So Many Book, So Little Time…

MY LIFE AND WORK by Henry Ford

A short book of only 223 pages about Henry Ford, a phenomenal man of business and later became one of the richest in America.  He changes the way manufacturing was accomplished making it more efficient.  He would change how things were done time and again until he got it the way he wanted thus getting the most out of his workers, constantly streamlining the operation.  He tended to pay his people more than an average salary expecting to get more from his workers.  He showed a disdain toward, and rarely hired, people with degrees as they had a tendency to know what could not be done and had the habit of not using the quality of imagination to find those things that could be done.  He always knew what he wanted and had a tenacious focus in attaining that goal.  The builder and creator of the Model T, and refused to change the style for such a time as to reap millions upon millions of dollars in wealth in the process.  He was an excellent business man, tenacious worker, and became one of the richest in America at the time.

I found this book to be interesting and an easy read, but it left me wanting to know a little more about him.  It was an overview of his life and works and was fairly complete, but I believe there were more details that would help me to understand him just that much more.

One of those Poetic Moments…

What Dreams May Come

“Ann” – Part 2

I never said good-bye.

I never got to say good-bye.

When death took our children

I was devastated,

But when old man death took you

I was crushed.

I could not understand.

I could not live without you all.

How could I go on?

I lost my wit and my mind.

So, I wrote to you.

I didn’t know if you could hear.

I wasn’t sure if you could see.

What can I do?

I cannot live without you,

You and I were soul mates.

We each were the final pieces

To the puzzle of our lives,

But now the pieces are scattered.

What am I to do?

I have given up on hope,

I was suddenly filled with despair.

Life was not worth living without you.

I recall hideous things from a broken house of dreams.

It was all my fault, all my doing,

But I saw a kind face

Who spoke to me of his heart.

He left and came back

The words he used made me feel warm.

The words he spoke, awakened me from a slumber

He felt cold and went to sleep, his head in my lap.

I remember! I’m awake!

I called your name, but you heard me not.

So, I closed my eyes and thought.

Thought where I wanted to be.

The next thing I knew

You were with me!

And we were in the heavenly.

Sometimes, when you loose, you win.

Never give up, never loose hope.

by dM Buteau

So Many Book, So Little Time…

HYPERSPACE A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension by Michio Kaku

An intriguing book to say the very least.  This book walks you through many of the sciences; mostly theoretical in nature.  You do not have to be a science geek to read it, but trust me it would be helpful in understanding a greater portion of the book.  Regardless of that fact, it was at the very least a rollercoaster ride learning a bit about many differing theories about hyperspace, wormholes, black holes, time travel, parallel universes, and other dimensions.  In some parts it was an easy read, and other parts were a tough read.  Overall, I found it to be a great book that touched on many theories and subjects of science which I have always been interested in, but just never read about or studied.  I left this book with several questions and thoughts, such as: As civilizations mature they tend to disappear; as these civilizations rise to power and harness the power of the atom, are they destined to destroy themselves?  Is the galaxy destined to continue to expand, or will it eventually – at some point in time – begin to contract?

I have seen Michio Kaku on several programs on the news channels, Discovery and Science channels.  He is a very interesting individual who seems to be able to put very tough subjects into very simplistic terms.

One of those Poetic Moments…

What Dreams May Come

“Christy” – Part 1

Oh, what dreams may come

With a love so grand.

Oh, what dreams may come

With a smile extraordinaire.

With the death of our children

Our lives were shattered.

You lost your wit and gave up hope.

A place of beauty and dreams,

A place of calmness and serenity,

Painting the places you’ve. seen.

Painting the places you’ve dreamed,

This became your life.

The understanding we had, is no more.

Understanding, we are, is all to me now.

I await your glance,

I await your kiss,

On this day of decision,

Our minds and hearts have met.

On this anniversary day

We shall remember always,

Then a crushing blow.

My day came and you weren’t there.

I was running about

To help you out

And then my time came.

I couldn’t believe what I saw —

I was in your painting,

I was in your dreams,

I was in a picturesque haven.

All was nice and all was grand,

But you were nowhere to stand.

I saw you and was near you,

But you could not see or hear me.

I know you understood

For you wrote it down,

“I still exist.

My life in my heaven has no bearing,

For our love, at you I keep staring.

I’ve not seen our children yet

For I am not ready.

I cannot get you off my mind,

I seek you out, but cannot have you.

I’ve seen your tears and felt your cries,

The scars you carry are destroying your mind.

Please don’t give up!

Never give up trying!

I heard of your demise and I was crushed,

But happiness set in and I asked,

“When can I see her?”

 

“Never!” I was told for you took your own life,

But I will not give up —

I will find you!

For in life, as in death,

We felt both happiness and pain.

I am your soul mate and you are mine,

I’ve trampled through hell to find you.

When I did, I found your tortured soul

All I could do was tell you my heart.

You seemed so distant and so cold.

Another tear struck your eye as I finished,

I turned to walk out of the dream house turned to ruins.

Outside, I sent my guide to the heavenly

For I was giving up.

I will not stay in heaven if you are not present.

To be by your side

Even if hell was the place to be.

Sometimes when you win, you loose.

I felt cold and tired,

You began to warm and remember me.

You called my name,

But I could not respond.

The next thing I remember

I woke in the heavenly.

You were with me and the kids were on the hill.

We headed towards our dream home, the one in your painting

We headed off to live happily ever after.

Sometimes, when you loose, you win.

by dM Buteau

On the Constitutional Side…

14th Amendment Part 3

I have read through all of the concurring Justices of the US Supreme Court concerning the Dredd Scott case.  It was a 7 – 2 decision (Taney, Wayne, Grier, Daniel, Campbell, Catron, and Nelson with the Majority; Curtis and McLean both dissenting) in which the judgment was reversed and suit dismissed for lack of jurisdiction, based upon the following:
1. Persons of African descent cannot be, nor were ever intended to be, citizens under the U.S. Const. Plaintiff is without standing to file a suit;  2. The Property Clause only applied to lands possessed at the time of ratification (1787). Therefore, Congress could not ban slavery in the territories and the Missouri Compromise was unconstitutional; 3.  The Due Process Clause of the Fifth amendment prohibited the federal government from freeing slaves brought into federal territories.

Now, each of the concurring Justices agreed with the determination of the court and the written decision of the Chief Justice; however, most of them added to the court their own opinion.  Each of them went through their own motions to show many differing reasons why the plaintiff was not entitled to file suit and that the court did not have jurisdiction to find for the plaintiff and against the defendant.  By the end of each opinion a logical line was drawn showing the position of the highest court in the land.  I still have the two final decisions to read – dissenting from the Majority of the Court.  They may bring up some interesting tidbits, but we shall see.

Trust me, it was quite a long, drawn out, and boring read for the most part; however, it was in another light a very eye opening and enlightening document of history that showed the intricate details of what it took to be a Citizen.  Something which made it quite difficult was that within the Constitution there are two distinctly differing classes of person, just as the Justices determined throughout the case.  There is the “Citizen of the United States” (as depicted in USC, Article 4, section 2) and there is the “citizen of the United States” (as depicted in the 14th Amendment).  Each is distinctly different than the other; neither to be confused with the other.  Trying to keep track of it all, since they did not differentiate the differences because each time they wrote citizen it was with the small “c”, but often were referring to the “Citizen.”  I may for the sake of clarity, at the very least, re-read through the decision of Chief Justice Taney.

See also Part 1 Part 2, Part 4

On the Constitutional Side…

14th Amendment Part 2

I have endeavored to read through the Dredd Scott case, which is an 1856 case that definitively defined the who the  founding fathers intended to include within the meaning of the term “Citizen of the United States.”  There is quite a bit to this case, as mentioned it is 110 pages long – who would have thought that the Supreme Court Justices of that time would have had that much to say on any one subject?  With that wise crack aside, this was a most important case in which a person born into slavery (Missouri) was moved from time to time to other parts of the country (Illinois, Wahington DC, & Mississippi).

Dredd Scott relied on the fact that newer states admitted into the country could not be slave states and therefore when passing through such a northern state he was no longer a slave.  In so doing, he was then accepted into the citizenry of the state as part of “The People” who created the sovereignty of the United States.  This was not the case according the Chief Justice Taney.  Keep in mind the time-frame, this was prior to the Civil War and prior to the 13th Amendment.  Dredd Scott brought a legal suit against his master/captor.  He left Illinois to bring about this suit in the state courts of Missouri.  Mr. Scott, by his own averment, indicated that he was born into slavery due to his lineage.  He also made the mistake, in his assumptions, that he was a citizen of the several states – based upon the determination of Chief Justice Taney; another mistake he made was to return to the state of Missouri from Illinois, in which he proceeded to bring this suit – in so doing he returned himself to a state of slavery, based upon the laws of Missouri as determined/inferred by Justice Nelson.

The slaves who were of African decent were noted in the following ways: the African race, the unfortunate race, the negro race, the negro slave,beings of an inferior order, this unhappy race, etc.

These people were brought from Africa  to be traded, bought and sold as lawful property, no different than how we see cattle today.  One of the questions which  Chief Justice Taney posed before the court was:  Can a negro, whose ancestors were imported into this country, sold as slaves, become a member of the political community formed and brought into existence by the Constitution of the United States, and as such become entitled to all the rights, and privileges, and immunities, guaranteed by that instrument to the citizen?

Based upon the litany of cases, individual state laws (in force and enacted at the time of USCs adoption and after), Federal laws, the Constitutions (state & federal), etc.  I have also read many of the writings of Abraham Lincoln during his time as a lawyer (1836-1850s) in which he indicated a desire for freedom for the negro slaves, but the preference of creating a colony where they could be taken back to their homeland of Africa, or some other island.

See also Part 1 Part 3, Part 4