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  • dannyboystories 4:37 PM on January 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Army, caps, epaulets, linet, nurse, shirts, starch, uniform,   

    Starch Rx! 

    You can generally figure someone’s approximate age by the things they miss. In my case, I’m pretty old…I miss starch!

    I like dress shirts that will stand by themselves, white, colors, neat as a pin, preferably with those military pleats in the back. Yessir, lots of starch. Smooooth, man.

    In the Army, eons ago, we had plenty of starch in our dress uniforms. Creases? Absolutely! The pants must have a crease sharp as a knife front and back. Not today. One cannot find a good, heavy-on-the-starch laundry these days. Furthermore, you can take all that spray starch and send it packing…terrible stuff, spray starch. Gimme a nice box of “Linet” any day.

    The first time I met my future wife she was wearing a crisp, heavily starched, white nurse’s uniform. Mmmmmm, mmmmmm.

    Now, I know a little something about nurse’s whites. Remember those wonderful little starched caps they no longer wear? I remember my sister hand washing her caps in a sink, soaking them in starch, and pasting them on the refrigerator to dry. Next morning, she would simply spatula one off, fold it, and pin it onto her hair.

    (By the way. If they don’t wear the caps any longer, what do they do for the student “capping ceremony”?)

    You just can’t beat the classic look of a well starched and pressed field shirt (the ones with the epaulets on the shoulders) with a pair of slacks or jeans, but, try to find someone to do them up for you for less than $10 a shirt!

    Today’s “look” is just plain sloppy, wrinkled, pants so low their short’s elastic shows. Yuk!

    They say you can tell a lot about a man by the way he dresses. Me? I can’t stand seeing plumber’s cleavage!

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  • dannyboystories 7:01 AM on January 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    “…If this world were what it seems it 

    “…If this world were what it seems it should be, if man could find everywhere in it an easy subsistence, and a climate suitable to his nature, it is clear that it would be impossible for one man to enslave another.” –Anonymous

     
  • dannyboystories 7:01 AM on January 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

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  • dannyboystories 7:15 AM on January 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    “…Let all laws be clear, uniform and 

    “…Let all laws be clear, uniform and precise: to interpret laws is almost always to corrupt them.” — Voltaire

     
  • dannyboystories 8:54 PM on January 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Coming to Grips 

    Do you know anyone who does not believe the Sandy Hook murder of 27 innocent children was anything other than a senseless, appalling, horrendous, heartbreaking act? Neither do I.

    So, too, are the terrible killing of folks in the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater, Virginia Tech, Columbine High School, shopping centers, places of work, an Army base, and others in recent years. Are we rushing to judgement as many point to these murders as symptomatic of increasing violence prompted by gun ownership, or, is it a sign of mental breaks, anger, criminality, violent games, and motion pictures? Are our citizens, particularly young adults, becoming desensitized to the value of a human life?

    We need to carefully look at what we know, rather than how these mass murders make us feel. Rationality is difficult because we can make little sense of it all. What, in God’s name, were these people thinking?

    In the worst violent attack against school children in United States history, Andrew Kehoe on May 18, 1927, in Bath Township, Michigan, killed 38 elementary school children, six adults, and injured at least 58 other people when he bombed the Bath Elementary School. Two days earlier, Kehoe bludgeoned his wife, bombed his farmhouse, and later went to the school. He killed himself and injured more when he exploded a bomb in his vehicle as survivors ran out of the school rubble. Police found a cache of unexploded dynamite Kehoe placed in the basement of the school. No one knows for certain why Kehoe acted as he did some 85 years ago, but theorize he may have been angry about high taxes on his farm, or his failed school board election attempt.

    Violence against schools or Americans as they go about their daily lives is not at all new. Is it gun violence, or just plain violence? In most states, gun ownership is already restricted in some way.

    Timothy McVeigh used a homemade bomb of farm fertilizer and other chemicals to kill more than 100 at the ill-fated Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK, April 19, 1995, considered among the first real terrorist attacks against America.

    The City of Chicago has arguably the most stringent gun ownership laws in the nation, yet averages more than 500 killings per year, primarily by gangland perpetrators with illegally obtained guns. The city’s 2013 criminal murder rate is already on track to exceed 700, and police have not been able to stem the flow of illegal firearms, primarily handguns. Clearly, in my view, Chicago’s chronic problem is not the result of mental issues or legal gun ownership.

    Was, then, President Obama’s action focusing on more stringent gun control the correct path for this nation, struggling with how to cope with such violence? Are military-look-alike rifles the problem? Will we infringe on individual privacy with a national database of who owns what, a name and address database available for review by whomever?

    History itself does not demonstrate gun ownership is the cause of hideous mass murder, but, rather, the mental stability of the perpetrators. In my view, the President and his vice-presidential “panel of experts”, recommending gun control, missed the mark and the opportunity for a real focus on what needs critically urgent attention: Mental illness or identification of those at risk.

    Instead, politicians focus on the hardware, guns, not upon who uses them for a deadly purpose.

    Coincidentally, I walked into an alternative education school on business within the past day. While standing at the front desk visiting with folks I know, a teacher ran up, out of breath, declaring an emergency for the principal. At the same time, I heard loud shouting and banging coming from somewhere down the main hallway behind me. A fight had broken out among students, the teacher panted.

    I heard a young man screaming profanities in a clearly uncontrolled voice. I heard booming, presumably against a wall, and a door or two slamming shut. Teachers from all directions were converging on the scene down the hallway. Students poured slowly out of the classroom into the hallway, apparently told to leave the melee.

    One teenager came from the direction of the commotion, walked toward me, and sat down heavily on a chair along the wall near the front desk. “You okay?”, I asked him. “Yeah, I almost got in the middle of it. He was pounding on my friend, …but I have to graduate. Man, he really went off!,” he said to me, a bit out of breath.

    Moments later, as I was leaving, I saw three police cars sitting nosed against the street side entrance steps, one boy on the pavement in handcuffs, and other officers bringing someone else outside. They arrived on scene in an extraordinary less than two minutes, by my reckoning. There were no firearms of any kind involved.

    My in-person experience was unnerving, coming as it did so soon after the Sandy Hook School murders, but illustrates clearly the volatility school authorities are up against when a person breaks without warning. The situation was also proof we still may not be doing enough; after all, this occurred where specially trained staff fully expects this kind of thing could happen at any time.

    At this school, there are intermediate staff-only card-key locked doors spaced down every hallway, overhead cameras, and no visitor is buzzed into the school unless on specifically known business recognized by staff at the desk…rather good security, I think. Remember, this is not a detention or jail facility. This is a school, a place for learning. It is, though, enough to give all of us reason to pause. This is not a time for politics as usual.

    Certainly, none of us would propose this nation return to the dark, dungeon-like, days of old when supposed mentally deranged people were housed in squalor with little real treatment. Looking at the record, though, it does seem to me the real emphasis should be on mental stress, illness, and what causes mental breaks. We must attempt to somehow identify and more quickly help those under stress, bullying, subduing anger, and the like…before they break.

    I could not look the parent of a dead child in the eye and tell them a gun did not kill their baby, …but I can tell them the trigger was not squeezed by a human being accidentally.

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    Bath Elementary School, 1927, 38 Children, 6 adults killed.

    [As a matter of full-disclosure, Mr. Lee is a supporter of the Second Amendment.]

     

     

     
  • dannyboystories 7:15 AM on January 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

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  • dannyboystories 9:01 AM on January 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    “…Forget injuries, never forget kindn 

    “…Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.” — Confucius.

     
  • dannyboystories 7:00 AM on January 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

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  • dannyboystories 2:49 PM on January 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: accuracy, believability, , free press, , importance, independent writer, language, non-fiction, , scheme, truth,   

    The Importance of Being Important. 

    It is a curiosity to me if writers understand the importance they have been in the past and should be in the future, given that written language was not present some three or four thousand years ago. Even fiction must have an element of truth to be believable; so, do most works today contribute in some way to the history of our present time, or, is writing nothing more than a money-making scheme?

     Anthropologists tell us language likely began as guttural sounds, writing as illustrations chiseled into stone. As sounds developed into words, each word became a symbol, thus, writing. Of course, it evolved slowly and not as simplistically as given here. French, for example, had no real form until about the 10th century, and developed from Latin, Celtic, and a mixture of Germanic words. Words must first have been used to identify parts of the body or things used on a daily basis.

     All of this language development certainly leaves plenty of room for error. Further, reading and writing language was initially limited to the clergy, certain societal classes, or the privileged few. Accuracy and truth in translation and interpretation, therefore, become very important questions. Nuances in language provide us with even more probability of incorrect definition upon becoming written words.

     In my view, the importance of today’s writers and authors is an increasingly important part of the advancement of civilization, like it or not. Our search for truth and accuracy often depends upon the personal viewpoint of the writer, opinion and commentary creeping into articles intended to be factual descriptions of a happening or something said.

     An illustration (picking on the old society page reports of a women’s club): “Delicious refreshments were served.”

     Really? Who says the refreshment were delicious? Perhaps several guests came down with food poisoning. The word “delicious” is opinion, an editorial commentary that only appears to be true. It is, in reality, only the view of the writer, and, is innuendo. Innuendo, by the way, seems to have now become a staple of American journalism as an effort to champion a point of view of the writer or employer. This, I believe, is particularly true of the television “news” scriptwriter.

     When the Founders wrote the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, the intention was to assure a truthful and accurate reporting of issues by a free press. Unfortunately, they presumed reporters would always write truthfully, accurately, and without innuendo. (Read the book or watch the 1981 motion picture “Absence of Malice”) In short, the Founders believed, writers would exercise a modicum of scruples. Even Benjamin Franklin, though, wrote many pieces designed to sway public opinion. (Read the “Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin”.)

     In my view, then, today’s independent writers and authors, regardless fiction or non-fiction, shoulder a critically important task to be both truthful and honest in what they write without caveat. Otherwise, irreparable harm to history will result.

     …but, it is just this writer’s opinion.

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  • dannyboystories 7:01 AM on January 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

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