What Have We Forgotten?


Nineteen year later, it seems that the attack on America is a fading memory. Something to be relegated to history, a footnote to be mentioned in passing.

Considering the effort being made to selectively erase parts of American history, I’m not surprised. Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.

When elected officials state that they encourage and endorse violence in the streets for political change, they are forgetting the lessons of 1930’s Germany. The result was a world war that left millions of dead, civilian and soldier alike.

When the American people elect their representatives that express allegiance with “the Mob” and support the destruction of this country’s institutions of laws, justice, and the Constitution in favor of an ideology that has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of millions of people throughout history, we have indeed lost touch with not only history, but for what America stands for.

Acceptance of the mob’s demands isn’t civility, compromise, or change for the better. It’s abject surrender of society’s will to live. History has taught that the conquered do not survive long, and only that the useful idiots are among the last to die. The resulting chaos and anarchy will destroy any country.

I watched the towers fall, and I was sickened to my core. What is happening to the America that I love is just as bad.

Stay safe, stay well, and most of all, stay prepared.

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Found the following in my personal Facebook feed. Thought I would share it –

“One the most jarring moments on 9/11 came maybe 2 hours after the second tower fell. As I recall, I received a couple of phone calls, one after the other. One was from a relative and the other was from a lifelong friend.

“To my shock, both of them explained to me, almost as if they had been rehearsing their speeches for years, why America as a nation deserved the attacks.

“At the time, I was a Leftie.

“But even I, as a Leftie, could not conceive of 1) the idea that we deserved the attacks, and 2) that it was anywhere near reasonable or appropriate to be saying such a thing when we could be in the middle of a new war.

“These two people added several levels to the rage I was already feeling. About 9 months later, I came to realize that the same two people were lying about Israel.

“These attacks on Israel offended me not only personally (for some reason I have always taken attacks on Israel personally), they also offended me on a spiritual level, as it has always been part of my Biblical understanding that Jews are God’s chosen people, and Israel is blessed among nations.

“So, when I realized that my friend and family members were lying about Israel, as well as lobbing a constant barrage of verbal grenades against the United States, I changed. I realized they were filled with hatred, not ideas. And I moved to the Right side of the political spectrum, where I have been ever since.

“I give you this history, as a setup to say something that is painful for me to say.

“For me, 2020 has been one long 9/11, unfolding in horrifyingly slow motion. A malevolent nightmare from which we can not seem to wake up.

“Islam may hate us, but it is the Leftists who will destroy us.

“That is clear as day now.

“So, for me, today, it is not a time of remembrance. It is not a time of quiet resolution. It is a time of disgust heaped on top of agony and outrage.

“It is like looking up in the middle of a battle, just in time to suddenly see a friend get his head blown off, and then realizing, I must do anything, and everything I can to avenge his death.”

Will Health Be An Issue?


This is going to be a shorter post than the mini-novels that I usually write. Let me explain.

Around a month ago, I sanded down my BBQ deck to re-stain it. It was a bigger job than what I had expected – 3 days for a 10’ by 10’ deck plus steps & railing. The deck wasn’t in the greatest of shape to begin with, so being the engineer, I wanted it to be “perfect.” Big mistake…

After a couple of days of the hands being numb and tingly (bordering on pain), I went to the doctor. The problem – Carpal Tunnel.

Crap…

The past month has been spent with splints, hot and cold packs, and a little therapy. I’ve purchased ergonomic computer equipment (vertical mouse and keyboard) so I can continue working, and this all seems to help somewhat. The pads of the fingers are still numb & tingly, but not as bad. The next step will be cortisone injections into the wrists (ouch!) to try and reduce the condition, but will most likely end up with surgery.

Double crap…

But at least I will still have my health, even though my activities will be curtailed somewhat.

You are probably asking yourself, “So what does this have to do with the title of the post?” So glad you asked! (if you didn’t, that’s OK – I’m taking a literary license to move the post along.)

Over the recent weeks, the presumptive Presidential nominee for the Democratic Party, Joe Biden, has been displaying very disturbing behavior during interviews & speaking events. In my opinion, Mr. Biden has some form of Dementia and probably Alzheimer’s Syndrome. Losing his train of thought in the middle of sentences or topics, and trying to cover it up by becoming belligerent & combative are signs of these conditions.

Now I’m not a doctor, but I have some experience with this – my Father.

Last October, I had to place my Father in assisted living as he was no longer able to take care of himself. His meds were all mixed up, which led to him having a temporary break with reality. My Father is a kind-hearted person, and it was a shock for me to see such a change in behavior. Fortunately, I was able to place him in an assisted living apartment quickly, his meds were adjusted properly, and several months later, he is fairly stable. But he loses his train of thought within minutes, and his memory is not the greatest – he is losing all of his memories of me growing up, and doesn’t remember who the members of my family are. It is hard to see a man who never smoked or drank in his life in such a condition.

Now Joe Biden is not a nice person – looking at the recorded history on YouTube of his confrontations over the years only shows that he is a combative person, ready to verbally beat down anyone who contradicts him. It doesn’t matter if what is says is true or not, just as long as he humiliates his opponent.

This is not a person that I would want leading this country, memory issues or not. His stated positions and the policies of his party are completely at odds with what this country should be standing for. The dementia and Alzheimer’s only adds to the problems that he would bring to the highest political position in the country.

This means that the Democratic Vice Presidential candidate will be very important as it will be that person that would most likely complete a Biden Presidency. And from what I can see, none of the candidates mentioned thus far on the “short list” are electable.

This is, of course, that the Democrat Party doesn’t grow a brain & common sense and replace Biden with another candidate. But who?

Bernie would immediately raise his hand and state loudly that he came in second in the primaries, so he should be the nominee. The Democratic Party leadership would most likely tell Bernie “no” because there is no way in hell that they would have Bernie – he would be unelectable – and the Bernie supporters would rebel.

Anyone else that was on the debate stage with Biden and Bernie drew abysmal numbers among Democratic voters. So I think that the Democrats are stuck with Biden and whoever his VP pick is.

As stated before, I do not believe that the VP nominees, all reportedly female and mostly Black (there are a couple of non-Black women being considered) are electable. All of the candidates have baggage, and the Trump campaign will use that information to the maximum effect.

Quite frankly, Biden put the Democrat’s in this box when he stated that his VP candidate would be a woman, and was presumed to be Black. I think his statement was not scripted by the Democratic leadership, and limited the VP candidate selection. I don’t know what Biden was thinking – or maybe he was thinking that he needed to have someone female around to smell their hair…

Be safe, and be well.

“A Republic…if you can keep it…”


The following is a long post. My advice is to get comfy with a beverage nearby.

The words titling this post were uttered by Benjamin Franklin when asked what government the Continental Congress had created. The document that defined the government of the new country, the United States of American, is the Constitution.

This is the day after the Fourth of July, where we celebrated an earlier document, the Declaration of Independence, where grievances against the King & Government of Great Britain were cited, and declared that the Colonies were not longer a part of Great Britain.

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that, as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.

This was essentially a declaration of treason against the King, a crime punishable by death. This fact is often forgotten among those that celebrate (and curse) the founding of this country. The Signers of the Declaration of Independence essentially signed their own death warrants when they affixed their signatures to this document. This fact should not be lightly dismissed by those who take issue with the customs and practices of that time.

We now find ourselves in a virtual maelstrom of chaos wrought by political and ideological enemies of this country. Actions by what I would politely call “the mob” are not the civil discourse that the leaders of this country would like to have to redress grievances against the actions of an out-of-control government (aka police). Instead, it is power through intimidation, and our elected, political leaders have neither the spine nor fortitude to stand up and say “no more,” unless for some reason they identify with “the mob.”

Instead, “the mob,” consisting of Antifa and Black Lives Matter with a few other malcontent groups, have a very specific goal in mind – tear it all down – government, police, all forms of current society – and replace it with something along the lines of the CHAZ/CHOP/Whatever. I think that we all saw how that worked out…chaos with violence & mob/gang rule.

Both Antifa and BLM have stated in various websites and interviews that they will continue to demonstrate, riot, and destroy until their demands are met. And then what? That’s the end? Knowing what I know about human nature, even if they get what they now want, they will want more. They have found by this time that threats and violent actions will get them what they want, and they will want more because they now have power. As the saying goes…

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Found an article this morning at Townhall.com that is damning for the DEMOCRATs handling of “the mob” as well of the media’s complicit & tacit approval…

For weeks now we’ve watched the Antifa-BLM-just plain thugs and looters’ witches’ sabbath — rampaging through our streets, defacing and destroying treasured memorials, looting, shooting, beating innocents and murdering them. Not a single Democrat leader has condemned these things, choosing instead to pretend these are peaceful protests against police brutality. Every four years they gin up some incident to create the impression that this is a racist society that requires radical reformation and conservatives are to blame.

The media once again played along, hiding the faces of those arrested for the mayhem, downplaying the destruction of lives and property and foolishly finding racism everywhere, though this is the least racist society of any major nation on earth, a nation that sacrificed hundreds of thousands of men and impoverished many to free the slaves. The mobs march with anti-Israelis in support of Palestinians, never mentioning that slavery is a thousands-year-old scourge which still exists in parts of Africa and Arab lands and nowhere in Israel or the Western world. Slavery is, in fact, a natural end point of identity based tribal cultures, which the Democrats historically seem never to apprehend or condemn. Supporting these atavistic morons is not the approach of winners. It is the tactic of a party falling apart at the seams and grasping for any vote, despite what the ginned-up media polls report.

Continuing on…

I have heard some of the talking heads state that the current state of affairs is akin to a second American revolution. That’s absolute fracking bovine excrement.

I challenge any of these “journalists” to read the Declaration of Independence in its entirety with the historical context in place, and compare it to the temper tantrum demands of the rioters. There is no comparison between the two. And I further ask any of these rioters, Antifa, or BLM twits to sign their names to a document stating that they intend to commit treason against the United States. And if caught, would they be willing to go to Federal Prison for a term (or execution) for their actions? After all, if you are going to commit, then commit fully – otherwise, remove yourself to a country of your ideological liking or shut the hell up. Quit trying to f*** up my country – I like it just fine, warts and all.

Let’s consider the following –

The United States isn’t perfect. There are less than stellar events in the history of the country, past and present. Removing statues and rewriting/fabricating history will not change the facts that there were slaves (Black, White, and others) brought to these shores before and after the foundation of the United States. But consider this…

The Civil War was fought over the issue of States Rights, specifically, should the Federal Government be able to dictate to the States actions and laws which may be contrary to what is legal in the States at that time. The heart of the issue was slavery – upon which the Southern states based their entire agricultural economy upon. They simply could not afford hired labor.

Rather than working to phasing out the need for slaves through technology (Eli Whitney’s Cotton Gin, for instance), the politicians of the Southern States (the DEMOCRATS) began the Civil War. While the cause of States Rights was a just one (something that we seemingly have lost over the years), the issue that the Southern DEMOCRATS picked (slavery) for the fight was an immoral one. At the end of four long bloody years, the Civil War ended and slavery was finally ended in the United States.

However, discrimination against the former slaves and their descendants continued (and was allowed) for another hundred years. The infamous Jim Crow laws banned the Negro from owning firearms, land, defined what was allowed (or not allowed), and massive segregation & discrimination was common practice. And by the way, DEMOCRATS were responsible for passing the majority of the Jim Crow laws and forming/using the KKK for “keeping” the freed slaves in line.

The United States has made a lot of progress in removing the Jim Crow laws and creating laws for equality – the 1965 Civil Rights act went a long way toward this end. Progress keeps being made, and quite frankly, I believe certain people and organizations need to get out of the way. However, this quote from Booker T. Washington keeps popping into my mind, and puts a lot of the current insanity into perspective:

“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”

― Booker T. Washington

I’ll let that quote stand on its own, and let you connect the dots…

(Have you noticed that the DEMOCRATs have DEMO and RATs combined into one word with a C in the middle? Considering what has been going on for weeks now, that party wants to demolish (DEMO) the country, being traitors (RATS) to the country and the constituents that elected them, all in order to gain control (C) over the country.)

To the people demanding “reparations” for the sin of slavery, there’s the following –

1) There is no one alive today in the United States today that personally owned a slave prior to 1865. How in the world could it be expected that reparations be paid to the descendants of slaves, and how would any of it be proven? The logistics are staggering, and to pay anyone out of the government treasury is taking money via taxes is ludicrous and unfair. The whole thought is one of insanity, and meant to reinforce the above quote from Booker T. Washington.

2) Somewhere between 650,000 and 720,000 soldiers died during the civil war, most of them white. Isn’t that enough blood for you? Or are you just looking for another handout? Or are you just attention seeking? Somehow, I think more of the Booker T. Washington quote

Finally, an excerpt from President Trump’s speech at Mt Rushmore on July 3, 2020:

“Our founders launched not only a revolution in government, but a revolution in the pursuit of justice, equality, liberty, and prosperity. No nation has done more to advance the human condition than the United States of America and no people have done more to promote human progress than the citizens of our great nation. It was all made possible by the courage of 56 patriots who gathered in Philadelphia 244 years ago and signed the Declaration of Independence. They enshrined a divine truth that changed the world forever when they said, “All men are created equal.” These immortal words set in motion the unstoppable march of freedom. Our founders boldly declared that we are all endowed with the same divine rights, given us by our Creator in Heaven, and that which God has given us, we will allow no one ever to take away ever.”

Make no mistake, there are forces within this country that wish to destroy it from within, and I truly am believing that is the Democrat Party and its allies in the media, BLM, Antifa, and other. I do not believe I am a candidate for the Tin Foil Hat Society, but as the saying goes, if it quacks like a duck & acts like a duck, then its a duck. All you have to do is objectively look around and see what’s going on.

Yes, we have a Republic. It’s up to us, the Citizens of the United States, to keep it by holding accountable the people we elect to represent us (not to lead us).

Stay safe, and be well.

Michigan, You’ve Elected an Idiot for Governor


The title of this post is taken from a post by fellow Michigander Jen Kuznicki in her blog of the same name.  She listed the exact same things that my wife and I have discussed over the past week & beyond.

In other words, she stole my thunder in the best way possible – and I couldn’t be happier.

Sit down, read it, and contemplate the idiocy my state is undergoing.  Hopefully, your state isn’t suffering near the contradictory insane orders that we’re going through.

Stay Safe, and Stay Well, my friends.

Quarantined in Michigan


As many of you know, I have lived in Michigan for the past 20 years after growing up in Indiana & working around the country. It’s a beautiful state, and we’ve enjoyed living here. That is, until the current governor appears to be spreading her socialist wings and trying to turn the state into Commifornia…

For instance (excerpts from The American Spectator post “The Worst Governor in America” by Robert Stacy McCain)-

Executive Order 2020-42 is titled, “Temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life,” and is quite specific about which activities are and are “not necessary.” Stores with “more than 50,000 square feet” (e.g., Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot) are ordered to close areas of the store “by cordoning them off, placing signs in aisles, posting prominent signs, removing goods from shelves, or other appropriate means” that sell carpet or flooring, furniture, and “garden centers and plant nurseries.”

Barbecue grills, lawn chairs — anything in the garden section is now  verboten in Michigan. (Also includes selling American flags).

Whitmer imposed a strict prohibition on “not necessary” travel, which means that Michiganders are forbidden even to visit their own private vacation cabins in the “Up North” part of the state.

Lottery tickets can still be sold right along with pot and alcohol.

Abortion clinics are still open, barber & hair salons are closed.

Boating and golfing are prohibited.

Prisoners were released from lockup, although the public was assured that these were low-level criminals that presented no harm to the public (for which I call “BS”).

Last month, the governor actually threatened the licenses of medical professionals who prescribed the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for coronavirus patients. A week later, however, Whitmer was trying to secure supplies of HCQ from the federal strategic stockpile.

The term “insanity” has been used to describe Governor Whitmer’s actions concerning her response to the epidemic. I seem to remember her complaining that the Federal government (aka President Trump) not being prepared for the outbreak, however, my question to the Governor would be “What have you done to prepare the State of Michigan for any disasters like this?” The answer to that question would most likely be crickets…

But what about the Federal government? Veronique de Rugy at the American Institute for Economic Research had this (h/t to Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit):

The lack of preparedness at every level of government (federal, state, and local) has nothing to do with a lack of funding or inadequate staffing. Instead, it has everything to do with governments’ bloat, mismanagement, cronyism, and poor focus.

That’s particularly true of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In theory, the prevention of diseases like this one is the agency’s entire reason d’être. It is right there in its name “Disease Control.” Its mission statement page also makes the centrality of this goal clear. It states as its priority “confronting global disease threats through advanced computing and lab analysis of huge amounts of data to quickly find solutions.”

Apparently, not really.

While there is a lot of blame to go around, it is no secret how much the CDC is to blame for the country’s lack of preparedness to take on the coronavirus (followed very closely in ineptitude by the Food and Drug Administration). The agency’s failure to understand the severity of this virus, to provide useful advice to the American people and to political leaders, and to deliver appropriate testing capabilities has been widely documented.

Some random thoughts that tie into all of this:

Projections for infections and resulting deaths have not lived up to reality. Doctor Fauci has publicly walked back the projections several times. Obviously, the models that they are using are about as useless as the climate change models…

Watching the career politicians jump through hoops to slip in funding for their pet projects only shows that we cannot trust our elected officials to be good stewards of the public. They’re not representing the people that elected them, but the party that supports them through the special interests that bought their allegiance.

Still true:

“To rely on the government for anything long-term is stupidity at best and insanity at worst.” – Tom Roland, Equal Diversity

More and more governors are issuing executive orders restricting travel, closing businesses, restricting or banning firearm sales & processing of licenses – in other words, restricting freedoms that we all take for granted (or at least the clueless). Make no mistake – the power-hungry socialists are taking full advantage of exercising their authority over the citizens of their states. They are definitely taking notes on what they can do and how they can do it. And the media, our supposed independent watchdog, will be complicit in anything they do.

Which is probably why there were an estimated one million new gun owners last month. We The People do not trust our government nor the media. With the various episodes of tyranny and stupidity in unequal measures, who can blame us? As as a side note, I understand a good portion of those new owners were Liberals!!

I’m starting week 5 working from home. Cabin fever is setting in despite the daily walks and occasional trips to the store. While I don’t miss the trip back and forth to work, there is something to be said about routine. I will be happy to get back to something resembling a “normal” routine. What that will be is anyone’s guess.

Stay well, stay safe.

The Corona Effect


Everything that we see on the news is about Corona.  Corona, Corona, Corona!!!  Almost like a bad episode of The Brady Bunch…  It’s effing depressing…

I’ve been thinking about the following, and Douglas Flint over at American Thinker beat me to it.  Some excerpts from the article follow:

I fear Donald Trump has taken the bait and he knows this.  He is trapped in a car barreling down the highway toward economic disaster and a great depression, and he knows it.  He is desperately looking for an off ramp but unfortunately he has turned the accelerator and the wheel over to the “experts.”

The “experts” are people of genuine theoretical scientific knowledge but no real-world experience and no capability of risk assessment beyond the specific risks in their chosen field.  They are focused on the virus and only the virus, because it is not their job to worry about anything but the virus.  They could, without blinking an eye, recommend a six-month in-home lock-down.  You could scream, “But people will starve by the millions!”  That is not their concern.  If they starve to death in their homes, they did not die of corona virus and thus the “experts” have done their jobs.  It doesn’t help that almost all of them are government employees for life guaranteed to receive full pay and benefits until the end of the known universe.  They are not capable of grasping the concept that no work equals no pay, no insurance, no food, and finally nowhere to live.

But there’s another bunch of people in that car.  Malevolent people within the government, federal and state, who would love nothing more than to slam the car into the wall, destroy the economy, the lives of millions of people, and destroy America’s preeminence in the world, and the Trump presidency, in order to give themselves the ultimate power, the power of life or death over each citizen.  They will fight furiously when and if the president tries to take back control of the car.

At some point very soon, Trump will have to accept the fact that the ones he has turned the car over to are not going to stop, slow down, or turn.  There is no incentive or reason for them to do so.  So far, Trump has confined himself to tossing money out the windows of the speeding car hoping somehow this will soften the blow.  It won’t and it can’t.

Insane ideas are being hatched (in a Harvard faculty lounge?) such as loaning businesses money to pay employees when there’s no productive work to do or revenues to collect, with a fingers-crossed promise that the loans will be “forgiven” if certain criteria are met.  But we know our government bureaucrats  all too well.  Contributed to DNC?  Loan forgiven.  Contributed to RNC?  Sorry, you needed to spend 80% of that loan on payroll, but records show you only spent 79.97% on payroll.  Payback in full plus penalty interest.  Don’t have it?  Sell the business to my friend or family or give Uncle Sam a controlling stake.

No, the smart play, the only play for any businessman is to lay off your employees.  No telling how long this will go on, so why burden yourself with an insane relationship with the federal government?  Your employees will probably be better off drawing full unemployment and you’ll probably be able to pick them up at a considerable discount when and if the crisis starts to ease.

And the longer this goes on, the harder the recovery will be.  Inflation will be a major factor if money is continuously tossed out of the car.  States will have to raise the unemployment premiums on the few surviving businesses in order to cover their enormous outlays.  People will not want to, or be able to, go back to life as usual or spending as usual.  After all, what has happened once can happen again.  Better to hunker down, don’t buy that new car, don’t upgrade that house, don’t spend that $150 on a dinner out or a rock concert.  Become more like our depression-era grandparents.

The sad and scary part is that the safe political bet for Trump is to let the “experts” slam the car into the wall, destroy the country and the lives of millions, and rule as a new-era FDR, with the country in permanent depression, the capital hidden in walls, under rocks, or in treasury notes until better times.

The right thing to do, even if it costs him the presidency, is to kick the crazy “expert” driver out of the car and grab the wheel and steer for the off ramp.  It may already be too late.  But it’s the only chance to save the country.

And yes, those he kicks out of the car or subdues will all become his open enemies now with twice the power because of the trust he gave them in the first place, and because of the media’s readiness to embrace them as they trash the president daily on all the networks.

As I start Week 4 working from home, I’m more fortunate than some in my company.  My company is a manufacturing company complete with an engineering department.  Our plants are shut down, and the employees furloughed.  Slowly, the office staff is being furloughed as well as funding for continuing the projects that need to be built (but can’t) dry up.  The engineering department that I am a part of deals with the  designs of products to be built and sold to customers, but that will not last.  While I still have funding, it won’t be forever as that funding will go away within the next 2 to 3 weeks (my guess) because all businesses operate on cash flow.  If we’re not building, we’re not receiving compensation for our work.  No business has an endless supply of money – eventually, it will run out.

Other items that I’ve tried to keep track of is the myriad of executive orders from governors and other officials throughout the country.  One of the most insane are the orders of some governors to release prisoners from jail, their directions to law enforcement to ignore forms of some crime, close gun stores (but let’s keep the marijuana dispensaries and liquor stores open), and plead with the criminals not to commit crimes during this crisis.  I have no idea how that’s going to keep the law-abiding safe, but seems to increase the likelihood of more victims without a means to protect themselves.

But despite this, firearm sales were at an all time high in March, so perhaps some people are getting a clue that government will not keep you safe, but only you are responsible for your own safety.

Regardless, we will not go back to the way things were before.  Our new “normal” may not be to our liking.

Stay safe, my friends.

Hyper-Virus?


Almost two months has passed since I’ve last posted something, and it’s been a struggle to find time to write. It certainly hasn’t been for a lack of topics!

The big thing now is the Corona Virus, which the media (more on that later) is telling us has a 1% to 3.4% mortality rate (sources and mileage vary). While this doesn’t seem like much, if you run the numbers of roughly 350 million people living in the United States, a 2% mortality rate (I’m being generous) translates to 7 million people!! While the very young and the older generations are most at risk (undeveloped and weak immune systems), that’s still a lot of people!

The media and Socialist Democrats are blaming President Trump for not taking action quick enough, or not doing enough, or something. Personally, he might have done more, but I don’t see how because he has been opposed politically by the Socialist Democrats and criticized constantly by the media no matter what he does. I do imagine that he is relying upon experts in their respective fields to take the appropriate actions.

When this crisis first started, flights from Asia (China) were restricted. Then, when Europe started becoming a Petri dish, flights from Europe were restricted. The President’s critics cried “foul” stating that this wouldn’t contain the virus to Europe, but rapidly quieted down when European countries began closing their borders and their own countries down to halt the spread of infection.

Now, let’s be realistic – the Corona Virus will come to the United States (it’s here already), people will become infected, and their will be casualties. What closing the borders (walls, restricted travel, etc.) will do is slow the spread of the virus, giving our health providers and resources time to study the virus, and to develop better ways to treat the victims and better protect the healthy.

That is the sane, rational course of action – something the media and Socialist Democrats know very little about.

The Socialist Democrats look at this to gain more power for their cause and to diminish that of the President. The criticism that the President has had to endure is absolutely uncalled for in the face of this crisis. While working on legislation for releasing funds and resources for combating the Corona Virus, the Socialist Democrats of the House tried slipping governmental funding for abortion into the bill. And then after the bill was submitted to the Senate tried leaving DC stating that their part was done. Obviously, the Socialist Democrats of the House are not concerned with the health and well being of the Citizens of the United States.

The Media reporting is not news, or at least, not very much of their content is news or useful information. When there are endless panels discussing the topic of the day with “I think” and “I believe” qualifiers in their statements, that’s entertainment, not news or information. This is for ratings points, which translates into revenue for the Media. Unfortunately, the Stock Market failed to discern the difference between opinion/entertainment and news/information, and went for a massive tumble based on the hysteria ginned up by the Media.

Now I’m not stating that there isn’t a problem – I believe there is – I just think that the Media is over-hyping the problem, and causing more issues than what there should be. Think Sargent Joe Friday “Just the Facts, Ma’am” and you’ll see where I’m going with this. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have empty shelves where toilet paper would normally be stocked.

That’s all for now. Hope it’s not another two months to the next post…

Bumper Sticker Logic and Other Rantings


Hello all. It’s been a while, I know. As you may remember from the last post, the workload from both the personal and professional lives has increased almost exponentially. That means there isn’t much time left to vent intelligently here.

To paraphrase a couple of people I know, I hate bumper-sticker logic except when it’s dead on. And quite frankly, some of the memes I’ve seen floating around are not only dead on, but so dead-on it hurts.

And then there are events and people that get me going so bad that I think I’m going to stroke out because of the sudden increase of blood pressure. These situations are so bizarre that common sense is nowhere to be found. Needless to say, most of this is coming from our elected officials who seem to be hell-bent on destroying this country.

So, without further ado, let’s get started.


Watched the House Managers walk the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate, and it reminded me of a perp walk…which probably isn’t too far from the truth given that Schiff and Nadler were in the lead…


Watching Pelosi sign the aforementioned Articles of Impeachment with a billion and one pens with her name engraved on them was surreal at best. After the signing, she handed the pens out to various people in attendance, smiling all the time. One would expect a solemn occasion, not a celebration with party favors.

Thought Ted Cruz said it best when he stated the Pelosi should have used crayons instead of pens…


“A Generation that has been taught to hate the country will refuse to defend it. Let that sink in…”


Anyone who is concerned with individual rights guaranteed by the Constitution should be dismayed at the situation in Virginia. For those uninformed…

Virginia elected a majority of Democrat/Socialists into both the State House and Senate, and have a Democrat as governor. The Democrat/Socialists stated first act is to declare that gun control is the first order of business.

Now not a single one of the proposed gun control measures has crime control in their scope. Instead, it’s a sweeping banning/registration/confiscation of firearms from law abiding Virginians, and has a dose of extreme protection order (aka red flag laws) on the top like a cherry. Overnight, millions of Virginians would become felons if the proposed laws pass into law.

It doesn’t matter that the proposed laws are in opposition of Virginia’s Constitution – the laws must be passed to satisfy Governor Northram’s pledge of fealty to Micheal Bloomburg, who dumped millions of dollars into the Virginia elections on the behalf of Virginian Democrat/Socialists. There must be payback once the ring is kissed…

The Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) is having their annual Lobby Day (not a protest) on the capitol grounds, but the Governor has declared an emergency stating that firearms cannot be carried on the capital grounds (it’s lawful to do so).

The Virginia Governor has declared war on the rights of the citizens of his state, and it’s anyone’s guess how this is going to turn out. I’m going to make an educated guess that some laws will pass, those laws will be challenged in court, and either be overturned on Constitutional grounds, or the People of Virginal will elect a Republican legislature the next election cycle with the expressed purpose of removing those laws.

Of course, 20/20 hindsight should tell everyone not to elect Democrat/Socialists to offices, especially those backed by out-of-state billionaires.


From an undocumented article published after the West Freeway Church of Christ shooting:

Well, it happened again in Texas. Evil walks into church with a gun and starts shooting wanting to kill. This time the good guys were prepared and ended the evil act within seconds using their own guns, killing the evil person.

We all know what happens next. The leftist media will trot out politicians and law enforcement administrators to tell us how we must pass more laws on guns, ban guns, or whatever irrelevant nonsense they can up with.

This Texas incident can teach us many things. But one thing it demonstrates very well is that it’s not the gun itself that’s the problem here. There were several guns in that church in Texas. One was used for evil and others were used to stop evil. Was one gun bad and the other gun good? Why does the left want to eliminate them all? The good guys gun did exactly what it was supposed to do; protect the flock and defeat evil. The bad guys gun was misused for evil. It is so obvious that the gun is not the problem, THE PROBLEM IS THE PERSON AND NOT THE GUN!

There is also a lesson here on gun free zones and I have written on it before. In a gun free zone, the evil person with a gun can kill indiscriminately and at will knowing there is no one there to stop him. Thank God churches are not gun free zones in Texas. We can learn from them how illogical they are and do not solve any real problems, they just make them worse.


From a comment by magno et malo lupo3:

There comes a time in every man’s life when he stops bustin’ knuckles and starts bustin’ caps and usually it’s when he becomes too old to take a whoopin’. I have yet to reach that point in my life but understand that it now takes longer to recover than it did when I was 30 or so!!!

I don’t carry a gun to kill people; I carry a gun to keep from being killed.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m evil; I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the world.

I don’t carry a gun because I hate the government; I carry a gun because I understand the limitations and sometimes intentions of government.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m angry; I carry a gun so that I don’t have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared.

I don’t carry a gun because I want to shoot someone; I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.

I don’t carry a gun to make me feel like a man; I carry a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.


When the politicians start spouting off that limiting or banning firearms will reduce crime, let’s remember:

• Murder is illegal.
• Attempting murder is illegal.
• A felon owning or possessing a firearm is illegal.
• Shooting people indecriminately is illegal.
• Using firearms in a criminal manner is illigal.
• Criminals do not go through background checks (universal or otherwise) to obtain firearms.

Therefore, explain how criminals will follow new laws. Explain how new laws will make the population safer. Explain how restricting law-abiding citizens rights to firearms even more will make us safer.

If the politician cannot fully explain the above, then their reasoning for passing new gun control laws is invalid and unconstitutional.


We can ban, regulate, or make illegal to own firearms and any other weapon, but evil will still find a way to create chaos and death. London, England is a perfect example – personal ownership of firearms is highly restricted, but crimes using knives and other weapons is at near epidemic levels. Around England, home invasions are on the rise as well, and the population has no effective means to defend themselves from personal harm.


“Gun Control isn’t about crime. It’s about disarmament of people who would oppose a tyrannical socialist government. The Socialists claims that it will prevent or stop crime are simply lies to get disarmament laws passed.” – unknown


Gun free zones do not create crime free zones – quite the opposite. Criminals know that their chance of being injured or killed by a citizen with a concealed firearm is greatly reduced, therefore increasing the crime rate in that area. The criminal will bring a weapon (including a firearm) to these areas to commit their crimes.

It’s also why greater than 97% of all mass murders occur in a gun-free zone – it’s a target-rich environment without anyone being able to fight back.

My opinion is that the politicians who came up with this idea are morally and criminally liable for each and every death and injury that has occurred in these gun free zones.

Yes, I’m talking about you, Joe Biden…


If Liberal Politicians treat us this poorly when we’re armed to the teeth, just imagine what they would be willing to do to us if they take away our guns?


I believe that the Democrat/Socialit’s end game is to disarm the public, leaving the remaining arms in the hands of the police and military. For what purpose can be summed up in this quote from Lenin:

“One man with a gun can control 100 without one.”

It’s not about safety or reducing crime – it’s about control.


Moving on…

If you remember the March for our Lives in 2018, it was promoted as a grass-roots response to gun violence in the United States, primarily concerning school shootings as illustrated by the Parkland murders. However, things aren’t quite what they seem…

As reported by The Washington Free Beacon (among others):

The March For Our Lives Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organization launched in the aftermath of the deadly 2018 shootings at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, is bankrolled almost entirely by large donations in excess of $100,000. The group reported $17,879,150 in contributions and grants over the course of 2018, its first year of operations. Ninety-five percent of those contributions came from 36 donations between $100,000 and $3,504,717—a grand total of $16,922,331.

The group’s reliance on a small number of large donations raises questions about its ability to turn rally-goers and supporters into donors. It also provides ammunition to gun-rights activists who have long cast the gun-control movement as driven not by grassroots supporters, but by billionaire benefactors like Michael Bloomberg.

The group’s 990 tax form shows another 38 donations totaling between $5,000 and $100,000, which together accounted for an additional $876,114 of revenue. The remainder, just 0.5 percent of total receipts, came from those giving less than $5,000.

Not grass-roots, but another attack on the rights of law abiding Americans by a few power-hungry billionaires who have nothing better to do than to screw around with ordinary people.


And speaking of Michael Bloomberg…

Everytown for Gun Safety and Mom’s Demand Action are fully backed by Bloomberg minus what little funds they receive from their members. But that’s not all…

We have to remember that while he was Mayor of New York City, he placed a ban on the sale of soft-drinks (soda) over 16 ounces. Recently, he made a statement that higher taxes benefit the poor because they’ll live longer (the logic he states supporting this statement goes against human nature).

I’ve seen the “Bloomberg for President” ads. He has made a statement that he would gladly spend a BILLION DOLLARS to defeat Trump in the 2020 elections.

I can only think that this guy is on a power trip like no other, and there is no way in hell or heaven that he should be even be allowed to have any power. Nanny Bloomberg was used as a nickname during his stint as mayor, and it still fits – he wants to control YOU.


Switching gears…the clutch is worn so there is a little grinding going on… Millennials have no idea what a clutch is, so that just went over their heads…


The big stink about trans-kids competing in sports that do not match their biological gender is completely out of hand. It’s not fair that biological females who spend countless hours training for a sport are defeated by a biological male that identifies as female.

Here’s my take, and if you don’t like it, then tell me why…

The science is of genetics, male and female. Anyone who has attended a science biology class knows this (unless it’s one of the “progressive” schools, for which you have my sincerest condolences). XX (female) and XY (male) are the genetic markers for this distinction.

The qualifiers for sports or locker rooms should be genetic, not if the person “feels” that they are another sex. Biology trumps feelings. Period

Now for a side trip…

Feelings do not override the science of genetics, no matter what you think or say. And those politicians, administrators, and parents who do not understand this simple fact are, in fact, morons.

Yes, I understand that little Johnny thinks that he should be Jane, or Diane thinks she should be Don, and that you want to make everyone around them conform to your little angel’s whims. Grow the f*** up and be a parent. Get your child help – you’re the parent, not their friend.

The condition is called “Gender Dysphoria,” and was originally listed in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) as a disorder that needed to be corrected for the person’s continued mental health. This was later changed to be a condition that would need treatment to accept the condition (including surgical procedures) due to political pressure from the LGBT community.

So find help for your child. The statistics for suicide among transgender is far above the national average for normal people due to their unresolved feelings. So if you love your kid, be the parent & make the hard choice, even if it makes you unpopular with your kid.


While we’re sorta on the subject of health care – let this sink in…

Democrat/Socialists voted to mandate government approved health care to every citizen of the United States (exempting themselves, of course). Anyone who did not sign up would be fined.

Democrat/Socialists also voted to give health care to illegal aliens for free.

So who are they really concerned with? The citizens of this country who elected them, or everyone else?


Politics was never meant to be a career choice, but a service the ordinary person would temporarily perform for the good of the country. Consider this quote from Thomas Sowell:

“Most of the founders of this country had day jobs for years. They were not career politicians…We need leaders with experience in the real world, not experience in the phony world of politics.”

This is why Donald Trump has been so effective in the past 3 years than the politicians have in the past 30+ years. It’s also why the career politicians hate him – Trump has exposed their sham.


If Donald Trump had not won the 2016 election, we would not have had confirmation of our suspicions that the political elites were not only corrupt, but the depth of their corruption.

Just look at the Biden’s ties to corruption in Ukraine, & that sham of a charity called the Clinton Foundation, and that should be all the proof you need for the political elites getting rich off the backs of the American people.


To whit (a quote from an undocumented source)…

The DNC is a self perpetuating machine of sorts. They create hideous situations then march in boldly blaming all others for their own failures.

The only solution, they proclaim, is to join them as they are the only ones that can save the day, save everyone and make everything a dreamy utopia.

There are enough ignorant, plenty of uneducated and loads of stupid people to allow this perpetuation to continue, as history clearly shows.

People leave the DNC plantation only to be replaced by others, currently the invading hordes.


In closing, just remember that the actions of the Democrat/Socialists have done since the 2016 election have been to overturn the election, thereby negating the Constitution and the will of the people. That has been their priority, not the citizens of the United States.

That should be enough for you never to vote for the Democrat/Socialist party ever again.

Christmas Eve


Hello Everyone. It’s time for the Christmas Eve post, and quite frankly, I’m really not in the mood for it. I’ll explain.

First is the personal stuff.

This past October, my Father’s Alzheimer’s progressed to the point of where he needed to be placed in assisted living. Being the only child, it fell upon me to take care of all the arrangements, move him, and close out his condo. I’m still not done with all the paperwork, and won’t be until sometime next year.

I’m not ashamed to say that I’m a bit mad at God for allowing such diseases to exist because they destroy not only the victim of the disease, but torture the loved ones with watching the victim slip away. I know God has a plan, but I just don’t see it with this disease.

Yeah, it’s real hard for me to get into the Christmas season this year…

Then there’s the political side of it.

The Founder’s expected our Representatives to be good, upstanding citizens with the unsavory element to be few and far between. Oaths of office were to keep them cognizant of their duties, responsibilities, and honor. Instead, we seem to have the Representatives owing allegiance to their political party and not to the people & country they swore to serve.

The House of Representatives voted along party lines for Articles of Impeachment against President Trump after two and a half years of the most sleaziest political witch-hunt in anyone’s memory. And then, the Articles (of which has yet to be sent to the Senate) do not list anything approaching the “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” standard set out in the Constitution. “Abuse of Power” is more of an opinion since no crime that is against the laws of the United States has been listed or proved, and “Contempt of Congress” is something that is totally made up. I’ll let the legal eagles debate all of the previous.

I personally think that the Democrats (now Socialists) should be impeached under their own standards for Abuse of Power because I believe that they have totally overstepped their authority in this and other matters. They definitely are guilty of the charge of “Contempt of the United States Constitution and Citizens Thereof.”

The bright spot in the political crap is that President Trump is fulfilling the majority of his promises. The economy is up, the unemployment is down, and everyone seems to be doing better, even his detractors. The Democrats (now Socialists) have nothing except restating the policies that Obama put into action during his Presidency, and drove the country into the tank.

While I wasn’t sure about voting for him in 2016, I certainly didn’t want Felonia Von Pantsuit in that office. I will be voting for him in 2020, and any Republican that is up for election in my district. I, like a number of other people, have had it with giving the Democrats (now Socialists) any chance at obtaining political power. The past two and a half years should show anyone with a functioning brain and a smidgen of common sense that the Democrats (now Socialists) are about getting power over you, the American Citizen, and taking every right away from you.

Yes, I’ve been notorious for not bringing uplifting messages on Christmas Eve. So let’s continue on with a final thought…

Perhaps we should remember that Christ was born into this world for the sole purpose of being that perfect sacrifice upon the cross for all of mankind’s sins – past, present, and future. Perhaps we should remember that when all others fail or turn their backs on us, or even when we are mad at Him, God will still be there to love us. Perhaps that is the real message of Christmas.

Merry Christmas, Everyone.

An Afternoon In September


Here I am with an afternoon on my hands, and what do I do? Write a blog post, of course!!

Like Robert, life has been busy between work and personal life. Topics come and go, but the really important ones persist. For instance…

One topic that will never die is climate change. This past week, a 16-year old Swedish girl spoke before the United Nations accusing them of stealing her childhood due to their inaction on climate change by making the climate change issue a political issue instead of addressing the Earth-ending, mass-extinction event crisis that she says it really is. The worst offenders, China and India, were never mentioned during the tirade, but other countries (including the United States) were. While I’m not surprised at any of this continuing circus, here are a few thoughts…

As far as I’m concerned, the whole thing is a giant publicity stunt designed to thrust the issue of climate change back into the world’s spotlight. Much was made about this girl sailing across the ocean in a racing sailboat, but not a whole lot was mentioned about the crew jetting back to Europe, and the racing sailboat being shipped back on a container ship. Moreover, if anyone is to blame for stealing this girl’s childhood, it’s the people brainwashing her into near states of hysteria with the assertion of the world coming to an end due to people living normal lives in our civilization.

By reading the above, you probably think that I’m a knuckle-dragging throwback to the caveman days a couple of decades past the primordial ooze. Not so, says I! Consider the following:

When I was growing up in Indiana in the 1960s, I watched a science related TV show concerning the coming Ice Age (global cooling). I was probably around 5 or 6 at the time. Later that day, I looked out the back door of the house, and saw it was snowing…and it was mid-July!! Needless to say, I lost it, crying and looking around fearfully for the glacier that I was sure that was coming to engulf the house like a tidal wave. It took my Mother several minutes to calm me down.

So when I see the Climate Warming Cooling Change crowd trot out their next crying child intent upon shaming the world into bending to their way of thinking, I think back to that day 50+ years ago of where they terrified a young child. They haven’t changed – they have no reservations on using children to force the issue emotionally because that’s all they have. They’ve faked their data, and cannot win any other way.

And by the way, flying on private jets to Climate Change conferences doesn’t look good either…

Continuing on…

Have you ever noticed that as soon as there is a shooting with multiple people hurt or injured that doesn’t include a gun-control paradise like Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, or Baltimore, the bodies haven’t even cooled before anti-rights legislation is introduced by a certain party? It doesn’t matter if the legislation, if enacted, wouldn’t have prevented the tragedy. It’s the push to use the emotions of the tragedy to “do something” and make it appear that a certain party “cares” about the safety of the people instead of trying to control them.

Yes, I’m referring to the Democratic Party, which is now rapidly becoming the Democratic Socialist Party. Their platform is falling right in line with the precepts of Socialism, of which the common citizen has no rights having given those rights to the government. Don’t believe me? Think about it – the Democratic Socialists are advocating on the debate stage and in press releases the following:

  • Confiscation of wealth (Bernie’s “no Billionaires” statement and Warren’s proposed confiscation of 401K accounts are just part of raising everyone’s taxes)
  • “Free” healthcare and education (paid for by the raised taxes, and provided by “approved” providers in both fields)
  • Confiscation of firearms (every socialist and communist country has done this with millions killed by their governments because the people could not fight back.)
  • Government approved speech, religion, and business practices (think of hate crime laws & policies forcing religious-based businesses to provide services that goes against their stated beliefs (i.e., Masterpiece Bakery), and you get the idea. There is a movement to deny banking credit, loans, and credit-card processing to the firearms industry.)
  • Suspension of rights due to perceived harm or future actions (extreme protection orders, or red-flag laws bypass due process protections, and could be expanded to include almost any action, statement, or complaint)
  • Create a single-party government like California by allowing open borders, unverified voting by illegal aliens, and ballot box fraud (voter harvesting). Single-party governments such as Soviet Russia and Communist China killed millions of their own citizens for “non-conformance” to the party line & policies, and political opponents “disappeared” or were shipped off to “re-education camps” (something that one Presidential candidate has suggested). Venezuela is only the latest example that I can think of.

Yes, I believe that the Democratic Party is becoming the Democratic Socialist Party, which in reality, is the Anti-Rights Party.

Last for this post is the continuing temper-tantrum of the Democrats to find something, anything, to remove Donald Trump from the Presidency. Trump has shown that the politicians in Washington are as inept as we suspected, and more corrupt than what we could have ever imagined.

First, it was Russia, now it’s Ukraine. I don’t anything will stick, and it will be a huge waste of time and tax-payer dollars.

Quite frankly, I think that the American People, by and large, are sick of the three-ring circus held by the clowns of the Democrats. I know I am.

We as citizens need to remember that these people work for us as Representatives, not as Royalty. It’s time that they are reminded of that.

I know that some of you reading this post do not like President Trump either for his actions, manners, or words. However, I believe that a non-politician like President Trump is the best chance we have for a government that will serve the people instead of the political elite. And yes, I admit that I held my nose when voting for him, but I realized that Hillary was infinitely worse. President Trump has worked out better than I had hoped.

So hold your nose, Vote Republican in the 2020 elections. I cannot vote for a party for which it’s candidates promote ideas and policies that undermine this country’s founding principles and citizens.