Michael Red Crow Mulholland Photogrpahy | Award Winning ~ Singer~Songwriter ~ Film Composer ~ Photographer

Singer ~ Songwriter ~ Film Composer ~ Photographer

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Amazon Links for my Music…

Sons of the Second All Combat Veterans Hard Rock “Human Debris” CD

Michael Mulholland Award Winning “True Country” CD

Thank you all!!!

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Music by Michael Mulholland for Veterans…

Music by Michael Red Crow Mulholland available on every Internet music digital music venue there are. iTunes.com, Spotify, Reverbnation, MySpace, Amazon, Amazon On Demand, Amazon MP3, Rhapsody, iHeart, you name it, I’m on it, so, get Music by Michael Mulholland as I using all monies as proceeds for The Wounded Warrior Project and other charitable organizations out there to help us Veterans, healing PTSD, finding jobs, gifts, getting our soldiers re associated with civilian life. Music links below. I hope you purchase my music for yourself or as of gift. One more thing. The Commanding General of the US Air Force NATO is helping me out by sharing my music with the troops of all units, divisions & branches and my chart ratings are extremely high, as of today I’m #13 in the charts on Reverbnation in all of Los Angeles. That’s #13 in a few million artists. In the world chart ratings, I’m around the 500 to 600 throughout the world, out several million artists on Reverbnation, I’d say that I’m blessed to be that high in the charts. And thanks to all that support me and my music, and for supporting my efforts in contributing to The Wounded Warrior Project and helping out our Veterans as they are deeply in need of it. As a veteran, I know the trauma it leaves one with. The scars aren’t visible, but the wounds are bleeding in the memories most certain from the horrific experiences from combat. Help me in helping them please.

Please visit and purchase my music for a worthy honorable cause.

iTunes.com/MichaelMulholland
iTunes.com/SonsoftheSecond my all combat veteran band
Reverbnation.com/MichaelMulholland
Reverbnation.com/SonsoftheSecond
Spotify.com/MichaelMulholland
Spotify.com/SonsoftheSecond

And so many many more digital music venues.

Thank you sincerely,

Michael Mulholland

The Michael Mulholland Company
Cherokee Trail ~ Sacred Pipe Music
Publishing & Licensing
Sector 7 Studio Productions Los Angeles

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Many Blessings my Friends

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New Follows/Friendship…

Thank you all for following. I sincerely appreciate it. Many blessings,

Michael Red Crow Mulholland
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Happy Veterans Day!

Happy Veterans Day. Thank You to all who have and are serving our Great Nation. Hoorah, Semper Idem Semper Fi, USMC Vet. Award Winning Singer Songwriter Film Composer Producer Publisher Photographer…

Michael Red Crow Mulholland
USMC Veteran
The Michael Mulholland Company
Cherokee Trail ~ Sacred Pipe Music
Publishing & Licensing
Sector 7 Studio Productions

http://www.MichaelMulholland.com
http://www.Sector7Studio.LA

iTunes.com/MichaelMulholland
iTunes.com/SonsoftheSecond

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Twitter Accounts…please follow!

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Pumpkin Colored Flowers for the Day…

Todays flowers are Pumpkin Colored Orange in light of The Falling Leafs Time Autumn and the Celebration of All Hallows Eve. Halloween, Spooky Times are two days away. My Twin boys are all prepared. Kieran will be Captain America for his School Costume and Killian will be Spider Man for his School Costume. The Halloween night, Kieran will be a Storm Troopers from Star Wars and Killian is Darth Vader. We’re going to have so so so so so so so much fun…Mommy & Daddy are so excited for them and we cannot wait. And people from other cities travel to our neighborhood because, well, its very nice and us home owners go way out when it comes to decorating our homes and yards with scary spooky Halloween Décor…always been this way for decades. thousands of people, so many there are lines from the home owners doors to the street…it is crazy…

 

Anyway, here are a few pumpkin colored flowers for the day…

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Flower for the Day…

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The Michael Mulholland Company
Cherokee Trail ~ Sacred Pipe Music
Publishing & Licensing
Sector 7 Studio Productions Los Angeles

Michael Red Crow Mulholland Photography 2014

I had to show you this is what I saw

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Still Life

Originally posted on Broken Light: A Photography Collective:

Photo taken by contributor Johanna, a 36-year-old guidance counselor from Finland. She has family members and friends who have suffered or continue to suffer from mental health challenges, such as severe depression and bipolar disorder. Many of her students also have different kinds of mental health issues and as a guidance counselor it is her job to try to help them, for example by creating personalized study plans to support their recovery to full health. She also hopes to one day start using the method of Empowering Photography (developed in Finland by Miina Savolainen) in her work. Johanna enjoys photographing nature and her everyday surroundings, as well as music photography.

About this photo: “This is from my photo shoot a few weeks back. ‘Pelastusvene’ means life boat in Finnish. It’s there but not needed. Calm lake, serene morning. No need for a life boat. And yet, there’s a lot of still life in the shot.

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At the Copa…Copa Cabana ~ Flaming Flamingo…

Good day my friends, I hope this post finds everyone well, healthy, happy and safe.  It was a lovely day today in Los Angeles as its officially “Falling Leaves Time”of the year for us Cherokee, aka, Fall, Autumn, simply my favorite time of year. The cooler weather, the colors of nature saying…Donadagohvi dohiya (Until Next Time,) when spring blossoms color us with beauty anew. For me, this time of year is of great spiritual importance. As with my Cherokee (Tsalagi) totem, the Bear is my strength, thus I must be prepare for the cold harsh and brittle winter when all’s asleep. Time to gather the fruits and foods to give me strength to last throughout the winter solstice. As with the Bear being my strength, the Crow is my spirit bird. The Crow is my feathers that carry not only my prayers to the Great Spirit, but my soul, when it’s time to change worlds. My Cherokee (Tsalagi) name Red Crow comes from the Red Rivers that flow through my body, the red river that gives and sustains life, and the Crow as my spirit, it is a spirit that can adapt anywhere and everywhere (just about.) I am the Crow, truly…I have adapted and have the ability to adapt to any and all changes as my life has been one of constant change. And I love that. Even as I now and have had roots planted over the past 14 years, I still encounter change and am easily and readily adaptive.  It’s quite an interesting topic, one that cannot be explained in words. But I am sure you all get the gist so I will now move on to my post…

This is my most favorite capture of all my Photography…I snapped this with my old Canon 450d, the very first time ever at photography. The Canon 450d was and is a great starter camera for those like me, wanting to learn and experience life behind the lens. I’m still surprised that I captured this photo. As humble as I am, in all my work, projects, productions, songwriting, film scoring, producing, singing, performing music on different instruments, and now going through the throws of passion…yes, indeed I said passion! It is a true passion. Art! Whether it’s musical or photography, dancing, theater, all arts are of passion, a special gift we’re born with, or developed a niche for, as in myself.

I was always in front of cameras, moving pictures and stills, and was fascinated by the end result. I never knew I could do it until I actually purchased, spent a grand on a good consumer brand digital camera and a couple of pretty good matching lenses.

Since then, back in Spring of 2013, catching and missing all the heated curve balls of lessons in photography, still ignoring the book and websites of trick or treat tips & tricks…simply turning knobs and pushing buttons of trap & snap photography and since then…I’ve upgrade to the Canon 5D mkIII with incredible lenses and swam through the blue clear pool of lessons on the quite much more expensive of cameras from that of the 450d. What a tremendous difference in photography, an amazing difference and I’m incredibly happy with the Canon 5D mkIII that I’m going to purchase another 5D mkIII body so I can shoot with one with a wide angle lens or macro, and the other with my telescopic lens, just like the pro’s.

So…am I in the majors? Or still the minors? Good question! I’m always happy to see the Likes however I’d be even more grateful for comments. Comments about the shot. To better myself as a photographer.

I’m hoping, praying to one day seeing one of my photos on Nat Geo website, or to win a dollar photo contest, heck, keep the buck, just being chosen makes me happy. :)

Moving on. Moving on from town to town. Bad Company, Paul Rogers, my most favorite and most influence in being a vocalist and simply the thought that Paul Rogers knows who I am makes me stutter. I don’t have an influence in photography, I not educated in photography. But I can say that I have several here on WordPress that inspire me, that I admire their talents and AIM to snap like they…and soon, perhaps, I shall. I must start traveling up California’s coast into some greener areas, with more landscapes and more beautiful nature to capture. As I’m into photographing nature, wildlife, fields and old barns, things of historical nature, and the obvious flower photography because that’s all I personally enjoy capturing here in Los Angeles. And this capture of this beautifully stunning flaming flamingo says it all about me and my relations to photography. This is what I want more of. And I have plenty of time now that our twins are in school. I’ll have to divide my days of the week into one day all studio recording of music and producing, one day for business, one day for hiking & climbing, one day for range shooting/firearms training others & practice for myself, one day for classroom daddy, a day for social networking, although I do that throughout each day however, devoting a solid day of social networking for branding and marketing for my music and film productions is a must, also time devoted for veterans as I’m highly devoted to assisting veterans like me, getting the well deserved help they need. I love to be busy. I’ll be very busy with my brothers at Home Lodge #721, and always busy busy busy busy busy…with my boys and wife…I reckon I’ll sleep when I’m dead! Ya think? Uh huh!

Moving right along, let me introduce you to the Flaming Flamingo…

Flamming Flamingo

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My 50th Birthday!!!

Wednesday, 24, September, I encountered a huge milestone, I made it to 50 years of this most amazing life I’ve been blessed with. All the adventures, experiences, both tough & simple, fun & exciting, troublesome & emotional, happiness & sadness, good & bad times, the roller coaster of life, dealing with PTSD, fighting it head on like mat time & sparring in the martial arts of life, remembering times I’ve forgotten, need to forget along with times I love remembering, my youth, and let me tell you this, in youth, we all face & have faced tough times, it’s what you do with it that makes you, defines you, or lures you strayed off the beaten path, it’s the life changing moments, the very experiences that made me who I am. I’ve always, my whole life, never took anything for granted, no self entitlements, no not earning all that I’ve succeeded in, all the hard work I’ve thrown into the lava spewing volcano of this most beautiful & blessed life of mine.

My wife of 23 years, my four most amazing children, two that are now 26 & 24, including my most brilliant & beautiful amazing 5 year old twin boys, my mom, my family, my friends, my fans world wide, the thousands of birthday greetings & wishes I’ve received both through snail mail & social networks, I cannot begin to go through the entire dictionary to discover all the words to express just how grateful & blessed I am. Thank you from every part of my heart.

My day started off with nothing more precious, touching, very emotionally touching…something I’ll cherish to the end of days. A song vocally performed in perfect harmony from the two most precious 5 year old sons a daddy could only dream for, and my dreams are a reality, thank you God. It was Kieran Sequoyah & Killian Crow, a beautiful rendition of Happy Birthday sung just for me, from their most beautiful tender most endearing priceless heedful loving hearts directly injected into mine.

Now onto my birthday Day!

For my birthday, I got dressed up in my USMC BDU’s with my commendation lapel pins fixed appropriately, put on my carrier vest, filled the pockets with my rifle magazines, headed to Angeles Ranges here in the mountains of Los Angeles. With a fully loaded truck with my rifles & pistols, and ammo cases. I treaded steadfast with Godspeed and had a most fabulous day shooting at a ten inch diameter iron target at 100 yards. I started out first with my Ruger .22 Long Rifle. Fired 200 rounds and literally, shockingly, missed only 4 times. 4 out of 200 rounds in moderate to mild changing wind conditions at 100 yards with a ten inch diameter iron plate is pretty darn good at my age considering the permanent and greatly painful nerve damage in both arms. I have neuropathy in both arms. I had, four years past, ulnar nerve relocation surgery. That is, the surgeon cuts from the forearm half way from the wrist up past the elbow into the tricep, carves out a new groove, then places the nerve into that new groove, then covers it with what ever the surgeon covers it with, a mystery to me as I’m not a surgeon. The ulnar nerve, better known as the funny bone, is now relocated to the top of my arm. I had that surgery on both arms two months apart. In total, I’ve had three major surgeries on both elbows including three on each shoulder. So, my arms aren’t what they used to be. Much weaker, and unstable, shaky and painful, very painful. But it doesn’t stop me. Nothing can stop me but death itself, and even in death I’ll still remain unstoppable, thank you God, The Great Architect of All that is Life.

Furthering on, after my fun with my .22 LR, I upgraded to my Remington 770 30.06, also known as a 30 ought 6. A high powered, high velocity long distance rifle with a blasting impact that would literally take the head completely off the body, with a shoulder breaking aching recoil that moves the body. This rifle was used as a sniper rifle along with other rifles for sniping in Vietnam. Then throughout the 70’s to current times, became a fantastic & most popular sport & hunting rifle. With this rifle, I fired 100 rounds still at the 100 yard mark still with the ten inch diameter iron target, only missing once. Amazingly once. And it hurt like a you know what but it was most excitingly fun.

Moving on to my AR-15. Most, if not all folks know this rifle to be, or mean it to be an Assault Rifle, and of course, it is used by military and law enforcement for such purposes however, AR doesn’t stand for, or mean Assault Rifle. It means Armalite Rifle. They look seriously scary, but as with all firearms, it’s no more or less dangerous than anything other firearm when in the hands of a criminal or plain straight out bad guy mental case. If one was to take the pistol grip and the vertical fore grip off including the adjustable buttsock, it would look just like any other rifle, and manufacturers of this caliber rifle make them also to look like a regular rifle, it’s simply the furniture on them that scares people. It’s a .223 cal rifle or in my case, mine is a 5.56 NATO Military/Swat Issue AR.

Well…I only had fifty rounds of ammo with me for this rifle and it proved to be a highly effective and is a seriously accurate rifle, and it’s recoil is nothing, especially compared to my 30.06 or .50 cal. shoulder breakers. I have an expensive 11 setting Red Dot Optics scope on it that proves it’s accuracy, however, the slightest nano of a millimeter head/eye/body adjustment, it’s a miss on a ten inch diameter iron target. Now If it were a larger target and such as the human body, in a combat situation, it’s a no miss hit. Highly accurate. That’s why this rifle took the place of the M-16, even though M-16’s are still in use, the Armalite Rifle, AR-15 is noticeably a much lighter rifle and with ability of adding just the right furniture to it, holding it, carrying it, maneuvers with this rifle are great, outstanding, awesome for sweeping structures, side shooting, long distanced shooting, close quarter combat, really, the all around usage of this rifle is great, especially for hunting as well as target shooting or self/home defense, although I don’t use mine for home & self defense, I stick with my handguns for that. Particularly my Glock 23 Gen 3 .40 cal and my Smith & Wesson M&P Shield .9 mm. Both are best on the market, best in manufacturing of pistols, incredibly accurate, and ease of use that I highly recommend these two for self & home defense pistols.

Wow, I totally got off topic of my birthday day. So, I still have my skills. I’m still a grade A shooter even with a disability, a disadvantage due to my handicaps, but I’m hitting the range once to twice per week. One day rifles at long distance and one day indoor range for pistol training.

Moving on. After my fantastic day at the range, I picked up my boys from school and spent the rest of the day & evening with them, like my everyday, with my boys, with my family. My precious wife bought a delicious cake to eat. Our boys helped me blow out the candles and celebrated our birthdays together as their birthday is the 15th of September and mine is the 24th, and my wife’s birthday is the 25th as her dads is the 25th as well, and we celebrated my older sisters birthday that is on the 26th and my dads birthday is the 30th, of both, my older sister & my dad have moved on to another life in the stars in heaven. So we had this amazing week to say the least. I’m so incredibly grateful, fortunate and blessed. Not a doubt in my mind body & soul, that I am truly Blessed.

The week before my milestone birthday, I had a most amazing event as well. Degree night at the Masonic Home Lodge #721 with my brothers, my MASONIC brothers at the lodge with my dearest brother Worshipful Master Michael David performing the ceremony. A beautiful. A most spiritually moving, soul touching ceremony of rites and rituals of being a Freemason. I’m a seventh generation of 33rd degree Master Masons and Scottish Rite Masons along with being a fourth generation Veteran. Its beautiful & spiritual way of life, that is intertwined with my Cherokee heritage, spiritual and traditional way of life. It’s called, being a real, true human being and an ever growing way of life. Becoming a better man, a better human being, my personal path to enlightenment. My life’s ultimate op & universally perpetually forever ongoing growing, paving the path to enlightenment. And I, the very same as throughout my past, shall not stray from this path. I love living, giving, caring, sharing, anything and everything that is of goodness in life, I Love passionately.

Here are some photos, if you all would like to see, my military USMC BDU’s with my firearms & decorations. Along with some very special gifts I shall cherish and pass down to my children, from a dear friend and XO, Two very special stars, the flag of The United States of America along with a post card from Afghanistan, from the Commanding General of the United States Air Force NATO, Brig. General John E. Michel. This was the most honorable gesture ever in my life. To be acknowledged and thanked for my service and for being such a committed Patriot to our Great Nation. And when a Brig. General follows you on Twitter and loves your music, you’d better be like me, on cloud nine. Such a great honor, from a great XO, an incredible leader. I’ll follow Brig. General Michel into battle any day, any time. And being on his short list of personal private security is an honor to be cherished. Thank you Brig. General. You’re a true & great leader and I’m forever honored to be on your staff. I’ll protect you with everything and all I am. Hoorah!!!

Many blessings my dearest WordPress family…

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It’s all that simple!

Michael Red Crow Mulholland

The Michael Mulholland Company
Cherokee Trail ~ Sacred Pipe Music
Publishing & Licensing
Sector 7 Studio Productions
Los Angeles California

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Life Through The Lens – Part II – September 18 Image

michaelmulholland:

Outstanding capture! Great B&W

Originally posted on Photobycraig's Blog:

Since I am heading to Europe this afternoon I am posting the image of the day early. This is a shot of reeds at Grindstone Marsh. I did like the colour image at first but after playing with the Black & White image I like it more.

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#hiatusover

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Love this capture, outstanding shot!

Originally posted on n. vujosevic photography:

it has been a while since i have posted anything on my site and the only explanation i can give is that life happened, both extremely devastatingly and wondrously, and the rest fell to the way side. i am ready to come back and will do so with posting photos that i’ve unearthed from old memory sticks and recent journeys. i hope you enjoy, i’m happy to be sharing the world from behind my lens again.

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Cedar Waxwing’s #40 & #41

michaelmulholland:

Outstanding capture! I wish we, in LA California had an array of birds to capture. This shot is great!

Originally posted on talainsphotographyblog:

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A Cedar Waxwing from the farm. A little out of focus but I liked the angle of the first shot. I believe that it is the same bird in both images and that the bottom one is before the top. He was just fluffing up his feathers and then eventually flow off.

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Weekend Wanderings – Snapping the City in the Dark

michaelmulholland:

Outstanding photo!

Originally posted on Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY:

Last Sunday I went into the city for another Social Snappers Photography Excursion for a night photography session. We met at the MCG at 6pm, ended up at Flinders Street Station, and finished around 9.30. The idea was that we would start on the bridge that goes over the train lines, photograph the city from there, then slowly make our way along Birrarung Marr and end up at Flinders Street Station, or near there, to photograph car trails. I knew the area from riding a bike a few years ago, but I had never tried to photograph it, so it was new for me too.

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The plan had been to try and get the sunset, but by the time we got there it was pretty much over, I think it was because there were no clouds.  One day, I will get it.  It was a beautiful clear night so we couldn’t complain…

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Day 269/1000

michaelmulholland:

Outstanding capture!

Originally posted on J.D. Kittles Photography:

Day 269 of my 365 Project

Day 269 of my 365 Project

Today is a special milestone in my photography. Explanation time – the numbers I put as the title have two meanings. The first one tells of the picture of the day for this year. The second number is the total number of days I’ve taken a picture of the day. So today is my 1,000th day in a row I’ve taken a picture of the day. I went out to get sunset shots this evening because it looked so cool. Not bad for my 1,000th picture of the day in my opinion.

I want to personally thank everyone who has followed, liked, and commented on my blog these past couple of years. It is greatly appreciated. Now on to my next 1,000 pictures.

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ISIL Threat To World…

Good evening,

I just addressed the nation about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.

Let’s be clear: While this group may call itself the “Islamic State,” it is not “Islamic.” No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. Nor is it a “state.” It is not recognized by any government, nor by the people it subjugates.

This is nothing but a terrorist organization with no vision or goal other than to slaughter all who stand in its way. While we have not yet detected specific plotting against our homeland, these terrorists have threatened America and our allies. And the United States will meet this threat with strength and resolve.

Already, our military has conducted more than 150 successful airstrikes over the past month against ISIL targets in Iraq — strikes that have protected American personnel and facilities, killed hundreds of ISIL fighters, and helped save the lives of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.

Going forward, our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy.

Here is what that strategy looks like.

First, we will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists. Working alongside the Iraqi government, we’ll expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people to hit ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense. And we will continue to hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, whether in Iraq or Syria. They will learn what leaders of other terrorist organizations have already learned: If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.

Second, we will increase our support to the forces fighting these terrorists on the ground. We will send an additional 475 service members to Iraq to support Iraqi and Kurdish security forces. These American forces will not have a combat mission. But they are needed to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces with training, intelligence, and equipment — and tonight, I again called on Congress to give our military the additional authorities and resources it needs to train and equip the Syrian opposition fighters.

Third, working with our partners, we will continue to draw on our substantial counterterrorism capabilities to prevent ISIL attacks. Working with our partners, we will redouble our efforts to cut off its funding, counter its warped ideology, improve our intelligence, strengthen our defenses, and stem the flow of foreign fighters into and out of the Middle East.

And fourth, we will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the innocent civilians displaced by this terrorism organization. This includes Sunni and Shia Muslims who have borne the brunt of this terror, as well as tens of thousands of Christians and other religious minorities.

I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL. But I believe we are strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together. So I welcome congressional action to support this effort in order to show the world that Americans are united in confronting this danger.

This mission will not be like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil. This effort will be a steady and relentless approach to take out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting our partners on the front lines.

This is American leadership at its best: We stand with people who fight for their own freedom. And we rally other nations on behalf of our common security and common humanity.

When American forces helped prevent the massacre of civilians trapped on Mt. Sinjar, here is what one of them said:

“We owe our American friends our lives. Our children will always remember that there was someone who felt our struggle and made a long journey to protect innocent people.”

That is what the United States of America does. That is the difference we make in the world. And moving forward, our own safety and security depends upon our willingness to do what it takes to defend this nation, and uphold the values that we stand for.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

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Flowers Photography June Series Vol.#2…

Here are my most Beautiful & Stunning shots of my community, neighborhood Flowers…I think I achieved some nice photography this year although, as I stated in my previous Flowers Photography June Series Vol.#1 post, there aren’t that many blossoms this year around…so I snapped what I could. Hope and pray next year will provide more Stunning Blooms than this year has.  Perhaps it is the hot humid muggy weather we have been experiencing here in Los Angeles from the storms back east. Who knows, but the Climate Scientists and Experts on Climate Change and of course Global Warming. I have certainly felt, seen and sense the differences and comparisons to previous years that I do believe in Climate Change whether or not it is the norm of Mother Earths Nature in full circle however, She does change quite often. Non the less, Mother Earth is Precious and Beautiful and I am most fortunate and blessed to live and have experienced a very blessed life.

Photography has helped me considerably with my PTSD, its not easy being a Veteran, let alone being me, an artist, and of course Music is my Cure All of Cures, besides my Incredible & Most Precious Children & My Wife.  But when I have music down time, I feel that there is nothing to do, kind of being lost without it.  However, as I am now in the Mixing and Mastering phase of my new Production of the Metal/Hard Rock Band “Stories of Solitude,” coming soon to every Digital Music Outlet on the Internet, including iTunes, Amazon, Target Stores, Spotify, Reverbnation, MySpace, Facebook Music, YouTube Music  and much more, that’s keeping me quite busy and now that my boys have started school full time gives me ample time to do things for me, a change I am yet to get accustomed to. Being a stay at home daddy for five straight years doing nothing but spending every second of the day seven days a week with my twin boys, and now suddenly I have 7 hours to fill, its quite an odd feeling and taking some time to adjust. But with a little more time in making certain the mixes and mastering are perfected, the album “Salvation” will be officially released to the world and I am, and the boys in the band are so very excited about this.  This album will succeed and I will make certain of that. Through all my social networks, spreading the word, through friends, family, fans, success is the obvious. So, all you Metal/Hard Rock Music Fans, get ready, cause its a coming soon.

Now onto photography. Introducing my June Series Vol.#2 Flowers Portfolio. Enjoy, please share, please comment, engage with me, I love that and honor it.

Many Blessings All, Michael

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Chief Bill Baker says Cherokee Nation thriving, Not just Surviving!!!

State of the Nation Address…by Chief Bill Baker of the Cherokee Nation of Tahlequah, OK.

O Si Yo Brother & Sisters, Aunts & Uncles, & Grandmothers and Grandfathers of the Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah OK, Cherokee NC, and Everywhere You All May Be.

This is makes me so proud of my heritage, Scottish Irish Cherokee. Although I am Eastern Band Cherokee, Cherokee, North Carolina, 1790 Cherokee Registrar, We Are One, as No Cherokee sees it any differently.  We are Cherokee.  We Survived the most heinous act by a man hailed as a True American Hero, but he was far from that at all, not even close. When President Andrew Jackson gave to Hostile order of the Georgia Removal Act in the early to mid 1800’s, it was brutal, inhumane, and a devastation to the Cherokee People.  The very People known as the First Five Civilized Tribes.  We conducted ourselves in every aspect and manners of the European Settlers who in turn stole our lands, our lives.  However well advanced, the white man did not like that. The one thing they wanted, to convert us to they, their ways, all things White European, and thus we accustomed ourselves and became what we believe, a very threat, in which we weren’t. We became business men, we dressed the part, we became plantation owners, yes, plantation owners and owners of Slaves that we treated like family unlike that of the White man way. We built schools and educated our children, we adapted like a Crow in every part of the World. Sequoyah (George Guess,) an illiterate, could not read nor write, in his genius, invented the Cherokee (Tsalagi) Alphabet and thus taught our people how to read and write in our very own language thus introducing the first Cherokee Newspaper of its kind, anywhere, everywhere, The Phoenix. We were honorable, noble, trustworthy, kind loving Humans, but that wasn’t good enough for President Andrew Jackson, a man hailed a hero.  He is far a disgrace to me, but I am forgiving and I do recognize the greatness in his accomplishments, just not pertaining to my ancestors.

However the case may be, in the dead of winter, with rifles pointed in our faces, we were forced out of home, taken with us none of our belongings let along clothing, items to keep warm, food, the necessities to travel a distance unknown to us.  Frightened and Distraught, we hadn’t a choice, refuse or be killed. So on our way we walked, walked in Snow, Fierce Winter Blizzards, No Clothing for warmth, no foods, no medicine, nothing but our minds bodies and souls, a people together on The Trail of Tears. Over 4000 perished on that 865 Mile trek to Indian Territory. The best advantage we Cherokee’s had going for us was, that by the time the 1700’s came to light, us Cherokee were already inter0racially mixed blood with the Scottish, Irish and German. By the time of the Georgia Removal by the Coward himself, Andrew Jackson, we were so white in appearance, no one person could tell if we were white or Cherokee.  That’s where greatness came forth.  Many, many, so many, the numbers cannot ever be counted, a forever unknown for an eternity.  That being mixed blood, us Cherokee found means of vanishing, escaping the Trail of Tears and moving out of sight to the north, the south, back to the east, and to the west. Fortunate were the Cherokee north of Georgia in North Carolina, Cherokee Carolina where we still Thrive there today as we did yesterday, they stayed and hid, took shelter in Caves.  But for the Tahlequah Cherokee’s, they had a more than tough journey.  Losing more than 4000 Cherokee on the Trail of Tears, the extermination of our race, heritage, culture, the Cherokee, we won.  We didn’t perish as a whole, and we embrace and celebrate our ancestors we lost along the way.  For through their spirits, we lived, we grew, we regrouped, we re constituted our Government, our people together, the Cherokee, The Real People, The Real Humans. I am proud of my heritage and ancestors.  And the very fact that the Scottish and Irish faced the same attempt at termination of a race, a culture, a heritage and tradition by the English, by the Vikings, and so on and so on, we aren’t any different at all. Scottish, Irish and Cherokee faced the very same life challenges, live or to be killed, and all three thrive today and will for an eternity. I bow my head as I pray to my ancestors on that Trail, the Trail of Tears, but today, I smile, and not shed tears, for I am most grateful. Thanks to Great Chief as Bill Baker and his predecessors, we will continue to grow stronger each and every day and thrive together as a Nation, under God, as a People Together and always and forever remain The Real Humans, The Cherokee. Please, enjoy this article From Bill Baker, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Dohiya

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Principal Chief Bill John Baker gives the annual State of the Nation address on Aug. 30 at the Cherokee Courthouse lawn in Tahlequah, Okla., with a key message that 175 years after Cherokees walked the Trail of Tears, the Cherokee Nation is thriving. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX

Chief says CN thriving, not just surviving!!!

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BY WILL CHAVEZ

09/03/2014 09:02 AM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Principal Chief Bill John Baker gave the annual State of the Nation address on Aug. 30 at the Cherokee Courthouse lawn with a key message that 175 years after Cherokees walked the Trail of Tears, the Cherokee Nation is not just surviving in northeastern Oklahoma but thriving.

Baker said the red brick courthouse is a symbol of the strong spirit living within the CN because people who had just experienced one of the worst tragedies in American history built it.

“It was 175 years ago, we arrived here in eastern Oklahoma and began our greatest chapter – building the largest, most advanced tribal government in the United States,” he said. “Our ancestors were pulled from their homes in the east, forced into stockades and marched here to Indian Territory by a federal government that tried to brutally extinguish us. But in 1839, right here in Tahlequah, we reconstituted our government and we rebuilt our schools. We rebuilt our courts and recreated the commercial success we had in the southeast.”

Baker thanked Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, members of his Cabinet and the Tribal Council for working for the Cherokee people and for helping place the CN on a strong footing.

“And we commend all our employees at the Cherokee Nation and say to each and every one of you, wado. We could not have done it without you,” he said.

We believed the purpose of a good government, a strong government and a fair government is to make life better for its citizens.

– Principal Chief Bill John Baker

Baker also highlighted the investments the CN is making to benefit the Cherokee people such as building new homes, expanding health centers and services and creating jobs.

“As principal chief, my goal is a simple one: make the lives of Cherokees better, and do it every day. Every decision is based on that goal. That is the definitive mission,” he said. “We believed the purpose of a good government, a strong government and a fair government is to make life better for its citizens. And we are succeeding.”

More homes, better health care and increased hope through education and jobs are a result of the tribe’s investments in its people, he added. One of the highlights of that investment is the number of Cherokees the CN is employing in its government and businesses.

“We employ more than 9,000 people in northeast Oklahoma, and more than 80 percent of them are Cherokee, compared to less than 70 percent three years ago,” he said. “That’s more than 1,200 (who) are Cherokees working for their tribe. That’s more Cherokees taking home paychecks to their families, and 1,200 more Cherokees who know their tribe is here for them.”

All of the tribe’s successes have a $1.3 billion dollar economic impact on Oklahoma, he said.

“As the largest employer in the 14 counties, we are the engine that is driving this economy,” Baker said. “Across the 14 counties, we’ve rebuilt roads and torn down crumbling bridges, rebuilding them from the ground up.”

He provided examples of the tribe’s work in communities such as expanding waterlines in Nowata to provide safe drinking water, building a water tower in West Siloam Springs and completing water sanitation projects in Oaks and Locust Grove. The CN also continues to give annual cash donations to volunteer fire departments in the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction.

“These investments help better people’s lives. The Cherokee Nation has proven time and time again to be the critical piece in what drives prosperous communities,” he said.

About a year ago, Baker announced a plan to overhaul the CN’s health system. Four health centers in Ochelata, Stilwell, Sallisaw and Jay are under construction or are finished. Also, the CN has budgeted more than $60 million for a new hospital in Tahlequah.

“Our casinos have grown to be very profitable. So we called for $100 million dollars from our casinos to be use for new health facilities for our people,” he said. “Having profitable casinos is wonderful, but it is useless if it doesn’t benefit our people in the ways they need it most, like health care.”

Baker said he believes the tribe’s ancestors would be proud of the progress being made and where the tribe is headed.

“It was 175 years ago that hope carried our people through unimaginable hardship,” he said. “Our ancestors would be proud of where we have been, the progress we are making today and where we are going. We owe it to them to continue and protect that sacred legacy.”

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Music Update: Michael Mulholland #14 in the Music Charts…

Yes, my friends, I am now #14 in the Music Charts for all of Los Angeles thanks to you, friends on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere.  Thank you most sincerely….

While expressing gratitude, please allow me to inform you all that my All Veterans Hard Rock Band is Gaining Quite a Bit of popularity.  I have emailed my music to the Commanding General of the US Air Force NATO John E. Michel in Afghanistan, a dear friend and even though I have been in civilian status since 1986, he is still my CO. He is loving my music and sharing it with his fellow Aviators in his network and sharing my music with our men and women in Uniform serving our Great Nation abroad.  I am most grateful to the General, and am so excited about all this.

Furthermore, I have expanded on sales distribution via Every Single Digital Media Music Outlet Online and also providing the option of purchasing physical Mechanical CD’s at Amazon, Target and other venues on the internet while still providing the best of services via downloading copies via iTunes.com/MichaelMulholland and iTunes.com/SonsoftheSecond.

Support us Veterans Supporting Each Other.  Get your copies of my Music and help me Support Veterans and The Wounded Warrior Project that I am donating proceeds to.

Also, if not yet following me on Twitter, I am @TsalagiKid and @SonsoftheSecond and on Facebook.com/SacredCrow, would be honored to have you all join me there.

Until Next Time, Take Great Care, Many Blessings My Dear Friends

Michael Red Crow Mulholland

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New Flower Photography Portfolio © 2014 Vol.#1…

Good day my friends, I hope this post finds you all well.

I am happy to introduce you to my this years Flower Photography Portfolio 2014 Vol.#1 © 2014, this years series is not as abundant at last years, for some reason there weren’t enough blooms as the previous year, perhaps (Climate Change) for those that deny its plausibility however, in my community, flowers and gardens are abundant every year, but not this year. This is Vol.#1 of my Flower Photography Portfolio © 2014 photographed June Series. I hope you all enjoy and share this post, and please comment, I love comments, embrace me.  Many Blessings my Dear Friends.

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Update: Michael Mulholland in the Top 40 Music Charts…

Its a great day everyday, however, it is even a greater day when you wake to find that you’re number 40 in the Music Charts. Yes, #40 in the Music Charts.  That’s a milestone to say the least and thanks for my friends, fans, and followers, from here to Facebook, Twitter to LinkedIn, you all made me make it to the Top 40!  Thank you all so very very much.

My Hard Rock Band “Sons of the Second” @SonsoftheSecond on Twitter is now Dedicated ALL its Sales Revenue to “The Wounded Warrior Project.”  My band “Sons of the Second” is a band of incredibly talented & gifted musicians who are all Combat Veterans, from Vietnam, Korea, Grenada to Desert Storm, we are Veterans, We Are Proud, We Are Alive, We Are Healing, Always, PTSD never goes away however, through music, it HEALS.

Go to http://www.iTunes.com/SonsoftheSecond & purchase our 4 Song EP that includes a masterpiece remake of Led Zepplins “Immigrant Song” using a full 24 piece orchestra of strings, cellos horns choir, the works, a musical masterpiece of pure genius production, You Must Hear it for Yourself!!!

My Award Winning Country Music Album “True Country” is selling like wildfire & IHOP All You Can Eat Pancakes at http://www.iTunes.com/MichaelMulholland and I am taking a percent of the sales to Donate to The Wounded Warrior Project to Help My Fellow Veterans. Bring Our Military Home! Bring Home Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi who is imprisoned in Mexico for making a wrong turn, Whilst, Obama has done nothing to bring him home.  And in Honor of my fallen Hero, Chris Kyle @HONORCHRISKYLE Twitter, who was killed by helping a fellow veteran battling PTSD. As a Marine Veteran, We Leave No Man Behind, plain & simple, even if they have fallen, we still keep them alive in Honor, in Memory, in Pride & Respect. To all the Men & Women in Uniform, Hoorah!!!

I am asking you to Help Me Help Them, Our Veterans, who so desperately NEED OUR HELP!  I am sworn by Oath to Honor my, our Military, from Past to Present, to give Thanks for paving the Way for Our Very Freedoms, for their sacrifices, for the fallen, for those that made it home, Help Me by Trending this post throughout ALL Your Social Media Sites, to give Thanks & Recognition to our Men & Women in Uniform. We Owe It To Them!

Its simple. Go to the following sites to purchase my music, for yourself, or gift it to a friend, or the very least, repost this and trend it. Power in NUMBERS!!!

http://www.iTunes.com/MichaelMulholland

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Thank you so very much…

Many Blessings,

 

Michael Red Crow Mulholland

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Flowers for the Day…

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Incredibly Outstanding Article re: History, Wars, Military, The US Constitution, Firearms and More, A Must Read to Share, Reblog & Tweet…

An Interview With Stephen P. Halbrook

by Carlo Stagnaro

When it comes to World War II, most people tend to figure out only two actors: the Axis vs. the Allies. In modern terms, it was a clash of civilization, so to speak, where the champions of Good and Evil fought to the death. Of course, reality is never so simple, as any individualist could point out.

The “great history” is known to everyone. But few know the role of Switzerland during the conflict. That small country succeeded in preserving its traditional liberty even when Hitler was supposed to win the war and establish a New World Order. Swiss citizens were always united in opposition to the Nazi dictatorship. Nor did they sign any sort of alliance with Britain, the US, and the Soviet Union. They had the policy of armed neutrality, and deterrence was their major arm – leave aside the weapons privately owned, which posed a major threat to any invading army, German, Soviet, or otherwise.

Recently I talked about Swiss behavior during WW2, and tried to learn something useful for our own future, with Stephen P. Halbrook, author of Target Switzerland. Swiss Armed Neutrality in World War II. Mr. Halbrook also authored several books and articles about the right to keep and bear arms: among them, the famous That Every Man Be Armed. The Evolution of a Constitutional Right.

STAGNARO: Many people believe Switzerland was quite “collaborationist” with Nazi Germany during the Second World War. Your book shows things went differently. How could the Swiss defend their independence without compromising with the regime of Hitler?

HALBROOK: Every man in Switzerland had a rifle at home. Shooting was the national sport. A look at a map shows tiny, democratic Switzerland surrounded by the Axis powers stretching all over Europe and into Russia and North Africa. This nation of riflemen situated in the Alps managed to remain neutral and to dissuade a Nazi invasion.

Winston Churchill, England’s wartime leader, wrote as the Allies were engaged in conquering Germany in 1944: “Of all the neutrals Switzerland has the greatest right to distinction. . . . She has been a democratic State, standing for freedom in self-defence among her mountains, and in thought, in spite of race, largely on our side.”

By contrast, the year before, Adolf Hitler stated that “all the rubbish of small nations still existing in Europe must be liquidated as fast as possible,” and that if necessary he would become known as the “Butcher of the Swiss.”

But Hitler knew that the Swiss were gun owners and that many Nazis would be butchered in the process. Located in Bern, American spy Allen Dulles, the head of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), explained: “At the peak of its mobilization Switzerland had 850,000 men under arms or standing in reserve, a fifth of the total population. . . . That Switzerland did not have to fight was thanks to its will to resist and its large investment of men and equipment in its own defense. The cost to Germany of an invasion of Switzerland would certainly have been very high.”

Incidentally, Italian partisan leaders would slip over the border into Ticino, the Italian-speaking Swiss canton, and arrange with the OSS for air drops of supplies to their mountain bases.

STAGNARO: German generals studied several plans to invade Switzerland. All of them worried about the strength of the Swiss army, as well as about the ability of Swiss to make them pay a very high price. Let’s play history-fiction: had the Germans really tried an invasion, what fate would they have been likely to find?

HALBROOK: When Hitler came to power in 1933, Nazi propaganda depicted Switzerland as one of several countries to be annexed as part of “Greater Germany.” Unlike the other European neutrals, which spent money for the welfare state, the Swiss immediately began military preparations to repel an eventual German attack. In 1940, Switzerland was a potential southern invasion route to France, while Belgium and Holland were the northern invasion routes. The Germans avoided Switzerland, where every man was armed and the spirit of resistance predominated.

Just after the fall of France, the German forces devised several new invasion plans against Switzerland – the Nazis would occupy the German and French speaking areas, and Fascist Italy would occupy the Italian speaking area. These plans acknowledged that the Swiss were well-trained marksmen, and recommended considerable forces for the attack. While Hitler hated Switzerland – which he called a “pimple” on the face of Europe – for refusing to join the New Order, he was distracted by the Battle of Britain and then by Operation Barbarossa, the battle with the Soviet Union in 1941.

Yet just days before the assault on Russia, Hitler and Mussolini met on the Brenner. The record states: “The Führer characterized Switzerland as the most despicable and wretched people and national entity. The Swiss were the mortal enemies of the new Germany.” The Duce called Switzerland “an anachronism.” Attack plans against Switzerland continued to be made.

When the Fascist government collapsed and the liberation of southern Italy began, Germany occupied northern Italy – which greatly increased the risk to Switzerland. Germany wanted the Swiss Alpine routes to ship soldiers and weapons, and the Swiss refused. But Switzerland provided sanctuary to Italian and French partisans and refugees.

A Nazi invasion of Switzerland during any of the above periods would have faced the following: The Swiss border forces would have fought to the death and would have been eliminated. But the bridges and roads were charged with explosives and would be destroyed, as would the Gotthard and Simplon tunnels on the Alpine routes to Italy.

The Swiss forces were concentrated in the Alpine Réduit. Panzers and the Luftwaffe could not operate in these steep mountains. Wehrmacht infantry would have been subjected to murderous fire from artillery hidden in mountain sides. Swiss forces could hold out indefinitely in the Alps.

Any German occupation of parts of Switzerland would have had extreme costs in blood. Unlike any country Germany occupied, every Swiss man had a rifle at home. The Swiss government and military ordered that no surrender would take place, and any report of a surrender was to be regarded as enemy propaganda. The Swiss would have waged a partisan war unequaled in European history. While many Swiss would have been killed, the invaders would have faced a Swiss sniper behind every tree and every rock.

STAGNARO: You make a strong point in defense of the Swiss military organization: Switzerland could resist against Germany thanks to its armed citizenry. Do you believe this system is still good, despite the dramatic changes we have experienced in the last decades, both in the kind of enemies (e.g., terrorism) and in the ways of waging wars?

HALBROOK: Shortly before World War I, the German Kaiser was the guest of the Swiss government to observe military maneuvers. The Kaiser asked a Swiss militiaman: “You are 500,000 and you shoot well, but if we attack with 1,000,000 men what will you do?” The soldier replied: “We will shoot twice and go home.”

Still today, every Swiss male on reaching age 20 years old is required to attend recruit school and issued a Fucile d’assalto 90 (model 1990, 5.6 mm selective fire rifle) to keep at home. Many women also participate in the shooting sports, as do teenagers and elderly persons. Weapons are carried so commonly on public transportation, around towns, and to hotels – especially when a shooting match is about to occur – that foreigners think a revolution is occurring. For an example of a contemporary shooting match which took place in the Swiss canton of Ticino, visit my website and look for “An Armed Society.”

The Swiss militia army consists primarily of an infantry of the armed populace, but also includes modern artillery – some of which is hidden in Alpine fortifications – and fighter jets. As for terrorism, depending on the circumstances, a vigilant and armed populace may be instrumental in stopping a massacre. If terrorist acts occur on Swiss soil, the citizenry will resist however possible.

STAGNARO: Most RKBA supporters assert that gun control is the key to tyranny. In fact, Hitler disarmed his enemies (starting from German Jews) before they could organize a resistance. Do you believe there’s a link between the Swiss tradition of an army of the people, and the tradition of liberty of that country?

HALBROOK: Machiavelli said it best: the Swiss are “armatissimi e liberissimi.” From 1291, when the Swiss Confederation was born, armed Swiss peasants and herdsmen resisted the aggression of some of the great armies of Europe. Every man was expected to provide his own arms and to defend against any invasion.

When Hitler came to power, his henchmen burned the Reichstag and blamed it on the Communists – the excuse to suspend all constitutional rights and to disarm all political opposition. Under the gun control laws passed by the liberal Weimar republic, the Nazis began disarming Jews. Then came Reichskristallnacht in 1938, in which the Nazis smashed up businesses and homes with the excuse that the Jews were dangerous and must be disarmed. Gestapo chief Heinrich Himmler threatened 20 years in the concentration camp for any Jew caught with a gun.

When the Nazis occupied France and other countries, they found the registration lists of firearm owners in the police departments. Gun owners who did not turn in their firearms within 24 hours were shot, as were those who failed to inform on their friends and relatives. For whatever reason, historians have shown no interest in highlighting the cruel fate of Jews and subjects in the occupied countries who were firearm owners. And yet some of these gun owners who eluded the Nazis were able to use their firearms to save their families, refugees, and others and even to mount armed resistance. The Warsaw ghetto uprising of 1943 was initiated with only a half dozen illegal handguns.

In Switzerland, the only “gun control” law was that every man must shoot accurately at 300 meters. Had they attacked, the Nazis would have needed no gun registration records – they could have assumed that every man had a gun. As war clouds approached, in 1938 at the World Shooting Championships held in Luzern, Switzerland, Swiss Federal President Philipp Etter declared:

“There is probably no other country that, like Switzerland, gives the soldier his weapon to keep in the home. . . . With this rifle, he is liable every hour, if the country calls, to defend his hearth, his home, his family, his birthplace. The weapon is to him a pledge and sign of honor and freedom. The Swiss does not part with his rifle.”

The Nazis heard this message in countless other venues. They knew that they could not execute every Swiss for having a weapon – instead, they knew that countless German soldiers would die from Swiss snipers. The powerful German army could make Switzerland into a wasteland, but the German blood that would be spilled was unacceptably high, and the country would be ungovernable.

STAGNARO: The American Founding Fathers warned that a professional standing army could be a threat to liberty, because it induces a strong temptation to imperialism. In your vision, is there any correlation between the peculiar military organization of the Switzerland, and its neutrality?

HALBROOK: America’s Founding Fathers recognized that standing armies were dangerous to liberty because such armies oppressed the population domestically and engaged in wars of imperialist aggression. That is why the United States originally followed the Swiss model of republicanism, a militia army, and neutrality. America’s founders wished to avoid “entangling alliances” in Europe, and the US entered World Wars I and II reluctantly.

A militia army includes virtually all able-bodied males under arms in a country, and thus challenges any invader with unending guerilla warfare. A standing army consists of professional soldiers forming a small proportion of a country’s population. Numerous standing armies in Europe collapsed before the onslaught of Hitler’s blitzkrieg – the governmental elites surrendered and ordered the soldiers to lay down their arms. An attack on Switzerland would have encountered no elite to surrender, and instead armed resistance at every turn.

The organization of the Swiss military as a militia meant that, while it could protect its country, it could not have invaded another country. This was the experience since medieval times. Armed Swiss commoners defeated the mightiest armies of invading knights at numerous battles – they left Charles the Bold in a ditch with his head crushed by a halberd at Nancy in 1477 – but were themselves defeated when they ventured into foreign lands, such as at Marignano in 1515.

The above is the key to Swiss neutrality. Militia armies are good at defending their own countries, but are no good at attacking other countries, and thus avoid foreign wars. Both militia defense and neutrality thus promote the ideals of peace.

One last thought. The Second Amendment to the US Constitution declares: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Besides being influenced by the Swiss example, America’s Founders were also inspired by Cesare Beccaria’s Dei Delitti e delle Pene (1764), which characterized as “false idee di utilità” the laws that prohibit peaceable citizens from carrying arms, which encourage attacks by armed criminals against unarmed victims.

As the world community enters an uncertain 21st century, the lessons of history will either be learned or its mistakes will be repeated.

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Flowers Photos from Me to You!

Good day fellow bloggers and friends, I hope this post finds everyone well, happy, healthy and safe.

Its been a while since my last posts, especially photography since I have been overwhelmed with studio work producing bands and artists and composing music for film and an array of multi media, but Most of all, my children and family, but I’ve finally snapped some shots of flowers in my neighborhood.  This season there wasn’t much to photograph, perhaps climate change had an impact of less blooms than that of last year, but I was surprised not see the usual blooms I am used to seeing throughout my community.  Saddening if it is in fact due to climate change, and that is something I believe in unlike much of our government, but there are scientific facts that prove otherwise. As far as music goes, I am finally complete with recording and producing this new album by the metal band Stories of Solitude: http://www.Reverbnation.com/StoriesofSolitudeBand and now going into the mixing phase that is always a daunting task, then on to mastering, packaging and distribution of the album.  For you metal heads, you will love it, for those not into metal, there are plenty of beautiful songs, ballads and acoustic versions of songs that will appeal to anyone’s ears.  I will keep you all updated on the progress as I move forward.

Now, for my this years Flowers Photography.  I snapped some beautiful shots, some look like they were shot in the dead of darkness, but all shots we taken in bright full sun daylight. Thanks to the incredible operating system and settings on my Canon 5D mkIII, this camera is so outstanding that I can’t believe I took the shots and I am not a pro by any means. Furthermore, it bothers me that you all may not see the quality of the photos the same way as I do as I have high quality expensive HD Graphics Cards in my systems and 32″ HD Monitors. Even when I view the photos on my HP laptop, they appear dull and nearly not enough life in them and seemingly don’t have the same quality as viewed on my main workstations. Thus, I hope you all see the very same beauty in them as I do…so, here are a few for starters, enjoy and as always, I love comments, not for an ego boost, but just to receive comments is a blessing.  Thanks all, and many, many blessings.  Michael.

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Michael Red Crow Mulholland Photography © 2014 ~ Sector 7 Studio Productions ~ Ascap

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