I remember in my younger days the reverence teachers were held in. They were universally understood to be underpaid and under appreciated. Many a radio program would end with some sort of tribute to our teachers. I compare that vision with our current vision of teachers: a militant political force hell bent on setting policy for every school district, city council, state government, and our nation in total. What happened? How did Johnny’s third grade teacher change from the kindly mother-like figure who patiently taught Johnny the three R’s into the raging political force issuing outrageous mandates to the country every day? The answer is simple and I can tell you with one word: “union”.
The aftermath of the public murder of George Floyd was horrific. Riots, looting, assaults, violence of all kind in city after city became so routine that it was almost boring to watch the daily news. In Portland, people rioted every single day (night, actually) for over 100 consecutive days. This violence was virtually condoned by liberal city mayors and other officials if not outright approved by others. Some referred to it as “reparations” for slavery while other less ludicrous claims included justice for George Floyd as if burning down a Wendys or looting a Walgreens would somehow bring him back to life.
Being temporarily laid up with some mysterious pain in my back, I find myself once again in front of my pc with time on my hands and you know what that means. This story is about my amazing grandmother, my mother’s mom who we called Grammam or just Gram when we were kids. Having already raised one generation of kids – my mom and her two brothers – she found herself raising a next generation family of two of her own late-in-life girls, technically my aunts, and my sister and me in the 40’s in Long Beach, CA. She was an all seeing, all knowing force of nature who could handle anything – ANYTHING – by sheer will power and what she referred to as “elbow grease” – meaning hard work.
Nancy Pelosi’s IQ is a very curious thing. When it comes to political cunning, ruthless party in fighting, or questionable tactics set to increase her already considerable wealth, she is virtually unmatched. If a wayward Democratic house member would dare to stray from the party line you can be assured that Pelosi will find a way to bring the member back to heel. So how can a brain that is so accomplished in political muscle flexing and iron fist management come across so often in public as a complete imbecile? There are various theories but I have my own: I think she is a political savant. Webster says a savant is a person affected with a developmental disorder (as autism or intellectual disability) who exhibits exceptional skill or brilliance in some limited field (as mathematics or music). Doesn’t this make some sense? She has an exceptional skill or brilliance in the ability to keep her party members in line and to insure they vote her will. But a savant’s skill is limited and non transferable. A musical savant is rarely – perhaps never – a brilliant mathematician – or even a competent one.
Hillary Clinton recently was quoted as saying that if Donald Trump is elected president in 2024 we won’t recognize the country. I hope and pray that she is, for once, correct. The same woman who looked us in the eye and told us she had no classified email on her private mail server is quite well known for getting things wrong, mostly on purpose but let’s pray that this time she got it right.
Who Is Kyle Rittenhouse?
Kyle Rittenhouse is a (now) 18 year old male who became nationally known after he shot and killed two men and wounded a third during riots that were taking place in Kenosha, WI on August 25, 2020.
Rittenhouse lived with his mother in Antioch, IL a small city approximately 20 miles from Kenosha. He was a former police cadet, lifeguard, and high school drop out.
I readily and often admit I am a conservative thinker. As a result, I often wonder if my ideology distorts the way I view current events. I wonder how my many logical and caring progressive friends justify what to me seems to be the brutal thug-like behavior of their constituents. How can people of conscience ignore what took place in so many Democratic led cities during the summer of 2020? Portland for sure, but also Minneapolis, St. Louis, Kenosha, Seattle, etc etc etc saw lawlessness run rampant with the tacit approval of Democrat local leadership. Is my thinking so biased that I am somehow refusing to see some ‘other side’ where an equal amount of lawlessness is taking place? Is there a complement to BLM or Antifa on the right side of politics that I am blind to?
Being a Conservative these days is not easy. Conservatives are easily (and often) criticized as uncaring, unfeeling monsters who have no empathy for the poor, the uneducated, the lower class of our country. Constant attacks accusing Republicans of advocating for the rich at the expense of the poor ring out every day on Progressive media outlets. I have had members of my own family accuse me of racial prejudice for my position on illegal immigration. I read every day in the local and national news of the heartless way Republicans express their contempt for the poor and minorities. My view is a little different.
Joe Biden has just issued the Kiss of Death to Taiwan. In so many words, he has sealed the fate of this island nation and I don’t know if anyone has yet picked up on it. Today Joe Biden told a CNN Town Hall meeting that the US would defend Taiwan from an attack by China. This mighty proclamation from the man who pledged to “leave no one behind” as the US military ran helter skelter from Afghanistan leaving untold numbers of Americans and allies in the lurch. The Chinese of course responded in kind. The man who has been accused of being wrong on every foreign policy decision he has ever made is about to add another blunder to his shameful list. If you were a Taiwanese resident or if you had relatives and family there would you now feel safer or more at risk than ever? And we have this incompetent dolt of a ‘president’ to deal with for more than 3 more years. God help us.
I’ve got a lot of pet peeves, the majority having to do with how people drive. But my biggest pet peeve by far has nothing to do with people’s driving habits. It has to do with so called ‘gardeners’. I refer to these guys who make a living by cutting other people’s lawns, trimming their trees, etc. Now don’t get me wrong, there isn’t a thing wrong with this manner of earning a living and in fact I am glad we have people who dedicate their lives to improving the landscape of their communities in general. My peeve has to do with how they dispose of the waste they create.