Monday, August 17, 2015

THOUGHTS ABOUT THE POLITICS AND BLOOD OF WAR

Once more THOUGHTS ABOUT WAR POLITICS and BLOOD Just sharing a thought I’ve had about the politics and blood of war. Although I served just over 4 years in the Marine Corp during the Korean conflict I didn’t have to kill anyone and my writing these thoughts ought to tell you no one killed me; the truce was signed shortly after my enlistment. I met combat hardened marines who had reuped just to go back to the killing fields. They were angry when the truce was signed and cursed the coming peace. These were professional soldiers – professional killers. Whether one likes or despises professional killers we need them. There are people and governments around our beautiful globe who don’t like Americans – any kind of American – and will send professional killers to do us harm. So for bad people we need our own bad people to stop them. The politics of war is what a war is really about – the real reason we (any country) goes to war. Wars are fought for control and dominance of resources; that can be power, land, wealth, natural resources, and even people. Our country won’t just come right out and tell us that so the politics allows leaders to give us a palatable reason; one that we can accept. We’re going to war to defend DEMOCRACY – that word has a good sound to it; it’s full of all short of good feelings like saving other people and spreading God’s will. The Blood of war is something quite different from the Politics of war. The blood of war is more about taking more lives than we give; it’s about winning at all cost. In the heat of battle, a fighting soldier (killer) isn’t thinking about democracy, he’s too busy taking blood and trying to keep his own. So, I’ve learned to separate the politics of war from the blood of war – I often condemn the politics but always honor the blood. http://www.amazon.com/author/adolphusward http://www.adolphusward.net

Sunday, August 16, 2015

THOUGHTS ABOUT THE POLITICS AND BLOOD OF WAR

THOUGHTS ABOUT WAR POLITICS and BLOOD Just sharing a thought I’ve had about the politics and blood of war. Although I served just over 4 years in the Marine Corp during the Korean conflict I didn’t have to kill anyone and my writing these thoughts ought to tell you no one killed me; the truce was signed shortly after my enlistment. I met combat hardened marines who had reuped just to go back to the killing fields. They were angry when the truce was signed and cursed the coming peace. These were professional soldiers – professional killers. Whether one likes or despises professional killers we need them. There are people and governments around our beautiful globe who don’t like Americans – any kind of American – and will send professional killers to do us harm. So for bad people we need our own bad people to stop them. The politics of war is what a war is really about – the real reason we (any country) goes to war. Wars are fought for control and dominance of resources; that can be power, land, wealth, natural resources, and even people. Our country won’t just come right out and tell us that so the politics allows leaders to give us a palatable reason; one that we can accept. We’re going to war to defend DEMOCRACY – that word has a good sound to it; it’s full of all short of good feelings like saving other people and spreading God’s will. The Blood of war is something quite different from the Politics of war. The blood of war is more about taken more lives than we give; it’s about winning at all cost. In the heat of battle, a fighting soldier (killer) isn’t thinking about democracy, he’s too busy taking blood and trying to keep his own. So, I’ve learned to separate the politics of war from the blood of war. http://www.amazon.com/author/adolphusward http://www.adolphusward.net

Sunday, August 2, 2015

THOUGHTS ON BOOKS AND OLD LOVE

THOUGHTS ABOUT BOOKS AND OLD LOVE I was one of many authors selling and promoting their books at the Leimert Park Village Book Fair Saturday 1 August 2015. The venue was the Crenshaw Plaza in Baldwin Hills. Authors were located in a spacious inside mall area well suited for walking traffic. I’m a self-published author; most of the authors attending also published their own works. It’s a good time for anyone with a story they’ve wanted to share to do just that. It’s also a good time for readers. If you like reading there’s more for you to choose from – not only the subject but story format: print, ebook, audio book. If you don’t like to read, read anyway. You don’t need to have a hard book in your hands; you can download ebooks to your smart phone, tablet, or computed; or you can download audio books in the same way. If you don’t read your world is very small. I sold and gave away more than a few books at the fair. I gave books to students and people who serve students or groups of people. I’m truly an agent for literacy. READ READ READ – for a better view and a better you. The climatic occurrence of my day was meeting the sons of an unforgettable love in my life. One of her sons stopped by my table and listened to my summary of each book – hearing my second book is set in Milwaukee he said he was born there. I asked his family name, he gave it – it was the same as my unforgettable love; I ask if he knew (my love’s first name), and he replied she was his mother who died of cancer in 1989. I could feel her sprit wash over me and had to pause before telling him I knew his mother, him and his brothers – she had four young boys when we met. One of his brothers also lives here in California and just happened to be in the mall. He found my table and spent a little time with me. After 30 years, the grown men, now, and I will stay in contact. http://www.amazon.com/author/adolphusward http://www.adolphusward.net

Monday, July 20, 2015

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FIND OTHER INTELLIGENT LIFE

THOUGHTS ON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FINDING INTELLIGENT LIFE The physicist Stephen Hawkins is putting $100,000,000 Dollars in the game of finding other intelligent life in our universe. Universities are sure to get in the game; but WHY NOT HIGH SCHOOLS IN URBAN AREAS. High school SCIENCE TEACHERS should join hands to form clusters with other high schools and take up the challenge. Middle Schoolers could start now - when they're seniors they will be expert hunters. Science Teachers, High School Students, just think of the BOOTS FOR SCIENCE in urban high schools, the PRESTIGE, and all that MONEY!!!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

JUST THOUGHTS ON DESIRE PRAYER OUTCOME

THOUGHTS ON DESIRE PRAYER AND OUTCOME I should be recording and editing more chapters of my first audio book. BUT I’ve been avoiding doing that for more than two weeks. I admit that some of my avoiding is procrastination – I tend to be very creative at it. I don’t just come up with silly reasons for not doing the work; I create very important ideas that only my immediate attention could possibly save me and the world from oblivion. I know I’m full of shit, but it gives my ego a chance to test itself. So, let me get to what I want to say about DESIRE, PRAYER and OUTCOME. I suppose that very early in my life I had some measure of belief in Santa Clause the Tooth Fairy, Heaven, Hell, Wishing Wells, and I suppose Fate – I’m sure fate came later, and seemed even stranger than other beliefs. Fate, as I understand it, is an outcome controlled by something, or someone other than one’s self. Fate suggests shit just happens – and has nothing to do with what one does or doesn’t do. And that brings me to the heart of my very important idea. I don’t think there’s some unseen force randomly assigning shit or sugar to the lives of people. I think where ever one happens to be in life they’ve done more than anyone else to get there – fate does not rob one of all personal choices. What one desires or prays for only identifies an outcome – but desire or prayer alone doesn’t create the outcome; thinking must produce options, choices must be made, and the work must be done to achieve an outcome. We must Do Something to reach an Outcome. Now excuse me while I get back to doing the work. http://www.amazon.com/author/adolphusward http://www.adolphusward.net

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

SHARING MY THOUGHTS ON FLAGS AND GUNS

JUST SHARING THOUGHTS ON FLAGS AND GUNS Racism finds sanctuary in all areas of our democracy – a democracy still struggling to fulfill its ideals. There is legal racism, political racism, social racism, religious racism, economic racism; virtually every aspect of the American culture is polluted by racism. The nature of racism is discriminatory and ubiquitous. It has the qualities often attributed to God by believers: omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. I am grateful to Bree Newsome and her spotter James Tyson for their courageous act of removing the Confederate symbol of racism. The lowering and removal of the flag was done In The Name of God. I assume we are all aware that the Confederate symbol was raised In The Name of the same God – the Confederate and Union flags flew over the battlefield of a great war; they flew over rivers of South and North-Blood: both were raised In The Name of the same God. For some time this was a dilemma to me; but I worked it out. I became an atheist. The ordinary racists have and will continue to carry out their ambitions to dominate and control the lives of all black people. Racist-terrorists, however, are a different kind of animal – their ambition is to annihilate, to kill, all black people. No amount of forgiveness or prayer or persuasion will deter racists from achieving their ultimate ambitions. If America is ever to live and not just talk about its ideals, Black people along with Other Americans must sabotage the ambitions of racists by any and all means necessary. http://www.amazon.com/author/adolphusward http://www.adolphusward.net

Thursday, June 25, 2015

JUST SHARING THOUGHTS ON RELIGION AND MORALITY

SHARING THOUGHTS ON RELIGION AND MORALITY Had a phone conversation with, Lisa, my youngest daughter this morning. I called to wish her Happy Birthday and too catch up on things – actually I’m a day late with my B-day wish; got deeply involved in a film debate on Religion and Morality. It was well past 3 am when I shut down my computer; after a few hours of sleep I called my daughter to sing short versions of the birthday song. Although I’m the son of a Baptist preacher and at one time considered study in the Christian ministry, I have long stopped believing those things a Christian must believe to support his faith – I stopped believing the Virgin Birth, Deity of Jesus Christ, Resurrection, Heaven, Hell, Life after Death. God, as defined by most religions, became more a question than a fact. For obvious reasons I don’t participate in any religion. I’ve always resisted labels; for a long time I reluctantly accepted Agnostic when contemplating the existence of God and morality. Now the Atheist label seems to be a better fit for how I live my life. I neither believe in nor appeal (pray) to a supernatural power to direct my life. I chose the course my life will take and make the necessary adjustment when I fail at something. My morality doesn’t come from the fear of a God or Hell’s fires – it comes from my sincere desire to add to the quality of human existence by the choices I make. http://www.amazon.com/author/adolphusward http://www.adolphusward.net