Degenerating Industry

Degenerating Industry

Just like our economy, infrastructure, and moral fiber are deteriorating our industry in America is getting too old to sustain itself. America is a dying super power and our demise is being hastened by our corrupt and self-serving leaders!

© 2010 D L Ennis, All rights reserved.

NOTE: Permission for the use of my images is granted for personal websites and blogs but is to include a link back to this site and proper credit given to me, D L Ennis. Link to be used…(Visual Thoughts

NOTE: Commercial use, and the creation of prints, must be purchased! For more information you can contact me here.

The Forgotten

The Forgotten

An old swing in an overgrown yard… Hey, if you have elderly neighbors don’t let them become “the forgotten!” Call on them and befriend them and ask if there is anything you can do for them. You can at least send them a card or take them some flowers and let them know that someone is thinking of them!

© 2008 D L Ennis, All rights reserved.

NOTE: Permission for the use of my images is granted for personal websites and blogs but is to include a link back to this site and proper credit given to me, D L Ennis. Link to be used…(Visual Thoughts

NOTE: Commercial use, and the creation of prints, must be purchased! For more information you can contact me here.

The Smile and Wave Initiative

A Sociological Experiment:

The Smile and Wave Initiative

The first time I smiled and waved at this gentleman he looked at me like I was insane…now look at that big smile…he waves and smiles like that every time he sees me now.

This is in an attempt to start at the most basic level to get people to start being kinder to one another…to ease some of our social woes and smooth relations between racial and class tensions.

This kind of thing will work but it takes time for people in our society to take to good habits and deeds. A large part of our society easily gravitates to bad habits and misdeeds which is counterproductive and builds walls between us. It’s been said before but I don’t think it’s been said enough or loud enough…

”We have to become a kinder and gentler people and nation!”

The best place to start and get everyone involved is to start in the most basic place with the most basic deeds.

My Story:

For the last few months I have been doing a lot of shooting in the nearest city to me, Lynchburg, Virginia. There are two reasons for this…one is due to circumstance; the price of gas has stopped a lot of my riding the back roads of the Blue Ridge Mountains doing the kind of photography I have always loved. The second reason is a desire to grow and shoot things I have never done much of, people, city streets and buildings etc.

While shooting in the city I noticed that so many people I see are walking around looking sad, complacent, and some look very angry…no one acknowledging one another as they pass on the sidewalks. I thought how cool it would be if we were different…if we offered each other a “good day,” “how are you?,” or “hello” or if nothing else a nod of the head and maybe a smile.

So, I thought maybe I should give it a try! I began as I was driving through the city streets that every time some one looked at me I would smile and through up my hand. Some folks waved back, some smiled and waved back, and some looked at me like I had lost my mind.

I have continued this practice and it is amazing how many people now smile and wave at me as I go by and usually before I have time to greet them first…some even run out to my truck at stoplights and ask me how I am. There are places in Lynchburg that before I started this I would have been leery about getting out of my truck and now I feel perfectly safe. In fact, when I am walking on a sidewalk in town I speak to everyone I meet whether they look at me or not and more and more often a lot of these same people, even ones who turned their heads the other way when I spoke are now speaking and saying hello to me. People in stores, shops, restaurants, offices, and banks through up a hand as I walk by…it’s a good feeling!

Doing this won’t cost you a thing and will not only make you a better person for doing it but you may be surprised how good it will make you feel, and others! Please try it and get your friends and families doing it!

It’s an easy start to making this a better world!

Hey, and if any of you try this, and I hope you will, let me know how it goes for you!

God Bless A

While the beaks and butts of DC squeal and squabble
and the fat-cats whose thirst of more—relax in their leaky bubble
of toxic swill that runs from Wall Street to Main Street
We the people yell in unison, “What about us?”
and we who are innocent watch as the flowing swill surrounds us
and we see our reality in the streets as life stands still
and see our hopes and dreams melt around us
and we realize that the same ole world keeps spinning the same ole way as our pleas fall on deaf ears and we know beyond doubt that we the people are without representation in the great A system that we’ve paid for with blood, and dreams so the few can live high while we learn to live street…

God Bless A

What has Our Government Done for Us Lately?

What has our government done for us lately? I’ll get to that.

First I want to tell you what our government has done to us lately…They are baling out the Wall Street and the greedy big-wigs that are suffering a huge mess that they made for themselves…we are suffering their mess too.

Meanwhile wile our government is bailing out the greedy hoards in America’s financial community that we are paying the cost with our tax dollars some of us can’t afford our medicine, can’t afford to pay our bills, and are loosing our homes.

Our government is not about to bail us out…even with our own tax dollars. I can’t afford my medicine and my wife and I are about to loose a home that we have been paying on for fifteen years yet we will we see any help from our tax dollars…NO!

Do you think that either of the candidates for president is going to help us? Do you think that either of the candidates is going to make our financial woes go away? I tell you…NO!

The one who claims to be the champion for average people is the one telling you that he is going to change things…to make things better for the average American. Well he is either lying or ignorant! I think he is lying because he thinks we are ignorant. Why?

Well, he has promised that he is going to cut taxes for the middle class and raise cooperate taxes. Do you like that? Did you know that if he does that it is probably going to cost you more?

How do you think these cooperation’s are going to pay these new higher taxes? To begin with, they will raise the prices of the consumer goods they make and we buy and slash jobs, In the end your tax cut is going to cost you a lot more than if nothing changed. The real people who are going to hurt from what the champion of the average people wants to do are the poor, but they are always the one who pays the price!

Now, back to the original question… What has our government done for us lately? The one thing our government does for all of us is keep us safe from outside and internal forces that would love nothing more than to see us destroyed. No matter what you think of our current administration, since 9/11/ 2001 they have kept us safe within our boarders. That is the strength of our government and the one thing they do for all of us so I think it is obviously the deciding factor and only promise the candidates can make and possibly make.

I don’t think that the self proclaimed champion for the average American is experienced enough or strong enough to keep that one promise! It’s you vote in November so don’t listen to the MSM and make your decision because they will not tell you the whole truth if they tell you any truth at all. Think for yourself and do your own research and then cast an educated vote!

Vote for who ever you want, but vote for them for the right reasons

John McCain, no matter what you think of him is a real American. Some people scoff at his hero status…well, to me John McCain is an American hero, if for no other reason, because all of his life he has given to America…both in this country and overseas. He has served America in more ways than most living Americans have or will ever do. Most of all he stands up and says I am an American and proud of it.


Barack Obama on the other hand has never served America and doesn’t even refer to himself as American, but African American. I’m Scott-Irish but I don’t run around saying that’s what I am…I’m an American. If we are born and raised in America are we not Americans? If Obama wants to be president of America shouldn’t he speak of himself as an American? If he is President of America shouldn’t he be a president who represents all Americans and not just African Americans?


I heard part of a speech yesterday on NPR radio that Obama gave in New Mexico and he said he would fight for improved conditions for Hispanics and African Americans. Does that mean that Obama, who claims to be so in touch with the plight of regular Americans (working people), doesn’t know that there are white people suffering a lot of the wrongs and being kept poor in this country? Or is it he doesn’t care about whites?


Oh, I can hear it now…you’re a bigot some will say. I have been called a bigot and many other things when commenting on articles by the MSM this year by other people commenting on the same articles. About the mildest thing I have been called is a “white buhhba.” Why? Because I don’t support Obama. Barack Obama sat in a church listening to the likes of Rev. Wright for 20 years…Rev Wright baptized Obama’s children…Wright was a family friend, yet Obama didn’t know what Rev, Wright was all about? Give me a brake…The good Rev. Wright is a bigot and a man who does not love America yet in twenty years Obama didn’t see this? To me that suggest that Obama sees and cares about only what he wants to see and care about and that is not what’s best for all Americans.


Well, if because I don’t support Obama makes me a bigot, then what does it mean that my only human hero is Martin Luther King? What does it mean that I have always been at odds with my parents who were brought up with that mindset and who aggravated me to no end with there prejudice? What does it mean that when in 1969 when schools were first integrated in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where I spent my teen years, and blacks came into our school terrorizing white kids and stealing young whites lunch money and beating the hell out of them, raping white girls along with many other violent acts that I came away from that still despising the injustices that blacks had always endured in this country since being traded by there tribal leaders for beads and trinkets during the era of slave trade? I am not a bigot!  


For the sake of all of us and America I would suggest that if you are white, be honest with yourself and ask yourself if you are not voting for Obama…why? If you find that it is because he is black then you need to grow up and accept the world we live in the 21st century. I would also suggest that if you are black and voting for Obama ask yourself why? If you are voting for Obama simply because he is black then you are not doing your share to improve race relations in America and to be quite honest that makes you a bigot. Statistics show that 95% of black American will be voting for Obama and most of them because he is black…Who’s the bigot here?


We can’t move beyond all of this 19th and 20th century crap by dragging it into the 21st century…whites and blacks…get over it already!


Vote for who you truly believe is right for this country but do it for the right reasons…not the Wright reasons! I will not vote for Obama because I don’t think he is ready and experienced enough to lead America and that is the only reason!


It’s Time to Boycott Mainstream Media

Mainstream media in the United States has always tried to dictate how we should think and sway us to believe that their word is the last. Now, they have pushed a lot of us over the edge!

It seems that every mainstream media outlet in this country is on the Obama payroll; they’ve leaned so far left that they are about to tip over and we have the power to make them fall…or at least hurt.

If you are like me and many others I know you are sick of this belittlement of our intellect and ready to hit back!

Now is the time to cancel hard copy (newspapers, magazines etc.) of all outlets who practice this one sided approach to journalism. If they have paid website subscriptions and you are a subscriber cancel it. If you visit online media sites that are free and want to keep doing that, don’t click on any ads. Boycott any advertisers who buy time on television during news programming. NPR radio is as big a violator of our rights to fair and unbiased reporting as anyone and if you donate money during their fund drives don’t do it next time.

Apparently, the only way that we can fight back is to hit them where it hurts…the money!

I hope you will join me in this fight and spread the word as well as apply some of the suggestions I’ve made. If you blog then write about who you feel about their practices and encourage others to write and boycott too.

If they start seeing their profits beginning to dwindle perhaps they will realize that if they want to earn our trust and keep it they will have to learn to practice responsible journalism!

The Selling Out of American Media

The American media, in all of its forms, has become a farce. It’s not a knew plague of untruth and injustice except that the scale of abuse. of their responsibility has spread to seemingly infect every outlet.

What ever happened to reporting the facts?

Why must they inflect their opinions on us so vehemently?

Are we not entitled to receive the facts, without prejudice, so that we may develop our on opinions based on those facts?

Never has the abuse of “freedom of the press” been so obviously abused as in this year, 2008, in the reporting of candidates for the presidency of the United States. A most important decision in these volatile times and we are left to form our opinions based on the opinions on media personalities who are only out to draw attention to themselves; to serve their own agendas.

These days every news outlet, be it newspaper or otherwise should be required to have included in their title, “All Opinion All the Time.”

You would think that in a time when citizen’s opinions of the media are already that they are, for the most part, incompetent that they would be working to improve their image.

Their blatant abuse of the freedoms given the by our constitution is both a travesty and letdown.

All of American media has been reduced to being worthy of grocery store checkout isles!

A Betrayal of Truth–An Open Letter to NPR and the rest of the Mainstream Media

Somehow I knew you would but still, as a faithful listener to NPR, I somehow hoped that you would strive for integrity instead of being another player in the circus that is mainstream media.

I am a middle aged white male and I have never really believed in heroes but, if I had a hero it would be Dr. Martin Luther King. Aligning Obama with Dr. King is a travesty. I truly don’t think that Dr. King would have approved of how Senator Obama came to be the Democratic nominee for President of the United States.

It’s obvious that no one in the mainstream media would admit it but Mr. Obama, and the American public on the whole is not as stupid as you people obviously think we are, is a product of the inept and irresponsible mainstream media.

Obama uses the word “Hope” a lot and that’s about it. He has no substance to his, so called, plans for America…every thing he talks about, that he will do is vague; totally lacking in detail and he doesn’t even say how he plans to accomplish his vague offerings.

He claims he stands for change yet in his name the country is being railroaded by his corrupt organization and the media who, we know, thinks that Obama will make for a better story. That’s all you people care about. It’s not important that Obama does not have what it takes to lead America in these volatile times.

I am an independent, and I would have voted for Hillary Clinton for President because I think she has the strength of will and charter to lead this country…Obama doesn’t!

I believe that the 2008 Democratic powers that be will go down in history as the most corrupt and irresponsible faction of their party in the history of the United States of America. I’m also sure that history will not forget the part the American media has played in this outrageous charade.

National Public Radio indeed…how can you people claim to represent our nation when you ignore the truth and the will of over half of this country’s population, who seek truth, and who deserve the truth and expect it. We have been let down by you, the media, and the Democratic Party this year and that is why Mr. Obama will not be our next president!

D L Ennis
Frustrated American Citizen