Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving -- 2016

Today is Wednesday before Thanksgiving and Kathi and I woke up early to get the day started. We opened our shades and around 8:30 we noticed that we did not see any sunshine. We got a small rain shower about 9:15, but it did not last long. It is still dark outside with no sunshine, but the temperature is moderate.
Kathi is making deviled eggs and candied yams. We picked up a nine pound honey-baked spiral cut ham yesterday. We will be having Thanksgiving tomorrow at Andrea Clark's home in La Porte, TX. Our oven is not big enough to warm the ham, so we will take it to Andrea's house today so it will be there early tomorrow for warming. It would have fit in our convection oven, but it is broken. We tried unsuccessfully to have it fixed earlier this year, but the attempt failed. We will try again next year.
Our son, AJ is coming in from Austin by bus and we will pick him up at Greyhound later this afternoon. Our youngest son Christopher lives in Deer Park and will join us at Andrea's home tomorrow, along with the rest of Kathi's family. One of Andrea's three sisters and her family is coming in from the east coast and we are anticipating a fun filled day stuffing ourselves with food and enjoying being together.
I wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. Safe travels for everyone and hopefully a day of peace for our world.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Not to Fear

I hear a lot of people on television talking about how they are afraid, because a Republican was elected as President of the United States. I have some family members that express the same fear. Most of my friends and most of my family members are not afraid, because we know something the people with fear do not know. The people in fear have no idea what Republican stand for and believe. The reason they do not know is because all they hear is what the Democrat party tells them. The main stream media in this country gets all their cues from the Democrat party.

In other words, Democrats do not know anything about Republicans. All they will ever know is the lies, because they collectively choose ignorance. They would rather listen to people that support the lies they already believe, instead of learning what the truth is for themselves. Part of it is laziness, part of it is lack of interest and part of it is unwillingness to get out of their comfort zone. If you have grown up all your life in a liberal household, all you know is spin,

Much of the fear is directed at Donald Trump and examples given for this fear is some of the things he said while he was running for President and while he was a star on TV. What the people in fear do not know and refuse to recognize is that Donald Trump used the same tactics Democrats have used for generations to win elections. Political class Republicans would never use the Democrat playbook to win an election, but Donald Trump did not have any reservations about using the same tactics Hillary Clinton used – the same Tactics Barack Obama used to defeat Clinton, McCain and Romney. Like I said, Democrats have used these smear tactics for years.

For some reason Democrats lying to people does not bother Democrats. Many of them even believe what they are told. Most people that do not like conservative messages, never hear a conservative message from a conservative. They only listen to the liberal pundit translation of what the conservative says and it is usually a complete fabrication.

Republicans believe in freedom and a free enterprise system. Republicans want everyone to be successful. Republicans want laws that allow people and business to prosper. Republicans want our government to enforce our laws and follow the Constitution.

The Democrat Party has become more socialist over time. They want to win elections any way they can. People voting multiple times does not bother them. Dead people voting for them does not bother them, People ineligible to vote, but voting anyway does not bother them. They just want to win. Using our tax money to buy votes with welfare is okay with Democrats. Ignoring our laws and flooding our country with illegal aliens that will become Democrats does not bother them. Basically, they have no values and work very hard to assign that label to their opponents.

People who know the truth are not afraid. If more people learn the truth, another Democrat will never be elected until they absorb a value system.

Republicans are not the ones you should fear. You should rejoice that we finally have a President that will work for the betterment of all the American people.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Purpose of Education

When I started to school in Orange, TX I had no idea why I was going. I noticed it was what other people were doing and I remember my mother taking me to school my very first day. Mom always told me I left her at the sidewalk and told her I wanted to do it myself. I may have, but I have no recollection of that. I was shy and did not do well with strangers, but I always did what adults told me to do. If the teacher told me to read, I read. If she told me to draw little ovals on the paper, I drew little ovals. When they told me to stick my hand in a jar of paint and make a picture on a sheet of paper, I stuck my hand in the mucky stuff and smeared it on the paper. I do not think I can claim to have ever made a picture.

I remember going to music class and told to stand on a little bleacher and sing along with the other kids. I remember singing “Erie Canal” and I still hear it in my head sometimes. “Low bridge, everybody down. Low bridge cause we're coming to town.” There was another line about an old mule named Sal and navigating the canal. Probably not a song I would have chosen, but I did what the adult teacher told me to do.

I remember being on the safety patrol in the fifth or sixth grade and I had a little white belt across my chest and I helped other students cross the street. I still do not remember anyone telling me why I went to school.

I changed schools a lot while I was growing up and it seems like I was always behind what the other kids knew. I stayed lost most of the time, but then again, I did not know why I was going to school anyway. I just did what the adults told me to do.

I think in my first year in Galena Park High School it finally dawned on me that teachers expected me to remember what they said. No one told me that but they asked a lot of questions and were disappointed in me when I did not know the answer. I took that as a clue.

After high school I joined the army. While I was in the army I took college placement courses, both in the United States and in Korea. I had no personal desire to go to college, but my mother thought it was important, so I took courses. Some of my army friends had college degrees and they said it was so they could get better jobs. There they were in the army with me, so that did not work out so well.

I got out of the army, got married and went to work. While I worked, I attended San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX and on to the University of Houston where I got a bachelor of science degree in math. My first semester and my last semester I did not work, but the rest of my college time, I had a full time job. I got better jobs because I had a little education.

I have known for a while that education has become a source of social justice training, instead of education. Children are being taught the perils of democracy and how bad they are treated if they do not get what they want with no effort of their own. Now teachers are even encouraging the kids not to go to social justice training, not because it was painful to learn to hate your neighbors, but because they found out the neighbors might have a voice also. Education by the liberals is a crock. Finding a job created by a liberal drive you to become an educator.

We all need to support change in our educational systems in the United States. We owe our children better than what we are offering them.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Milo Yiannopoulos

I am not sure how many of my readers have heard of Milo Yiannopoulos. Those that have may not pay much attention to him. He is a British journalist that is currently the Technical Editor for Breitbart News. He is a well know public speaker and is most well-known recently for his controversial “Dangerous Faggot Tour” in 2015. His tour included colleges in the US and in Britain. The US colleges he spoke at include: Rutgers, the University of Minnesota, DePaul and UCLA.

Milo’s speeches are always controversial on college campuses. Many of his college appearances were cancelled, both here and in England. He considers himself as a cultural libertarian and I do not even know what that means, but I like most of what he says. Because he is a gay man, he is expected to speak “liberal Democrat.” He does not do that. He says what he thinks is the truth and it is closer to what I believe than most other writers and speakers I am exposed to in my normal routine.

Earlier today, I shared an article on Facebook that Milo wrote for Breitbart News called “What Trump Means.” It had Trump’s picture on it, but it is Milo’s article. It is long, but well worth reading. He seems to have the same understanding that I have about the significance of the Trump presidency and Trump’s intended accomplishments as President.

I am not advocating for Milo, but I do think his voice is worthy of some attention.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

I Was Wrong

The title of my blog post yesterday was: “My Last Post on Obama.” Well, I was wrong. Here is another. Reading comments from my liberal and Democrat friends and especially my black friends, I realized that I may have failed to acknowledge the historic event that Barack Hussein Obama’s presidency has been for multiple reasons. Older black people in this country never thought they would live to see a black President. That milestone and their feelings are worth our consideration. It will never be something I can feel, but they feel it deeply.

Obama is our first black President. We are a country that is still in formation and we will be as long as it exists. Will we learn to be more tolerant of each other? Maybe and maybe not. No matter what you grow up believing or grow up learning, tolerance is not “out there.” Tolerance is “in here.” It is inside each of us. We either choose it or we do not choose it. Even worse than that, you cannot choose tolerance once and be done with it. You have to choose it with every new human interaction. We will only get better as a people when most of us choose tolerance as a way of life at the individual level. It will be hard, but worth our effort.

There are many things that drive us apart. Almost any word can be deemed unacceptable. As long as we make value judgments on everything we see and hear, how could we not be doing the same thing with people? We do not even allow them to express themselves without dissent. We can do better. I can do better.

President Obama has the highest likability rating of any President in our history at the end of his presidency. Many black people will always view him as out best President ever. Many Democrats think he has done an excellent job during his eight years in office. We should respect their right to believe that and let the historians tell their story fifty years from now.

Because of his job as President, Obama has had to live his life the last eight years in public. His family was in the news constantly and that is not unusual. The Obama family has been both praised and criticized on a daily basis. Families do not deserve this kind of scrutiny. It is unfair, but it is the way of the world for people in leadership positions. With all that going on, Barack and Michelle have raised two daughters and demonstrated to the world what a cohesive and loving family looks like.

We still have some growing to do as people and as a country. Our governments and our laws need to reflect that growth.

Obama will not be our last black President, but he will always be our first black President. Bill Clinton tried, but I am reserving that honor for Barack Obama. Considering out history, it is a momentous occasion and should not be minimized.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

My Last Post on Obama

This is a short walk down memory lane. When President Barack Obama swept into office with a Hope and Change message, his first task was to save the economy in collapse left behind by the Bush 43 administration. He had majorities in the house and senate and had an opportunity to do a lot for the country and for the benefit of all Americans. Unfortunately, he had three things in his way. Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and his own personal ideology.

The arrogance of Reid and Pelosi ramming legislation down the throat of America without allowing any dissenting voices from the Republican Party to be heard. Obama wanted a big government and the Congress gave him a 25% budget increase and two trillion dollars in stimulus money. All this over the objections of Republicans that were trying to add some balance, realism and understanding to the measures. They were brushed aside as pests.

Obama’s radical climate change ideology came to fore and the Democrats gave $1.5 trillion to their friends to make solar panels. The Obama administration settled bankruptcy disputes in favor of their friends and supporters instead of the investors. This was a divergence from existing law and common practice.

Then along came Obamacare. They bribed several states and several Democrat legislators to get this bad bill passed without the benefit of any Republican input or Republican votes.

Many Americans did not see this as change with hope. They viewed it closer to dictatorship and they rebelled. They saw jobs disappearing because of a radically ideological President and a bureaucracy willing to push his radical agenda. The voters gave the House of Representatives to the Republicans at the next election and displaced a few Democrat Senators. This influx of new legislators arrived to do what their constituents asked – oppose this radical president. Oppose they did to the consternation of establishment Republicans in the Congress.

The Democrats stepped up their rhetoric about obstructionism and racism. Why would Republicans not try to stop what was going on? Obama policies were diametrically opposed to what Republicans believed in their entire political life.

It took two more elections to replace enough Senators to turn the Senate back to the Republicans. The people were talking loudly and clearly. Unfortunately, the Republican leadership was anemic and preferred to work with the President and suppress the new voices recently elected to Congress.

Yesterday, the pushback from the American people was completed. We did not like the lack of disclosure, the secret deals, the job killing policies and the illegal executive orders that Obama resorted to using to push his radicalism. He even went as far as encouraging people ineligible to vote to vote anyway, assuring them they would not get caught.

Everyone that opposed Obama’s policies was branded as a racist by Democrats and their news organizations. That diatribe continues until this day. I have news for them. Bad policies do not cause racism. Obama is still popular. That is good. Now I think we have a new President that will be for all the American people, not just his friends.

Monday, November 7, 2016

The Police

Have you ever thought about the purpose of police officers? Politicians tell us all the time that the police are there to keep us safe. I assume us is the public. But is that true? Private security guards usually have a specific assignment, whether it being to protect a person or protect someone’s property. What are their priorities? One of my favorite police slogans is: To Protect and Serve.” Protect what? Serve what?

I think if we talk about security guards, city police, country sheriffs, city sheriffs, highway patrol or state police, Texas Rangers or the FBI they almost always have the same priorities. Secret Service officers may be the exception. I understand their priority is always the person they are charged to protect. I hope that is true.

Dick Tracy

Fearless Fosdick

In practice, the first duty of most law enforcement officers is to themselves. They protect their person and other law enforcement with them. If you question them in groups they protect each other. When they fight, they fight together, I am not saying this is bad, just a recognition that if they do not stay safe themselves, their second priority is in jeopardy.

Their second priority and loyalty is to the people that hires them or pays them. For city police this is normally the mayor and city council. For counties, it is often a county judge or judges and their administrations. State police and rangers probably have the governor and the governor’s staff as a second priority. For the FBI, their second priority is the Justice Department and the administration that appoints the Attorney General.

Their third priority is often public safety or just the public, as long as that does not conflict with priorities one and two. I would put protecting the innocent into this category. That is why sometimes crimes are committed in front of law enforcement and they stand by and watch. They do this mainly for two reasons. Either they do not have the manpower to prevail or action on their part could be a political liability to the people that hired them.

The third priority might include stopping altercations. Now we are in the public safety realm. This does not mean solving the problem, as that is often left to the courts. The police priority is to stop the violence, assure cool down time and often to walk away. The more the community supports law enforcement, the easier it is for them to do their job properly.

When arrests are made, the next priority comes into play. I think their fourth priority is to protect people they have in custody. The next lower priority is probably evidence gathering, often gained by talking to witnesses or potential witnesses. Then comes the paperwork – meticulous records are usually required.

I may be wrong about all of this, but this is kind of what I see in practice. The idea that the public safety and the truth are the most important things sounds like a myth, but at least they are on the list.

It should be no surprise the FBI works for the President. Protecting the government obviously has priority over the truth.