May 2016

h/t to daily timewater


My training of Memorial Day was from mominbox.  This was the weekend to go to the cemeteries and place flowers on the graves.  It would be a two day affair over the weekend as one cemetery was in a different state.  Dad was a veteran of Korea, though he would only tell us about 12 stories from his three years there.  We’re figuring that the remainder were of a level he didn’t want us to hear.

I took a quick browse through sites and links and found a few providing appropriate remembrance for those who gave their all.  May we treat this gift of a country as just that.  Let’s behave towards our institutions according to the opportunities we have to express what it truly means to be an American.  Freedom=responsibility

A history of the day of remembrance.

I usually fly the Texas flag, but today I have Old Glory flying.

Everything the Progressives do has a purpose, and usually not the one that is stated by them. Gay marriage, for instance, or transgendered bathrooms, or Black Lives Matter uprisings, have little to do with fairness for homosexuals and everything to do with breaking down the dominant culture.

When looking at the frontier people, the term “rugged” comes to mind.  It may apply to their circumstances, but also consider that they had to utilize the elements themselves.  There was no certified home builder, no electrician, no mass produced transportation vehicles.  Decision to go from point A to point B required planning and calculating resources in a manner much more involved than miles per gallon.  One’s shelter was not state approved and only there when the person put it there – same with the food on the table.  Therefore, the frontier individuals were utilizing their skills in a much fuller fashion than I observe now.  I would wonder if they also had a larger skill-set than the population right now, as they had to operate on more levels of proficiency.

In the United States, we like to call ourselves a first world country.  Items presented as proof are the infrastructure, economy, housing, and markets.  As to the latter item, I was in a bigbox store and found an interesting item yesterday.  It was a child’s tee shirt proclaiming “whatever happened, it wasn’t me.”   I know a pair of brothers it would fit perfectly and took a picture and sent it to a family member.  We enjoyed the chuckle and commented back a forth a little bit.  Anyways, if one steps back a little and examines this exchange and applies it to the culture, a different picture may emerge.  I work with a lady who is an ace at finding deals in stores and utilizing their discounts and coupons for unbelievably cheap jeans, tops, etc.  As an office, most occupants have the lunch conversation as “where are you going to go?”  Then they choose a particular restaurant.  How many people out there in this “first world” country decide to build a chair?  How many think it’s such a good idea and design that they will spend the next week or so making something useful rather than look for a “deal?”  How many of our population have any clue about the fundamentals of what produces the prepared meals sitting on the shelves in the store?  In the freezer aisle, I noted boxes of scrambled eggs with bacon, or hash brown, or something similar which are ready to place in the microwave.  Is it that laborious to scramble an egg?  Does the microwave time increase of 2 minutes provide that much better a product than could be produced with a little effort at the stove?  What I am suggesting is that this country is being remade into a simpler type of society.  For all the research and technological advances about which we can boast, there is the lack of personal creativity and initiative and maybe now – ability to make those things we desire in life.  The result is a people who hunt and gather.  The forest has given way to the supermarket and the rifle has been passed for the coupon.



I have heard that the final words a person speaks are important as they are what the person most wants to express before that ability is forever gone.  With h/t to knuckledragging, we have such an expression.

I like the inset of P. J. O’Rourke.  It harkens to my concept that freedom and responsibility are two sides of the same coin.  The moment one lowers responsibility, freedom is also lowered.  That is why government providing anything besides security for the country and honesty in contracts is a bad thing.  The giving of government in the realm of, say, healthcare, is provided as a gift by advertisements.  It is truly a loss of responsibility of the individual to take care of their own health issues, and a loss of freedom for the people as we are now beholden to the government.  Multiply this by however many other “gifts” from the government are out there.  Each one is a corded strand staked over Gulliver.  The useful idiots defined only make the government’s job of enclosing the animal cages at the zoo easier.  Remember that there are three cases where everything is provided: 1.) zoo, 2.) pet, 3.) prison.  In all other cases, each species has to fend for themselves = personal responsibility = freedom.  Yes, there is risk involved.  That is called life.  Life is fatal.  What are you going to do while you’re here?

It’s an outcome that looked unlikely in the aftermath of the unexpected death of Justice Scalia. But in the end, to paraphrase the title of an old song, the nuns fought the law and the nuns won. And that is worth celebrating.

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