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Thus began my mistrusts . . . and other thoughts

December 11, 2013 - I surely wonder about where we're headed under Obama's leadership. Russia's Putin told the world, "Obama's a liar."

Obama used the words "crossed the red line" in a speech to us a year ago. Recently he said, "I didn't say that, they did."

Lie and deny is a habit of our leader.

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When my two brothers and I returned home after serving our nation during World War II, our father reminded us every time we got together, he fought in World War I, "The war to end all wars."

Since then, except for World War II, our leaders justified the conflicts, disturbances, disagreements, clashes, skirmishes, encounters and scrimmages but seldom war.

Since I'm into the subject of war, I want to tell Jottings readers, for the first time, that I am not just a veteran of World War II, I'm a pension drawing disabled veteran.

I've been drawing $67 month since 1947, $53,868 total. For several months the government only sent me half of it because I had no dependents.

I have no idea where some of that money was spent, but I spent it all. Saving was not on my list in year 1947, '48, etc. Yes, I still get $67 a month, BUT I AIN'T BUYING.

Background: In the fall of 1946 I went to Western Michigan and tried out for the Bronco's basketball team. That physical found a spot on the apex of my left lung. That finding put me in the Veterans Hospital in Dearborn, then the Ingham County Sanatorium for 17 months.

To check for tuberculous my sputum (sputum is mucus that is coughed up from the lower airways) was injected in a guinea pig. To gain release, a guinea pig had to live three months. I think someone in the lab hated me.

Thus began my mistrusts. I enrolled in Michigan State.

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• There's nothing so fine as a good piece of swine.

- Porcupine Press

• Ben Stein asks us to fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured . . . but not everyone must prove they are a citizen.

• Football can be a game enjoyed by little boys (and girls), but mostly by large older men. - Dick Milliman

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Daughter Luan has taken to saying 'Oakie doakie.' A foreigner visiting the United States thought that was feminine of "O.K." Of course he was mistaken. The feminine of "O.K." is "maybe."

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A creative professor at Michigan State U., William Penn, is quoted by the Associated Press as telling his students Republicans "raped this country."

I wrote recently of a Virginia Tech professor encouraging his students to stop supporting our troops. MSU's Penn, a full professor with tenure, has been reassigned, but will be drawing $150,000 salary.

Penn has also disparaged athletes and Christians as "blind followers."

The MSU spokesman said MSU is committed to "creating a learning environment that is characterized by mutual respect and civility where diverse ideas can be explored."

Sounds like the spokesman has a political future.

Jim Sherman, Sr. is president of Sherman Publications, Inc. He has penned "Jim's Jottings" since 1955.
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