Nov 28, 2013 General
It is Thanksgiving Day and I am as always thankful for the many blessing God has given me and my family. I am thankful for our health, my family and that I am blessed to live in the greatest country on Earth. America has her scars and wrinkles but she is my country and I am blessed to be her citizen wrinkles and all.
While it is true that I am thankful for many things I take this particular Thanksgiving to give thanks for the friendship of Mr. George Roper. I found out that GM passed away a few days ago and I have been bummed ever since I heard the news. I decided to take the time to give thanks for his friendship.
It is strange to think of it as a friendship when I consider that GM and I have never met face to face. He and I became acquainted because we belonged to the same groups and we both worked at Wide Awakes radio. GM and I would log into each others shows and chat back and forth. He was a true patriot and loved this country dearly. He was a true conservative and he wore his passion on his sleeve.
I am a health care professional as was GM. He worked in mental health and he and I would communicate and bounce things off each other. It was always great to get his advice and to see things from a different perspective.
As I stated, I have never met GM in person but I felt as if we had been friends all our lives. He just had the kind of personality that was addictive. Even if he disagreed with you he did so with kindness. I know he did not like liberalism and the things that are happening in this country but GM had a way of expressing his feelings with dignity and without taking away the dignity of the person with whom he disagreed. I think as a mental health professional he always remembered that a person was at the other end of the opposing opinion. I have always admired how he was able to keep that fact in mind when he disagreed. I am not so able and often times allow that to escape me when I disagree with someone. I think the world would be a better place if people could remember that a living, feeling human is on the other end.
Yes, sometimes that is difficult but GM made it look easy.
GM had lung cancer some years ago and he was able to beat that disease and was in remission for a number of years. Our tight knit group always waited for his latest results and were overjoyed when they were good.
Unfortunately, GM developed another cancer and it took his life.
The world is a little darker today because of the loss of this caring man but Heaven is a little bit brighter.
My family and I wish to express our deepest sympathies to GM’s family and we will keep them in our prayers as they go through this extremely tough time.
God bless GM Roper and give comfort and strength to his family.
Never surrender, never submit.
Nov 20, 2013 General
People in Fort Worth Texas were funneled into a single lane and then they were asked to move into a parking lot. There were contractors working on some government program to collect DNA to see the number of people on the road who were driving with an intoxicating substance in their system. People could give a mouth swab, blood or do a breathalyzer.
All of this was voluntary and there were plenty of signs indicating so and people were paid if they gave a mouth swab or blood.
BUT, it did not feel voluntary. People who read the signs and did not want to participate were still forced to pull into the parking lot by Fort Worth police officers. People indicated that they were told it was voluntary but it did not feel voluntary. They were detained even if they did not want to participate.
One of the handouts indicated that the air inside the car was passively monitored for alcohol (this is done with small machines that sample the air which contains the exhaled air of the driver). No one volunteered for that but it was done as part of the process that forced them off the road and delayed them.
It does not matter if the entire exercise was voluntary if the police did not act like it was voluntary. If people believed they were being compelled to participate and if they indicated they did not want to participate and their car’s air was sampled and they were delayed then their rights were violated.
I hope those who did not agree are able to get this resolved with perhaps some sort of legal action. I am not normally a sue them first kind of person but government and its police state is getting more and more brazen in the way it violates our rights.
If we make it hurt by taking their money then perhaps they will get the message and stop violating our rights.
Never surrender, never submit.
Sep 12, 2013 General
For a very long time now Al Gore and the followers of the Church of Global Warming have been telling us that Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is the culprit in manmade global warming and that we need to reduce this greenhouse gas or we would all suffer from rising temperatures.
These allegations flew in the face of history which showed cyclic climate activity with periods of cold and periods of heat. The planet was not boiling over tens of thousands of years ago when the CO2 level was many times higher than it is now.
This did not stop the climate alarmists from screaming about the end of the world if we did not spend tons of money to solve the problem (even though we do not have the money and cannot change nature).
The revelations about phony data and data manipulation did not stop the adherents to the Church of Global Warming from continuing their quest to enslave us under the guise of saving the planet.
They pressed on with their plans and they did so while they flew in their jets and rode in their limousines. They have continued to press on even as data show the polar ice caps getting bigger.
But if Al Gore had his way and we had actually been able to lower the CO2 level then we might have all fried from increased planet temperatures. You see, NASA has conducted research and concluded that CO2 (and other greenhouse gasses) in the atmosphere actually blocks up to 95% of the harmful solar rays that would increase the planet’s temperature.
NASA’s Langley Research Center has collated data proving that “greenhouse gases” actually block up to 95 percent of harmful solar rays from reaching our planet, thus reducing the heating impact of the sun. Principia Scientific
The entire global warming/climate change scheme is designed to rid you of your money and your freedom. Al Gore got very rich off this sham as did many other people.
This is not to say we should not be good stewards of our planet. We should clean our mess and find ways to create less pollution BUT we should not do so at the expense of phony science and our freedom.
Al Gore said the science was settled. I think he meant the phony science was settled.
The real scientists have found that CO2 is beneficial to our existence and increased levels keep us from heating up.
Maybe Gore should return his Nobel.
Perhaps he can get a deal on shipping if he sends it back in the same box with Obama’s.
Never surrender, never submit.
Sep 11, 2013 General
On the 12th anniversary of the cowardly attack on our nation I, like many others, sadly remember the horror of the day and the senseless loss of life.
I also think of the liberty lost as this nation changed.
This video of the song “This Is America” by my friends The Oak Ridge Boys is my post for the day.
May God bless this great nation and those who faithfully serve it.
Never surrender, never submit.
Aug 12, 2013 General
The Oak Ridge Boys have been around since the 1940s in one form or another. The current group (William Lee Golden, Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall and Richard Sterban [L-R in the photo]) has been together now for 40 years and they have been delighting millions of listeners with timely music and great harmony.
The lead singer of the Oaks, Duane Allen, is a reader of this blog and through it he and I began conversing. As luck would have it the group played on 9 August in Havre de Grace MD, not too far away. I purchased a ticket and Duane was gracious enough to allow me to attend the meet and greet before the show. I met all the guys and though the encounter was brief, I was happy to finally meet Duane in person and to be introduced to the rest of the group.
I mention that because it brings it to a personal level to show what kind of guys they are. They are stand up folks who give all glory to God and this is reflected in not only their music but in the way they conduct themselves. Case in point, the warm up act was a group of students from the Baltimore School of Rock. These young musicians were aged 14-18 and they played very well. The vocals were great and they know their way around their musical instruments. The meet and greet was originally scheduled for the time when the warm up act was on stage. The Oak Ridge Boys delayed the event until after the kids were done performing. The Oaks did not want to have people getting up and walking out during another bands performance. They did not feel it was right to do that to other performers.
In the world of entertainment divas and pampered prima donnas it is nice to see artists who respect others and refuse to do things that would disrupt them. Keep in mind, the Oaks did not do this for some known entity but for a bunch of youngsters who are still learning their way around music. This might seem like a small thing but to me it shows a lot of character.
When the Oak Ridge Boys took the stage and began the show they did not disappoint the crowd. These guys have been singing with each other for 40 years and they still sound great. While these guys are not spring chickens they have more energy and stamina than some acts half their age. They performed for over 2 hours in the Maryland heat and humidity and were stronger at the end than they were in the beginning.
These guys worked the crowd, mingled in some light hearted moments and stories and had everyone out of their seats at the end participating in their signature song, “Elvira.”
I thoroughly enjoyed the show and it was worth every penny of the admission price.
I will point out though that this is only the second concert I have ever attended (not counting my kids and grandkids school concerts, LOL). It might be my third if you count Beetlemania as a concert.
I do not usually attend concerts because of my hearing. As some of you know I wear hearing aids and have had a high frequency loss since childhood. I have a hard time understanding the lyrics of songs whether on the radio or at a concert (particularly given the loudness of a concert). I look lyrics up and memorize them so I know what is being sung (as a child my friends went to music stores to buy records*. I went to look at sheet music to see what was being sung). With the advent of modern hearing protection (I have specially molded protection) I am able to attend loud events and not lose any more of my hearing.
This was not a concern when the Oaks took the stage (though I still wore my protection) because their instruments did not overwhelm their vocals. The kids from the School of Rock played LOUD music heavy on the electric guitars. I could hear their vocals but they were sometimes drowned out by the instruments. This was not the case with the Oak Ridge Boys. I think that says a lot about their music when the vocals are the focus rather than the instruments (though there were instrument solos where members of the band showed their great talent).
The fact that my ears were not under assault all night is one more reason I enjoyed the concert.
On a personal note, the song “I Get To” hit home for me. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard this song but I never really got the message. At the concert the performance of that song hit home for me and I hope I never forget its message.
The concert was great and the performance by a timeless group celebrating 40 years together was totally enjoyable. I am happy to have been there. I highly recommend attending one of their performances.
Thanks Duane for the hospitality and thanks Oaks for a great concert.
Let’s do it again.
*For the youngsters out there, a record is a piece of vinyl that contains music and is played on a record player (or turntable). You recognize them as the things DJs “scratch“.
Never surrender, never submit.