Hump Day Report: As The World Turns

Grave of General George Patton, Luxembourg American Cemetery, Memorial Day weekend, 2012

ALOHA, ALL!  I’m back from my excellent adventure.  And while I enjoyed the two 1/2 weeks in Europe, don’t think for a moment that I wasn’t monitoring events back home.  On May 26, I knelt in front of the grave of General George Patton and pledged to him and all the others in the American Cemetery in Luxembourg that their efforts would not be in vain.   On June 3, I discussed how to take this country back with new-found friends (hi Tom & Deborah!) while eating Czech food in the lovely but still broken city of Prague.  On June 5, I celebrated with a glass of Viennese beer as I heard about Scott Walker’s win (snickering at the lame stream media headlines claiming he “survived.” Survived?  It was a full-blown thumping!)   And on June 9, I boarded a plane to return home….home to the most wonderful country on earth!  I saw some amazing sites, beautiful architecture and lovely people.  I also realized more than ever why the United States should never be like Europe.  Try as he might, Barack Obama in all his Apologizer-in-Chief glory has not won the hearts and minds of Europe.  Gone are the adoring hordes who turned out to see him in 2008 (of course, the free rock concert in Berlin may have helped fill the seats.  But Obama was the darling of Europe then.)  But has Europe learned anything in the past several years, besides to not worship Obama?  Germany has, but France seems hopeless (the retirement age in Germany stands at 67 while France’s new socialist leader just lowered theirs to 62.) And we won’t even talk about the PIGS (Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain) as the Dutch and Germans call them.  Ah….Vive la Difference!  It all seems quite amusing if it weren’t for the dire consequences that are likely to result from a failed European Union.  Meanwhile, Barry is still Barry, now embroiled in a simmering scandal about leaked top-secret info.  But just like the private sector’s jobs, I’m sure he thinks he’s “doing fine.”

Perfect re-cap of recent state-side events:  

Final Thought:  “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.”  Mark Twain



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8 responses to “Hump Day Report: As The World Turns”

  1. Ralph says :

    Aloha! Nice to hear you had such a great trip. I was stationed in England from ’73 – ’75. I tell folks constantly the USA does NOT want to be like Europe or the UK. Totally different culture and mindset. Another bit of news, while you were away; I have relocated to Florida! Sorry we did not have the opportunity to meet while I was in Hawaii, but I’m close by Disney World now!! Keep fighting the good fight. Mahalo!


    • giliar says :

      Aloha, Ralph! I’m sorry as well. But the good news is….now you live someplace where your vote in November will really count 😉 Keep in touch and thanks for continuing to support the HDR.

  2. neenergyobserver says :

    Hey, Welcome back, missed you. And a very good summary too. My feeling is that the Germans are pretty sensible. But then, they already had their turn at crashing the world’s economy.

  3. Tom Hilton says :

    Hi Gilia,

    I’m not sure if we’ve ever met, but I know both Mike and his brother Kevin. Mike was in dental research with the Army when I was in dental research for the AF. I was stationed with Kevin at Lackland, and I was in Kevin and Susie’s wedding party. I enjoy your reports and have been following them for a while now. I need to make a small correction regarding France’s retirement age. Sarkozy raised the retirement age from 60 to 62, and Hollande just lowered it back to 60 in certain circumstances (e.g. if they have worked at least 41 years). It was a huge deal for Sarkozy to raise it to 62, and it only lasted 2 years. Incredible.

    Keep fighting the good fight. Please give my best to Mike.

    Tom Hilton

    • giliar says :

      Aloha, Tom! Yes, I remember you. I had no idea you were reading my blog but thanks for following and your kind words. Yes, Sarkozy tried to move France in the “right” direction but as you said, it didn’t last long. One evening we were eating dinner at a little outdoor cafe in Paris and the lady next to us tried to start a conversation. It was difficult since she spoke no English. So she proudly showed us the cover of the book she was reading about Francois Hollande. We shook our heads and gave it/him a thumbs-down. Conversation over. It’s amazing how people just don’t get it. As margaret Thatcher said, “the problem with socialism is you run out of other people’s money.”

    • Nicole rambula says :

      Hi Tom, this is Nicki, Kevin’s daughter. We were just watching a home movie the other night and you were in it, you had some sweet cutt off shorts on! LOL! Hope you are well, I have two little ones aged 4 months and 3 years :). Take care 🙂

      • Tom Hilton says :

        Hi Nicki,

        Nice to hear from you. Your mom keeps us up to date with how things are going for you, and sends us pics of your family. The two little ones are adorable!

        Thanks for checking in.


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