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The Florida school shooting…. FBI error enhanced by political correctness, lax gun laws and lack of parental responsibility

February 20, 2018

In this day and age of constant media attention focused on the FBI and their involvement in the Trump campaign for President I am not going to lay complete blame on them for yet another misstep that cost more American lives. True the FBI was notified months ago that the assailant made statements on YouTube saying, “I’m going to be a professional school shooter” and one would think they would have put him on a watch list after such a statement or at the very least flag him so he could not buy any firearms. However could it not also be that because of the current litigious mentality of our society that just maybe the FBI did not want to end up on the wrong end of a lawsuit by appearing over cautious? Or is that why the Broward County Sheriff department did not keep a closer watch on him and his family after receiving 20 or more 911 calls in recent years.

The FBI’s and sheriff’s department lack of action aside the majority of blame falls at ‘our‘ feet. I’ve written about this before and no doubt I will again but it is you and I who should shoulder some of the blame for another school shooting because we have for years turned a blind eye to the things that caused these murders and have not worked forcefully enough to change and strengthen  ‘some’ of our gun laws.

Desensitization…. It was written in a National Institute of Health report that…“Since the early 1960s research evidence has been accumulating that suggests that exposure to violence in television, movies, video games, cell phones, and on the internet increases the risk of violent behavior on the viewer’s part just as growing up in an environment filled with real violence increases the risk of them behaving violently.” Yet for many decades we have ignored the psychologists who suggest this and allowed our children to be exposed to movies, television and electronic games that have violence as their basis.

Family…. Because of the economy many families have seen either the father working two jobs or both the mother and father having to work and thus parental oversight is either lax or nonexistent. Where once at least one adult was always around with their children now at times we have children basically living on their own. This lifestyle of unfettered freedom for children is a virtual breeding ground for evil to bloom.

Morality…. For one reason or another over the years religion has disappeared from family life and that once stalwart foundation for morality is no longer instilled in our children. Society has now even reached the point that espousing to live a moral life is consider “lame”.

A lifetime of movie and TV violence

Video games that incite you
to murder more people
just to win

A home with no parental supervision

Surrounded by ‘friends’ who think living a moral life is for freaks

We cracked the lid on Pandora’s box long ago

and now we are reaping the results.

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Ripples in the water…. Alaska vs Texas

February 14, 2018

It has always been an interesting fact to me that when I have a problem and I air my thoughts with a friend no mater what they say I always seem to end up with a clearer picture of a solution for the problem. So I ask your indulgence as I send my thoughts into the ether and look for inspiration from you my new friends.

….the overcast sky, shaded a dark gray, lent a somber pale to the mood of deep winter. It was just another bone chilling February morning with me sitting and drinking my coffee as the world came into focus. February in Alaska was a time when most Alaskans were finally fed up with the frigid weather no matter how much we loved the snow and outdoors. It was a time when old timers longed for real daylight and a chance to go outside without layering 20 pounds of clothing on. So as I sat there and drank my coffee I would look at the calendar and count the days till spring breakup.

Now, still with coffee in hand, I sit here in Texas and greet the day filled with sunlight and temperatures that would have an Alaskan firing up their BBQ in shorts and a T-shirt but alas with a mood of uncertainty. It is now only days away from when the management wants me to sign and renew my lease and I still cannot put a stop to my thoughts of returning home. As the months have gone by it is becoming more obvious that living at the top of the world requires a younger and healthier person or else be an older person with no option but to stay and deal with the bad as well as the good that is Alaska.

My latest plan endeavors to combine the best of both worlds by having me drive up in May and staying until August or September at the same time maintaining my lease here in Texas. I know it sounds great to be able to miss some of the Texas heat but this option has a major drawback it is beyond expensive. Not only do I have to maintain two apartments for the four or five months I would have to spend the nearly $2,000 to drive the 9,600 mile round trip.

All in all I think it could be done for around $5,000 including a place to live in Alaska and the drive up and back but to one who goes out of his way not to spend any money it is like facing an insurmountable wall, but then again how many more summers will I be physically able to make this journey?

The heart knows what the heart wants
its just trying to balance that want
with a harsh reality that hurts.

Maybe casting this posting on the water of hyperspace
will generate ripples
that will return to me an answer
or at the very least
hope!

They are the champions!

February 5, 2018

50 years this old man has waited
and for that half century
I was told sorry maybe next year
now the wait is over
thanks to the Eagles for an exciting game
and a championship
that has the whole city celebrating

 

Thousands of Philadelphia Eagles fans celebrate the team’s victory in the NFL Super Bowl 52 against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in downtown Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) ORG XMIT: PAJL115

There is always hope….

February 4, 2018

 

…..it is late morning as I enjoy the taste of my first cup of coffee and the fog clears in my mind when  I remember today is super bowl Sunday with my Eagles in the fight of their lives in just a few hours. After following the eagles for half a century one is allowed to revel in their post-season victories and even their playing in the super bowl, but also because I have followed them for 50 years I know the odds of them wearing that super bowl ring later tonight is pretty slim.

Now those of us who have lived with the Eagles for years we see tonight’s game akin to a vacant lot bare knuckles kinda game with a bunch of fancy medical students playing against some blue collar laborers. The medical students have size and finesse whereas the blue collar men have courage and heart. Most bookmakers give the Eagles little chance to win especially with a backup quarterback but still ‘we the people’ seem to be ignoring that and taking the odds and betting on an upset win.

It would be so good to see for once
my Eagles
standing tall holding the super bowl trophy high
but
no matter the outcome
they have given me a great season of entertainment
and for that I thank them.

 

Observations on the state of the union…. that defy logic

February 2, 2018

I sat confounded when I first heard the report about what the ACLU was upset about in the Presidents State of the Union speech. I know I am hearing impaired and lately many things get by me because I am daydreaming but this just could not be right. Then again when you add this to how the democrats did not applaud the many milestones President Trump achieved for, ‘we the people’, in his first year is it any wonder that the (American) civil liberties union was mad that President Trump used the word American 8 times in his speech?

I will not make this a long rant about how foolish some democrats looked during the speech like when congressman Luis Gutierrez from Illinois fled ( and democrats around him patted him on the back as he exited ) when the chant of USA, USA rang through the house chamber following President Trumps saying, “To young Americans who shed their blood on the shores of Normandy, and the fields beyond. And others, who went down in the waters of the Pacific and the skies over Asia. A people whose heroes live not only in the past, but all around us — defending hope, pride, and the American way.”

Or will I make a big deal about the part of the speech where President Trump lauded 12 year old Preston Sharp who started a movement to plant American flags on the graves of veterans across the nation and at the same time take a swipe at the NFL players who do not stand during the national anthem when he said, “Preston’s reverence for those who have served our nation reminds us why we salute our flag, why we put our hands on our hearts for the Pledge of Allegiance and why we proudly stand for the national anthem,

…and lastly I wouldn’t dream of making a big deal about how the congressional black caucus sat on their collective hands when President Trump announced the highest employment rate in history not only for African Americans but Hispanics as well!

I wouldn’t normally go around with such a puffed up chest
looking down on the democrats
when I know the republicans are scarcely any better
but knowing the mass media will never
give the President any complements for doing a good job
I thought I would give him an ata-boy
just to see if Nancy Palosi’s face
could get any more twisted
than it was
at the state of the union

Today I went out for a walk…. and realized that my parents never told me about this

January 23, 2018

 

….it has been a cold and windy lately so it has been a while since I did laps around my apartment complex, but today the cloudless blue sky and sunshine had the temperature inching up to a warm 49 making it ideal to get back in the habit of walking every day. Almost from the beginning of the walk I found that it was killing me with problems breathing and a tightening in the stomach so much so that I had to stop 4 or 5 times.

During one of the longer stretches between stops I thought about ‘the good old days’ in high school when I played football or ran in cross country or even later in life when I would ride a bicycle the 22 mile round trip every day to work. But now here I am barely going 500 steps before I need to stop and rest and that sucks. At another rest during my walk I flashed back to my days in the Army and remembered a 26 mile forced march we did at Ft. Hood right here in Texas during the summer and I still never felt like I do today.

No I am not naive I understand the age equation in that as we age, no matter how healthy we keep ourselves, we will tend to be capable of doing less and less. But that makes me wonder in all the cautionary tales our parents told us about maintaining our health they never said that despite the best intentions we would gradually loose the abilities we had all our lives, and in the end become dependent on others for simple day to day tasks.

We all walk down this road of life
looking at the life that is ahead of us
never stopping to realize
what the road will look like
as we near its end.

Who’s on first…. republicans and democrats the new Abbott and Costello

January 21, 2018

….does the membership of congress truly believe the American public is so stupid they believe it is the republicans and President Trump who are responsible for the government shutdown? And does that same republican controlled congress think we believe they are doing any good for our nation by passing yet another budget extension…… apparently they do and we are!

I hate repeating myself but another budget extension is nothing more than our elected representatives kicking the can of responsibility down the road hoping they never have to pick it up and truly deal with it. The republicans now control both houses of congress and the White House and have the opportunity to work out and pass a budget for our nations future. One that will in the decades ahead stop us from spending more than we take in. But the republicans are afraid if they have to enact the spending cutbacks needed to balance a budget they will no doubt be out of a job at the next election. So they like those before them choose to pass yet another temporary spending bill.

Though the republicans are guilty of being cowards when it come to a budget, they are not the ones that shut down our nation is was the democrats. The republicans passed their watered down temporary budget in congress but when it got to the senate it was the democrats who attached the DACA rider thinking that the republicans would never shut down the government in an election year and have to pass the budget amendment with the DACA rider attached…..they were wrong.

So once again ‘we the people’ must suffer
from the games our elected representatives play
and yet it seems ‘we the people’
never learn our lesson and vote them out.

 

Who’s on first starts at 1:30 of this clip.