Literacy Is Not Optional

A few days ago, I posted my remarks about a report I thought I heard. The report was about the abject failure of the Tennessee school systems to teach reading. When I say school that means teachers.

Since then, unfortunately, it has been proven true.

These teachers have been trained in universities, many with masters degrees. The schools are given massive amounts of monies. They are given all the most modern technological teaching aids.

I have heard the reasons, really excuses for failure. Yet, in tmes past, teachers with no more than 12th grade educations have taught using nothing more than Bibles to teach and far more successfully.

Maybe I’m wrong. Perhaps it isn’t the teachers fault. Maybe the fault lies with the teacher’s teachers. Perhaps, the problem originated in the colleges. Maybe they can’t or don’t want to teach how to teach. It is entirely conceivable that their modern methods are at fault.

Then too, I’d really like to see a breakdown by school, by area, by district and yes by teacher. I don’t think we will ever see that. I suspect many teachers and administrators would be embarrassed, or should be.

I certainly understand that some of the blame lies with the parents. Still, the the teachers of the early 1900s got the job done under much worse conditions, while we were much more an agricultural nation.

More importantly, as the title of this post implies, we are in a different world today. Even the farmers have college degrees. Even they must be able to read and perform basic math. In this modern world, failing to be able to read and write is a recipe for failure.

Finally, it is imperative we keep the drugs out of our schools, out of our communities and out of our country. If we don’t, we will certainly need to shoulder some of the blame.

A Challenge for Joe

That’s right. Little me. Never held public office. Never been a reporter on any news media let alone such as The Pravda Times. In my little blog, I am issuing a chalenge. Most likely he will never hear it, let alone pay any attention to it.

However, numbers have power us little individuals don’t. Maybe, if others helped. Maybe if the right people hear and help. Just maybe someone who matters will hear my challenge and find it important and just, the challenge will be publicly and forcefully placed at the feet of Joe.

He needs to be asked why he has done nothing, said nothing, or has never even acknowledged the loss of 70,000 people a year to the drugs that he permits across the border. He needs to publicly answer the question, especially before those that have directly and indictly lost loved ones to drugs and the drug trade.

I have hope he will be challenged, but not much. It would appear there are few that care as much as me.

Selectve Concern

Joe’s press secretary just brought to mind that 14 thousand died from guns in one year. That’s horrible. One is too many.

Yet they ignore the 70,000 that die from drugs. Maybe it is because of the dems open borders. Maybe it is because of Joe’s close relationship with China. For the life of me, I don’t understand why, but he also seems to be friendly with the cartels and drug smugglers. Maybe it is his hope to rid the nation of drug addiction by killing all drug addicts.

I like the idea of cutting down on addicts but I certainly didn’t approve of his methods. I also dislike his misplaced concerns. If we look closely at the deaths by gun, we’d likely find at least a third drug related. Seems to me, if we stop drug abuse, we’ll also cut down on gun deaths. Also, we’ll cut down on robbery, knife assaults, child abuse and wife beatings.

Better to treat the real problems more than the symptoms.

BUILD THE WALL!! NOW! Fix the illegal alien proplem, the drug problems and the crime problems. The gun problem mostly will go away… all by itself. Generally, law bidding citizens rarely shoot people without a good reason.

Benefits of Incarceration of Criminals

Many try to use the cost of imprisonment to decrease it. Others like to say it doesn’t work. However, I will place before you many benefits of locking up the bad guys.

First, it discourages crime. If people see the possibility of spending serious time in real prisons, it just might decrease the temptation to steal the car or rob that store. If they realize that using any weapon in the the commitment a crime results in more hard time, it just might cut down on loss of life during crimes.

Then, there are indirect benefits, as in decreased insurance costs. Costs, in general would go down as they are related to theft in stores and medical costs due to injuries.

Oddly, even the “greenies” would benefit. Many cars have to be junked after they are stolen. This means more contaminants during the junking and the manufacturing of replacement autos.

My guess is that the biggest benefit is the decrease in murder. Murderers have a difficult time murdering from behind prison walls. This would far offset the cost of keeping the bad guys behind walls. Naturally, this is one of the aspects that can never be measured or calculated. Moreover, the pain can never be truly and totally known.

Then too, in an odd way, we can even save in the cost law enforcement. If we put the drug distributors in prison, we don’t need as many police officers, lawyers or judges. Oddly, it would help the dems in one of their goals…decreasing police funding. Ironically, I suspect even the police would like to see that. On the other hand, the lawyers just might not appreciate the loss of revenue.

Oddly, it might actually help one of the biggest goals of the libs. With the the decrease in crime, there would be a huge decrease in gun sales.

Then again, is it gun sales decrease they seek, or is it the second amendment they are actually after? I think I know the answer to that question, though the libs would prefer none of us ever know. The knowledge of the truth would ruin the effectiveness of the deceit.

As for me, the greatest benefit of incarnation of criminals is in the decrease of sadness from loss of life, property and the feelings of security while safely walking the streets.

No Comparison

In 2021, more than 70,000 people died from fentenyl.

In 2022, 1192 were killed by police. This includes those that were classified as justified.

The whole nation is about to come apart at the seems because of the death of one man, who was under the influence and resisting arrest. While I feel horrible at the loss of any life, there is just no comparison. Where is the outrage of the thousands of lives lost to fentenyl?

Moreover, the death of the man in Memphis was the indirect result of drug abuse. Had he not been under the influence, it is highly likely he would not have been stopped.

Maybe, just maybe, someone should show a little anger at the characters that sold the victim the drug. (I’m not sure, but I believe one of the earlier reports said he was on speed.)

Finally, may I say something about the mainstream media. They spent hours on the death of one man while hardly mentioning what led up to the horribly bad incident. The reason that hundreds of thousands have died is because of illegal drug distribution, which we can trace back to China and the cartels in Mexico.

Joe is really upset over one man in Memphis. Not one word by anyone about the murderers shipping poison over the border.

Note that I call them murderers. Most of their victims fail to survive and return for a second purchase. If the purpose of the cartels was to make money, they’d not choose to sell the poison they are killing more with their chemical warfare than we lost in Vietnam.

Almost Paradise

As I considered the title to this post, I realized I came up with something of a good book title. At least, it seemed that way to me. Now, I need is a good book to go with it. Come to think of it, maybe someone did already. It would be a shame if someone else beat me to it.

The point is that the place I moved to in 1977 was really nice and had been for decades. It was almost paradise, though there were a few problems.

Some of the roads were spread with pot holes. My poor little car had a real problem with the little trailer bouncing around behind us. There were but a small smattering of places to eat and we could find but 1 doctor office, 1 dentist and one pharmacy. The closest hospital was 15 or 16 miles away.

However, the schools were nice and there weren’t many police. Wasn’t much need for them. It truly was almost paradise.

In this world there are problems with paradises. Southern California, before 1950 was an almost paradise. Now, look at it. I won’t go through the list of problems there now. Everyone knows. The desire to live in paradise has destroyed it. Now the U-hauls are leaving and the people are going to other paradises; as Texas, Florida, etc.

in all likelihood, those paradises will be spoiled too. It almost always happens. Unfortunately, paradises draw the unsavory element as well as the exemplary.

It’s happened and is happening where I live. If I possible, I’d leave as soon as i could. If there were an army of police, it would not be enough. The undesirable element is drifting south from Memphis. It does say something about Memphis. No one wants to leave a good place for a worse one.

We now have doctors hospitals dentists, the whole works. Even the streets are smooth. However, it seems that every fourth car I see nowadays has Shelby County plates.

Don’t actually have too much of an objection if they want to spend Tennessee dollars in Mississippi, but they bring their driving habits too. Not only that but they bring their crime, mostly drugs, and robbery too. A couple of years ago, I posted a story about a break in in my house. Dumb thief! One look at my little 900 square foot house and he’d have known I don’t have anything.

The area right across the state line had two big thriving malls and the area around it had a multitude of stores, restaurants and businesses. The malls are now all but closed and the parking lots are all baren.

Needless to say, the value of my little house has skyrocketed. Every time Memphis comes up with a bad idea my property value goes up.

The problem is that as they leave what used to be a near paradise, they bring their stupid ideas with them, and ruin our neighborhoods.

It is not just a local problem. It won’t be long that the illegal aliens will bring their ways to our nation and destroy our national paradise.

This reminds me of a passage in the Bible in which it says that murderers, thieves, liars, adulterers, etc, etc, and so forth will never go to heaven (paradise).

At the time I first read it, I did not see the full significance as I do now. You see, any place where such people are allowed would not be paradise. It would not be long before even the steets of heaven would be ruined. When the corrupt are denied access, about anywhere would be great. Then, with Jesus there too, it will be perfect.

If you would like to go there, you need a reservation. The only way to get the reservation is to accept Jesus as your savior. Then, he will cleanse you. Those not born again are not cleansed. They will not enter paradise. They will only see eternal punishment.

if you think about it, it makes sense. Who wants a paradise full of corruption and the corrupt. Certainly, God doesn’t.

Now if I could just get all these liberals to go back to Memphis where they belong!!

Aiding and Abetting Whom?

We call Benedict Arnold bad and we should. The character aided the British whilst our nation was fighting for our existence.

On the other hand, Joe is assisting Putin by keeping the price of oil up. He is assisting China by encouraging trade. Indeed, one of China’s biggest imports is poison, AKA fentenyl. (In my book, that, alone earns him and his cohorts prison time.) Then there is assistance he is providing Iran. Once those guys get the bomb, they’ll be able to get everyone’s attention.

To a lesser degree, he has helped Cuba and is currently arranging to buy oil from Venezuela. That will be little help to the Venezuelans, but it will do wonders for the dictator.

I guess this means that we will soon owe Arnold an apology. My guess is the turncoat-in-chief, as well as his friends, will never spend so much as a day in prison. After all, he does have a D after his name.

(Oh yes! How can I forget all the help he provided for all those terrorists when he abandoned Afghanistan? )

It’s Just Not the Same

Many people like like to point out the migration that took place on Ellis Island and try to equivocate it the avalanche of those coming across the Mexican border. Even as they speak, they know it’s not nearly the same, that is unless they have less of a brain than a nail on the wall.

For those unable to figure out the difference, let me explain it.

First, no one who was sick was permitted into the country. Indeed the hospital where they were kept still stands and, though I might be wrong, it can still be toured. It was where the diseased were kept until well. Those who were not curable went back to where they came from. Had AIDS been a disease back then, no one would have been permitted in with it. However, today it is a political disease and people with AIDS are permitted in regularly, which likely resulted in the loss of many lives. Because there is no desire to do any tracing, there is no way to tell how many. There is no way to make a reasonable guess.

Secondly, it was highly organized. All who tried to enter were interviewed and if they were considered undesirable. they were returned to their country. Certainly, those who had a desire to overthrow the country were not permitted in. Those who had no money or a desired trade were turned away. It was not intended that we should be the welfare state of the world. Finally, those who were criminals were returned to their own country. To be sure, we were not perfect in this regard. Apparently, many criminals did make it through. However, they also turned many away. On the Mexican border, none are turned away.

Third, there were limits, quotas for each country. The obvious attempt was to keep any one nation from overwhelming our civilization. Even though most did separate themselves somewhat into groups, they eventually did assimilate. Until recently, we spoke one language in the schools businesses and our government. Now, when school meetings are held, it is not uncommon for them to be held in three languages. Worse, children are in our schools who don’t know the how to speak English, let alone read and write. They are not the only ones affected. All the learning is hampered.

And, by the way, it makes it more expensive too. Many who of those slowing the learning should not be in the classroom. They are there illegally. If ten illegal children are in a class, that means two-thirds are paying to educate three-thirds. That is not right.

Fourth, many who come over the border are criminals. It causes the crime rates to go up and it increases the cost of enforcing the law. Many communities that were reasonably peaceful now have a meaningful population of criminals who are not Americans.

Fifth, back in the day, cartels did not control our borders. Nowadays, they do control the Mexican borders. The US would be completely right to send in troops and wipe out the cartels. The US is under their attack. However, no one, but not one will do that, though they fire across the river nightly.

If things were now as they were then, I would not mind the immigration. Somehow, I don’t think there are many who will pay me any attention. They are afraid of someone saying something in the social media, which would force them out into the Outer Limits.

So instead, they watch as our nation falls into oblivion.

OH YES! ONE MORE THING. BACK THEN WE DID NOT HAVE THE FLOOD OF DEADLY DRUGS OVER THE BORDERS.

BUILD THE WALL!!

A Good Way to Reduce Police

In this day where people keep saying we should reduce the number of police on the streets, there is actually a good way, or actually three ways to do this. Moreover, I think you will find that most law enforcement officers will agree with me.

First, stop abusing drugs. If people stopped abusing drugs, crime in the country would plummet by at least 50%. This is not just a personal opinion. I have discussed it with many officers and an assistant district attorney. If you doubt me, do some of your own soliciting.

People who are on drugs commit crimes. Desperate people trying to buy drugs commit crimes. People selling drugs commit crimes. Then, of course, there are those who smuggle drugs. Do I really need to tell you that they commit crimes?

If people stop using or buying illegal drugs, the crime related to them would go away. It would decrease the need for police, for doctors, for lawyers and courts. It sounds like a good idea to me. Oddly, the democrats put little effort into decreasing drugs abuse. They seem to like them coming across the borders and they love to have them in the hands of our youth. Maybe they don’t want to admit it, but look what they do. Look what they are in favor of. They like to push the agenda of Black Lives Matter. The truth is, to them, no life matters. It is all about the power and they don’t care who dies. With the drugs being sold on the street, they gain power.

The second way that will decrease the need for police is family abuse. It is sort of tied into the drug abuse thing. People high on drugs, especially alcohol are far more likely to abuse wives and children than sober people.

I do not know what the percentage of police calls are related to family abuse, but it is common knowledge that family abuse calls are some of the most dangerous an officer will ever see.

The third is a simple word, respect. This means respect for our nation, our laws, other people and yes, especially for those that are paid to enforce the law. From time to time, I might have argued with a traffic officer, but I always respect them. Not only do they deserve our respect but if we don’t respect them, then we will fail as a nation.

Perhaps that is what the democrats hope for. After all, it is all about power. If the current system fails, then they stand in a position to take over and assume the power. AND I ASSURE THEY WILL ABUSE THAT POWER.