Thursday, September 19, 2013

American Patriot

From Facebook
(Thanks Bruce)

"Dear President Obama,

My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year. People meeting me for the first time don’t believe my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert.

I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before, during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bos’n Mate. Now I live in a “rest home” located on the western end of Pearl Harbor, allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.

One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man.

So here goes.

I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do, but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish.

I can’t figure out what country you are the president of.
You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies like:

” We’re no longer a Christian nation”
” America is arrogant”
– (Your wife even announced to the world,” America is mean-spirited. ” Please tell her to try preaching that nonsense to 23 generations of our war dead buried all over the globe who died for no other reason than to free a whole lot of strangers from tyranny and hopelessness.)

I’d say shame on the both of you, but I don’t think you like America, nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do, for the obvious gifts this country has given you. To be without shame or gratefulness is a dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.

After 9/11 you said,” America hasn’t lived up to her ideals.”

Which ones did you mean? Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British? Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man, that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War? I hope you didn’t mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers, husbands, and a lot of fellas I knew personally died for in WWII, because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around, because we stand for freedom.

I don’t think you mean the ideal that says equality is better than discrimination. You know the one that a whole lot of white people understood when they helped to get you elected.

Take a little advice from a very old geezer, young man.

Shape up and start acting like an American. If you don’t, I’ll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue . You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their people like slaves.

And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more. You mean you don’t want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts , who was putting up a fight? You don’t mind offending the police calling them stupid but you don’t want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are, terrorists.

One more thing. I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life, but you’re the Commander-in-Chief now, son. Do your job. When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you’re not in this fight to win, then get out. The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you’re thinking of.

You could be our greatest president because you face the greatest challenge ever presented to any president.
You’re not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy. That’s not our greatest threat. Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now.
And I sure as hell don’t want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle…

Harold B. Estes

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

September 11, 2013 A Day Of Honor

By Terry Orr
Retired Navy

Today is a scared day for most Americans – one that reminds us of that beautifully clear and sunny Tuesday morning twelve years ago – that resulted in the worst attach on our soil – by Muslim terrorist.  The man who currently resides the White House believes having the Million Muslim March in Washington DC today is perfectly all right. Permit grated – and the permit to allow a no stop parade by two million American Citizens on motor cycles request was rejected.

Today we also honor all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in Benghazi one year ago! The same administration that supports the Muslim March – is also the same ones who failed to provide security and support to our American Citizens in Benghazi.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Syria Crisis

America Involvement in Syria's Civil War - Why Now?

Commentary by Terry Orr

Over one hundred thousand men, women and children have been killed in Syria without any intervention to bring this atrosity to an end and someone uses chemical weapons and now it is important to intervene?  Is this the message we want to send our children? It's ok to kill - just don't use chemicals?

Come on folks - it is time to grow up and work together to solve this problem.  Sending cruise missiles, dropping bombs and otherwise inflection additional lost of life does absolutely NOTHING to resolve the problem.  Why not take someone out to the wood shed and whip them - that might get  a reaction form someone.

How would you feel if another country decided to attack America for all its wrong doing of a few individuals or groups of people?

There is NO PROOF that Syrian President Bashir al-Assad had anything to do with the use of Chemical Weapons - yet our political leadership is hell-bent on military action.  If, there were actual proof - beyond a shadow of doubt the the Syrian Government was behind the chemical attacks - I would jump on the band wagon that the United Nations needs to take immediate action.

Mark Mooney wrote an excellent article "Key Players in Syrian Civil War" on September 4, 2013 here - a worthwhile read for anyone interested in the players.

What are your thoughts?

References and Links:

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Healthy Aging 2013 Follow-up

By Terry Orr

Establishing and maintaining good healthy habits early in life provide significant dividends later in life – annual checkups, monitoring your vitals and weight, keeping track of medications taken and for what, and staying current with new medical, dental and mental advancements.

Prior to each visit to my healthcare team, the following information is updated, printed provided to them – very handy paper.


Fish Oil
2 x Daily





Notes for Doctor:
8/27/13 – 9/4/13 Sinus infection with low-grade fever: Sinus rinse twice daily; Tylenol; and Mucinex DM maximum strength.

8/22-23/13 Stress test: two parts – reported results were good.

Upcoming Healthcare Appointments:
10/24/13         Eye Doctor (Annual)
11/12/13          Primary Care (Quarterly Checkup)
12/10/13         Dermatology (Checkup)
1/14/14           Foot & Ankle (Semi-annual)
2/10/14           Dentist (Teeth cleaning and annual checkup)

Still looking for a single app that will do most of this tracking and other items – while there are some apps that provide most of it –you generally need two or more apps. 

Our two previous post on aging can be found:

Myths About Healthy Aging (from )

MYTH: Aging means declining health and/or disability.

Fact: There are some diseases that become more common as we age. However, getting older does not automatically mean poor health or that you will be confined to a walker or wheelchair. Plenty of older adults enjoy vigorous health, often better than many younger people. Preventive measures like healthy eating, exercising, and managing stress can help reduce the risk of chronic disease or injuries later in life.

MYTH: Memory loss is an inevitable part of aging.

Fact: As you age, you may eventually notice you don’t remember things as easily as in the past, or memories may start to take a little longer to retrieve. However, significant memory loss is not an inevitable result of aging. Brain training and new learning can occur at any age and there are many things you can do to keep your memory sharp. The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll reap the benefits.

MYTH: You can’t teach ‘an old dog new tricks’.

Fact: One of the more damaging myths of aging is that after a certain age, you just won’t be able to try anything new or contribute things anymore. The opposite is true. Middle aged and older adults are just as capable of learning new things and thriving in new environments, plus they have the wisdom that comes with life experience. If you believe in and have confidence in yourself, you are setting up a positive environment for change no matter what your age.

A wonderful and informative health website is WebMD!  Found this neat guide while researching this article.  Do yourself a favor and bookmark this site.

WebMD’s 50 and Over Guide

Staying Healthy
Eating Right
Good Nutrition for Aging
Slideshow: Avoiding Problem Foods as You Age
Slideshow: Eating for a Long Life
Menopause, Weight Gain, and Exercise Tips
Slideshow: Brain Foods That Help You Concentrate
Staying Active
Getting Fit for Life
Over 40, Fit, and Ready to Bare Arms
Video: Repairing Boomer Athletes
Looking Good
Video: Make Hands Look Young
Premature Graying
The Effects of Aging on Skin
Natural Beauty Tips for Women Over 50
Women's Hair Loss Slideshow: Thinning Hair Causes and Solutions
Men's Hair Loss: Treatments and Solutions
Healthy Sleep
Sleep and Aging
Health Check: What Is Your Cancer Risk?
Preventing Hearing Loss
Preventing Slips and Falls
Genes vs. Lifestyle: What Matters Most for Health?
Cataract Prevention
Preventing Vision Problems
Memory & Staying Sharp
Emotional and Mental Vitality
Forgetfulness: It's Not Always What You Think
Midlife Crisis
Make a Midlife Crisis Work for You
Coping With Changes
Empty Nest: Launching Adult Children
Life Stages: Retirement
Stress Management
Depression After Age 65
Transportation and Driving
Family & Friends
Sex and Relationships
Sex and Aging
Sexual Vitality
Sexuality and Physical Changes With Aging in Men
Caregiving Assessment
Financial Planning for Caregivers
Helping Older Adults Manage the Outside World
Caregiving and Your Loved One's Health
Legal Issues of Caregiving
Seven Tips for New Caregivers
Caring for Parents: Routine Care
Starting Your Role As Caregiver
Health Care 101
Medical Tests
Milestone Medical Tests in Your 50s
Medical Tests for Your 60s and Up
Your Health Care
Dos and Don'ts of Drug Safety
Tool: Find a Doctor
Buyer Beware: Health Scams
Generic Drugs: Answers to Common Questions
Live Longer
Video: Longevity Clues in DNA
Slideshow: 18 Secrets for a Longer Life
Planning for the Future
Independent Living
What Is Assisted Living?
Video: 'Smart' House for Aging
Video: Seniorizing Your Home
Life Choices
Advance Directives
Support & Resources
Aging Better: Resources