Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Organizing Communities

It was in the news this morning that “Organizing For Action” has a goal to train 10,000 community organizers. This group is Obama’s non-profit advocacy group. I am trying hard to be open minded about this, but unfortunately we have a history.

Ours is a country made up of immigrants. Most of the immigrants that came to this country before 1960 came here to make a better life for themselves and their families. Most were able to achieve this goal. One of the main reasons for this success is that after the United States government was organized, a process was put in place to limit immigrants into the country. By regulating the numbers coming in, they had the opportunity to learn from their neighbors what it took to be a successful United States citizen. People wanting citizenship trained themselves in areas of Constitutional law, free enterprise, and freedom from government control. Within 150 years we became the most prosperous and most powerful nation in the world. Our prosperity allowed us to send money overseas to help trading partners increase their wealth and prosperity. Our power has helped the free countries of the world root out evil villains that want to usurp other people’s rights.

This integration of immigrants into our society has been successful, primarily because the education was done at the neighborhood level. Immigrants normally settle in neighborhoods where they are enmeshed in people of their own ethnicity. Some of the people in the neighborhoods objected to the newcomers, but despite the few objectors, they became good citizens and accepted by their neighbors in a very short period of time.

Today we have inner city neighborhoods that have been controlled by the Democrat Party for many years and are filled with poor people that cannot find a way out of their poverty. The youth with little parental guidance and poor education from teachers whose union affiliation is more important to them than the children they teach. The kids resort to gangs for protection and support. They resent the police that expect them to behave like good citizens. The Democrats keep telling them the only way they can improve their situation is with government support and the more support they get the worse off they are.

Knowing all these things, I think the community organizer initiative could be a good thing. If the community organizers are trained to go in and help people learn to become better citizens, so they are accepted by their neighbors the project has a chance for success.

But again, we have a history. The most famous community organizer I have ever heard of does not believe in the Constitution. He is flooding the country with immigrants at such a rapid rate, that they have little chance of becoming productive citizens for many decades. As implied earlier, for immigrants to be successful, they have to be supported by their neighbors. But, if the new community organizers are divisive like Barack Obama we are going to have chaos and anarchy in the neighborhoods they organize and the problems will get worse instead of better.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

What's Next?

I saw reports from Texas City, Texas today that a young man was firing a gun into a crowd near or in a bar. Police arrived and the young man turned the gun on the police officers, one of which shot and killed him. It turned out he was Black. What happened next is the mystery to me. After the boy was shot, people in the crowd started throwing rocks and bottles at the police officer. This behavior is foreign to me, but similar to what is going on across the country in Black communities. I used to say poor communities, but it is apparent the Blacks are the ones that are supporting the felons and thugs in the stories, normally based on lies from biased observers. “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!” was the lie from Ferguson Missouri. “I can’t Breathe” is the rallying cry for protesters in New York. This rallying cry is at least based on partial truths.

My question is what’s next? If people side with the thugs against the police officers, whose side do you think the public will be on? Do you suppose the other police officers are going to let you shoot them, just because they are now intimidated into not shooting back? Think again.

Crowds and protesters are disseminating misinformation and acting on it in support of lawbreakers. Barack Obama, Eric Holder and Al Sharpton blame all the deaths on the police departments and want them to be retrained. None of them ever mention making the thugs behave themselves.

I am beginning to think this is who our leadership is -- rabble rousers or instigators of protest to incite change in this country. My feeling is there are too many of us that support the Constitution and the police officers for this strategy to work. If these violent protests continue in support of thugs, I am a firm believer that the backlash is going to be overwhelming and none of us will appreciate the aftermath.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Police Officer's Revolt

What do Holder, Obama, Sharpton and De Blasio have in common? Well, they are all Democrats, but that is not the only thing they have in common. They all urged Blacks to get in the streets to protest the police. They say they want peaceful protests, but how often do peaceful protests turn to violence? I contend it happens very often. When cheered on by Sharpton, Obama and Holder the crowds of protesters know they can act with impunity. When De Blasio made it clear he was siding with lawbreakers in New Your City and condemning the police, what did you think was going to happen next?

The shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri was a tragedy that should not have happened, but it did happen. Could Michael Brown have acted differently? -- Of course he could have. As a matter of fact, Black people all over this country have been telling us that they have to train their children on how to avoid confrontations with the police. Michael Brown seemed to forget his training. Could the police officer acted differently? -- Probably not. He followed guidelines and procedures he had been trained to follow.

The death of Eric Garner is also a tragedy that should not have happened. Garner died as the result of a struggle while he was being arrested by New York City police. Could Garner have acted differently? The answer is, of course he could have, but he appeared to be protesting what he considered police harassment. Was he right? Possibly, he was. Could the police have acted differently? Most definitely -- at least one police officer did not follow his training. Should someone be punished for Garner’s demise? -- Probably. Should protesters decide the punishment? No way, Buddy.

Now, protesters are in the streets claiming police are targeting young Black men, based on the two Black men dying at the hands of the police in a short period of time. Do you think the New York City policemen were attacking a Black man on the streets because they were conspiring with the Ferguson Police Department? -- Of course not. They were at the scene in response to a store keeper’s complaint about a big Black man in front of his store selling products illegally. The store owner thought he was losing business by the man’s presence in front of his store.

Now we have two police offices in New York City slain by a police hater and another police officer slain in Tarpon Springs, Florida. These are hate crimes incited by public officials. In Oakland, California a roadside tribute display honoring four police officers slain in the line of duty has been vandalized. It appears to be open season on police officers.

What do you think is going to happen next? Now there are police officers all over this country feeling betrayed by their government and feeling animosity from people they are sworn to protect. Policemen are on edge and this is not a good situation. If the police continue to be pressured, they may resort to paranoia. If public officials and protesters drive the police to revolt the outcome will be an even bigger tragedy. I support the police and I think the majority of people in this country feel as I do. If the protesters continue on the route they are traveling, it is possible the people on the other side of the issue will rise in support of the police. I think there are a lot more law-abiding citizens than there are protesters and thugs. Who do you suppose will win the confrontation following the revolt?

Friday, December 19, 2014

Way Wait So Long

I saw an article the other day listing all the funds that give scholarships to Black people in the United States. I have to objection to this. I do think more focus needs to be placed on children at elementary and intermediate school age. I think this may be where we are losing the most potential in the Black neighborhoods. I specify Black, because it directly addresses the article I referred to in my opening sentence, but the same things are true for all inner city children living in poor families, regardless of color.

I have been fortunate in my life. I grew up in lower middle class neighborhoods and went to neighborhood schools in towns, some of which have grown to become cities. This is different from inner city children in Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, New York, Detroit and many other large cities. I was lucky. I managed to get a high school education, spend a tour in the Army, then attended junior college and managed to graduate from a major college. I had a two parent home for most of the time when I was growing up. I had a place to sleep and food to eat. Sometimes transportation was difficult, but we managed. With my GI Bill funds, I was able to work and get a college education at affordable prices.

Today the situation is much worse. All the education grants from the federal government and charitable organizations giving scholarships have caused the price of a college education to skyrocket. In the long term, less people will get a college education than would have been able to before all the “free money” was available for college education. You can count on it -- every time, and I do mean every time, the government gives stuff away it has the opposite effect than what was intended.

I have tried to imagine many times what my situation would be, if I was raised in a poor neighborhood with parents that had no transportation and could not get to work. There is always a way to success and many people rise out of poverty and thrive. You hear a lot of stories about mothers working two or three jobs to feed the kids and get them to school. You read stories about people that spend many hours and walk many miles to get to a job, trying to improve their situation. Everyone does not have this kind of drive or willingness to work.

Personally, I have a tendency toward laziness, so I always had to push myself to improve my situation. Fortunately, I married a lady that would not accept the status quo and pushed me even harder toward something better than I would have achieved on my own. Like I said, I have been lucky.

These next paragraphs includes some assumptions I have about the plight of inner city children. This is not intended to disparage, but just an acknowledgement that I recognize there are some problems to overcome. One thing I know for sure, when you have nothing it is easy to fall into depression. Once you are there it is hard to get out of the depression on your own. Professional help has never really been an adequate answer. This is exactly the same scenario if there is no money. You cannot improve your situation without help. What is needed is a cadre of positive people around that display a positive attitude and a willingness to encourage a positive attitude in others.

If there is no money for food, certainly there is no money for transportation. Again, support is necessary -- not to solve their problem, but to give them hope and a hand up and encouragement to solve their own problems. When parents can get to work at a steady job, they cannot help but be proud of themselves and the children get to live with this example. I am in favor of a parent taking any job they can get and while they are working continue to look for a better job. After parents or just a parent gets steady employment, they should strive for better food, strive for better transportation and strive for a better outcome for their children.

I think what is being done to people in poverty is exacerbating the situation. Placing the blame on “whitey” will never solve anyone’s problem. Sending discouraging people in to tell them they do not have a chance for success is not the answer. A school where teacher loyalty is to the teacher’s union and not the students is not the answer. Pouring money into poor neighborhoods is not the answer. All funds should come with a mentor program that guides youth with clear expectations that the objective is to help themselves. College scholarships are a nice benefit, but getting younger children prepared for life, including college is probably a better solution.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Things That Are Wrong

We have protesters marching in the streets in some cities in this country urging people to kill policemen. Is there any sane person in this country that thinks killing policemen is a good idea? I am not surprised that this sentiment comes from Black neighborhoods. I have been hearing this from Oakland, California for thirty years. They seem to honor cop killers in Oakland.

My friend Darryl at work used to tell me about “Cowboys and Indians”. Indians massacre people in a wagon train and all the cowboys that hear the news form gangs to go out and kill every Indian they find, no consideration if they were the perpetrators of the massacre or not. Is this not insane?

This kind of hatred is stupid. If others in the country start thirsting for the blood of whole groups of people when only one out of the group harmed them, we would have another civil war, where nothing is civil. I do not want to live in that kind of country.

People ordinarily get killed by police officers because they do stupid things. This is true no matter what color you are. I was going north one night on Highway 59 in east Texas and driving the speed limit, when a car passed me and pulled over in front of me. I changed lanes, because I do not like riding on people’s bumper, especially at night. A few seconds later, I was stopped by a highway patrolman with a radar gun and the car in the right lane continued speeding down the road. I tried to explain to the patrolman that it was not me that was speeding. About the third time I tried to explain his error, his voice got gruff and he reached behind his back for something, and at that point I said, “Okay, I’ll take the ticket and take my chances in court.” Immediately, his voice went back to normal and we departed the scene amicably. He was wrong in the beginning and I was an idiot for arguing and I could have helped it escalate until I was dead. It probably would not result in my death, because I am easy to beat up -- I have had a soft midsection for many years.

If the grand jury system is flawed and my opinion is that it is a bad system, we need to fix the grand jury system. If a policeman uses unlawful tactics to subdue a person, that policeman should be punished, not his buddy at the police station. If protesters have legitimate grievances, they can attract followers. If protester go way overboard and jump past justice to vengeance, then they should expect a lot of opposition. The consequences could lead to catastrophe.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Our Political Parties

I read articles and stories all the time about how Republicans support the rich and “stick it to” the poor and middle class people in this country. When these statements are made, I think the writers are talking about Republican politicians. The truth is, Republican politicians think about the same things Democrat politicians think about. There are a few exceptions, but primarily politicians think about how to get money to get re-elected. I think this is their primary motivation for everything they do. Republicans and Democrats alike try to pass legislation that is designed to maximize the money they get from their base. I do not think any of the professional politicians are good for the American people.

Who makes up the base of the parties? I think I know, but I am not positive and I know there are exceptions within the broad groups. My best guess: Republicans: big business, small businesses, the Chamber of Commerce and an even split in the middle class. Democrats: the poor, Jewish people, labor unions, trial lawyers, socialists, Black people, Hollywood and the other half of the middle class. I think Hispanics are divided and support both parties with the balance shifting, based on current events. I think Wall Street and bankers hedge their bets by giving money to both parties, so they can illicit favors from both.

The Democrats get away with branding Republicans as the “party of the rich”, because the media primarily consists of Democrat leaning executives and editors that act as the communications wing of the Democrat party. Fox News and talk radio are the primary exceptions to this bias. The truth is the Democrat party always gets more donation money than the Republicans.   

I think the Democrat party makes a concerted effort to generate as many poor people as possible to keep them dependent on the government for support, thus increasing the Democrat base. Personally, I think this is evil.

I am a conservative and prefer the Republican party, although I do not like most Republican politicians. My feeling is that neither party has our interest at heart, because of professional politicians. I think what is best for the people is a balance between what the Republicans want and what the Democrats want.

I am a conservative because I believe individuals should have control of their own destiny. I think people that work hard to get themselves educated and work hard putting their education to work should gather more wealth than people who do not want to put out the effort. I believe businesses create more good jobs in a free trade and a free market capitalistic system with moderate government control to protect the people.  The government should take care of people that cannot take care of themselves. The rest of us should go to work.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Perspective

There are a lot of situations I have been in when I was afraid. I will discuss a few of them here.

When I was in the First Cav Division in South Korea I was in the 9th Cav Brigade and we were assigned outposts in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) looking into North Korea. The DMZ is 2,000 meters wide and is a buffer zone between the two Koreas. We were well aware that we were and are still in a state of war with North Korea and both adversaries mostly honored the Armistice of 1950 that ceased the fighting. North and South Korea are still wary of each other and I was there as part of the United Nations force. I saw a helicopter get shot down that got too close to North Korea and we had several people killed in an ambush, we assume by North Koreans, so we took our jobs seriously.

We usually worked 12 hour shifts at outposts on mountain tops monitoring activity in North Korea and reporting what we saw.  The outposts consisted of a shack surrounded by concertina wire about 100-150 feet away from the shack. Of course the North Koreans had outpost looking back at us, but mostly we saw rice farmers tending their crops. We had binoculars and telescopes we used to watch them in the daytime, but after dark these tools became useless. One night when I was on one of the outposts, it was really dark. I was a sergeant in charge of the outpost and I had three people with me. I was inside our shack on the hill and one of the outside sentries reported someone in the concertina wire. I was scared immediately. I got everyone to move back where they could monitor the area, but could use the shack for cover. I could see movement, so I told them I was moving down the hill and when I got to a prearranged position someone would send up a flare so I could see what was moving and shoot if necessary. Did I mention I was scared? The flare went off and something scurried into the brush and I realized I was exposed and an easy target if someone wanted to kill me. My training kind of went out the window and my instincts took me into danger instead of away from danger. A lesson most people only have to learn once, if they survive.
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I remember driving down a secondary highway (not an interstate) and saw a group of motorcycles coming up behind me. There were probably fifty of them and very little other traffic on the road. I am not sure I went to full scared when they surrounded my car, but I can say for sure I was apprehensive. It took them about ten minutes for all of them to get past me. I tried to keep the same speed and pretty much kept my mind on the road, but it was not a pleasant feeling. To my knowledge, none of them showed any interest in me and why would they? This did not ease my apprehension.
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My company sent me and two other employees to a training class in West Virginia. After class, we drove around to see the sites. We ended up in Washington, DC one night on each street corner was a congregation of Black people. I was apprehensive again and hoped we would not get caught by any red lights. We did not discuss the issue, so I am not sure if my fellow travelers felt the same apprehension I did. Maybe it was irrational fear -- I really do not know. No one ever took any action or said anything to make me fearful, but I was certainly uncomfortable.

Do you remember the movie “The Blind Side”? Michael Oher was a great big Black man in an all white school. S.J. was the young white boy in the family that took Michael into their home. The two of them were walking through the schoolyard together and the other children were moving out of their way and S.J. said, “Smile, it lets them know you’re their friend.” A smile is good advice in any circumstance.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

I Protest

Barack Obama is asking for over $350 million for retraining police and putting body cameras on all the police in the United States. I protest for multiple reasons. I do not want the federal government any more involved in state and local affairs than they already are. Second, every time the federal government gives you something it comes with strings attached. The complaints about militarization of the police forces across the country are because Barack Obama does not see terrorists as the enemy. He thinks white people that are citizens of this country are the enemy. He and Eric Holder have done more damage to race relations in this country than any other pair of individuals in history.

I am not against policemen wearing cameras. I am not against policemen getting sensitivity training. I am not against policemen meeting with community leaders to create better rapport with the public. I am not against reviewing the grand jury system to see if some improvements can be made to make it appear fairer to the public. I am firmly against the federal government assuming responsibility for local policing. I do not want their money and I do not want their help to solve local problems.

As soon as someone mentions retraining thugs and criminals to treat policemen with respect, their demands for police retraining will have a more reasonable chance of success.

Barack Obama, Janet Napolitano and Jeh Johnson have already created a national police force. They use the Department of Homeland Security like a military organization to enforce environmental laws forced on the country by this administration. They send squads of armed men to confiscate cars that they deem emit too much carbon dioxide. I suspect children’s lemonade stands are in their focus to satisfy Michelle’s anti-obesity issue.

If it is not clear, I do not trust these people. In the Democrat party, lying to the public is approved and appreciated. Of course they deny it. Why wouldn’t they, they lie about everything else.

I loudly protest any more federal government involvement in local matters.


Friday, December 5, 2014

Sidewalks

A new sidewalk is under construction along South Shore Boulevard south of the League City Parkway. They are constructing the sidewalk to follow the contours of the ground and curves in the road. Following curves in the road makes sense to me, but I think following contours of the ground is dangerous. The sidewalk looks like a roller coaster. It may be fun for teens on bikes or skateboards, but my opinion is that it is dangerous for everyone else. You cannot walk naturally on an unlevel sidewalk. I could visualize throwing my back out walking by this neighborhood.

Maybe the sidewalk is decoration and not meant for walking. Right now the fields are empty south of the housing addition, but I suspect houses will be erected in the fields in the next few years. I have a feeling the sidewalk will be redone when there is an actual need for it.


I am in favor of sidewalks to keep pedestrians and young ones on bicycles, tricycles and skate boards off the street. I also think the city should keep these sidewalks in good repair. We get a lot of uneven sidewalks in Texas due to the shifting earth, cause by alternating cold and hot and dry spells followed by flooding. Our concrete structures require routine observation and upgrading. Erecting a sidewalk that already needs help makes no sense to me.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Neighborhood Policing

Most law abiding citizens do not want a police presence in their neighborhood. That means there is not much crime in the neighborhood. If no one ever calls the police, most neighborhoods would not see a police car. A funny thing happened on the way to the neighborhood -- a crime occurred and the police showed up. Most of the people in the neighborhood want the police there to drive out the criminals. The more crimes you get in the neighborhood the more police you get. The people that do not want the police in the neighborhood are the criminals. Is this not just common sense?

If you live in a neighborhood with a lot of crime, you have several choices. You can live with the criminals, you can move, you can get rid of the criminals yourself, or you can allow the police to get rid of the criminals for you. There may be other solutions, but not many others.

We are at a point in this country where some neighborhoods populated with people of color will glorify criminals and disparage the police. Does this make any sense to anyone with good sense?  We are told there are neighborhoods that do not trust the police. Where do people that make these claims get their evidence? Do they poll the neighborhood? No! They get there information from a very few people and allow them to speak for a much larger group that has no voice.

Let us suppose there is a neighborhood that does not trust the police. How can you solve this problem? Eric Holder, Barack Obama, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson want to put the blame on the police and retrain them. This is guaranteed not to work -- guaranteed not to work, should I repeat, guaranteed not to work. Why not?

If a husband and wife have disagreements they cannot resolve, should the husband be sent to a marriage counselor? Good luck with that. If the NFL has a beef with the Players’ Union, do you send the NFL Commissioner to arbitration? Hell no.

Assumption that one side of any dispute bears all the blame is stupid beyond belief.

If there is a problem with police and any neighborhood, the problem will only be resolved when both groups get together with an unbiased arbitrator. Right now, there are no unbiased arbitrators to be found, inside or outside of the government.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Darkness on Television

I remember when I was a kid watching western movies they always talked about taking off at sunrise. When sunrise came it was always broad daylight. I think movie directors knew it was not sunrise, but they also knew if they filmed in the dark, no one could see their production.

Today we have so many movies and TV shows filmed in the dark that I cannot tell what is going on. I would prefer to see the characters acting in actual light and imagine them being in the dark. On CSI they walk through houses and apartment rooms carrying flashlights. Why doesn’t someone turn on the light switch? Remember when directors used to say, “Lights, camera, action.” What do they say now? “Cameras.” I think that is all they need to say. They use multiple cameras to shoot dark scenes no one can see. I do not understand why the actors do not complain about their good sides not being filmed.

Maybe my eyesight is dimming and maybe my cathode ray tube is weak -- yes we still have cathode ray tube TVs in our motorhome. But I am still making this an official complaint. Stop filming in the dark. Tell me it is dark and I will allow my imagination to believe it. I would like to see the action I am missing by directors making scenes as realistic as possible.

I remember when I heard “The Shadow” on the radio, I could visualize the darkness. Remember “The Whistler”? He was always whistling in the dark and I could visualize it.

Do directors think we are too stupid to use our imagination today? If so, I want some new directors. “Lights, please.”

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Ferguson Effect

We have a sad situation in this country. We have a people that are continuously told that they are suppressed and repressed and they believe it. It may be true, but it also may not be true. Take the incident in Ferguson, Missouri when a white policeman shot a black teen age boy and the impact it had on the community. The people that are told they are repressed destroy their own neighborhoods and blame other people for it. Is it the fault of a suppressor that gets out of your way while you burn your own businesses? Is it the fault of an oppressor that people steal from their neighbors? Is it the fault of the store clerk that obviously enjoyed being shoved around so the theft could be enacted? Is it the fault of a police officer who had to defend himself against an obviously bigger and stronger aggressor? Is it the fault of the prosecutor that the evidence did not support the outcome the rioters wanted?

Many people made up their mind to what happened then constructed stories to support what they wanted to believe. No matter how much proof, it would not have been enough. Hate mongers got protesters to stage riots in many cities in the county. That makes me wonder, who is suppressing the rioters. The establishment politicians and policemen who are keeping most people safe get the blame for the hatred instilled in the rioters by people that profit from stirring up the hate.

I agree that many people are suppressed, but I think they are suppressed by their own. The charlatans that goad them into violence and the Democrat Party that assures they get free stuff for a vote. These rioters do not care about the truth; they only want an outcome that fits the narrative they have been taught since birth.

Now, the protesters have joined with union representatives to continue their protest at selected Walmart and Target stores. Do you think all of these people have the same agenda? If so, what is it?

Unions have been bad-mouthing and lying about Walmart for at least twenty years. They are protesting low wages and part time help at Walmart. They do not care that 95% of Walmart employees are thrilled to have a job. They do not care that 100% of Walmart shoppers save money by shopping at Walmart. They do not care that while they are protesting outside Walmart stores, business as usual is going on inside the stores. They do not care that the Democrat policies forced businesses into hiring part time workers.

There are agitators across the country trying to organize protesters around the events of Ferguson and Walmart. The Actions of Obama and Holder encourage the lawlessness we are seeing. My feeling is this may be a trial run for a big push for nationwide protest before the next presidential election. If Obama can get enough anarchists in the streets, he can declare martial law and void the election process. These are the kinds of things you get when you elect community organizers to positions of authority.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Can't We All Just Get Along?

Apparently not. This is interesting, but have you thought about the implications of this. I am going to make some cursory observations from several levels.

The United States spends more money on the military than most countries in the world. Russia has a huge nuclear arsenal which Putin is using as a threat more frequently. China is building up it’s military as fast as they can find the money. Israel is in a continuous fight with the Palestinians. Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons and a distribution system. North Korea is a continuous threat to do something stupid.

Right now the divisions in our country are various. Many Black people hate the police. Democrats and Republicans are at odds. We are told Republicans hate women. The main stream media resents Fox news telling the truth. IRS officials are concerted liars and obstructionists. College professors are teaching students that white people are responsible for the woes of everyone else. Many poor people resent rich people. Many Democrat women hate babies. Many Black men don’t want the responsibility for their children. The government is using military hardware and tactics to enforce arbitrary and debatable rules from the EPA.

You read all the time about mayors and city councils at odds with the populace. Local elections are becoming more vicious. Even small towns have five or six different churches. Why is that? It can’t be because we are all best friends.

When family members are injured, it is most likely someone else in the family that caused the injury. I remember Ray Charles singing “You Always Hurt the One You Love” fifty years ago. This is not new.

I have come to the conclusion that this is who we are. We have a continuing quest to get to outer space and other planets. Think about it. Why would they want us out there. So we can fight between worlds instead of between countries.

Governments cannot solve these problems. Each individual has to address the way they think and the animosity they feel. Maybe we do need thought police to weed out the violent among us. I wish I could exclude myself from this group, but like many others, I have feeling of animosity and disdain. Maybe this is who we are and we should not take who we are any further.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Executive Order on Immigration

What is the purpose for President Obama to issue an executive order to allow immigrants to stay here? Are they not already staying here? In fact, is it not the truth that this administration is advertising in Mexico -- If you have been deported, now is the time to return to the United States. They are not deporting anyone. So again I ask, what is the purpose for an executive order?

The President keeps stating that he is solving the immigration problem. What problem will the executive order solve? What is the urgency to act now?

I am in favor of immigration reform. I am in favor of people who come here having a job and paying taxes. I am in favor of securing the border so we know who is here. I am in favor of green cards for migrant or temporary workers. I am in favor of treating everyone with dignity and respect.

I am in favor of deporting people who are here without permission and get arrested for perpetrating a felony offense against United States citizens. I am against citizenship for people who get deported multiple times.

I would like to know the truth. Why is it so difficult for President Obama to tell the American people the truth? My feeling has been that he will not tell us his real agenda because no one supports what he believes. Oh, many people support him and many people will allow him to do as he pleases, but very few people support his agenda that actually suspect what it is.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Operation Underground Railroad

Operation Underground Railroad is an organization to stop child sex trafficking. You can get more information about them at their website: https://www.ourrescue.org. The organization is run by Tim Ballard, a former Homeland Security agent in the child crimes unit. He is now independent and has a team that goes undercover to buy children from sex traffickers so they can be set free. Members of the team call themselves abolitionists

They are financed by private donations and supported by law enforcement in the communities where they run sting operations. They get tips on where children are being sold and pose as buyers. Once the buy is completed, they call for law enforcement teams to come in and arrest the traffickers.

I first saw their story in Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. There are about two million children for sale on the black market. Hopefully Tim Ballard and his team can help cut into those numbers.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Unemployment

We need to change the way unemployment is reported in this country. This is not a Democrat or Republican issue. This is an issue of the people not getting the truth from the government. The number of people out of work must include the people who cannot get jobs, not just the people who are still getting unemployment checks. The way the calculations are made and reported is deceptive. Our unemployment rate is going down each month and the number of people without jobs is increasing each month. The number of people entering poverty is increasing each month.

I will repeat. This is not an issue that is the fault of a political party, but a deception perpetrated by Washington DC to fool all of us. News media highlights each week, usually on Thursday the number of new jobs created and the unemployment figure. The do not tell you the number of people that lost their jobs, which I think is equally important. They do not tell us the number of people who moved from full time to part time. They do not tell you how many people are out of the work force, because they cannot find a job.

We have people on long term sick leave to have income because they cannot find a job. It is a scam people are forced into to survive.

People are not happy. Goods and services prices are increasing and they tell us there is no inflation. This is another government statistic that has been manipulated to fool us into complacency. I will tackle inflation in a different post.

Not many people are happy with our economy. Right now I only want to say the government is not telling us the complete truth and I think the labor statistic calculations need to change to give a better reflection of what is going on in the country.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Religious Beliefs

I realize many people take the Bible literally. Most people think the writings in the Bible were inspired by God. I do not think anyone actually thinks that God wrote the Bible, since the authors names are often chapter names. Do you suppose there is a possibility that any of these authors let their own ideas and prejudices seep into what they wrote right in the middle of getting inspiration for God?  

As an author myself, I get my writing inspiration from many different places. Sometimes I am writing with a story line in mind and an idea comes out of nowhere that takes me a different direction. It just seems logical to me that many of the things written in the Bible come from the beliefs of the authors and not necessarily from inspiration from God.

The Bible has many contradictory ideas and sometimes a statement or verse is divergent from what the overall message from God would be. I will state it plain. My idea of God has to fit what my logic tells me God would want. God basically has one criterion that tells whether he is on your side or not -- believe in me.

I do not think my deity pays much attention to what I say to Him or Her. My deity pays more attention to what I do. My deity would never tell me to kill people for Him or Her. My deity might allow me to kill to defend myself. My deity will never tell me to disparage someone for what they believe or for who they are or what they feel.

My feeling is -- and for sure it is my felling and my opinion -- that if you feel disparagement for someone based on what you read or were taught about the Bible, you are probably adhering to the bias of an author that had a momentary lapse in their “inspiration” moment.



Saturday, November 1, 2014

Democrat Narrative

I am both amused and agitated that the Democrat narrative about the Republicans is mostly false. Since Obama became President, we have heard that the Republicans are racist because they will not support his socialistic programs or his financial and energy policies which continue to kill jobs. The Republicans are not racists, they are just not stupid. The progressive policies have never worked in the history of the world and the free market economy which the Republicans espouse has made us the most powerful nation in the world. After six years of a progressive President, our world leadership standing is now in doubt.

Candidates across the south are racing around branding southerners as racists. Anyone that knows history knows that the racist KKK was all Democrats, they were not Republicans. If you find a racist in the south today, he will normally be a Democrat.

The Tea Party was branded as a racist organization early after it’s inception. The truth is that Democrats carrying racist signs attended Tea Party gatherings to try and brand the groups as racist so no one would pay attention to them. This tactic worked.

None of these lies could be proffered, if the media was not biased. The majority of news media executives are liberal and they print the stories that the Democrats want printed. This is not news, this is propaganda.

The unfortunate part of the story is how easily so many American citizens can be duped.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Voter Fraud and Suppression

I saw another article today about voting machines in Annapolis, Maryland changing Republican votes to Democrat votes. To catch the change, the voter must look at the voter recap after they vote. How many people actually do that? Earlier this week there were voting machines in Chicago doing the same thing. The voting machine software in Chicago was different in the fact that the vote changed before your eyes. Add this to the voting machines in Las Vegas doing the same thing. All these states have one thing in common. They are run by Democrats who always claim the problem is voter machines being out of calibration. If this was random calibration errors, do you suppose a Democrat vote would get changed to Republican occasionally? That never happens. I think voter fraud is rampant and organized in Democrat controlled cities.

I also saw an article yesterday about a gentleman in Austin that has voted all his life and now cannot vote in this election because it is too hard to get a picture ID. I agree it is hard to get a picture ID in Texas and probably all other states. Is that not the point? Without a picture ID you do not know that the person voting is who they claim to be.

I want everyone one who is eligible to vote to have the opportunity to do so. But, I also want that person to cast only one vote in each election and do not want that individuals name to be used by another person to cast another vote. There may be a better way to assure this than a picture ID, but if so, no one has come up with it yet. If someone has a better idea, please make it known.

The research I have done leads me to believe that the picture ID laws may suppress votes in poor communities. My feeling is that we need a better means to assure voter integrity at the polling places than we have now, but until we can assure fairness in election judges we may be wasting our time with voter ID laws. I think the organized fraudulence of election machine bias is the bigger problem. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Republican Election Fraud?

I have a good friend that tells me Republicans are the fraudsters in elections. Personally, I see a lot of evidence of Democrat fraudsters and many Democrats get convicted of election fraud. Am I missing the boat here? Can anyone enlighten me and let me know if you find any instances of organized election fraud by Republicans.

He also tells me that Republicans are scaring people to make them vote for Republicans over Democrats. Does anyone feel fear when you listen to Republicans speak? He specifically referred to Ted Cruz scaring people. Have any of my readers been scared by Ted Cruz? Let me know, I would like to find out the truth.

I hear a lot of Democrats talking about a Republican “War on Women” which is intended to scare women into voting for Democrats. I hear a lot of Democrats calling Republican “Islamophobes”. Isn’t the intent of this to keep Republicans from talking about Obama’s preferential treatment of Muslims? I hear Democrats all the time saying that Republicans are anti-immigrant. Is this not intended to scare our Hispanic population into voting for Democrats?

Help me. Am I missing something?


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Midterm Election Warning

If you are a Republican, do not get too excited about the upcoming election. According to all the polls it appears that the Republicans will retake the Senate. My predication is we will end up with 49 Republicans, 49 Democrats and 2 Independents who caucus with the Democrats.

What you do not get with the polls is how many illegal votes get cast. You also do not get expected turnout. I think the pollsters have had their algorithms wrong since Obama started running for his second term as President. With the budgets he got Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to pass, they had enough money for the taxpayers to fund the Democrat community organizing effort to win the election.

It did not help that conservatives would not show up to vote for Romney, but he would have lost anyway. The Democrat Party under Obama’s guidance has learned to turned the government against the people. With Harry Reid's help by changing Senate rules, they have managed to stack the courts with left-wing judges that will continue to overrule the people. Now they can win elections in ways the pollsters will take years to understand. Add to that the fact that Obama is ushering in scads of Democrat voters, the Democrats are virtually assured all national races in the future.

Voter fraud will be rampant in this election.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Our 50th Wedding Anniversary

In June 1964 I returned home from South Korea where I spent my last year of service in the U.S. Army. I moved back home with my parents and began thinking about how to reengage in civilian life. I bought a 1960 powder blue Ford Fairlane six cylinder, four door sedan for $600 -- money I saved while in the Army. I started off earning $78 per month and by the time I got out of the Army, I was probably making about $325 a month, which includes base pay and proficiency pay.

After being home for a month or so and still not sure what I wanted to do with myself, I asked my sister, who had just graduated high school, to introduce me to some of her friends. And that is how I met Kathi. This was around August first. Kathi and I went out the next night and have been an item ever since.

Kathi had just graduated Pasadena High School and already had a job working for Prudential Insurance on Holcomb Street in Houston. She started school when she was five so she graduated at 17 years old. She could not drive, so her dad took her to work each morning on his way to work.

Kathi and I began discussing marriage and set the date for October 23, 1964. Since Kathi was not yet 18 her father had to sign for us to get a marriage license.

We got married at Kathi’s family home in Pasadena and after the wedding we went home to the Spacefield Apartments, where we rented a one bedroom apartment a few days before.

After less than three months of courtship and plenty of growing up still to come, we managed to make it to fifty years together. We take pride in our two sons, AJ and Christopher, even when they are a challenge. We are also proud of our education and work histories. Nowadays Kathi and I live in an RV and spend 95% of our time less than 30 feet apart. I feel so lucky to have Kathi in my life.  

Me with Sheila in the foreground

Ma. & Mrs. Clark with Kathi and I

Kathi and Arlon

The minister that married us

Posing for the camera

The love of my life

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Voting

I read that Obama said that voter IDs would not affect Black voter turnout because ministers in Black churches are asking parishioners to request ballots for early voting and voting in blocs during church services. Personally, I think this is great. I think all citizens have a civic responsibility to vote. Further, I think citizens have a moral obligation to educate themselves about the candidates and issues so they can be informed voters.

If you vote Republican or Democrat because that is what you have always done, you are not an informed voter. If you vote for a candidate because of his hair style, profession, color, or good looks you are not an informed voter. If you vote for an incumbent because you know their name better, you are not an informed voter.

Most all candidates stretch the truth about their qualifications and try to hide beliefs they do not think the public supports. That is good salesmanship and is how everyone sells themself. I do not object to this. I do object to outright lies and intentional deception, because I think these actions speak about a person’s character. I will not vote for any candidate that has no character. I also do not like candidates that tell different stories to different groups. You cannot trust a person that has no convictions.

Back to the churches and voting. The first thing that comes to most people’s mind is the separation of church and state. I think this is an absurd argument. Churches and pastors should be about character development. I think if pastors guide you to vote for people with no character, you should change pastors. The church-state argument is way overboard in this country. Our Constitution has been misinterpreted in this area for over 100 years. The intent of our founders was that the Federal Government would not impose a religion upon the populace. How does a pastor talking about voting have any impact on what the government does? It does not.


Voting is good. Informed voting is better. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Voter Fraud

I think the Democrats in this country have organized voter fraud. I think they cheat at every election. I think a Republican candidate has to be ahead by at least six percentage points to win in some states. I think the fraud hovers around 5% which makes catching voter fraud difficult.

Remember how many dead people used to vote for Lyndon Johnson?

Remember the Bush-Gore election in 2000, when they had hanging chads in Florida and the Florida Secretary of State made election rulings against the Democrats? Before the next election cycle, George Soros spent a ton of money supporting Democrat Secretary of State candidates, so a Democrat would make election decisions in close elections.

In Nevada, they have union labor that repairs voting machines. Remember in 2010 all the reports of voter machines showing up with counters already showing votes for Harry Reid? Remember all the complaints in Nevada because many people voted for a Republican candidate and the votes showed up for Harry Reid? They had a Democrat Secretary of State that did nothing to investigate the fraud.

Remember the 2008 election in Minnesota where Norm Coleman was ahead on election day and the Democrat Secretary of State allowed late votes to be counted up to three months after the election until they finally counted enough for Al Franken to win?

Remember when they had the Scott Walker recall election in Wisconsin and in some inner-city precincts more people voted than had registered to vote?

We have had voter fraud convictions in almost every state and many more voter fraud cases the Democrat Attorney Generals will not prosecute. The Democrats are in lock-step saying there is no voter fraud.

Last week we had a Federal Judge in Texas, Nelva Gonzales Ramos, an Obama appointee throw out a voter ID law claiming it was a poll tax. Now I know a tax is money and getting an ID is not money. We have Democrats all over the country fighting hard against people having an ID to vote. Now we have judges inventing non-existent taxes to prevent states from having fair elections. I think this is a wide ranging conspiracy by the Democrats to steal all close elections.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Enterovirus D68

While everyone is focused on Ebola, which has caused one death in the USA, Enterovirus D68 has infected about 600 children, caused one child’s death and caused partial paralysis in approximately fifty other children. The CDC is making every effort to keep the public from finding out that Enterovirus D68 was brought into the country by children Obama escorted in across our southern border from countries south of Mexico.

Enterovirus D68 causes wheezing, coughing, weakness, numbness and tingling sensations in it’s victims. Some partial paralysis and death may occur if prompt, proper treatment is not given.

Ebola may be scary and causing panic, but Enterovirus D68 may be just as serious.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Spin Doctor

If I was a Democrat President, I would hire the best spin doctor I could find to assure the American people that I am protecting them from Ebola. That’s exactly what Obama did. Ron Klain is a political operative, translated to mean spin doctor. If I was a Republican President I would get an actual medical doctor already in my administration to manage the Ebola crisis.

Obama has someone in his administration whose job is to be sure the country is prepared for an outbreak of a contagious disease. Her name is Dr. Nicole Laurie, an assistant secretary in the Department of Health and Human Services. Why did Obama not appoint her? The reason is, instead of preparing to protect this country from Ebola, she redirected her Ebola budget to a big donor to the Democrat party. Yes we actually had money set aside to stockpile medicine to protect us from an Ebola outbreak and this administration chose to give the money to their friends.

There has been a lot of noise about the Administration’s refusal to stop flying people in from Ebola stricken countries. The reason they will not address this issue is that beginning in August 2014 the Administration started expediting visas for people coming to the United States from Ebola stricken countries.

Folks, this president has no interest in protecting the American people. His only interest is assuring the Democrat party keeps getting elected so they keep the power in this country. He is using our tax money to accomplish this result, no matter how many Americans die in the process.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

My Presidential Candidate's Platform

I am only going to run one campaign. If I am reelected by popular demand, it will be because my policies are working, not because I campaigned to be reelected.

My main job is to defend this country and its people. I will reevaluate State Department gifts to other nations and use the funds only to support our friends. This country will stop supporting our enemies. Threats to this country will be diminished and eliminated by humanitarian or military means as necessary.

I will ask businesses to have faith in me and my ability to generate an atmosphere that is favorable to  job creation. I will ask businesses to demonstrate their faith by using the funds being hoarded to put people back to work at more generous than reasonable wages to restore faith to the middle class in this country.

I will try and restore the relationship with Canada, damaged by the XL Pipeline political disaster. I will build the pipeline.

I will put a freeze on federal government hiring for two years, then I will reevaluate the need for the freeze to continue. There will be no exceptions. Existing workers with appropriate skills may be reassigned to fill vacancies as needs arise.

I will work with Congress to pass a budget that cuts government spending 10% in the first year and additional one percent per year for the next three years. Excess funds will be used to lower the deficit.

I will work with Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration bill that will secure the border, put limits on legal immigration that meets business demand and issue appropriate guest worker ID cards that meets business demand and considers individual applicant’s situation.

I will deport undocumented individuals that commit felonies in this country. If a deportee for cause returns to this country they will automatically spend the maximum time incarcerated for the felony they committed.

I will work with Congress to modify Social Security laws that makes the agency solvent for future generations.

I will work with Congress to initiate legislation that removes executive power from the EPA. They must not be allowed to enforce their own rules.

I will insist that Congress initiate legislation that assures Congress and their staff obey and live by the laws they create.  

I will insist all cabinet secretaries reporting to me to actively look for ways to reduce the unnecessary functions they perform and eliminate the unnecessary workforce these unneeded functions require.

I will work with state governors to get their legislatures to initiate a constitutional amendment for term limits for Congress.

I will work with Congress to reduce corporate taxes to make our companies competitive in the world.

I will get Congress to pass a fair tax code for individuals that will work for many generations. Everyone should have the opportunity to support their government. No one with income will be excluded from paying taxes. Individuals and families with income below three times the poverty level will have their tax capped at one percent. All others will be taxed at the same rate regardless of income. The rate will be determined by Congress and the Congressional Budget Office.  Deductions for interest on homes will be limited to a $50,000 deduction. There will be no other deductions or exclusions.

I will get Congress to repeal the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 which puts a financial burden on private companies making them less competitive.

I would eliminate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau created by the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010. It has had the opposite effect that it was intended to accomplish and duplicates the bureaucracy of other agencies that have the same powers.

Neither me nor my staff will campaign in support or opposition of abortion, gay marriage or immigration in this country, other than what is stated above, during my term of office.

I will try and convince environmentalists that the only solution to saving the earth is a thriving economy in the United States that had funding to implement environmental initiatives.


I will get Congress to address the issues created by the Affordable Care Act. They will come up with a bi-partisan solution that is better than what we had before and after this bad law was enacted.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Criminal or Terrorist?

I hear radio and talk show personalities and TV news commentators arguing all the time about whether a person is an Islamic terrorist or commits workplace violence when they kill one or more people in the workplace while quoting Islamic sayings or scripture. I think the arguments are a waste of time. Democrats and progressives are trying to help Obama downplay terrorism with all their breath, while Republicans and conservatives are trying to make the administration admit Al Queda is not diminished and demoralized. Who really cares about the semantics?

Obama is going to be right and will not change his stance on terrorism. Republicans are not going to stop hounding him, trying to make him admit he is wrong by not recognizing terrorism at home. Obama is still trying to convince everyone that conservatives are the terrorists. Who cares?

As long as the perpetrators are punished by a criminal court or a tribunal, I do not care where they are tried. It is not worth the arguments and takes away airtime from other issues that may still have a chance for resolution. Let us use our time more wisely by arguing about things that matter.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Characterization of Republicans

How do Republicans get characterized as the party of the rich?

How do Republicans get characterized as the party of old white men?

How to Republicans get characterized as racists?

How do Republicans get characterized as women haters?

The reason Republicans are defined this way is because they never define themselves. Republicans always allow Democrats to define them. And Democrats are united and vocal to repeat the party line and they get media support. Have you ever noticed that when a mischaracterization by a Democrat is stated and published, all other Democrats start saying the same thing? They repeat the mischaracterizations so often that it becomes history and they start teaching it in school.

Obama and the Democrats spent six solid months mischaracterizing Romney before the last election before Romney even started to define himself. By then it was too late.

If you watch any of the “people on the street” interviews you find out one thing that is universal with Democrats -- they only listen to other Democrats. You seldom hear anyone complain about Rush Limbaugh that ever listens to Rush Limbaugh. You seldom hear anyone criticize Fox News that actually watches Fox News.    

Obama goes around the country collecting money from donors paying $3,000 to $4,000 for a dinner plate, while coaxing them to give money to Democrats and tells them the Republicans are the party of the rich. Go figure.

The Republican Party is open to everyone -- no one is ever turned away. Republicans want everyone to have an opportunity to improve their life, not just their political allies. You see Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Women, Gays and old white men at Republican events. Not so many Blacks -- by their own choice.

Republicans get on TV and they tell you what they think as individuals. After they say it, no one remembers and no one cares. Republicans need to learn messaging from the Democrats. First you decide what the message is, then everyone that gets an opportunity to speak to the media relates the same message. Republicans have a major obstacle that does not encumber the Democrats. Republicans  always insist on their message being the truth.      


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Government Bonuses

Do you remember when no one begrudged government employees having good retirement benefits because they usually made less money during their career than they could get in private sector jobs? I do remember.

I read an article in “The Blaze” today about government employee’s bonuses. Now we have a real switch in what used to be an equitable system. Not only do government employees make more money than private sector workers doing equivalent jobs, they often get retirement pay that is more than they made while working. Now on top of that, they get bonuses for failure. Bonuses have become rewards for hiding the truth about corruption from the public.

If you are really good at hiding the corruption, you can even get a lifetime job working directly for one of the political parties. You can call them lobbyists if you wish, but they are paid to get our tax money from the government to finance politicians.

Incentive bonuses do not incentivize anyone. All they do is assure corruption is mandatory.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Killing States Rights

When our Constitution was written the government created was a Federal Republic. Federalism means you have a central government, with individual states being self-governed. Republic means we elect the people that represent us. The Tenth Amendment, part of the Bill or Rights said that all powers not given to the Federal Government by the Constitution belong to the states. One of the ways the states were able to keep their power was by having state legislatures elect Senators to the United States Congress.

Progressives saw this as a hindrance to their power. They began in 1828 trying to amend the Constitution to have Senators elected by popular vote, instead of having them appointed by state legislatures. They tried again in 1829 and 1855. By the 1900s the movement to wrest control away from the states was at a fever pitch. Finally in 1912 with the help of the progressive Secretary of State, William Jennings Bryant and the Father of Progressivism, Woodrow Wilson Amendment 17 was passed by Congress and ratified by states.

Now we are getting the full benefit of the progressive ideas. No matter what people in the states can get on the ballot, their votes do not matter. Federal Judges are now making laws by overruling what the people indicate they want via the ballot box.

The headlines yesterday were about the Supreme Court not taking up the issue of gay marriage. The effect of this was letting the ruling of District Courts stand. Those rulings basically said the states have no right to forbid gay marriage. Gay marriage is not an issue with me. If gay people want to marry one another it is okay with me. This is just one instance where the federal government overrules state governments. What I object to is that what the majority of people want no longer matters.

In this document you can see the persistence of the progressives to get their way. The result is the District courts are stacked with progressives. The EPA uses Homeland Security forces to implement their edicts. The IRS is allowed to punish political enemies. The Justice Department is racist. Obamacare is eradicating the best medical care in the world. Dodd-Frank caused the rate for credit to increase. Gasoline prices are triple what they were six years ago.

Personally, I do not want any more progressives helping me. Remember, Hillary is a born again, die-hard progressive and she is next.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Illegal or Undocumented

I heard Nancy Pelosi during a press conference the other day correct a questioner several times. Each time the reporter asked about illegal aliens, Nancy Pelosi corrected the reporter making it clear she wanted them to be called undocumented workers, not illegal aliens.

The only people I have heard using the term “undocumented workers” are people that want amnesty for illegal aliens. Why would anyone need amnesty for not being documented? This is supposed to be politically correct language that hides the fact that we have a lot of people in the United States that got here by breaking our immigration laws. No one can deny this fact.

I do not blame any of the people that got here illegally for what they have done. There are many reasons they do what they do and why many people that live in the United States want them here. That is okay with me. 


The problem we have is with our government. The President will not enforce the law, thus Republican congress people do not trust that any new immigration law would be fairly enforced. It is difficult to get anything done in any situation where you cannot trust the party you are negotiating with. If we had a President that upheld and enforced our laws, writing new immigration law would become easy and all the rhetoric we hear about illegal or undocumented would be moot.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Civil Unrest

This post makes me sound like a kook and a conspiracy theorist, but read the entire post before you conclude that is the case. The question is worth asking.

I think Barack Obama may be trying to create a dictatorship the way Fidel Castro did in Cuba and the way Hugo Chavez did in Venezuela. First they introduced policies that created problems for their countries, and then proposed themselves as the only solution to the problems.

Am I the only one concerned that Barack Obama is intentionally creating dissension in the county? He and Eric Holder have been race baiting the country for six years trying to keep racial tensions high. Obama is flooding the country with immigrants coming in basically unchecked for health hazards, which has already created an epidemic across the country. This has set up a battle between law and order people and Hispanics that want an open border with Mexico. Obama has raised tensions all over the world and appears inept to manage them.

Obama is using executive orders that make him look lawless. His policies continue to drive people out of the work force. The rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer. This has set the table for anarchy.

Van Jones claims to have groups across the country ready to hit the streets. Remember Van Jones. He is the radical that started off in the White House when Obama took office and left because he thought 9-11 was an inside job. Riots in the streets all over the country would be a good excuse for Obama to suspend elections in 2016. Obama looks inept, but maybe he really is as smart as Valerie Jarrett says he is. Maybe he has just hides his true intent very well.

Do not stop thinking when you finish reading this. Think for yourself. Is this a possibility?


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Washington Redskins

Today the FCC chairman, Tom Wheeler stated he is looking for ways to keep broadcasters from saying Redskins on the airways. Can you believe this? Here in the United States we have a vendetta started by five Native Americans trying to get the Washington Redskins to change their name, although the majority of Native Americans realize the Redskins name honors them.

This time around it started with Obama announcing the name Washington Redskins was disparaging Native Americans. Earlier this year the patent office revoked the Washington Redskins trademarks. I think the Washington Redskins held five separate patents.

This is a vindictive administration. I have not heard for sure, but I bet money the Department of Justice is trying to find a way to enforce Obama’s will whether illegal or not. You know the Washington Redskins are under IRS scrutiny. I repeat, this is a vindictive administration. Community Organizing 101 -- use all the tools you have to diminish your target.

The FCC is just the latest salvo in this battle. Personally, I am tired of idiots telling me what is okay for me to say. We need to stand up for each other in the freedom of speech arena. The FCC cannot be allowed to tell us what word we can use. This extra-legal administration needs to be stopped from being the word police.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Capitalism and Socialism

Capitalism and socialism are economic theories. Capitalists want minimal government interference and like to let the free market establish prices and wages. Capitalists want equal opportunity for everyone to succeed. Socialists believe in economic equality where the government has a big role in making sure economic outcomes are the same for everyone. President Obama likes to call this economic justice.

Capitals believe in low taxes, minimal laws to regulate business and expect people who work harder to be more successful. Work harder might mean working longer hours or taking risks with your capital to make more money. Socialists believe in high taxes and lean toward government control of business. Socialists think everyone should end up with the same amount of money, regardless of some people’s unwillingness to work.

The truth is that most economic systems are a hybrid of capitalistic and socialistic ideas. What we have in the United States is a system that becomes more capitalistic under Republican administrations and more socialist under Democratic administrations.

Which system is better is always under debate in this country. The reason there is a debate is because academics and news media are primarily Democrats that have big voices. If we had honesty in the academic and media arena, there would be no debate -- capitalism would win.

Right now, under the Obama administration we are maximizing government control and high taxes. Anyone that pays attention knows that 25% of working age people cannot find a job and per capita income drops every year. Instead of everyone being equal, the rich are getting extremely rich and the poor are getting extremely poor.        

Hey, maybe this is the point. Now that Obama has killed all the jobs, he is forced to give more things to the poor people. This is the same poor people that his policies made poor. Is that how people become good Democrats? They need a Democrat in power to give them things that Democrat policies kept them from getting. This is not for me, folks.


Under capitalism the rich get richer, but so do the poor. They have an opportunity to move into middle class or even become wealthy. Under socialism the rich get richer and the poor get what government wants them to have. The only people getting rich right now are politicians that are keeping the rest of us suppressed.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Who Da Fool

Wouldn't it be ironic if the fools in this story are the republicans and conservatives that refused to vote for Romney because he was not a perfect candidate?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Anti-Capitalists

I think this is what the environmental movement is about. I think they want to stop all industrial activity in the United States. The claim is that industry is ruining the earth. If you call them on their big boats and big jets they use to get around the world, they tell you to stop changing the subject. Al Gore, Barack Obama, Ron Reagan and Leo DiCaprio all have a huge carbon footprint while telling others not to do what they do. Like all good activists, they want you to change your behavior while ignoring theirs.

I am in favor of clean air, clean water and a thriving planet on a sustainable course. I want garbage out of the street. I want things that can be recycled efficiently to be recycled. I want people to have a safe place to live, food to eat when they get hungry and a way to get from one place to another when they need to do so. I want people to be free from disease and have medical care when they need it. All the things I want costs money. All the things the environmentalists want costs money.   

This is where I part ways with environmentalists. I know shutting down industries kills jobs and makes less money available to buy the things we agree that we need. Governments cannot survive without industry. If you want to change to a cleaner energy resource you must do research and development. You cannot do that without money.

Our current administration has wasted, yes wasted a minimum of two trillion dollars trying to create a green energy industry. At the same time they are killing the coal business, which makes energy more expensive while putting more people out of work. Our government is bringing in more money than it ever has in our history and we are still going into more debt each day. When industry is gone and there are no jobs, where do they think the money will come from? I do not think they care. I think all the politicians are interested in is placing the blame on anyone but themselves.


I do not think the environmental marchers have any logical thought about what they are doing. They have a few leaders that provide guidance and the believers follow. I think it is time for individuals in the environmental movement to think about the consequences of their actions. If they are successful there will be no money for the government to spend to give them free stuff.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Education I

I have been concerned for a long time about the direction education is going in this country. My feeling is that students are being taught socialistic principles and protest mentality by teachers whose loyalty is to the teachers unions and no longer to the education of children. Students are being radicalized with intent. I think the Common Core curriculum has intent to condition our children to progressive beliefs that disregard and minimize our Constitution. I believe this educational path we are on is leading us to the downfall of the United States.

This downward trend is being exacerbated by the Federal Department of Education established during the Jimmy Carter administration. I think the original intent was noble, but instead of assuring every child gets a comparable good education, it has allowed the federal government to dictate what can be taught in schools. Like all progressive organizations, the Department of Education uses “nudge” technique to keep tweaking education in a socialist direction.

The biggest change in education has been in the way United States history is taught. I want children to be taught the truth, but not just part of the truth. When I was in school I was taught the United States was a noble country. Emphasis was primarily on the good things we have accomplished. There was a smattering of ignoble things we have done as a country. There is extensive literature available supporting both points of view, which I think is good for everyone. Now children are being taught only the ignoble parts of our history and ignoring the noble parts of our history.

Our colleges are training our young people to believe that socialism is preferable to capitalism. Further they are being taught Saul Alinsky tactics that he outlined in his book Rules for Radicals. These are basic communistic community organizer techniques employed by our President, Barack Obama and well entrenched in Hillary Clinton, who wants to be our next president. “Occupy Wall Street” is a direct result of this education. Protesters this week end at the global warming marches are anti business and a direct result of this education.

We must elect more conservatives to school board positions and kick out the progressive pseudo-academics. Have you ever noticed that hippie protestors of the 60s and 70s are educators in our colleges teaching our children?


If we keep electing these progressive radicals we are going to lose the opportunity to turn our educational system around. If we continue on this path, the United States will collapse. Obama has already removed us from being the major political and economic power in the world. Believe me, it can get worse.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Things I Believe

§      Belief is truth, until you know better.
§      A self-confident individual with a positive attitude is more powerful than a team of organized cynics.
§      Self-awareness is the most effective means to understanding others.
§      Assessments by people that control your progress guarantees misinformation.
§      Prejudice is normal; bigotry is unacceptable.
§      Bigots identify themselves by blaming.
§      People fail because they don’t know they do not have to.
§      Jumping to conclusions leads to embarrassment.
§      A good heart is more valuable than a good process.
§      Engineering techniques do not solve people problems.
§      More money is spent collecting data than saved.
§      Motivated individuals need direction, not help.
§      Improvement comes from knowledge, not training.
§      The value of salesmanship is misunderstood.
§      Inconsistent terminology multiplies confusion.
§      If you care, it’s important.
§      Everything is easy to those that see how.
§      What you do well today is more valuable than what you plan for tomorrow.
§      Vision and principals have more impact than plans and rules.
§      My true value to the world is what I do because of who I am.
§      Anticipation is more rewarding than achievement.
§      Doing one thing right is better than doing a lot of things with mediocrity.
§      The hardest part is communication, both with yourself and with others.
§      If you don’t think you can, you probably cannot.
§      Most barriers only exist in your mind.
§      Computers repeat errors faster than people.
§      Thoughts are usually limited by experience and training.
§      Doing nothing is a decision.
§      Class will out.
§      Whatever someone chooses to address gets attention.