Friday, August 18, 2017

The best case scenario is that this paranoid, sociopathic liar, totally ignorant of history, government and the Constitution, and incapable of operating the complex levers of American presidential power will flame out – perhaps within first year or so of his first term. In this scenario, Republicans in Congress will recognize their own political peril in the 2018 elections if they seem complicit in his chaotic leadership. So they seize upon impeachment or the 25th Amendment and Mike Pence ultimately becomes president. That won’t please Democrats, but most will go along believing that Pence is less dangerous than Trump.

The worst case scenario is that Trump succeeds in his less than noble ambition to remake his America in the style of Vladimir Putin’s Russia. It is not so much that he admires Putin personally — he envies Putin’s almost absolute power. It can be argued that Trump has already begun to expand his power grab, by repeatedly attempting to undermine the credibility of the three institutions which have the capacity to put the brakes on his ambitions – the judiciary, the intelligence community and the news media. It is not simply that he disagrees with the decisions or public comments made by these institution’s members. He and his White House henchmen dispute their very right to challenge his authority.

I hope that given my lifetime as a journalist you won’t think I am being parochial when I express my horror that the president of the United States has declared the major news organizations of this country as “the enemy of the American people.”

We have become a Fascist world: Part 2


I keep hearing rumors of being fascists so I thought it time to remind people that we already are and not just Russia and China. 

The United States of Disarray;

                                           Forever Vigilant!

   Looking at today's unwinding horrors we will be facing long into the future. We watch Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan, Iran, Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, Russia, China and Taiwan, North and South Korea, water pollution, air pollution, global warming, water wars, food wars, numerous future wars in the making, under Bush's war mongering I had been long convinced we had not had the defining moment of our time, our moment of extreme challenge.

    9/11 was not the defining moment of our time as we are told,that event has not occurred yet but that moment is coming and soon and it could very well be upon us. A lot of people tell me to get over Bush but the US and the world will never be able to as he upset US and world balance that will forever affect us all.

   We had the hope of Obama for 8 years but thanks to the Republican vow to make everything he tried to do to better the plight of the people fail our economy has improved and health care for all was implemented but Republicans because of their negative input constantly reminded us the the improvement was the slowest in history "their fault" and they plan on eliminating Health care for all.

   In steps the nightmare Donald Trump. Many of us were very concerned about Trump as soon as we knew he was going to run for President because he has a penchant for being loud arrogant ignorant and a flagrant liar saying whatever he wants to get his way. Most of what he says is a flat out lie but he does not care doubling down and making the lie even deeper. His childish antics and ignorance is something new to me.

      From what I can see the electoral college is only kept to steal an election for the Republican party. The people as a whole know the Democrats have faults but are there to make their lives better.

   Back in 2000 I thought the Republicans were done as a Political Party when they picked the Alcoholic worthless liar George Bush to be their leader. I was greatly dismayed with that stupid hanging chad crap and the Supreme court ultimately picking him as the next President of the united States. He was re-elected by the outdated Electoral College over Al Gore who the people had selected. You witnessed as did I Bush's illegal war in Iraq and his destruction of the US.

   Now the electoral College has interfered once more over-rode the will of the people and chose Trump to lead the nation to destruction and destroying Obama's legacy along with FDR's and every positive step ever taken ti further the American people.

   Trump  was not even sworn in yet and not only is Putin being credited with hacking the DNC flooding the air waves with lies about Hillary but he swears he likes the murderer Putin and he has already earned the Ire of China which is not hard to do but I am very concerned with this fool Trump's penchant to act without thinking and failing to engage brain before opening mouth.

   Now we also hear his sons are sitting beside him when ever he meets with world leaders. I for on think they are so they can keep an eye on Trump. Plus his daughter Ivanka we hear is going to be the first Lady as Trump's wife does not want to be, and it costs a million dollars a day for their security but I bet it is more like 10 million and they aren't worth a dime.

    We as a people, country, and world are in serious trouble as we proceed through the 21st century or so we hope.

* I am very concerned as to what the future has in store for us unless something Drastic happens to upset the cart our politicians have set for Republicans and their mis-leadership of us, the US, and the world.

James m Joiner
Gardner, Ma 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Under our eternal vigilance of our Democracy we put the Wolf in charge of the coup and had it stolen. We must foil this one world Government and...

Under our eternal vigilance of our Democracy we put the Wolf in charge of the coup and had it stolen. We must foil this one world Government and get our Democracy back!

This video as to the inevitability of the denied North American Union and the purposeful death of our America is stunning so I will list it again as it is very important and sadly only a small part of the whole. Lou Dobbs on the NAU and the loss of our Democracy

Nothing will be turned around because there is only one Decider. I received this video along with another from Dave Dubya a couple of cays ago and yesterday from Larry and Lydia. I included it in an update I sent to Jerome and Danny to illustrate how bad things are and that we better act quickly. I hope they look at all this and realize how serious this is. "democracy requires eternal Vigilance" And under our vigilance we let ours be stolen. Now we must take it back.

I have been up since 2:am thinking about my upcoming meeting with Danny and the relentless liberal. I have been sending Danny updates as I said but last night it dawned on me that the end of every article Jerome writes is ended with a Quote from Thomas Jefferson " Democracy requires endless vigilance"

Well we lost it as you know. While Politicians continue to play their childish games we have dropped our vigilance and put the wolf in charge of the coup. I am going to put something together today when I have a chance to illustrate why the worthless cheerleader was put in power and the eternal vigilance has been sidetracked. we are not a Democracy and this entire country and world wide mess is just beginning. Our eternal vigilance better be focused instantly on turning around what the Deciding life long loser cheerleader has well underway in his Fascist one world Government. I will be sending this update to Danny and ask him if he and Jerome have been reading the updates and links? If not they better because they are otherwise wasting their time. This has hit critical mass. I am sorry to say it but I have obviously been saying that too for years and wasting my breath.

First the latest example that Congress is useless and they will do as the Deciding Dictator tells them as he is the only one that matters. The White House must release its visitor logs and cannot hide behind a shield of privilege, a federal judge ruled Monday. The Bush administration has resisted public disclosure while it fights a lawsuit over alleged political influence by conservative Christian leaders. U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth concluded the information is part of the public record and is subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act as "agency records."

He ordered the Secret Service to produce records within 20 days. The White House claimed exclusive control of the documents, subject to the complete discretion of the president over their release. The White House and the Secret Service in 2006 signed an agreement that visitors to the White House complex were not subject to public disclosure. That "memorandum of understanding" was disclosed during legal action over the Abramoff records. Another federal judge in Washington ordered the release of Secret Service logs of visitors to Vice President Dick Cheney's office. Cheney claimed those logs were subject to executive privilege. That ruling is being appealed.

This is really sickening. Bush just said hands off the CIA for destroying their torture tapes and that's that. Congress has proven over and over to be useless. This is no longer a Democracy but a hybrid Fascist Dictatorship in search of a forever war to implement a one world government. Tyranny, obstruction of Just, lying "the new truth" are all standard fare in this endeavor to destroy our America and emplace a one world Government. To that end this forever war is just beginning. All under "our eternal vigilance" and we better activate quickly to recover it as time is quickly running out!

This is worsened by the fact that some of us saw through Bush before he was elected and have had to watch the proven underhanded liar be handed everything he needed to follow his handlers plan. We know Bush is not bright enough to conjure this up himself! It was a setup from the beginning and will be right to the terrible end unless we the people who no longer matter can activate, come together, and stop this now!

I have said it so many times I am sick of saying it but We are no longer a Democracy or a Government of the People by the people for the people facilitated by society. We have in fact become a hybrid Fascist Dictatorship, a Government of the Politicians by the lobbyists and the affluent by the legal system facilitated by the media.

Let me give you some highlights of this nightmare as the set up unfolded right before our blind trusting eyes as we were reeled in hook line and sinker. Whoever the real powers are behind all this we will never know but they have had the plan for years but lacked the right raw material to push it through. All of a sudden they saw the obvious! the life long loser became electable despite the fact that he lied about his military service and the majority of his life
He got the teacher of underhanded dirty Politics to get him nominated despite the fact he could barely talk and was an obvious liar. Now they needed a VP so what a surprise, the real decider was chosen to pick a VP and Cheney the little Nazi chose himself. The set up begins!

He stole the first election we didn't elect him. 9/11 was allowed to happen so Bushco could get the country and the world behind what he was about to do. with fighting terrorism as his excuse he now could proceed to emplace this so called new world order with a one world Government. To do so he needed more power and an excuse to get back into the middle east. Passing the Patriot Act gave him the excuse to steal legally and illegally all the power he needed and he is now the sole decider and congress, the Senate, we the people, we are all powerless to stop him!

With the power he has diverted from the so called war on terror as he finally found a lying excuse people would fall for so he could get our military back into the middle east. As you are witnessing, he will not leave until he lies and finds a way to start his war with Iran as was only one part of the original plan set up before him in 1996. Attacking Iran is a given and I expect it undoubtedly before his time is up so he can take total control over every aspect of our lives and our America. This will initiate his necessary WW3 but I don't believe it will turn out as planned unless the top secret HAARP program is to disable the rest of the worlds satellites. Despite what most think as blunders everything is going like clock work. There is no way I see elections for 2008 unless they are to be stolen once again to finish this ill plan. If Bush was to attack Iran first and get this going full swing the decider will stay in office and see this nightmare one world Government scenario through!
The time is now for someone to step forward and even though it will be laughed off like every other outed reality and this nightmare will only continue. If our America and our Democracy is to be regained we must convert our "eternal vigilance" to "eternal action" Immediately!

James Joiner
Gardner Ma

We have become a Fascist world: Part 1

Anti-fascist protests across Greece turn violent:   

    Fascism is Exploding in Greece, Raising Fears About Neo-Nazi Rule:   Greece, the birthplace of democracy, could be heading down a path toward fascism. Since the beginning of the global recession, there has been much news coverage of the economic turmoil in Greece, and the rise of far-right organizations that blame immigrants and the European Union for the country's problems.


  Many have come to fear that one such group, Golden Dawn, a radical party with a neo-Nazi ideology, will soon gain enough momentum to become the ruling party in Greece.

Fascism has become the rule of the day. We seem to have become a Fascist world as Nations prepare to fight for the future. Very scary! Greece, the United States, Russia, The world?

I feel we must repost this as, of late we have been losing more rights and the state has been increasingly gaining more control of us. There are those that mention a police state, nationalism, fascism, and those that feel we are stretching it a bit. It is a fact and it did not start with Obama but 100% with Bush and Cheney. Obama has not let powers go as he said he would but has been expounding on them instead.

Ron Paul: US "slipping into a fascist system" Ron Paul warned the U.S. is "slipping into a fascist system" dominated by government and businesses as he held a fiery rally Saturday night upstaging established Republican Party banquets a short distance away.
 "We've slipped away from a true Republic," Paul said. "Now we're slipping into a fascist system where it's a combination of government and big business and authoritarian rule and the suppression of the individual rights of each and every American citizen."

It really irks me that Republicans started as a result of Rove, Cheney and Bush to accuse Democrats of doing what they themselves are doing. It really peeves me that it is still continuing successfully because it goes unchecked.

 Remember too that it was Chief Justice Roberts a Republican who gave our Nation to corporations stupidly saying they are people too and can give as much money as they want to control what they want. That finished our Democracy off and short of full armed Revolution I see no turning it around. It is time to replace Capitalism with Democracy!
The Transformation of the American Conservative Movement into Fascism, It is not a transformation but a proven fact!

Obama is in part continuing Bush's Fascist agenda only kinder and gentler! 

Max Blumenthal’s book, Republican Gomorrah was interesting, had some good points but yes things are getting worse with the tea partiers and the complicit Republican party this is not a transformation, under Bush it became proven, demonstrated, undeniable fact. Odd or not Obama is pretty darn close to the new American Fascist party! The Transformation of the American Conservative Movement into Fascism 

I keep hearing how Obama has us on the road to Fascism. Not in every instance but he is largely traveling on the road Bush paved. Look what we were saying under Bush! This was a common theme of mine with Bush. Not only the 14 threads of Fascism but look at the 10 steps to end a Democracy. It is a quick one and I illustrate us! They blame everything on Obama too! Fascism under Bush tomorrow.

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

There are many! What do you Question?

The New World Order? was posted to Question It Now by F. Anderson on 8/24/05.
The following Questions were posed, followed by my answers. I would like to hear your input!

1.What ever happened to the war on poverty?

2.What happened to America's commitment to human rights?

3.What is happening to education in America?

4.When will politicians tackle healthcare costs?

5.Is the USA losing its lead in the world?

6.Is the Cold War over?

7.Is America more secure than it was before 9/11/01?

8.Is Communist China the next Super Power?

9.Will we preserve, protect, and defend America?

What do you think?

Having written my own Doctrine of fact/Bush uncovered 3 years ago. I believe you read it so ignore it but I told you I had the unequivocal answers to all those questions and more.

1. the war on poverty fell victim to Bush's new societal order. It is not a concern of his. He still has a way to go in implementing his plan but as you see, he is well on his way. He still has a way to go in lowering the plight of the lower classes. With his laws passed to their demise and to help the rich and the poor getting poorer with food stamp use alone up 33% since he took office, he has done a good job but not for us.

2. Human rights too is no concern to Bush and counter to his new societal order in which his illegal's play an important role being the foundation for his new society

3. Education while supposed to be the cornerstone of Bush's Presidency is also a victim of his new societal order. Educating the lower classes is also not in his interest. He does need to educate those required to fill his technical and upper class positions. Those are coming from the upper Colleges, the lucky few, or better educated legal or illegal immigrants that he plans on legalizing which again has been part of his plan from the beginning.

4. Politicians will not tackle health care costs unless Dems are in control of the issues. Healthcare costs are a bigger issue than most realize. This too is part of Bush's plan for new societal order. Little by little he is excusing Industry and big business from their obligations. More people are having to be picked up by the Federal program which will soon be bankrupt. The healthcare costs are increasingly being handed over as the responsibility of individuals or volunteer free programs and not companies.

5. The USA is losing its lead in the world and Bush in his relentless pursuance of his new world order has only sped us up on the road of the Roman Empire.

6. The cold war is not over! Only in the minds of Bushco who use that impliance as an excuse to further their cause of new middle east, and world order. Just look at North Korea, Russia, China. All and more are clandestinely increasing their arms in order to be used against us in the future. It is all building and Bush continues to ignore it because again, he must in order to finish his plan to prosecute the very new world order that you know has been his plan from the beginning. Saying he is purposely pushing us towards world war is only recognizing reality. It is the final step in his creation of disorder necessary in order for him to replace with his new order. He can then implement his new world order. It will happen but not as he thinks and it will be more painful and convulsive than most realize.

7. America is not more secure than 9/11. Bush has increased terrorism and our insecurity. Instead of denying this he should tell the truth and I don't think he realizes what that is! He might but he must ignore reality and stay the course in order to prosecute his new societal, middle east, and world order. the so called terrorists have been increased but since this is all still beginning, It would have happened anyway. Like it or not we will be taking on Islam as they too want a new order as you know and it is counter to Bush's.

8. Before all is said and done China will emerge as the next superpower. I have done many posts pointing out that the non aligned Nations now number 118 Nations. 2/3 of the world. Bush will minimize them as he does . But, with the many enemies he is creating as a result of attacking Iraq and destabilizing an already unstable middle east coupled with the fact that Bush has humiliated China and Russia who are not holding joint military exercise for their health or to combat terrorism. One must realize they will side with the middle east, the non aligned Nations, and others that want to see our demise. that will put Israel, Britain, and the U.S. against the world. What a coincidence! Just the perfect scenario so that if Bush does complete his new world order, those he wants to rule it are all on the same side.

9. We will preserve, protect, and defend America but it will come at a lot higher price than most realize and the new world order will not be as anyone realizes are wants.

* Now tell me what you think!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

The Transformation of the American Conservative Movement into Fascism, It is not a transformation but a proven fact!

Obama is in part continuing Bush's Fascist agenda only kinder and gentler!

Max Blumenthal’s book, Republican Gomorrah was interesting, had some good points but yes thinks are getting worse with the tea partiers and the complicit Republican party this is not a transformation, under Bush it became proven, demonstrated, undeniable fact. Odd or not Obama is pretty darn close to the new American Fascist party! The Transformation of the American Conservative Movement into Fascism

I keep hearing how Obama has us on the road to Fascism. Not in every instance but he is largely traveling on the road Bush paved. Look what we were saying under Bush! This was a common theme of mine with Bush. Not only the 14 threads of Fascism but look at the 10 steps to end a Democracy. It is a quick one and I illustrate us! They blame everything on Obama too! Fascism under Bush

Now I want to relist the 10 steps listed to end a Democracy as they pertain to us and you will agree.

1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy. The enemy is us! After 9/11 the Patriot act was passed, fear constantly pressed on us and Bush started his power grab.
2. Create a gulag . Once you have got everyone scared, the next step is to create a prison system outside the rule of law, FEMA Concentration camps!
3. Develop a thug caste: Blackwater and private security even at times various Governmental agencies.
4. Set up an internal surveillance system
5. Harass citizens' groups
6. Engage in arbitrary detention and release
7. Target key individuals: Threaten civil servants
8. Control the press
9. Dissent equals treason: We know only Bushco can commit treason as they set up their new America
10. Suspend the rule of law: The John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007 gave the president new powers over the national guard. He can now send New York's national guard against another State if "He" deems necessary!

Remember the 14 common threads of Fascism: keep the entire world in mind but particularly how everyone of them applies in America today. This is scary!

* 1. Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism. Bingo!

* 2. Disdain for the importance of human rights. Bingo!

* 3. Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause. Bingo!

* 4. The supremacy of the military/avid militarism. Bingo!

* 5. Rampant sexism. Bingo, Bingo, Bingo!

* 6. A controlled mass media. Bingo!

* 7. Obsession with national security. Bingo!

* 8. Religion and ruling elite tied together. Bingo!*

9. Power of corporations protected. Bingo!

* 10. Power of labor suppressed or eliminated. Bingo!

* 11. Disdain and suppression of intellectuals and the arts. Bingo! (at the link read how it does apply)

* 12. Obsession with crime and punishment. Bingo!

* 13. Rampant cronyism and corruption. Bingo!

* 14. Fraudulent elections. Bingo!*
Read the explanations it's alarming
Even more frightening is a collection of news articles dating from the start of the Bush presidency divided into topics relating to each of the 14 points of fascism including proof in pictures.Blow by blow examples in pictures of American Fascism under Bush George W Bush and the 14 points of fascism - Project for the OLD ...

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Modern Democracy thanks to our sad example

We set the new standard of do what you have to in order to get what you want and when you're caught lie and scream as loudly as possible as we see displayed daily right here and it is disgusting.

Candidates allege election fraud in Haiti

Thai Court Clears Democrat Party of Election Fraud in Victory for Abhisit

I know corruption has been around since the beginning of society and man. However, with the advent of George W and his corrupt underhanded Government in what he called an example of Democracy to be exported around the world the corruption and stolen power became the new standard.

Bush used what I coined as 3D politics taught by Karl Rove to achieve their goals. (3D politics = Deceitful, deceptive, divisive politics) It seems in every election in every country now we hear cries of fraud and corruption not just here in the US and more visibly in Iran during the June Presidential election. Why should we expect Afghanistan or anyone else to be any different?

Look at the example we have set for others to follow. I remember the feeling of shame when GW had the audacity to tell China they should aspire to a US style Democracy seeing our own broadcast daily corruption in what many of us believed was no longer a Democracy. Under Bush we became a Democracy in name only and were exporting that not just in the Middle East but around the world.

Stealing elections and corruptions is the standard in the world now. The destruction Bush rained on the US and world balance along with the example he set for the world to follow will affect the entire world for generations if not forever. That is why I can not forget what Bush did and people often tell me to get over it. He made sure he will go down in history!

I am disgusted every time I see a so called free and fair election and it is corrupted for ones personal gain. Haiti and Thailand are just the latest examples. It is worse in Iraq and Afghanistan but a month later and we are still fighting in Alaska and trying to pull the courts in again. This is really sick!

Democracies have become a joke if they weren't before. I can't believe how routinely we see corruption openly displayed while being denied, how often the facade of Democracy is openly and wantonly used to steal power. It has become routine, a joke, embarrassing, and disgusting.

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day 2017

Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who perished while in military service to their country. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War

Traditional observance

Many people observe this holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. US Eastern time. Another tradition is to fly the U.S. flag at half-staff from dawn until noon local time. Volunteers usually place an American flag upon each grave site located in a National Cemetery.

In addition to remembrance, Memorial Day is also used as a time for picnics, barbecues, family gatherings, and sporting events. One of the longest standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911. Some Americans also view Memorial Day as the unofficial beginning of summer and Labor Day as the unofficial end of the season. The national "Click It or Ticket" campaign ramps up beginning Memorial Day weekend, noting the beginning of the most dangerous season for auto accidents and other safety related incidents. The U.S. Air Force "101 Critical Days of Summer" begin on this day as well. Many Americans use Memorial Day to also honor any family members who have died, not just servicemen.

Memorial Day formerly occurred on May 30, and some, such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), advocate returning to this fixed date, although the significance of the date is tenuous. The VFW stated in a 2002 Memorial Day Address, "Changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No doubt, this has contributed a lot to the general public's nonchalant observance of Memorial Day." Hawaii's Senator Daniel Inouye, a World War II veteran, has repeatedly introduced measures to return Memorial Day to its traditional day since 1987.

Community Observance

In addition to national observances, many individual communities hold memorial observance for fallen soldiers who were from that town by having a ceremony in a church or town memorial park. It is also common for fire and police departments to remember and honor members lost in the line of duty. Towns often hold a memorial day parade to remember those people. Participation in such a parade is by community organizations such as members of the local emergency services and their vehicles, Rotary Clubs, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and bands from the local high school or church groups. Communities may also hold a town-wide picnic barbecue at a local park in which the whole town is invited to attend.


Following the end of the Civil War, many communities set aside a day to mark the end of the war or as a memorial to those who had died. Some of the places creating an early memorial day include Charleston, South Carolina; Boalsburg, Pennsylvania; Richmond, Virginia; Carbondale, Illinois; Columbus, Mississippi; many communities in Vermont; and some two dozen other cities and towns. These observances eventually coalesced around Decoration Day, honoring the Union dead, and the several Confederate Memorial Days.

According to Professor David Blight of the Yale University History Department, the first memorial day was observed in 1865 by liberated slaves at the historic race track in Charleston. The site was a former Confederate prison camp as well as a mass grave for Union soldiers who had died while captive. The freed slaves reinterred the dead Union soldiers from the mass grave to individual graves, fenced in the graveyard & built an entry arch declaring it a Union graveyard; a very daring thing to do in the South shortly after North's victory. On May 30 1886? the freed slaves returned to the spiffed up graveyard with flowers they'd picked from the countryside & decorated the individual grave-sites, thereby creating the 1st Decoration Day. A parade with thousands of freed blacks and Union soldiers was followed by patriotic singing and a picnic.

The official birthplace of Memorial Day is Waterloo, New York. The village was credited with being the birthplace because it observed the day on May 5, 1866, and each year thereafter, and because it is likely that the friendship of General John Murray, a distinguished citizen of Waterloo, and General John A. Logan, who led the call for the day to be observed each year and helped spread the event nationwide, was a key factor in its growth.

General Logan had been impressed by the way the South honored their dead with a special day and decided the Union needed a similar day. Reportedly, Logan said that it was most fitting; that the ancients, especially the Greeks, had honored their dead, particularly their heroes, by chaplets of laurel and flowers, and that he intended to issue an order designating a day for decorating the grave of every soldier in the land, and if he could he would have made it a holiday.

Logan had been the principal speaker in a citywide memorial observation on April 29, 1866 at a cemetery in Carbondale, Illinois, an event that likely gave him the idea to make it a national holiday. On May 5, 1868 in his capacity as commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, a veterans' organization, Logan issued a proclamation that "Decoration Day" be observed nationwide. It was observed for the first time on May 30 of the same year; the date was chosen because it was not the anniversary of a battle. The tombs of fallen Union soldiers were decorated in remembrance of this day.

Many of the states of the U.S. South refused to celebrate Decoration Day, due to lingering hostility towards the Union Army and also because there were very few veterans of the Union Army who lived in the South. A notable exception was Columbus, Mississippi, which on April 25, 1866 at its Decoration Day commemorated both the Union and Confederate casualties buried in its cemetery.

The alternative name of "Memorial Day" was first used in 1882 but did not become more common until after World War II and was not declared the official name by Federal law until 1967 . On June 28, 1968 the United States Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill which moved three holidays from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend and for the first time recognized Columbus Day as a federal holiday.

The holidays included Washington's Birthday (which evolved into Presidents' Day), Veterans Day and Memorial Day. The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May. The law took effect at the federal level in 1971 . After some initial confusion and unwillingness to comply at the state level, all fifty states adopted the measure within a few years, although Veterans Day was eventually changed back to its traditional date. Ironically, most corporate businesses no longer close on Columbus Day or Veterans Day, and an increasing number are staying open on President's Day as well. Memorial Day, however, has endured as one holiday during which most businesses stay closed because it marks the beginning of the "summer vacation season," as does neighboring Canada's Victoria Day which occurs on the prior Monday.

In literature and music

The southeastern U.S. celebrates Decoration Day as a day to decorate the graves of all family members, and it is not reserved for those who served in the military. The region observes Decoration Day the Sunday before Memorial Day. Jason Isbell of the rock band Drive-By Truckers chronicled such an event in his epic ballad "Decoration Day," which is also the title cut to the eponymous album.

Charles Ives's symphonic poem "Decoration Day" depicts the holiday as he experienced it in his childhood, with his father's band leading the way to the town cemetery, the playing of Taps on a trumpet, and a livelier march tune on the way back to the town. It is frequently played with three other Ives works based on holidays as the second movement of A New England Holidays Symphony. Memorial Day USA

I am going to post this tribute to our war dead, to my sons and all our men and women serving and those that have served in the past. I have to take some time out for a cook out etc. before my better half revolts but I will try to stop in on occasion. You all have a nice day!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Another New Year brings another unwanted Republican president

                                                Enough already!

As we prepare to bring in 2017 I want to remind you what I said about Bush's damage because what did not come true yet sadly is happening right now around the world.
The first Decade of the 21st century was dominated by alcoholic and life long loser George w Bush and his damage to the US and the worlds order. Every year under his misleader ship got worse and worse. Sadly his damage will be felt for decades and generations to come. He started in 2000 with a stolen election, he allowed 9/11 to happen, and he followed that with the hell of a mess he made out of Katrina. He illegally attacked Iraq, and did his damnedest to instigate more war around the world.

After Bush's destruction anything to look forward to would be from President Obama undoing Bush's damage but Republicans are doing their damnedest to make sure he fails us and the country so they can get back in and get Bush's elitist agenda back on track. Anyway It is New Years Eve and I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

After Bush got reelected in 2004 he announced that the election was a mandate, oh yeah! He said he had earned Political Capital and he was going to spend it,remember? many of us believed he was politically bankrupt even then. He had no Political Capital to spend. He had been since day one working on making us morally and financially bankrupt but I'll leave that alone today as I promised to be nice.

Every New Years Eve we have had a feeling of dread facing the upcoming year! On 12/31/05 I noted We're in trouble, Bush Promises to make 2006 as bad as 2005!! I said Today is New Years Eve and we just heard the Presidents weekly radio address. It was his last hurrah for 2005 and he was talking about how he wants to continue his abuse of the past through 2006. This had to really scare you the average American. Bush was a nightmare and he flew into the sunset proud of his societal and world destruction.

President Bush vowed to continue what to you and I as average Americans witnessed and experienced as the continued destruction of society and the country as we like to remember it. He still thinks we are the envy of the world. This is still partially true but only because a large part of the world is still behind us in their progression. Due to his insistence on continued tax cuts for the wealthy. His continued destruction of the lower classes, his continuing outsourcing of his Karl Rove’s taught 3D politics (deceitful, deceptive, divisive, politics) contributing to world disorder he is continuing to erode this envy as we moved into 2006.

New Years Eve 12/31/06 I noted Bush promised to make 2007 more deadlier than 2006 for American's and Iraqi's! He certainly did just that. I woke one morning to hear the 3,000th American had been killed in Iraq that number is now 4370. I reiterated that this Bush created Iraqi breakdown will spread throughout the middle east, being a total war between Shiite and Sunni as you can see it developing still

Thanks to President Obama's election in 2008 2009 dawned with renewed hope but the decade of Bush's destruction was still playing out and will be for many years. Millions have lost their jobs, homes, and health insurance. We saw massive bailouts for our capitalist system. Capitalism was bailed out so we still have hope. Now for us! More than a year into President Obama's Presidency we had not seen any accomplishments.

That said New Year 2010 arrived: Our troops are scheduled to depart Iraq in 2011, foreclosures have slowed down, Job losses have slowed drastically, the economy of the wealthy is recovering and ours looks to be showing positive signs of improvement so we have hope. We watch the mess in Iran, our and the worlds financial mess hopefully improving and we have hope for 2010. Again we were wrong, our hope misguided.

2011 sees the middle east just beginning to explode and not just Syria, Iran, and the Arab spring countries as our troops just came home at least for now.We would do well to remember the History of what an Arab spring often brings, "WAR" The entire world is unstable as never before in my lifetime.

With a house divided and nothing period being done for the United States or its average citizens, the too real prospect of more impending "wars", and the people's and countries situations worsening in every respect around the world, I ask you what does New Year 2017 mean to you? What do you think? How do you feel?

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma