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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Predictable

Stalin said, “Kill a man, it is murder.  Kill a million, it is a statistic. ” It would appear that a man decided to create some statistics; he killed 59.  Let’s try to keep these victims from becoming nothing more than a number.  Those who have died and those who survived were and are real people.

The news media give us the numbers and the name of the killer.  Personally, I’d rather that they not ever mention the name of the man.  He should remain anonymous to the public forever.  It would send a message to any future killers.

Everything possible should be done to keep the victims from being statistics, mere numbers.  I’m not sure how we could do this, but we could start by giving them a little respect.  No one should treat them as political pawns.

It is totally predictable that Hillery and other liberals should use them to convince us that there are not enough gun laws.  Predictable as it was, it surprised even me at her speed.  Her response was within micro-seconds.  Their exploitation of their death is shameful and unforgivable .

You want to argue against or for guns, let us at least wait until we have a time to grieve a week or so.

As a final note, let me leave you with a thought.  Laws do not prevent anything.  Civilizations have had laws against robbery from the very beginning.  Yet we still have robberies.  We have always had laws against murder.  Yet we still have murders.  We have laws against driving at excessive speeds.  Yet when I obey them, people pass me up left and right.  (Oddly, I have even had police officers get angry at me.)

The best we can hope for is to discourage those who would break the laws.  No one can stop the criminal, no matter what the laws.  If we made laws against guns, there would still be guns.  More important, there would still be murders.  The worst part is… most of the murders are done by those who lead countries… like the Soviet Union, Cuba and Venezuela.  Strange that the liberals are not anxious to rid the world of leaders like those in North Korea and Iran, though threaten the obliteration of millions.

They don’t seem to mind them making their own statistics.  It’s not surprising.  It’s totally predictable.

 

Repeating History

Media consensus  seems to be that we should again wait to be attacked before defending ourselves, as with Pearl Harbor the first time.  This time, if a rocket falls on Pearl Harbor, if we are unable to stop it, there will be a difference, that is, besides the difference of loss of life.  This time we won’t be able to use the harbor for a hundred years, maybe longer.

Shoes Talk

I am sure that the democrats and the media (possibly the same thing) looked high and low for something to make Pres. Trump look bad during his recent visit to Texas.  Really, a pair of shoes.  I don’t think a choice of shoes can be called a deadly sin.  Really???  For that matter, considering where she went, I don’t think it was a horrible choice.

My main complaint about the woman is that she ages one year for every two of mine.

As a side note, Pres. Trump wrote a one million check for the the storm victims.  Considering he has four-billion, it might not have been that painful.  However, I would sure like to know what kind of checks the democrats and media have donated.  I am sure many of them could write a $100,000 check without it causing too much pain on them.

Then again, I guess they are too busy looking for faults in others.

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