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The Myth of American Innocence–a review of drivel

More thoughts and commentary on a decidedly anti-American book. This from National Review.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/07/fourth-of-july-yes-america-is-exceptional/

A Yearning for Publius


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Wow … quite an indictment, not only of American Exceptionalism, but American journalism as well, calling it ‘nationalistic propaganda’. Journalism by its very nature is often biased and non-objective – witness the very biased anti-Trump reporting and commentary of the New York Times. But for the most part it has done a credible job in presenting news and opinion. But I would not use the very broad brush that Ms. Hansen uses here to slam American Journalism as a whole.

To supplement the daily dish of news and commentary we get from journalists, print or media, it is good to read good substantive and well researched history books. I wonder if Ms. Hansen delves much into this rich world.

One such book I would recommend is “The Miracle of Freedom – 7 Tipping Points the Saved the World” by Chris and Ted…

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Me and Hemmingway

A friendly reminder for you to take a look at two of my books. Both good reads!

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This is me at the East Haven Public Library. This is where I and three other local authors spent three hours selling our tales. Didn’t make enough to pay the rent, or even to buy new school shoes for the grandkids, but met some very nice people–interesting and interested.

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And this is Ronda Spain. They tell me that Earnest Hemmingway spent a lot of time here and wrote some of his books here. RondaSpain
We’ve been there, and it’s very picturesque and the sort of place we would love to go back to.
Maybe if I were to write and sell my books there I would have great success. What do you think?

I showcased two of my books. Click on the pictures below and you will get you to where you can purchase copies (remember the rent and school shoes).

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All of my books can be seen at http://www.blurb.com/user/donanddiana

Thanks…

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Me and Hemmingway

This is me at the East Haven Public Library. This is where I and three other local authors spent three hours selling our tales. Didn’t make enough to pay the rent, or even to buy new school shoes for the grandkids, but met some very nice people–interesting and interested.

20180428_111903_1524943342309
And this is Ronda Spain. They tell me that Earnest Hemmingway spent a lot of time here and wrote some of his books here. RondaSpain
We’ve been there, and it’s very picturesque and the sort of place we would love to go back to.
Maybe if I were to write and sell my books there I would have great success. What do you think?

I showcased two of my books. Click on the pictures below and you will get you to where you can purchase copies (remember the rent and school shoes).

IDidn'tWantToWorryCover

TitlePage

All of my books can be seen at http://www.blurb.com/user/donanddiana

 

Thanks for looking.

Don Johnson April 2018

Yearning for Liberty–A New Book

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Click http://www.blurb.com/b/8546463-yearning-for-liberty to get your copy of this new book.

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In Yearning for Liberty, the author explores various facets of Liberty. Relying heavily on first person accounts, history and some of his own personal experiences and friendships, Johnson examines a broad sweep of time and geography beginning with the Biblical Exodus; through the American Revolution; the American Civil War and the aftermath of the long struggle in gaining liberty for the freed slaves. Then modern-day events and nations are examined such as the Normandy invasion of World War II; the 1956 Hungarian Revolution; the fall of South Vietnam to the communist North, and the subsequent mass evacuation from Saigon. The stunning contrast between the two Koreas is highlighted.

Combining first person accounts with plenty of pictures, Johnson weaves an eye-opening story of what having liberty looks like – its value, as well as the grim reality of what the lack…

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Yearning for Liberty–A New Book and on Amazon

NOTE: I am transitioning some of my books to Amazon at amazon.com/author/donjohnsonbooks.  To get your copy of my books, click on the preceding link, or the book cover images to the left side of this blog. With Amazon I am able to continue to provide quality writing in paperback form as well as publishing to ebook readers – both at reduced cost to you, my reader.

Let me introduce you to my latest book

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In Yearning for Liberty, the author explores various facets of Liberty. Relying heavily on first person accounts, history and some of his own personal experiences and friendships, Johnson examines a broad sweep of time and geography beginning with the Biblical Exodus; through the American Revolution; the American Civil War and the aftermath of the long struggle in gaining liberty for the freed slaves. Then modern-day events and nations are examined such as the Normandy invasion of World War II; the 1956 Hungarian Revolution; the fall of South Vietnam to the communist North, and the subsequent mass evacuation from Saigon. The stunning contrast between the two Koreas is highlighted.

Combining first person accounts with plenty of pictures, Johnson weaves an eye-opening story of what having liberty looks like – its value, as well as the grim reality of what the lack of liberty brings to nations, individuals and the world at large – its cost.

These first-person accounts are taken from sources such as: memoirs and diaries of French citizens experiencing the brutal Nazi occupation and the liberation at Normandy France; the story of a personal friend and US Navy shipmate – a World War II veteran at age 7 followed by years of oppression under communism, a twice wounded freedom fighter from the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, a refugee to the US, and a Navy Vietnam veteran; soldiers and marines regaining freedom for captive Europeans; the story of a small Navy warship rescuing tens of thousands of Vietnamese refugees.

Click amazon.com/author/donjohnsonbooks to get your copy of this book.

Don’s Plan For Government Shutdown

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Given that – The National Debt is at $20 trillion US Dollars and rising.

Given that – The US Congress is primarily responsible for the finances of the Nation.

Therefore – The following plan is proposed for all government  shutdowns.

  • Active duty and reserve military shall not in any way be penalized by the shutdown. All active duty and reserve military shall retain funding, as will all necessary support personnel directly involved in Operations and Maintenance (O&M) of all military units.
    In addition, since the government is “shutdown”, the US will presumably be in a more venerable position relative to national security. Therefore active duty military and reserve personnel will be eligible for an increase in pay as negotiated by the newly reconstituted US Congress following shutdown.
  • Salaries of all US Representatives and Senators shall be reduced to 59% of that salary received on the day prior to the shutdown (59% is close enough to the magical 60% vote threshold we hear so much about.)
  • Congressional staff shall be reduced to one and only one junior level administrative assistant – someone to answer phones.
  • All internet services to the US Capital shall be terminated.
  • There shall be no government funded congressional publications produced during the shutdown period.
  • Government funded Congressional transportation of all kinds shall be terminated for the termination of the shutdown. Travel at the members personal expense shall be allowed.
  • Any and all Congressional per-diem shall be terminated for the duration of the shutdown. 
  • There shall be absolutely no future reimbursement for loss of salaries or benefits incurred during the shutdown.
  • Redistribution of  income from rich congressional members to those less fortunate shall be encouraged to balance out  “Income Inequality”  among the members.

Given that Civil Service agencies are responsible for the expenditure of the majority of tax-payer funds,  the following Civil Service “streamlining” shall be done:

  • For the duration of the shutdown, there shall be a 20% reduction in the top three levels of Civil Service, skewed heavily towards management positions.  . 
  • Post shutdown, Civil Service shall be restructured to achieve a  20% reduction in the head count in the top three levels, skewed heavily towards management positions. 

Note that this is a bi-partisan plan.

The Judicial Branch is not to be affected by this plan.

The Executive Branch, typically being the originator of budgets will be addressed via a separate plan. 

Don Johnson – January 2018

Commentary by Dennis Prager

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https://townhall.com/columnists/dennisprager/2018/01/09/im-back-heres-where-ive-been-n2431790

Read and weep?

An excerpt …

“ … In America, there is an epidemic of children who no longer talk [to] one or both of their parents. In a few cases, this is warranted. But in most cases, adult children are inflicting terrible, unfair pain upon their parent. This is one of a myriad of examples where believing in a God-based text is transformative. Secular callers tell me that they hardly need the Ten Commandments to desist from murdering anyone. That may well be true. But apparently, a lot of people could use the Ten Commandments to avoid inflicting terrible pain on (admittedly, flawed) parents. … “

Don Johnson – January 2018