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[The following is an opinion editorial appearing in the Washington Post on 16 August 2018.  —  KMAB]

Revoke my security clearance, too, Mr. President

Dear Mr. President:
Former CIA director John Brennan, whose security clearance you revoked on Wednesday, is one of the finest public servants I have ever known.  Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John.  He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him.
Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency.
Like most Americans, I had hoped that when you became president, you would rise to the occasion and become the leader this great nation needs.
A good leader tries to embody the best qualities of his or her organization.  A good leader sets the example for others to follow.  A good leader always puts the welfare of others before himself or herself.
Your leadership, however, has shown little of these qualities.  Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation.
If you think for a moment that your McCarthy-era tactics will suppress the voices of criticism, you are sadly mistaken.  The criticism will continue until you become the leader we prayed you would be.
William H. McRaven
Retired Navy Admiral
McRaven was commander of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014.
He oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
[Between 1974 and 1978, I served in the U.S. Army and had a Top-Secret clearance granted in relation to my duties.  I certainly no longer have this clearance.  But, if I did…  You could “revoke my security clearance, too, Mr President”!!  —  KMAB
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2014 Sir, I Have Reasoned It Out!
2013 What Are We Becoming?
2012 Miracles
2011 “W” Finds A Nut!
2010 No Strain At All, But I’m Not Sure About Stress…
An Evening at the Pavilion…

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The end of day twenty and the start of day twenty-one…
Morning weight:  343lbs.
I am now down “30/37”.  As in, 30lbs down from my fasting start weight: 373lbs, and 37lbs down from my highest weight ever (two days before I started the fast): 380lbs.  Today’s loss is a 2lb loss, down from 345lbs yesterday.  345lbs was a two-day plateau.  My second of this fast.
The night before last (Tuesday, 14 Aug. 2018), I passed the kidney grain which has been killing me for the last SIX weeks or so.  OMG what a relief!!!  The “stone” was about 3 times the size of a grain of sand, but was it ever painful.  And, the relief was almost instantaneous.  Just like flipping a light switch.  One minute agony.  The next, only a slightly bruised internal ache feeling.  That too was more or less gone by last night.  Today I felt like I was 40 years old again.  Unless you’ve been through it, I don’t think there are adequate words to describe the experience of prolonged pain and then none.
Today I went to the hospital for my CT scan and abdominal X-ray to see if I have stones (in my kidneys) which are large enough to worry about and / or to zap.  (I think POUND is a more accurate description of the lithotripsy procedure.)  If I need it, it will be my third time around that rodeo.  I had it done twice while I was living in Liverpool back in the 1990’s.
And… tomorrow at noon I finish three weeks of fasting!  Twenty-one days seems (now) to have flown by.  I’m feeling terrific (as I said above), so I will probably target 25 days (Tuesday coming) next and if I can make through another whole week, I’ll shoot for the full month (27 August).  For now though, I just want to make it to noon time tomorrow.
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On This Day In:
2017 Try Not To Run Short, Too
2016 I Feel The Same (Thankful)
2015 It Couldn’t Hurt
2014 Sir, I Have Reasoned It Out!
2013 What Are We Becoming?
2012 Miracles
2011 “W” Finds A Nut!
2010 No Strain At All, But I’m Not Sure About Stress…
An Evening at the Pavilion…

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A revolution is not just about freedom of speech, but the ability to monitor authority and hold it accountable.  When a revolution fails, whether in Tahrir Square or Wall Street, it’s always because someone doesn’t want to get caught.  It is imperative that they keep their privilege of milking the goods of the country any way possible.
   —  Bassem Youssef
From his book:  “Revolution For Dummies
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On This Day In:
2017 Try Not To Run Short, Too
2016 I Feel The Same (Thankful)
2015 It Couldn’t Hurt
2014 Sir, I Have Reasoned It Out!
2013 What Are We Becoming?
2012 Miracles
2011 “W” Finds A Nut!
2010 No Strain At All, But I’m Not Sure About Stress…
An Evening at the Pavilion…

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