Wednesday, November 29, 2017

NBC Core Values




Moments after the dismissal of Matt Lauer for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace” NBC issued the following statement:
 
“Dear colleagues, on Monday night we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer,” Lack wrote. “It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment.”

Lauer, 59, had been with the “Today” show since 1994. He became the co-anchor in 1998.

“While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years he’s been at NBC News,” Lack continued, “we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident. Our highest priority is to create a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected, and to ensure that any actions that run counter to our core values are met with consequences. No matter who the offender, we are deeply saddened by this turn of events but we will face it together as a news organization — and do it in as transparent a manner as we can.”

I find it interesting NBC would bring up the issue of Core Values; quite frankly it might appear to be the first time NBC was aware that Core Values exist.  I took my puppy to the veterinarian yesterday and one of the first things they did was conduct a core sample to see if she had worms.  Maybe that’s the kind of core values NBC claims to have.  How’s that for imagery? 

For a company that is supposed to report the news, NBC would seem to be in the business of hiding the news in order to keep their own from being exposed.  Their coverage, or lack thereof, during the past presidential campaign and election would be one of many as can be summed up in an article by Wayne Allyne Root written back on August 10, 2016.

It’s so bad that NBC News now stands for NO BAD CLINTON NEWS.

Root went on to destroy the credibility of NBC as they failed to report anything on Hillary Clinton other than pure fluff rather than inform the public of the criminal nature of their pre-ordained President.  

When a real news item happened like, the bombing in Barcelona by radical Islam terrorists that killed and maimed innocent folks, “NBC gave the Barcelona terrorist attack four minutes and 32 seconds of total airtime while they gave Trump related stories seven minutes and 34 seconds. Time totals don’t include teasers or commercials.” 

This list could go on for quite a bit.  Some of you might not be old enough to remember back in 1993 when NBC rigged a GM pickup truck’s gas tanks with incendiary explosives so it would ‘prove’ how dangerous those trucks were.

“In an extraordinary public apology, NBC said Tuesday night that it erred in staging a fiery test crash of a General Motors pickup truck for its “Dateline NBC” news program and agreed to settle a defamation suit filed by the auto maker.”

About the only Core Values NBC have come with a fake applause sign as a means of improving viewer ratings…and even those ratings are in question. 
  
I’ll close with my original thought; does NBC have any Core Values, something other than a lust for money and power?

This article has been cross posted to The Self Educated American, a publication whose banner reads, “Standing Fast By the Judeo-Christian Heritage, Limited Government and the U.S. Constitution”.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Are we celebrating Thanksgiving or Black Friday?



What are we celebrating this Thursday?  Are we taking a day off to be with family and friends to express gratitude to our Father in Heaven for the many blessings and tender mercies provided us; our cornucopia of clothing to wear, a roof over our heads, food enough to survive and even share or have we altered our focus toward something else?  


(Image courtesy of Wikipedia/ By Peter Paul Rubens - 6QEwQbRo8rzs5A at Google Cultural Institute maximum zoom level, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21897457)
 

You got it; Black Friday and huge sales events that are begging people to forget being thankful for what they have and move onward to what they might obtain if they time it just right; taking folks away from the dinner table to their computers or out to the shopping malls.

Watching television commercials, supposedly geared to Thanksgiving Day, timed messages that instead have little if anything to do with our intent to honor God for having shed His many blessings down upon us throughout the year.  No, the trend is to eat a quick meal, making sure to be done by two o’clock in the afternoon so you can race down to the local department store where millions of others will be taking advantage of spectacular pricing on items you can’t live without.  You don’t even have to leave the house as most Internet sales promise to match and includes free shipping.

How much money was spent on Black Friday in 2016?

“Shoppers spent $1.9 billion online on Thanksgiving Day and another $3.3 billion on Friday, according to Adobe.

An article by Kimberly Amadeo

“Black Friday is November 24, 2017, the day after Thanksgiving. It’s traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year because it kicks off the holiday season. This season is crucial for the economy because around 30 percent of annual retail sales occur between Black Friday and Christmas. For some retailers, such as jewelers, it’s even higher -- nearly 40 percent.”

It’s been this way for many years; but can you imagine the pressure put on retailers as they recognize that this one month, calculated from the day before Thanksgiving, determines whether or not they will be in business the next year? 
   
Far too many have become members of the ‘Church of Black Friday’, having bowed down to their god of prosperity and once in a life time deals, their golden calf if you will.
 
Wouldn’t it be better to give thanks to God and take the day off with family as a way to open the door for other blessings; blessings which often include prosperity and timely help from above as each day’s challenges are somehow met successfully?



This article has been cross posted to The Self Educated American, a publication whose banner reads, “Standing Fast By the Judeo-Christian Heritage, Limited Government and the U.S. Constitution”.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Behold



I’d taken this photograph a week ago and posted it on Facebook to share with my friends accompanied by a short but thoughtful text.
“I noticed that fall decided to make an appearance here in Buffalo, Texas. This tree is on our property and should be glorious to behold as the rest of it chimes in.”
Interestingly, the lesson presented by Brother Young in the Priesthood hour this past Sunday focused on the meaning of the word ‘behold’ and immediately I remembered having used that word to express my appreciation for an event that had yet come to fruition.
During the lesson my mind drifted to the scriptural account of Jesus on the cross and the words, “Behold thy mother”.  Had I missed the intended meaning of this simple command?
I went back and read a talk given by Thomas S. Monson in General Conference of 1998,  Behold Thy Mother , where he explained an important link between God, the Creator of all, and mothers who fill a similar role.
“As we truly listen to that gentle command and with gladness obey its intent, gone forever will be the vast legions of “mothers forgotten.” Everywhere present will be “mothers remembered,” “mothers blessed,” and “mothers loved”; and, as in the beginning, God will once again survey the workmanship of His own hand and be led to say, “It is very good.”
May each of us treasure this truth: One cannot forget mother and remember God. One cannot remember mother and forget God. Why?  Because these two sacred persons, God and mother, partners in creation, in love, in sacrifice, in service, are as one.”
Behold…  Do we see the beauty all around us and consider it as a gift… really?  When we contemplate the efforts and sacrifice of others who make our lives a little better can we appreciate, really appreciate all that is done, all that will yet be done for our benefit?  That and so much more is included in that simple word, behold.

This article has been cross posted to The Self Educated American, a publication whose banner reads, “Standing Fast By the Judeo-Christian Heritage, Limited Government and the U.S. Constitution”.
 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Retired Locksmiths Don’t Need a License




I’m now retired; figured I’d better make it official seeing as how my Texas Locksmith License is up for renewal in September.  I wonder; will the State send me an official notice telling me my license is suspended when I don’t purchase locksmith insurance and send them a copy showing I jumped through that particular hoop.

I was a locksmith long before the State of Texas decided to revoke part of my inalienable rights.  Then one day the State forced locksmiths to obtain a license for that which was an otherwise lawful endeavor.  Over the years I’ve mentioned this to the Department of Public Safety, those letters were mostly ignored. 

What a shame; it would have been nice to have full citizenship, to be able to work without asking the State's permission, without paying a fee for the privilege of earning a living.

Maybe the State of Texas will present me with a gold watch in honor of my forty years serving the public.  Add that to other improbable events; like Hillary Clinton being held accountable for any number of alleged criminal acts committed over her career as a public servant.   

No, the State of Texas will automatically mail me a form letter advising me to cease any and all locksmith business as they classify me as officially Suspended.  I won’t call them letting them know I’ve retired.  They might send a uniformed trooper to my door; a chance for him to meet my grandchildren since I spend most of my time at my place in the country.  I’ve come to the conclusion that the only thing the Department of Public Safety does when they open an envelope is look for a check, deposit that check and mark the appropriate applicant’s folder “Paid”.



It will be up to someone else to carry on the fight for the right to work without a license.  I knew that one day retirement would come; well how about that, I’m retired.



This article has been cross posted to The Self Educated American, a publication whose banner reads, “Standing Fast By the Judeo-Christian Heritage, Limited Government and the U.S. Constitution”.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

But it’s just a statue…



This past week in our nation we’ve seen lawless individuals and groups of thugs attacking anyone who disagrees with their extreme views of a new America, destroying statues they considered offensive, predominantly statues of Civil War heroes.  Some have claimed these statues are nothing more than reminders of White Privilege and domination over Blacks, that they have no place in our day. 

After the carnage in Charlottesville other cities have shown their cowardice in the face of anti-American dissidents (criminals).

“In a stealth purging of history, the city of Baltimore removed four Confederate statues from city property under cover of night early Tuesday morning.”

Then what about those who vandalized the Lincoln Memorial, spray painting vile profanities in protestation of … of what?

It has been written about the Lincoln Memorial:

The Memorial is replete with symbolic elements. The 36 columns represent the states of the Union at the time of Lincoln's death; the 48 stone festoons above the columns represent the 48 states in 1922. Inside, each inscription is surmounted by a 60-by-12-foot (18.3 by 3.7 m) mural by Jules Guerin portraying principles seen as evident in Lincoln's life: Freedom, Liberty, Immortality, Justice, and the Law on the south wall; Unity, Fraternity, and Charity on the north. Cypress trees, representing Eternity, are in the murals' backgrounds. The murals' paint incorporated kerosene and wax to protect the exposed artwork from fluctuations in temperature and moisture.”  

Perhaps the lawless thugs are protesting Freedom, Liberty, Immortality, Justice and the Law.  That may well be true as they go about attacking just about everything sacred to law abiding Americans.

While glancing over a variety of Facebook entries one in particular caught my eye.  No credit was offered as to who first made the entry, not that it needed an author. 

“How is erasing history or tearing down statues any different than burning books?”

Leading up to WWII the Third Reich went on a campaign to destroy any and all records life prior to their totalitarian rule.  Book burnings became a patriotic symbol of moving forward toward the new Germany.  Is history repeating itself here in our day, in our nation?

Where does the censorship of American history end, what or who is immune from these attacks?  In yet a different article out of Chicago a demand was made to remove a statue of George Washington.

‘“Bishop James Dukes sent a letter to Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Park District on Monday asking the City of Chicago to rename Washington and Jackson Parks which commemorate former presidents George Washington and Andrew Jackson, key historical figures and known slave owners,” reports WGN TV.”

Folks entering the United States via New York harbor have enjoyed the inspiring view of the Statue of Liberty.  Words associated with this symbol of individual freedom read,  “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”

Nowhere does it imply destruction of another individual’s rights or liberty; only an invitation to find your own place within our established society.

Someone on Facebook cautiously wrote across an image of Miss Liberty, “Am I next?”, the obvious implication as to her being removed along with everything else we hold dear.

If you connect the dots, a process which can be applied to multiple situations while attempting to determine a purpose greater than any incident by itself; if you connect the dots… then this is a calculated attack at the foundations of our constitutional republic, nothing short of a declaration of war by those who detest individual liberty and prefer chaos and ruin.

This article has been cross posted to The Self Educated American, a publication whose banner reads, “Standing Fast By the Judeo-Christian Heritage, Limited Government and the U.S. Constitution”.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

How We Spent Spring Break




My wife and I went to Florida this past week.  We found that travel and lodging during Spring Break involves cashing in a couple of CDs since prices qualify for gouging; but that’s a whole other story.

The purpose of our trip was to scatter my father’s ashes, a gesture of respect which gave us closure, much as having a formal funeral puts a period at the end of a sentence.

The funeral home supplied a TSA approved urn made of nicely polished wood containing dad’s cremated ashes along with an official letter issued by the State of Texas for permission to transport human remains. 

We showed up earlier than normal to avoid complications should the urn not pass TSA check point guidelines as advised.  We were told that his urn would be considered ‘carry on luggage’; dwell on that for a moment.  We’d placed the urn in a blue plastic bag from Sketchers shoe store so as not to alarm folks at the airport.

Thinking of dad as ‘carry on luggage’ made me smile, a morbid sense of humor that a retired night shift cop would find amusing.  At least we didn’t have to purchase a ticket and put a seat belt around the urn.

The folks at the TSA check point ran the urn through their X-ray machine twice and then took several swabs with chemically treated patches to make sure it didn’t contain bomb making substances.  Dad passed (actually he ‘passed’ back in October) and we placed him in the overhead luggage compartment without incident.

Dad’s Pastor volunteered the use of his boat as he ferried my sister and her husband along with my wife and me to the same location where mom’s ashes had been scattered last August.  We had an informal burial service and for all practical purposes we’d accomplished our mission.

But that’s not why I’m writing…

TSA flagged my wife’s carry on luggage; something raised suspicion as it went through the X-ray machine.  We were herded over to a steel table where they went though every inch of it.  A coin purse had too many quarters which prevented them from figuring out what it was. 

They went through the toiletries and told us we had a tube of liquid material that exceeded the Three and One Half Ounce Rule, a brand new unopened tube of doTerra Deep Blue Rub, essential oils used to ease pain and assist the body in a number of ways.  There are strict rules from the FDA which forbid essential oil retailers from saying essential oils ‘cure’ anything or they come after us for making an unsubstantiated product claim.

Let’s just say some folks find essential oils help and leave it at that.  I use essential oils rather than drugs ‘Big Pharma’ and pill pushing doctors want me to use. 

The TSA threw my perfectly good Thirty Dollar tube of Deep Blue Rub in the trash…  It was half an ounce over their arbitrarily determined limit for liquids making it suspect for bomb making material used by terrorists to blow up an airplane.

Neither my wife nor I fit the profile of Islamic Terrorists; but common sense got thrown in the trash can along with profiling individuals.  99 % of terrorism is carried out by followers of Islam; but that other 1%... just might be us. 

It’s part of being Politically Correct so as not to antagonize Muslims who’ve already declared war on Western Civilization, promising to either enslave or murder us at their discretion.  

I suggested that one solution would be for me to squeeze out half of the tube in the trash thereby saving me fifteen dollars worth of Deep Blue Rub; it would, after all be well under the three and one half ounce arbitrarily arrived at limit.

“We’re not permitted to do that.  You’ll have to throw it all in the trash”.  My wife reminded me that boarding the airplane was a better idea than going to prison so I permitted the veins in my neck to remain swollen until we’d passed by the TSA folks.

Has anyone considered the absurdity of what I’ve pointed out? 

The 4th Amendment reads:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

The 4th Amendment was written specifically to prevent government officials from conducting searches without probable cause or search warrants.  I felt violated because my right to be secure from an unreasonable search and seizure was ignored…; but it was for my own good and the security of our nation, Spit!

The courts have interpreted the language of our Founders to mean anything they damn well want it to mean as individual rights and the constitution have been thrown into the trash can of obscurity where it lies crumpled and bruised. 

I’ve heard Deep Blue Rub is good for bruises…

This article has been cross posted to The Self Educated American, a publication whose banner reads, “Standing Fast By the Judeo-Christian Heritage, Limited Government and the U.S. Constitution”.



Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Allo and the 4th Amendment






There’s a new program available from Google for Messaging, it’s called Allo and the download is free according to their promotion.  



Google will use that data to improve parts of the app, such as its smart replies feature. That will allow the app to read through conversations and try and work out how people talk – it can then use that data to suggest what they might want to say to their friends.”

Wonderful, now your smart phone can figure out what you might say before you’ve come up with the words on your own…But that’s not nearly as important as Google storing everything you’ve said so they can plan a marketing strategy based on your interests.

Unlike other messaging programs, Google will save everything you say… Forever.

“… By keeping track of all messages, Allo conversations will be accessible by law enforcement with warrants…”

The courts have ignored the intent of our Founders when they wrote down the Bill of Rights to be added to our Constitution.  These black robed jurists somehow think that electronic conversations aren’t covered the same way as other forms of communication.  After all, Thomas Jefferson didn’t have a Smart Phone so those aren’t the same as letters mailed or hand delivered during correspondence.

4th Amendment

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Government agencies have been ignoring the 4th Amendment for so long now as to make it obsolete. 

Go to any airport and watch as passengers awaiting boarding are randomly pulled out of line for invasive body searches.  There is no probable cause for searches, no warrant from a judge…but it’s for the safety of everyone... so we ‘voluntarily’ abandon the 4th Amendment because it might stop an Islamic Terrorist from taking out the Empire State Building while murdering hundreds of innocent citizens.

Under the same pretense of protecting us from Islamic Terrorists, substitute 'other dangers' if that term makes you uncomfortable, the NSA listens in on just about every conversation that hits the air.  Supposedly they only listen in on folks considered terrorists;  but… that opens the door to listening in on just about anyone for just about any reason.

According to Edward Snowden, famous for leaking more information than was thought possible, government agencies listen in, with or without warrants and keep everything they come across, doesn’t matter what it is, it gets filed away.  Someday they might use that information to embarrass or humiliate someone running for high office… Nah, that would never happen.

Then there’s the idea that the 4th Amendment isn’t in play if you are within a hundred miles of the border or point of entry into the country.  That must have been part of the digital recording that Thomas Jefferson had deleted when he and the other Founders were formulating the best ways to protect individual God given inalienable rights.

As a police officer it was part of my job to inform you that anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law, it’s part of the Miranda Warning given to suspects upon their arrest.

In our day you had better understand that anything you say can and will be used…for what ever Google, its advertisers or the government wants to do with it.  You have no rights in a totalitarian state.

This article has been cross posted to The Self Educated American, a publication whose banner reads, “Standing Fast By the Judeo-Christian Heritage, Limited Government and the U.S. Constitution”.