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  • dannyboystories 4:34 AM on June 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    The flood of children across the border was intentionally created! 

    In my view, the recent flood of thousands of children across our southern border has been intentionally created by the Obama administration!

    Strong words? You have only to do the research to find the answers.

    Rather than doing all that searching on your own, click on this link for a succinct summary written by Gary Gerard, general manager of the Warsaw (IN) Times-Union newspaper: http://www.timesuniononline.com/main.asp?SectionID=76&SubSectionID=339&ArticleID=84058&TM=14584.76

    It seems to me, before offering amnesty to illegals who have crossed into this country over the years, or any other alteration of United States immigration laws and regulations, the border must be secured. In fact, I favor the four southern border states (Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, California) immediately making use of their National Guard troops to stop the flood of humanity. While I abhor the tragic circumstances the citizens and families of Central American countries face on a daily basis. However, the United States cannot be the nanny state for everyone who wishes to come here illegally–children or adults.

    The wholesale influx of illegals crossing into the United States threatens our sovereignty, bloats the job seeking workforce, and further inflates the national debt. The United States just cannot handle everyone. Compassion for the plight of others is one thing, but there is a limit to the charity this nation can withstand. The limit was reached long ago.

    Those who disagree with my stand usually point to the immigrants who came to this country many years ago and made it what it is today. But, that was then, and this is now. There is a vast difference. By any measure, illegal is illegal. Period.

    President Obama’s failure to uphold the laws of this nation is, in my opinion, criminal. — D. C. “Dan” Lee, http://www.dannyboystories.wordpress.com

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  • dannyboystories 9:04 AM on June 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    “Sticks and stones may break my bones…” 

    Certainly most of you remember this from your childhood: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me.” However, in today’s world of instant electronic communications things have changed.

    Bullies young and old use words to attack others. Social media give bullies an expanded platform to fire false claims and vicious attacks against others. Vladimir Lenin and Hitler’s propaganda chief, Joseph Goebbels, knew “a lie told often enough becomes the truth”…at least in the collective mind of the general public. The result is often destruction of a foe.

    Falsehoods have become very difficult to dispute successfully. Why? In my view, because there are so many citizens in America who make little effort to become informed about real facts and issues facing the nation as a whole. Talking heads on the radio and television call these folks “limited information voters”. Are you one of those who believes the rhetoric rather than take the time to learn the facts?

    As a staunch conservative, it troubles me the hierarchy in the Republican party has used twisted facts in an attempt to retain individual power in the face of the upstart Tea Party movement. Apparently, these “Republicans in Name Only” (RINO’s) have forgotten the principles that are the foundation of the GOP in their attempts to retain power in the party and in the Congress. Don’t you wonder why these power-hungry folks attack the well-meaning and patriotic Tea Party folks? Is it because they are riding a gravy train that is high position in the federal government? Are their motives self-serving and damaging to Constitutional America?

    The Tea Party movement is not growing smaller, only more targeted.

    It seems to me the Republican Party would be better served by joining hands with the Tea Party folks to work for smaller government, less taxes, fewer regulation on business, and a United States with the liberties our Founding Fathers envisioned.

    Words DO hurt. Who did you harm today? — D. C. “Dan” Lee, http://www.dannyboystories.com

     
  • dannyboystories 5:12 PM on June 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    “We’re sorry, the number you have reached is not in service…” 

    Would you like to have a quarter for every time you’ve heard that message when trying to make a telephone call?

    If you think about it carefully, most, yes most, federal agencies should install this message for use in answering the telephone. In my view, that is the reality in dealing with our bloated federal government, and it has been my personal impression over the years. Actually, what concerns me most, is agencies now seem to work primarily for the good of the agency and its employees, and not for the good of the country or the citizens they are pledged to serve.

    Frankly, I believe there is evidence the current fiasco in the Veterans’ Affairs medical system is not peculiar to that agency, and, in fact, is symptomatic in nearly every other agency in the massive federal bureaucracy. No so? Consider for a moment the IRS scandal now making headlines as well. Consider department heads who did not answer Congressional inquiries forthrightly. Furthermore, if there is no wrongdoing, why would an honest and “transparent” administration seek to thwart questions into the operation of public agencies. All of these folks are supposed to be working for “we the people”, the taxpayers.

    While civil service employees can be disciplined or discharged, there is a precise and time consuming process that must be followed. The intention, of course, is to prevent frivolous discipline or outright firings. However, failure to “cross the T’s and dot the I’s means the employee retains the position or can seek damages. It has been my experience that most managers, even in private industry, are loathe to undertake the complicated process. Obviously, it is just another reason the tail is wagging the dog. Add union representation into the mix and the process is further complicated.

    Does it not bother you all of these agencies, departments and employees work for we taxpayers, and yet simple inquiries from a citizen are met with only marginally courteous responses?… IF,of course, you can ever get to someone who can answer your question. Additionally, the current administration apparently lacks simple personnel and operational management skills required in private business activities. Certainly, that further exacerbates poor performance by already marginally functioning or inept agencies.

    Yes, the tail does seem to be wagging the dog. We need to reduced the size of our massive government, and begin truly serving its citizens. Frankly, I’m tired of all the greed and corruption. — D. C. “Dan” Lee. http://www.dannyboystories.com

     

     

     
  • dannyboystories 8:54 AM on June 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    The erosion of moral character. 

    School shootings, workplace violence, stabbings, all perpetrated by folks seemingly considered “good people” prior to the incident.

    There are as many theories and opinions offering the “why” these incidents appear to be escalating in frequency as there are peas in a simmering pot. Apparently the popular reason for these nationally televised events is a mental illness or breakdown on the part of the perpetrator. The fact of the matter is that no one really knows what suddenly prompts a student to attack his fellows, or a worker to avenge what is perceived a wrong.

    In the case of young students and adults, I fear it is the societal changes wrought by instant communications, more particularly the sound and vision from mass communications and fictional programming. Violence portrayed on the screen bears little resemblance to the agony and suffering that is the reality. Can it be our young folks have been brought up to have little understanding of the pain of violence and death itself? Can it be that ending the life of another is a casual event our young people equate to nothing more than a video game?

    It seems moral fiber in our young is lacking. There seems to be no fear of the reprisal that is looming in the judicial system. Further, there appears to be a lack of the values we used to place on a human life, that death itself is nothing more than another event.

    I believe morality is spawned by a strong religious underpinning that begins early on in life. Without it, is anarchy far behind? — D. C. “Dan” Lee, http://www.dannyboystories.com

     
    • Jacqueline Foss 10:37 AM on June 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Dan, I agree with much of what you say. I, too, am concerned about our (America’s) turn for the worse. Your comments reminded me of a question John asked an Iranian grad student, who has recently returned from visiting his family in Iran. – “What questions did his family and friends ask about America?” They asked about family life. The image we project through TV, Internet, etc. is that family is not important in America.

      • dannyboystories 8:39 PM on June 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Just as prior to WW2, Europe folks thought it was all Wild West cowboys and Indians!

  • dannyboystories 5:12 PM on June 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Go to a quick doctor? 

    A retired Old Boy like me gets around the Midwest. Here’s one of my latest real experiences I need to get off my chest.

    A day or two ago I had occasion to be waiting in a medical facility inner hallway for a test appointment. I was standing within three feet while a doctor, and two medical administration professionals were having a frank discussion about how to speed up the time the doctor spends with each patient. Most of this need is due to Obamacare and the new computerized medical reporting system keyboard our doctors now peck on while you are being “examined”.

    In other words: The business folks were there to determine how to cut the time spent per patient, increase the number of patients per day, and, therefore, generate more income per day. After all, they had to add more than one person just to fill out the paper/computer system to meet a new requirement the doctor must prove certain steps were taken during patient visits. That’s right: His word and dictation into the computer are apparently not enough for the bureaucratic rule makers. No matter all of the “process” takes even more of his time.

    Oh, yes, you did read that correctly.

    One of the two business folks caught my eye. (I don’t have a poker face, you see.) She grinned broadly, waived, and mouthed something like: “Never mind.”

    Now, anyone who knows me understands full well that is tantamount to an invitation for me to join the discussion, but I know my place. I continued to simply listen while my blood boiled and my temperature increased. I am proud of the doctor. The physician calmly explained situations change, patients are different, and 50 other logically valid reasons things were as good as they were going to get and still allow him to serve his patients’ medical needs properly and the way he intended when he first decided to be a doctor. He stood firm and much more calmly than I could have handled.

    Think carefully, now, about the “one-size-fits-all” Obamacare edicts, check-mark computerization, and more than 20,000 or so new regulations to implement the “Affordable Care Act”. Consider, also, the current shameful “goal oriented” VA medical system, about which we are learning more every day. In my view, the federal governmental bureaucracy would foul up a one-vehicle parade line-up.

    Here is why government cannot run ANY healthcare system of any kind: You cannot legislate human emotional behavior, or medical care, because both are extraordinarily personal and individual! Period.

    Yes, it is just that simple.

    We can legislate speed limits, building codes, jay-walking, even spitting on the sidewalk, but you can’t legislate medical care. We are all different!

    Our differences are manifested more completely in our physiology than in any other way. As a result, medical care is never an exacting science. Our physicians should be permitted to treat our ailments the best they know how, and our veterans should be allowed to seek compensated care from any medical professional or any medical facility, public or private, where ever they can.

    …but, that’s just me. — D. C. “Dan” Lee, http://www.dannyboystories.com

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  • dannyboystories 10:26 AM on June 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Pressure points 

    Do you remember the psychology 101 experiment:  Starting with a pair of mice, allow them to multiply until the space is crowded with dozens of mice? The experiment is intended to demonstrate the eventual inability of mice to adapt to increasingly overcrowded conditions, and the resulting frustration, anger, and real violence created by the situation.

    With more and more adult children remaining in the home of their parents, for a multitude of reasons, I believe this has become a serious pressure point in our society. Think about it for a moment. Regardless our love for our children, most parents do, indeed, look forward to the day their obligations to others dwindle. Furthermore, mothers and fathers look forward to the time they may enjoy their days with one another absent the responsibilities of helping to solve the day-to-day problems of siblings, the “crowded” conditions become more comfortable and tolerable.

    Apparently, as doting parents for 20 or so years, parents have a great deal of difficulty letting go their ruling hand over the children. Mothers and fathers no longer have the freedom to participate in major life-changing decisions by their children, although one would hope the children seek the counsel of their parents before jumping into deep water. Parents even anger when not consulted. Simply getting over this major hurdle can create more than its share of discomfort and outbursts. Of course, there is also the age-old circumstance that “father knows best”. Experience in life is a wonderful teacher, and mom and dad have more of that.

    Most Christians believe “God never gives us more than we can handle. “Although not a quote from the Bible, there are several passages from which that arises. Example:

    ¨But God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear, but along with the temptation he will also make the way out in order for you to be able to endure it.¨ – 1 Corinthians 10:13

    Day-to-day living is now, in my view, much more complicated than the “Golden Decade” of the 50’s when I reached adulthood. Life is not simple. It is difficult work. There are many challenges around every corner, certainly more difficulty simply sitting down to talk and work through differences with one another. Time, too, seems to move more quickly today, adding to our frustration level and those short fuses we all seem to obtain. Confrontations abound.

    Interpersonal relationship communication has become more difficult in this day of high-speed electronic device communications. Seemingly, we’ve forgotten how to listen first. Perhaps we are all much too interested in making our own point–however flawed it may be–so we can move on to other things and more serenity. Too, would it not be better to have a civilized discussion with the cellular phone, television, and computer games turned to the OFF position.

    There really seems to be no easy answer, other than to love one another and listen more than we speak. — D. C. ‘Dan’ Lee, http://www.dannyboystories.com

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  • dannyboystories 8:50 PM on June 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Our Tulip Tree blooms! 

    For those of you who have never seen a tulip tree blossom, here it is. There are hundreds of blooms on the 40-feet tall tree in our yard. The Tulip Tree (Yellow Popular) is the Indiana State Tree, and is gorgeous in full bloom.

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  • dannyboystories 1:39 PM on June 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

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  • dannyboystories 1:32 PM on June 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Be careful what you wish for…! 

     
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