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About Me

I am an independent that does not align with either party I have often described myself as a fiscal conservative and social moderate. Professionally I have done everything from being in sales, managing the customer service department and running a multifacility manufacturing company in the US I have traveled and done business internationally for a number of years.

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The Gerald Ford conducts high speed turns during sea trials

Cool video.
Posted by Independent.mind | Fri Nov 1, 2019, 08:00 AM (33 replies)

Congratulations to the Washington Nationals!!!

They never gave up the fight and did something never done before, 4 road wins to claim the World Series Championship!!!

As a National League baseball fan I am very happy today.

What a series to watch, and what a game 7 to end it!!!

Posted by Independent.mind | Thu Oct 31, 2019, 06:47 AM (11 replies)

Corruption, graft and lawlessness

I welcome the investigation and prosecution of corruption, graft and lawlessness among the political class.

Regardless of who or which party none of these things should be tolerated and should be investigated whenever necessary and prosecuted whenever possible.

EDIT HERE: Politicians from both parties are guilty of abusing the trust placed in them by the voters and taxpayers of this great nation and we should all be incensed by corruption, graft and lawlessness.

The DNC and the RNC are both far to beholding to big money donors and do the bidding of those donors more consistently and more effectively than they do for the average citizen.
Posted by Independent.mind | Fri Oct 25, 2019, 12:03 PM (11 replies)

RIP Jessi Combs

"Jessi Combs killed in jet-powered car crash"

"Speed racer Jessi Combs — known as the “fastest woman on four wheels” — was killed in a crash while attempting to break her own land speed record in Oregon, according to reports."

"Combs, 39, was driving her jet-powered car Tuesday through the Alvord Desert when the accident happened, Road and Track reported."

"Combs, a former host of “Mythbusters,” has held the record for the “fastest woman on four wheels” after she piloted her jet-powered North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger at a speed of 398 mph in 2013."
Posted by Independent.mind | Thu Aug 29, 2019, 09:48 AM (7 replies)

Thin Lizzy Last Studio Album

Recently rediscovered this gem.
Despite the terrible 80's over-production and heavy keyboards there are some really great songs on that album.
Posted by Independent.mind | Wed Aug 21, 2019, 07:23 AM (2 replies)

Very interesting
Posted by Independent.mind | Tue Aug 6, 2019, 08:51 AM (9 replies)

I pledge allegiance................

The original pledge as penned by Francis Bellamy August 1892 and originally published in The Youth's Companion on September 8, 1892.

"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Modified in 1923:
"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

And again in 1954:
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Both minor but meaningful modifications.

Note there is no comma between one nation and under god.
The way it typically recited is incorrect.
Based on the punctuation there should not be a pause between one nation and under god, it should be recited as a single phrase and makes more sense if stated that way.

So who was the patriot that wrote the original version of the pledge that with only minor modifications we recite today?

Francis Julius Bellamy (1855–1931) was an American Christian socialist minister and author, best known for writing the original version of the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance.

Bellamy was a Christian socialist who "championed 'the rights of working people and the equal distribution of economic resources, which he believed was inherent in the teachings of Jesus.'" In 1891, Bellamy was "forced from his Boston pulpit for preaching against the evils of capitalism", and eventually stopped attending church altogether after moving to Florida, reportedly because of the racism he witnessed there. Francis's career as a preacher ended because of his tendency to describe Jesus as a socialist. In the 21st century, Bellamy is considered an early American democratic socialist.
Posted by Independent.mind | Wed Jul 17, 2019, 11:07 AM (54 replies)

"Influence is no Government."

Mount Vernon, October 31, 1786.

My Dr. Sir:

I am indebted to you for your several favors of the 1st. 11th. and 17th. of this instt: and shall reply to them in the order of their dates; but first let me thank you for the interesting communications imparted by them.

The picture which you have exhibited, and the accounts which are published of the commotions, and temper of numerous bodies in the Eastern States, are equally to be lamented and deprecated. They exhibit a melancholy proof of what our trans-Atlantic foe has predicted; and of another thing perhaps, which is still more to be regretted, and is yet more unaccountable, that mankind when left to themselves are unfit for their own Government. I am mortified beyond expression when I view the clouds that have spread over the brightest morn that ever dawned upon any Country. In a word, I am lost in amazement when I behold what intrigue, the interested views of desperate characters, ignorance and jealousy of the minor part, are capable of effecting, as a scourge on the major part of our fellow Citizens of the Union; for it is hardly to be supposed that the great body of the people, tho’ they will not act, can be so shortsighted, or enveloped in darkness, as not to see rays of a distant sun thro’ all this mist of intoxication and folly.

You talk, my good Sir, of employing influence to appease the present tumults in Massachusetts. I know not where that influence is to be found; and if attainable, that it would be a proper remedy for the disorders. Influence is no Government. Let us have one by which our lives, liberties and properties will be secured; or let us know the worst at once. Under these impressions, my humble opinion is, that there is a call for decision. Know precisely what the insurgents aim at. If they have real grievances, redress them if possible; or acknowledge the justice of them, and your inability to do it in the present moment. If they have not, employ the force of government against them at once. If this is inadequate, all will be convinced that the superstructure is bad, or wants support. To be more exposed in the eyes of the world, and more contemptible than we already are, is hardly possible. To delay one or the other of these, is to exasperate on the one hand, or to give confidence on the other, and will add to their numbers; for, like snow-balls, such bodies increase by every movement, unless there is something in the way to obstruct and crumble them before the weight is too great and irresistible.

These are my sentiments. Precedents are dangerous things; let the reins of government then be braced and held with a steady hand, and every violation of the Constitution be reprehended: if defective, let it be amended, but not suffered to be trampled upon whilst it has an existence.

With respect to the navigation of the Mississippi, you already know my sentiments thereon: they have been uniformly the same, and as I have observed to you in a former letter, are controverted by one consideration only of weight, and that is the operation the occlusion of it may have on the minds of the western settlers, who will not consider the subject in a relative point of view or on a comprehensive scale, and may be influenced by the demagogues of the country to acts of extravagance and desperation, under a popular declamation that their interests are sacrificed. Colo. Mason, at present, is in a fit of the gout; what sentiments on the subject are, I know not, nor whether he will be able to attend the Assembly during the present Session. For some reasons, however, (which need not be mentioned) I am inclined to believe he will advocate the navigation of that river. But in all matters of great national moment, the only true line of conduct, in my opinion, is, dispassionately to compare the advantages and disadvantages of the measure proposed, and decide from the balance. The lesser evil, where there is a choice of them, should always yield to the greater. What benefits (more than we now enjoy) are to be obtained by such a Treaty as you have delineated with Spain, I am not enough of a Commercial man to give any opinion on. The China came to hand without much damage; and I thank you for your attention in procuring & forwarding of it to me. Mrs Washington joins me in best wishes for Mrs Lee and yourself and I am very affectionately Dear Sir Yr most Obedt & Obliged Hble Servant

Go: Washington

Something to ponder and think about.

Posted by Independent.mind | Tue Jul 16, 2019, 11:10 AM (0 replies)

"Meet Surveillance Capitalism, Our Terrifying New Economic Order"

Worth reading
Posted by Independent.mind | Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:11 AM (5 replies)

"Is Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange A Foreign Spy Or A News Publisher? Probably Both."

Interesting piece
Posted by Independent.mind | Fri Apr 12, 2019, 10:37 AM (9 replies)
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