From The EastWing, The Dog Days, No Sport Heroes Here

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

 

The Dog Days of Summer, gotta love ‘em,,,,,, and the livings easy. Now that my summer office hours have kicked in, it’s just that much more time to play in the EastWing. This year the annual continuing education requirement of 24 hrs for the tax prep business was completed in mid July. That out of the way, allowed me to plan the payroll and accounting workload in such a way to develop the long weekend schedule every week till late fall. I think long weekends are like watching color television for the first time. You get use to ‘em quick.

 

With the Olympics being upon us, I was asked if  I’d ever participated in any type sports activity. Now the short answer is “Kinda”. The first contact with organized sports occurred at the Tip Top Elementary School in Tip Top KY. Keep in mind the Tip Top Elementary School didn’t have an Athletic Directory or Guidance Councilor. But we did have Miss Higgins and she provided all the athletic direction and social guidance along with the fear of her and God, in that order, that we needed to get along in life. She taught us well.

 

The Tip Top Elementary School was twice as large as many of the other schools there in the mountains. Although I’ve heard of ‘em and ever have seen, I never attended a one room school. Tip Top Elementary School had two rooms, thank you very much. A central heating system was employed through out the building, a big round thing setting in the middle of each room. It was truly fire on the mountain.

 

The athletic  field  available at the Tip Top Elementary School posed rather unique issues for some of the more traditional sports one would expect at an elementary school. The main issue we dealt with was the absence of an athletic  field. With the building being built on the mountainside, one end of the school yard was considerably more elevated than the other.

 

Red Rover was a team sport favored my many. After the teams were drawn, a coin toss was held to determine which team would be on the high side of the playground. An interesting little note on the coin toss. Most of the time there was no coin available. No body hardly ever had any money ever. In the absence of a coin, we used a pop bottle lid. Not the pull tab thing, a real pop bottle lid. The kind you pulled off with a pop bottle opener. My favorite pop bottle lid to flip was Dr Pepper. Don’t know why, it just was. Of course the winning team to pick the side always choose the high side. Two reasons for this choice. Its much harder to run up hill, and it’s much easier to run downhill. And so the up hill team started out at an advantage. When on the up hill team it was as if the mountain was on your side.

 

Other team sports enjoyed by all were tag, shadow tag, and freeze tag. A morning recess full of tag meant a quite class till noon. No government hot lunch program there, Everyone went home to eat and came back for the afternoon school when you got done eating. If anybody was late, the teacher would wait. If she was waiting too long, she’d send one of the older kids to go get the offender. We’d all laugh when the late one came back to school.

 

Much of the other organized sports activity at Tip Top was held off the school property. Where the mountains come together and the water runs cold, there are always small places were the ground is level enough and the rocks are few enough to allow marble tournaments. Circle in the dirt shootouts occupied many  Saturday Mornings in heated marble tournament combat. Three marbles to buy into the game, but you kept what you shot out of the circle. I’ve been involved in high stakes marble tournaments costing five marbles to buy in, but the circle would contain upwards of fifty to sixty marbles. A good shooter was a prized position in such games.

 

Everyone had a favorite “shooter”. And me, well my favorite shooter was a highly admired, widely acclaimed “Steelie”. Steelies were rare finds in the mountains, much envied and valued high among the peer group. When I left Tip Top, I sold my Steelie to one of my cousins living next door. Took all the money that boy  had in the whole  world, and put those four pennies  in my pocket, then headed north to Indiana looking to further my formal education in the fourth grade at the North Judson Public School System.

 

Growing up in a family of girls I was forced to learn games like Jacks, Jump Rope, Cats Cradle and Hopscotch. These things we called “The Summer Games”. The Summer Games were fun. I became quite proficient in the Summer Games. By the 6th grade we jumped rope twirling two ropes going in different directions. Yep, I could ski rope with the best of ‘em. We danced in and out of that circle skipping rope.

 

By the 7th grade basketball came along. I never made it to the A Team. Seems my skills tended to be more toward the mental rather than the eye hand coordination activity necessary to make the A Team. I did participate in some of the basketball games but it was always after the outcome of the game had been determined, either won or lost with a few minutes on the clock, when I entered the fray.

 

The high school sports participation reflected my grade school career as a jock.  Oh well, at least I always had really good seats to watch the games. And besides, every year there were the Summer Games.

 

It was there in Downtown Toto that as kids we participated in the beta testing of a concept to induce young people to exercise and explore the fresh air outdoors. An idea so revolutionary that in time it would sweep across the whole world. As computer technology developed and miniaturization technology made the smart phone an item more indispensable than underwear in the eyes of many, Pokémon Go came into being.

 

For those Toto Beta Testers, we just called it Hide & Seek.

 

From The EastWing, Enjoying The Dog Days, No Sport Heroes Here

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

From The EastWing, Who’s Dark, Who’s Right

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

 One of the  remarkable traits of the progressive democrats in our nation  is their amazing  lack of self-awareness. This trait was on display last week in the media and Democratic Party’s characterization of Donald Trump’s acceptance speech and the entire Republican National Convention as being “dark.”
 Of course one would expect the Democratic Convention to have a different opinion on how to run the government than their republican counter part, but “dark”. Really? Really? Is this the depth of the democrat ability to define the opposition? A single  word to define a political party. The other point of view could be well served to choose a single word. Stupid comes to mind, among others.
 For the left to dismiss other Americans as having a dark view of America is laughable. Because no one, not Donald Trump, not the Republican Party, not any conservative  has nearly as dark a view of America as does the democratic left.  Across the board  from the universities to the media to the Democratic Party the left, around the world and in America, has put forth an unremittingly dark view of the United States.
 Lets just do a walk down the left side of memory lane and visit a brief example of what I’m talking about.
 Racism “is part of our (American) DNA,” President Barack Obama said in 2015. Is there anything Donald Trump said in his acceptance speech that is even close as dark about America as that? The President has painted the darkest of dark picture on the whole nation. For Obama to attach racism to American DNA is beyond dark, it’s an insult to every American who takes pride in being an American.  On this past  July Fourth weekend, Vox published a long column arguing “3 reasons the American Revolution was a mistake.”
 The most widely read historian in American high schools and colleges, the late left-wing professor Howard Zinn, was asked whether he thought the United States had done more good or more bad in the world. “Probably more bad than good,” he answered. The left regularly characterizes the United States as a sexist, intolerant, xenophobic, homophobic, Islamophobic, racist and bigoted country. The left considers our wars are wars for imperialist expansion, driven by material greed.

The top 1 percent relentlessly exploits the other 99 percent. America is rigged against blacks, Hispanics and the 99 percent.  Cops kill unarmed blacks proportionately more than they kill unarmed whites because so many cops are racist. Is there anything in Trump’s speech that can match any of those left-wing views of the United States for “darkness”?

 Moreover, every one of those leftist critiques of America is totally and completely  false. Not a single one can be validated by facts. Even though they are not factual, and never have been, the left continues to spew this crap out day after day, year after year, election after election.  Nevertheless, we are in a dark time in America. In fact, Trump didn’t make the case for America’s darkness nearly effectively enough.
 Donald Trump should have said our universities  outside of the natural sciences  are being destroyed as learning institutions. They close minds, censor speech and indoctrinate rather than educate. Blacks have more anger toward whites and America than at any time since the civil rights era. This black anger is fueled in a major part by the President, himself.  in  American students are learning less while being indoctrinated more. They graduate high school barely able to write a coherent essay with proper sentence structure, grammar and spelling. They know nothing of substance about history or basic skills needed to become productive members of society. But they know all about the existential threat allegedly posed by fossil fuels.
 According to a recent Gallup Poll, fewer young Americans than at any time since polling began are proud to be Americans.  A greater percentage of Americans are dependent upon government for their income and even for food than at any time in American history.  The American national debt is the highest it has ever been. And it is increasing at a rate that can only lead to an economic implosion. A smaller percentage of Americans are married than at any time in American history. Americans are having fewer children than ever. Fewer businesses in proportion to the general population are being started than ever before.

Sectors of major American cities are essentially killing zones. Chicago being the best example of one such city possessing the killing zones.

 Fewer Americans than ever before believe in God, go to church or affirm Judeo-Christian values, the basic moral code of America’s founding and of Western civilization. Only 2 in 10 black children are born to a married mother. This alone is the single most important  factor in this social stigma, yet it’s shunned like the plague by the likes of Jessie Jackson  Al Sharpton and President Obama.
 Is that dark enough? And the list has only scratched the surface.  Believe me, I could double this list with ease. Moreover, every one of these dark facts listed here is the result of left-wing policies, left-wing politicians, left-wing writers, left-wing professors and the left-wing party, the Democratic Party.
 If all Donald Trump did between now and November were to delineate the darkness created by the left and the Democrats, he could potentially win in a landslide. But, for reasons that elude me, I question if he will, just as no Republican presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan has. In the same way that Democrats won’t identify America’s international enemy,  Islamic terror.  Republicans won’t identify America’s domestic enemy, the left.   And until such time Republicans do, the darkness from the left won’t go away.
 From the EastWing, Who’s Dark, Who’s Right
 I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

From The EastWing, From Collin’s Point of View, Catholic Democrats

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

 

It’s with the permission of the author that I post the following thoughts from a friend of mine, Collin Van Waardenburg, on Catholic Democrats and sin. I’ve know Collin most all his life, he’s not yet old enough to drive. Collin will  turn 16 comeAugust 28, 2016.

 

You know, now you see so many Catholics with power in the Democratic party, and they all seem to throw around the fact that they’re Catholic like it’s a badge of honor. Well, those named folks, namely Tim Kaine, are a lot like today’s modern coins, they look valuable, but it’s really just cladded to look important. When you claim to be a Catholic but do not follow the basic laws of the church, you need to wake up and realize you’re lying to God, and more so to yourself. I think it’s oh so very fitting that a man named Kaine would also betray the rules of the faith for the sake of politics and his “ideals.”

 So, for those people who throw around the fact that they are Catholic, but do not encompass Catholic ideals, I ask you to Google the basic rules of the Church. Same-sex marriage is a sin, abortion is a sin, women may not be ordained. This is all basic Catholic stuff that any true Catholic should know. People often think the commandment “Thou shall not take the Lord’s name in vain” means that it’s wrong to say the Lord’s name with spite, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

The original Hebrew words go to the tune of “Thou shall not CARRY the Lord’s name in vain.”, by that logic, it’s wrong to do evil in the name of God, and is one of the greatest of sins. We seem to have a lot of self proclaimed Catholics in the Democratic party who throw around their Catholicism as being this badge that I mentioned earlier. Yet they commit such wickedness all while claiming to praise God in His Church which says supporting such actions is a sinful deed.

I encourage Mr. Kaine to dust off the old family Bible, if he truly owns one. I’ll admit that Trump is not the greatest Christian, but he’s sure doing better than Hillary and Kaine. I recognize no one is perfect, and Christ was sent for the sinners. But the Divine Physician only works on patients who recognize they need said Physician. Mr. Kaine doesn’t appear to realize how sick he is. I, just moments ago, read that Mr. Kaine is “personally against abortion”, but still “strongly supports Roe v. Wade”. A Catholic who reads their Bible knows that consent of a sin itself is a sin.

 

So now you know why I consider Collin Van Waardenburg one of my true best friends in this world. Age has nothing to do with true friendship. And besides, we both like GODZILLA MOVIES.

 

Over the years, from time to time, I’ve been highly critical of our education system dumbing down society. Collin Van Waardenburg is an example of how the education process of our youth is suppose to work. At his current age, he possesses more knowledge than the vast majority of his generation will obtain in a lifetime.   it’s such a pleasure and a joy to have a friend like Collin. He gives me hope for the future of America.

 

From The EastWing, From Collin’s Point of View, Catholic Democrats

 

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

From the EastWing, Mr. Know It All, The Big Mysteries, Two Democrats, One Passed The Buck One Did Not.

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

 

No matter what is said, somebody reading from the EastWing somewhere in the world will take exception to the written words. Then sometimes some of these folks feel compelled to express their antipathy for what I’ve said. It’s not only what I’ve said, but also, as a general rule, make a personal attack on the messenger. (I think the personal attack part are from the liberals.) You know, Lying Hillary and that bunch.

 

And so it was last week I received one such letter(e-mail) lambasting not only my words on George Will, but also dumping on me as a humane being. I believe the quote was “You think you’re so damn smart. You set there at that EastWing of yours acting like a smart ass. Mr. KNOW-IT-ALL !”.

 

It was the Mr. Know-it-all part that got me to thinking. I’m 72 years old and there’s still many, many unanswered questions in my life. Questions that I’ve spent an untold number of years pondering, all the while searching for some of the most elusive answers to many of life’s unending mysteries.

 

I’ve never found out which came first the chicken or the egg?…..where’s the beef?….who left the barn door open?…how to get to Sesame Street?…. why eggs are  packaged in those little flimsy star foam cartons but batteries are packed in hard as nails plastic?….. why abbreviated is such a long word?…. do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?…..why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor but dish-washing liquid is made with real lemons?…..why do you have to put your two cents in but it’s only a penny for your thoughts?….where’s that extra penny going to?…..what is Victoria’s secret?…….why is the  Alphabet Song and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star the same tune?……why do people sing  those two little song when they’re compared?….why wieners are 10 to a pack and hot dog buns come in a package of 8?…..

 

Not knowing any of these things, I don’t deserve the prestigious title MR. KNOW-IT-ALL until such time I can  answer, at the very least, 70% of these everlasting mysteries of life. So in the mean time, I’ll just continue to spill out my (as the e-mail lady said) “venom” from the EastWing.

 

In the last 7+ years how many times have your heard the President along with his people exclaim “It’s George Bush’s fault”. You’ve heard that a lot. The statement became the standard defense for all the short comings of the Obama Administration. Lying and passing the buck has become the mantra of Obama and his failed administration.

 

Now before anyone jumps on me for picking on the Obama Administration, are you aware that just yesterday, July 23, 2016, the Secretary of State , John Kerry, said that air conditioning and refrigeration was a larger threat than ISIS. Just think about that a little bit, then tell me they’re not a bunch of wacko’s.

 

That was not always the case of one Democrat President who came into office under much, much worse circumstances than President Obama could even imagine. Harry Truman, a Vice President who had been pretty much kept in  the dark about everything government from the time he tool office, became President upon the final heart beat of President Roosevelt. Harry Truman never looked for an excuse to justify failure. Harry Truman never looked back.

 

It was on July 17, 1945, when  the final “Big Three” World War II conference between the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union opened in Potsdam, Germany. There, Harry S. Truman, who had become president only three months earlier when Franklin D. Roosevelt died, met Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin for the first time.

President Truman entered this meeting  knowing there were enormous issues to be resolved The political future of Eastern Europe, the destiny of recently defeated Germany, the still ongoing conflict with Japan were all on the table. And then there was the top secret and the question he alone must decide – whether to use the atomic bomb. A question for which President Truman never sought consensus of the group or political input  for those wanting to cover their tracks.

 

While at Potsdam, President Truman received a secret telegram informing him that scientists had set off the world’s first nuclear explosion in the New Mexico desert. “Operated on this morning,” the telegram said. “Diagnosis not yet complete but results seem satisfactory and already exceed expectation.”

 

President Truman alone walked the night halls of the White House pondering the fate of  the world. President Truman never appointed an  Atomic Czar to handle such things. President  Truman never sought a consensus of political input. He never asked for an opinion poll. President Truman made the most difficult decision ever to face an American President. He met the challenge of being President.

When he became president, many political observers had very low expectations for Truman, the very ordinary son of a Missouri livestock dealer. He quickly proved he was willing to make hard choices and stick by them, a trait summed up by a small sign he kept on his desk that read, “The Buck Stops Here”.

The saying comes from the slang expression “pass the buck,” which means passing responsibility to someone else. “Pass the buck” is thought to have come from the game of poker. In frontier days, a knife with a buckhorn handle (made from the antler of a male deer) was often placed on the table to designate the dealer. Players could pass the buck, as the marker was called, to the next player if they did not want to deal the cards.

President Truman once said “The President, whoever he is, has to decide, he should never pass the buck to anybody. No one else should ever do the deciding for him. That’s his job, that’s why he  got the job, that’s why the buck must stop here”.

 

If memory serves me right, it was the first hour of the second day on the job, Obama passed the buck. To this day the White House Buck is still being passed.

 

From the EastWing, Mr. Know It All, The Big Mysteries, Two Democrats, One Passed The Buck One Did Not.

 

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

 

From the EastWing, Dumping On George Will & Mitt Romney & Bill Kristol And Any Others Who Walk

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing,

 

With all the attention on the FBI decision not to recommend charges be filed against Hillary Clinton, and the continuing fall out of that story, my time to comment on those events is yet to come. That thing  is still playing out. We’ll see how that goes.  So for now we can talk of other things.

 

One of the thing that makes this country great is our freedom to think what ever we want, freedom to say whatever we say without fear of reprisal from our government. It’s with those thoughts of freedom dancing in my mind that brings me declare “I don’t spiders and snakes and George Will”.

 

The time has come do address George Will and his grand exit from the GOP. A few days ago he declared that he had enough of those ruffians and peasants that  went out and voted in such large unheard of numbers in the most recent Republican primary. He wants nothing to do with those kinda people. They’re not his kind of Republican and so he’s out of here.

 

My first, last, and only response is “Don’t let the door hit you in the a*# as you leave”.

 

He must have figured all those who voted in the primary would come begging on bended knees. “Oh for the sake of the party, we  can’t ever function without George Will. How will we ever know what to think without good ole George telling us. Who can tell up proper behavior, if not George Will? Oh whoa is us. Oh whoa is us.

 

I’m sure the party would survive if I left, and I’m equally sure it will survive with  George Will gone. So sorry, George, that it had to be YOUR way or NO way. Guess the highway suites you better after all. George Will  is a self-proclaimed atheist. He finds disgusting any views of faith. So he walks out. An old southern phrase

“Good riddance to bad rubbish” seems to fit George Will.

 

Now he’s in his own little party of one. An advantage of having your own party of one is you don’t have to put up with the likes of those Southern, redneck, grits-eating, gravy-slathering, less-than-Ivy League-educated, church-going kind of people who voted republican in such record numbers.

 

Now it can be said that all those hard hat and factory workers who lost jobs, pensions, homes, and their sense of self-worth because of the brilliant globalist policies that the elites pushed as “good for us” do know that the party of Lincoln and Reagan will again have some respect for the “little people” that the George Will types looked down their political noses at.

 

Lincoln is quoted as saying that “God must have loved the common man because he made so many of them.” Reagan’s election coined the term “Reagan Democrats” that represented the many working men and women who were ignored and held in contempt by the “In The Know Politicians” of both parties.

 

There has forever been a distinct difference between people who are educated and those who are smart. Some very well educated folks aren’t very smart. I believe it was comedian Brother  Dave Gardner who said “Some folks are educated way beyond their intelligence” Then there are some folks I grew up with who may not have been as well-educated as I, but  who are truly smart, truly smart indeed.

 

They knew that we would lose America if the only ones making money were the ones who owned the companies and who robbed Americans of jobs that were shipped to Mexico, China, or Indonesia. They knew that the Ivy League politicians who continued to live off credit by running up trillions of huge national debt would face a day of reckoning.

 

They knew that having open borders so that we looked the other way as masses of people poured into the country illegally would lower wages and strain the budgets of states trying to educate, medicate, and incarcerate the hordes of new arrivals. They knew that losing a sense of pride and nationalism for America first and creeping into the multicultural, politically correct, and globalist “one world order” would turn America into a wussy, wobbly, and weak country where people showed up illegally, waved flags of their home country, burned our own flag, and demanded that we give them instructions and education in their native language, drivers licenses, healthcare and maybe even the right to vote. And yep,  just look at where we are now.

 

George Will doesn’t like Donald Trump. I’m sure he wouldn’t like me, either. Come to think it, he also didn’t like Bill O’Reilly. He famously got into it  with Bill on TV and ended up getting shredded by his Bill-ship. Bill O’Reilly let loose on George Will  the street-fighting Irish instinct he learned in a blue collar, working class neighborhood on Long Island, and his passion to stand up for the “little guy” means that he will basically beat the crap out of those who try to take his turf. George Will disrespected his turf, and paid the price.

 

Donald Trump got more votes than any Republican in nomination history. And Republicans ELECT our nominee, we don’t delegate the process to backroom bosses who SELECT our nominee. I’m staying in and will help Donald Trump become President. George Will, Mitt Romney, Bill Kristol, all the Bushes and a handful of others are in full-pout mode and have left. I hope the door hits ‘em all in the same place as they exit.

 

To any other who may choose to leave the GOP, It’s your decision. What makes this nation great is our freedom to choose. You may go and come as you please. The only thing I ask is to keep in mind, your time of stewardship of this  Grand Old Party has not been beneficial for the “folks” despised by George Will.

The last 8 years of promises have been ignored by your actions after being elected. Such promises and your lack of action have not been ignored by us “folks”.

 

Do not expect me to beg you to reconsider. You have decided to leave. I have decided to do everything possible to stop, using Donald Trump’s descriptive words, “Lying Hillary” from continuing the slide of this nation into the abyss. And it appears  that a lot of Americans, just like me, are ready for a fight to keep their country and their American Culture the way it is.

 

What I’m really hopping for is all those Hollywood types who said they’d leave the country if Donald Trump was elected president, I’m hopping they’ll keep their word, and take George Will with ‘em.

 

From the EastWing, Dumping On George Will & Mitt Romney & Bill Kristol  And Any Others Who Walk

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

From the EastWing, Ben Franklin, The Liberty Bell, Mother Teresa

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing,

At a time when it would be most easy to sit in the air-conditioned comfort of  the EastWing this hot July Sunday Evening and rave about the bad things going on in our country. It would so easy to find fault with the FBI,  with President Obama, with Hillary Clinton, with Black Lives Matter, and others doing downright brainless things which I perceive to dangerous to our great land. The time will come to say the things that need be said on those matters.

Today, at the suggestion of the beautiful She, I’m thinking more of where we came from as a nation and what got us to were we are rather than thinking of what seems to be trying to tear us apart.

It was in the summer of 1787, the Constitutional Convention met at Independence Hall in Philadelphia to decide how to set up a new government. Many times the arguments grew bitter, and tempers flared in that summer heat. Some delegates talked of quitting when they reached an gridlock over whether representation was to be based on the population of each state or if each state should be given one vote. This period of gridlock would become known as  the “critical juncture” in the Constitutional Convention. This nation was brand-new, not yet old enough to vote by today’s standards,  and already it looked as though it might fall apart.

On one of the hottest June 28th ever recorded, it was 1787 when  Benjamin Franklin, at age 81, the oldest delegate in the room, rose from his seat and made a simple but profound suggestion. Ben Franklin said they should pray for guidance. He reminded the delegates  that the Continental Congress had asked for divine aid at the start of the Revolutionary War.

“Our prayers, sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered,” he said. “And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance? I have lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?”

The delegates did not follow Franklin’s suggestion to begin each session with prayer -for one simple reason, they had no funds to hire a clergyman. But his words helped calm the Convention, which soon began to make progress, and so that did answer Franklin’s fervent prayer.

It was on July 8, 1776, the Liberty Bell rang from the tower of the Pennsylvania State House (now known as Independence Hall) as It summoned Philadelphians to hear Col. John Nixon give the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. The Pennsylvania Assembly had ordered the 2,000-pound bell from a London foundry in 1751, specifying that it bear an inscription from the Bible: “Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof ” (Lev. 25:10 kjv). The bell arrived in Philadelphia the next year but cracked on its very first test, most likely due to a flaw in its casting, so it was melted down and recast twice to make a new bell.

Over the years the bell rang often to call people for announcements and special events. It pealed in 1765 for Philadelphians to discuss the Stamp Act, in 1774 for the First Continental Congress, and in 1775 after the Battles of Lexington and Concord.

At some point – no one is certain when – the bell cracked again. On February 22, 1846, during a ringing for Washington’s birthday, the crack grew so much that the bell became unusable. The  bell no longer rings today. Although on special occasions, such as the Fourth of July, it is gently tapped. On June 6, 1944, when the Allies landed on the beaches of Normandy, officials struck the bell and broadcast its tone across the nation by radio..

Today the Liberty Bell sits near Independence Hall in a pavilion known as the Liberty Bell Center. Lines from an old poem capture Americans’ attachment to the venerable icon.

The Old Bell now is silent, And hushed its iron tongue, But the  spirit it awakened, Still lives forever young.

Maybe, just maybe  it’s time that we, as a people, reconsider Ben Franklin’s suggestion that hot summer day of long, long ago. It worked then, it’ll work still.

And so from the EastWing I pray:

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

From the EastWing, Ben Franklin, The Liberty Bell, Mother Teresa

I Wish You Well,

From the EastWing, The Law 1952 Style, Even Gomer Pile Knew, When President Carter Called The Shots,Best Come Backs of The Year. AR-15 Kool-Aid

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

With all the name calling, mud slinging, cussing & fighting going on in the political world now days, guess it’s time we jump into the middle of the show. This decision has come about as a result of the President of the United States belittling Donald Trump for his stance on limiting access to entry into this country by selected groups of people. Obama called Trump ‘bout everything except a white boy  in his distain for Trumps lack of knowledge on such matters.

Donald Trump has been severely criticized, by Hillary Clinton, President Obama, and even some members of his own party, for even suggesting that the U.S. should limit or temporarily suspend the immigration of certain ethnic groups, nationalities, and even people of certain religions (Muslims). These criticisms condemned such a suggestion as, among other things, being “Un-American,” dumb, stupid, reckless, dangerous and racist. Both Congressmen and Senators have sworn that they would never allow such legislation, and the president called such a prohibition on immigration unconstitutional.

Yet there was a time when an American President implemented an old law to protect the nation. So stroll with me down memory lane as we talk and walk into   the way things used to be.

Officially  it’s titled the 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act, a.k.a. the McCarran-Walter Act.  It was created to  revise the laws relating to immigration. It’s important here to note that the authors of this law are Democrats, both McCarran & Walter who wrote the law were card carrying Democrats. This law was created by Democrats in 1952,  and  first used by Jimmy Carter in 1979.

As Gomer Pyle would say, “Surprise, Surprise !!!” It seems that the selective immigration ban is already law and has been applied on several occasions. The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 allows for the “Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by the president.  Whenever the president finds that the entry of aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, the president may, by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or non-immigrants or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.

Yep, President Jimmy Carter, the good ole boy  from Georgia, used this law  in 1979 to keep Iranians out of the United States. Actually  he did more, much more.  He made all Iranian students already here check in, and then he deported a bunch. Seven thousand were found in violation of their visas, 15,000 Iranians were forced to leave the United States in 1979.

It’s important to  note the law requires that an applicant for immigration must be of good moral character and “attached to the principles of the Constitution.”  Since the Quran forbids Muslims to swear allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, technically, all Muslims should be refused immigration based on this 1952 law.

And  this boys and girls is just one very small example of how out leaders lead. Of how our president projects his knowledge of immigration laws for which he is charged to uphold. But there is enough crap to go  around when it comes to ignoring this and other laws of the the land. An equal number of Republicans also called Donald Trump dirty names. Shame on them all. Left and Right, shame on them all..

The way I look at it is, either they don’t know about this law, which means they are incompetent to hold office , or are  lying. You can decide which way you want to view their words.

Did you ever find yourself in a conversation and after it’s all over you thought of just the right  thing to say? But of course, its always way too late. Yeah, me too. Here are a few folks who came up with the best comebacks ever in situations like that.

In an interview, General Norman Schwarzkopf was asked  if he thought there was room for forgiveness toward the people who have harbored and abetted the terrorists who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks on America. His answer was classic Schwarzkopf.

The General said, “I believe that forgiving them is God’s function…OUR job is to arrange the meeting.” 

Dana Perino at FOX News describing an interview she recently had with a Navy SEAL. After discussing

all the countries that he had been sent to, she asked if they had to learn several languages?

“Oh, no ma’am. We don’t go there to talk.” 

A conversation overheard on the VHF Guard (emergency) frequency 121.5 MHz while flying from Europe to Dubai .
Iranian Air Defense Site: ‘Unknown aircraft, you are in Iranian airspace. Identify yourself.’

Aircraft: ‘This is a United States aircraft.  I am in Iraqi airspace.’ 

 Air Defense Site: ‘You are in Iranian airspace. If you do not depart our airspace, we will launch interceptor aircraft!’

Aircraft: ‘This is a United States Marine Corps FA-18 Fighter. Send ’em up, I’ll wait!’ 

Air Defense Site: (… Total silence)

Some times ya just wish you could come up  with something like that, just once, or maybe twice.

And my final thought for the day, with all the silly theatrics by the Democrats setting on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, protesting lack of gun control legislation,  I couldn’t help but think how Jim Jones killed 918 people with  pitchers of Kool-Aid. So how’s that gun control thing gonna stop mass murder again?  Maybe it was  AR-15 Assault Style  Kool-Aid.

From the EastWing, The Law 1952 Style, Even Gomer Pile Knew, When President Carter Called The Shots,Best Come Backs of The Year. AR-15 Kool-Aid

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

From The EastWing, Getting Ready For July 4th , The Eagles & The Patriots

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

As this third day of July draws to a close and the sun making only spotty appearances in the EastWing sky this day. Thoughts and reflections flood my soul of things that started this nation on the road to greatness while wondering will it last. Seems that some of the current administration folks wants us to believe we are nothing special. In fact we are just lucky. Also that God had nothing to do with were we are today. Just luck of the draw.

I believe otherwise. Here’s a little bit of why……..

American legend says that during one of the first battles of the Revolutionary War, the noise of early morning gunfire woke some sleeping eagles, which flew from their nests and circled overhead. “They are shrieking for freedom,” the Patriots said. And so the bird got on the right side early in the war.

The bald eagle has been a national emblem since June 1782, when Congress adopted the Great Seal of the United States, which features a widespread eagle. Congress chose the bald eagle because it is native to only North America, and because eagles have long symbolized strength, courage, freedom, and long life. You can find the eagle, among other places, on quarters, dollar bills, half-dollars, the president’s flag, and the mace of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The term bald does not mean the eagle lacks feathers on it’s head . That term comes from piebald, an old English word meaning “spotted with white,” and refers to the white feathers on the bird’s head and tail. By the mid-twentieth century, much of the bald eagle population had been wiped out by hunting, trapping, loss of forestland, and pollution from pesticides. In 1963, the Lower 48 states were home to only about 400 nesting pairs.

The bald eagle first gained federal protection in 1940, and in 1967 it was listed as an endangered species. Since that time, it has made a remarkable comeback. By 2007, the Lower 48 were home to some 10,000 nesting pairs. In Alaska, where the bald eagle was never endangered, the population was estimated at between 50,000 and 70,000 birds.

In June 2007 the Interior Department announced that it was taking the bald eagle off the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. Killing or harming these majestic creatures remains a federal crime.

Two things I find saddening about my thoughts on the eagles. The first being, we have harsh Federal Laws against killing eagles. These laws extend to the total protection of eagle eggs, the unborn eagle babies. Violation of such laws can be punishable by up to $100,000.00 and 10 years in prison. The second saddening thought being we have no such laws to protect unborn human  babies.

 

Caesar Rodney, ever heard of him? Well don’t feel bad most folk have not either. I came across Caesar Rodney a long, long time ago while looking for something to write about for a story about the Declaration of Independence.

Many have had contact with Caesar Rodney and never knew he was around simply because in 1999 the U.S. Mint launched a series of quarters honoring the fifty states. The back of the Delaware quarter, the first in the series, features a man in a tri-corner hat on a galloping horse. The rider on the Delaware quarter is Caesar Rodney, one of Delaware’s three signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Caesar Rodney  was a well-to-do planter who had served in Delaware’s legislature, led protests against the Stamp Tax, and organized Patriot militia before being elected to the Continental Congress. Despite such activity, he was a man of poor health. He suffered from asthma as well as skin cancer that had left his face so disfigured, he often hid one side of it behind a green silk scarf. Yet as John Adams noted, there was “fire, spirit, wit, and humor in his countenance.”

Caesar Rodney was in Delaware on the evening of July 1, 1776, when he received an urgent message from Philadelphia. Congress was ready to vote on the issue of independence. Of the two other Delaware delegates, one favored and one opposed a break with England, so Rodney’s vote would decide which way the colony would go but only  if he could get there in time.

He rode through the night, in thunder and rain, to cover the 80 miles to Philadelphia. The next day, just as Congress prepared to vote, the delegates heard hoof beats on cobblestones, and a mud-spattered Caesar Rodney strode into the hall, still wearing his spurs, exhausted but ready to break the tie in his state’s delegation by voting for independence.

On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress made the earth-shattering decision to break from England: “Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.” Two days later, it adopted the Declaration of Independence.

From The EastWing, Getting Ready For July 4th , The Eagles & The Patriots

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

Weather Springtime, Some Things Don’t Seem Right, Some Things That Used To Be

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.
One of the best parts of the Springtime is Weather Springtime.  Or maybe you call it Springtime Weather. Either way, it’s a hoot. Blizzard, Sunshine, Blizzard, Sunshine, Thunder Snow, Sunshine, Blizzard, Sunshine. All on a single Saturday afternoon in April. Weather Springtime.
A big brilliant ball of bright sunshine in your eyes. Sunshine Springtime. Warm and soft gentle breezes against you skin. Winds of Springtime.
Watching the world turn green. Seeing both the Robin and the worm. Picking the first dandelion. Waiting for the hummingbirds. Smelling the Night Springtime Air.  Hearing the Bells of Springtime, the little night frogs.  Yep,,,, the best part of Springtime is Weather Springtime.
Is it just me, or does anybody else think the world has gone crazy when such a topic as which toilet for a person to use dominates part of the news most every day. Whatever happened to common sense? What was wrong with the way this issue has been handled by society ever since time has been recorded when the words boys and girls first appeared on the doors?  What really concerns me is where will all this craziness lead?
Can’t help but wonder if this whole thing is  President Obama’s  plan to create new jobs and stimulate the national economy.  It doesn’t take too much thought to see many, many new jobs coming into existence.  Just look at the amazing job growth when the TSA was created. I’m of the belief, this will employ many times more working class Americans providing a vital service to keep us all even safer in our toilets.
 One such new job to be created will have to be the Pecker Checker.  We gotta have ‘em, just gotta have ‘em, but who will pay the Pecker Checker? And how much money will a Pecker Checker make? Do we pay a Pecker Checker by the pecker? Still some issues to work out  on this one, but we’ll get through ‘em.
One more question. How many peckers can a Pecker Checker check if a Pecker Checker can check peckers? And will women have to wear a Vag Badge? Will we have to hire a Vag Badge Hag?
I see a ripe opportunity for the creation of a whole new enterprise.  The new business, Political Correct Restroom Services Inc. will be able to contract for restroom security across the nation. Their marketing ad needs to be simple, easy to understand, and direct to the point. The company motto will simply says
“IF YOU GOTTA PEE, WE GOTTA SEE!
Sometimes it’s just better to think about  things that used to be and wonder when will we ever learn.
There was a time when it took 3 minutes for the TV to warm up. Nobody owned a purebred dog. When a quarter was a decent allowance. You’d reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.  Your Mom wore nylons that came in 2 pieces. You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, all for free, every time. And you didn’t pay for air. And, you got trading stamps to boot. Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box. It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents.
It was when school teachers threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed…and they did. When a 57 Chevy was everyone’s dream car…to cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady, including me and the She.   When no one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked.
You could lie  on your back in the grass with your friends and say things like ‘That cloud looks like a…’ It was playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game. Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger.
Now with all our progress, don’t you just wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace, and share it with the children of today. It was a time when being sent to the principal’s office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the student at home.
Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn’t because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.
It was endless summers filled with bike rides, Hula Hoops, leap frog,  going swimming, picking up pop bottles for refunds,  and putting Kool-Aid powder with sugar directly on your tongue.
Didn’t that feel good, just to go back and say, ‘Yeah, I remember that’!
Now if you want to make someone’s day, send this to a friend who can still remember Howdy Doody and The Peanut Gallery, the Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows, Nellie Bell, Roy and Dale, Trigger, and Buttermilk, and Rin Tin Tin
Oh, by the way, how many of these do you remember?
Candy cigarettes, Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles. Coffee shops with Table Side Jukeboxes. Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers. Newsreels before the movie. Telephone numbers with a word prefix…( Yukon 2-601). Party lines. Peashooters, hi-fi’s & 45 RPM records. 78 RPM records! Green Stamps. Mimeograph paper. The Fort Apache Play Set.
Do You Remember a Time When decisions were made by going ‘eeny-meeny-miney-moe,’. Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, ‘Do Over!’ ‘Race issue’ meant arguing about who ran the fastest. Catching The lighting bugs  could Happily Occupy An Entire Evening,
It wasn’t odd to have two or three ‘Best Friends.  Having a Weapon in School meant being caught with a Slingshot.  Saturday morning cartoons weren’t 30-minute commercials for action figures.
It was a time when ‘Oly-oly-oxen-free’ made perfect sense.  Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles.  The Worst Embarrassment was being picked last for a team,
War was a card game. Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle,
Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin. Water balloons were the ultimate weapon of mass destruction.
If you can remember most or all of these, Then You Have Lived The Good Life.
Got an old friend who needs to smile? Pass these memories along,  I Double-Dog-Dare-Ya!
From The EastWing, Weather Springtime,  Some Things Don’t Seem Right,  Some Things That Used To Be.
I Wish You Well,
BobbyRay

The War of The Worlds, Springtime Close Enough To Feel, Watching Democrat Debates, Learning Lots, Actions Speaking Loud, Stupid Is As Stupid Does

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

 

The last week of February and the first week of March, 2016 were the final days of the final battle of the War of The World. Now before you head for the hills, I’m not talking Earth Vs Flying Saucers, or even an invasion of Little Green Men from you know where.

 

It’s the epic battle of heat and cold, of sunshine and clouds, of rain and snow, winter and spring locked into the death spiral of winter. And  every year it’s springtime all over again. I love the springtime. Soon it’s time to dig dirt, cut grass, and complain about being too hot. I love the springtime. Almost time to welcome those pretty little springtime friends of mine, those pretty little, pretty little dandelions. I love springtime.

 

Have you been watching the Democrat Debates this year? Well I have. From those debates   I’ve been educated a great deal about what the Democrat Party really stands  for. Below are just a few of the things I’ve learned about this Democrat Party.

 

Black Lives Matter, All Lives Don’t Matter.  College should be free and all student loans cancelled.  All medical treatment should be free.   To become an American citizen you just need to show up inside this country.

 

The economy sucks and after 7 years in office, it’s not Obama’s fault.  The Middle Class is shrinking rapidly and after 7 years in office, it’s not Obama’s fault.  Average family income is continuing to drop and after 7 years in office, it’s not Obama’s fault.  Black youths have over a 50% unemployment rate and after 7 years in office it’s not Obama’s fault.  Hispanic youth unemployment is over 35% and after 7 years in office, it’s not Obama’s fault.

 

50% of the population is paying 100% of all the taxes and they are still not paying their “fair share.”   The other 50% are not receiving nearly enough free stuff and deserve more.

 

Everyone who votes Democrat will work less, make more money, get more time off, spend more time with family, pay less taxes, and get more government subsidies.

 

Government wants even more money to squander on old promises already broken.  Being a  “Progressive” is less cringe-worthy than saying you’re a Liberal.

 

When  America grows up, we want to be Norway,  Sweden or the  Netherlands .

There’s a quagmire in Iraq and Obama’s complete retreat from there has nothing to do with   the situation.

 

Republicans want dirty air, oil spills, trash in the streets, polluted oceans, no medical treatment, young people without any education being paid the lowest possible wages, starving children, were responsible for Jim Crow Laws and don’t believe in equal rights for all.

 

Both Snowden and General Petraus broke laws for releasing and not securing secret documents but Hillary Clinton shares no responsibility for doing WORSE.  If Hilary is elected, everything will be rainbows and Unicorns – just like with Obama.

 

Hillary Clinton does walk on water.   Cheaters do prosper.  People often cheer stupidity.

 

There is only one candidate given a voice in the Democrat Race.  Hillary and Bill Clinton were born poor Black Children.

 

All the qualifications needed to be President is to be a woman.

 

Evil looks like anything white, rich, successful and productive.

 

You will receive a participation trophy in life.

 

Agreements of any kind should be signed and committed to, even if the other agreeing party doesn’t live up to its obligations.  Everyone else does it, so should we, regardless of any results in those other countries.

 

Saying “That’s not who we are” justifies stupidity.

 

Everything that’s gone wrong in the world is George Bush’s fault.

 

Now I’m not saying I’ve learned all there is to know about the Democrat Party, but this is a good start toward a better understanding of just how the Democrat Party works.

 

Can’t help but wonder at what point do I start to “Feel The Burn”.

 

You’ve heard the saying that actions speak louder than words,  well last Friday evening in Chicago, those actions show the whole world all that is needed to be known about liberals.

 

From The EastWing, The War of The Worlds, Springtime Close Enough To Feel, Watching Democrat Debates, Learning  Lots, Actions Speaking Loud, Stupid Is As Stupid Does

 

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

From The EastWing, Groundhogs And Musicians

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

Damn Groundhog. He done us dirty. Saying we’ll have an early spring, then we get the only blizzard of the winter. It never ceases to amaze me that educated people will put faith in the musings of an uneducated groundhog every year in early February.

 

Of all God’s creatures, great and small, the one least qualified to  make prognostications that time of the year is the groundhog. A useless creature who has slept the winter away and is disturbed only by little people in a small Pennsylvania Town that time forgot.  Yet we wait with much anticipation each and every time February comes around. Now more snow is predicted to start into March.  So this year he did do us dirty. Damn Groundhog.

 

After posting my thoughts about Donald Trump, the e-mail filled up with requests for thought on Hillary Clinton. one does not have to have thoughts on Hillary Clinton. Her own words are all that’s necessary to convince most anyone that there’s more to come  .

 

For my music loving friends, bet you didn’t know Hillary is a musician. Oh sure, Hillary’s a musician. So far she’s sang like a bird when it comes to this matter of how she protected the secret emails she received while Secretary of State. Her explanation is this never ending love song.  Hillary tried ‘there were no emails”… it didn’t work.

Then Hillary tried “there were no government email”… it didn’t work.

Then Hillary tried “there were no classified government emails.”  it didn’t work.

Then Hillary tried “the 3 democratic appointed inspector generals that say I handled classified emails illegally are being manipulated by Republicans.”  it didn’t work.

Then Hillary tried “this is a massive over classification of email.”  it didn’t work.

Now she’s quit denying it altogether and changed her tune to “others have done it too”… Guess what.. that won’t work either…..

Guess at some point it’ll be time to face the music with a different tune.

 

From The EastWing, Groundhogs And Musicians

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

Talking Trump, Living On The South Side, Coming Home

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

 

This past week a client ask my opinion of Donald Trump. After some thought I concluded that the main characteristic that I do admire most about Trump is  he knows what he does not know and hires what he needs to remedy that. It takes great strength to admit to oneself that you need help from others more knowledgeable about a topic and then go get it – getting the best rather than an old crony or making a quid-pro-quo appointment as a thank you (payoff?) for a financial donation. Someone great once said words to the effect of “sometimes the real strength of as man is in his knowing his own weakness and, rather than hiding it, takes action to strengthen it.”

 

Let’s be clear: I do not believe Donald Trump is a Liberal or Conservative, He’s a  Pragmatist  and perhaps at this time in the nation’s history Pragmatist is what is needed.

I neither view nor do I believe Trump views himself as a conservative. I stated it was my opinion that Trump is a pragmatist. He sees a problem and understands it must be fixed. He doesn’t see the problem as liberal or conservative, he sees it only as a problem. That’s a quality that should be admired and applauded, not condemned.

Viewing  problems from a liberal perspective has resulted in the creation of more problems, more entitlement programs, more victims, more government, more political correctness, and
more attacks on the working class in all economic  strata.

Viewing  things according to the so-called Republican conservative perspective has brought continued spending, globalism to the detriment of American interests and well-being, denial of what the real problems are, weak, ineffective, milquetoast, leadership that amounts to Barney Fife Deputy Sheriff – appeasement oriented and afraid of its own shadow. In brief, it has brought liberal ideology with a pachyderm as a mascot  juxtaposed to the ass of the Democrat Party.

Immigration isn’t a Republican problem – it isn’t a liberal problem – it is a problem that threatens the very fabric  and infrastructure of America . It demands a pragmatic  approach not an approach that’s intended to appease one  group or another.

An impending collapse of the economy isn’t a liberal or conservative problem it is an American problem. That said,  until it is viewed as a problem that demands a common sense approach to resolution, it will never be fixed because the Democrats and Republicans know only one way to fix things and the longevity of their impracticality has proven to have no lasting effect. Successful businessmen  like Donald Trump find ways to make things work, they do not  promise to accommodate.

Trump uniquely understands that China ’s manipulation of currency  is not a Republican problem or a Democrat problem. It is a    problem that threatens our financial stability and he understands the proper balance needed to fix it. Here again successful businessmen like Trump who have weathered the  changing tides of economic reality understand what is necessary to make business work and they, unlike both sides of the political aisle, know that if something doesn’t  work you don’t continue trying to make it work hoping that at some point it will.

As a pragmatist Donald Trump hasn’t made wild pie-in-the-sky  promises of a cell phone in every pocket, free college tuition, and a $15 hour minimum wage for working the drive-through a Carl’s Hamburgers.

America needs pragmatists because pragmatists see  a problem and find ways to fix them. They do not see a problem and compound it by creating more problems.

You may not like Donald Trump but I suspect that the reason people do not like him is because: 1) he is antithetical to  the “good old boy” method of brokering backroom deals  that fatten the coffers of politicians; 2) they are  unaccustomed to hearing a candidate speak who is unencumbered by the financial shackles of those who own them vis-à-vis donations; 3) he is someone who is free of idiomatic political ideology; and 4) he is someone who  understands that it takes more than hollow promises and political correctness to make America great again.

listening  to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders talk about fixing  America is like listening to two lunatics trying to “out crazy” one another. Marco Rubio is owned lock, stock, and barrel by the bankers, corporations, and big dollar donors funding his campaigns. Rubio can deny it but common sense tells anyone willing to face facts that people don’t give tens of millions without expecting  something in return.

We have had Democrats and Republican ideologues and what has it brought us? Are we better off today or worse off? Has it happened overnight or has it been a steady decline brought on by both parties?

A pragmatist might be just what America needs right now. And as I said earlier, a pragmatist sees a problem and understands that the solution to fix same is not  about a party, but a willingness and boldness to get it done.

People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance, but that’s common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who’ve always played it safe  by not willing to risk failure. Such people are all too many in the little city. Those who complain the most about everything and anything that has to do with life in North Judson are those  who have never lived anywhere else in their life.

 

Live six months on the south side of Chicago, and if you survive, you’ll be willing to kiss the ground when you come back home. Just saying.

 

From The EastWing, Talking Trump, Living On The South Side, Coming Home

 

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

From The EastWing, Seed Books, Lost Laws of The Land, Truman Signed It, Carter Used it, Obama Thanking Trump For All You Do.

Greetings to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

 

Did you notice the days are getting longer? Yep getting longer, not warmer just longer. The inside plant world has started to wake up and getting ready to grow into the sunshine. I’m going to plant tomato seed next week. Then from there the sky’s the limit.

 

Well, did you get the seed books in the mail? The best way to tell when it’s time for cabin fever to set in for the winter, the seed books show up in your mail box. Forever me and the She, we buy seeds from these books. We plant, it grows, but never looks like the picture of the product in the seed book. I don’t think they send us the good seeds. They keep the good seed to grow themselves so they can take pictures for next year’s seed books.

 

Found it very interesting how many of the political types have jumped on Donald Trump for this statements on banning Muslims. It’s illegal, can’t be done, is mean spirited, that is not what we are about, is just a few of the comments coming Trump’s way from not only the Democrats but also the Republicans.  One of the most insistent that Trump’s position was not only illegal but un-American was Jeb Bush.  Oh by the way,  does Jeb Bush remind you of a cry-baby? Just asking.

 

It never amazes me how fast we forget history in our great land.  Political correctness has eclipsed history in the minds of many. So lest we forget, do you remember 8 USS Code 1182?

Don’t feel bad, seems most everyone in the political business has either forgotten about this law or else they just don’t want to talk about it. This law was written in 1952.  It was passed by a Democrat-controlled Congress, House and Senate, and signed by a Democrat president.

 

Here is 8 US Code 1182,  it addresses  inadmissible aliens into our country. It reads as follows:

“Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by president.  Whenever the president finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, the president may, by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or non-immigrants or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”

 

Now for all of the naysayers who are claiming that what Trump said is dumb, stupid, reckless, dangerous, and/or unconstitutional, well you folks need to review a little of short term history of the United State.   It is already the law of the land.

 

This law was utilized by Jimmy Carter, no less, in 1979 to keep Iranians out of the United States, but Carter actually did more.  He made all Iranian students already here check in, and then he deported a bunch.  Seven thousand were found in violation of their visas, 15,000 Iranians were forced to leave the United States, 1979.

 

Now for those doubting Thomas Friends of Mine,  the “www” below is all you need to research.

https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/8/1182

 

In appreciation of Donald Trump bringing  this apparently lost law of the land to light, I’ sure both Democrats and Republicans will all beat an open path to Trump Towers and offer gifts of  gold,frankincense and myrrh, along with  thanks for this insight into the intricate detail of the laws governing  inadmissible aliens attempting to enter the United States.

 

Why I’m sure  President Obama, himself, will lead such a charge to thank Donald Trump for providing him with all the tools he needs to control the illegal aliens in our society. It’s the right thing to do. After all, how many times has the president told us all to do the right thing? A lot.

 

Besides, controlling inadmissible aliens is a Democrat thing, signed into law by Harry Truman, used by Jimmy Carter to deport inadmissible aliens in 1979. Yep, deporting inadmissible aliens, it’s for sure a Democrat thing.

 

From The EastWing, Seed Books, Lost Laws of The Land, Truman Signed It, Carter Used it, Obama Thanking Trump For All You Do.

 

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

From the EastWing, Pick & Choose, Politically Correct Holiday Greetings

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

With all the excitement of the arrival of the new Grand Baby Girl, Fiona Ella Ruth Howard, thrown into the holiday mix, I’ve forgotten to wish the traditional holiday greetings for this time of the year to my weekly EastWing Friends. So before this day closes out the year and tomorrow brings in the new year and the last day of celebration for many, I’d like to say this:

To All My Democrat Friends, and you know who you are. So I’ll not call you out here, Just pick the greeting that best fits your view of life through those rose colored glasses:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice… religious or secular traditions at all.

I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2016, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere.

Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference.

To My Republican Friends:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

From The EastWing, Pick & Choose, Politically Correct Holiday Greetings

I Wish you well,

BobbyRay

From the EastWing, Those Twelve Days That We All Know, Or Do We?

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me. What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge that won’t come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas? And so I done the research to find out.

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. For the Catholic Church, during that time in England, every day was a dark and stormy night.

The song has two levels of meaning. The surface meaning , that is to say just the words alone. Then another meaning, a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the song has a code word for a religious reality, which the children could remember.

The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.

Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments

Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.

The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.

The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.

The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit – Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit-Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.

The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.

The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.

So that’s your history for today. This knowledge was passed to me and I found it interesting and enlightening. I now know how that strange song became a Christmas Carol… so pass it on if you choose to do so this Christmas Eve.

From the EastWing, Those Twelve Days That We All Know, Or Do We?

This Christmas Eve, I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

 

From The EastWing, A Child is Born Into the Family of Howard, The President Disrespects A Charlie Brown Christmas

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

And so it is that on to this day the second Grand Daughter is born into the family of Howard. Fiona Ella Ruth Howard joins my son John and wife Jaimie in the latest triangle in town. Just think this time next year two Grand Daughters to play with in the EastWing at Christmas time. Me and Maggie Lu can hardly wait. There’s stories to tell. Special little girl stories to tell.

It’s a rare occasion when something tends to make me angry. Contrary to what some may think, I seldom ever become angry about anything. Maybe remember something that needs to be addressed in the future with a kinda in your face responce, but never anger. I was taught to use the words to gain the victory, not to get angry and lose the war. What happened a few nights ago on the lead in to the annual Charlie Brown Christmas show pressed the upper limits of almost getting angry. And so a responce to what I saw is most necessary.

Several days ago President Obama took a break from his saving the icebergs to weigh in on what he believes to be the true meaning of Christmas. Loving tiny trees. The president, along with the first lady, delivered their homage to foliage during an appearance on a television program recognizing the 50th anniversary of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

For half a century, people of all ages have gathered around the TV to watch Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the gang teach us the true meaning of Christmas,” Mrs. Obama said during a taping of ABC’s “It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown.”

That was all well and good until President Obama chimed in. “They teach us that tiny trees just need a little love, and that on this holiday we celebrate peace on Earth and goodwill toward all,” he said. Wait. What the hell? Does the president really believe that “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is all about tiny trees pining for love. “Because as Linus knows, that’s what Christmas is all about,” Mrs. Obama declared.

Wow! President Obama failed to mention Jesus. Mrs. Obama failed to mention Jesus, or Baby Jesus.

I wish I could say that I was surprised by this nonsense. It’s not such much a war on Christmas as it is a war on ignorance. It reminds me of the Obamas first Christmas in the White House — when they actually considered removing the Nativity from the East Room.

And more often than not that the White House holiday cards and decorations in recent years have glorified the family dog instead of you-know-who. Remember the Yuletide topiaries shaped like Bo the First Pooch? The Obama family is free to celebrate and decorate however they see fit.

What is not within their purview is to revise the true meaning of Christmas. So let’s take a moment and reflect with Linus Van Pelt on the Reason for the Season.

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were so afraid. And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.'”

And that, Mr. President, is what Christmas is all about – celebrating the birth of Jesus – not a tree. We already have a holiday for that – it’s called Arbor Day.

From The EastWing, A Child is Born Into the Family of Howard, The President Disrespects A Charlie Brown Christmas

I Wish You Well, and a Very Merry Christmas from All of Us At The EastWing

BobbyRay, The She, Mr. Bentley, Spike The Man Cat & The New Sophia.



BobbyRay From The EastWing

The EastWing Trees, Windows 10 & F1 Secrets, Old Software No, New Software Rental Only, Free Software Better & Free.

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

Sad to announce that the last of my Orange Grove Experiment has scummed to the effect of kitty pee in the soil. Seems the New Sophia found an alternative to Kitty Litter. Now the kitty litter is in the lowest level of the house and the soil in the Orange Grove was too tempting. It was the Orange Grove Dirt or walk down three flights of stairs to the basement. The dirt option won and the Orange Grove Experiment came to an untimely end. By the time of the discovery of the problem, nothing could be done to save the tree. New dirt didn’t work so I had to put the tree out of it’s misery. Chain Saw Massacre.

The brighter side of the EastWing Forrest is the Avocado Tree that’s showing signs of starting a new growing season. Standing 16 inches and producing 2 inches of new growth in the month of December, she on her way. I named her Alice, Alice Avocado. If you don’t know already, you gotta talk to your plants. They’ll talk back, not by words, but by growing with a smile. That is unless they encounter kitty pee, then they will go the way of the Great Othello Orange Tree. Gonna miss Othello Orange. Ya, but the seed planting season is rapid approaching. We’ll start growing things a new. Already got some seeds drying for an new adventure come January.

Did you convert to Windows 10? Not at the office, but here at the EastWing I made the conversion. It was a smooth process for the home computer. My involvement was pretty much sit and watch the magic. All was well until a week ago. Pushed the button to turn the machine on and nothing happened. I mean nothing happened. No bells, no whistles, no lights, no nothing.

I suspected it to hardware failure. After all, computers do fall into the category of mechanical devices. The one thing that can be said of mechanical devices is that they will fail some time in the future. I was surprised the future came so fast for this computer.

Now not hearing the best, actually not hearing damn near anything. For those not knowing, I wear two extremely powerful hearing aids. Without these mechanical pieces of magic in my ears, when spoken to I’m kinda like the deer in the headlights. I just look at you kinda dumb. I know you said something. I saw you mouth move, but the sound never made the full trip.

So I decided to take the computer apart to see if I could hear any noise with my head almost inside the computer. I did. What I heard told me the problem was not mechanical after all. It was a good feeling to find out the computer had died. That meant the problem was programming. Then the problem was I knew nothing about Windows 10 and what to do if it didn’t work.

Few people know about the F1 key. It’s the way to get inside the mind of the computer when it acts crazy. Just as soon as you push the button to turn the machine on, press the F1 key, then press it again about every second for 4-5 time. Depending on the speed of your machine, pressing the F1 key at the correct time will bring up a screen that will allow you to make changes to stuff inside.

A major word of caution, if you don’t know about things called “ c-mos and start sequence”, don’t and I repeat, don’t press the F1 key. Not knowing what to do there and pushing the wrong key can cause you some long term heart ache. So don’t press the F1 key unless you are sure of what you are doing.

With that warning being said, I pressed the F1 key. Various options were there. Non of which fit my situation except one I did not recognize. It was called Machine Rebuild. I chose that option and pressed the button. At that point I was told on the screen that Windows 10 had failed to start normally.

Duh. Must have thought I was blond. That’s why I pressed the F1 key to begin with. Below the blond statement on the screen, the machine put up it’s intention to rebuild Windows 10 on my machine. I was not asked for permission, the computer was operating on instructions that I could not reach from my keyboard by pushing F1. Once again, I was not in the drivers seat, just a passenger going along for the ride.

And so 90 minutes later, a total and complete new Windows 10. Just one problem. All the programming I’d put in place on the computer, all that programing was gone. All the data I’d created was intact, just the programming to create the data was missing. And so the reinstall of programs began.

For many years I’ve used the Microsoft Programs. MS Word and Excel have been my work horse word processor and spread sheet ever since my computers were made of wood. It’s been a long time.
Actually before these two I used one called Word Perfect and a spread sheet called Lotus 123. Both were state of the art back before Microsoft was around. The office switched to Microsoft programs when it became apparent to me that Microsoft would dominate the operating systems of PCs in the future. After all, it seemed to me to be logic to use Microsoft Programs when it was going to be their football operating the machine.

And then Windows 10 re-installed. I put back in my old (2007 version) of Microsoft Office. It didn’t install without an installation key. Put in the key, was told key too old Windows 10 could not run this program. There I had an option to install Microsoft Office 365. So I said sure. Figured it was time to upgrade anyways with my program being 8 years old.

But no, I could not buy Microsoft Office 365. I could only rent at $7.95 per month. No option to buy, only to rent and that made me mad. A quick calculation showed if I used that rental program the same time I used the 2007 version, I’d pay well over $700.00 for a $300.00 program. Oh, so that’s the game. Much the same as in the ink jet printing business, sell the printer for almost nothing, and lock you in forever at a high price for ink that will only fit your printer. The same game has come to programming.

There’s always another option in the computer world. Years ago, I was much closer to the current state of what is called public domain software. That is simply programs that have been written by people for the fun of writing computer code. They make this programming available free to anyone and everyone. Simply download and install. After a long time being away, I revisited the public domain to see what had transpired since I’d made some simple suggestions on programming a long time ago.

WOW! An early Christmas! What I found was programs that preformed at or above anything you can buy at Best Buy, Staples, Walmart or any other place you may buy your computer programs. It’s called Open Office 4.1.2 and it’s far superior to the old Microsoft Office I tried to install. The one that Windows 10 turned down. Thank you Windows 10 you made my day.

Without reservations I recommend Open Office 4.1.2 to any one looking to upgrade either word processor or spread sheet, or for that matter, any of the other Microsoft Office programs.

From The EastWing, The EastWing Trees, Windows 10 & F1 Secrets, Old Software No, New Software Rental Only, Free Software Better & Free.

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

Work Place Violence, The President Called It Out-Almost, No Guns In Stores No Can Buy, Stupid Is As Stupid Does, Einsteins Running Loose

 

Greetings to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

One of the things that make America great is our ability to recognize workplace violence. In California of course it’s a case of workplace violence. It’s well documented by the California Labor Department  that every disenchanted worker in the state operates a bomb-making IDF factory at home.

It’s also well documented that these disenchanted workers all keep suicide jackets hanging in their  closets handy for a bombing run at a moment’s notice. And yes we also know the American Dream is being destroyed by the root all evil, that dastardly dual, guns and climate change.

Now the fact that  California has THE STRICTEST gun controls laws in the country — banning most so-called “assault weapons” and “large capacity” magazines, requiring Universal Background Checks, imposing a 10-day waiting period doesn’t matter or make any difference in workplace violence.

 When it comes it climate change, we all  understand how climate change creates a chemical reaction in the radical, Islamic brain producing this obstreperous, radical Islamic terror. And nothing short of total climate control can cure radical Islamic terror.

 Satire is flowing like fine wine to point to the obvious ignorance of our government and the political correctness being displayed by the FBI – who still can’t answer the obvious quandary: Is this an act of Islamic terror?  As of Friday the FBI  appeared  to abandon the workplace violence idea, which they and the White House wanted so badly to pin the blame.  They are now officially investigating as a possible act of terror?  Possible act?  How many layers of BS can the White House force the FBI  to wade into before the public outcry drowns out this political carp. These people will do and say everything possible to avoid saying the truth on this attack on American soil. The worse attack since 9/11.

Let me answer the conundrum for them: No question this is an act of radical Islamic terror, and we shouldn’t be afraid to call it by name. The more investigation into, the more it will be revealed into the black world Islamic Terror. It has been announced today, Sunday, December 6, 2015 that the President will address the nation this evening. I’m holding the publishing of this Sundays story to wait and see if I’m wrong in my current assessments.

Either our government is plainly stupid, or it has other ulterior motives – the threat is real, and we must wake up and face the reality before thousands of American die. It comes down to this: It is a matter of life and death that is facing every American citizen. We must wake up – call it by name – Radical Islamic terrorism – and accept the reality that we are at war against radical Islamic terror!

Well President Obama acknowledged the California attack was act of terrorism, and he’s confident the US military will defeat extremists. Then he went into the shaming mode. Shamed us  for not wanting Muslims into the country, while at the same time admitting the woman in the California Shooting got into the country using false information that was not checked. Shamed Congress for allowing people on a “no fly list” to buy guns. The Muslims who killed in California were not on any no fly list. The brothers who bombed  Boston were not on any no fly list. The President used the no fly list approach simply as a way of starting to limit gun control.

Of course not everybody can agree on the best way to make our nation safe. One woman comes to mind when I think of a different view than what I hold. Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy recently said on the floor of the United States House of Representatives, “If guns were not in stores, then no one could buy them”.

 

Wow! Can’t help but wonder when was the last time this woman saw Meth on the shelves of Wal-Mart? I’ve always heard the phrase “You can’t buy stupid”, now I know where it comes from. At least some of the free stupid available in this world comes from the halls of the United States House of Representatives. Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy illustrates just what I’m talking about.

 

It’s  always been my belief that the Congressional Representative is a composite of the  voting district. In the 4th Congressional District of  New York State, I don’t think they have too many Einstein’s wondering loose amongst the  electorate.

 

From The EastWing, Work Place Violence, The President Called It Out-Almost, No Guns In Stores No Can Buy, Stupid Is As Stupid Does, Einsteins Running Loose

 

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

Sunni & Shiites, Comparative Religions, BCE CE BC AD, Hatfield & Shiites, ISIS Sunni & McCoy’s, The Chief & The Snake

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

 

Wow! The things we talk about in the office of RHCO. INC. Last week had a client ask if I knew anything about the Sunni and Shiites. I do. It was back in the 1970’s when my first encounter with the Sunni & Shiites began. It was a part of one of the most fascinating fields of study I’ve even had the pleasure of pursuing.

 

Over at The Ohio State University, back in the early 1970’s, just as a fill in class, I signed up for what was listed as “Comparative Religion”. Now coming from a long, long line of Baptist Preachers, and always knowing that I could preach if I choose to, I viewed this class as a sure “A” of sure. With my dad and all my uncles being Baptist Preachers, I thought, bring it on.

 

After enrolling in the class, it was the first day, the first hour, the first 2 minutes, when the professor said “In this class we will talk about many religions.  Christianity will not be one of them.”  It was at that point I found myself thinking “Uh Oh”.

 

 With that shaky start, I embraced myself around Comparative Religion for a total of 6 semesters. I’ve been asked why I studied so long something I never expected to use later in life. The simple fact was I had to get the  first 5 semesters out of the way before they’d let me  talk about something I knew, Christianity.  It was worth the wait. And then I got to preach the gospel according to BobbyRay.

 

That first class started right out with  the Sunni and Shiites, then progressed into other religions I’d also never heard about.  Things like Sōka-Gakkai, literally means the “Society for Creating Values,” is a religion in Japan. Not too old by many standards. Created in 1937, this religion has gone on to create its own political branch. Today it’s the most dominate political force in Japan.

Then came the Sikh religion, it was founded by Guru Nanak in the late 15th century C.E. in the Punjab region of what are today India and Pakistan.  The centers of Sikh worship are known as gurdwaras (“house of the Guru”) and langar (communal refectory). All Sikhs must enter a gurdwara with bare feet and a covered head. A Sikh worship service includes prayer and singing hymns from scripture. The service is concluded by the distribution of karah prasad, a sacramental food made of flour, butter, and raw sugar that is shared by all to demonstrate equality and the rejection of caste. Sikhs attempt to live balanced lives of worship, work, and charity centered on community. Besides gurdwara worship, festivals are also important community activities. From this religion, we get one of our words in use to this  day  “Guru”, only our meaning is a little different than the Sikh.

Oh, I’m  not trying to be a smart ass here, laying in the C.E. description  in the above paragraph. That just means Common Era. it’s an alternative naming of the calendar eraAnno Domini (“in the year of the/our Lord”, abbreviated as AD)  BC & AD are much more common that BCE & CE. This BC & AD thing was started back in the 6th century a Christian Monk, named  Dionysius Exiguus. His intent was to reference the life of Jesus Christ.  It’s interesting to note that neither BCE, CE or BC, Addresses the year zero. The  two are numerically the same; thus 2015 CE corresponds to AD 2015 and 400 BCE corresponds to 400 BC. That C.E. kinda threw me the first time I saw it. Oh my, the things you learn when you study something quare. 

 

I almost forgot what I was going to say about the Sunni & Shiites. In some ways these folks are similar to the Hayfield and McCoy Clans way back in the mountains of eastern Kentucky and West Virginia. Those similarities are; they mostly have black beards, they pretty well  all carry guns, and want to kill the other side every chance they get, they all believe that God is on their side,  the battle has  carried on into succeeding generations, many, many generations.

 

Both the Sunni and Shiites have much more things in common than different. They both believe in Ali. The Prophet Mohammad, and the teaching of the Koran are the basis of both groups. Where they part ways is not the core values of Islam but the transfer of power after the death of the Prophet Mohammad. One side wanted the new Puba to be the  son of the Prophet, the other side wanted an electoral process of sorts. And so the war began. To this day the war continues. I suspect that very few on either side now know the real  origin of the dispute with the other side. Just tech ‘em to kill and never ask why. 

 

This thing that today we all ISIS can just as well be called Sunni, ( or ISIL as only the President of the United States calls them) it’s simply a part of that long, long war between the Sunni and the Shiites. In  our nation today, with  concerns for safety being expressed in light of the unparalleled influx of God only knows who and what on the southern border, reminds me of a story I heard a long time ago.

 

An old Indian Chief had gone high into the mountains above the desert to die. Once there in what he expected to be his final resting place he found a rattle snake near death from the extreme cold in the high mountains. The snake said “Please take me down the mountain to the warm sun of the desert. Let me live out the rest of my life in the sunshine”.

 

The Indian Chief in a moment of compassion for the snake, for he did not want to have to watch him die in the freezing cold on the mountain top. The old Chief had spent a lifetime watching brave solders die without ever having a chance to life out their life in the sunshine.

 

So he picked up the snake. He then carried the snake back down the mountain toward the desert floor. When the felt the heat of the desert, he stopped and bent over to put the snake on the ground. As he was being lowered toward the ground, the snake bit the Chief.

 

The old man, now doomed not to die on the mountain top as he had so wanted, but soon to die in the desert heat asked “After what I have done for you,  why did you bite me? The  snake replied “When you very first picked me up, you knew, you very well knew  I was a Rattle Snake.”

 

The moral of this story is simple:  COMPASSION MUST ALWAYS BE TEMPERED WITH COMMON SENSE.

 

From The EastWing, Sunni & Shiites, Comparative Religions, BCE CE BC AD, Hatfield & Shiites, ISIS Sunni & McCoy’s, The Chief & The Snake.

 

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

Getting Ready For The Tax Time, Texting, Tweets, 1% & Pell Grants

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

 

So this time of the year rolls around once again. The time to prepare for the upcoming tax filing season is rapidly approaching. Well not for you, but me and my son John, working at RHCO INC. in beautiful downtown North Judson IN. We start right after Thanksgiving thru the month of December in preparation for the new year start of the tax return filing season.  This preparation for the tax filing season  has changed a lot over the years I’ve been in this line of work.

 

It wasn’t that many years ago when everybody got a booklet of paper forms from the Internal Revenue Service. Now paper forms  from IRS have pretty much gone the way of the dodo birds  and Hudson Automobiles.  Maybe I should use more recent analogy of things that went away. How about Green Bar  Computer Paper and corded telephones. Not many of either around anymore.   This upcoming tax filing season, if I file paper income tax returns  I either also file a special form telling IRS why I’m filing paper tax return, or pay a penalty of $50.00 for adding to the Internal Revenue Service paper processing process. Should I be unable of convince my client to allow me to file electronic tax returns, and have to file the paper.  You better believe I’m gonna file the support paper pleading my case.  50 bucks is 50 bucks.

 

I think it was 1775 or so when the letters starting  arriving by mail. thanks in a major part to Ben Franklin. Yeah, the kite flyer, delivered mail on the side.  For years and years before there was email, we had a different mail system. Operated by the Federal Government, a system of pickup and delivery to pretty much ever address in the whole country. Six day a week of mail service is why the US Postal Service became part of the bedrock upon which this nation was built.  

 

For a few hundred years the postal service served the nation well. And then along came computer technology. And email followed, and face to face cell phone conversations with iPhones, iPads, and smart phones, talking watches receiving spoken messages from pretty much anywhere on the planet. Then the fine art of committing ones thoughts to paper in a logical process  went slip sliding away. And as a people we pretty much didn’t give a damn. After all, we had something new to latch on to. Texting and Twitter it turns out is a communication format that pretty much mirrors the lack of communication skills of much of society.

 

The lack of useful knowledge in many forms of formal education from 40 -50 – 60 years ago in many members of our society under the age of 30 is  amazingly scary.  Many can’t make a simple change transaction, some even with paper and pencil. They have no concept of the history of the United States. No knowledge of the cost in human life to preserve these United States. No appreciation for the men and women who continue to protect their right to continue to be functional idiots in this land of plenty. Many have severely limited speaking skills, and reading ability to match. But they sure know who Snooky is, and her contribution to our society. I somehow don’t feel that my life has been enriched by gaining knowledge of Snooky and what she does for a living.

Forty years of liberal progressive manipulation of the education system shows in society today. In  the minds of many, the single most devastating attack on public education came with the creation of the Federal Department of Education. Created by the Carter Administration back in the 70’s.

 

Sure as shooting, someone will take exception to the statement taking issue with the value of the Department of Education. Should that be the case, point to a single fact that has improved primary education at the local level. And don’t give me that equal program for boys and girls. What you do have is a ton of garbage regulation that has the net outcome of dumbing  down society. While at the Federal level rules were made to ensure equality, but they created an environment where mediocre outcomes were desirable. The educational model became a desire of  conformity rather than achievement of the highest parting of knowledge possible.  It became, in the mindsets of  many in the business of public education, “stay in the middle and don’t make waves”.  Our outcomes over the last few decades support that fact.

 

A few days ago I saw one of the most freighting interviews ever. A female college student, representing those protesting at the University of MO, was selected to articulate their demands on national TV. She stated three demands of justice for all. Her demands as she stated them were, free college education for all that graduate high school, immediate total forgiveness of all student debt owed by  anybody, immediate law to raise the minimum wage to $15.00.

 

When simply ask how she would propose to pay for such benefits, her response was “just take from the 1%”.  When informed that a 100% tax on income of the top 1% wage earners in our country would not even fund the Medicare Program  for  4 months, her response  was “well just cut off Medicare, and put the money where it belongs in the first place, what’s more important student education or Medicare”.  A college student selected by her peers to enumerate their position on a national news interview, proposed to eliminate Medicare to fund free college education for all.

 

When this college student was asked how her personal  college education was being paid, she said “I’m spending  my Pell Grant money”. Asked did she know how the Pell Grant system works, the reply was “You don’t have to know how it works to be able to spend it”.   Now for those who may not have had contact with the Pell Grant Program, it’s FREE MONEY FOR LOWER INCOME FAMILIES FOR COLLEGE EDUCATION. The free money, yep, you got that right, it’s coming from the Federal Government. And the poor child  didn’t even know the Federal Government was paying for her current college education.

 

Asked would she and her friends be willing to pay 90% of their future  income to provide free college in for upcoming generations, her answer became even more bizarre. “Why no, once it becomes free, it don’t cost anymore.”

 

It’s kinda scary to think the students with a like mindset, and having chosen to select this fellow student of put forth their views to the general public, will most likely reproduce in the not too distant future.

From The EastWing, Getting Ready For Tax Time, Texting, Tweets, 1% & Pell Grants

 

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

 

 

 

BobbyRay From The EastWing