Twenty years from now …


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A simple definition of genealogy is:
1: the study of family history
2: the history of a particular family showing how the different members of the family are related to each other

A full definition of genealogy is:
1: an account of the descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or from older forms
2: regular descent of a person, family, or group of organisms from a progenitor or older form : pedigree
3: the study of family pedigrees
4: an account of the origin and historical development of something

ref: “Genealogy.” Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 3 Feb. 2016.

If you would like to explore and learn more about genealogy, I can recommend a spot to start, Just click on over to:

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How Donald Trump Answers A Question

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Are Trump Supporters Bigoted? Chuck Corrigan Does Not Think So.

Here in Roland’s Ramblings, I pose the question concerning supporters of Donald Trump.

You judge for yourself based on the following copy and paste jobs from my Google+ posting with comments made there and from additional e-mail exchanges with Chuck Corrigan, a former neighbor of mine who lives in Phoenix, Arizona, who seems to be blinded by his own bigotry.

First off, here is the copy from my Google+ page:

Roland Hansen
Shared publicly – Jan 21, 2016

Is Donald Trump the reincarnation of Adolf Hitler?
It seems some folks got irritated with me when over on Facebook I compared the style of political speech used by Donald Trump with the style of political speech used by Adolf Hitler. The message thread over there got to be very controversial. As a result of…
{ref: Is Donald Trump the reincarnation of Adolf Hitler?
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Barbara Corrigan
Jan 27, 2016, 4:12 PM
U must have lost your mind in cop pairing hitler to trump, what got into U Mr. Hansen ?.

Roland Hansen
Jan 27, 2016, 5:43 PM
Mr Charles (Chuck) Corrigan, who writes from the google account labeled Barbara Corrigan:
In my opinion, if anyone admires Donald Trump along with his hate-filled xenophobic speech, they are as good as being no different than the Germans who admired Adolf Hitler. People defending Donald Trump are blind to the blunt honest truth of their own hypocrisy and prejudice. As a Christian yourself Mr. Corrigan, you should realize that Jesus would not approve of the lies and prejudice and hate spewed forth by Trump and by Trump supporters.

And here is a copy of the e-mails:

from: Roland Hansen
to: Chuck Corrigan
date: Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 6:16 PM
subject: Responding to your comment regarding my comparison of Trump with Hitler

Donald Trump. Adolf Hitler. Similar Style of Political Speech.
“The broad masses of a population are more amenable to the appeal of rhetoric than to any other force.” – Adolf Hitler


Unlike all the other candidates for President of the United States of America, the style of political speech used by Donald Trump of preying on prejudice, fear, and hatred is no different than the style of political speech used by Adoph Hitler.

As I have listened to the speeches made by Donald Trump in his power-crazed quest for the Presidency of the United States of America, I have observed that he uses speech that preys on emotions, prejudice, fear, and hatred on a regular, consistent, and constant basis. That style of speech making is very similar to the style of speech used by Adolf Hitler in his power-crazed quest to control Germany, then Europe, and eventually the world. Fortunately, Hitler was stopped, but not before he gained control of Germany along with much of Europe, and not before the Hitler-inspired senseless slaughter of millions of people.

“In today’s society people often express disbelief that somebody like Hitler could gain and maintain the support of a nation. It is a credit to his skills of rhetoric that he was able to maintain an image of such righteousness in the midst of such atrocities …..
It is interesting in analysis to discover that appeals to pathos and ethos can override much of the need for logical argument in a persuasive situation. Surely this and other speeches combined with the actions of the Reich prove that emotion and trust can motivate just as effectively (or more) than logic alone. It should come as no surprise, then, when modern politicians attempt to use these appeals rather than explain clearly and logically what they have done or will do. It should also come as no surprise that, after having witnessed what can happen when this technique is used, the American people in the majority are mistrusting of politicians.”
ref: Greg, A Political Speech Analysis., Six Mile Village, October 20, 2006.

“The personality cult around Hitler was of epic proportions. Germans, generally depressed about post-WWI conditions, looked to Hitler for guidance out of their dismal circumstances. Hitler’s rhetoric and symbolic representations furthered this notion of Hitler as a savior. However, these are not the only factors that contributed to the personality cult around Hitler. Further research could include the role of the media and propaganda in fueling the personality cult, as well as other influences. A comprehensive understanding of the personality cult around Hitler could supplement the debate over how seemingly ordinary Germans participated in the implementation of the Final Solution. This theory helps to show how ordinary people became emotionally attached to a charismatic leader like Hitler and, because of this attachment, were willing to embrace his ideas and carry out his plans.”
ref: Sitemaker, Fascist Personality Cult, Adolf Hitler, University of Michigan.

Donald Trump wants to make America great (strong) again. He advocates the central idea of strengthening American citizenship by excluding and controlling Mexican people and others deemed non-American. That sounds familiar, somehow. Oh, yes, it was Adolf Hitler who advocated:

“the central idea of strengthening German citizenship by excluding and controlling Jewish people and others deemed non-German. … how did that help lead to Hitler’s ultimate rise to Nazi power? .. His record of speech-making was what brought the audience to that hall in Munich in 1920. And, as Stefan Kanfer explained in TIME’s 1989 examination of the origins of World War II, Hitler’s power was closely linked to his abilities as an orator”
ref: Rothman, Lily, How a Speech Helped Hitler Take Power, Time, February 24, 2015.

Gee, I wonder how The Donald ever gained the insight of speechmaking. Could it be that his ex-wife was being truthful in an allegation she made? Well, take a look by opening the embedded link and read the following article: Macias, Amanda,
Donald Trump’s ex-wife once said Trump kept a book of Hitler’s speeches by his bed, Business Insider, August 28, 2015.

“When he lets rip on Mexican immigrants, global warming or hits back personally at the very people trying to interview him (e.g. accusing Fox’s Megyn Kelly of being on her period), unlike 99% of politicians in the same situation he never issues an apology. … He doesn’t temper his remarks. …
He doesn’t backtrack. … And he doesn’t apologise. Ever.”
ref: Raynsford, Jody, TRUMP: THE ART OF DIVISION AND PERSUASION, Copy Chief. September 9, 2015.

from: Chuck Corrigan
to: Roland Hansen
date: Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 9:36 PM
subject: Re: Responding to your comment regarding my comparison of Trump with Hitler

Is it right that I have to pay for the Mexican people that come to this country by sneaking in & expect me to pay for their medical schooling,food stamps when the people that were born here can’t get help of- any kind because Your Mr. Obama wants to welcome the Muslims & to hell with the true Americans.

from: Roland Hansen
to: Chuck Corrigan
date: Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 11:37 PM
subject: Re: Responding to your comment regarding my comparison of Trump with Hitler

The TRUE Americans are Native Americans – the Indians! Europeans stole the land from the Indians and slaughtered them.
As to your statement about Mexicans, the USA stole Arizona, New Mexico, and California from Mexico.
OUR President was duly elected. He deserves the respect of being President.

from: Chuck Corrigan
to: Roland Hansen
date: Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 6:23 AM
subject: Re: Responding to your comment regarding my comparison of Trump with Hitler

Your not the person that I once called a friend,I think that U must of got with the wrong people they kind of brain washed U,we had one heck of a fight to get the US from the British & the Mexicans p,no body ga e us a darn thing we had to fight for it & fight to keep it,hitler killed your people ( Jews) we didn’t. Wake up roland & see the real world & what your Mr.Obama has done to us& put us so to speak behind the eight ball.

from: Chuck Corrigan
to: Roland Hansen
date: Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 6:57 AM
subject: Re: Responding to your comment regarding my comparison of Trump with Hitler

I sure respect the office that he holds BUT I don’t respect the man sitting in it!!!

NOTE: Chuck Corrigan continued to write additional messages to which I did not respond given the fact that in my opinion Chuck was only trying to bait me and to belittle me personally as an individual which has become his practice over the many years that I have known him.

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Practical Principles For Employee Retention

And, if you wish to inspire employees then you really should read:
How Not To Gain Good Employees and Not Motivate Them

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Islam. Muslims. What? Who?

Question: What is Islam? Another question: Who are Muslims?

Islam is one of the largest religions in the world, with over 1 billion followers. It is a monotheistic faith based on revelations received by the Prophet Muhammad in 7th-century Saudi Arabia. The Arabic word islammeans “submission,” reflecting the faith’s central tenet of submitting to the will of God. Followers of Islam are called Muslims.

That is just part of the answer to both questions. It is a direct quote from a web page on the website of ReligionFacts. To read all of the information just follow the embedded link contained herein: ReligionFacts, Islam.

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Richard James Hansen. – R.I.P. – May He Always Be Remembered.

Today is the anniversary of the birth of my brother, Richard James Hansen, USMC Retired. Had Rich not died 29 months ago, today he would have been 71 years old. And again as I have before, I renew my pledge in my efforts at continuing to strive to become a better person.

In remembrance of and in respect to my brother and Marine veteran, Richard James Hansen, USMC Retired, I ask that you please read my previous Roland’s Ramblings entry, In Honor of my brother Richard James Hansen (January 10, 1945 – August 16, 2013), along with its embedded links.

It is my sincere desire that people remember Rich and his time here in this world. May he always be remembered!

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