Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Bully, Bully

When I was in elementary school, children that misbehaved in class were called down and disciplined by the teachers. It usually started with a stern voice and explanation why that behavior was inappropriate. Most student complied with what they were told to do by teachers and the norm was for that student never having to be corrected again for the same infraction. There were a few children that were more aggravating than others and took more teacher time, but the teachers usually managed it in the classroom.

At home, kids playing with other neighborhood kids occasionally had disputes with each other and they managed it within their peer group. People that had a tendency for bullying were usually not invited to events and were shunned by others in the group. Occasionally a parent or parents were involved, but that was seldom.

Junior high and high school provided a little more freedom for youngsters and most of the time, students obeyed the teachers. For some infractions at school, unruly students were sent to the principal’s office. Those occasions were rare. Bullying that took place was usually in the hallway, gym class or lunch periods. There were usually teachers around to prevent things from getting out of hand.

Bullies are cowards. They like bullying weaker people or softer-spoken people and usually do it out of sight of people that can stop them. In the neighborhoods people avoid the bullies. Bullies also like to use gang-tactics to bully people they cannot bully as an individual.

Bullies have been around forever, but they were few and they were the exception. There were some groups like the KKK or motorcycle clubs that were aggressive and dangerous in their bullying, but local law enforcement has all but stopped working with them and ignoring them. Now these well-known groups are watched and minimized.

Bullying changed in the last few years and I think it started by electing a community organizer as our President. His solution to bullying was not to retrain the bully. His approach was to retrain everyone else to recognize a bully and call them out. That is right. Our approach has changed forever from addressing bullies’ behavior to teaching everyone else to be a bully.

The community organizer divided us up along racial lines, ethnic lines, sex, sexual orientation and any other division he and his cohorts could muster. Now we have bullies in mass around the country. Antifa is a bullying group that has assumed authority to attack anyone they choose. They usually stay in Democrat controlled cities, because Democrat mayors and police chiefs will not stop their violence or tyranny. Feminists hold marches in cities and exclude Republican women and women that oppose abortion. People on the political right are shunned by the LGBT community. Black Lives Matter despises anyone that think other lives matter. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is made of Democrats and held a meeting last week to decide if they should let a Republican Hispanic join them.

The trend in colleges is to shun and hate white males for their masculinity. The new hierarchy for professors calling on students in class is black women, other people of color, white women and if no one else has an answer, they will call on a white male. This IS a thing and it is happening.

The news media has jumped on the bullying bandwagon. The only thing consistent about the plethora of new bullies we now encounter is that they are on the left. Obama should be proud.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

What Matters

Have you ever thought of the purpose of laws? Why do we need government involvement in our society? I have heard many people say, “Without laws you have anarchy.” That is probably true, but why is it true? If everyone assumed personal responsibility and did not take advantage of other people, there would be little need for law.

Most of us know people that do not have a value system. Our country and our founding documents were created based on Judeo-Christian values. Many scoff at that, without any explanation of what value system is better. I do not propose people get religion, but I do think a civilized society is based on individuals showing civility to each other. This is only possible if there is a value system. Law is not good enough, because the law begins at a point that is way past civil. What our legal system does is control people with a lack of a value system at the furtherest extreme of what is civil.

Where did you get your value system? Mine began with my father and mother and was enhanced by my brother and sister, my grandparents, neighbors, school teachers, classmates and church. Families matter. Communities matter. Education matters.

Forty or so years ago, people of Hollywood and a few other public figures began openly defying the value of the family. Of course, there have always been children born out of wedlock, but Hollywood glorified it and made it mainstream. Now we have men fathering children with no assumed responsibility for their upbringing. This implies that some men do not respect the women they have relationships with and some women are not taught to demand respect.

Our country is divided. I cannot imagine why it would not be divided. We have a group of black people advocating for the murder of police officers. We have college professors, that ignore 8,000 years of science and think a person can change their sex in their own mind. We have Antifa and their allies denying free speech to everyone. We have nations engaged in a war of words that may lead to war with actual battlegrounds and people dying. We have a nation that advocates for the destruction of another nation and extinction of its people.

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We have people in this country that think non-citizens have rights that our citizens do not. We have colleges and even states that give benefits to people here illegally that they do not offer to American citizens. We have people advocating for killing babies, so mothers do not have to use readily available contraceptives. We have people wasting time trying to remove firearms from our society. Get real. It will never happen.

We have wealthy people getting wealthier at the expense of the rest of our society. Government appears to be mostly on their side. Politicians main job is to get re-elected and that costs money. Long ago politicians stopped working for the people and started working for moneybags.

The scariest part of all of this is we may be the most tolerant nation in the world. We seem to be the most caring and the most giving. I think we are the best hope for the survival of the people on our earth. We must hold the line on our borders and maintain our American values. We must start rebuilding families and passing on our values to our offspring, lest we move toward the anarchy that will destroy our country and allow the demise of mankind.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

From Here Where

We have a lot of turmoil in our country and around the world. We have individuals around the world killing others for their own reasons, the latest being in Las Vegas. Nature also got into the act with hurricanes, earthquakes and monsoon rains.

Hurricane Maria was a class 5 storm that caused damage in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. It will be a year or more before they get their medical facilities and electricity grid restored and even longer trying to clean up residual trash and rebuild homes and businesses on the island. Many have evacuated to Florida and probably will not return. Delivering materials to their ports was the easy part, but distribution of life saving materials inland has been poor. Governor Ricardo Rosello is working with FEMA to coordinate supply distribution with slow success.

Hurricane Irma went through the Bahamas, Turks Caicos, the Greater Antilles, the Virgin Islands, the Leeward Islands, Cape Verde, the Florida Keys and on into the Florida mainland leaving floods and wind damage behind. Friends and neighbors pitched in to help each other, as Governor Rick Scott took responsibility for the Florida recovery and worked with FEMA and city mayors to implement his plan.

Hurricane Harvey, which caused problems for Belize, Nicaragua, Honduras, the Yucatan Peninsula and the Windward Islands on the way to flooding portions of Texas from the coast into Houston, then moving east through Port Arthur Beaumont and into Louisiana. Governors Greg Abbot of Texas and John Bel Edwards of Louisiana worked with FEMA and coordinated rescue and recovery efforts for their respective states.

Saving flood victims

Mexico had a severe 7.1 earthquake that wreaked havoc in central Mexico and into Mexico City.  People, working with their bare hands, pitched in immediately and began searching for buried individuals in the debris. They did not wait for instructions and did not wait for coordination. They went to work.

Monsoon rains have caused flooding in Nepal, Bangladesh and India, killing over 1,200 people. Over 18,000 schools are shut down and they do not know when classes will resume. 

Flooding in India

News people in this country cover major events, then revert to the story of the day. Attacks on the Trump administration about slow recovery in Puerto Rico is a big story pushed by the media. Gun control and the National Rifle Association get a lot of news time following any mass shooting in the country. Players kneeling during our national anthem before games in the National Football League have taken a lot of air time. News people drive the political agenda. They look for any opportunity to place the blame and skew the truth to fit their liberal narrative. It is labeled fake news for obvious reasons.

There have always been problems in the world, but I do not recall a time when placing the blame on anyone solved any problems. Natural disasters are out of our control, but our response to them are our responsibility, Black people have stated grievances about their treatment by police, government and white people, all the while acknowledging they would rather be here than anywhere else.

Solutions to many of the world’s problems are easier found in communities where individuals accept responsibility for their actions. Families usually share values and help each other. Waiting for someone else to solve your problem does not seem to work in our world. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Current Events

Our friends and family in the Houston area are still recovering from the devastating flooding caused by hurricane Harvey camping over the area for a week or so. I read an article yesterday that the Harris County Flood Control District issued a report over twenty years ago with a plan to prevent the flooding from being so catastrophic. The politicians would not spend the money at that time, I think in the $40 million range. Think what is being spent now for recovery and it is in the $100 billion range.

Of course, this was an unusual hurricane, but rivers and reservoirs and dams cause flood events frequently. Actions not taken years ago will probably cost $100 million now. Sad, but the money will probably still not be spent to prevent future disasters.

Now hurricane Irma hit the west coast of Florida and weakened as it moved north.  It was a category four storm that has already caused devastation in the Florida Keys, Lower Antilles islands and Caribbean nations. The entire peninsula of Florida will be affected by wind and rising water. Restoring electricity seems to be the biggest concern, now. Hopefully, the federal government will update the coastal maps to better identify high flood risk areas, although the people living there already know if they are in peril.

Our best wishes for people across the southern part of the United States as they recover from these disasters. Minimal loss of life and property is something for which to pray,

Forest fires in California, Montana, Oregon and Utah are causing severe damage to our forested areas and taking some homes away with the trees. Environmentalists, the Interior Department and lumber companies need to get together and initiate a tree cutting program to thin the forests, provide lumber for new building and lessen the ferocity of the forest fires. There is a lot we could do to help ourselves.

While all this is going on in the USA, 1,400 people have died from monsoon flooding in south Asia, primarily from India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Mother nature does not discriminate. Many natural disasters occur each year.

A happier note:

Our nephew, Austin Clark and a few of his friends that recently graduated from Liberty Hill High School were sworn in as United States Marine recruits on September 5th. They will attend Boot Camp in San Diego. Congratulations to the new Marine recruits and thanks to Liberty Hill for supporting these young men and their families. Austin is a great kid and we all love and appreciate him and his choice to serve this nation.

Austin, Justin, Shanna and John Clark

New Marines from Liberty Hill and family members

Austin being sworn in.

Proud to be joining the Marines.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Bye, Harvey

From tropical storm to class 4 hurricane, Harvey was one of the worst disasters in Texas history. No one is sorry to see Harvey move along and dissipate. Harvey formed fast, but it did not act alone. A high-pressure area to the north and west of Texas kept the storm from moving inland, as tropical storms normally do. The consistent high-pressure area lingering to the north caused Harvey to stay in the same area for a long, long time, dropping rain for a good portion of its existence. Rockport and Aransas Pass took the brunt of the wind, but Houston received the most flood damage. Recovery will take years.

I felt all the government agencies worked well together. Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick, the Texas governor and lieutenant governor seemed to be well prepared to manage the crisis. President Trump, FEMA, the Department of Homeland Security and Housing and Urban Development were all engaged. Sylvester Turner, the mayor of Houston took some flak for not ordering an evacuation, but people complaining do not understand the issues he had to face. Houston is big. Way bigger than any other city in land area. Evacuating the whole city was not a possibility and determining who to evacuate was equally impossible. Turner stayed engaged and helped coordinate disaster relief. Who could ask for more? There is nothing smooth in handling disasters. Leadership staying engaged and coordinating is the best you can ever hope to get. I saw that happening.

The governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards was also engaged and helping with relief efforts. Texas and Louisiana both called the National Guard into service. The Department of Defense is mobilizing other National Guard units to assist in the rescue and clean-up efforts.

Kathi and I are in Utah, far away from the storm, but I am a proud Texan. People helped one another. Family members took care of their extended families, then looked elsewhere to provide more assistance. Some of the volunteers had their own homes under water and were still out helping others. Some were gathering donations to provide warmth and food to evacuees. Other volunteers, including the Coast Guard and Cajun Navy were out in boats rescuing stranded people.

With all the commotion in Texas it is easy to overlook the problems people were having elsewhere. We had friends in Florida that had flooded houses and cars. Hurricanes and tropical storms are a big deal.

There were some looters and a few burglaries, but these incidents were few and the compassion of the Texas people much overshadow these lawless creeps.

The rain is slowing and some sunshine is returning. Recovery will take years. Some of our friends and neighbors lost everything. State and federal help is available. Insurance money will come in slowly, but it will come. Mostly people will have to help themselves and get some help from their friends and families. That is how we always recover. The help is always there. That is why we will always recover. What a country and what great people.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Remember Harry?

Harry S Truman was our 33rd President. I remember him as an individual thinker and one that did not shirk responsibility. He authorized the use of atomic weapons against Japan to help end WW II. Following the war, he initiated the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe. He also led the way into the cold war to combat Russian and Chinese Communism, via the Truman Doctrine. He also was instrumental in the creation of the NATO agreement.

He inherited a progressive Congress that followed the socialist policies of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Truman vetoed 180 bills that Congress sent to him. He liked a good political fight, especially when he thought he was right. The Congress overrode his veto 12 times.

Some Harry Truman quotations that describe his thinking:

Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.

The reward of suffering is experience.

America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.

I never did give anybody hell. I just told them the truth and they thought it was hell.

You know that being an American is more than a matter of where your parents came from. It is a belief that all men are created free and equal and that everyone deserves an even break.

A leader in the Democratic Party is a boss, in the Republican Party he is a leader. 

The only things worth learning are the things you learn after you know it all.

The buck stops here!

Those who want the Government to regulate matters of the mind and spirit are like men who are so afraid of being murdered that they commit suicide to avoid assassination.

When even one American - who has done nothing wrong - is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth - then all Americans are in peril.

Political Correctness is a doctrine, recently fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and promoted by a sick mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of shit by clean end!

I see a lot of Harry in The Donald.

Sunday, August 13, 2017


Truth is funny in political conversations. I tell people facts all the time and my friends on the left accuse me of right wing propaganda. I may use satire occasionally, but I never intentionally mislead anyone and I do not intend to do that here. There are two sides to every story and I like to hear and try to understand both sides.

I do not like or support white supremacists or KKK members. I also do not like or support black lives matter. I do not like the Muslim Brotherhood. I do not support the Democrats city and state leaders who are removing Confederate statues and Confederate names from buildings. When the last statue is gone, will we no longer be a racist country, where slavery existed? 

Robert E Lee memorial statue
I see no value in trying to erase our history. You can do it in public, but you will never get rid of all the books that tell our story. If you think you need a safe space, you actually need another country. Once you walk out of a safe space you are back in the real world with people that have freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom to do a lot of things none of us like.

History is something to embrace and study. As a country, there are things we are proud of and things that do not bestow pride. Both are part of who we are as a nation. People are supposed to learn from their mistakes and become better people. We call it informal education. People collectively learn the same way and those memories help us adjust our laws and social norms to fit the needs of all of us. There is no safe space, there is just here where we live.

We are at a place in our history where people on the left feel obligated to beat up people they think might say something they do not like. They accuse the people they beat up of saying words that might cause violence, so the leftist solution is to fulfill their own prophesy. Is this not insane?

In Charlottesville, a statue of Robert E. Lee was being removed to satisfy some people that hate slavery. Well, some other people that also hate slavery have a different understanding of the purpose of the statues. Until we understand that others also have a right to a point of view, we will have conflict.

White supremacists got a permit to demonstrate the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville. White supremacists showed up for the rally from states all over the country. A few joined in that just like statues and some joined in because they resent our history being destroyed. If these people were allowed to hold their rally in peace, the hateful supremacists would have been peaceful. They normally do not riot and destroy property.

The peace was threatened when opposition, ready for a confrontation, showed up to antagonize the supremacists. It seems to have worked. One of the supremacists got in a car and drove into the crowd, killing one and injuring several others. He should be prosecuted for murder and he will get his trial. You cannot equate what this person did and assign the blame to everyone in the group to which he belonged. That is not proper, just or legal.

President Trump disavowed the violence on national television. News pundits are criticizing him for not placing all the blame on the white supremacists. He is smart enough to realize they were not the only ones involved. Take off the political blinders and you can see the truth.