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Senator McCain and the McArthur factor [Mar. 23rd, 2010|12:33 am]
Nico Van Allen

So here is John McCain the day after Congress passed the Healthcare Reform Bill telling the country how disingenuous of the Democratic Congress and how their rascality will put this country asunder when the Healthcare Reform Bill becomes law. Smug, cavalier and delusional he somehow convinces himself that his loss in November 2008 was really a “win” and that actually he and not the President, represents the heart and mind of the American people.     

 I’m savoring these next seven months. I’m looking forward to his vociferous railing against the Healthcare Bill and against the Administration; I’m looking forward to his campaign night with Sarah Palin and his lampooning and sniveling about everything he can think of to tear down the Democrats and our President. It may just happen among the Republicans that he will skid by the Primary elections in late August and once again be its prime candidate. But surely by November his flailing and rancor will be so excruciatingly obvious when the country having had time to absorb and develop a clearer picture what Healthcare Reform will do for them, that there is a good measure of certainty that an Arizona Democratic Senator-Elect will be going to Washington next year. The difference between the two candidates will be the optimism and constructiveness of the new versus the destructiveness of the old.

So John, please continue, with all your heartless and vicious rhetoric. In November it will be like the “Old Soldier” being called home from the Pacific and declaring in front of Congress that Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.

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"Yank" Norman Barry Albers [Mar. 7th, 2010|11:21 am]
Nico Van Allen

He had three names and your preference to the one you used all depended on the time of his life in which you played a part. Norman Barry “Yank” Albers having been born in the bosom of a reasoning and intellectual community he displayed early in life a measure of practical intelligence and a character of cold and persevering energy that stood out from the rest of his peers. He marched from childhood onto the adolescence stage, crossing a threshold where competition became his ultimate thrill and the source of excitement throughout his adult life. With his angular muscles and long thin arms and legs he was hooked by the soccer game and became a champion in College. After graduation he realized that he could use the same sport as a tool to shape and reshape young minds into competitive competent players. Instilling in them a drive and great passions sufficient to conquer a continent and remake a nation into their own image and establish a place for themselves. For those who enjoyed the enriched experience of his training are surely a privileged group of people, but those who followed at the University of South Carolina at Aiken after April 2002 indeed were short changed by his sudden absence to be inspired by a man who knew how to shape great minds.

For most of us, our mind from day to day is largely focused on living and achieving our goals and meeting our responsibilities for the sole reason to survive and thrive on this planet and of course to do what humans do naturally. But consider the fact that our minds are filled with thoughts and rich memories of all types. So when you think about our relationship between our real existence and those having departed from here, there are three distinguishing categories of human existence, primary of course being “the living” and then “the living dead” and a later stage of “the dead and gone”. The fact that we are here is self-explanatory. The second category is somewhat more complex. These are people who have moved on to another place, but are not truly gone from this world as long as there is one person still alive that remembers their voice and can picture their smile and tell their story. As long as there is still one person remaining that has touched that individual’s eye in a very personal way, then there is still something left to hold on to.

The last category is, people who have moved on from this world to the next, a place in time we all are destined to arrive. No longer are there any personal connections that exist that link us to them. Their very essence has been completely moved from this world. Although we may hold on to them through a spiritual understanding, they are quite simply no longer a part of our world.

My good friend "Yank" Barry, Norman Albers of nearly half century ago still holds a strong place in this world. Discovering only recently of his passing eight years earlier and not having any association these many years, I still can hear his voice, visualize his smile, and tell stories of our teen-age adventures. I want to do that every chance I get. There are grandchildren that have no memory of this wonderful man who played a pivotal role in my young life. I want to keep him and others like him as real as I possibly can, because I want him to touch their lives as much as he touched mine. Memories are so important to families and friends because so much of what we know never gets written and all that we have left are the memories we’ve tucked away in our hearts.

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John McCain just like General Armstrong Custer [Feb. 26th, 2010|01:08 pm]
Nico Van Allen

I receive Republican statements in my mail nearly everyday. The one I read today lauds how well John McCain represented Arizonan’s yesterday at the President’s Healthcare Summit at the Blair House. How courageous John stood up against this Bill saying it has to be defeated, as the statement read. You need to pause and ask where was John McCain in 2009 when this Bill was being negotiated? Did anyone hear him advise, suggest, admonish on the issues back then? Absolutely not!! He was nowhere to be found. Did anyone hear his demands for Republican participation in the proceedings in 2009??

The Healthcare Bill does not need a “complete overhaul”. It needs change to address concerns Republicans have with portions of the bill, there is no argument on that point. But to sit there in a perpetual state of rigor mortis, totally refusing to budge and negotiate and talk on ways to find agreement with the President of the United States, John McCain comes up totally empty handed. But he wants you to think that he is leading the charge. It is not the Healthcare Bill that needs defeating but rather John McCain in the up-coming Republican Primary, Arizona doesn’t need another seven years of his sort of representation . Throw the bum out!!

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Unsustainable Rancor - We are Better than This!! [Feb. 7th, 2010|11:12 pm]
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There seem to be this prevailing tendency to view the world from the opposing view i.e. “By saying what is wrong with the world rather than what is right. What is wrong with our country rather than what is right about it. What is wrong with our politics rather than viewing what is sensible and reasonable.  What is wrong with our economy rather than what is right about it. People saying, What is wrong with you! rather than viewing you as a great and beautiful and distinguishing person. . . “ Instead  we tend to be blasting away at one another verbally, mentally,  arrogantly . . . This thought pressed on my mind as I was watching excerpts of the “Tea Party” Conference Saturday in Nashville.  

I feel strong about the United States and mankind generally and I believe loyalty is a virtue.  I don’t feel comfortable about a movement who amplifies negativism and defeatism with no clear answers on the issues that concern them. Sarah Palin’s maligning speech held nothing back with miss-informative statements and outright lies about the Obama Administration.

 

For those who understand the winning potential of our current Administration and the U.S Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. One can’t help but become animated when you witness the chronic wrangling taking place that is serving every American badly.  One has to consider the wasted time of our elected bodies when they fail to come to agreement on the most critical issues and for us, who have to look upon the dismal results on passing legislation that directly affect the core of every American Citizen; and as leaders of the Free World the disappointment this country is seen, by all the citizens on the planet. As a Country, we have to put away our partisan rancor. I do not want to look at the results if we fail. The price we will pay in our inner-most lives and the diminished spirit of this country. To disagree is one thing but to be arrogantly disagreeable, immovable, and to campaign with such vehemence is not an enterprise lightly to be undertaken, nor sustainable in this time of our History. As a Nation we are better people than this; and I firmly believe this President and his Administration has the ability, the means and courage to get us out of the economic mess that we have endured these past couple of years.

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So, The Senator says he'll "oppose any additional Stimulus Package!!" [Jan. 30th, 2010|12:39 am]
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I have been commenting on John McCain these past couple of weeks and my thoughts of him are not pretty. For McCain to say that he’ll refuse to support the Administration for a second stimulus package is about as ignorant as a public servant can be. The man has served in public office for twenty-five years plus and you would think that sometime along the way he would have studied and understood the means and methods this country has used in the past to get out of a recession, a depression, which today is rudimentary economics, that is for the Congress to pass government spending programs to achieve a growing economy. As the economy strengthens and its components synergistically expands, the deficit incrementally reduces over time. These ludicrous statements from this Senator along with a number of other Republicans in Congress who sit ominously robotic like as the President spoke last Wednesday and expound the same mantra, are actually very repressive against the country and its people, in my opinion. You have to question what this is all about. Is it ignorance? or an all out "obstruction" against the Democrats? a disdain for the President of the United States? At any rate, there is plenty enough reason for the Arizona Senator and his ilk to be replaced in the upcoming primaries and the fall elections.

Nico van Allen

P.S. In a similar article I used the word "revolt" in lieu of "obstruction" it is a matter of perspective, how hungry are you? how long have you been out of a job and your expectation of the government to accelerate the economy. If your desperate enough using the word revolt is not much of a stretch to describe the Senator's deplorable behavior toward the Administration.

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A Look at John McCain from a Moderate's point of view. [Jan. 30th, 2010|12:34 am]
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Written January 28, 2010

 My general view of John McCain’s political stance is far more critical primarily due to his economic positions and predominant failure to support the President’s programs. To be fair he is not the only Senator or Congressman “stalemating” Washington. It is his childlike annoying attitude and it is destructive in the way that it does a dis-service to the Country and is hurting the country in significant ways. It is one thing to disagree, but it is quite another to virtually obstruct almost every important issue facing the Country, to be outright disagreeable to the level of losing your effectiveness as a Statesman. There is a gross lack of original thinking and optimism coming from John McCain these days and I much prefer him retiring opposed to running for another term as Senator from Arizona.

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A sobering thought on Jobs and the Economy [Jan. 30th, 2010|12:30 am]
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Written January 24th 2010

I have my own style in the way I think about things and my kids often amusingly chide me for my opinions.

But I am all serious about wholeheartedly supporting the President of the United States regardless of our party affiliation. For three main reasons, these are not ordinary times for the majority of citizens in this country. He symbolizes the hope that has been steadily eroding from under our feet these past couple of years. With the support of the entire nation, he has the capability of restoring the security and protect the standard of living that we have abundantly enjoyed these many years. More than any President in recent history, Obama is tuned into the silent screams of protest of the inequalities of life that has affected nearly everyone both rich and poor.

Life is not fair, I can’t stop myself from thinking of the choices I make for myself and for others that depend on me. But unless you think that this world is in good health as is, maybe I just need to exercise greater humility. But if you feel the reality in regard to jobs and the economy then we as a people must commit ourselves to making this country a better place. Our fears of mass spending and worries of the national debt need to be put aside until we regain our balance for now and let this President do what must be done to get this country back into prosperity.

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Making ourselves count. . . [Jul. 19th, 2009|10:22 am]
Nico Van Allen

It doesn’t  matter how young or how old we are.  What really counts, is how we use our time to benefit each other; dependent of course on our abilities and interests. . . And how we rate ourselves is mostly very telling. Some say:  “ It is just another day’s work that pays the bills”  -  Another may say: “ We do something of Value”  -  My friend Peter often can be heard with a tweak of excitement saying: “ Pretty damned cool”  -  And then a few  with resounding jubilation and determination will say: “WE AIM TO CHANGE THE WORLD” regardless of the odds.    -   Johannes, Christopher, Ferdinand, Leonardo, Martin, Henry, Isaac, Benjamin, Thomas, George, Abe, Thomas, Henry, John, Orville and Wilbur, Franklin and Alexander all left a legacy and a Huge “WOW” in their wake. . . . 
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Four Years . . . It's been that long !! [Jun. 4th, 2009|10:16 am]
Nico Van Allen
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I hope everyone is having a Great day where ever you are !!  I am in the process of opening a new Live Journal acount to support my emerging Commercial Photography business. Last evening I opened up this existing account to see if it is still here; and sure enough; "Here I am". I'm appreciative of Live-Journal not to have scrubbed this account given the time I last opened it on June 15th 2005 at 5:28 P.M. It appears all my entries still exist and I'm especially happy about the articles that I archived; to my surprise, after going through them last evening they haven't diminished, they have stood up to these past 4 years. They still have impact.

For those of you who read this and have a faint memory of my writing hiatus years ago, I say Hello!! and surely, Please feel free to respond. I will be in touch and let you know about my Photography site and yes, my mind is fresh with thoughts and new ideas to share and my fingers are nimble even at this young age. It's always a pleasure to share and flex our muscles in pursuit of exercising this tremendous "First Amendment Right"  -  The Freedom of Speech.

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Losing Image [Jun. 15th, 2005|05:28 pm]
Nico Van Allen
There is a sense of frustration on the part of the public that there are big problems out there, and we have a big majority thinking that the country is losing ground on problems. As an example this morning I was reading an article written by Mark Follman, an editorial writer for Salon.com regarding the controversial exhibit in Chicago, displaying the now famous stamp entitled “Patriot Act”.

For sure an image of the President with a revolver pointed at his head was indeed a questionable choice of art. But the attention this received by the U.S Secret Service made the situation even more acrimonious and leaves one to question about the Administration’s sense of priorities.

To top it off, a young fellow by the name of Jeremy Lassen who apparently is a long time critic of George W. Bush had displayed some of his own artwork on the internet and he too was approached by the Secret Service at his work place. He said later that he was “freaked out” No kidding who wouldn't be intimidate. When he returned home that night, Jeremy deleted all of his artwork and then canceled his subscription to Livejournal.com.

I did not vote for George Bush in 2000 or in 2004. However, I certainly agree that this country needs a strong national defense program to protect the Nation, especially after 9/11. But the individuals involved in creating and planning the invasion of Iraq were totally ill informed and for that matter, the idea of using military force to affect political change in the middle-east showed an extreme lack of creativity.

Presidential administrations have revealed their own style and characteristics in conducting foriegn policy over the years but not since the Nixon years has there been an administration as paranoid and bellicose as this current one. The idea of the U.S Secret Service going after political artwork, as ill conceived that artwork may seem, reveals a sense of desperation in it's efforts to preserve a losing image.
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