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In Junior High School “Shop” class, aka Industrial Arts, our teacher Mr. Sawrie was known for giving “licks” with a paddle to any student who misbehaved. Those were the days when corporal punishment, spankings, were normal and widely accepted as OK. It wasn’t “OK” with the recipients, but our parents seemed to believe it worked and so they didn’t interfere.

He’d call the offending student to the front of the shop and say, “Bend over and grab your ankles.” Then he’d administer the appropriate number of whacks to their backside. His paddle was about 2 feet long, 6 inches wide and about 1 inch thick. There were holes drilled in it to increase its speed and the pain of impact. When Mr. Sawrie gave you “licks”, you didn’t go back and sit down right away. I was the recipient of the blows on a few occasions. My behavior quickly changed after each encounter.

That was then.

Today Mr. Sawrie would be jailed for his disciplinary practices. Parents would be aghast and demand his firing. But somehow, what they won’t tolerate at schools, they willingly accept from their government agencies. No, they don’t paddle us, but their economic and regulatory blows seem never-ending. Each time we read or hear the news we should exclaim, “Bend Over, Here It Comes Again!” (B.O.H.I.C.A.)

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Today it is Dr. Fauci being caught in lies, yesterday it was President Biden going back on his promises, a few years ago it was Barack Obama saying, “If you like your Doctor and your plan, you can keep them.” Kamala Harris was recently challenged as to how she could insult and berate Biden during the campaign only to later join him as VP. She said, “It was a debate!” As if that made lying OK, or the change of face justifiable. The only politician in recent memory who kept his promises was Donald Trump.

Under Fauci’s guidance, we were told that masks weren’t necessary, but then we were told to wear masks, maybe even two of them against Covid. Then we learn (again) that Covid easily passes through masks. They do no good against this disease. Regardless, we should wear them outdoors, between bites, etc. All was hype and theater. Yet, millions persist in bending over to these fears. Now we are getting scary news about the after effects of the vaccines.

BOHICA.

When Texas Governor Abbott opened up the state, he was accused of “Neanderthal Thinking” by President Biden, but then, time proved Abbott was right. No apology followed,  just a new policy out of the White House. Biden wears a mask sometimes and not others. Sup? Dude. And did China really leak the virus from a weaponizing lab? When Trump said it, it was a vicious lie. Now it’s a viable possibility. Huh? What are we to believe? Is any news report true anymore?

They tell us that guns kill people and we must confiscate the legal guns in order to reduce violent crime among the gangs and criminals who use illegal guns mostly. 60% of gun crime is suicide, yet there’s no outrage. Chicago has violent crime and murders at a rate that Hamas would find impressive, yet the national outrage is about isolated events, such as the insane guy who killed massage parlor workers. And, while we are there, 8 were killed of which 6 were Asian. So they conclude that this was a “hate crime against Asians” and there’s a national trend of this? What about the other 2 who were also murdered by that guy? Was their MURDER not hateful? Was their race not important?  Did their “Lives Matter”?

BOHICA.

On that subject, how are we to interpret the news that BLM’s founders have become rich by inciting violence, including murders in cities across America, and yet lifelong criminal George Floyd’s murder gets White House support and sympathy? His family gets invited to meet with the President, a public plaza dedicated to him, marches and legislation in his name and more. But the police officers killed by the BLM/Antifa thugs and the millions in private assets lost while they burned city after city, none of those get public sympathy. Ashli Babbitt was unarmed and shot to death by a Capitol Police officer during the January 6 protest, but no outcry to avenge her murder. No memorial, no protest, no legislation, no public park or monument. However, the violent protests of that day are projected to be the act of “White Supremacy” in an insurrection.

Consider, none of the protestors on Jan. 6 were armed. Some of the hired activators who instigated the violent behavior were found to be BLM rioters from other recent incursions, and again, they were paid and equipped to be there so that the Trump supporters could be blamed. One person died from the riot that day and she was shot by Capitol Police. An officer died the next day from unrelated causes. No harm was done to the defenders of the Capitol and none of the protestors were armed. Criminal trespassing and vandalism were the only crimes of the day. But we’re supposed to believe that this was a violent uprising to “overthrow our Democracy” and it was done by White Supremacists at the encouragement of Donald Trump. Bull! We know it is not true. There’s proof that it isn’t so. Yesterday our President announced that White Supremacy is the major threat being faced by America today. I guess the climate change concept wasn’t getting enough “likes.” BOHICA.

Border, what border?

Under President Trump there was a border. The world knew it and respected it. The Democrats attempted an invasion but Trump’s “stay in Mexico” policy, increasing border wall, and other policies stemmed the flow. People stopped coming. Now there are kids in cages, border chases and mass migrations every day. Though the entire wall was funded and the supplies to build the rest of it were on the ground and ready, Biden cancelled it. No new money required, no new plans, no extra supplies, just let the people do their jobs. Nope. Go home and wear a mask. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of “Biden, Let Us In” tee shirts were magically printed and distributed to the overweight undereducated people at the border. Despite bringing nothing to our country to make it better, they presumed that dependency and desperation were good causes to become Americans. They demanded to be allowed into the USA without following the “path to citizenship” that has existed for generations and been trodden by millions who are now legal new citizens here. What’s wrong with these pictures, videos, cages, policies and leaders?

Daily we are asked to suspend logic and reason. Just trust the politicians. Really? I mean, really? Isn’t that like adopting cancer as a pet?

Well, I say stop bending over! I don’t care if they are swinging a bigger bat. If we stop bending and bowing to their commands, then we will start regaining control. Stand Up!

Stand Up and it will end.

When enough people say “No More!” then things will change. This has been true throughout history. But you must have a justifiable cause if you want to endure. BLM was a just concept with corrupt leadership. Antifa is a just concept with violent and criminal leadership. Illegal immigration is not a just concept and so it requires a constant refresh of its power. They have to reassert old lies, make up new ones, test out various slogans until one catches on, highlight pathetic stories and downplay real ones that show the evil of their intent.

Mainstream media chose not to feature the poor 5 year old boy abandoned at the border this week. He was caught on camera crying out “don’t leave me!” by members of the French media covering the scene. Fox News featured it but MSM, not so much. The problem was, it illustrates the corruption and misery caused by illegal immigration trafficking. Instead the Left wants to highlight the neediness of the intrepid invaders, I mean immigrants, who trekked hundreds of miles to get a free ride in America.

No More Lies! We are not bending over anymore. Let’s elect truth tellers, rational thinkers, patriotic Americans, financially responsible citizens, and good parents. Elect them to the School Board, City Council, PTA, Neighborhood HOA, State and City Offices, US Congress and everywhere else you can. Displace the sad, philosophical, hate-mongers and “social justice” warriors. Throw the bums out. Let’s make America good again.

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Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE is an Executive MBA Professor, Author of 21 books, Hall of Fame Professional Speaker, Top 1% TEDx video (2.4 million views), US Army veteran, Singer/Songwriter, and Lifelong Motorcyclist. He is known as "Your Virtual VP" for his Advisory/Mentor work with organizations worldwide. Based in Texas...and proud of it!



 
 
 

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Learning About My State’s History

In school, everyone should be taught the complete history of their state

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I grew up in Connecticut and all of my schooling was there. Were we told about any of the innovations and inventions, below, in school? Yes, for the cotton gin, helicopter, and maybe a few others, but for the most part, no mention. Everyone should be taught the complete history of their state.

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Not Told About So Much

Little did I know that through 1954 Connecticut had the most historical firsts:

First constitution adopted, establishing representative government (1639)
First newspaper (1764)
First submarine (1775)
First American law school (1784)

First insurance company (1795)
First cotton gin (1799)
First dictionary (1807)
First movable parts mass production in use, making clocks (1808)

First revolver (1836)
First public art museum (1842)
First portable typewriter (1843)
First use of anesthesia (1844)

First sewing machine (1846)
First ice-making machine (1853)
First can opener (1858)
First tape measure (1868)

First pay phone (1877)
First collapsible toothpaste tube (1892)
First hamburger (1895)
First submarine (1900)

First lollipop (1908)
First Frisbee (1920)
First vacuum cleaner (1933)
First Polaroid camera (1934)

First helicopter (1939)
First color television (1948)
First atomic powered submarine (1954)

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My Woke Local Library in Woke America

At the rate of new woke holidays, the whole year will eventually fill up

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American Thinker:  I took time out during a weekday, two weeks ago, to visit my local library for the first time in many months. I know they’ve already changed the name. It used to be called the “Cameron Village Regional Library,” but apparently Cameron was a very bad man, a long time ago.

The name change, however, came because owners of the shopping center, which was built on land owned by people who had held slaves, chose to drop its connection to the contemporary Cameron family. Hmmm, I wonder how many properties, owned by people who had held once slaves, the shopping center owners have lived on.

Ultimately, the Wake County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to rename the library to the “Oberlin Regional Library.” Is that not a heartwarming move?

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Change Happens

As I stroll around the library, I notice numerous changes. There are many more large-print books. The youth section is larger as well and offers a variety of woke titles which, in some instances, would alarm even the most liberal of parents. Every other book is about “brown girl” or “the boy who feels like a girl inside.”

In perusing the audiobook shelves, I see that it is a fraction of what it used to be. Most everyone has switched to downloads. The physical CDs, the kind I like to pop into my car player, are becoming rare, but isn’t it safer to insert one into the CD player than to fiddle with one’s cellphone to air a podcast?

At the librarian’s desk, I see all manner of flyers and announcements. One flyer stands out in particular. It is a page which lists all library activities for the coming month. This list interests me because one never knows — there might be a visiting author or some type of how-to program that is worthwhile to me.

Closed in Observation

The middle of this sheet says: “The library will be closed on June 19 in observance of Juneteenth.” Juneteenth, bad grammar and all, is a federal holiday since 2021, commemorating “the emancipation of enslaved African Americans.” Wait a second, the Emancipation Proclamation occurred on January 1, 1863. Did I miss something? The library will be partially open on July 4. Is that now a lesser holiday?

Juneteenth is acknowledged on the anniversary of the order by a Major General Gordon Granger proclaiming freedom for enslaved people in Texas on June 19, 1865.  So, now we ignore the Emancipation Proclamation?  One keen social observer commented that the left still thinks of minorities, especially black people, as their pets who they like to spoil with little baubles like Juneteenth.

Real equality is out of the question. To let people rise of fall on their own merits? Well those poor folks would never find their way without the largess of tax payers. And that’s the ploy to keep them “in their place.” Simply vote Democrat and eventually you’ll be just fine. In the meantime, enjoy all the great gifts. And don’t forget to vote.

Perpetual Baubles

What about Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, celebrated on the third Monday in January? It is now a federal holiday. Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays in mid-February used to be known by every school-aged kid as I was growing up. These birthdays have now been homogenized and combined, and called Presidents Day, with not even 1 in 10 Americans knowing what that relates to.

Malcolm X said: “The worst enemy that the Negro have is this white man who runs around here drooling at the mouth professing to love Negros and calling himself a liberal, and it is following these white liberals that has perpetuated problems that Negros have. If the Negro wasn’t taken, tricked, or deceived by the white liberal, then Negros would get together and solve our own problems.”

“I only cite these things to show you that in America, the history of the white liberal has been nothing but a series of trickery designed to make Negros think that the white liberal was going to solve our problems. Our problems will never be solved by the white man.”

Dedicated Months

We have a whole month devoted to black history, each and every day in February. Depending on where you turn, you’ll gain news and information about black authors, politicians, poets, cooks, freedom fighters, soldiers, actors, inventors, and pioneers of industry.

The consequence of note of all these holidays is that government employees receive yet another paid day off without having to bargain for it. Nearly everybody else, who actually work for a living, still go to work on those days. Few people care about the holiday except for those seeking to conjure up the next one.

Still, perhaps we ought to have Black History Month for a few more years but, eventually, it needs to fade and simply be part of American history. Otherwise, are we also going to have a Hispanic history month, Jewish month, Asian month, Muslim month, and so on? Are not all the historical experiences, and contributions, by all these groups simply a part of American history?

Years ago, when I lived in D.C., one of the morning radio shock jocks made an inexcusable joke for which he should have been fired but he was not. This was long before the wokesters took over the media and he knew what the boundaries were. In observation of Martin Luther King’s birthday, he said, it’s too bad four more civil rights leaders weren’t slain so that we could have a whole week off. A terrible statement by any means, but he thought it was funny.

Fill Up the Year!

The odd thing is, at the rate of new woke holidays, it wouldn’t be surprising if the whole year was eventually filled up. Every group that has ever been aggrieved in one way or another, at any time, gets a holiday or a week, or why not a month?

So let’s have a short people’s day, a stutterer’s  day, a nearsighted people’s day, and on and on, until every single person in America is covered (except, of course, white males, Christians, and Jews). Let’s devote a whole month to those who have a different sexual outlook, inclination, or orientation than everyone else. Let’s hold it in, say, June. Let’s call it “Pride Month.” What do you think of that?

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