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  • dannyboystories 7:35 PM on November 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    The solution has to by-pass politics! 

    I cannot pretend to fully comprehend the difficulties in America’s black communities. I’ve not resided in any of them. My experiences in my 76 years are somewhat limited in that respect. However, reason tells me destructive violence will not resolve the problems.

    Here are some points I think should be obvious for citizens to begin on their own, with the help of private churches and organizations to help their communities:

    1. Violence must stop.
    2. The politicians who serve these black communities (largely Democrats) have promised everything and done nothing, except pad their own pocketbooks and power base.
    3. Listening must begin.
    4. Education in these areas must be improved, perhaps expanded.
    5. Violence must stop.
    6. Programs to educate adults in parenting should be a priority.
    7. Listening must begin.
    8. Adult classes in good citizenship might help.
    9. Violence must stop.
    10. Cradle-to-grave welfare programs must be restructured to encourage a real work ethic.
    11. Listening must begin.
    12. Re-training of those out of work could be instituted.
    13. Violence must stop.
    14. Institute the neighborhood watch program operated by residents.
    15. Listening must begin.
    16. Economical transportation to areas where jobs exist would help.
    17. Violence must stop.
    18. Neighborhood residents should work on their own behalf without dependence on the government.

    I wonder if any of this would work, or, if residents in these communities would accept these efforts as helpful at all? Tough questions.  A smile or two would help. — D. C. ‘Dan’ Lee (Read “Cup O Music” from Danny Boy Stories at amazon.com/author/dclee … you might be surprized.)

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  • dannyboystories 8:01 PM on November 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Bring back ‘Old Blue’. 

    Now, if you are not over 60-65 none of this will make much sense to you. I can hear the chatter now about the old guy wanting to go back to the “olden days”.

    Most of you don’t know what the “Blue Law” did way back when. In a nutshell, all businesses, except emergency services and a gasoline station or two, closed for business on Sundays. What’s more, although not a part of the “Blue Law”, stores closed at noon on Wednesdays, were open until 9 P.M. only on Fridays (when the farmers came to town), and many businesses closed around 2 to 5 P.M. on Saturdays. In Indiana, one still cannot buy alcoholic beverages on any Sunday.

    The Sunday “day of rest” meant just that. There was plenty of time for church, for family, a rousing softball game, or snowball fight in winter. Casting my old eyes around, I see a more complicated and difficult time today. Everything is geared to instant gratification electronic gizmos. In fact, one seldom meets eye-to-eye with folks who are just too busy texting on their latest cell phone or tablet. If the power went off on the national grid for any length of time, and cell towers ceased to operate, the hue and cry would be deafening. (Actually, a full-blown power shut-down would cripple our computer controlled economy.)

    On the way home from Thursday’s Thanksgiving dinner with family, there were a hundred or so people lined up outside of several local department stores, everyone awaiting a 6 PM “Black Friday” early opening. The parking lots of two or three “big box” stores were packed with cars, and many others patrolled the lots seeking a space.

    It is sad for me. Few folks know their neighbors, not as many attend church nowadays, and apparently the first thing to learn about driving an automobile is where the horn button is located. There seems to be a colossal lack of just plain common courtesy. Do we even remember what that means?

    Okay, I’m done waxing nostalgic. Those of you under age 50 have missed the things that are really important in this life. What a shame…but, then, there aren’t many buffalo nowadays either. — D. C. ‘Dan’ Lee

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  • dannyboystories 1:54 PM on November 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Riots are a setback to improving conditions. 

    Reading the evidence distributed following the Grand Jury decision in the Michael Brown/Ferguson, MO case, it appears the 12 citizens came to the only conclusion possible, given the preponderance of that evidence. It was not good enough for some, and was an injustice to others.

    So, protesters burned 12 business buildings to the ground, burned the cars in a full used car lot, and fired weapons indiscriminately.

    Hindsight is 100 percent perfectly accurate in describing what “should have been done”. Clearly Mike Brown was a burly young thug, as evidenced by the convenience store video where he stole cigars and threatened a smaller store employee. It is supposition that Officer Wilson probably should not have gone after the young man alone after the policeman was attacked by Brown. Had the officer waited for backup, only seconds away, Brown, on foot, may not be dead today. But, that was not the case. Wilson fired at Brown, Brown turned and charged headlong at the officer. Of course, Wilson feared the husky young man and fired the fatal shots.

    Perhaps it is unfair to term the black communities around the nation’s larger cities “disadvantaged”, but that is an indisputable fact. St. Louis County and Ferguson are not different. The causes have been multiplied over the years by the inaction of Democrat politicians who are consistently re-elected to represent those citizens. That is, apparently, the political cause. One can cite lack of jobs, pervasive government hand outs, and more. It is said the crime rates are high because the young have nothing to do, so they prey upon one another. Is lack of parental guidance at fault, the schools, what?

    Al Sharpton and his ilk apparently have only one self-serving purpose: To fan the flames of unrest, thereby all but eliminating the possibility of the community and the authorities coming together to solve the real problems. Consider this:

    jus·tice — noun \ˈjəs-təs\  — : the process or result of using laws to fairly judge and punish crimes and criminals; a judge in a court of law; Justice —used as a title for a judge (such as a judge of the U.S. Supreme Court). Full Definition of JUSTICE — 1. a :  the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments; b :  judge; c :  the administration of law; especially :  the establishment or determination of rights according to the rules of law or equity; 2, a :  the quality of being just, impartial, or fair; b (1) :  the principle or ideal of just dealing or right action (2):  conformity to this principle or ideal :  righteousnessc :  the quality of conforming to law.

    Therefore, one cannot decide what is justice, based upon personal opinion. Justice requires verifiable facts. Certainly, everyone is saddened by the death of another, but the United States is a country of laws, not the lawless. — D. C. ‘Dan’ Lee

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  • dannyboystories 1:11 PM on November 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    A chapter in PC sensitivity. 

    So, the University of Tennessee, in all of its wisdom, has apparently decided the female of the species does not exist! They have banned the use of “ladies” from all female sports teams, except, of course, the very visible women’s basketball team–“Lady  Vols”.

    Although many universities and colleges long ago dropped the “lady” or “ladies” from their women’s team names, Tennessee had not.  “In this moment, I think that ‘lady’ is demeaning,” said one Tennessee spokesperson (note I said “person”). Perhaps the university is attempting to reduce the frequent comparisons between the male and female teams, or, that they believe the gender term is offensive.

    This is where I get off the band wagon.

    The surge to political correctness (PC) is offensive to me. Certainly there are terms and words one just does not use in polite conversation…and that is the problem. There is a dearth of common courtesy and simply politeness everywhere these days. Otherwise, what’s wrong with “calling it as it is.”

    Perhaps it is because I was raised in a different time, but I believe in a simple language driven separation of the male and female. Of course, I don’t believe for one millisecond women cannot perform as well or better than men in most endeavors. However, I’m the guy who respects women because they are women. I open doors, walk on the street side of the sidewalk, take off my hat in the presence of a lady (note I said, ‘lady’), take their hand stepping out of a vehicle or up a step or stairway, and a whole lot more.

    Ladies, in my way of thinking, deserve a special treatment. After all, they bear our children, do most of the rearing and care for those children, and often work more hours a day in our households than anyone else, even while holding down a 40-hour a week job outside the home. I’ve not mentioned a soft sympathetic shoulder, the smoothness of their cheek next to you, or the downright loveliness of which they are capable. My mother was a Lady!

    On the other hand, I ignore those rude, crude, women who flaunt their recent decades found ability to swear, chew snuff, throw down shots, and generally “have fun with the boys”. The upshot of all of this PC stuff, in my view, is nearly complete degeneration of moral standards. It is only necessary for one to watch an hour of television, at any hour of the day or night to observe examples of relaxed moral standards in programming and advertising. Is there no longer any respect for women, or, by extension self-respect  or consideration of others? High moral standards and respect for others is at the core of any ability to avoid anarchy.

    I could go on and on…but I need to go hug my bride of 56 years! — D. C. ‘Dan’ Lee

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  • dannyboystories 6:20 PM on November 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: anarchy, conservative, , purist, zealous   

    Beware, the “purest”… 

    I have been a conservative all my adult life, but that does not mean I cannot think for myself.

    In casual conservation with others, I have come to the realization the majority of folks under the age of 50 have only a modicum of understanding regarding our “representative republic”. Most folks refer to these United States as a “democracy”, but it is not a pure democracy. A pure majority rules democratic America would result in many alterations to our way of life.

    Many voter decisions, given the few who vote, could pave the way to anarchy. Likewise, holding a Constitutional Convention in the present atmosphere could yield a gutting of the Constitution by those seeking to re-write the treasured document for their own purposes.

    Our Founding Fathers did not intend for our representatives in government to be politically pure, and that point is abundantly clear in the Federalist Papers I hope you have read. Our representatives in all of government are to be citizens first—farmers, blacksmiths, bankers, toolmakers, grocers, restaurateurs, and more—elected office holders second. Unfortunately, politics has become a full-time profession, a vocation.

    It troubles me some letters and political advertising in the 2014 election resorted to name calling and uncomplimentary innuendo, rather that sticking to pertinent facts. Voters need to know what a candidate will DO when in office, given a particular situation, not how he or she parts their hair. I remember when candidates bought broadcast blocks of 30-minutes or more, and full pages in newspapers to explain their views. Now we’re expected to know the candidate through slick 30-second manipulations.

    Rightly, we expect our leaders to govern at arm’s length, not encroach on our living room. We expect representatives will maintain our individual liberties, freedom, and not follow the urging of open purse lobbyists. That isn’t being done.

    Only a minority of qualified voters go to the polls, offering an opportunity at some point for zealous purists to gain control over this land. I hope a majority would cast their votes for folks who will cuss, discuss, and compromise where necessary, on behalf of their constituents. In this day of political correctness, though, I have my doubts. Maybe Jimmy Stewart’s “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”, could be required watching before any official takes office.

    As said at the outset, I’m a conservative, but I expect my representatives, to think, listen to constituents, and compromise where necessary to achieve real “We the People” governance. I’ll bet it would cost us less, too. — D. C. ‘Dan’ Lee

     
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