Thursday, November 13, 2014
Let's talk about the institution of marriage, shall we? You have two people who love each other (at least
As a culture, we're less and less likely to find middle ground. We love to fight. We love the adrenaline rush, the surge of blood to our minds as we prepare to launch into action. We're addicted to the fight. We want to fight. If you don't believe that, just consider how many lawyers we graduate and are accepted to the Bar each year...
But I digress.
Of course, I could be wrong. But I seriously doubt it.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Public schools are a wonderful topic of discussion and it always gets folks riled up and ready to fight. I remember discussing things like district administrative consolidation while on WKY, and you could actually hear heads explode. This blog post will be no different. As you know, I'm a proud United States Navy veteran and veteran's issues are near and dear to my heart. I'm not going to pull any punches, so put on a cup. You've been warned.
Veteran's Day 2014 is upon us and many of our public schools are open for business. It's wrong - particularly at a time when some of the kids in school right now have parents in forward deployed units. In other words, our schools show a great deal of love for Martin Luther King Day, but Veteran's Day is, well, not that important because after all - there's Memorial Day, right?
[Note: Note: If you dare think this is about race, stop now. Your IQ will only continue it's rapid decline on matters of political importance as the facts continue to present themselves and you'll make everyone else dumber by your presence.]
Martin Luther King was a civil rights pioneer who was killed for his beliefs. Our country is arguably a much better place because he was here - MLK is an American icon, to be sure. He was taken from us far too early by a racist pile of human excrement, yet, without our veterans, without men and women willing to stand a post and put their lives on the line, Martin Luther King would have not even been a blip on the radar. None of us would be, come to think of it. Our civil rights would not exist as we understand them today. As a matter of fact, when you consider the sheer numbers of men and women in this country who were willing to put their asses on the line to defend civil rights, to defend the Constitution against "enemies both foreign and domestic," it's staggering (see illustration). We have many of our kids out of school for ONE civil rights leader, but no such holiday for the hundreds of thousands who have served to protect your rights. Does that sound right to you?
At the risk of seeming like a complete ass, one must consider the truth about MLK that no one wants to really discuss - and these are directly from Snopes.com.
King was under FBI surveillance for several years (until he died) due to his ties with communist organizations throughout the country. King accepted money from the organizations to fund his movements. In return, King had to appoint communist leaders to run certain districts of his SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference), who then could project their communist ideas to larger audiences. A federal judge in the 60's ruled that the FBI files on King links to communism to remain top-secret until 2027. Senator Jesse Helms appealed to the Supreme Court in 1983 to release the files, so the correct bill in the Senate to create the Martin Luther King Federal Holiday could be abolished. He was denied.
Okay, maybe that doesn't do it for you much. Maybe you consider Snopes to be a propaganda wing of the GOP. The ties to communist money may not be that big of a deal in light of some of the nightmare money being passed around in politics right now. But it is important to note that we have a bloody national holiday for this cat. But wait! There's more - again, from Snopes.com.
Martin Luther King Day. A day when this country will come to a screeching halt so we can have parades and memorials to honor this man, a man that most of the world views as a saint for his role in the civil rights movement. No other public holiday in the United States honors a single individual. Of all the great leaders in our Nation's history-none of them have their own holiday. All of our great war heroes share Memorial Day. All of our great presidents share President's Day.
These points are indisputable. King was who he was and he did great work for the civil rights movement in this country, but does he warrant a holiday over our veterans? I argue in the negative. If we're going to have a holiday for this man, we need all our kids out of school for our veterans because our veterans deserve it. As a policy, members of the Armed Services are not communists or socialists. Period. This isn't a liberal vs conservative issue. This isn't a race issue. This is an example of how we are teaching the next generation of Americans what is important to the elitists in this country, and not what it truly represents.
Veteran's Day is a federal holiday. Banks are closed, the courtrooms are closed, the post office is quiet, and federal workers are getting a deserved break. But for many of our public school systems, it's just "another day," and that sends a horrific message. It tells our children that while we remember the war dead on Memorial Day, other holidays such as President's Day, Martin Luther King Day and of course, Labor Day are sufficient - our veterans are to be considered an after thought or a campaign slogan punch line. Spring Break is allowed, as is Fall and Winter Break, but it is because of the veteran that these holidays can even be discussed, let alone celebrated. Our schools teach our children that it's okay to take time off from school to have an abortion, but it's not okay to take Veteran's Day off.
I'm sorry, but I think it's bullshit.
From now on, let's keep our kids out of school on Veteran's Day and send a message to the pansies that run our school systems that veterans matter and if they don't like it, they can kiss our red, white and blue asses - our Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Army and Air Force asses.
Monday, November 10, 2014
After months and months of doctor's appointments, my diagnosis has been confirmed. The liver clinic at the VA hospital put together some pretty challenging treatment edicts and I've done a pretty good job of sticking with it. My diet has changed dramatically whereas I am only allowed 2,000mg of sodium a day and I have to watch my sugar intake (diabetes) and if you don't think that's tough, limit your sodium for a couple days and you'll see what I mean. Sodium is everywhere and in everything.
Mentally, I'm going through some serious life changes right now, but hey - some amount of depression is understandable. I think what's helped me more than anything is selecting a few people in my sphere of influence who have really expressed an interest, expressed concern, and held myself emotionally accountable to them. Depression is a son of a bitch and it's relentless regardless of the medication one may be taking. It latches itself onto the negativity in your life, the negative people in your surroundings and taunts you - and it will not give up. What I have found is that elimination of those negative influences is the beginning of long term healing. Or at least having the ability to cope.
All in all, I'm doing pretty well. I'm more lucid and decisive than ever, and frankly, the 400lb Gorilla is back in the saddle and refusing to take anymore shit from anyone. "Tempt not a desperate man."
Since I am baring all here, I thought I'd share part of my "Bucket List" and hopefully, I won't need them any time soon!!
Grand Canyon. I've never been but I've heard so much about it and the photographs are stunning.
Pilot a Ferry. I know that it would never happen but I would love to pilot the Seattle ferry from Seattle to Bremerton.
Tour the Naval Academy. Worked with a lot a officers who were Naval Academy graduates, never had the chance to see it myself.
See the Governor's Mansion. You'd think that all my time in politics in Oklahoma, I'd have seen the Governor's Mansion. I haven't and would like to.
Space Needle. Nope, I've never been up to the observation deck.
Have Coffee with Al McAffrey and Sally Kern. At the same time.
Take a road trip to Amarillo for a bowl of chili. Then come right back.
See Alaska. I've always been fascinated by Alaska and I'm a fan of cold weather, so...
Those are just a few things I'd like to see someday and because my health has stabilized, I'm going to make plans to do just that. So there.
Thanks for reading, indulging me.