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.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Politics, Religion, My Book and Boredom

It started out with a political victory for the Republicans in the New York 9th Congressional district, one that was held by Anthony Wiener and by the Democratic Party ever since 1923. It had the effect of really making them to reconsider what it is that the citizens want, and perhaps not what they (the politicians) want.

In addition to that Congressional seat, the Republicans also won a seat in Nevada, although that one isn’t such a surprise, considering the makeup of that district. However, with the loss of 60-some seats in the House of Representatives and about 5 Senate seats in the 2010 general election, it has to be a stinging rebuke to those that think that the majority of Americans do not want to turn this country into a Socialist country.

From what I heard, when President Obama submitted his “jobs bill”, not one Democrat signed on as a sponsor of the bill. It isn’t necessary that one be a sponsor, but after not having any Democrats vote for his last budget in the Senate, and now no sponsors for his jobs bill, he must be feeling a stinging sensation as well.

I get the feeling from some of the news stories I’ve read this last week that even some of the Democrats are ready to throw him under the bus for the 2012 elections. Plus, some of those being critical of the President are members of Congress who have supported him in the past.

Also, some of the unions have decided to not send their money to the President’s campaign funds, but to Democratic Party state campaigns in an attempt to try to help win back some Congressional seats. The Congressional Black Caucus has turned against him because of the horrific unemployment rate for black citizens, his poll numbers keep dropping, his speeches seem to be echoes of previous speeches, and to top it off, James Carville is out there advising him to start firing people.

In a discussion with my wife a while back, I expressed that Obama’s policies and the effects of his actions have proven that the Keynesian model of economics is not working at all, in spite of all the money they have thrown around, trying to get the economy going again. I also told her that in the future, when people said that Obama had managed to prove the Keynes theories wrong, that there would be someone that would say that they “just didn’t spend enough.”

That comment has been made in the past when it was brought of that the Democratic Party models weren’t working. The Great Society is a good example. It was created as a means to fight a “war on poverty,” but after decades of spending billions (and perhaps trillions) of dollars on the welfare system of that war on poverty, we still have poverty. Plus, many of those people want to “milk” the system so they don’t have to work at all.

Lo and behold, an Illinois member of the House of Representative said in a radio interview that we didn’t deserve to keep all of our money (not that we don’t want to pay some taxes.) Her quote:

“I’ll put it this way. You don’t deserve to keep all of it and it’s not a question of deserving because what government is, is those things that we decide to do together. And there are many things that we decide to do together like have our national security. Like have police and fire. What about the people that work at the National Institute of Health who are looking for a cure for cancer.”

Her name is Jan Schakowsky and she went on to say that one reason the 2009 stimulus bill did not succeed was because it was not large enough. So, before the year was even out after my prediction about claiming that they didn’t spend enough, they have already started to say that. The article about her interview with the radio show is at this link:


On another note for this week, I finished the final episode of The Truth Project. That episode I won’t necessarily speak about too much. It was about “community” and our role in that community. It also spoke to our lack of commitment to that role, and that many of us didn’t do enough for the poor and needy as we probably should. Every time I watch that episode, it kind of hits me in the gut.

This past week has also been one where I’ve found it difficult to sit down and write something for the blog. Either I couldn’t decide what topic to write about, or the urge just wasn’t there. Sadly, the same is going on with writing anything for my book, which this blog is supposed to be all about. It was supposed to be something that would make me write more, thus maybe get me to do more with the book.

The last time I wrote anything for the book was back on August 14th. While the book is supposed to be about my photos and thoughts along a biblical line about them, I’ve been able to write about religion, politics, camping and other topics, but it just doesn’t seem to translate to working on the book.

Maybe I need to do more looking at photos and less writing. While I’ve been doing the writing about religion, I’ve not been looking at pictures to try to get thoughts together about them. That has been my problem, in that I’ve either not been able to put together thoughts to go with a picture, or not be able to think of a picture to go with the thoughts.

Now, if my employer would just let me work on the book while I was at work. That would accomplish two things for me. It would help me do more on the book and it would cure the absolute boredom that is my job. My job involves updating the criminal records here in the state of Oklahoma, and I have to look at the data that comes to us from the District Attorney’s office and the court system’s online information to verify that what gets entered is as accurate as possible.

Much of the work we have been dealing with was supposed to have been automated, but that system failed, so we get to do it all manually. In fact, they came to us one day and told us that the automated system was not working and that we had 7 years of cases to enter from just one county. There are about 5 of us doing the bulk of that work, and it took us about 3 years to enter all that 7 years of backlog. We are caught up, but we’ve been told that their automated system still doesn’t work, so we still get to do it all manually.

I need to go take pictures and get charged up.  (And no, this is not one of mine.)

Cactus and Lightning

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