment on yourself. I like you and your comments are good. You have an understanding of the immigrant experience in modern day America.
    All the best to Bernie (I like that we can call him Bernie).
    All the best to you Jim. You are a good guy.@jim hitchcock

  4. jim hitchcock
    June 26th, 2015 at 22:23 | #4

    Just for a few days, Andriy 🙂@Andriy

    Hink you might get a laugh at some of these comic strips…the 4th one down illustrates where my initial innocent yet inflammatory comment came from 🙂

  5. Andriy
    June 27th, 2015 at 00:05 | #5

    I don’t see a link to that.

    Anyway, tonight on HBO the series “VICE” has a very interesting program about the war in Ukraine.
    Title: “Cold War 2.0”
    about how Russia is trying to invade not just Ukraine but also looks to invade the Baltic states and defy the NATO Alliance.

    @jim hitchcock

  6. Andriy
    June 27th, 2015 at 00:09 | #6

    Jorma, we are on page 2 of comments if we fill page 2 and go to page 3 this will be a record for comments on this blog.

  7. jim hitchcock
    June 27th, 2015 at 00:53 | #7

    Dangit! Plumb forgot!


    Since you’ve gifted me with book rec’s, Andriy, check out The Last Citadel by David L Robbins. It’s historical fiction primarily centered on the battle of Kursk, the biggest tank battle of all time. The Ukranians portrayed in it are among the most amazing in history; Stalin, to put it mildly, was so undeserving of these heroic folk.

  8. jim hitchcock
    June 27th, 2015 at 00:58 | #8

    Forgot to add, Vice is just plain terrific. It presents it’s stories in an honest, truthful way, unlike so much of the toned down, one sided stuff the MSM gives us.

    Man, I owe Jorma a bunch of bandwidth.

  9. Andriy
    June 27th, 2015 at 11:22 | #9

    Thanks for the link and the book I will read it.
    VICE is very terrific and last night was the most honest and truthful program about current problems with Cold War 2.0
    I did not mean to insult any person here but it is very hard to describe how scary this is so the program did that very well. To see that program is hard to watch but then understanding will result.@jim hitchcock

  10. jim hitchcock
    June 27th, 2015 at 13:05 | #10

    Unvarnished would have been a better word choice in my comment. We all have our individual truths, and often times we are just full of beans 🙂

    Hey, read the book if for no other reason than learning about the Night Witches. It’s a great story.

  11. Andriy
    June 27th, 2015 at 14:41 | #11

    @jim hitchcock
    I like a program on television title “American Monsters and Mysteries”.
    One program had people reporting they see witches in the sky not just on broomstick but flying around. They have reports of all kind of monsters like lake serpents, Big Foot, dogmen, and there is a Big Foot in the area where Jorma lives they call it The Grass Man.

  12. jim hitchcock
    June 27th, 2015 at 19:02 | #12

    Wiki night witches. They we’re a squadron of female pilots who harassed German encampments in WW2 night flights, flying obsolete biplanes that flew too slow for German aircraft to be effective against them.

  13. Andriy
    June 27th, 2015 at 20:37 | #13

    Very interesting I will read that but books take me a long time to finish.
    No documentary about those women or news reports?@jim hitchcock

  14. jim hitchcock
    June 27th, 2015 at 22:02 | #14

    This is a shorter version, a not well known story:


  15. Andriy
    June 28th, 2015 at 22:41 | #15

    These woman were very brave. I think if they were not in Russia there would be news reports on film and a documentary would be made about this amazing story.@jim hitchcock

  16. John Foote
    June 28th, 2015 at 23:33 | #16

    Jorma, BRILLIANT! After all the ‘legistlating from the Bench’ this week, all need to be reminded what wickedness and further damage could be done to our country by Hillary Clinton. Shameful human being. Bravo, and keep up these posts/entries here!

  17. John Foote
    June 28th, 2015 at 23:43 | #17

    Jorma, BRILLIANT! After all the ‘legislating from the Bench’ this week, all need to be reminded what wickedness and further damage could be done to our country by Hillary Clinton. Shameful human being. Bravo, and keep up these posts/entries here!

  18. Andriy
    June 29th, 2015 at 13:02 | #18

    So right, it posted twice!@John Foote

  19. Jerry
    June 30th, 2015 at 12:38 | #19

    Well Captain you really started a rolling blog here. Like your Hillary op.

  20. Paul Wasserman
    July 4th, 2015 at 12:20 | #20

    Jorma, let us know how you really feel. 🙂 Love the quotes. Let’s leave the politics for the voting booth, and my shameless Facebook page. 😉 Yup, the past becomes our future.

  21. carey georgas
    November 7th, 2016 at 14:19 | #21

    I didn’t read your June 25, 2015 post until today, almost a year and half later, and the day before the election. I say, Amen, Brother! That’s as well as I’ve seen it said. @Jorma

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