The thoughts of a writer.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

John McCain Directly Responsible for His Own Stupidity

While I once had some respect for Senator John McCain, I now believe that he is directly responsible for his own stupidity.

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The Tooth Fairy

The story of the Tooth Fairy came back to me after all these years—when my son lost his first tooth yesterday evening. My wife and I and Tais (grandma) had been wiggling the tooth trying to get it out because another tooth was growing up beneath it. I remember how that hurt when I was a kid so I didn't want to be too rough—but I was the one who finally got it out when I "checked the tooth" while he was taking a bath. Once it finally came out, the tooth was surprisingly tiny. In fact, I was surprised that the Tooth Fairy would pay for it; but of course she did. She left a dollar coin for it!


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Best Friends

As my son was decorating his grandpa's Father's Day card he asked,

"Is grandma grandpa's best friend?"

I answered,

"Yeah buddy, she is."

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

"That Guy"

Why is it that the guy with the absolute least amount of personal ambition, can suddenly become indignant and challenge everyone else to stop talking about it and do something!

If You Think...

If you think that the U.S.A. has a lot of mass shootings you are right.
If you think that there are a lot of shootings in the U.S.A. you are also correct.
If you think that Islamic extremists are a problem in the U.S.A. you are right. If you think profiling should be allowed in the name of national security, you are probably right. If you think all Muslims are terrorists, you are wrong.
Half of my family came to America from Germany before WWII. They were not Nazis. They became American very quickly when they heard that people of Japanese, German and Italian heritage were being relocated to internment camps. They stopped speaking and acting like Germans. Some of them fought the Nazis in WWII.
Donald Trump's family also came from Germany. Somehow the two of us have not learned the same lessons about ancestry.
On the other side of the spectrum, those who are too liberal to understand that personal freedoms will need to become secondary while we are at war against terrorism, need to gain a dose of reality. We might not like it; but being shot down or blown up has its disadvantages too. And by-the-way, if the FBI wants to check a record of my phone calls, they are more than welcome. But be forewarned, it will be a lot of very boring stuff.
But I digress... Where were we?
If you think there are too many guns in the U.S., you are probably right.
If you think you need to own an assault rifle, you are probably wrong.
And finally, if you want a cop to respond when you are in trouble, stop "bashing" them! Take your petty political agenda and stuff it. This is bigger than you. It's bigger than any one of us. But it is not bigger than all of us.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Buck in Velvet

I saw this White-tailed deer when I was walking today.

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Orlando Nightclub Shooting

In the aftermath of the Orlando Nightclub Shooting, I would like to "thank" everyone who has worked so hard to make our country into a great place to get shot while minding your own business. A big thanks to all of those who love their guns more than anything. Without all of you, we could never have achieved the daily carnage that we enjoy today. I would also like to honor the National Rifle Association for continuing to fight for the right of everyone to own an assault rifle. Because everyone needs a weapon that is manufactured exclusively for the purpose of killing lots of people quickly and efficiently. I would like to thank the politically conservative for ensuring that guns remain in as many hands as possible. I would also like to thank the liberals, for protecting the rights of people who would do harm—because we certainly wouldn't want to show any bias or discrimination against anyone for any reason at any time. You too have allowed for this tragedy. Also we should recognize the media for sensationalizing these events. Your speculation is paramount to the distrust and continuous bickering. And let us not forget radical Islam for preaching violence and destruction in a world where violence is revered by many who are intolerant and hateful. Thanks to the street thugs who live and die by the gun. Without all of you, more people would escape being shot to death. Yes, it would seem that perhaps everyone has had a hand in creating this monster that is swallowing us up with lead and blood.

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"Secret War" Memorial


Friday, June 10, 2016

I have a GREEN light...

When my light is green, how come other cars keep driving in the road in front of me? Because if they have a green light too, there is some kind of a problem! Of course, it is possible that they don't have a green light at the same time as I do. So is it that they don't understand the rules of driving or is it that they just don't think that they should have to follow them?


Wednesday, June 08, 2016

History is Made: Women Still Come in Last

As Hillary Clinton becomes the first woman (endorsed by major political party) to run for President in the USA, we should remember that throughout history, women have always gained these rights last. Ratified on February 3, 1870, the 15th Amendment made it possible for African-American men to vote. It wasn't until May 19, 1919 that the 19th Amendment paved the way for women to exercise the right to vote. So in the historical tradition of our country, the first African-American President came prior to a woman running for the office. If she wins, however, not only will both historical records be attributed to the DFL, but it will not have taken 49 years for women to catch up (as it did between the 15th and 19th Amendments). A win by Hillary Clinton would also end 240 years of male (only) U.S. Presidents.

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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Great News Day Fantasy

No one got shot.
Someone told the Truth.
The races all got a long.
Somebody thanked the police.
We got a real person Presidential candidate.
Every child was loved, fed and found.
ISIS was destroyed.
Religions preached tolerance.
People believed in Education.
Kindness prevailed.
People were kind to animals.
No road rage.
Everyone worked hard.
New ideas were recognized.
"I love you," became a commonly heard phrase.
People became responsible.
Wilderness was saved.
Litter was cleaned up.