Defunding the Police — Is this really the answer?
Violence in some towns that results in injury or death and is attributed to law enforcement, today elicits the seemingly typical response from liberal-minded folks: “Defund the Police”. It’s a simple minded response. It’s stupidity. It’s a knee-jerk response based upon emotion and will result in more crime. This seems rather obvious it would seem, or it should be.
In western society, whether it’s medicine, law enforcement, or any other situational problem, the knee-jerk response by the citizenship and by government is:
“Two roads diverged in a wood and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost
Have you ever asked yourself why you made certain decisions in life? I have, numerous times. Some of those still haunt me. Some decisions, especially one in my personal life almost 50 years ago, I have regretted. Sometimes we don’t always choose the right road.
Just out of high school, I wanted to work and attend a trade school, not a college. But according to my Dad trade schools didn’t offer a future. …
You will always be… just yourself.” Ernie Watts, Jazz Musician
An interesting quote that rings true, not only for musicians (though that’s what he was referencing) but for writers as well.
When writing, the words should come from within, just as the music comes from within for a musician.
“I’m me and I’m coming from where I come from. It’s about who I am” says Ernie Watts, discussing his performing live. This discussion is in Mark Schaefer’s book ‘Born to Blog’. It’s a seemingly defiant statement about being who you are today, now, in performing your music, or as a…
Some read it.
Some say they read it.
Most don’t. Most would rather cover their heads with it to keep the rain (or snow) off them because, as I have heard, it makes your hair frizzy in the winter.
No matter though, the news is a daily trap for those like myself who are addicted to knowing what’s happening around me.
And it never rains here in Apache Junction AZ at the base of the Superstition Mountains. Plus, I like crossword puzzles. Why I am not sure. Probably words… another addiction.
So without further ado, here are a…
Ever get a traffic ticket and it cost you a week's pay?
Driving in Paradise Valley, AZ the other day, I was tooling along at the speed limit. Why? Because I know from experience that every road in that town is a speed trap. Allegedly this is because all the wealthy folk in their million dollar homes don’t like speeders.
Yet, I noticed something that before I had paid little attention to… the vehicles that were speeding. I was passed by a Lamborghini, several Lexus drivers, a Bentley sports convertible, and a couple of Mercedes.
The price tag for speeding…
This story is followed by an earlier story ‘Those 70s’ (which can be read here). My stories actually begin here in the Summer of Love, 1969, after my graduation from HS, a keg party, and before leaving for college. Specifically, on the night of Friday, August 15th, I was standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona… Actually, that would be a few years down the road.
On that date though, I really was standing on the corner of Colvin and Kenmore in Buffalo, NY catching a cigarette break from hustling college kids from the University of Buffalo at 8-Ball. Since…
This is a story of college Marketing Professor Tom Elmer, forced by the pandemic into remote teaching while fighting cancer, depression, and anxiety disorder, and dealing with eye surgery. And through all of this developing a unique and highly successful Marketing class for his college marketing students.
He turned negatives into positives, weaving lessons of life into his teaching while creating an extraordinary online educational experience, combined with real-life lessons and experience, for his students. And he did it with a little help from my friends, as Tom Elmer originally told me.
One of the friends who backed him up…
Now Fix It!
As with most mornings, I am up at sunrise and feed the dogs and cat, make coffee and sit down to read the news. More and more, every day, this exercise leaves me shaking my head wondering just how many vacant heads we have in this country and in government.
Here’s what I’m talking about:
Government manipulation of education may be our downfall. Now what?
The attacks upon the teaching of factually honest history by controlling what may or may not be taught in schools are extremely dangerous. My first glimpse of what I considered an effort by our govt. to control education started in the ’70s. With my first daughter in school through the 90s, manipulation of what was taught as “American History” was increasingly evident. I lodged complaints to educational authorities who had no interest.
I started college as an English major in 1969 and gained my love of words and writing. That…
The Air Force finalized and issued “Project Blue Book”, in 1969. This was the Government saying “yes, we see what you think you see, but …”.
I have seen UFOs and I am thoroughly convinced we are not alone. I believe the potential of aliens being on this planet and watching us on this planet is beyond debatable.
Our solar system is one of the billions just in our own tiny space, our own little galaxy. Consider there are untold trillions of galaxies. The mathematical odds of other beings far more advanced than us existing, and visiting us, are undeniable…
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