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NO HATE OR GUILT ALLOWED!

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There is no difference between calling an African-American person the n word and calling a Caucasian racist because of his/her skin color. It is just as offensive to call an overweight person the f word or to call someone who is gay an insulting word. It is all wrong because it is hurtful. We are all children of God and were not put on this earth to cause one another pain! So why does the Democratic Party emphasize and push the race issue to the point of violence, division and hatred?

Every race and/or ethnic group in history has been defined by insults as well as accomplishments, has been the recipient of hatred as well as admiration, has positive and negative characteristics attributed to it, moments of shame and glory, every one has enslaved its neighbors and been slaves, and every single one without exception has conflict in its history with victims and victors.

We can, and we do, allow people to rewrite history, or even tear it down, so that succeeding generations never learn from the mistakes of the past or about those heroes who attempted to rise above the times and do the right thing. African-Americans have a long history of contribution to the building of this nation. The blood and treasure that they have invested since the Revolutionary war has been all but lost to mainstream history books and their many contributions are just now hitting books and movies. There are many many more. If it were taught in schools to ALL children I think it would help. So many blacks seem to feel like they are a subculture within the white society but they are an integral and important part of our nation and our history.

America has let historical guilt over a crime that no one alive today committed, or would even allow to occur, cause racial tensions and political hate that is at a dangerous level. For at least fifty years quotas and other affirmative action plans have been setting the Equality guarantees of the Constitution aside so that a victim class could “catch up” and take advantage of the opportunities this great nation offers. No other nation in the history of mankind has done such a thing. Stepping back from the situation as far as I can considering my home is here, it is hard to believe that we have ended with this result. No, I do not blame either of the two races. I blame those who use racial tension and division to further their political goals. Yes, that would be the Democrats.

One additional message stands out above all others to me. Some of my black friends seem to live life as a black person in America. They are unhappy with whites, the government and are not satisfied with the opportunities they have. The others see themselves as black Americans. They have good friends who are white as well as black, they vote and they take advantage of the opportunities they have. They work hard but they do not see themselves as worse off than all whites. They see the world as it is. They are a part of the greater community without a belief that white society is closed to them. They do not believe they know what people think before they get to know them or assign malicious intent when none is actually there. To put it another way, they do not have a chip on their shoulder.

In the fifties, blacks had developed a larger middle class than they have today. Their average income was up and trending higher for all classes. They had a lower percentage of babies born out of wedlock than whites did. They were not focused on a victim mentality or on entitlements. For the last fifty years, as the Democratic Party has pushed the issue of race and white discrimination, the black communities have not become more prosperous and safer. Black income statistics are now far below what they were then and although they are now headed in the right direction under President Trump and his policies, my question is whether our democratic politicians are more concerned with power and politics or the health and welfare of our black families and communities!

This post is merely one for thought, not really about figures and statistics. It is another discipline, psychology (I think) which says that the definition of irrational (or insane) is doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different outcome each time.

If this post is misunderstood as an attempt to denigrate or belittle any race or group – then it should be read again more carefully since that was not my intent. I would like to abolish all of the hatred that separates us believing that the answer to hateful speech is more dialogue, not more hateful speech.

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Now it’s Restaurants?

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The Red Hen Lexington, VA

I saw it on Twitter.

I heard it at work.

When I saw it on Fox News today, it was absolutely the last straw!

Refusing to create a special item of art because of sincerely held religious beliefs is not, and I repeat for emphasis, NOT the equivalent of a political opinion or even what people would call “their morals”. There is no comparison between these. Religion is protected by the Constitution and has been over defined by our courts but has NOT been expanded to include either political opinions or a person’s vague and nebulous individual definition of morals.

Those who are saying that if a bakery can refuse to bake a cake for a gay couple then a restaurant owner can refuse service to the Press Secretary on the same grounds are simply ill informed or not capable of using the abilities God gave them.

The Red Hen in Lexington, VA embarrassed themselves and shamed the south by treating Sarah Huckabee Sanders so rudely. It speaks volumes about the class of people who own and run the diner. Discrimination against anyone on the basis of race, gender, religion, nationality or creed is wrong and violates what we stand for as a country.

This joint should be a private club, not a public establishment.

I Am Back.. (On Education)

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I had to take a brief hiatus but I have returned to bore my small part of the webverse with my unasked for opinions. As usual, I have something to say! (Actually, I have quite a lot to say but will do this one subject at a time)

I have a friend who runs the debate program at the high school. These students travel all over the country to various universities for different competitions. Evidently, because of this, debaters tend to be more aware of, and sensitive to, the extreme radical philosophies and crooked thinking which is infecting our universities. One of her students lost a debate in a national competition because he did not say “herstory” instead of “history” during the course of the debate on an unrelated topic!

As absurd as it sounds, this stupidity is taken seriously by many young people. My friend just shook her head when I pointed out that “herstory” unfairly favored the female point of view over the male. So if one were to become that excruciatingly concerned with historical neutrality then we should just call history “itstory” and call IT a day!

Now I hear that some universities have begun to encourage students to turn each other in for speech that represents wrong thinking! Have we become a third world country whose citizens must worry about thought police? Isn’t it bad enough that the left tries to shut down conservative radio and conservative television. Facebook and Google demonetize and close down accounts of conservatives. Some of the Silicon Valley companies routinely fire any employee who reveals conservative sympathies. The only group of people treated with more contempt by the mainstream media, the establishment, academic professionals and Hollywood are Christians!

This cancer is leaching out into the public. It isn’t just the pervasive victim mentality, but now the NAACP wants caucasians to be tested for implicit bias and claims that white people are unconsciously prejudiced against black people. Has anyone addressed the growing problem of black racism against whites? One of the college students I work with told me that it was impossible for blacks to be racist! Because she is a friend and because I really do like her as a person, I walked away from the conversation rather than argue. But this is crooked thinking!

I have been a very strong supporter of Originalism since the early eighties. The Constitution is not a living breathing document which changes and grows with the nation. The Constitution is our rock solid foundation, our protection against tyranny and governmental overreach, it is the guarantor of our God given rights and the Congress cannot change it, neither can the courts alter it.

The biggest problem I see in all of this is in education. If we are not teaching our children to think critically, to separate fact from fiction and the dangers of group think then our republic will not last.

We need an educated electorate.

The universities we have today are not giving us graduates who can quickly and correctly analyze complicated situations, critical thinkers, listeners and accurate observers, unconventional solution seekers – instead we are getting acceptance of anything read as fact, political party over country, shutting down opinions one disagrees with, groupthink, etc.

There is always more than one point of view. One should always know AND UNDERSTAND both before claiming a position.

We need an educated electorate!!

Rifles, Weapons & Guns, Oh My!

The Second Amendment is about much more than putting food on the table or providing a ready militia in the event of an attack on the homeland. Our freedom loving founding fathers were very obvious and outspoken in their belief that the citizens’ right to posses the most dangerous personal weapon of that day was absolutely necessary in order to have the means of defense against a tyrannical government. I do not think they believed that the fledgling American Republic was going to morph into a repressive regime in ten or twenty years, no..they were looking into the future as they did with all aspects of our beautiful Constitution and Bill of Rights.

It should come as no surprise that the US government refuses to acknowledge this truth and seems to be determined to assemble a national gun registry and as many limitations on the Second Amendment as possible. Illegal guns are so readily available on the black market that gun control does not meet the common sense test. These mass shooters are almost all suffering from some sort of mental health problem, however, that is a difficult issue to define narrowly enough to keep guns away from those who are dangerous without:

  • Taking the Constitutional rights from those who may have issues that do not make them dangerous to themselves or others, arachnophobia, agoraphobia, mild depression, hypochondria, etc.
  • Some type of mechanism to control the decision process so that it cannot be abused for political, inheritance, revenge or any other nefarious reason.
  • There must be an appeals process with final determination by a court since it involves a God-given right enumerated in the Bill of Rights.

This afternoon when I heard one of the victim’s father speak on Fox, he was most elegantly focused on the simple truth-

  • It isn’t about the gun debate, which will not fix anything.
  • The country will not come together over gun bans or gun limits.
  • We protect our courthouses, our airports, concerts, football games, etc. The schools we send our children to deserve at least as much! The entire country can come together to see that this is done

There is the eternal question that lurks in the background, everyone is aware of it but no one in the media will talk about it or ask. Why do the Democrats attack the Second Amendment at every possible opportunity when they know as well as we do that it will do nothing to help prevent mass shootings. Is it not strange that they ignore things that would actually help in order to propose legislation which would just take guns out of the hands of honest law abiding citizens leaving them helpless and vulnerable to both easily armed criminals and a repressive tyrannical government.

Good Strategy – Bad Analysis

I was very impressed at how quickly the Florida students were organized to campaign for gun control. I believed I had written my final statement on the matter when I posted – JUST ANOTHER GUN BATTLE – after the Las Vegas tragedy. But when I saw these kids being used by the anti-gun lobby, I saw red! How could anyone use minors who have just survived a frightening situation and who are mourning the loss of friends and teachers to further political goals that will not even solve the problem!?!

There are MILLIONS of guns circulating in society and being passed down in families. There are millions more available on the black market. If the gun laws were changed tomorrow, it would not affect anything. It would not make one school safer. It would not make it impossible for any criminal to get a gun. So what is the point?

I heard a student say that it was not a political issue, not a Republican or a Democratic issue. He said it was a life or death issue. That same student said that if in the coming elections you are taking money from the NRA then there is a badge of shame on you. So the evidence that these kids are being emotionally manipulated is fairly obvious, any thoughtful logical person would immediately spot the contradiction in his speech.

I don’t even like the thought of Congress legislating on emotion instead of logic. I want solutions and results. I want no infringement on the Constitution or our liberty, but I want safe schools and I want the most direct path to that objective. If my only objective is the safety of our children and the immediate insurance that what happened in Florida has little to no chance of happening again then I will find a way to harden the schools so that they are not a target:

  • Frequent irregular patrols by local police
  • Armed security on campus – it could be retired military or law enforcement, perhaps an arrangement with the national guard, off duty police or whatever works.
  • A security assessment should be done for each school. For many small schools this would be simple, but exits ought to be controlled and doors should be kept locked. Everyone must know what to do in an emergency. Every backpack should have a simple bullet proof insert that anyone can readily purchase on line. Etc.,etc.,etc.,…
  • In addition to security, The announcement should be made that qualified teachers will be carrying concealed on campus in every school. No one will know which teachers are carrying. Schools will no longer be gun free zones, however, anyone bringing a gun onto school property will face mandatory imprisonment time with no parole.
  • Medical HIPPA privacy regulations should be altered enough to allow any threats to schools or churches to be reported to the authorities.
  • The minimum age to purchase or own a gun should be 21.

There is no further restriction on gun purchasing or “tightening up of the gun laws” that could have prevented the massacre that took place in Parkland, Florida. The FBI was given two tips that they refused to follow up on. This, more than anything else lies at the heart of what went wrong.

One last thing – as long as our society is being attacked from within, it is going to be very difficult to overcome these societal ills. The toxic breakdown of the family leaves its mark on the next generation of children. Bringing in huge numbers of uneducated foreigners who do not speak English and do not even want to assimilate but instead live in isolated enclaves or segregated communities. The last decade of horribly high unemployment and the evils of government dependence have sickened society. The weaponization of the IRS, the FBI, the EPA, the DOJ, etc. as political arms rather than the people’s government has caused a tremendous loss of faith in the government. The lack of trust grows as more corruption is uncovered. Meanwhile, an entire decade of identity politics has emphasized everything but being an American! For many of those who commit violent acts, family is not a safe refuge or a warm and loving environment where traditional “American” values are taught.

This entire rambling post is merely pointing out that we cannot act on our emotions if we hope to solve the problem. We must turn to experts for input and we must use common sense. We must become a more moral people and a more ethical nation. We must once again become God’s people and His house should reclaim its place as the heart of the community. My sympathies go out to these motivated teens who have decided to organize a national campaign to “beg for their lives”. My heart breaks because they had to go through the trauma that brought them to this. But, if they were as non-political and as clever as they think, they would have never turned away such a large portion of the American people by immediately blaming the NRA for the shooting in their school.

Put away the passion and put your thinking caps on!

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/02/florida-school-shooting-survivors-will-lead-nationwide-march.html

Another $0.02

The attack on the Second Amendment has already begun.

Criminals and crazies do not care what the gun laws are. They only bother to know the law in order to get around it so that they can get their guns whenever they want.

If gun laws take more guns out of the hands of honest citizens, criminals and crazies consider that to be a good thing. After all, they would naturally prefer that their victims not shoot back. It is why they like to shoot up places where guns are not allowed.

By the way, an AR-15 is not a military assault weapon. And….it is the health privacy laws that are preventing the FBI from accessing info on an applicant’s mental health which is what everyone is complaining about.

But that presents another Pandora’s box since the current estimate is that roughly 70% of the adult population has some sort of issue. So where do we draw the line? Do we want some strange psychologist/psychiatrist to arbitrarily make that decision and take away your rights?

The Tin Man Incident

Seeing the news this morning about the power plant in Puerto Rico reminded me of the business trips I took there years ago. I don’t want to bore anyone, but there is actually a point to this story.

For those who have been there, all the effort goes into maintaining the tourist areas (or so it always seemed to me) which makes a good deal of sense when it brings in so much money to the island. My job covered random air conditioning equipment in malls concerning contract breaches and problems. The island people are warm and welcoming, always eager to help and kind to strangers. However, off the beaten path in the local residential areas it could get rough. Non-tourist areas were not maintained at all and could be dangerous. Some malls had armed guards in the parking lots. Flying into San Juan was always depressing since there were beautiful resort hotels and there were destroyed half-hotel resort remnants from the last hurricane to come through. There were always destroyed neighborhoods and partially rebuilt ones. I once told my boss that it was as close as I ever wanted to get to mass destruction. It was just sad to see. Once there, it is worth noting that business was conducted a little differently and there were expenses built in to the contracts for bribes and “greasing palms”. It is not official, and it is fair because everyone does it, but it is wrong and it is illegal. This is common knowledge there, you cannot do business in Puerto Rico successfully unless you play by their rules. I have heard that it is still true.

Our reason for so many trips to the beautiful island over such a short time in the nineties was a panicked call from the cooling tower manufacturer. They claimed that the contractor in PR did not know what they were doing. I will never forget what they said, “We’ve never seen anything like it! It looks more like the Tin Man from Oz than a cooling tower!” Of course, we hopped a plane and flew straight down, the problem was….they were right. It did look a lot like the Tin Man. It turned out that every mechanical contractor on the island had the same last name. To shorten the story, we had to import a Florida contractor at an exorbitant sum to straighten out the mess.

Although I had many more occasions to go down to PR before and after “the Tin Man incident”, none of the trips or problems were ever as memorable, as funny or as much trouble as this one.

Moral of story: There is surely much more going on in Puerto Rico than the media is telling us!

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