Saturday, May 23, 2009

Anger Management

I write in this blog as a form of anger management. My wife says I get to worked up over things that I see and hear in the news and things that I see and hear people around do. I guess she’s right about that. I get angry when I see a story on the news about parents who nelect or harm their children, or when a child goes missing and is found dead. I seethe with anger when a wife or husband is the source of harm done to their child or children.

I and my wife have four children and two foster children and at present thirteen grandchildren. When my children were growing up we didn’t have a lot, that was my fault and many times Christmas and holidays where on the slim side. But I always gave my children what I had the most of, my time. We fished, camped, went to drive In movies together. My wife and I were involved in every aspect of their lives the good and the bad. We were lucky our children never got into the drugs and all made it through school and in all the times I was pretty sure one of them wasn’t going to make it till there next birthday, I never…ever…even considered doing one of them harm. At the present two of our children work for police departments, one works in the handicapped mobility industry and one is a simple wife and mother. Our foster girls are both married with children and all are leading happy normal lives with all the happy normal problems that come with life. I write this for the following reason;

I believe that adults who harm or molest children should be hung in the town square.
I believe that people who commit sex crimes of any kind, be they against children or grown women, again should be hung in public.
I believe psychologist are a blithe on the very fabric of society and should not be aloud anywhere near a child.

I believe these gangs that do drive by shootings, killing anyone who happens to be in the way should be hunted down and shot like the rabid dogs they are, I don’t care how old they are.

Now if you really want to stop all this crap I believe it can be done. Here’s how

First put the paddle back in the school system, cause when the school physiologist says that little Johnny has issues and needs counseling, what little Johnny really needs is his ass busted.

True story:

When my oldest son was in the fourth grade, I won’t say in which school because I’m sure that teacher isn’t there anymore.
Anyway, my wife told our son to clean his room and get his chores done before dinner, to which he responded with, and I quote. “I don’t have to do what you say, and if you hit me I’ll tell my teacher and she’ll have the state take me away from you and put me in a foster home”. Needless is say my wife was shocked and when I came in she informed me as to my sons remarks.

I am a man who believes in taking the bull by the horns, I called my son to the front room where I promptly bust his butt and informed him that I would be taking him to school the next day. Why would I go to school you might ask, well it seems that he got the idea of not getting spanked from his teacher who had told her class that they were to inform her if the parents spanked them for any reason and she would take care of it. So…….
The next morning I took my son to school and confronted his teacher, The first thing I did was ask her if she had said what my son had said she did. And the little gal got all full of herself and told me what she had said to her class was of no concern to me. This was a very serious mistake in judgment, because this woman had no idea just how protective I am of my family.

“Really” was my reply, from there the conversation went pretty much as follows.

“WHO IN THE FUCK DO YOU THINK YOU ARE you little piece of shit? The next time to say something like that to my son I’ll come in here, pick your skinny little ass up, dunk your head in that mop bucket and mop this school with your ass. Let me tell you how it works, that boy (pointing to my son) is my son, he well do what he is told when he is told and if he doesn’t I will bust his ass and you nor anyone else will stop me. By this time I had her backed into a corner of the room. Let me tell you something else when he’s sixteen and tells me he is going to spent the night at a friends house that’s where he’ll be, he won’t be out drinking, he won’t be out doing drugs and the police won’t be bring him home, why because he will not only know right from wrong, but because mine and his mothers trust will be more important to him than a drink or a joint. Because he will know that with everything in this life that can be taken away, freedom, money, cars, everything and anything material there is only one thing you have to give away to lose and that is your honor, and once you get that away there’s no getting it back.

To make a long story short, my son never told his mother he didn’t have to again, the police never came to my door during his teen years and when he was a senior in high school about to graduate I got a call from an old lady who lived close to the school. My son had ask me to go to her house one time an repair something for her and I did. She was crippled up pretty bad and didn’t have much money, so I didn’t charge her for the repair, my son knew I wouldn’t.

Anyway when I answered the phone she said Mr. Phillips this is and said her name I don’tKnow if you remember me but you did some repairs for me, I told her I remembered her and asked what I could do for her. She told me she was calling about me son. I asked if there was a problem. To which she replied oh no, that’s not why I’m calling. She said she was calling to tell me just how wonderful my son had been to her all year. That he had stopped by everyday on his way to school and fixed her fire, she heated with a wood stove, and then he would stop again on his way home from school and check on her and fix the fire again. She told me he wouldn’t let her pay him and when she asked him why, he told her that it was just something he had to do and it didn’t take much time. This woman spent about thirty minutes telling me how great he was and right there and then all the years of being the strict father, of watching him grow up into the young man I knew he could be, right there I knew he had.

Friday, May 22, 2009

There's a Wall in my house

There’s a wall in my house that my children and grand-children call the military wall. At the top of this wall hangs the picture of my father, a WWII veteran, below his picture hangs the flag that covered his coffin. To the left of that flag hangs a picture of myself, a Vietnam era vet. To the right of the flag hangs a picture of my son, a Dessert Storm vet. Below the flag hangs the picture of my three brothers, all veterans during some conflict or other in our nations history. I tell you this because the other day my grand-son called me and informed me that he was going into the Army and the he would be sending me a picture for that wall. My heart sank down to the very pit of my stomach, you see so far my family has been very lucky, everyone on that wall has come home, now once more my government is going to place one of my own in harms way.

The reason I wrote this is because yesterday I watched the President and the former Vice- President give there speeches on our countries security. I heard from the President that which I joined the service to defend. The rule of law, the personal freedoms and rights that we should all hold dear, because they come at a high price. What I heard from the former Vice-President was the same bull shit that I heard all eight years that he and his former boss were in office. What really bothers me is that there are people out there who believe this crap. They don’t understand that it is being peddled by people who didn’t even have the intestinal fortitude to fight for the country they claim to be trying to protect. The former Vice-President got several deferments to keep out to he military during Vietnam, the former President joined the National Guard and then was to drunk half the time to even show up at his meetings. These are the people who have placed your children and grand-children in harms way.
When the former President of these United States condoned the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques”, as they wish to called them, I prefer there real name, TORTURE they shamed this country, they shamed every man and woman in uniform and they shamed every soldier who has died to defend this country, our beliefs and what it is we stand for and have always stood for in the world. If we were at war with a country who did these things to our people we would put them on trail for war crimes and either put them in prison or execute them. So Mr. President this is the United States of America. The home of the free and the land of the brave. Do we all live by the law or do we all live by the law except the Executive Branch?

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Political BS Continues

So the congress doesn’t want to close Gitmo, hum so the congress is just as stupid as the last President, this explains why there satisfaction rating is in the shitter doesn’t it.
Have we as America’s gone so far down the hole that now we have to practice torture and illegal means of holding POW’s. I mean Bush in his infinite stupidity did declare war on a country that had done nothing to us, to find WMD’s that didn’t exist and congress went along with that, didn’t they?

I wonder how long the America people will continue to put up with the complete lack of caring of our elected officials. I though that maybe with the financial melt-down that we as a people would finally say that enough was enough, but no. We just stand by while our elected representatives continue to play at there game of kings. Heed this warning Washington your day of reckoning is fast approaching, the day when we the people will come to the end of Your Rope. The day when America finally wakes up and puts and end to all of your pity little games of power, and if you don’t get your head out of your ass and start doing the job you where elected to do, that day will come sooner than you think.
I know you think these are the ranting of a nut, but that’s ok, you can think as you please. What you better do is become a student of history. Look at every large nation or empire before the US and you will see that eventually either the people bring it down or the military gets to the point where it’s had enough of fighting politically bogus wars and they bring it down. You can only kick a dog so much and sooner or later it will bit you.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

35 Miles Per Gallon.....Why?

So in the news it seems that the new President wants car makers to raise there gas mileage up to 35.5 miles per gallon……Why? Not why does he want the mileage raised but why do we need a law requiring it. Japan auto makers will be there before we are, that kind of makes it redundant doesn’t it. If the auto industry in Japan will be at 35 mpg two years before our industry what is the point. How long will the America car industry continue to suck hind tit before they figure out that they need to get ahead of the curve. If the auto industry in Japan is coming out with 35mpg next year then at the very least the American Auto Industry should be there two…..or hey here’s and idea…..why not come out with a car that gets 50 or 60 mpg and be ahead of the others. Why not, because it makes to much since……doesn’t it.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Religion Intrigues Me

Religion intrigues me, I find it interesting that people would believe in an all knowing and all powerful god. Not only do they believe in this god people from every walk of life are willing to kill and die for this god. Me, I believe that should there be such a deity with that much power, why would they need us to kill for them? I don’t understand the reasoning behind this.

Did you know that the first evidence for ritual behavior or worshiping a god dates back some 70,000 years and has continued to grow. Now I for one believe that all people have the inherent right to believe in whatever or whichever god they choose, I don’t believe they have the right to force that god on me. I guess my biggest problem is with organized religion. Although I wouldn’t count myself among the true believers I have read the bible and have come to the conclusion that the bible can be summed up into three words. “Do what’s right” and yet people don’t as a whole do what’s right. I have some problems with a man standing in the pulpit telling me what god what’s me to do or interpreting the bible as to his way of thinking and telling me that my way of interpreting the same passage is wrong, or that I miss understand.
I believe that each and everyone has the ability to read and understand the bible, that the bible was written my man for the enlightenment of man and to tell anyone that there understanding is wrong is the way that organized religion keeps it’s hold on the faithful. O well this is a discussion I have had with many ministers, pastors and priests and there answer is always the same, we are trained in the ways of the bible. And my reply is always the same, “but were you trained by god”.?

Monday, May 18, 2009

Maybe we need to Lobby for America

Ya know, I have spent most of my life roaming around this country looking for the real America. The America that you read about in books and see in TV programs. You know the one I’m talking about, the America where neighbors actually care about each other. Where parents really care about their children and where politicians get elected because they have a better answer too the everyday problems that each and everyone of us face. I can’t seem to find it. What I fine is far bleaker than I could ever imagine.

I find people forming homeowners associations so they can control there very neighborhoods, control what a person can put on there own property, control the color they paint there house, control the type of pet you have, control what your yard looks like, why do these people want to control everything that has to do with your home. What surprises me more is that people actually move into these neighborhoods and allow the control.

I find parents who are so wrapped up in the own pity problems they don’t have the time to spend with there children, and when the child is in trouble they can’t understand why, and more is the pity, they really don’t understand why. I find children so lost and alone, even living at home they’ll do anything to get any kind of attention, drugs, gangs, murder, rape…. I mean you name it and a child somewhere has done it. The saying that children are our future is very true, so looking at the news today how does the future look to you.
Then we come to politicians, now these people really bother me. We live in a country with two basic parties, the Democrats and Republicans and as far as I’m concerned they both suck the big one. We elect Represenatives and Senators to go to Washington and do what is in the best interest of us, we the people. We have elected these people to do their jobs with our best interest and the best interest of the country as a whole as their prim directive and they never do. Oh they make pretty speeches and makes lots of promises, it just seems when they get to Washington they forget why they were sent there. I think the problem is that we the people don’t have a lobbyist. I mean look at it, the banks have lobbyist, Wall st has lobbyist every major corporation in the country has lobbyist, but we don’t. Maybe….just maybe it’s time we get ourselves some lobbyist, I mean we have something more powerful than money, we have the vote and without our vote they don’t get to Washington, what do you think.