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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.

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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

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!

President Trump

I do support the fine job that President Trump is doing and I feel absolutely no need to defend him. As far as I am concerned, he has done nothing out of the ordinary and has only the best interests of the United States in his sights. No other president has ever been subjected to such close scrutiny by the media. Every private conversation is invaded and reported. Every good and noble deed is buried and ignored. No privacy, many betrayals and outright lies about his motives and thoughts. ( We have thought police now?)

It is an incredible sight to see how organizations like CNN subtly utilize the English language to manipulate feelings. Adjectives are used in places where news stories do not usually have adjectives. Panels of talking heads are not divided between Democrats and Republicans…they are all Democrats discussing with backgrounds in various branches of liberal extremism. I watched for almost an hour (it was as much as I could take) and I did not hear one single conservative idea or common sense point of view. If it wasn’t so real it would have reminded me of a bad Saturday Night Live episode from the seventies.

Former President Obama used his eight years in office to create a race problem in America. Since the sixties progress might not have been as rapid as some would want, but morality cannot be legislated, it just does not work! From slow and steady forward progress we began to regress. Now there is rampant racism against blacks and whites. Those of us who helped lead the way to honest social acceptance, who ostracized the people who told racial jokes, who raised our kids to accept everyone as a child of God are now faced with inexplicable hostility from blacks.

So….

I am not angry with my president, I am angry with Dick Durbin for having such a big mouth and reporting a private conversation to the media. I am disgusted with a senator who spoke into the microphone with absolutely no concern for how his words would affect our relationships with other nations. Dick Durbin is a prime example of a liberal who obviously places political party affiliation ahead of loyalty to his country.

Meanwhile, from the shady underhanded negotiations and shenanigans leading up to and the hidden side agreements included in the deal itself, not to mention the illegal way that the former president got it approved (or not) all the way to the four men callously left to die in Benghazi along with the entire embassy. Has anyone forgotten the famous phrase,”If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”? Or we could remember monumentally embarrassing Obama actions, who else would return Churchill’s bust to the English? (Rude, crude and socially unacceptable)

So…

Why is the media trying to make Donald J. Trump into such a train wreck. By every measure of honesty, the train wreck is not President Trump regardless of how hard the media works to make it so. And it is so very obvious that they are working overtime to create that image as hard as they can. As President Trump keeps the economy on track and keeps Congress scrambling in the right direction, there is little doubt that the media will just become more hateful and childish. Be prepared.

Just one more random point: the Statue of Liberty was given to us by France. The poem about immigrants which was inscribed at the base was added later and was never meant to be a promise or a policy statement. The poetry is a tribute to America’s melting pot, it is not a mandate or requirement to open our borders!

Post Script on the Senate Race

Alabama has some pretty convoluted election laws. There is no real need to get into the nuts and bolts, but it makes me angry when these ignorant know-it-alls on talk shows claim an accusation equals an assumption of guilt. Almost every single talking head calls for Roy Moore to step aside. If he did, a liberal, anti-Second Amendment, pro-abortion, anti-tax cuts, pro-Obamacare, Democratic Party Line Voter will be guaranteed the seat with no competition. Write-in votes have very little chance of ever even being counted. When these accusations were made it was too late to withdraw Moore from the ballot and no substitutions could be made.

So, Alabamians are left with a true ethical quandary. Fortunately, we have more information on the facts and the accusers than is reported on the national media. Also, we have finally begun to see more conservative ads challenging Doug Jones on what he claims are his mainstream views and policies but which do not conform to mainstream Alabama views and opinions at all! 

December 12 Alabama voters will decide what to do, not America and not the media and not Washington.

It is a conundrum.
AL.com

http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2017/11/how_to_cast_a_write-in_vote_in.html
“The Alabama Legislature passed a law in 2016 so that write-in votes are not counted on election day. The law stipulates that write-in votes for a particular contest are not counted unless the total number of write-in votes is greater than the difference in the number of votes received by the first place and second place candidates. If that takes place, write-in votes are counted on the seventh day after the election. If the number of write-ins doesn’t meet that threshold, they are not counted.”
I know people were wondering why every democrat and every media outlet was so helpfully recommending that some trusted Republican be put forward for a write-in campaign, they never mentioned this though!

Muddying the Waters……ANOTHER REPOST!

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/11/stepson-roy-moore-accuser-says-shes-lying-stand-behind-judge-100-video/
I won’t be at home much longer canvassing the news, but this is out and available to everyone. I am very disappointed to see, however, that FOX has refused to pick it up.

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