A Lesson For Schools

I believe every school in America can learn from this exercise. If all of them taught real American history, and the effort America expended on making the world a safer place by sending our citizen troops to fight wars for valid reasons our kids would be better off. Some schools do teach what veterans did for us. My grandson attends such a school. His father sent me this e-mail and the photos.

Hey Dad,
 I took Dan to swim practice tonight.  This week he’s swimming outside.  The pool he’s at is right across the street from his school.  A couple of weeks ago, he was working on a project for Veterans Day.  IT was called a “Veterans Postcard”.  He had to interview a vet and make a visual post card with the name of the vet, branch severed, etc.  He then told me that they laminate all of them, and put them up at school.  To my surprise, as I was walking the paths around the pool past Dan’s school, I saw an image that was quite overwhelming.  They hung all of these “postcards” right in front of the school.  Two thousand kids go to that school, and they all made them.  They strung them on lines from post to post.  When I got there, it was still light outside.  BY the time I found Danny’s postcard it was already dark.  Here are some pics…I may go back tomorrow during the day to get this amazing tribute to our vets captured on film during the day.

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Rows and rows…I think I counted 7 or 8 rows of postcards

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Dan’s post card:

 

Trigger Happy Shooters

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One Lady with a Baby Against The Firepower of the US Government

Why is the shooting in the Capitol not being given more coverage than it is? A couple of weeks ago we experienced a 24/7 coverage of a shooter in the Naval Yards. Why all of a sudden is this shooting so quiet? Why is this shooting being so quickly blamed on mental health issues?

It seems to me that a bunch of trigger happy cops who like the sound of their guns going off are responsible for an unjustified shooting  of a  woman armed with only her baby.

Twice within a month we saw a surge of overwhelming firepower being showered on single suspects. The Navy yard shooting was against a single shooter outnumbered by a battalion to one. The latest shooting involves a mother, suffering from something, who is not even a chance for capture, but dispensed with by police who are good at shooting, not good at diagnosing mental health, and not wanting to go to court to testify against a perpetrator.

I am all for having good police departments to protect me, but I am against having a bunch of nervous, trigger happy shooters who have but one mission i.e. “to kill.”

Yes, there are a great number of reasons flying through an officer’s mind in that flash of an opportunity. The time to call for a Obama like debate and analysis is measured in nano-seconds and not in Obama decision making months. Police make instantaneous decisions based on the information they have in that flash, and most times they make good ones, but this time they screwed up big time.

By the way, where is Al Sharpton and his buddy Jessie Jackson on this one? Where is their defense of this poor woman? Why are they not shouting from the roof tops about the cops who filled this poor woman with bullets. The problem I see with them doing that is they have to choose between speaking up for a fellow black person, or answering to the supreme half-black person.

 

Cars, Cars, Cars, and More Cars

This has been an awful summer for me. The 2013 Monet Vision escaped being photographed, Peggy and I did not leave home for anything,, and I failed to visit a single Cruise Night in Frankfort. Maybe it was latent grief creeping out on the tenth anniversary of Barb’s death, or maybe it was a lower back pain that wouldn’t quit, or maybe learning that I suffer from Low T, or maybe it is simply because I reached middle age, whatever, the summer blues took over my mind and body.

Today, a good friend sent me a video link, that cheered me and picked me up beyond my expectations. I only wish he could have done it earlier, like in June. The video features a very large car show in Minnesota, touted as the largest in the world. The cars are amazing and beautiful. If you grew up in the fifties like I did, this video was like traveling back in time. Take a peek and enjoy these mobile works of art.

Flying Bullets and Home Invasion

The gun control argument prevails. The video below is an excellent argument for having high-capacity magazines in your weapons. I’m sure liberals will cry and scream about the need for any weapons at all. My argument is that a bullet gets results faster than a 911 call.

This morning I read a stupid article about suicide. The author stated that 18,000 some suicides will happen this year because there is a gun in the house. Folks, if you are contemplating suicide and you don’t have a gun in the house, I am certain you will find another way to kill yourself.

We need guns and ammo to protect ourselves from criminals, and a run away government desiring to transform America into a communist state.

How many bullets should you have in your gun?

 

I Have Been In Many Places, But I’ve Never Been In Cahoots

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I love to travel, and have visited many countries and most of the United States. I have written about many of my travels under a series title of “Burning Gas-XYZ.” Recently, this recommendation of places to visit came to me from a very dear friend. Many of the cities are strange and exotic, but mostly just strange.

Visit the link below and add these places to your bucket list, and  try to contain your excitement about doing so.

I Have Been In Many Places, But I’ve Never Been In Cahoots.

 

Who Has Some Toilet Paper?

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There are well over twelve million people in the US who are unemployed today. They have trouble existing. Many probably work two, or three, part-time jobs to eek a living. Others, are starving. The Federal government however, has no concept of what that kind of hardship really is. I did a little math and divided the total number of federal workers classified as Executive, (2,756,000) by their average salary of $76231/yrs. If the entire sequester cut went toward laying off  these people only, Obama would have to lay off 1,115,030 people. That is a huge number, yet it is only nine percent of the total private sector people who are suffering without work.

It is my opinion that if these nine percent were to feel the pain, the business climate would improve to the point where the twelve million private sector people  would find good jobs. Would you sacrifice the nine percent to put twelve million back to work? Take the poll below and let me know how you feel.

The news item below is a comment made by a lady who has some insight into what is happening inside the services to make them feel the full impact and pain of the sequester. Click on her name to take you to the news article she commented on.

Lynda Irwin Carns • 20 hours ago

“I’m from a military family still living in a military community with daily contact with numerous active duty friends. Here’s what’s happening that’s not being reported. Soldiers on deployment are no longer receiving hot meals (haven’t for a while now), service members going through basic training are running out of TOILET PAPER (wonder if soldiers in Afghanistan have any or if it’s only what they are getting from loved ones guess that’d better be included in the next care package). Friends who recently met seamen who had just graduated from boot camp were told of them not having toilet paper in their barracks the last 2 weeks of training. Yet Obama still plays golf and his wife still takes numerous vacations on the taxpayer dime because apparently he’s working SOOOOOOO hard that he needs to take at least 4 vacations a year plus play golf every week. After all putting out a budget is enough to give anyone a headache so they’d need a break, Oh wait he’s never put out a budget! EPIC FAIL AMERICA!”

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I love stories about the old west. This one is especially good.

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Chapter 1

Thomas Jessop was wondering if he had just made a mistake.  Without moving his head he lifted his questioning eyes from the government surveyor’s map up to those of the Land Office clerk.

“Uh…” He stammered, “I just noticed that a lot of the creeks and rivers around where we bought our land have some mighty dismal names to ‘em. Should I be concerned?”

The clerk removed a pair of spectacles from his upper vest pocket and after blowing on the lenses and fitting them on, leaned over the long table to study the map.

After a minute or two the clerk straightened up and shrugging his shoulders told the young couple, “I’m not real familiar with the western territory but since there’s a town nearby, I am led to conclude that whoever named the water sources either had a sense of humor or quite possibly named them…

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