Haiku Journey

Short, long, summary of a life


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Cradle of Liberty

Let’s get this straight: I am an American veteran, I served during Viet Nam, had a shipmate killed in action, spent a third of an active duty Navy career at sea, away from family, born in Columbus Ohio of a father who served in WWII and Korea and for an additional twenty years and rests in Arlington National Cemetary. I am a registered Republican, have belonged to the NRA, pay my taxes, read, believe, and defend the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the United States Constitution. And, Venessa Hicks’ photograph



MAKES ME PROUD! The flag as a cradle is the perfect illustration of this country as the cradle of liberty. It illustrates and honors the sacrifice and service that Vanessa Hicks, a fellow veteran, I, my family, have made and the Clevenger family is making to defend what this photograph so reverently illustrates.

I stand up, not in protest, but to salute Vanessa Hicks and the Clevenger Family.

Raymond Hasson, QMC (SS)
United States Navy (Ret)


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Washington DC, Huh?

Nationally, the majority elect the President to head the executive branch. States, hold elections so the majority can elect representatives to advocate their interests in the legislative branch. The judicial branch resolves interpretation issues.

It’s only complicated when special interests are able to buy a seat in one of the three and hold the system hostage to a limited interest.

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Not sure…

How this works? But it seems you can make a law that requires a 5 cent deposit and a law that says stores only have to pay a redemption for items they sell.

It probably works really well for the states that enforce payment of the deposit from out-of-state businesses. They get to keep all those nickels that can’t be redeemed. Don’t think it’s that much? Do the math… BIG BUCK$!!

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Loose Change

Quick trip to Florida and came back to loose change. Working at loose change, like “loose cannon” wrecking random havoc, at least that’s how keeping up with all the regulatory change in the financial sector feels. Counterproductive change, it’s going to have impacts that were never intended – certainly weren’t wanted by the people who thought they were being “ripped off” by the big banks. Change that is going to affect all those who paid their credit cards on time, never went over their credit limit, etc. – affecting them as creditors work out how to implement and comply with the new regulations.

Loose change… You better start collecting it in the car’s ashtray. You may need it soon when you’re riding on empty and your debit card gets declined.