Terminology

The FOC folks don’t like us referring to illegal aliens as illegal aliens. Sorry FOC types. That is what they are. It is the way they are defined by law.

Before they step across the border, they are aliens. The instant they cross the border they are illegal aliens. Moreover, they have broken the law. By law they are subject to incarceration. In truth, they should be. In truth, they should then be returned to their own country immediately. That is the way the law says it. As usual, the FOCs only enforce the laws they want to enforce. That is what makes them Friends Of Criminals. In the truest since, the FOCs are criminals too. After all, they are aiding and abetting criminals, and not just illegal aliens. Sometimes they aid and abet legal aliens in breaking the law by encouraging to vote. Then again, they also aid citizens breaking the law as in looting, arson and assault. It is sort of what they do in their effort for power.

By the way, why isn’t Fauci in prison. He has millions of murders to his credit.

What’s in a Name?

I was discharged in Memphis so, for a short time afterword, that is where my wife and I lived. We just had one car between us and neither of us had a job. Then I got on at a fast food place. This put my wife in a predicament. She had an appointment at Baptist Memorial and was not at all familiar with the area. Not only that, she had been driving for a little over a year.

If I could have, I would have taken her, but, given as I just got my job, I figured I’d better show up for work. So, the day before the appointment, I drove the route with her and it was pretty simple. All she really needed to do was drive straight west on North parkway to Pauline and turn left(south). The parking lot for the hospital was on Pauline.

Well she got lost. She went all over downtown and midtown Memphis and, a couple of times caught herself on the newer bridge on the way to Arkansas. She did eventually find her way after stopping a couple of times for directions.

Afterword, she told me about it. She said if she got on that bridge one more time, she would just go on to to Fort Smith, where she grew up. It confused me enormously. As I said, I drove the route the day before and was certain of the instructions.

So, when I had a chance, I drove the route again, with her in the car. When i got to Pauline, I made the turn, and right there was the hospital. She was very animate about it. She said that she looked very closely and Pauline was not there the day before.

I went back to the intersection and looked more closely. It was true. On the south side of North Parkway, it was Pauline. On the North side it was some other name, I can’t ever remember what. Had she looked at the street sign on the south side, she would have made the turn and it would have been fine. Since she looked at the one on the north side, she continued west and toward the bridge.

Sometimes these people try to confuse us drivers with tricks like this. I don’t have the foggiest idea why. One day in Yuma I looked for a theater that had an address on Second Street. I looked for hours for it. I gave up and started walking toward the downtown, figuring there would be something there. There was. I soon found myself on the corner of Second Street and 2nd Street. There was also a First Street and 1st Street.

That’s right. If you ever go to Yuma, you might remember that. The ordinals are used one direction. The other way they spell them out. I don’t remember which. At any rate, I got to see most of Yuma that day…while on foot. The one good part, it was winter and the temperature was mild.

My name is Benjamin Franklin Rhodes. I was named after my grandfather, not the founding father of of the Keystone State. I don’t know, but I would guess that, somewhere in my ancestry, someone was likely name named for old Ben. None the less, I have had my share of nicknames. Most of my youth I was called Benny. One or two have called me Benji. A few have called me Dusty and once or twice I was even called Frankie. None of it bothered me much, but I decided in my late youth to that I preferred Ben. While I went by Benny, there were frequently people that spelled it Bennie, not my favorite.

We humans put quite a lot in names. Some people get really upset if you call them by the wrong name. I never have and never will. To me it isn’t that big a deal. It did confuse me some when one guy called me Barney, mostly because I didn’t know he was talking to me.

None the less, we give names to many things, roads, cities, counties states and countries. We give names to people, places, and things. We give names to streams, rivers, lakes and oceans. It is, I suppose so that we can tell one from another. No one would think to create a civilization where we identify people by numbers instead of names. Well, I guess we do have Social Security Numbers, but can you imagine calling each other by number that is nine digits long. Even then we would still have names. Each of us would have a unique number that we would be known by. Of note: the number method would make things easier on computer. Not so much for us humans.

Nonetheless, we have chosen to use names. There are over 7 billion people in this world and each of us has a name. When you add in those that are no longer living, that is a bunch of names. It is sort of odd in a way. The street that my wife looked for that day was likely named after a woman.

We do a lot of that. Some streets have women’s names and some men’s. In Fort Smith, there are several streets that are named for WWII heroes. In some cases, there are streets named for battles. We used to name battleships for states. Subs were named mostly for cities, and so forth. Nowadays, you don’t get an aircraft named after you unless you lived in The White House for a while. Yet the first nuclear carrier was named for a WWII carrier, Enterprise. I have no idea what prompted the original carrier’s name.

Maybe to keep the confusion down, we ought not change names too much. Can you imagine if the navy kept changing the names of ships. Also, in order to understand each other, maybe we shouldn’t keep changing the meanings of words just to fit our purpose. I mean, when a person says infrastructure, he really ought to mean infrastructure. There is already enough confusion in this world.

A Word About Words

One day I picked up my son from somewhere. I can’t even remember where. Somehow, the subject came around to Smokey the Bear. He corrected me. He said it is now Smokey Bear. It seems someone somewhere decided to change the poor guy’s name and no one even consulted him.

Regardless, Smokey Bear is now his official name. Sorry, I refuse to make the change. The new name doesn’t fit the song. I guess not too many people remember the song. We learned it in school and they encouraged us to be careful with fire. They insisted on fire being nothing to play with.

Now the name is Smokey Bear. They don’t sing the song and I hardly ever see him on TV as I used to. I wonder who decided on that.

When I was in high school, we used the term, employee. Now it is worker. Wonder who made that decision. I never thought of myself as a worker. I considered myself an employee, a man who they payed to work.

Over the years there have been dozens of changes to our vocabulary. So you ask what’s the big difference? Well, if there is no difference, why change it? What purpose is there to it? If I use the old words, why do people look at me as if I have broken the proverbial cardinal rule.

When I use Smokey the Bear in a crowd, two or three people correct me. You try it. You will see what I mean. It is getting to be the same way with the word employee. I have no idea why anyone would get upset with either word but they do.

May I suggest it is part of a conspiracy. Oh, there I go on that conspiracy thing again. Okay. If it isn’t a conspiracy, what is it. Tell me. Why did we change employee to worker. Is it because it is easier to say or spell. More likely it is because it has a slight change in meaning. A worker is not really quite the same as an employee. Smokey Bear is not really quite the same as Smokey the Bear.

More than that, it is control. They are saying, “See what I did. I have changed your vocabulary and there is nothing you can do about it.” Nowadays, it is the little words. Eventually, they will start changing other words in far more meaningful ways.

You see, once they can change the meaning of words, they can start controlling what we think. Guess what. It works. Look at what they are now turning out of our colleges. Look at how they can twist words, in some cases to mean the opposite of what they used to.

Today, it is not a lie unless it impedes progress, as they see it. The indoctrination has become so strong that some people use it to pass lie detector test. I mean, if it is not a lie, why should I feel guilty. Hence the machine records no reaction.

So, nowadays, the democrats, straight-faced look at us and lie. They convince us of it because they, themselves are convinced of it.

Fifty years ago, abortion was regarded as killing. Now, it is just abortion. Some even call it birth control. It is all a matter of vocabulary. Yet the truth is, two healthy people go into an abortion clinic; only one comes out alive.

The mere choice of the word clinic is a bad choice of words. Just what do you call a place where innocent children are killed. I don’t know, but it is certainly not a clinic. A clinic is somewhere where people go to get well. It is a place to be treated for illness. Pregnancy is not an illness. Abortion is not a procedure. Let’s call it what it really is, murder. People use the euphemism so that they can feel better, but the little change in vocabulary does not change the reality.

Just a little aside about Planned Parenthood. It was started by a woman, Margret Sanger, who wanted to rid the world of African-Americans, only she didn’t call them African-Americans. Here’s the news, it is still the primary mission of their so-called clinics. 80% of the clinics are in Black neighborhoods. And you think the democrats have your well-being in mind. They support Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood, wants to extinguish Blacks. Hence, I can only assume the democrats want to extinguish Blacks.

If there is a hole in my logic, please tell me. Just why is it that they hide behind the euphemisms? Why do they put so many clinics in Black neighborhoods? Why do they want to keep the African-American population in the least successful schools?

I can’t think of another reason. Can you?

President Trump is trying to put, at least some African-Americans in good schools. And they call him prejudice. The democrats want to keep African-American out of the good schools. And they say they are fighting for them.

Prejudices or not, wouldn’t it be a good idea to elect the one trying to put the Black kids in the best schools?