September 23, 2016

Don’t Accept False Choices

By Glenn

Overt racism, sexism and bigotry were banished from polite society decades ago. Trump calls that banishment “PC.” The vast majority of Americans understand the threat to civil society caused by subtle discrimination. The white power movement wants a race war to push Trump over the top and “Take America Back.”

Stand for justice.

Anyone who threatens a police officer is wrong. Any police officer who uses excessive force is wrong. We don’t have to make a false choice.

Wrong is wrong. Justice is justice. We have the brains to know the difference.

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September 20, 2016

Real Patriotism Doesn’t Rest On Lies

By Glenn
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This real picture was the start of a horrible lie.

It was used to de-legitimize Barrack Obama as a candidate. It circulated falsely claiming Sen. Obama refused to put his hand over his heart for the pledge. In fact the image was taken during the National Anthem.

Obama was simply following the custom from our youth by standing for the Anthem with his hands down. After 9/11 the custom changed to hand over the heart like the pledge. It was an informal change. Some people deny the change and claim that the practice always existed.

This manufactured controversy was reignited at the Olympics. A young medal winner, Gabby Douglas, did not put her hand on her heart.

I had been searching for a way to document this change in custom. I found it in old medal ceremonies. The athletes did not place their hand over the heart and there was no outrage.

Watch for yourself.

July 30, 2016

Pet Peeve

By Glenn

This is really a pet peeve of mine. Often family, friends and strangers get upset with me for telling them the truth. Often they will say, “I never learned that.” Why blame ME and the TRUTH for your poor educationpet_peeve? You live in the Information Age. Educate yourself.

I try my best to be patient. I provide data and documents. I’ll make charts to illustrate the point. I’ll do a side by side comparison. Too often I get ridiculed for thinking.

What greater gift from God is there than reason? Why would I refuse his gift? To win a spot on a “reality tv show”?

Just couple of days ago I had the audacity to show that the DNC really did have flags on the first day of the convention. A commenter got mad at me for proving a simple fact. Why not get mad at the people creating the lies?

Why keep trusting the same people over and over that produce bad public policy? The people that cut teacher salaries. The people who over work our law enforcement to the point of exhaustion. The people who write laws to fill up expensive private prisons. The politicians who refuse to admit a mistake and prolong wars.

I work in a profession that facts matter. We give a wide berth for different arguments. Those arguments, however, must be rooted in reality. You can’t just make it up.

I feel better. Keep calm and mind the facts.

July 26, 2016

Yes, America is Already Great

By Glenn

Let’s skip for the moment the proudly ignorant people who can’t accept that the White House was IN FACT built by slaves. Why did the First Lady of the United States of America mention that fact?

Simple. That historical FACT demonstrates how this country, Modern America, is a BETTER place than colonial America.

The Founding Fathers articulated a beautiful idea: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” They failed that ideal. Slaves building the White House proves that they failed because slaves did not control their lives, their liberty or their happiness.

Modern America has made great strides to embrace that ideal. The Civil War ended legalized slavery. The Civil Rights Movement outlawed government legislated racism.

How does Mrs. Obama know these things viscerally? She, a black woman, descendant of slaves, wakes up in the White House. She wakes up not as a slave or a maid. She wakes up as the First Lady of the United States of America.

The First Lady knows that this is not a perfect country. But she can say without a doubt that America is a Great Country.

July 24, 2016

So, yelling “murder” makes you feel better?

By Glenn

As a man I will never have the incredible life experience of pregnancy.  As a father I have, however, witnessed the joy, fear and pain of those long nine months.  As we wander farther into the political landscape, I ask you to pause and ask yourself if your rhetoric is making it easier to bear a child or worse.   Do your favorite politicians actually promote life and limited government, or do they simply grand stand?

One of the more inflammatory statements by politicians is the sentence “Abortion is murder.”  It is simple.  It is easy to understand.  It distorts reality just like “War is murder.”  Should we outlaw war?  Becoming pregnant shouldn’t mean that a woman gives up her right to self-defense.

We know, as a matter of fact, that pregnancy is a very dangerous time in a woman’s life.  Before modern medicine, pregnancy was the number one cause of death for women in America.  Who is in a better place to make medical decisions?  A woman in the privacy of her doctor’s office?  Or a politician in Austin or Washington?

The Supreme Court of the United States, in Roe v. Wade, limited the government and voters.   SCOTUS said that both Federal and State governments must let a woman make all medical decisions in the first trimester.  In the second trimester the governments can then get involved to protect the health and safety of the mother.  In the third trimester, when most people agree there is a second life involved, the government can regulate abortions as long as politicians let a woman decide matters that impact her life and health.  This court decision recognized the dignity, privacy and individual liberty of every woman.

Now, if you still insist on calling abortion murder, then please put yourself in this real life story for a moment.

A 1909657_16500295479_7062_nyoung, married mother had an abortion.  She already had a couple of kids when her doctor told her that she had a tubal pregnancy.  She would die without an abortion.   Her Catholic priest told her that she had to carry the pregnancy to term and face God’s will.  God would decide if she lived or died.   To terminate the pregnancy was murder.   She had no right to self-defense.

The mother decided to terminate the pregnancy so that her other young children would have a mother. She lived for them, put her soul at risk for them, and then she had one more child after that life changing experience.  She agonized for the rest of her life because the Catholic Church, her church, continued to call her a murderer.   The politicians in her home state called her a murder.  Many of her family and friends, not knowing her story, called her a murderer.   What was she?   She was a mother. A life giver.

No woman makes these decisions easily.  Do you really think this is your choice?  It is not your choice. You don’t have to raise her kids or live her life.  You can’t.  Life is not an Internet meme.

What can we do to promote life while respecting the privacy and dignity of women?

First, no expectant mother should feel alone and compelled to terminate a pregnancy.  Every pregnant woman should have access to health care before and after her child is born.  Women also need to know that our government  is working to improve job opportunities and wages — more than 20% of women in the United States who have an abortion do so because they can’t afford a baby.  To give women an alternative to abortion, we should work to remove the restrictions to adoption and to improve the foster care system.  Finally, Congress must make sure low and middle  income mothers have access to child care.  They can then benefit from the dignity  of working  and taking care of their families.  When women feel part of a community, they will be less likely to turn to abortion as a form of birth control.

Now, I’m sure someone will scream “Big Government” when I talk about these proven ways to reduce the number of abortions.  What is the alternative?  Do we reward government officials for screaming murder, denying proper health care and arresting doctors?  Who’s for big government again?  I trust women to talk to their doctor and their God about issues involving health and life.  The alternative is a radically intrusive government.

July 20, 2016

Let’s Imagine

By Glenn

Let’s imagine for one moment, that President Obama served on 9/11 with Secretary Clinton at his side. Let’s imagine Obama and Clinton covered up the role Saudi Arabia played on the day. Let’s imagine President Obama and Secretary Clinton lied about the Iraqi role on that horrific day of mass murder.

Would the country have unified around the President?

Be honest.

Do you still “miss” W now?

Be honest.

Do you really think a President Trump would be more “responsible” than W as President?

Be honest.

“Here’s what we now know about Saudi Arabia’s role in 9/11.” Simon Henderson, Foreign Policy

July 20, 2016

The Great Insulters

By Glenn

I am less concerned with the lazy borrowing than the message. Trump Jr. Just said that public school teachers are just like workers in a communist coutry. They don’t care about the quality of their product. They only care about a paycheck.

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The Trumps don’t just insult immigrants. They insult teachers. They insult women and the disabled. They insult veterans like John McCain. They insult anyone who stands in the way to power and glory.

Your guns will not protect you once you vote an authoritarian demagogue into office. It will be too late.

The ballot is much better for politics than the bullet. Stand up for your neighbors. Stand up for justice.

July 15, 2016

I will fear no evil

By Glenn

If Newt isn’t a racist, why is his first response always racist? Is he just pretending to be a racist to win power and glory?

“We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in Sharia, they should be deported. Sharia is incompatible with Western civilization.”

I am an American. I am a Christian. I am an intellectual. I will not let some third world barbarians and first world politicians generate fear and hatred in my heart.

Psalm 23 “4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”