Wednesday, August 16, 2017

It Could Be Time

It could be time.

I am starting to wonder. I really truly am.

I write this blog to make people think. I know that what I write often upsets a lot of people, but you know, I can take the heat for criticizing the Buna ISD, or some political entity in Southeast Texas/ Jasper County, but you know......

I now look at my Facebook "feed" and it is full of nothing but politics now.

And it isn't for the most part " good" political discourse. Much of it borders on scary hatred.

Neither side is going to change the way people think.

There was a ex-student who posted yesterday that they " missed the cat pictures." They were much better than the constant politics on Facebook. 

I have a friend who thinks the solar eclipse might have something to do with the way people are right now....I'm starting to think he might be right.

Teachers know that their students are a little loony during the full moon and police and EMT will tell you that on full moons more "stuff" seem to happen.

For my sanity, I am going to take a few days off. Maybe permanently. Maybe I just need a sabbatical.

I am scared folks. Very scared.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Okay, Put the Brakes On

I did not plan to post today. I really did not plan to post for a couple of days. I am well, "played out. "

I still say my favorite line from all movies comes from " The Hunt for Red October" in which the admiral says on the deck of a carrier after a plane crashes trying to protect the fleet from a Russian reconnaissance aircraft...." This business will get out of control, and we'll all be lucky to live through it."

That's about how I feel.

Both extreme sides are out of control and they are doing their best to drag us into it.

I'm not a fan of either side, the KKK/Nazis or the Communist/Anarchists.

Neither side has the best interest of the United States in their best interests.

The Communists don't think I shouldn't own a gun...fuck that shit. Seriously, fuck it.

I may need one to shoot a KKKer or a Communist or a Anarchist, or a Nazi. This is especially true if they hold a threat against my family. 

Especially if this mess gets out of control and they decide for whatever reason I am not "on their side."

The trouble is, there are times one side or the other needs to be called out, by name, individually. Especially racist groups who espousing the words of Adolf Hitler.Those who decide to kill people they see as adversaries.

They can say whatever they want, but you know, neither side stands for America.

I am telling you, this mess can spin out of control...quickly.

As Lincoln once said, " We need to let the better angels of our nature to take flight for a moment.

Once again, I cry for this nation...

Monday, August 14, 2017

So, Your Photo May Wind Up in China?

Not one of you personally, well, maybe, it depends on how it is sent. And what is in it.

As many of you know, earlier today I made the comment that while in the dollar store I noticed there were 2 aisles of Halloween stuff.  2 1/2 months before the holiday.

When I was kid, Halloween wasn't this big of a holiday. It was a day for kids to get candy.....not a day for adults to dress up. I don't understand it, but you know, if it makes you happy, do it.

We are thinking that the kids are coming in for the Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday season...oh we are so hoping.

April is wanting to experience an American Christmas. Just to see.

I am hoping that my son is explaining that there will be no snow, no Bing Crosby, that there is a real chance that it could be either freezing cold or blistering hot for Christmas.

( BTW- the "Farmer's Almanac" one the 2-3-4 almanacs out of New England is predicting following winter for Texas/Louisiana....bitter cold followed by unseasonable warm, followed by bitter cold, followed by warm...all 2017-18 Winter. Oh course they predict the season very much like local weather-guessers using dart boards, chicken feet, and rainfall down the Gist Road...however I think one uses rainfall in Bessmay....or is it down Gum Slough?)

Anyway, the big holiday in China is Chinese's New Year's, in February, it is a week long, everything shuts down and everyone goes home for the holiday....

What the purpose of this blog is this, I want to send photos of the stores here in America back to China, just to show her what a big deal it is here and how early it starts in the year.

If you send a me a photo ( without getting permanently banned from the Vidor Walmart) I am going to forward them just to show her just how early we get started on the " Holiday Season."

Please no Hobby Lobby photos, they do Christmas...well almost all year. 

I appreciate it.

While We've Been "Getting On" the Religious Folks

I figure I may as well go ahead and get into trouble with churchy people, ahhhhh, why not, it's Monday.

I wonder, and I actually wondered about this, this weekend.

And perhaps I shouldn't have, because think I know the answer, or perhaps I do not?

I wonder how many people in the pulpit used the events in Charlottesville to preach love?

If I was preaching, and I doubt I ever get asked again, and to be honest, I don't want to, I wonder how many used this as a teaching moment.

Two verses.

Galatians 3:28- There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Romans 3:29- Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too

All churches should be preaching this..... the most segregated hour in America is Sunday morning. 

You will be hard pressed to find people of different races in most churches......oh, there might be a smattering of people of different races in the congregation, but generally, no. ( And this is ALL churches, ALL churches.)

But concerning the KKK, the Nazis...and I am going to say something about them, because I come from that world...Where have the White Evangelical pastors been on this matter? 

Is it because they know there are people in their pews who sympathize with the Klan? And they are afraid it might hurt the offering plate " take?" 

Is it because the people " ran over" were of the left and " they are not worth saving anyway?" 

But folks, this is a teaching moment. Once again, what are some of you people going to do when there are blacks, whites, browns, Asians   and on and on in heaven? Are you going to assume " I didn't make it?" 

 Or ask to be sent to the other place?....after all, I am pretty sure Hitler and Mussolini are there...

And I ask every church in this country....How can you seriously get your children to sing, " Red and Yellow, Black and White, ALL are precious in His sight?"


Yes, 36....

There are events in life that amaze most of us, and today is one of them. And this one makes me as happier every day of my life.

Today, I will have been married to by college sweetheart for 36 years.

Amazing she has "put-up" with me this long. Because if you read the blog, just putting up with me ain't no " walk in the park."

She is still the cute, sweet little girl from PNG that married me and to be honest, I am treated like the " Crown Prince of Bohemia."

Thank you for marrying me.

I love you very much....

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Okay, This Should Make Everyone Mad

After yesterday's post on a possible new " Civil War." I decided to write this blog.

I am sure it will make everyone mad.

Everyone is some way or another.

A little family history.

I can trace my paternal and maternal sides a long way back. All the way back to the old country.

This includes the fact I had two great-great grandfathers who were in the Confederate Army. Just is, nothing I can do about it, it just happened.

One was drafted, one joined because he wanted "free" land in New Mexico. Neither made it above the rank of corporal.

Neither were slave owners.

I am married to the great-great-great granddaughter of a Confederate general, yes general.

I can't find slave ownership there either. 

I am not interested in joining the Sons of the Confederate Veterans, and my son is not interested in joining the Confederate Officers descendants organization Stars and Bars.

It is what it is....I can't change my past. Nor should I apologize for it.

Yesterday's events in Charlottesville, Virginia are scary. That could occur in any town in America right now.

The town council in Charlottesville  voted to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee from a town park.

You don't live in that town. I sure as hell don't live in that town, I don't vote for town council. You probably don't. That  is their decision, not mine, not yours. You want a statue of " Bobby Lee" as his troops called him, you get your local government to put one up.

But this is not what the blog is about....

When the Ku Klux Klan show up.....When people show up waving the Nazi flag....when people show up with the symbol of the Mussolini's Italian fascist government painted on shields and helmets. I have a problem.

I had two uncles who fought the Nazis in WWII. And one was blown up by a German mortar.

They would be turning over in their graves if they knew about people were calling themselves Nazis.

I grew up in Vidor. I know the Klan. They are haters. They hate black, brown, Asians, the LGBT community,  Catholics, Mormons, you name it, they probably hate them.

 You start using the Nazi blood and soil, it is over.

You start shouting about Jews, it is over. 

When you start running cars into people you disagree with, you start killing people, it's all over.  Just like ISIS, we are in trouble.

Look many of these KKK, Nazis supporting Southern Heritage are not even from the South. They are from Ohio, Iowa, etc. If they looked, many would find out either their family was not even in America during the Civil War...or their ancestors were in the Union Army.  They want to hate.....that all they want to do....hate....They could care less about "Bobby Lee."

You support the KKK, you support the Nazi Party, you are not my friend. Unfriend me. Do it now. Go away, don't say anything, just go away.

I cry for this nation..

Saturday, August 12, 2017

If You Shoot, This is a Serious Blog

As many of you know, I am still one of the biggest supporters of the Second Amendment around, always will be, always believe in being armed.

I also believe in using our firearms in a safe responsible manner. 

This morning on Hickok45's YouTube Channel, he discussed squib ammunition.

Yes, a very rare occurrence, but if you shoot re-load ammo, or in my case really oddball foreign made ammunition like the French 7.5x54, there is always the chance it could happen.( It can happen with any factory load, with American made stuff, I have only heard of it happening once.)

This is where there is not enough powder in the round to make the actual bullet clear the barrel of the gun...causing the gun to explode if you shoot the next round. ( It can take a hand off or kill you.)

Anyway, this is a 15 minute video. Worth the watch.