We are moving

After some deep thought and profound soul searching, we have decided to move our desired topics and subject matter to a different site known as AnimatedMud.com.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The name Obamanator.com just seems to be expressive of subjects dealing with President Obama and other political issues.  We realize it is a bit late in the game, but we want this site to be more specific for topics and news focused on the President or related matters.

We are in search of two political authors that wish to post on Obamanator.com.  One in support of President Obama, and the other that does not support him.
Your postings will need to be factual and without prejudice.

Obamanator.com gets top ranking in Google and most other sites when you just search the name obamanator, so you will have high visibility.

If you should have (or know someone with) an interest in political postings please send us an email link of your current work along with contact information to info@obamanator.com

For continued reading of the topics and postings done so far please visit AnimatedMud.com


What is holding you back?

No judgment here, just wondering if you have ever participated in the proverbial definition of “insanity”… you know… repeating the same thing over and expecting different results. Any takers?

One thing my wife and I enjoy is “people watching.” No, we are not stalkers; we just realize how normal we are by observing people navigating this fascinating world. Is that a fair statement that we are normal based on other people? Interestingly that thought process happens all the time.

A young man told me (the other day) that he feels different depending on how people accept (or reject) him. Can people really change our feelings? What if it was possible to minimize the effects others have on you, would you be interested in learning how to accomplish that?

Disclaimer: This post is regarding general discussion and not meant for an abusive circumstance. If you are experiencing abuse that causes concern for your safety, then it would be wise to seek help through your local law enforcement agency.

We have three hummingbird feeders at our house and get to see constant activity of many tiny delicate creatures buzzing to and fro. It was quite surprising (at first) to see a system of hierarchy within these little birds. Even though we provide the sugar water free of charge, it does not take long for one of them to dominate the others and control who gets to eat and who does not. It’s amazing that something so small can be so fierce. Do the feeble ones contemplate why they are getting chased away, or do they just go find a feeder they are welcomed at?

In time, people will show who they really are, and its a lot easier to see them when they reveal the truth. Even if they chase you away from the feeder. If they behave respectfully, then they deserve the same respect in return, but if they are… as Forest Gump said “stupid is as stupid does.” Well then, you just don’t need to throw yourself into the mix with them.

Society will at times attempt to make you walk on pins and needles if you are out of the norm, or if you happen to have a different viewpoint. The crazy thing is, the only power they have is what we give them. “Oh, I want to be accepted and loved, so yes, I’ll believe what you believe and do what you want me to do.” Or maybe its motivated by fear. Either way, its just not right.

Differing opinions are very good, but the attempt for people to try and control others is very bad… Last time I checked, we were all given the same free will as the next guy. I protect mine with everything I have and will continue to do so until the day I leave this earth.

So back to the question… If you could minimize (or remove) the effects others have on you, would you want to do it?

If so, here is the secret… but you will need to pay close attention and not jump to any misunderstandings.

There is a passage in the bible (the greatest commandment) that reads, “We are to love God with all we have, and to love others as ourselves.” (Matthew 22:37-39 paraphrased). Did you catch that little nugget? “Love others as ourselves.” It says we are to love ourselves, so that we can love others… not the other way around. Don’t base your self-worth on what others think, or they will have control over you.

If you give up your mind, then you cease to exist… yeah, maybe your body is still alive, but you are not functioning the way you were meant to. Your soul is here to soar, to live, to love and explore. Never let anyone convince you that you are good or bad. Ironically sometimes people can use compliments for manipulation too, so be aware of that as well. Your uniqueness is yours alone.  Whether you are loved or hated…. You are!

What do people typically fight about anyway, is it unmet expectations? There is always an exception to this, but think about the last time you were mad at someone… Was it because you did not get your way, or they did not get theirs?

We are what we think, and have the power to choose what that is. This should give us hope for a better tomorrow.

Thoughts, comments?


Is freedom really free, or is it paid for?

Do you remember where you were on September 11, 2001?

In some ways that day changed everything in the entire world, and watching it unfold on live TV was completely unforgettable.

Young boys from our own community joined the “war on terror” campaign and came back changed men…  some for the worst.  My oldest son was one of them. He joined the Marines in ‘03 and came back with his own tale to tell, which isn’t completely pretty.

He reported that one of the things the insurgents did in Iraq was create fear in the communities which they wanted to control.  My son said the local people were very happy to see the Marines out patrolling.  He kept asking us to send coloring books and gifts for the kids, and said it helped ease the (little ones) fears when they would storm a house in pursuit of the enemy.  He definitely had a heart for the less fortunate, but was a vicious warrior when the time called for it.

One particular night his crew was out keeping an area clear while waiting for the bomb squad (EOD) to show up and disarm an improvised explosive device (IED).  He said even though it was very late (1AM) and people were not normally out, it was a very tense operation.  They were “sitting ducks” as he put it. The safest thing they could do was to keep moving, but they had to wait for the EOD.  All of a sudden through their night vision goggles, they saw 5 people walking towards them from a considerable distance.  The people were carrying things that could have been weapons, so his crew asked him if they could “engage them” (start shooting).  My son said “No, not until we can identify clearly what their intentions are.”  He said that was the scariest position he was ever in.  Being in a firefight with the enemy had a certain level of adrenaline, but he did not want to lose any of his crew by being “too safe.”  He also would have been equally troubled if they killed innocent people.

Anyway, back to the drama…  He said the people kept moving towards them (the locals knew not to do this) and they were definitely carrying things in their hands, which led him to believe they were insurgents sneaking up on them.  The darkness made it impossible to clearly identify what the items were.  As they came closer, his crew became increasingly concerned for their own safety.

With their fully automatic weapons locked and loaded… and their night vision scopes trained on the people for an instant kill, they asked him repeatedly for permission to engage them.  He held off to the last second then determined they were not hostile.  They happened to be a local family that saw the Marines out in the dark and wanted to bring them food.  They cooked a meal and packed it up to carry to the soldiers, as a way of saying thank you.  My son said the intense pressure to make the right choice was “mind numbing.”

Everything in life has risks and rewards, but how far will you go for freedom?  Also, what is freedom anyway?

If you give up your personal freedom to liberate someone else, where does your independence begin and end?  How does one really make a decision to “die for their country?”

I’m fascinated by the courage of people (military and civilian) that can put themselves in harm’s way for people they do not know.  It’s one thing to protect your family from an intruder in your home (not a problem for me), but to fly half way around the world and engage an enemy just boggles my mind.  I’m not making a statement in support for or  against the war.  I was just able to see (and experience) first hand the price my son paid to go.  Personally, I do wonder if it was worth it.

He lost three of his friends (crew) when his vehicle hit a double stacked anti tank mine and was blown to bits He happened to not be in the vehicle that night, because he offered his seat to another Marine that was sick and scheduled to go out on a foot patrol.  He took the foot patrol campaign so his friend could get (much needed) rest.  Even though it was much more dangerous to go “kicking in doors” than to ride in a vehicle, that decision ended up saving his life…  but brought torment to his soul…

The anger and drinking when he returned (from Iraq) seemed to swell as the trauma was exiting him… it was so tough to watch him go through the hardships and took many years to get better.  Yes, he definitely paid a price for the freedom of others.

Interestingly some people take their freedom for granted or may have lived under oppression for so long they can’t really understand what it is…  Or how to live it.  But it does still exist.

I’m captivated by the invisible attributes of life…  If you ask any person to show you a part of their body like their eyes or nose, they would be able to point to them.  What if you asked to see their soul?  What would it look like and how would they show you?

My bride and I saw a quote from CS Lewis the other day that read “You don’t have a soul.  You are a Soul.  You have a body.”  Think about that for a bit…  Why do they refer to us on airplanes and ships as “souls on board?”

Could a person be locked up in prison for life and experience freedom?  And conversely, are there people walking around today with massive amounts of money and intelligence that are not free?

Even though September 11, 2001 opened doors and dialog regarding freedom…  There are people all around, I would consider “not free.”  Call me crazy, and I may be dumber than a box of chocolates, but I received my freedom during my battle with cancer this last year.  The horrific suffering produced a change within me that allows a free life like never before.  People have often heard me say “I wouldn’t wish what I went through on my worst enemy, but I’m glad I went through it.”   I live every moment to the fullest.”  Do you live to your fullest, and are you really free?  If not, what is stopping you?

The military, police, firemen and all the other agencies that put themselves in harm’s way to protect us are great,  but freedom is really an inside job….

“Liberty is the right to choose, freedom is the result of that choice”
-Unknown Source-


What if God ran for President.

Would He be able to win, and lead this country, or do you think people wouldn’t give Him a chance?  Remember the song by Joan Osborne? What if God was one of us…….

“If God had a name, what would it be
And would you call it to his face
If you were faced with him in all his glory
What would you ask if you had just one question”

It seems no matter which party gets in office they fail to gain the respect of all the people.
Is it even possible to do so?  Does the advancement of technology prevent us from listening to whoever is in power and believing them?

Just 40 years ago, all we had was the radio, TV or newspaper. The media controlled the information given to us.  Now we know everything the President is going to say before it hits the airwaves.  We are all able to instantly connect through handheld internet devices to support or destroy programs before they come up for vote.  I’m not suggesting that we go backwards to the days of “two cans and a string” for communication.  But, is it possible our microwave (want it now) mentality is preventing us from achieving real unity?  Is the agenda more important than the people?

Most people can point to the good and bad of any President.  It has been said that President Clinton did great things for the economy during his years.  OK, maybe he did for some, but my personal experience during his term was utterly devastating.  Back in 1993 we had a family business that employed (up to 50) people which catered to the military.  We developed Hi-tech communications equipment primarily for America’s security.  In July of 93 President Clinton approved the closure of 129 military bases… the rest is history!

I recall it as clear today as when it happened.  People were complaining that he was “weakening our military” and others said “we spend too much on defense.”  Bla bla bla as it went….  I guess it just depended on what side of the line you stood, but we went out of business due to his decision!  What do I think of the Clinton years?  I still remember the looks on the faces of our employees when we broke the news to them and the intense struggle to find employment.  The lives of 50 families changed drastically because someone in power thought what was best for the people.  Yeah, I’m not too fond of those years.  Interestingly in 1998 he found himself in a compromising position that questioned his integrity to tell the truth.  Some said “it’s none of our business what he does in private.”  All I could think during that time was, “if he lied to his wife and the American people, then what about the real reason to shutdown our livelihood.”  Was that a lie also?  It’s a fair question, but sometimes truth is not the foundation for people with power.  I’ve been shaped to believe the person who leads this country is most likely a puppet for the real people in power, the special interest groups that get them elected.  The power seems to sway back and forth depending on the interests of the people.  Though, it would be good to have someone in office with some chutzpah and integrity.

So, if God ran for President, would He have a chance to win, and lead this country? He wouldn’t need money to get elected and couldn’t be swayed by popular opinion, or have to lie to appease people.  Since it is reported that He is the creator, He would know exactly what would be best for our nation and how to harness the resources.  Oh, and what about our enemies… who in their right mind would dare mess with him?

Short of removing free will choice and making us into robots though…. Would people listen to and trust Him, or would He be shredded like cheese?


Free Speech?

What if you only had enough time on earth to ask one question to any person and were guaranteed an absolutely honest and transparent answer….  without repercussions.

What would your question be, and for who?