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Safe zones…. another step in America’s loss of a backbone.

December 4, 2016


As we walked over to sit down at the lunch room table one of the football players bumped into my friend and I heard him say, you greasy dego’s never watch were your going. I waited for what I was sure to be an exchange of fists but my friend never missed a beat as he just sat down and started to eat his lunch. Back in those High school days there was a lot of those ethnic slurs going around and they usually were a prelude to an argument or a fight but this time our little world remained calm.

Most offensive comments ranged from the Italians degrading the Pollocks or some white guys wondering aloud why they are letting more minorities in our school to the Christians wondering if they could borrow some money from one of their Jewish friends because of course the Jews had all the money. But the the majority of offensive talk around our high school was about the girls, their bodies and what we would do with them.

That was 40 years ago and everyone from, Italians, Polls, blacks and whites to the girls who became woman we all found ways to overcome any discomfort and went on with our lives. However in our current society the young adults of today appear to have no backbone and must be ‘protected’ by ‘safe zones’ in their schools. I am in no way saying it is ok to deride any nationality, minority or gender I am just saying suck it up and move on.

In one school a ‘safe place’ was created with the intention, “to give people who might find comments “troubling” ….a place to recuperate. With rooms equipped with cookies, coloring books, bubbles, Play-Doh, calming music, pillows, blankets and a video of frolicking puppies, as well as students and staff members trained to deal with trauma” Hard to believe this was on a collage campus it sounds more like something for kids in kindergarten. It gotten so bad that one can now search the internet for collages to go to that are graded on how secure their ‘safe spaces’ are

Are we that week a nation that we can not deflect, rebut or ignore any comments made?
Are our nations young adults so emotional that they must hide from offensive words or ideas?

One Columbia junior named Adam Shapiro decided he didn’t want his room to be a safe space. He printed up his own flier calling it a dangerous space and had that, too, published in the Columbia Daily Spectator. Mr Shapiro said, “…..a safe-space mentality has begun infiltrating classrooms, making both professors and students loath to say anything that might hurt someone’s feelings. “I don’t see how you can have a therapeutic space that’s also an intellectual space.”

Some legal experts, like famed attorney Alan Dershowitz, went even further in criticizing the creation of safe zones on college campuses when he said, “These are the same people who claim they are seeking diversity, the last thing these students want is real diversity, diversity of ideas. They may want superficial diversity, diversity of gender, diversity of color, but they do not want diversity of ideas. They want complete control over their personal lives, over their sex lives, over the use of drugs, but they want mommy and daddy dean to please give them a safe place, to protect them from ideas that maybe are insensitive, maybe will make them think.”

Our young adults want a safe zone
to protect them from other peoples words and ideas
but they were borne
into a nation hammered into being
on the over riding principle
of freedom of speech
which must not be censored by a safe zone.

Never bring a butcher knife to a gun fight

November 29, 2016

It was just another day on the Ohio state campus with students walking to and from the library and dining hall, their biggest problems at that moment were upcoming exams and whether they did something embarrassing over the weekend that they don’t remember  ….then within seconds their lives change forever as a car plowed through them and a man jumped out and began stabbing and slashing them with a butcher knife.


The perpetrator Abdul Razak Ali Artan who drove a car into a crowd left 11 people injured either from the car crash or from stab wounds, including one who was in critical condition, wrote on Facebook just hours before he drove into that crowed that, “America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially Muslim Ummah (community),” and “We are not weak. We are not weak, remember that”

Artan was shot within minutes of him attacking students with the butcher knife because 28-year-old Alan Harujko an OSU police officer was on the scene due to an earlier gas leak when he approached the suspect and said ‘Drop it and get down or I’ll shoot‘. Soon after, the officer followed through on his threat and shot Artan, killing him at the scene.

If the ‘armed’ officer was not there how many more would have been wounded or murdered? It is another glaring example of why I believe people, including students and teachers, should have the right to carry a firearm no matter where they are. If one of the students near where Artan first crashed his car into the crowd had a handgun how many students would be saved the pain, suffering and maybe even death Artan unleashed that day.

Just another example of why
you should be allowed carry your firearm
even on school grounds
a butcher knife
never wins out over a handgun.

That’s the last time I will ever…..

November 27, 2016

No I am not talking about when you go to a restaurant and have a bad meal, see a show or concert based on someones insistence or even when you are arguing with someone and comment that it is the last time you will listen to them. No I am writing about when you will never experience something truly moving or inspirational for the last time in your life.

Most of us have been to new and exotic places that we will never return to and have done the typical tourist thing by recording every important moment with our camera, but in doing so we only have the image to rekindle that moment. Few will take the time before or after that photograph is taken to linger and absorb that moment and realize that we will no doubt never return to savor that experience again. If that moment or place was so magical or moving that we absolutely have to immortalize it in a picture, why not step back, spend some time and revel in it.

Hey I am as guilty as the next person in these missed opportunities more so even than most by the very nature of where I lived for 20 years, in the very heart of some of the most majestic handiwork of God…Alaska. Many times have I driven from Valdez in the South to virtually the top of North America at Prudhoe Bay, and observed sights that will never be repeated yet never paused a second to fully take them in.

Early in life these missed opportunities may seem trivial because we are young and may yet return, but as one gets older we realize that opportunity may never come our way again. Considering the national lifespan for a male is now 76 years statistically my end of the road is but a mere 6 years away! With this limited amount of time one must face the fact that my last chance to see and experience things is now quite short.

Like most I have regrets… regrets that I did not stop and savor the experience of being a husband and father more or never taking that fishing trip down the Yukon with my son and daughter, but life is a crewel mistress and doesn’t let one go back in time to rectify our mistakes. One can only take whatever time God will grant us and use it so there will be no more missed opportunities.

We may never be able to go back in time
but looking forward I believe
one must seek out not only things but people,
people who will truly miss us
and revel in our interaction with them.



Thanksgiving… Redux

November 25, 2016

I thought since I did not have any photographs on file of Thanksgiving dinners with my son’s family in Texas I would post this one from yesterday. Though there was more people at the table than I am normally comfortable with I enjoyed the dinner immensely. I must thank Claudia my son’s wife for the many hours she put into making the dinner perfect, and one that you would expect from a 5 star restaurant.


….the icing on the cake was that

Claudia gave grandp0p

a doggie bag to take home!


A different Thanksgiving….

November 23, 2016

A thanksgiving to remember because most of my family are gone

For the most part my Thanksgiving for the past 14 years while living in my cabin was different. Now I say different because there were some years when I stayed alone in my cabin and enjoyed (?) some precooked turkey warmed on the stove that heated my cabin. Other Thanksgivings nearby neighbors dropped by with ‘real’ turkey and fixings and still others where I ventured out to enjoy that real turkey with those neighbors.


An Alaskan Thanksgiving with family that will be missed

This year a complete change awaits me because, except for my daughter who will not arrive until Christmas, I will be spending it with my son, his family and their friends. I guess I won’t have to don a suit and tie but I am sure my old carhartt coveralls would be a tad out of place. Now I am one who shuns away from gatherings with a large number of people, (more than two), but this will be, I believe, the first Thanksgiving that I will share with my grandchildren and I am looking forward to it.

So as I ready myself for the Holiday feast

I wish you all a

Happy Thanksgiving


…and if you need someone to carve your turkey just give me a call because I still have my chainsaw!

Freedom of speech…. or just another example of bad taste and sour grapes

November 21, 2016

I heard about what happened at the Broadway show Hamilton shortly after it occurred. As usual the liberal media touted the courage of cast member Brandon Dixon, who delivered the statement to Vice President elect no-whining-2xPence during the curtain call. At the time I dismissed the statement as just another example of those who lost the election continuing on their crybaby ways. But the next day after reading numerous articles about the incident and Mr Pence’s reaction I now feel forced to vent my feelings.

In part Brandon Dixon said, “We, sir — we — are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights,” he said. “We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”

Now most of you who have followed this blog know that I am steadfast in my backing of freedom of speech, even to the point of (not) censoring any comments from those who read my words and totally disagree with me. I also feel that Mr Dixon is entitled to voice his opinion but to do so in that venue with the intent to garner publicity and embarrass the future vice President is wrong. Mr Pence did not come there for a lecture but entertainment and when you add the fact that he was accompanied by his family including his children I would think Mr Dixon would have a bit more class then to lecture him in front of them. I can only believe that Mr Dixon wanted to garner some free publicity otherwise he would have asked to speak with Mr Pence in private.

Based on another comment by the shows producer Jefferey Seller, “Our cast could barely go on stage the day after the election. The election was painful and crushing to all of us here.” I think that just maybe there are too many people with no back bone out there. The election reveled millions of Clinton supporters crying and thinking it is the end of life as they know it, well that may be true but for God’s sake suck it up and lets get on with making this nation great again.


I can think of no better way to end this vent of mine
than to use the words of Mr Pence himself
when he said to his children….

“I nudged my kids and reminded them
that’s what freedom sounds like”

Sanctuary cities… a prime example of ignoring the rule of law

November 19, 2016

Other then the current millennial generation, most of us have played tag at some point in our childhood. In my schoolyard it was called ‘gorilla tag’ and was modified in that when you tagged someone you actually had to throw a punch to tag them. Yeah I know in today’s world all the players would have been expelled for assault, but back in the 50’s it was just a rite of passage. One thing we did have that echoes today’s world was a ‘base’ that you would probably call a sanctuary were you were safe and no one could ‘tag’ you. Today however a few of our cities political leaders have taken this to an extreme where breaking the law is protected within these sanctuary cities…..

As of this writing there are 18 major cities that have openly proclaimed they will ignore federal laws and protect/shield illegal aliens by not arresting them or turning them over to the immigration service. Some of these cities mayors have even taunted Trump, openly in press statements, to keep his word when he becomes President by attempting to cut them off from federal funds.

Even if those mayors do not care about loosing some or all of those federal funds how will they explain the additional taxes they will have to levee on the cities residents. When you consider that 57 percent of households headed by an immigrant, (legal and illegal), are currently costing our nations cities $84 billion for government services such as Medicaid, medical treatment for the uninsured, food assistance programs, the federal prison and court systems, and federal aid to schools, how will those mayors justify the added burden?


With the federal, state and city governments facing financial shortfalls and looking to cut services to its residents how can we continue to support those who are not even citizens of this nation? People come here looking for a better life than they had in their own country and that is a good thing, but supporting those that do not want to put the effort into following the rule of law and applying to enter the United States is unconscionable.

Equally as important is what kind of example are we setting for our children and young adults when we have political leaders like our nations mayors saying forget the law we are doing what we want to. These same young adults see millions of people who even though they broke the law still receive free shelter, food and medical care when their very parents are struggling to afford these same basics of life.

First the President ignores the will of congress
now the mayors are ignoring federal laws
this is just another example of
the erosion of our laws.

Is it any wonder
why our young adults
are acting the way they do?