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Summer Hiatus by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

 

I write.

 

I love to write.

 

I write something almost everyday.

 

What To Write

 

The challenge of being a writer is knowing that people will read what you write.

Even after you “Officially Retire” as a writer, you may still want to write and know that you have readers.

 

A blog is an outlet for a writer. Of course, there are so many blogs in cyberspace that a writer has to try to figure out how to attract and keep readers.

 

I remember a rule from an English Creative Writing Class in Galena High School: “Write About What You Know.”

 

When you are 13 to 16, you really do know more than you think you do. You just have to figure out how to put the words on paper to interest the reader.

 

Naturally, when you are 57, you have a lot more “Life Experiences” to write about than when you were 13. I sit at a keyboard and the words flow. I am blessed because I have never really had a problem with “Writer’s Block.”

 

I have been away from the blog for a few months. The problem was not the writing or the words. The problem was “The Writer.”

 

Readers’ Comments

 

I have never wanted my blog to be a “Dear Diary” that focused on the mundane routine of Life like, “I got out of bed today. Nothing really noteworthy happened.”

 

I have always aspired to try and find issues to write about that challenge my readers. I read the comment forms on my blog. The comment forms seemed more and more to be robotic software trying to carry out it’s own “Sell You Something” agenda. I periodically go through and delete the obvious email spam.

 

I wasn’t getting feedback and comments from readers that often. March 2013 arrived, which meant the “kids” my nieces and nephews would be out of school.

 

School Is Out For The Summer”

 

School Is Out For The Summer” takes on a different meaning in The Republic Of The Philippines than in the United States.

 

The kids were out of school. It seemed a perfect time to “Go On Holiday.”

 

I grew up on a farm in the United States in The Ozarks. The idea of a vacation or a holiday is just not a concept that always translates that well to my mind.

 

Farming is a 24-hour a day job that lasts seven days a week. Forget taking off The Fourth Of July,Halloween,Thanksgiving and Christmas.

 

Livestock does not come with calendars, cattle, horses, hogs, pigs, chickens, dogs and cats all expect to eat. Even the humans, regardless of the holiday or the day of the week, still expect to eat.

 

On a farm, Mother Nature is always The Girl Next Door and she seldom cooperates with your wishes. When you need rain; you will get a drought. When you need a dry spell; you will get a monsoon of rain.

 

The Extremes” Of Farm Life

 

Since the constant fluctuation of temperatures never seem to be enough for Mother Nature you can count on “The Extremes” in the United States. The United States is a “temperate climate”, which means we have four seasons, but temperatures and weather conditions can always be in “The Extremes”, during the season.

 

The four seasons often have The Extremes. If you expect a comfortable summer; summer will go in the record books as “One Of The Hottest Summers On Record. If you expect a mild winter; winter will break all the records and be “One Of The Coldest Winters In History.

 

In Farming, the weather NEVER cooperates. The chores on a farm are not something you can do in a few minutes and get on with your day. Farming is hard work.

 

In Missouri, by the end of the 20th Century, small family farmers had to have “public jobs” just to make “ends meet” and to be able to “earn a living.”

 

On Leave

 

Before I enlisted in the United States Air Force, the recruiter told me about “Leave.” I would get “30 days a year.” The word, “Leave”, meant I would be “On Vacation” for 30 days every year with pay. It sounded like a great deal. It was.

 

However, at the time, there were just a couple of items, the recruiter kind of overlooked explaining in detail. First, it is not an absolute guarantee.

 

If the United States is at War – you might not be going “On Leave”, during that year.

 

Second, you have to request the dates you want. The Needs Of The Mission always come first. If you can get the dates you want, then, you get them. However, you may not always get the dates you want.

 

The military, like the civilian world, realizes everyone “Needs Time Off”, so vacations are scheduled. No one ever explains the procedures to wide-eyed kids ready to enlist.

 

The Needs Of The Mission. . .”

 

Third, “30 Days Paid Vacation Every Year” looks good on paper. Uncle was “True” to his word. I could get my “30 Days.” However, there was no guarantee all those days would be together as in getting “A Month Off From Work.” Sometimes you might get a week here and two weeks there. At the end of the year, you could sit down with your calendar and pencil and Uncle had always kept his word.

 

The Magic Phrase in The United States Armed Forces at the time was : “The Needs Of The Mission Come First.”

 

Since I served in the United States Air Force The Magic Phrase was: “The Needs Of The United States Air Force Comes First.” And, of course, the word, “Needs”, was simply another way of saying, “Mission.” The Mission Of The United States Air Force Comes First.”

 

Regardless, Uncle Sam, also known as, The United States Government did their best to make sure I got my “30 Days Leave” a year; if I wanted it.

 

I came from a family of “Workaholics”, so the concept of, “Vacation” was always more the idea of “A Working Vacation” or “A Vacation On The Road.”

 

As Sam The Senior Citizen Writer, the idea of “A Vacation” is still not something I can relate to or even really appreciate.

 

I used “The Vacation Time” to back away from the keyboard. I did not write articles to publish for my blog.

 

Printer’s Ink

 

However, my calling in life was, “News.” I worked as a reporter and editor for several United States Air Force newspapers. Printer’s ink has always flowed in my blood.

 

On duty, Uncle Sam spent a tremendous effort to teach us the specifics of journalism from punctuation and grammar to the ethics of “Objectiveness.”

 

A Military Reporter like a Civilian Reporter was suppose to be an independent and impartial observer, who collected the facts and wrote a balanced story, which offered both sides of the story to allow the reader to decide.

 

The Editorial Page

 

On duty, we were taught never to “Slant” a story. “Reporters do not have opinions,” would state the numerous editors time and again through the years.

 

Opinions, Comments, Commentary are all saved for The Editorial page. If you have an opinion, a comment, a commentary, a personal view on an issue or situation, then, you write an Editorial for The Editorial Page.

 

In retirement, I am still a newsman, which means I keep up and read the news.

 

However, since I am retired – My Opinions are my own. I often express my opinion in print.

 

The Opinion Man

 

My favorite news source is Yahoo. My Yahoo News Page lists The Top Stories, Yahoo News, ABC News, Associated Press and Reuters. I glance at the headlines and select stories to read.

 

I have always been “A Man With An Opinion.”

 

I read a story and being the emotional person that I have always been – I always have an opinion.

 

I go to the Comments section of Yahoo News and leave my opinion in the form of a Comment. To find my Comments simply look for the names: Sergeant Sam or Samuel Warren in the Comments section.

 

Life has taught me when you Live long enough You will have an opinion on everything.

 

I have Lived past the Half-Century Mark, so I definitely have an opinion on every issue imaginable

 

I choose my words carefully to get my point across. I am not a “Politically Correct Person”. I am well past the silly stage of “Political Correctness” in my Life; so I don’t play the silly word game.

 

I do not pull punches with my comments. I write what I believe. I usually write like I talk.

 

Country Boy Commentary

 

I am a proud country boy. Thus, I tend to use the colorful expressions of The Ozarks often in comments and editorials. The expression, “I told them how the cow ate the cabbage”, means the speaker was angry, mad and upset to the point that he opened his mouth and let the words fly.

 

How the cow ate the cabbage”, is just one example of an Ozarks expressions that has a colorful way of getting to the heart of the matter to express an issue.

 

Politics

I find Politics invigorates. It is a challenge to bring people together on a variety of different social issues. The goal is to get people to reach a working compromise on an issue for a domestic or foreign policy.

 

Still, I have little use for professional politicians. Professional politicians try to wiggle around an issue to arrive at a solution.

 

DEMOCRAT MULE PIN FACE LEFTWhen it comes to American Political Parties – I am a Democrat.

 

I grew up in Stone County, Missouri, in The Ozarks, which is one of The Most Devout And Hardcore Strongholds of Republican Politics in The United States.

 

In my opinion,The Grand Old Party is conservative to the extreme and cements Christianity into the approach to changing social issues. I grew up exposed to that stringent political philosophy in the southwest Missouri Ozarks.

 

Since my twenties I have worked in political campaigns against America’s “Greedy Old Politicians” and their problematic, pilgrim, political party platforms.

 

I have no use for Republicans.  REPUBLICAN ELEPHANT PIN_btn_gop 

 

Religion

 

I have no use for Religion.

 

Religion is the Providence Of Fools – created by Fools and for Fools.

 

Some people have a Fear Of Death, so they seek some belief that when The Day Of Their Death comes – they will not cease to exist.

 

Instead of an intelligent person using their mind to reach a logical, rationale solution, some people do what centuries of people have done before them and turn to the flawed fairy tales of The World’s Old Major Religions.

 

The temptation of the insane and archaic prophecies by old dead foolish storyteller prophets seems to entice many people to believe.

 

Many people never seem to stop and question what it is the prophecy is asking them to believe in.

 

In Catholicism, Christianity and Protestant religions you are expected to believe in a ridiculous old dead Arab hippie criminal who destroyed business property. Jesus Christ The Bum, who trained as a carpenter,never worked a day in his life.

 

In Islam, you are expected to believe in an old dead Arab prophet, who could not use religion to unite The Arab World, so he proclaims on-going Holy Wars to destroy The World for Allah, who created The World.

 

Regardless of which silly faith of The World’s Old Major Religions that you fall victim to – you get to spend an Eternity with a Jealous, Hateful sadistic, psychotic, misogynistic entity, who really enjoys punishing people and destroying them for the fun of it.

 

Who gets to be The Martyr Today ?”

 

Religion is of Fools, by Fools and for the Fools, who are afraid to experience the reality of Life.

 

Thus, most of my Comments will be found in Politics and Religion.

 

For All The World To Read

 

I leave my opinions for all the world to read.

 

When you put your opinion out to the public; you can expect feedback. Not everyone will agree with you. The purpose though of putting out your opinion is to get people to think and express their own opinions.

 

At first leaving comments on Yahoo News was simply “Putting In My Two Cents”, but, now, it is an opportunity to get my ideas out there to The Readers Of The World. It is a daily task I enjoy.

 

Since I love to write, I will continue to write articles for my “Sam I Am Blog” and my “Samuel E. Warren Jr. The Prophet” blog.

 

However, I am not going to be as “deadline driven” as I have been in the past. I want to continue to inspire, motivate and challenge fellow readers on Yahoo News.

Sam

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The American Military Coup of 1776 Fourth of July Editorial

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Fourth of July, 2013

 

America’s Military Coup

of 1776

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By Samuel E. Warren Jr.

 

Happy Birthday, America !

The Egyptian military’s ouster of President Mohamed Mursi is making American President Barrack Obama’s Administration in Washington D.C., nervous.

 

The controversy goes to “The Legality Of Language.”

 

In America, our “Rule Of Law” becomes so overwhelming that it automatically overrides our “Common Sense” and our careful approach to unfolding international situations. Already, Washington D.C., is sweating the semantics of the word, “Coup” and the legal ramifications of foreign policy, the U.S. Constitution and Congress.

 

All the lawyers in America, who routinely go on to become politicians and they all seem to forget, “No Law Is Chiseled In Stone” and the Law In America is always about “legal interpetation.” The United States Supreme Court exists to interpet “The Law” and if it is in accordance with The Constitution Of The United States Of America – “The Supreme Law Of The Land.”

 

On America’s Birthday, Washington D.C., leaders should be ashamed of themselves because, “We The People” is the only words that truly matter in a government that is, “of the people, by the people and for the people.”

 

America’s leaders, on her birthday, does not have the “Common Sense” to pick up a history book or a copy of the US Constitution and realize the supreme lesson of America is not word choice, but the dedication and commitment of her citizens to support the foundation and implementation of their government.

 

The People are The Key in any Government.

 

Americans — July 4, 1776 — The Continental Army was farmers, shopkeepers, merchants, rascals, rogues, farmhands, plow boys,idealists, dreamers, men looking for work and a paycheck.

 

General George Washington had received some frontier military training as Colonel Washington and maybe the French at some point helped to provide Washington, his commanders and troops some more practical in the field combat training.

 

None of the American Revolutionary War Generals were graduates of a War College. Washington’s soldiers were usually more concerned about getting the seeds in the ground that strategic military targets.

 

Washington’s soldiers pay sometimes was I.O.Us that the Continental Congress had to make good on.(More than 200 years and the US Congress still isn’t all that good about making sure the troops get a decent military paycheck)

 

Washington’s troops were home-grown rebel rousers, who had home court advantage because they knew the terrain and the weather, so their guerilla tactics would work against the professionally trained British military and the combat veterans who were the Hessian mercenaries.

 

Egypt’s military had the benefit of professional training and professional dedicated commanders, so they mobilized their forces and seized what was necessary to overthrow their "despot."

 

America’s Military Coup of 1776 did not have the luxury of driving tanks up to the Gates Of Buckingham Palace. They defeated British and Hessian forces on American soil.

 

Egypt points out they had a consensus of civilian and religious leaders that supported the military action. Not all of America’s Founding Fathers jumped at the idea to tell King George to "stick it in his ear." But, the deterioration of British and American colonial relations led to those men supporting General Washington.

 

America loves to point out how we are a civilian government, who gives orders to her military and it is true.

 

However, we sometimes forget The American Farmer, who became The American General, who became The First American President.

 

General Washington was a military man before he was a politician. Farmer Washington, had worked as a surveyor, he understood the terrain, and took his skills and put on the uniform to serve his country.

 

In the brouhaha of world events, we sometimes forget to try and appreciate the backgrounds of our leaders. Not all American presidents were lawyers, who became politicians to serve in The Oval Office.

 

American historians love to point out not all successful American military leaders made good presidents — however,the American historians fail to point out some of the civilian and lawyer bums who served as president had no right to even step in The Oval Office let alone sit behind the desk.

 

If the nation of Egypt is laying a foundation for Democracy, then, like the Americans they will face challenges and growth.

 

However, Egypt is an older nation than American. Egypt, Home Of The Pharoahs and The Pyramids has a rich history to draw upon to create working governmental institutions of their own design.

 

Americans on the subject of "foreign aid", needs to remember during The American Revolution, the nations of Europe were not rushing to aid the struggling colonists. France took the gamble.

 

The American colonist were going up against "the legitimate government of Britain" whose throne identified him as "the legal head of state" in the days of aristocratic succession.

 

Egyptian President Mursi was supported by "a court of religious aristocrats." Americans choose to forget a "democratic election can be rigged." And, democratic elections do not always come off without a hitch — remember The American Presidential Election Nightmare Of 2000 ?

 

American politicians and diplomats step back and give Egypt the benefit of the doubt.

 

Perhaps, someday America’s politicians will learn to trust their “Common Sense” and experience and worry less about their “legalistic wording of the moment.”

 

Technology has changed news reporting, so politicians need to learn to be more responsive to breaking news and worry less about 18th and 19th Century legal wording issues that may or may not impact American domestic or foreign policy.

The World changes. Technology is changing The World. One of America’s greatest strengths is the ablility to change or discard laws to fit the changing social issues of America society.

 

Could The American Revolutionary War be considered a Military Coup ? Why not ? We ousted a leader that we had no use for and we used our military to do it.

 

Life is about perspective.

 

Why do politicians and lawyers always seem to forget about perspective ?

 

American politicians and diplomats — Today is The Fourth Of July, 2013 — America’s Birthday — sit down, open up the history book and remember The Key To A Great Nation is "We The People."

 

Happy Birthday, America !

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Sam

 

Source

When is a coup not a coup? Obama faces tricky call in Egypt

Reuters

Patricia Zengerle and Warren Strobel

 

http://news.yahoo.com/coup-not-coup-obama-faces-tricky-call-egypt-050432835.html;_ylt=AwrNUbAdpdVRnjMAOX3QtDMD

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