Maybe the answer is better dads

A few weeks ago, a city near this location had special city council meeting to discuss the problem of increasing crime rates and what can be done to curb this serious ongoing problem. Some members started to talk about new gun control measures while others felt the need to have more police officers on streets or hire more officers. A common theme in all of these proposals was the need to have more and bigger government to solve a problem that should have a very common sense solution to it. Nowhere in this discussion did I hear anyone talk about the need to have better, more responsible families and that starts with the person who is supposed to be the head of the household.

Show me any gang member and I will show you someone who has probably come from a broken family. Chances are the member’s dad is not around to help them grow up as a person. The person then feels the need to look at empty ways of fulfilling that guidance through gangs. Before they know it, their life is spiraling out of control to the point of permanent destruction or even death.

Many folks have this typical stereotype of the inner city having this problem, but it can also extend to the affluent suburbs. The dad is some big shot executive at a company and works many hours a week. He has no time for his kids; his career is so much more important in his mind. His company has to make money and that means working long hours. Once again, that much needed guidance is gone and the child grows up developing bad habits which could prove devastating later on in life.

Being a good dad is a tremendously important responsibility for any guy. I am not a father myself, but I have many good friends who are outstanding dads. One in particular really stands out. He is a single dad of a wonderful young boy. About a month ago, he received a rather lucrative job offer in another state. He turned it down to be closer to his son and be more involved in his life. Guys who make sacrifices like that are what Father’s Day is all about. I greatly admire guys who put aside their own personal agendas for the good of their families and especially children.

Our society is only as good as the people who are in it. Chances are a person who grows up with a loving father will be more successful in life. Studies back up my statement. If we want a better society, we need more guys to look in the mirror and take responsibility to raise their kids the right way. Our world will be a much better place if more guys take on that challenge.



America needs a wakeup call after the shootings

It should come as no surprise to anyone that last Wednesday’s assassination attempt on several GOP lawmakers took place. I cannot recall a time in our history when the political climate has been this divisive. Shortly after President Trump was elected, thousands of people were out in our streets demonstrating over his win. It seems to be the fashionable thing these days to be a hater of the Republican party and President Trump, mainly because the media loves to hype up this anger. It was only a matter of time before some hysteric left-wing nut case took things way too far and attempted to do the unthinkable. This shocking event should wake up everyone in the country to the fact that our political climate is headed out of control and it is only inevitable that more events like this will happen in future.

The attacker in this incident is typical of the people behind the ongoing rise in violence. He was another frustrated liberal who could not accept the fact that Donald Trump is our new president and the Republicans are in control of both the House and Senate. Tack on the fact that his beloved Democratic party have been losing countless legislative seats and governor races only adds to his frustration. Instead of looking in the mirror and trying to determine the cause of these shortcomings, this man blames the opposition and uses violence to handle his rage. Have we gotten to the point in our country where political differences are handled by violence? Gosh I hope not! Political violence is common in many countries, but should not be in this great country. We are better than that! Or that is what I thought. Soon we will be just like other countries and have the mobs rule us. It will be a sad day if that happens.

Is there a chance that we can get back to the days when people actually had civil dialogues about political issues? If you disagreed with someone, you were not called a bigot, racist or other derogatory names. People actually had respect for other viewpoints and listened to all sides of the argument. Politicians from both sides actually sat down and compromised if they had disagreements. Those days seems to long gone. If you had a beef with a particular political party, you stopped them by voting them out. Now, as the crazy man just demonstrated last week, shooting your political opponents is the best way to take out people you don’t agree with or hate. Forget about working hard to find worthy opponents to support so these hated Republicans are no longer in power. No, just use violence; that will solve the problem.

It is scary to think that there could be several more haters out there who would think nothing of taking out high-ranking Republicans by use of violent force. If this is the new trend, our country is in deep trouble. We cannot afford to have lunatic radical crybabies run the country. Majority still rules. President Trump and many Republicans won because people voted them in. If you don’t like it, try harder to persuade us that your ideas will be better for the country. Unfortunately I don’t see that happening at the current time. Use of violence will only backfire. I cannot respect people who use violence to get their points across.   I just hope that this incident will be just a remote one and we can get back to some form of civilization in our politics. Sadly, I don’t see that happening anytime some.

Are you in love with a stranger?

Unless you live on some remote island totally isolated from any type of civilization, you are bound at some point to have strong feelings of passion for people you run into in everyday life. For example, a trip to the grocery store could be more meaningful and enjoyable because some hot gal or guy works there. You don’t know their name or anything about them, heck they could be the biggest jerk in the world but that never crosses your mind. You are in love! You look forward to the next trip to the store and plan your schedule based on when she or he works.

Anyone who works in the service industry, especially young and attractive people, are bound to be targets of affection by total strangers. I have to admit that I am just as guilty as anyone in admiring young women who work in the service sector. Being single and unattached at the current time makes it even harder to resist the temptation of falling for some of those desirable public figures. The grocery store is a prime example of what I am talking about. Many of the checkout personal at my store are young attractive friendly females. It is only naturally for guys like me to fall for them. Would I ever consider asking one of them out? Probably not, I know my limits, but it is fun to fantasize being with them. Sometimes looks are not always important either. I was a frequent customer at a local gas station who had one of the friendliest cashiers ever. She was very average looking. but her friendly demeanor really caught my attention.

Sometimes, you don’t even have to go out in public to get swept up with someone. Just turn on the television to watch the local news. Chances are there is somebody on the newscast that you cannot get enough of. I know it happens to me, Or it might be a local disc jockey on a radio station. A nice stimulating voice can really hook me in as well.  You find yourself just chomping at the bit before this person is on.

I know it can be fun and mysterious to have certain fantasies with complete strangers but is it really healthy and good for you? I know some people who take their obsessions a bit too far. There are always countless stories of stalking in the news these days. Obviously if you reach the point of being overly intrigued, then it might be best to lay off. Suppose you are married, is it really good to have secret obsessions with complete strangers? I just do not see where that would be a healthy thing for a marriage. If you are fantasizing about others while married, it might mean your marriage has some issues. I know if I were married or had a serious girlfriend, I would be careful about my feelings and heart desires. It might be a good idea to stop going to those places where your secret obsession works.

One the other hand, maybe that friendly gal or guy who is the center of your obsession, might be your future spouse someday. Why not take a chance and get to know them so they are no longer strangers? Who knows what potential possibilities lie ahead? You might be extremely disappointed or they could make your life complete and happy forever. Maybe that hot checkout gal will end being your wife someday.

Much hype, little drama over the Comey testimony

It was the testimony that everyone was waiting for especially those many Trump haters. The recently fired FBI director James Comey was set to give his testimony before a Senate Intelligence Committee. Could this be the moment when President Trump is exposed for several wrong doings? Cable news stations had countdown clocks in anticipation of probably the biggest high-profile testimony of any government official in many years. Millions skipped work and crowded local bars for this event of a lifetime. In the end, I think many regretted skipping work. The testimony revealed little that we had not already known.

There is little doubt in my mind that many media outlets came out of this hearing rather disappointed. They were banking on seeing some explosive testimony indicting Trump. Imagine if that had occurred? CNN, The New York Times and the Washington Post would have a field day. It would further vindicate their claims that this election was not a legitimate one and Trump has no business being the President of this country. The same can be said of the many folks in this country affected with TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome). A damning testimony by Comey could have further enhanced their claims that the election was rigged.

Unfortunately for these folks, nothing that was revealed really hurt President Trump. In fact, this testimony may eventually come back to haunt a few Democrats and Comey instead. His admission that he leaked important information could lead to his own investigation. Furthermore, the former Attorney General, Loretta Lynch’s request to downplay the handling of Hillary Clinton’s alleged dealings with classified information seems to fall in line with what Trump was requesting for Michael Flynn. How can you in good faith investigate the dealings of Trump and Flynn without equally pursuing any ties between Lynch and the Clinton campaign? It seems to me that this hearing opened up a whole new can or worms that anti-Trump fans did not bargain for. Why the double standards?

Just maybe in the near future, this ridiculous notion that the Russians colluded with President Trump to helped him win the election will go away and Trump can proceed with his agenda for helping this country. There is absolutely no evidence at this time that any collusion took place. It is time to move on and maybe this hearing will eliminate any doubts that some people may have. However, I highly doubt it. Talk of Russia and Trump colluding in this election will be a topic that will never go away. Trump won the election fair and square. I hope people will finally accept that fact some day.

Calling out Kathy Griffin and Hillary Clinton.

A couple of left leaning women garnered lots of attention in the news last week. Prior to last week, I knew little about Kathy Griffin other than seeing her on CNN a few times. After last week, I believe I have seen and heard all that I want from this idiot. I have known about Hillary Clinton for decades and her excuse tour last week only cemented my very negative views about her. Maybe we can learn a lot from the actions of these two women and what liberalism is all about.

Griffin got a lot of heat for holding a fake decapitated head of President Trump in a photo. It was a totally tasteless act and she deserved every ounce of criticism that she received. I don’t care who the President is, Democrat or Republican, that totally crosses the line of decency. She apologized a few days later and I thought that was the end of that rather disturbing story. Well was I ever wrong! Griffin held a press conference yesterday in which she suddenly declared herself a victim in all of this. Apparently, she feels the Trumps and “old white men” (some will say this blogger is one of them) are out to get her. This prank  comes out of the playbook of liberalism.  Everyone is a victim of some sort. You can commit the biggest crime ever but you did it because you are a victim of society. Instead of just letting this controversy go, she continues to build a deeper hole for herself. There are indeed consequences for foolish actions and Griffin apparently fails to understand that simple fact of life.

Just when you thought Hillary Clinton would never be in the political spotlight again, she appears as a guest on a few shows and talks about how she lost the election. The excuses she used were many and varied. Like Griffin, Clinton also seemed to think that she was a victim as well. Heavens forbid she would ever take personal responsibility for losing the election. She blamed others for her failures. That is another thing that liberals do. They like to blame others for their failures.

I would suggest that both Clinton and Griffin buy a mirror someday. They do not cost that much. Look into that mirror and maybe you will both see the real problem. These women apparently do not know the meaning of taking personal responsibility for their actions. But should that surprise you when you are dealing with radical liberals like these two women?

The sky is falling after the Paris accord withdrawal

In the aftermath of President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement, you would be led to believe that the end of civilization is just a few years away. Many have come out on social media declaring this decision will have dire consequences in the future. The Governor of California even went as far as saying that people will die. How can the United States be so cruel and stupid? Several Hollywood celebrities have gone on record condemning this act as well, but it has not stopped them from hopping in their expensive jets or gas guzzling cars.

I have a few things to say to all you climate change alarmists who are predicting doom and gloom for the world in a few short years. Please relax and take a chill pill! Pulling out of this deal might actually be a very wise decision. The cost of staying in this deal is not something this country can afford. It is far too costly and would severely ruin our economy. It is estimated that about 2.7 million jobs would be lost due to this agreement. Don’t get me wrong, I think controlling pollution is an important topic that all countries should talk about, but is there a way that we can balance our economy and making sure we have clean energy in the process? This Paris accord agreement appears to have far too many question marks for the United States to continue with. We need to come up with a better solution that will not bankrupt our nation.

We have lots of natural resources at our disposal that could our nation the leader in clean energy technology. Many good private companies could start up and produce many good paying jobs. Perhaps we should as a nation start concentrating on using our resources instead of worrying about some costly multi-nation agreement.

One of my biggest gripes with the climate change disciples is their constant insistence that man can control the temperature of the earth and the weather. I strongly disagree. Anyone who thinks man can control and stop the earth from getting a few degrees warmer is highly delusional. Many of these countries who are part of this Paris agreement seem to think we can. Our President does not see it that way and perhaps in the long run, it might be one of his best decisions ever while being in office. Furthermore, are there not more important things for the world to worry about than climate change? Why not have multi-nation pact on fighting terrorism instead? Spending billions of dollars to try and fight something that only nature can control seems to be rather foolish in my eyes.

A few random thoughts on the NBA/NHL playoffs

Finally! After several weeks of playoff series, the finals are set for both the NBA and NHL. It should be to no ones surprise that Golden State and Cleveland will meet for the 3rd straight year for the NBA title.  It was inevitable even after last years finals that they would meet for the 3rd straight year. In the NHL playoffs, the upstart Nashville Predators will take on the Pittsburgh Penguins. I highly doubt anyone had the Predators going to the Stanley Cup finals, but it just shows that the NHL can be a highly predictable league which might suit the NBA well some day. Well anyways, as my custom is at this time of the year, I have a few random thoughts on what I saw during the playoffs and a few bold predictions.

1) The worst NBA playoffs ever.  As a long time NBA observer, these playoffs have been the worst that I have ever seen in many years. Several blowout games and many series sweeps have made these playoffs totally unforgettable. In fact, the unimaginable has happened at this blogger’s household. The NHL playoffs have gotten a higher priority for viewership than some of those NBA playoff games. The NBA has some parity issues to deal with right now and maybe a great series finals between the Warriors and Cavs will help ease some of the playoff doldrums the league has experienced this year.

2) Extremely nervous executives at NBC. During that classic game 7 double overtime thriller between Ottawa and Pittsburgh, I kept thinking to myself about how the big shot television executives at NBC must be feeling right now. The NHL generally has low ratings as it is and Pittsburgh might arguably be the league’s best television draw. Suppose Pittsburgh does not make it to the finals and we are stuck with a series between Ottawa and Nashville? That would not be the most sexy series of all time to say the least! Fortunately for NBC, the Penguins won and they got their marque team in the finals and much higher ratings to boot.

3) Huge injuries in the NBA playoffs. Suppose Kawhi Leonard had not gone down with an injury in game 1 of the West finals? That was a huge turning point in that series between Golden State and San Antonio. I still think Golden State would have prevailed, but it would have been a very competitive series instead of a 4-0 sweep. And the East finals were affected as well by the injury to Boston’s Isaiah Thomas. Key injuries to key players were definitely huge story lines to this years playoffs.

4) Hooray for Nashville. If my favorite teams are not in the playoff mix, I tend to root for underdog teams. Nashville fits that to a tea. Nobody expected Nashville to make it out of the first round and now they are in the championship series. I definitely have jumped on the Predators bandwagon for these playoffs. In addition, I think the NHL should be thrilled that a non-traditional hockey market is having success. This is a great opportunity for the league to get new fans in the southern market.

5) 7 straight for LeBron. How many professional athletes in the major sports have made it to seven straight championship series? To play such a huge role in leading your team to seven straight NBA finals is a huge achievement. Anyone arguing about LeBron’s place in history has to bring this stat up.

Predictions:  Like last year, I see the Golden State, Cleveland series going the full 7 games, but unlike last year, Golden State will win the title with Kevin Durant being the MVP.  In the Stanley Cup finals, I sadly have to go with Pittsburgh in 7 games as well. Best of luck to the teams and fans still involved in the playoffs. Both series should be classics.