About vonMesser

Retired from the US Navy (21 years) and state (20 years). Recently remarried after being widowed for 5 years. 2 daughters, and a step-daughter, all functioning adults). Graduated from college after the Navy with BA in Education, psychology, Economics, History and Political Science. Teach Hunter Safety for Washington (since 1991) and do historical reenactments for Civil War, WW-1and WW-2.

The Perfect Cabinet

The President is important. BUT there are other jobs that are just about as important. And in some ways are MORE IMPORTANT THAN BEING THE BIG BOSS. The day to day running of the country is in the hands of 23 people who are not elected. There are several people I’d be happy with as President. Some of them may even get into the projected list below. My challenge to you all is WHAT IS THE PERFECT CABINET? Let’s not argue about getting rid of cabinet positions. That’ll take Congressional approval;. Let’s just look at who would make good on … Continue reading

Military is not so happy with the Big O

In his first term, President Obama oversaw repeal of the controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Then he broke with one of the military’s most deeply rooted traditions and vowed to lift the ban on women serving in combat. And the commander in chief has aggressively sought to change military culture by cracking down on sexual assault and sexual harassment, problems that for years were underreported or overlooked. Obama is an unpopular president in the eyes of the men and women in uniform. Yet his two-term administration is etching a deep imprint on the culture inside the armed forces. As … Continue reading

Support the War on Women

  GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE GUNS: A Powerful New Documentary Is In The Works BREAKING: The producers of many great conservative films have teamed together with Regis Giles for a film on women empowerment through superior firepower and they’re asking for your rowdy help! Check it out… The Real War on Women INTRODUCTION Girls Just Wanna Have Guns zeros in like a bullet on the truth about guns…. and how that is the real war on women. Today if you want to empower a woman, put a gun in her hand. The confidence from learning to shoot a firearm is … Continue reading

Wounded Warrior or Scam???

Came across this article today. I have heard mutterings from a number of different people lately about WWP – nothing good. Now this comes out. I say make up your own mind, but as for me, I shall find another place for my military money. Probably Fisher House. I already support Navy Relief Society. Years ago I quit letting the Red Cross have even a penny. During this Christmas and New Year’s season the gift of charity swells in the hearts of many.  And who better to benefit from that charity than those who have literally given life and limb … Continue reading

Just When Was HE Born, Anyway?

HE wasn’t born on December 25th, so why do we celebrate it? Her Majesty the Queen has two birthdays. One on April 21, when she gets presents from her family, cards from friends and well-wishers, and has a quiet dinner at home. And then, her official birthday, the second Saturday of June. This is celebrated with parades, massed bands, trooping the colours, fireworks, and all the pomp and ceremony of the British Empire.  Much the same for the birthday of one far more important than the Queen. The word for Christmas in Old English is Cristes Maesse, the Mass of Christ, … Continue reading

What’s Killing the People of the World?

Came across this interesting set of charts the other day. It’s a map of death by disease of the most common killer diseases. TB – AIDS – Diarrhea – Malaria lead the world. In the US, death causes are: Heart disease Cancer (all combined) Chronic lower respiratory disease Stroke Accidents Alzheimer’s disease Diabetes Influenza and pneumonia Kidney disease Suicide So, it appears that we don’t have to worry (too much) about going away due to the simple stuff.  However it appears our friends in Islamo-land are having too much of the wrong kind of sex, or eating way too much … Continue reading

Something a little bit different. Religion. And it’s not Muslim.

I was in a conversation the other day and the subject turned to Pope Francis. I made mention that I was not a fan of his. I felt he was bringing Argentinian socialism into the Church, and that while I was glad that I was Catholic, I was just as glad that I was not Roman Catholic. She said “Huh, I thought all Catholics were Roman Catholic.” A couple of days later I was conversing with one of our crowd and he made some comment about not being RCC so he didn’t know….. After checking with Hardnox (because I know that … Continue reading

The Letter Not Printed

There is an e-mail circulating around that purports to be a letter that the Orange County Register declined to publish. SNOPES claims that the e-mail is only partially true. Considering SNOPES liberal bias, I would assume that this means that 75% (or more) of the e-mail is true. This lady made the argument pretty simple. NOT printed in the Orange County Paper … Many newspapers simply won’t publish letters to the editor which they either deem politically incorrect (read below) or which does not agree with the philosophy they’re pushing on the public. For example, the LA and NT Times … Continue reading

Obama is Amazing, and is Rebuilding the American Dream!

Hard to refute. Some will hate this most will love it ! I don’t have the source – it came in an e-mail from another group I belong to. This is certainly a different way to look at what is happening………………. -0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0- One 82-year-old lady loves Obama and she may have a very good point. She says that Obama is amazing, and is rebuilding the American dream! She gives us an entirely new slant on the “amazing” job Obama is doing, and she says that she will thank God for the President. Keep reading for her additional comments and an … Continue reading

Christians May Be Unwittingly Hastening America’s Transformation

Joeforamerica has a few words on voting. And on the possibility that Christians are “hastening America’s transformation” read downfall. Susan Calloway Knowles — October 11, 2014 It’s a bold statement to make that Christians may be unwittingly hastening America’s transformation but it needs to be said. Most Christians would be shocked to think that they had anything to do with negatively impacting the country that they love so much and have, in many cases, even fought to protect. However, it needs to be discussed because America as we know it is being changed beyond recognition on a daily basis. As … Continue reading

I’m Sorry

This is not a political post.  I have started out to write 3 different ones, and am working on them.  Really, I am.  However, one of my daughters sent this to me, and I felt I wanted to share it. For years I have called my three daughters Number One, Number Two and Number Three Daughter (when not using their names).  I found out the other day that Number Two Daughter didn’t like that.  She would rather be called “Middle Daughter” if not by her name.  I hadn’t realized that – and she is 34 years old. So I apologized … Continue reading

The Symbology of September 11

(Falling back into my role as a historian, I submit for you a bit of history, and thus give an understanding of the long hatred of the Muslim for the date of September 11. The Battle of Vienna, called in German: Schlacht am Kahlenberg, Polish: Odsiecz Wiedeńska, Turkish: İkinci Viyana Kuşatması, Ukrainian: Віденська відсіч (Viděns’ka Vidsič) took place on September 11 and September 12, 1683 after Vienna had been besieged by the Ottoman Empire for two months. The battle broke the advance of the Ottoman Empire into Europe, and marked the beginning of the decline of the Ottoman Turks and … Continue reading

Percentages

There are about 2,200,000,000 Muslims in the world.  Approximately 15% of them are what would be considered “radical”. That’s 330,000,000 who believe in killing or enslaving all non-Muslims. The left demands that we not judge all Muslims by the actions of more than 330 million people. ~ There are about 313,900,000 people in the US.  There were 11,078 people killed by gunfire (not counting suicide) in 2010. Since this includes persons shot by police, and criminals shot by honest citizens, assume that about 1/3 of them (3692) were justified.  Therefore 7,383 were wrongful murders. Assuming one murder per person, that’s … Continue reading

Education Reform – Part 2

This is the second of two parts. It was written in 1988. Long before Common Core was even heard of.   EDUCATION REFORM PART 2  Any person who desires to teach shall have either a bachelor’s degree or 5 years continuous working experience in the subject to be taught. Any person desiring to teach shall have a minimum of 5 years work experience away from academia before being hired as a teacher. Currently the average Prospective Teacher (PT) spends two years in college after getting a batchelor’s degree. The cost for 6-7 quarters of full time education is 8 to 10 … Continue reading

Education Reform – Part 1

This is the first of two parts. It was written in 1988. Long before Common Core was even heard of. I suggest that this one (and it’s follow-on) is gonna get lots of comments. However, I’m gonna be out of contact for about a week (heading off to visit my fiance) so may be a bit slow on responding to things. EDUCATION REFORM PART 1 The US Department of Education shall open 8 regional teacher’s academies organized along the lines of the US Naval Academy at Annapolis or the Military Academy at West Point. Attendance at these schools shall be … Continue reading

Public Assistance

This one ought to be a bit less controversial than the last few. Sorry for the delay, but have had a couple of things come up in life that got in the war of certain obligations…. ~ 1) Public assistance shall be referred to only as WELFARE or PUBLIC CHARITY. Terms designed to be “socially sensitive” shall not be used. 2) A family’s cash welfare grant shall be equal to one persons minimum wage based on an 8-hour day with no overtime. 3) Any person receiving welfare who obtains permanent employment shall continue to be eligible for child care until … Continue reading

Legislative Reform

Another less controversial one. 1) No amendment or rider may be placed on any law, bill, or proposal, that does not directly pertain to that law, bill, or proposal. (for example, a bill on highway funding in California may not contain provisions for Spotted Owl land set asides in Oregon or condom distribution in New York). 2) The President of the United States, and all state Governors, shall be given the Line Item Veto. This will allow the acceptance of part of a bill, and only the sending of certain questionable sections back to the legislature for reconsideration. 3) No … Continue reading

Retribution and Social Repatriation (Part 1)

This one ought to really get the juices flowing.  Like all the others, it’s a place to start from.  Keep some, trash some, use some as a stepping stone to new ideas – but start looking at changes. A.   The sentence assigned a convicted defendant in a criminal case shall include: 1.    Restitution of all costs and items incurred by the victim. 2.    Payment of personal damages to victim of 250% restitution or $100,000.oo, whichever is less. 3.    Actual government costs of the criminal investigation and trial. a.    The costs to the government may be avoided by the defendant … Continue reading

Campaign and Election Reform

(You’ll like some – you’ll hater others. They’re here to make you think and come up with your own ideas) 1) No person may spend more on their political campaign than the equivalent of the first year’s salary of the office for which they are running. 2) The official political party within a community may match the candidate’s funds, for a maximum total of two year’s salary to be expended in election funds. 3) There shall be no limit to the amount contributed by any person so long as that person is a registered voter of the community affected by … Continue reading

Legal – Jurisprudence Reform

Our court system is seriously screwed up.  The primary [purpose of court seems to be to get the criminal off scott free rather than determine guilt or innocence.  Far too often past record of persons brought to trial are not considered, use of “diminished capacity” is overused (drunk, drugged, mentally incompetent, etc).  You’ll like some, hate some, but they should start a conversation, and a good conversation will probably end up with the best of these suggestions being made better, and the worst might give someone an idea for something better in the long run. Maybe we need a few … Continue reading