A Word From a Neighbor

I don’t live in Alabama.  I went there once to see the battleship, if you want to count that.  I do live in Mississippi.  That makes me a neighbor.  Still, I have no business telling people from Alabama how to vote.

Maybe, if you will permit, maybe I can offer a couple of observations.  I don’t know, but I have a pretty good guess that there is quite a bit of money involved in those women who made the accusations about Judge Roy.  I would guess that thirty or forty thousand dollars can do a lot to help a woman’s memory.

I don’t know.  I can only guess.  Still, I wish I could find out just how much money is involved and who is coming up with it.  After all, Mitch McConnell managed to pour 30 million against the judge.  If he’s willing to come up with thirty million, he just might be willing to come up with thirty thousand to ruin someone’s reputation.

However, if you will permit, let me point out one simple fact that cannot be denied.  As near as I can tell, neither choice is that great.  However, I think I’d prefer a man who might have abused a few women to a man who in favor of abortion on demand, mass murder.

A Little Respect

I was listening to the news and was reminded it has been a week since the shooting at the church in Texas.  I once heard a preacher say that we were not built to go through the suffering of a death of a loved one.  God never meant for us to lose a loved one.

I have a little experience on the subject.  I lost my mother when I was five.  The worst part about that were all the people telling me how sorry they were.  It made me feel far worse.

I had four older brothers.  Two died in their early 40’s from brain cancer.  One died at 38 from an aneurism.  I’m pushing 70 now.  (14 Nov)  It’s the same age that my father was when he died.  I don’t expect I’ll live much longer.  The truth is that I didn’t figure I would live this long.  It’s been over a decade since I had four bypasses.

Over the years, I have seen good people die young.  On the other hand, some who were less pleasant go on to push the century mark.  I went through school with a kid who died a short time after I went into the Marines.  He was intelligent, friendly and very good in sports.  For some reason, he decided he needed to take drugs.  One day he took too many.

People all the time ask how God can let people starve to death by the millions.  I have wondered how He can let the likes of Hitler and Stalin kill people by the millions.  Then there was that character over in China… don’t even remember his name at the moment.  The truth is that I would like to forget all their names.

There is one thing I do know.  God knows the instant that anyone dies.  The Bible says so and I believe it.  Moreover, no one dies unless God permits it.  Indeed, sometimes He causes it.  He doesn’t have to explain it to me.  It’s his call.  In his perfect wisdom, He makes the decision in every case.

There are a few things I have observed, however, over the years.  There are frequently people who try to take advantage of death.  Certainly, the news media, all of it, use it for headlines.  Sometimes I think we would be better off if there were no reports of it.  Many of the killers seek fame and recognition.

Most important, I have noticed that with every incident, everyone tries to figure the reason, the cause of it.  They hope that, if they can figure it out, they might be able to stop it.  No one will listen to me, I’m sure, but I know the reason.  Half the nation tries to say it’s the guns.  I also heard a report that those who rent trucks have to be more careful.  The fact is, if a person wants to kill, he will kill.  Therefore the secret is to remove the desire to kill.

There are, at least two reasons.  The biggest reason is the lack of respect.  When we were younger, people were taught to respect each other.  We were taught in home, in school and in church.  In deed Jesus tells us to love our neighbor.  He tells us to treat the other as we want to be treated.

Tragically, respect is no longer stressed in our schools or our homes.  Even the teachers aren’t respected.  We are taught that people are no better than animals.  We are taught that we came from apes.  We are taught that babies are no more than blobs until they are born.  In some cases, babies are killed after they are born because of botched abortions.  If this is so, why not kill people.  We are all just animals.  We have no more right to live than monkeys.

The fact is that people don’t kill people they respect.  People don’t shoot into crowds when they know that humans are a special creation of God made in His image.  People don’t kill when they know that one day they will be held accountable for what they do.

The second reason is sort of based on the first.  We import people who have no respect for Americans and the American way.  I simply don’t understand this.  Why do we want to import people who want to destroy all that our forefathers fought for?

For that matter, I have a more difficult time understanding the idea of importing killers than the killing.  It is simply an invitation to horror.

…but then why should anyone care what I have to say on the subject.  There are more important things, like political correctness.  However, if you do believe the solution is respect, if you think, just maybe that love for one another will help, you might start thinking about spreading the word.  Just how much would it hurt to start teaching simple respect?

D. C. Circus

The great circus, Barnum and Baily, has closed.  It’s okay.  We have another, the one in The Capital Building.  Unfortunately, it’s not just for entertainment.  It is for real.  One representative argues this.  The other argues that.  Before you know it, it takes over a year to pass some kind of tax bill, one worse than the one they are replacing.

There are some representatives and senators who have the idea that the higher the taxes are, the greater the revenues.  That simply does not hold true.  It assumes that the spending and working habits of the populous are unaffected by tax rates.  It doesn’t take a genius to understand the hole in that logic.

Moreover, their decisions are warped by people with large sums of money, lobbyists and lawyers who do not represent the national good.

So we sit here and watch the circus.  We would laugh, but it simply isn’t funny.

 

By the way, there was the promise to repeal Obama care.  It is now almost one year later.  Over half of my Social Security goes to pay the $940 a month for my wife.  I wonder if Sen. McCain would like to help me pay the bill.

My observation is that they really don’t have our interest in mind.  So they come up with all kinds of distractions.  McCain insists on following the senate rules.  Really?  (Proof positive, not all military heroes make good senators)

Then and Now

One day, many years ago as I was driving to work, I heard a man on the radio speak of something that caught my attention.  He said that TV’s used to get their signal through antennas and telephones required wires.  Now phones use antennas and TV’s use wires.

From the early days of my life, I remember almost every house had a TV antenna.  When I was six, I lived in an area that had just one station and it required a high antenna to pick up that station.  Some might not remember the days when almost all houses had the antennas and it almost looked like an artificial forest of metal trees.

Now they are gone, at least most of them.  It is rare to see one of them sticking up.  It makes it easy to see those who don’t have cable.

Normally, phones had a wire on them of about ten or twelve feet.  For those willing to pay for it, longer cables could be installed so that the girls could take the phone in another room for a little privacy.

Now, most use cell phones.  The antennas on them are so small we can’t see them.  However, we no longer have cables attached to them.  Privacy is simple.  The young ladies can go into their rooms or even outside.

The odd thing about it is that lately, people have started watching TV on their phones.  So, in a sense, it has gone full circle.  The TV is using an antenna again.

 

In my book, “Mitch,” I point out another switch up.  In the early nineteen hundreds, people used horses.  Only the rich had cars.  They were, so to speak toys too expensive for most.  Now, most of us have cars.  Most of us can’t afford horses.  Of course, if the tree huggers have their way, we will go back to riding horses and only the elite will ride around in self-powered vehicles.

I don’t think I want to be around in that day.  Cars might spew smog, but horse manure produces disease.  Try looking up the old days in New York before cars.  That stuff did not disappear on its own, you know.

There has been a big shift in commercials too.  In my youth, the media constantly discouraged gambling.  It was seedy and only bad people did it.  Well, I guess some good people gambled too, but not on TV.  Many programs showed the good guys shutting down the gambling outfits and, of course the schools were often leading the way.

Schools, of course, did what they could to discourage gambling.  Governments at every level depicted gambling as wrong.

I blinked my eyes.  Next thing I know, it turned completely around.  Whoa to the politician that suggest shutting down the gambling.  We can’t do that.  We need the money.  By the way, it fixed nothing.  We now have the gambling and we still don’t have enough money to run the governments at every level.  Actually, it is worse than before.

They are still calling for more money for the schools.  The gambling didn’t help one bit.  I have noticed the county south of where I live allowed gambling.  They are far worse off than before.  The state had to come in and take over the school.

On the other hand, the number of people writing hot checks has skyrocketed.  Though I can’t prove it, I am sure the robberies have gone up.

There is a reason that those in the old days drove out gambling.  It would appear we can’t learn from history.  It means we are doomed to repeat it.  The difference is that now, nothing less than a miracle will get rid of it.  Now our society is more dependent on it than a druggy on heroine.  Near as I can tell, we are stuck with it and it hasn’t solved a thing.

 

In the movies, they used to show people smoking.  It was encouraged by tobacco companies to get people to smoke.  It worked.  Then we had a couple of generations of people dying from lung cancer.

Recently, they decided that was a bad idea.  Now, there is a big campaign to stop smoking and it is no longer seen in recent films and TV shows.  To some degree, it has succeeded.  I’ve noticed the number of people smoking, even in the military has decreased.

I think it was a good idea.  My question is, what took so long for them to figure it out.

It does make me wonder what the liquor companies are paying Hollywood to show the drinking.  Actually, drinking causes more problems than smoking.  Basically the smoker is the only one who suffers.  The drunk causes problems with almost anyone he encounters.

I wonder how long it will take society to realize that.  I wonder just how long Hollywood will continue to portray drinking as cool…the thing to do.

One day I was taking a walk.  I saw a pickup with a sticker on the back window, “My granddaughter was killed by a drunk,” or something to that effect.  I talked to the owner of the truck.  The granddaughter was two.  The drunk had been arrested twice before for drunk driving.

Sorry.  I don’t see drinking as cool.  One thing I know that no one can dispute.  No one becomes a drunk without taking the first drink.  As a society, we should discourage that first drink.  Instead, it is encouraged on every side:  TV, parties, military (though it is openly admitted that it is a big problem) and peers.

 

I get it, really I do.  I know you have to have your alcohol.  You say you can give it up if you want to.  You just don’t want to.  I really understand.  You just don’t want to give it up.  Fine.  Just please, don’t encourage others to drink.  You just might save the life of a two year old, maybe yours.

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A Few Words About North Korea

Nowadays, we have big long runways.  Commercial jets usually have about 10,000 feet for takeoffs and landings, generally twice what they need.  Yet, every now and then planes do run off the end of the end runway.  Most of the time, this results in disaster, maybe even the loss of lives.

One of the first things a pilot learns is that every foot of runway behind him is useless.  No pilot wants to see that he just might run out of runway.

So, what does this have to do with North Korea?  We keep putting things off and we are quickly running out of runway.  One day we will come to the end of the runway and it will cause destruction and the loss of life.  We will realize that when Los Angeles is vaporized.  Indeed, it might put the US economy into an economic spiral that we just might not be able to come out of.

Worse yet, we will become sitting ducks for China and Russia.  Personally, I don’t like the idea of having to learn how to speak Chinese.  It would take me years just to learn the characters.  I’m not too keen on learning Russian either.  They use the Greek alphabet.  It too is confusing.  There is a real reason for the adage, “It’s Greek to me.”

Putting a stop to North Korea efforts is not an option.  If we don’t stop them,  we will reach a point where all options are taken from us.  If you enjoy your first amendment, you might want to consider that.  Those who part the press will enjoy your first amendment rights right up to the point when you lose it, and it will be greatly your fault.  You certainly can’t blame me.  I spent 9 years protecting your rights while you were busy frittering them away.

Remember this little fact.  Those who do not stand behind President Trump decrease the possibilities of a peaceful settlement.  To put it more bluntly, they help to ensure that millions will die.  Throughout history, appeasement has never successfully stopped a warmonger.

The idea is to provide the best bluff possible.  If the bluff fails, then the peaceful approach fails.   If the peace fails, it ensures war.  That crazy nut over there can start a war all by himself.  Less than a half hour after he makes the decision to start shooting, millions will die, especially if we do nothing.

It Doesn’t Take a PhD

To get rid of Obama Care they need to vote to repeal it.  Should take one day, maybe two.  A simple provision should be made for those who have learned to depend on the law.  It would continue the law for two years.  Those that don’t want to depend on the law should be able to leave it any time.

That gives us two years to do it right.  One bill for pre-existing conditions; one vote in each house; up or down.  The second bill; one vote: include 26 year-olds on the policies.  The third bill….  …and so forth and so on.  It actually does not take someone with a doctor’s degree to figure it out.  I suspect even a high school graduate could do it.

They keep telling us it’s complicated.  Sorry.  I don’t believe that.  What I do believe is that it would be resolved tomorrow if the senators and representatives had to go through all we do.  (Note:  They should be required to do their own paperwork, no cheating by paying someone else.)

While they are piddling around, I am paying $940 a month for my wife.  Thankfully, I am on Medicare or it would be double that.

Oh yes.  By the way, I need to find another insurance company.  Humana is canceling my wife’s policy at the end of the year.  I guess the premiums are still too small.

What I think is that no one within the confines of the D.C. city limits cares one iota.   While they argue, I go broke.  What I think is that I am not alone.  I might have to get another job just to pay her insurance.  The problem is that I don’t think I can find one that will pay be enough.

Maybe it is about time to start sending letters to our congressmen.  I’m not sure it will do any good, but let’s just try it and see.

Equal Justice?

As I listened to the news lately, I heard that President Obama did some spying on some people that was illegally.  It prompted a question in my mind, one that I wonder if any others have considered.

If he, or any former president is convicted of a crime and is sentenced to prison, would that mean that the Secret Service agents would have to continue to guard him while he is within the prison walls?

As I pondered the thought, I realized that it would be impractical, if not impossible.  A prison cell is too small for an ex-president and four secret service men.  Moreover, they would not be able to take weapons into the prison as there is too much chance of another prisoner getting his hands on one.

I would guess that the most practical way would be a house arrest arrangement.  He would have to stay in his house with all phone calls monitored.  I would suggest that he Should have to eat the same food as the other prisoners, but I don’t think that would happen.  My suspicion is that he would eat far better than most of us.  He would probably also have maid and laundry service, maybe even a butler.  Mostly he would be able to live about like he does now, except he’d have to stay in the house.

Somehow, I don’t think that would be equal justice.  Oh well.  Who am I kidding.  No matter the crime, Obama would never be convicted of anything.  Even if someone charged him with anything, there is no way that they would be able to assemble a jury to convict him.

So the question will never be more than a mental exercise.  The question will never have any more than a theoretical answer.

 

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