My Hero

Daily Prompt: Heroic

When you were five years old, who was your hero? What do you think of that person today?
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When I was five years old, Zorro (portrayed by Guy Williams) was my hero. He was a “righter”of injustices and defender of the weak.

I chose to write on this topic because I felt, Zorro, might be a controversial choice of a modern 5-year-old.

Primarily, the complaints would come from those who dislike the idea of violent images offered to our kids. Parents cringe about “armed” heroes, yet, I believe they are missing the message and ought to consider the moral fiber of fictional (and real life heroes ) with, as much, immediate concern. My former blog post “The Blind Eye”, was about apathy and fear in the face of trouble. This topic seems a fitting continuation of my point.

My heart still quickens at the thought of “Zorro to the rescue” and I really have no memory of him ever hurting anyone. He may have…but, my 5-year-old self certainly did not internalize the violence at all. What I remember most is that people “with power” can be good or evil and the good one’s are heroic only when they take action and risks. Zorro was also labeled a “public enemy” by those “evil” powerful folks who feared his interference in their corrupt and greedy agendas.

I believe that the pen is truly “mightier than the sword” and Zorro, if transported to 2014, would probably be a political blogger. A mighty dashing one, at that! lol

More than any time, ever before, there are medias that allow us to “take a stand” and to expose corruption. Fear of labels, cannot hold the bravest of us back, either. Touche’!

https://sillyfrogsusan.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/the-blind-eye/

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Taglines and Snake Oil Sales

"Stars and Stripes Forever" (sheet m...
“Stars and Stripes Forever” (sheet music) Page 1 of 5 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

*The story I’m about to tell is true and did happen. A few of the “facts” and observations have been made up for comic relief only and have nothing to do with my overall point:
While standing in line at Stop & Shop yesterday, I was watching the lady ahead of me as she checked out. As she pulled out her checkbook, the young clerk asked her for one of those dollar charitable donations.
“Do you want to support our troops for a dollar?”
This was the best “tagline” I’d heard in quite some time. ( A “tagline” ,or sales pitch, is designed to get folks to donate money usually by representing an idea that is inhumane not to agree with it. An example would be, “Do you want to end childhood hunger?” Who doesn’t?)
The lady had started to shake her head “No”. Then, she looked at the girl and her head bobbed back and forth. The tag line was working. This poor woman came into the store for toilet paper* and black olives* and had been placed in a position (in front of others) of being UnAmerican! I suspected, also, that the bobbing of her head was from John Philips Sousa’s ~Stars and Stripes Forever ringing in her ears.*
At least five long seconds passed before she answered, “Why not?”
The clerk thanked her and handed her a sheet of paper. It was a complimentary store coupon given to those who “buy in”. It had some other writing on it that may have described the cause but I couldn’t read it from where I stood. The lady readjusted her check total and left.

I was next. While my few items were being processed, my mind was on the trustworthiness of charities (That you know very little about.) and their standing, just above politicians from Chicago.
The clerk asked me, “Would you support our troops for a dollar?”
“Sorry, I DO support our troops but I make it a practice not to donate to any cause when I don’t know how it is run and how efficiently my hard earned money will be used. I am in a hurry and suspect you cannot offer me that paper with more information unless I donate, anyway.”
(BTW-Second best way to separate people from their money, is to rush them.)
As the girl handed me my change, she whispered without moving her lips, “I don’t blame you one bit.”

That young clerk’s comment re-enforced my faith that our kids’ futures are in good hands…their own.

As I stepped out of the store, into a gorgeous Autumn day, I thought, “Affordable Healthcare Act, now there’s a great tagline.”

 

Footnote~  Ha! After thinking more about this, I realized if I were on the store manager’s payroll, I would be exempt from this whole process. Gotta love when examples keep on giving!

Random Word Story #30~ Git a Grip

Chuck At Work
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homophobes…Hawaiian…siftings…menaces…hexagram

I found Charlie Rainwater sitting cross-legged in an adobe hut. A single gray braid hung like a pet snake over his shoulder which nearly reached the dirt floor. He was ancient and when his milky eyes lifted at the sound of me, I could tell he was blind.

The only visible modern convenience was a portable AM radio which had a dancing red light but no sound. He’d summoned me through the mail. Apparently, he was a big fan of my morning radio talk show and had instructed one of his 22 great-grandchildren to drop me a note. Charlie could not read or write but he was up to date on the issues.

When he lifted his hand in greeting, I expected a deep voice filled with “ughs” and TV injun-style moans. To my surprise, he chuckled and a boisterous high-pitched “Howdy David, Thanks for cummin’!”, slapped me in the face.

Our interview started immediately.

“Didn’t think I had, Ellen’s chance at guest speaker for a convention of homophobes, to get you here Davy. Welcome.”

“It’s fine to be here sir. I’m glad to have the opportunity for this interview. Never expected this.”

“Well, betcha never thought a Hawaiian would be president neither. Goes to show ya, anything can happen nowadays!” Charlie lifted his chin and laughed. “Now drop that sir crap en call me Chuck won’t cha?”

“Alright, Chuck. You seem well informed. You mentioned, in the note, that you have a message for me. I’m anxious to hear about it.”

“Straight to the point, Davy. There aren’t enough points gotten to in the politics. Heck, a hexagram has six but politicians are smooth, too smooth, my boy. They are just plain menaces when it comes to makin’ THE point.” Charlie looked up toward the ceiling and sighed. “I like your show and I wanted to tell you that you ask the right questions, you’re honest and care about things. BUT, There’s much for you to learn about what my grandfather called, Shiftings and Siftings.”

“Yes Chuck, I have one heck of a time getting to the facts, for sure. I appreciate your interest.”

“Ever tried to nail an eel to a tree Davy? Slimy devils. The trick is finding the right grip. If you’re wearin’ a glove it won’t work t’all. All those other interview shows wear gloves. Slimy gloves make it too easy for the eel to shift and git away. What we need are more bare handed interviewers like you. Grip them eels ’til you can sift out that truth, boy!”

“Fine wisdom sir. I’m honored and I won’t forget that.”

“Oh yeah, one more thing Davy, don’t never try to nail an eel to a tree. It ain’t kind and serves no purpose. I step on ’em myself.” With that Chuck’s chin dropped to his chest. Moments later he was asleep.

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“Good morning Nevada! This is David Sands on Talk 105. A special thanks to my new friend Chuck Rainwater. My guest today is our mayor who intends to ban pee-wee football, sugary soft drinks and fun in general… welcome to the first segment of “Git a Grip and Watch Your Step”…

Award Time Fun

reality-blog-award-logoA wonderful honor to have been chosen for the Reality Blog Award. Many thanks to my new friend MisBehaved Woman… http://misbehavedwoman.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/raining-awards-in-the-desert/

Please stop by to sample her blog. It’s excellent!

The award requires me to answer the following questions:

1. If you could change something what would you change?

I’d like to hear the truth from politicians for a change, but to keep my request realistic, how about  starting with term limits in the US Congress?

2. If you could repeat an age, what age would it be?

Every age is a wonder unto itself.

3. What one thing really scares you?

That my grandchildren may not have the freedoms that I have enjoyed when they are my age.

4. What one dream have you not completed yet and do you think you will be able to complete it?

I’d love to write a book based upon my blog posts…I believe I will accomplish it too!

5. If you could be someone else for a day, who would you be?

My own granddaughter. I’d be very interested to see the world through the eyes of a child in today’s world.

I nominate the following blogs for this award:

Strawberryindigo   strawberryindigo.wordpress.com x
Strawberry.indigo@yahoo.com

Subhan Zein  subhanzein.wordpress.com x
subhanzein@gmail.com

Mona  monahoward.wordpress.com x
ramblingparadox@gmail.com

Please stop by and tell them Sillyfrog sent you! 😉

Republican “Blood from a Stone” Poem

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think (Photo credit: the|G|™)

When mounting debt’s too hard to bear,

Think a happy thought.

When you have less and less to spare,

Think a happy thought.

No politician seems to care?

Think a happy thought.

     When everything gets more unfair,

Think a happy thought.

Responsible behavior rare?

Liberties are bought?

Karma shines a mighty glare.

so, Think this happy thought.

                                          Democrats can’t make you “share”,

Once nothing’s all you’ve got!

It’s a Rock and a Hard place Folks!

079 Capitol Hill United States Congress 1993
079 Capitol Hill United States Congress 1993 (Photo credit: David Holt London)

There is a problem with our government. <<Everyone nods>>

Its central locale is our Congress. <<Everyone snorts>>

It just may be too simple to fix. << Jaws agape…interest confirmed>>

Our Congress is in a bubble that “We the people…” cannot easily penetrate. The idea of setting strict term limits on Congress members has floated around but… really?…do you think they’ll vote for that?

The cry of many Americans is for cleaning out all of the members. If you haven’t wondered, <<why?>>, let me school you about a few things that I’ve learned.

There is an ongoing system of “favors” among members of Congress. In order to get votes on anything, the Congressmen and women offer favors and, with it, their implied loyalty on future votes. There are Lobbyists who dance around trying to buy an interest and some promises for loyalties. The Congress people are not required to listen to lobbyists, but folks…money talks. Power (which can be used for good OR selfishness) comes in the form of loud voices of large numbers.

Here’s the rub…when a few groups of voters get tired of their needs being traded off, they elect someone new to the Congress. Great idea with little clout. New Congresspeople are not called “freshmen” because they have fresh , new, ideas. It’s because they have little power and few connections to bargain with. The “virus” of the long time members with folders full of favors and dealings( who have lost their individual purpose) cannot be stemmed by the few “anti-virus” newbies.

Then, as I mentioned above, we ask the powerful members of Congress to vote for term limits and the end of their jobs and hard fought positions? Guess we are a naive group to be sure.

Ain’t gonna happen and unless we realize that a unified AMERICAN PUBLIC needs to make a louder noise…it’s the rock solid Congress and our country will be a “hard place” to restore to her greatness.

Laundry Time in America

How did “We the people…” become so divided and, somewhat, gullible?

I suspect that we are simply victims of our own busy lives. My favorite quote from Shawshank Redemption was from Brooks when he viewed the world outside of prison after 50+ years on the inside.”The world has gone and got itself in a big damn hurry.”
Nowadays, when we consider who to cast our vote for, we are bombarded by “sound bites” and glimpses. This makes our political minds putty in the hands of those with agendas. They take advantage of our distractions and are no better than “pick pockets” aimed at keeping us focused away from the truth.
As for the liberals and conservatives, they have become convinced that their ideas are “either…or”. In a large part their arguments are purely about different priorities, not different ideas. I’ve never met a conservative who wants individuals to die in emergency rooms and I’ve never met a liberal who wants to pass debt on to his/her grandchildren. The big question for Americans is, in what order do we address our problems?
Now, for my opinion from a conservative viewpoint . I want to offer you a real life example:
I was without a clothes dryer for a year. Just last week, I obtained one. It was sudden since a friend was moving and was giving it away. What a wonderful, better way it is to get my laundry done! It’s a real improvement upon hanging everything out to dry…especially when it rains.

On Monday, I was still enjoying my triumphant progress. As I walked to my cellar, I felt secure that I would have my laundry done quickly. It was then that I discovered that my improved laundry scenario had one serious pitfall. I was out of detergent. I had not planned upon the new, more efficient schedule requiring more detergent than I could manage in my budget. If I’d only taken more time to consider what my new system would need, I may have been happily laundering without interruption. This made me chuckle out loud.

So there you have it… I hope everyone has considered their own expectations and can find satisfaction in a candidate who may fulfill them.