The Facebook Reaction of A Prejudiced Discriminating Xenophobe.

For the past five days now, as of the writing of this Roland’s Ramblings entry, I have been writing a variety of comments and linking to several memes and factual sources on my own Facebook page in which I had also written, “I declare war on xenophobia! ”

Ever since I have been doing this, I have received many negative messages and even a few threats, all of which I have documented and retained as evidence should the need ever arise. I have been removed as a “friend” on Facebook by several people, many of whom had allegedly been friends in real life. One person even stated that she had given out my home address to people.

Here is just part of one response that I received from one woman I have known and with whom I had been “friends” for the past 45 years in regards to my writings opposing xenophobia in conjunction with the opposition of those xenophobes to providing sanctuary to Syrian refugees:

“Roland, you have expressed your opinions numerous times over the last few days. Now, you have become obsessed and annoying. ENOUGH. … drop it. Enough is enough … {you} shove {your} views down everyone’s throat like a bully. If you are serious about helping the refugees, I suggest you take a family into your home…”

My response to that person was and is:

I speak out against prejudice, discrimination, and xenophobia. I will not be silenced, nor will I allow others to silence me.

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a Jew.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.
— Martin Niemöller [Friedrich Gustav Emil Martin Niemöller, Protestant pastor and social activist, January 14, 1892 – March 6, 1984]

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“Selective” Reasoning of (some) Americans on Accepting Refugees


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“My head is bloody, but unbowed.”

Invictus (by William Ernest Henley)

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

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You’ll Never Walk Alone

Every now and again, I feel lost, I feel alone.
It is a feeling that I think most people experience at one time or another. I also think many people are reticent to admit it, or at least admit out loud and to others.
When this feeling comes over me, I become very reflective and I start thinking of a show tune from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel. The name of song is “You’ll Never Walk Alone”

The song starts out:

When you walk through the storm
Hold your head up high,
And don’t be afraid of the dark.
At the end of the storm
Is a golden sky,
And the sweet silver song
Of the lark.

Walk on through the wind,
Walk on through the rain,
Though your dreams be tossed, and blown.
Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone, you’ll never walk alone.

Here is a lyrical video for “You’ll Never Walk Alone” as performed by Celtic Woman:

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Life Is An Echo

Life Is An Echo

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The Best Things In Life

There is an adage, “The best things in life are free.”

Well, it really is true.

The Best Things in Life

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President Harry S. Truman – Views on the Republican Party in the U.S.A.

I saw this meme on Facebook allegedly attributing a quote to Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States of America:

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I decided to check its contents out for factual accuracy. So, I turned to good, ol’ faithful

Lo and behold, I discovered the remarks attributed to President Truman in the meme really are true; although. the meme itself has deleted some of the other remarks that Harry Truman made in his speech of October 13, 1948.

The following is what I found over at Snopes.

Claim: Text reproduces a statement by President Harry Truman about Republicans.Origins: On 13 October 1948, President Harry Truman made an appearance in St. Paul, Minnesota, stumping on behalf of both his own re-election campaign and a bid by the mayor of Minneapolis, fellow Democrat Hubert Humphrey, to land a seat in the U.S. Senate. During that appearance in St. Paul, President Truman delivered an address at the city’s Municipal Auditorium which was carried on a nationwide radio broadcast and included the criticism of the Republican Party referenced above:

Today the forces of liberalism face a crisis. The people of the United States must make a choice between two ways of living — a decision which will affect us the rest of our lives and our children and our grandchildren after us.

On the other side, there is the Wall Street way of life and politics. Trust the leader! Let big business take care of prices and profits! Measure all things by money! That is the philosophy of the masters of the Republican Party.

Well, I have been studying the Republican Party for over 12 years at close hand in the Capital of the United States. And by this time, I have discovered where the Republicans stand on most of the major issues.

Since they won’t tell you themselves, I am going to tell you.

They approve of the American farmer — but they are willing to help him go broke.

They stand four-square for the American home — but not for

They are strong for labor — but they are stronger for restricting labor’s rights.

They favor a minimum wage — the smaller the minimum the better.

They indorse educational opportunity for all — but they won’t spend money for teachers or for schools.

They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine — for people who can afford them.

They approve of Social Security benefits — so much so that they took them away from almost a million people.

They believe in international trade — so much so that they crippled our reciprocal trade program, and killed our International Wheat Agreement.

They favor the admission of displaced persons — but only within shameful racial and religious limitations.

They consider electric power a great blessing — but only when the private power companies get their rake-off.

They say TVA is wonderful — but we ought never to try it again.

They condemn “cruelly high prices” — but fight to the death every effort to bring them down.

They think the American standard of living is a fine thing — so long as it doesn’t spread to all the people.

And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.

Now, my friends, that is the Wall Street Republican way of life. But there is another way — there is another way — the Democratic way, the way of the Democratic Party.

ref: Snopes, Politics Quotes, October Surprise, updated Oct 2, 2012.

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The Future of Yesterday is Today!

“Return with us now, to those thrilling days of yesteryear.”

October 21, 1985 was thirty (30) years ago.

Let us Return To Yesteryear and go Back To The Future!

Today it is October 21, 2015. Today is the date to which Marty McFly returned from in 1989 as part of Back To The Future, Part II.

Your past has already been written. Your present is here now. You have the ability to carve out your own future.

For an interesting video, I suggest you head on over thisaway.

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Same date in History; Different Family Events. Anniversary of the Death of My Mother, Pearl Lerman Hansen. Anniversary of the Birth of My Nephew, Joseph Desgrange.

Today is October 20, 2015. October 20 has very special meaning to me.

October 20, 1984 is a date that I had identified with two very different emotional events in my family history; one sad and one happy, that is up until the year 2014 came about.

Having died on October 20, 1984, today is the 31st anniversary of the death of my mother, Pearl Lerman Hansen.

For the past 31 years, just as I did when she was alive,  I  have thought of my mother each and every day. I sometimes think that I am the only person who thinks of my mother on this specific date of October 20.

I have written about and/or mentioned my mother in several Roland’s Ramblings blog entries. I mention just a few with a brief excerpt of each in the following:
> “… Before being allowed into the United States, she, her older sister, and her mother (my grandmother) had to wait in Havana, Cuba where they lived for seven years. My mother was born in Podolia Guberniya. …” Podolia Guberniya, Posted on December 15, 2006.
> “My mother came from the “old country” when she was very young. For whatever reason, my mother’s mother could not recall dates of events from the days back in the old country. Maybe that was due to the Russian Revolution and what my grandmother lived through and managed to survive. …” December 22 and My Mother, Posted on December 22, 2008.
> ” … my mother was a naturalized citizen … “ American Citizenship, Posted on July 14, 2009.
> “… There are Jewish people in all parts of the world; and many trace their ancestry back to various parts of Europe. As an example, my mother …” Litvak, Galitzianer, Lithuanian Jews, Posted on June 8, 2010.
> “… a favorite song of my mother, Perel Pola Pearl Lerman Hansen, …” Amapola, Posted on September 27, 2010.
> “… more research of my maternal heritage …” The Pale Of Settlement (Russian: Черта́ осе́длости, chertá osédlosti, Yiddish: דער תּחום-המושבֿ der tkhum-ha-moyshəv, Hebrew: תְּחוּם הַמּוֹשָב‎, tḥùm ha-mosháv), Posted on July 25, 2012.
> “… My Jewish mother …” Danish Lutheran Ukrainian Russian Jewish American, Posted on October 3, 2014.

October 20 of last year and October 20 this year have been twice the emotional strain for me.

You see, October 20 also happens to be the 31st anniversary of the birth of the second son of my sister Cheryl, my nephew, Joseph Desgrange. For 29 years, Joseph’s birthday was somewhat bittersweet; bitter in that the death of my mother was forefront in my mind, but sweet in that the birth of Joseph was cause for joyous celebration.

However, Joseph met with an untimely death on April 25, 2014; and now, October 20 only brings me double sadness.

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The Elimination Diet

The elimination diet: Remove anger, regret, resentment, guilt, blame, and worry. Then, watch your health, and life improve. ~ Charles F. Glassman


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Paul’s Video Jukebox

There is a website that I have bookmarked and that I visit from time to time. In fact, I just visited it a few minutes ago, and it came up with the message I am copying and pasting below:

Welcome to Paul’s Video Jukebox

Please HELP!

I am trying all that I know to revive interest in this site in order to keep it open.
If you enjoy the music on this site then please help me by sharing the link (web address) with your friends.

Your help means a lot and is greatly appreciated.

Just trying to keep our musical heritage of the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s alive.

Enjoy your visit today and please return again soon.


So, I decided to share the link to with you. Just follow this embedded link.

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Fact Check org

“ is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.” It is “a nonpartisan, nonprofit ‘consumer advocate’ for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.”  monitors “the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.” The “goal” of “is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.”

Follow the embedded link to check out

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The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution

During my working career, one of the things I enjoyed was teaching American Government courses at the University of Toledo and at Owens Community College.

That being stated, I found an interesting article over on the website of The Constitution Center. I think it makes for some good reading. Follow the link embedded within the title of the article, THE SECOND AMENDMENT by Nelson Lund and Adam Winkler, and read the entire thing.

Very, very intresting — educational also.

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In the USA: Mass Killings R Us

Please follow the embedded links in each of the titles below and read the contents therein.


Mother Jones, A Guide to Mass Shootings in America, There have been at least 72 in the last three decades—and most of the killers got their guns legally. By Mark Follman, Gavin Aronsen, and Deanna Pan | Updated: October 2, 2015, 7:30 PM ET

Los Angeles Times, Deadliest U.S. mass shootings | 1984-2015, By LOS ANGELES TIMES STAFF, OCT. 1, 2015 12:39 P.M.

CNN, Why the U.S. has the most mass shootings, By Jen Christensen, CNN, Updated 8:33 AM ET, Fri August 28, 2015

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