Why the title?

"Pioneers take the arrows"

Oh, wait. I should be upbeat and taking arrows doesn't sound like an upbeat thing to say.

So, let me amend that statement.

It was courage and vision that led the pioneers to leave behind a comfortable, settled life and trek West to begin a new life in a new place. Many of those from the East that went West found a strength within themselves that they didn't see while they were in their old life. Instead of being one of those that just kind of went along with the others in the old life, they became leaders and visionaries in their new lives.

The sentiments of that last paragraph come from a favorite author, Louis L'Amour, in many of his books. So, I can't really say that it is an original thought from me. However, what he said is truthful.

Welcome to being a pioneer. Look ahead and ignore the "barking dogs" that give you negative opinions and comments. Louis L'Amour also spoke of the barking dogs.

In some of his stories, it was usually a father or older man telling a young boy how it was that when the Westward bound Conestoga wagons rolled through towns, the dogs came out to bark at them. His character then told the young listener that the barking didn't stop the wagons from going on to their destinations.

Following the advice of the Louis L'Amour characters, may we all forge ahead with our plans, after carefully considering all consequences and leave the "barkers" behind.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Horrific Events in Progress

OK. Sorry, this one will be somewhat political, but it is being written more as an alert for those who read my comments. The news lately has been a horrendous example of a media that is bereft in their responsibilities. At least they are bereft in the responsibilities that I think they should be embracing.

Sadly, with the arrival of the presidency of a man with socialist tendencies, certain elements of our society have emerged from the darkness in which they hid to try to advance their agendas. Because I really believe that much of the media shares those agendas, they are not reporting what is occurring.

Just today, the news is out that the Governor of North Carolina, one Beverly Perdue has made a speech at a local Rotary Club event, in which she stated that she thought there ought to be a suspension of elections for Congress until after the 2012 elections. Her staff has stated that she was “just joking,” but the reality is that no one at that event laughed or clapped. In addition, she said that he hoped she could find someone to agree with her. That doesn’t sound like joking to me.

The story with an audio clip is at this link:


There are also protests occurring on Wall Street by a number of people who have been planning such an event, and one of the leaders, Cornel West who is a professor at a college, has openly called for revolution. That video can be seen at this site:


Incidentally, that second one with Mr. West is found at a website called “The Blaze” which is made up of journalists who are out there finding news stories, audio clips and video clips that the rest of the media is ignoring. As an example, has anyone seen a story about the professor at the protests in any other media? The Blaze is a website that is associated with Glenn Beck, but a lot of stories there won’t be found in the main-stream media.

For the benefit of anyone who has not heard me say so, and I can’t remember whether I ever wrote about it, but I get a lot of news and analysis on radio talk shows like Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Neal Boortz, and others. Unlike the normal media, those programs have a tendency to inform the listeners of both sides of the stories and then explain why one side is right or wrong.

I have tried to listen to radio talk shows with a philosophy more to the Left, but it usually doesn’t take long before I begin to discern dishonesty in their analysis. Plus, they are very quick to call people names when they begin to be challenged and they have no answers. Why else would the participants of the Tea Party movement and conservatives be called such names as “Nazis,” “homophobes,” and “racists,” just to name a few.

It is amazing what kind of education one can get by listening to them. However, I also look for other sources of information about many of the stories and commentaries that I hear. The website named above lets you see and hear the stories as does The Drudge Report. With Drudge’s site, he mostly supplies links to other media stories that inform one of what is going on with the news of the day.

Since President Obama is failing so much in his policies and in his popularity, the forces on the left are being emboldened to speak out more and try to do more to advance their agendas which would take this country into a Communist state. When I served in the military so long ago, Communism was our enemy. To me, it still is.

Now, in my older age, I find that my most effective weapon against the enemies of this country is what I have learned over the years and using my blog to help distribute messages about what is going on in our country today. Many of the things I write about are things that are either right or wrong, not necessarily of the political “Left” or “Right.”

I would hope that people would do more to further their knowledge base and sources of news, but I have friends who will state that they only listen to one network as it is there that they were told that people on the “Right” are stupid or otherwise uneducated.

In a conversation one time a co-worker and I were discussing some antic that Nancy Pelosi had done and another co-worker popped in and made a common (at that time) comment that was usually used to disparage Sarah Palin. She mistook whom it was we were talking about, but her comment sounded exactly like something that would have been reported on MSNBC, a very liberal news network, about Sarah Palin.

So, I simply ask people to be diverse in their sources of news and don’t be hung up on only one network. Believe it or not, FOX News is not a “far, right-wing” news source. Shoot, several of their contributors are liberals as well. How many conservative commentators will anyone find on the MSNBC and their like?

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