A FEW THOUGHTS ON AMERICA’S NEW REGIME AND THE REACTIONS OF SUCH

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The home base of the new leader of the free world. Photo courtesy of nbcnews.com

 

The many marches that took place not only in every major city in these United States, but throughout this planet, in light of the inauguration of this country’s new president – I absolutely refuse to write his name in this post and on this site; this will be my policy throughout his administration,

Was, to state the obvious, a HUMONGOUS reaction to what everyone who is not white, conservative, Christian, male, straight, or a combination of the five is fearing may happen now that He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named (to borrow a phrase from Harry Potter) and his right-wing cronies are in power.

I think it’s great that millions of folks have marched in protest of our new president and the now ruling far right conservative’s views, policies and plans. If it were not for the fact that I can’t take huge crowds for too long before I get a sense of being straitjacketed, I would have been at the Los Angeles march.

I also think it’s very cool that different groups, organizations and states like my California are planning to stand up to and resist the policies that You-Know-Who is planning to, and has already started setting the motion to, implement such as deporting all eleven million (so-called) illegal immigrants and repealing now-former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act.

 

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A scene from the Women’s March on Washington. Photo courtesy of reviewjournal.com

 

However, as I was reading about all the marches and checking out the photos of celebrities and others taking a stand against You-Know-Who, I couldn’t help thinking this…

No matter how many women’s marches, or any other kind of marches for that matter, that are put on, I really don’t think our new President-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named or any of his people will care, simply because he and his followers don’t care about anyone who is not a Caucasian of European descent, a Christian, a conservative, a female whose views are not conservative, or a heterosexual.

Or any combination of those five descriptions.

I truly don’t see him or any of his people backing off implementing their plans and keeping all the programs and policies that Obama enacted.

Especially since You-Know-Who has a right wing Republican Congress, meaning that he’ll have an easier time getting his agenda passed and implanted than Obama did.

There is one thing that’s foremost in my mind as this Second Cultural & Ideological (Cold) Civil War has gotten a bit hotter…

Despite everything, it’s my hope and prayer that our new Commander-In-Chief does NOT get impeached or assassinated.

The reason?

Our new Vice-President-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named (I likewise refuse to write his name in this article or on this site) is worse!

As is the Speaker of the House of Representatives, who by law is third in line to the Presidency and whose name I won’t mention either!

I was told by some of my friends on social media to give this new president of ours a chance, but you know what?

I’m counting the days until the 2018 midterm elections, which judging by the massive protests will spell the end of the terms of many conservatives in the Senate, the House, and among the various governors and other state officials.

 

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Check out all the signs from the Women’s March on Washington. Photo courtesy of Washingtonian.com

 

I also have a prediction:

Our New President-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named and his administration will be in power for only one term.

By 2020, not only will folks be SO fed up with him and his people, but those who voted for him because of his promises of returning jobs will feel betrayed.

Which is why whoever is the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination must be SO spectacular, You-Know-Who would lose in a massive landslide like Walter Mondale did to Ronald Reagan in 1984.

I certainly hope we as a nation can survive four years of this new Commander-In-Chief-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

I reckon if we can get through eight years of Reagan and twelve years of Bushes Sr. and Jr.,

I’m fairly confident that those who were so devastated by the recent election can survive four years of You-Know-Who.

 

Thousands of people march from MacArthur Park to the Edward Roybal Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles during a "Not my President" Anti-Trump protest march and rally in Los Angeles on Saturday, November 12, 2016. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Thousands of people march from MacArthur Park to the Edward Roybal Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles during a “Not my President” Anti-Trump protest march and rally in Los Angeles on Saturday, November 12, 2016. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Orange County Register/SCNG)

 

 

 

 

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Jury Duty: The Modern Day Draft

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A jury duty waiting room, where so many people wish to avoid. Photo courtesy of planningnotepad.com

 

THOUGHTS ON THE OBLIGATION OF U.S. CITIZENS TO  BE AVAILABLE TO SERVE ON JURIES

 

Recently I was serving jury duty.

Meaning that I had to be available to serve on a jury if needed as I went on-line to the Los Angeles Superior Court’s website for five straight evenings to see if I had to report to court the next morning.

When the message appeared on Thursday (the final day I had to log on) that I didn’t need to report to court and that my jury duty service was completed, three words came to mind…

 

“Yippee! I’m Free!”

 

I won’t lie; like countless other folks, serving on a jury was the last thing I wanted to do as it’s such an imposition and inconvenience of my time.

Plus the fact that the summons comes unexpectedly – along with the thought that I could end up on a jury in a trial that lasts for months like O.J. Simpson’s “Trial of the Century” in 1994-95 – irritates me and causes anxiety as someone on the Autism Spectrum Disorder;  someone who Asperger’s Syndrome to be precise.

I know, I know – some will say that my attitude toward jury duty is wrong, that I need to understand that it’s an obligation that every U.S. citizen needs to fulfill and that it’s an honor to be able to possibly be one of twelve people deciding someone’s fate.

I do understand that, and if I was ordered to report to court and placed in a jury box I would have done so.

But that doesn’t mean I would’ve liked it.

 

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I like this statement – it’s SO true! Image courtesy of pixgood.com

 

In fact, this latest jury duty venture marked the sixth time (I think) that a summons with my name on it appeared in my mail.

And (again, I must be honest) while I’ve had to report to serve four out of those six times, I’ve had the fortune to not be selected for a jury.

Though I have had close calls that I sweated and stressed over, like the previous time I went though this in 2014 when not only I was called to the downtown Los Angeles court, they sent me and roughly forty other folks to the court in East L.A. for a trial.

Luckily the judge informed us that the case was settled and that we could all go home, telling us, “We’ll see you next year,” as there’s a twelve month waiting period before one is eligible to get summoned again.

I couldn’t help thinking, “Not likely,” as I left.

Ever since I started getting summonses in earnest in 2001, like many others I figured the best way to try to get out of jury duty is to have a strong opinion about whatever issue is being featured in the courtroom.

Because the prosecution and the defense attorneys want total non-bias, when questioned in the jury selection process if you express an iron-clad conviction for one side or the other, ala “No matter what, I’m going to vote him guilty (or innocent) because I’m sick of these thugs roaming on the streets/sick of these people getting treated so unfairly and filling the jails!”…

The chances are good that the judge will say those eight words that I reckon about ninety percent of potential jurors want to hear:

 

“You are excused. Thank you for your service.”

 

As I’ve said, I know that some won’t like my views on this modern-day military draft, which is what I like to call it as until the early 1970s, men were subject to getting a letter from Uncle Sam telling them to report to their local draft boards and put on a uniform, take a weapon, and possibly go get killed somewhere in Europe (during World Wars I and II), Korea, or Vietnam – which so many guys tried to get out of via a student deferment or fleeing to Canada.

Or in the case of Muhammad Ali, simply refusing to step forward and take the induction oath as he did in 1967.

 

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I really like this Monopoly style pic as it perfectly shows the attitude of many people towards jury duty. Image courtesy of hdimagelib.com

 

In other words, at least in my mind…

Then it was the military draft. Now – though of course no one is killed – it’s jury duty.

Which is why I feel jury duty ought to be a volunteer thing, where anyone who’s at least 18 years old and an American citizen who hasn’t been convicted of a felony can be hired (part-time, at between $10 and $15 an hour) to be on call for a jury and trained to be an impartial juror.

That would assure that the people sitting in those jury boxes are those who want to be there, and would lower the unemployment rate immensely.

I suppose you can tell from what I’ve written that I’m glad I wasn’t called to serve on anyone’s jury this particular time.

I also suppose you can tell that it’s my hope that I don’t get any more summonses for a long, long time.

However, if one does come – and I reckon it will,

I’ll cross that bridge if and when I get to it.

In the meantime, for those who dislike these views of mine regarding this obligation,

I hope that you respect the fact that I’m verbally standing up for my beliefs.

Which is a basic American right.

 

 

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The jury box – a place where many don’t want to be, but also a place that some enjoy. Photo courtesy of nbclosangeles.com

 

 

TWO PHOTOS THAT I JUST HAD TO SHARE

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I saw this photo of a winter scene in Eifel National Park in Germany on Bing.com’s front page, and it gave off such a feeling of serenity in me that I felt it needed to be shared.

Which also helps me levels of anxiety as being that I have Asperger’s, scenic photos like this one help me to relax.

It makes me wish I was at a place like this because it fells so wide open, free with no crowds – or people for that matter.

That’s what I’ve found myself wishing for in that “If I had my ultimate way” sort of way.

In short, I don’t feel claustrophobic in places like these, unlike where I live in the greater Los Angeles area, where whenever I’m out and about for a stretch I sometimes have an overwhelming feeling of “I need to get home NOW or I’ll do or say something I’ll regret!”

This winter photo of Yosemite National Park in California elicits similar feelings in me, which is why I’m sharing it below…

 

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I hope you enjoy it; I’ll be posting more nature scenery in the coming months on this site depicting Spring and Summer as they are a help to my sanity.

It’s my hope that they will help your well-being, too.