One More Off the Bucket List

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Some days things go right. Last week I toured the shelves of the library to find a new read. Usually, I find a shiny new cover which speaks to me. On this day a dull old cover jumped off the shelf and said “take me.” I was almost embarrassed to check it out. My guess is that when I finally tell you what the book is you will think, “how the heck have you gone so long without ever reading this most recommended story.” I’ve seen it on every recommended book list that my seven grandchildren have brought home from school. The only excuse I have is that To Kill A Mockingbird was published four years after I graduated from high school.

After reading the story non-stop I wholly agree with every high school teacher in the country that this book is a must read for kids. First, because it is about kids, second, it is about prejudice, and third, it is historical because the story takes place in 1930’s Alabama. I am pleased to report that America has changed dramatically since that time period, thank God. I am sure that the black American population will argue that America is still highly prejudiced, but I would hope they would also agree that we are nowhere near the level of prejudice we were eighty-seven years ago.

I would argue that prejudice in America is at a tipping point. What I mean is that there is a prevalent prejudice of whites. The government has passed so many laws and acts to curb prejudice and to equalize rights that it is now in favor of blacks. How on earth could the term white privilege have been invented? Whites in America are so racked with guilt over our historical past that they are self-immolating amongst themselves. On the other side, blacks are so inspired by their new-found rights they are over indulging. The Black Lives Matter Movement is certainly a hint that the direction of black superiority has inculcated to the extent that they believe it is okay to kill white police officers without any plausibility or due process.  How is it different when a black sneaks up on a police car to shoot the officer within than a bunch of white sheeted coward terrorists hang a black man from a tree.

It might be a good idea if all men white, red, black, and yellow read To Kill A Mockingbird and decide for themselves if our society has progressed toward the better.

“Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

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I Get No Respect

Ask anyone in America why our kids are so screwed up, and they might say because they have no respect for their elders. They are coddled, and spoiled by too many over generous relatives, and a society that has worked overtime to create a perfect world.

What we fail to understand is that Utopia is an old idea which has maintained its desirability. We just don’t accept the fact that building Utopia is impossible. Looking into the mirror we see that our kids are obviously spoiled brats. Their only desire in life is to sit in a safe space with a smart phone in hand, or a video game player. Ask them what they want to be when they grow up, and you get a blank stare. That is one reason the Affordable Care Act is so expensive, it allows a kid to stay on his parent’s insurance plan until he is twenty-six years old. It doesn’t make sense to me at all because we urge them to vote by the time they are eighteen, and to join the military when they are eighteen, but they can’t find a job to get their own health insurance until they are twenty-six.

I love to listen to old guys tell me their life stories, and I have always admired those of them who left home at age eleven to become independent. My own father and mother  left their homes at age sixteen to migrate to a better life. When I see a sixteen year old today, I see a toddler who must still be left in a playpen to stay safe.

The video below depicts a real life story of a youngster from another country where parents still have control of their kids and the kids still respect their elders.

Circular Evolution

Immigration is a touchy issue. I am reading a book titled Texas which chronicles the history of Mexico and Texas. I am at the section of the book which deals with Indians. In the beginning Indians owned North America, but they were invaded by immigrants from all sides. White people looking to live free came from all over Europe to settle in a place where there was no Prince or King to tell them how to live their lives. Land was plentiful and free. At first the Indians allowed them to live with them, but then the whites came in greater numbers, and they began forcing the Indians out of their territories. As time went on more and more people came to North America to settle in a free land. Indians were forced westward out of their land. They resented it and fought back committing terrible atrocities as was their custom. They fought as Indians knew to fight. The whites thought the Indians were being savage. They were merely practicing their customs.

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After Texas separated from Mexico and became a state there was a problem with Comanche Indians. The Comanches had been moved from place to place several times and they were pissed to have to move again. They refused to do so without a fight Comanche style. Whites flooded into Texas from the north and east. Mexicans came in from the south.  It was a Comanche custom to kill pioneers or anyone who infringed on their lands. They had a notion that to be killed by a Comanche was an honorable death, therefore, a pioneer who died a very slow death by torture made it even more honorable. This custom did not bide well with white people. Another custom was to kill the pioneer family except for one, usually a young girl or woman. They then used the white girl in negotiations with the white man, The problem was how they treated her before the negotiations. The opportunity for negotiations with the whites could take years to come about. In the meantime the girl was a sex slave to the young bucks of the tribe. Another custom was to torture the sex slave by slowly burning their ears and nose off.

As I read this horrible treatment a thought came to mind. At this point in history we, meaning you and me, are the current Indians of the United States. We are being invaded by immigrants namely Hispanics, Asians, and Muslims. These people also have strange cultures and customs. The Muslims probably have the most of any, like be-heading, stoning, genital mutilation, honor killing, and many more.  At this point in history we probably don’t have much to worry about, but as the immigrant numbers increase and the number of communities we refer to as no-go zones grows, the foreign cultural practices will become more openly practiced. Will it ever come to the point of us having to annihilate the source of the trouble? I don’t know, and won’t live long enough to find out, but my take on the matter is that the problem is best avoided by keeping the influx of migrants to a trickle. Once the population of people with strange cultures grows beyond what we can control the problem becomes huge.

Well, you say, we have laws to keep people from walking all over us.  What if one of the strange cultural differences is a set of laws they believe over ride all the laws we have on the books? Sharia law is such a system. Ultimately, when a migrant population that won’t assimilate reaches a point they can move the home team out, they will insist on imposing their will upon the others. The battle that ensues will be called genocide by both sides. If the home team loses we will have completed a full circle of evolution from living in a closed society to living free, and revert back to a closed society.

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Just My Humble Opinion

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One of the biggest news items this week is that Bill O’Reilly has been forced to leave Fox News after spending seventeen years on the cable news program. He has been accused of sexual harassment by several women. I have a problem with that. It is my humble opinion that these women are all left wingers who are so upset with O’Reilly’s friendship with Trump that they have ponyed up the claims just to hurt him and Fox news.

I worked in a coed office environment and can testify that some women are paranoid. The company hired a consultant to come in to train all supervisors on the abc’s of sexual harassment. The whole matter is highly subjective, and biased in the women’s favor. The government smartly put the onus on the employer. If one of our people was accused of sexual harassment the company was obligated to do something about it. If they didn’t, the company was liable for the outcome.

Some girls thought it was a shame. The first lady draftsman I hired for the company actually had a sign hanging in her cube which said, “I tolerate sexual harassment, but it will be graded.”

One of the most serious incidents occurred between an engineer and the girl who made blueprints of our machine drawings. The engineer was an older man sixty-ish, and a confirmed bachelor who lived with his mother and another single brother. The girl who made the copies was a hot twenty something who oozed sex appeal. There wasn’t a guy in the department who didn’t make a move on her daily.  One day she came into my office, and told me that Ronald was harassing her. I almost fell out of my chair. “How does he bother you?” I asked.

“He comes to the print room and stands at the service window watching me.”

I was stunned. “He watches you/”

“Yes.”

“How often does this happen?”

“Sometimes, several times a day., He creeps me out.”

Let me give you some background on Ronald. He takes care of his aged mother with his younger brother. He has several other siblings all of whom are married and have children. Ronald is an introvert. He will only speak when spoken to, and will not offer information unless asked. His dream is to retire to Arkansas with his brother. He spends his lunch hour designing the perfect retirement home with an elevator. The elevator is just in case he is too feeble to use stairs. Ronald speaks highly of his family, and his nieces and nephews. He has photos of them around his desk.

When I confronted Ronald about the accusation of harassment he was just as surprised as I was. “All I do is wait for a chance to ask her to make a print for me, and she ignores me.” I bought his explanation because that is the Ronald I knew. It didn’t matter, he was accused of harassment, and I had to write up my discussion with him, and put it into his file. I instructed him to leave a written request form at the door with the original, and to leave instead of waiting.

Men and women can speak to each other very explicitly with double entendres and sometimes outright invitations to sexual encounters without any talk of harassment. Yet, there are times when the words, or a look, or an implication becomes harassment. Only the woman knows when she feels threatened. If she chooses to speak up, the employer must address the situation.

I bring this up because sometimes what is simple miscommunication can be construed as harassment. Then there are other times when the harassment is clearly a breach of common sense. I am hoping that the Bill O’Reilly incident is one of the simple ones which are ridiculous. Unfortunately, this afternoon I heard a rumor from a friend that he was taped by a woman while he was talking to her in sexually explicit manner. My buddies rumor turned out to be an article by columnist John Kass who writes for the Chicago Tribune. I trust Kass, he is a true journalist meaning his seeks the truth and writes it as it is.  In his article Who Wrote Killing Bill o’Reilly? he describes the encounter which did O’Reilly in. O’Reilly is toast. He used his power to seduce a woman for his own gratification. He wasn’t a Ronald waiting at the window in the print room, he was a sexual predator. It is sad because I liked his reporting.

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Fox news will survive, and so will Bill O’Reilly, but they won’t be in business together. There is a good chance that O’Reilly will never work on TV again.

What is strange about this story is the incident took place in 2004. Why did it take thirteen years to make the news and what took Fox News so long to decide they had a problem? Like I said in the beginning of this post, it is most likely a Left wing assault on an enemy.

Excuse Me, But Isn’t That Discrimination?

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All the talk about sanctuary cities has caused me to dream about the problem. Last night, in a particularly unexciting dream, it occurred to me that two things bother me about sanctuary cities. One is a very obstinate refusal of our governments to adhere to the laws, thereby making a mockery of our claim that we are a nation of laws. The second is also an hypocrisy regarding our so-called dream of living in a fair world of diversity.  Doesn’t the idea of allowing a segment of people living in America with special privileges smack of discrimination? Haven’t we as a nation fought extra hard to eliminate discrimination? Yet, here we are allowing special cases to be fostered, and expanded as though it was a human right.

How long will it be before we allow gangs to have sanctuary in the same cities? Or, when will we grant special privileges to Syrian refugees? We already grant extra special privileges to Muslims all around the country, like ‘no-go zones,” or prayer rooms. Each of these examples is a form of discrimination, either against the resident culture, or for the special needs of a religion or sect. Laws on abortion, and birth control are also discriminatory.

Another scary example comes to mind inside the prison population. We grant special treatment such as free medical care, sex change operations, and much more to prisoners, yet we discriminate against normal people trying to eke out a living in an honest manner.

If new are to live up to the ideals we so proudly proclaim in our pledge, our Constitution and our anthem we must bite the bullet, and abandon special privileges like sanctuary cities.

Something For Everyone

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This is really interesting and quite surprising at times……
(Unfortunately not so much for the People’s Socialist Republic of Illinois. This also puts Grumpa Joe’s attitude toward liberals and democrats into perspective. I feel so alone living here.)

STATES AND WHAT THEY ARE FAMOUS FOR (DID YOU EVER IMAGINE?)

ALABAMA …………Was the first state to have 9-1-1, started 1968.

ALASKA ………One out of every 64 people has a pilot’s license.

ARIZONA…………Is the only state in the continental U.S. that does not follow Daylight Savings Time.

ARKANSAS………..Has the only active diamond mine in the U.S.

CALIFORNIA;…………Its economy is so large that if it were a country, it would rank seventh in the entire world.

COLORADO…………In 1976 it became the only state to turn down the Olympics.

CONNECTICUT…………The Frisbee was invented here at Yale University

DELAWARE………..Has more scientists and engineers than any other state.

FLORIDA…………At 874.3 square miles, Jacksonville is the largest city in the U.S.

GEORGIA…………It was here, in 1886, that pharmacist John Pemberton made the first vat of Coca-Cola….interesting!

HAWAII…………Hawaiians live, on average, five years longer than residents of any other state.

IDAHO………..TV was invented in Rigby, Idaho, in 1922.

ILLINOIS………..Has a Governor in jail, one pending jail, and is the most corrupt state in the union!

INDIANA…………Home to Santa Claus, Indiana, which gets a half million letters for Santa every year.

IOWA………Winnebago R.V.s get their name from Winnebago County. Also, it is the only state name that begins with 2 vowels.

KANSAS…………Liberal, Kansas has an exact replica of the house in “The Wizard of Oz”.

KENTUCKY…………Has more than $6 billion in gold underneath Fort Knox.

LOUISIANA…………Has parishes instead of counties because they were originally Spanish church units.

MAINE…………It is so large that it covers as many square miles as the other five New England states combined.

MARYLAND…………The Ouija board was created in Baltimore in 1892……. Bet you didn’t know that!

MASSACHUSETTS…….The Fig Newton is named after Newton, Massachusetts.

MICHIGAN…………Fremont, home to Gerber, is the baby food capital of the world.

MINNESOTA…….Bloomington’s Mall of America is so big, that if you spent 10 minutes in each store, you’d be there almost four days.

MISSISSIPPI…..President Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear here The most lied about state in the nation.

MISSOURI…………Is the birthplace of the ice cream cone.

MONTANA ……..A sapphire from Montana is in the Crown Jewels of England .

NEBRASKA…………More triplets are born here than in any other state.

NEW HAMPSHIRE………Birthplace of Tupperware, invented in 1938 by Earl Tupper.

NEW JERSEY…………Has the most shopping malls in one area in the world.

NEW MEXICO…………Smokey the Bear was rescued from a 1950 forest fire here.

NEW YORK…………Is home to the nation’s oldest cattle ranch, started in 1747 in Montauk………..Surprised?

NORTH CAROLINA……..Home of the first Krispy Kreme doughnut.

NORTH DAKOTA……….. Rigby, North Dakota, is the exact geographic center of North America .

OHIO…………The hot dog was invented here in 1900.

OKLAHOMA…………The grounds of the state capital are covered by operating oil wells.

OREGON…………Has the most ghost towns in the country.

PENNSYLVANIA…………The smiley : ) was first used in 1980 by computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University .

RHODE ISLAND…………The nation’s oldest bar, the White Horse Tavern, opened here in 1673.

SOUTH CAROLINA………Sumter County is home to the world’s largest gingko farm.

SOUTH DAKOTA………..Is the only state that’s never had an earthquake.

TENNESSEE………..Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry is the longest running live radio show in the world.

TEXAS…….Dr. Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. The hamburger was invented in Arlington in 1906.

UTAH………..The first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant opened here in 1952.

VERMONT……….Montpelier is the only state capital without a McDonald’s.

VIRGINIA……….Home of the world’s largest office building, The Pentagon.

WASHINGTON…………Seattle has twice as many college graduates as any other state.

WASHINGTON D.C………Is the first planned capital in the world

WEST VIRGINIA…………Had the world’s first brick paved street, Summers Street, laid in Charleston in 1870.

WISCONSIN…………The ice cream sundae was invented here in 1881 to get around Blue Laws prohibiting ice cream from being sold on Sunday. Also the American Water Spaniel was created there and is the state dog.

WYOMING………Was the first state to allow women to vote.

Headlines To Laugh At

Since I am a generous and fair man I cannot place too much acrimony on fake news. I will only suggest that we are looking at fake news incorrectly. Newspapers have always been a source of a good laugh. We must take all fake news stories for what they are, mis-guided jokes. Shown below are a few examples of what I am speaking. Thank you Rich for sending this collection of beauties.

To all journalism students and to all journalists working for news please take note of the type of entertainment you create in the name of reporting facts.

Why we must not let newspapers die ….

 

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Ya Think?

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Sorry I missed it…

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N.S.S.

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No comment

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“Boy’s School Votes to Consolidate”

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“Spin” to help distance themselves from their sponsorship?

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Statistics be damned! I don’t believe it!

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What? Where?

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That’s what I would’ve called it!

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A record unlikely to be broken.

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I am speechless!

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I guess the head bone was attached to the leg bone after that happened.

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I think they may be onto something!

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Proof once again that politicians can’t relate to the real world…

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Somebody got paid to conduct this study?

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This actually makes sense – if you think about it.

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The judge apparently has a list of lawyers he doesn’t like.

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It must have been a concert “for teachers only”?

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Doctors are expensive – it must be a last-ditch effort.

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On advice from his attorney.

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Dilbert’s pointy-haired boss came up with this one!

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Can’t really blame ’em for protesting, but they could’ve sent those unruly kids somewhere else, surely!

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A lesson we learned from Karen Carpenter…

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I bet you couldn’t wipe the smile off this copywriter’s face!

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I suppose the school for the blind might have benefitted from this broadcast?

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They could advise those city officials about why the sewer smells so bad…

And finally…

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