Changing Heroes

mr-mom-carriageIt doesn’t happen all at once, like finding the train set Santa was supposed to bring at the back of your parents’ closet, suddenly realizing the rumors you heard from the older kids were true.  It’s more of a gradual process like understanding that your dad isn’t the strongest man on the block, Superman really can’t fly and it’s okay for a fully grown guy to cry.

Morphing into a man can be tough enough but becoming a father can be downright confusing; kids don’t come with a manual, and even if they did, the instructions would be constantly changing.  That has never been truer than today, as family roles are revised and the definition of family itself, even marriage, is being rewritten.

Back when I was a strapping, rebellious youth there were two types of male figures a kid might find in his life … he usually had either a father or a dad.  It was a short menu.  A father was a more formal figure who cast his seed in the night, then sort of came and went between home, work and wherever else father-types spend their time.  A dad was the guy who actually stuck around enough to help raise the little darling.  He saw to the child’s needs, was there to wipe tears, patch up skinned knees and dispense his own brand of worldly wisdom.

Enter male sensitivity and political correctness to help turn confusion into chaos.  We now have subdivisions of fathers and dads, the most bewildering of which to me is “Mr. Mom”.  This is the liberated ‘hero’ likely to say things like, “WE’RE pregnant!”  In some instances the actual mom, who for nine merciless months never sang a single chorus of “I Enjoy Being A Girl,” now goes off to put pork on the fork while Mr. Mom stays home to nurture their progeny.  Only a few years ago it was shameful if a wife had to work at all.  There is even a movement in some circles to grant the male of the species maternity leave, so he can spend several weeks home from work saying things like, “Honey, Honey the baby’s crying!”

For my money it’s further proof of the eternal truth … the only constant in life we can count on is change.  Being a parent is no easy task and fathers, by any name, will always have a full plate.  The day I became a dad was the proudest of my life and that pride continues through the years without limit.  Just remember, regardless of how we mature men of maternity define our role within the family, old fashioned or new fangled, the most important thing is that we be there.

HAPPY FATHERS’ DAY!

 

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Coffin Nails

CharlestonLately, I’ve been having three reactions to the kind of savage, singularly senseless shootings that occurred at the church in Charleston, SC.  First, there is the obvious revulsion to the heinous act itself.  It seems the knee-jerk reaction to such crimes is to blame the firearm before the psychotic murderer.  No, I’m not a ‘shrink’ but I’ve just used a redundant phrase because, to me, no one kills anyone — especially after praying with them for an hour — unless their cheese has slipped, at least partially, off its cracker.  How about we look at the causes rather than the means for these crimes?

My second reaction is a bit selfish:  Why do these mindless morons always choose a firearm to perpetrate their evil instead of one of the many other options available to them?  I cringe, because each time is another nail in the coffin of the Second Amendment.  There are already enough anti-gun radicals lurking in the shadows with hammers, just waiting to seal the box and bury yet another right of upstanding, law abiding citizens … Americans that enjoy feeling safe, participating in sport, perfecting a skill or simply collecting unique elements of history.  It’s one thing to do some thing and quite another to do the right thing, if in fact the actual problem even has a solution.

Third, but by no means least, is the widening of the racial divide already created by political agendas bent on restructuring our nation and not for the better.  There is already too much fabricated racial animus on all sides without introducing the genuine article, as this latest tragedy seems to do.  How easy it is to forget the simple but powerful precept of “united we stand” … and my worst fear is, that’s not happening anymore.

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I’m Coming Out

Bruce,-Fred,-RachaelInspired by the sexual confusion of Bruce, excuse me, Caitlyn Jenner and the recent racial revelation of the White/Black Rachel Dolezal, I have summoned the courage to come out of the closet with my own shocking disclosure.  I’m really a kid!  I’ve lived with this horrible secret since I was ten, when I first came to that realization.  Since my discovery, for more than half a century, I have lived as a child trapped in a constantly aging body. Now, I can hide it no longer!  There is no Senior here!

I have tried to think of myself as being wiser, more mature, even as a ten-year-old with sixty-two years of experience.  Nothing worked to ease my tortured soul.  Therefore, from this day forward I shall think of myself as young and live life as a child, free to frolic and play as if someone left the gate open, not caring who knows it or what stones bigots may cast!

It is the dawning of a new day, as I  throw off the painful shackles of age placed upon me by society.  A great weight has been lifted as I proudly walk out of the shadows and into the sunshine of the true me, to bask in the joyous glow of my kidhood!

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In The Wake of Charlie H.

JAMES-TAYLOR-facebookThe Washington Clown Corps still doesn’t get it.  They send Duh Kerry to France and haul poor James Taylor over there to sing, “You’ve Got A Friend” … a pathetic attempt to apologize for Obama missing the million-man-rally against radical Islamic terror.  Our guys can’t even say the phrase and think the whole shindig was only in support of France.  I’m not sure they were actually invited, anyway … it was for world LEADERS! Hey, you guys see a reset button anyplace?

PS:  Adding insult to injury, the good Secretary, apparently, once again attempted his Washingtonized version of French.  Ouï, ouï!

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The Price of Ignorance

FiremenCertain fringe elements in this country seem to be targeting some of the bravest and most dedicated among us.  The goal clearly has nothing to do with justice — it never did — the goal is anarchy.  So-called ‘demonstrators’ will push these unsung heroes only so far before they have to pay the price.  Pushback!  As the old adage goes, there is no such thing as a free lunch and, sooner or later, responses to the needs of those elements may slow down … or be absent altogether.

Suppose we simply pulled the police and firemen out of areas where most of the phoney ‘protesters’ originate?  How long do you suppose they’d last?  How do I know they’re phoney?  Because they are still out there causing trouble, that’s how!  I’ve heard police say that the genuinely concerned citizens, with a legitimate point to make, are usually gone after the first 24 to 48 hours.  Then professional, organized agitators move in to feed their own agendas with mayhem and violence … ironically in this case, against the very protective forces that make it possible for them to safely misbehave!  Tragically, this is what we are witnessing in New York and a few other targeted cities, where the agendas of DeBlasio, Holder, Sharpie and others like them are being served to whatever future end.

Of course, there is also the opposite kind of pushback which is not passive, as I have described above, but is profoundly aggressive!  Police, in particular, are being backed into a corner where they have little to lose and New York is a city of which its mayor has lost control and over which has demonstrated he is incapable of governing.  Just a note to the dupes in the streets and those pulling their strings:   Anarchy has never been acceptable in America and We The People have no intention of accepting it now!

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Enough Already!

Frankly, I’m sick of their BS!  These idiots are now well beyond any basis for a First Amendment right they may claim.  This is no longer freedom of speech, no longer a protest but a lawless, well organized, well funded street mob that is showing less respect for human life than those they have chosen to dishonor.

To not, at least, take time out for the funerals of the assassinated officers and for the holy days of Christmas and Hanukkah is beyond shameful.  It is about time to enforce the law and disband this scourge by any means necessary!

If they ever had a point in the first place, it has been made and it is lost … and they are now operating at the expense of rights reserved for the rest of us.  The only thing they are now proving is the true value of our police as the last bastion of defense between anarchy and the civil society!

Street-Mob

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Canadian Bacon!

pigCould you imagine a notice like this being sent to parents in today’s over-the-top, PC America?  One Canadian mayor had the cahones to give interlopers the right answer.  When Muslim parents demanded the abolition of pork in all the school cafeterias of a Montreal suburb, the mayor of Dorval, refused and had the town clerk send a note to all parents explaining why.

“Muslims must understand that they have to adapt to Canada and Quebec, its customs, its traditions, its way of life, because that’s where they chose to immigrate.  They must understand that they have to integrate and learn to live in Quebec.  They must understand that it is for them to change their lifestyle, not the Canadians who so generously welcomed them.

They must understand that Canadians are neither racist nor xenophobic, they accepted many immigrants before Muslims (whereas the reverse is not true, in that Muslim states do not accept non-Muslim immigrants).  That no more than other nations, Canadians are not willing to give up their identity, their culture and if Canada is a land of welcome, it’s not the Mayor of Dorval who welcomes foreigners, but the Canadian-Quebecois people as a whole.

Finally, they must understand that in Canada (Quebec) with its Judeo-Christian roots, Christmas trees, churches and religious festivals, religion must remain in the private domain.  The municipality of Dorval was right to refuse any concessions to Islam and Sharia.  For Muslims who disagree with secularism and do not feel comfortable in Canada, there are 57 beautiful Muslim countries in the world, most of them under-populated and ready to receive them with open halal arms in accordance with Shariah.

If you left your country for Canada, and not for other Muslim countries, it is because you have considered that life is better in Canada than elsewhere.  Ask yourself the question, just once, “Why is it better here in Canada than where you come from?”  A cafeteria with pork is part of the answer.”

Amen!

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Remember Pearl Harbor

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Exactly 73 years ago today, on a peaceful Sunday, the Empire of Japan launched a brutal, unprovoked attack against The United States killing nearly 3,000 Americans and wounding 1,100 more. Let us take a moment to remember December 7, 1941 and the evil that was unleashed that day … that may it never reach our shores again!

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Amok Time

Let’s get the narrative right:  “COP SHOOTS VIOLENT ROBBERY SUSPECT” … not an innocent kid and certainly no choirboy!  Michael Brown was the bad guy here.  Then prosecute Brown’s Father for inciting to riot and hold Sharpie, Holder and Obama to account for fanning the flames in Ferguson.  Finally, disburse crowds more aggressively, begin arresting and vigorously prosecuting … that should slow the BS very quickly!  Over-the-top?  What in blazes do you think has been going on?

The right to assemble is one thing, mob rule, disrespect for private property and our legal justice system are another. While imperfect, it’s the best system in the world and works to separate us from the sort of anarchists now running amok in several of our cities.  What has been happening as a result of street thugs in Ferguson Missouri is shameful … but the White House prejudging a local matter, infusing it with racial overtones and giving it national standing, is as criminal as the actions of those lowlifes who are rioting, looting and burning.

These are not demonstrations.  They are tragic excuses to party, in some cases, to further political and racial agendas in others.  Meanwhile, there is not a shred of evidence to show the Grand Jury arrived at anything less than a proper conclusion or that justice has not been fully served.  Meanwhile, we have a decorated servant of the community with his life now in shambles, a dead kid with criminal tendencies and too much ‘tude … and rampaging mobs of people, once again, enforcing the ghetto stereotype.  Meanwhile, we’ll have another fifty or more kids, black, brown and beige who will lose their lives across the country today because no one is willing to look at the real problem.  It’s just not PC!Screen shot 2014-11-26 at 11.38.52 AM

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Climate 101

Gore-ScienceAlthough polls show that climate change is far down the list of concerns for most people, a few diehards persist in bringing it up the same way flat-earthers kept telling Chris Columbus he’d fall off the edge when he said the world was round.  Magellan had proven that fact some years before but, evidently, the folks in Chris’s day had all their hard drives crash and the eMail never got through.  Even the extreme cold of late can be explained by global warming worshipers and the word “vortex” has now risen to the top in their lexicon to make it all sound really official!

Believers in this political religion frequently use the phrase “scientific consensus” to bolster their fantasy.  However, as soon as they say “consensus” or “opinion” it is no longer science, which by definition is exacting!  What it IS is another means of controlling populations, in the same manner as government run healthcare and domestic spying in the name of security … all the while making an elite few obscenely wealthy.  It’s about power all right … but not the kind that heats your home or fuels your car!

Proponents of this hoax conveniently ignore the proof of data fabrication by both the UEA and NOAA, necessitated by their inability to get reality to match their predetermined models … as well as the fact that no connection with man as a participant in climate change has ever been established.  What HAS been established is that changes in the Earth’s climate have been going on for about 5 billion years, will continue to occur indefinitely into the future and that, right now, we are in a natural cooling period which started at least 25 years ago.  We have more and thicker ice at both poles than ever before measured and a great many people running around confused between simply being good stewards to our planet and returning to 17th Century standards of living.

As a learned friend of mine often says, “We’re right, they’re wrong … end of story!”

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