Stepdad's Thoughts

My thought and feelings.

Interesting sayings on window stickers

During lunch I was looking for a new “Terrorist Hunting Permit” sticker; having found it I looked around the web site and found some other interesting verbiage.

Patriotism is Supporting Your Country All the Time and Your Government When It Deserves It

If you can read this thank a teacher, if you can read this in English, thank a vet.

When it absolutely, positively has to be destroyed overnight. United States Marine Corps

All gave some, some gave all. (POW MIA You are not forgotten)

Semper Fi

Except for ending Slavery, Fascism, Nazism & Communism, War has never solved anything.

“Two of the gravest general dangers to survival are a desire for comfort and a passive outlook.”

To err is human, To forgive is divine; Neither is Marine Corps policy

Join the Army. Risk your life, Defend the Constitution, then come home and have the liberals treat you like shit.

If You Love Your Freedom Thank A Veteran

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January 14, 2011 Posted by | General, Politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Independence Day

We had a quiet Independence Day and weekend. Friday and Saturday consisted of house work and yard work and remembering what our Founding Fathers had in mind for the USA. I can only guess that they would be both proud and appalled at where we are now. The USA has managed to accomplish many great things in its short life. At some point over the years it has also managed to lose its direction. We as a nation seem to be caught up in the worry of hurting someones feelings or thinking we have to be nice. It makes me sick to hear all the PC talk. We have the First Amendment that guarantees me and you the right to say anything. It also guarantees both of us the Right to be offended by what the other says. Yes there are laws against libel and slander but we can clearly express our opinion and not have to worry about hurting someones “feelings”.

If we did not have the origin we have our views would be quite different.  Our internal drive to be the best, to right the wrongs we see, etc… would not be as it is now. Unfortunately the world has changed its view of the America. Too many nations see us as the bad guy, even our colleges are teaching kids that the USA INVADED countries such as Iraq, Korea, Vietnam, etc… All very much lies… We went in to right a wrong!! Invade means to take over by military force and to conquer. The USA has not done that, we get in, try to help the people and get out.

Who does the WORLD call on when a disaster occurs? Yep, the United States of America.

Be proud of where you live, The United States of America. This is the best place on earth.

July 6, 2010 Posted by | Concerns, General, Politics | , , , | Leave a comment

Ridiculous action by current Administration on illegal immigration

How stupid can Obama and his people be? Listen to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, she has it right.

June 29, 2010 Posted by | Concerns, Hap Ki Do, Politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Support Arizona

I support the state of Arizona in its stance against illegal immigration. It is a shame the our Federal Government is not able to properly protect our countries borders and the states are now becoming responsible for the task. What’s even worse is the fools that think the bill/law is designed to harass “hispanics”… read the bill/law and you will find that they have no clue what is really in the law. Simply put the state of Arizona is going to enforce the Federal immigration law.

ONLY IF SOMEONE HAS BROKEN THE LAW WILL THEIR CITIZENSHIP BE QUESTIONED AND ONLY IF THERE IS PROBABLE CAUSE.

If you don’t believe me then read the law.

I found it here: http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/49leg/2r/bills/sb1070s.pdf which is on the Arizona State Legislature web site. Or you can see the text on the Arizona page here.

More…

Here is a conversation with Ted Poe and Eric Holder:

It’s tough to understand how these guys, Holder, Obama, etc…, can keep their jobs or get jobs if they don’t read. See below…

Link to the Fox News web site where the info below was taken:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/05/14/transcript-holder-hot-seat-arizona-immigration-law/

The following is a partial transcript of the House Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday. This portion contains the exchange between Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, and Attorney General Eric Holder over whether Holder has read the Arizona immigration law.

REP. TED POE:  So Arizona, since the federal government fails to secure the border, desperately passed laws to protect its own people. The law is supported by 70 percent of the people in Arizona, 60 percent of all Americans and 50 percent of all Hispanics, according to The Wall Street Journal/NBC poll done just this week. And I understand that you may file a lawsuit against the law. It seems to me the administration ought to be enforcing border security and immigration laws and not challenge them and that the administration is on the wrong side of the American people. Have you read the Arizona law?

ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER: I have not had a chance to — I’ve glanced at it. I have not read it.

POE: It’s 10 pages. It’s a lot shorter than the health care bill, which was 2,000 pages long. I’ll give you my copy of it, if you would like to — to have a copy.

Even though you haven’t read the law, do you have an opinion as to whether it’s constitutional

HOLDER: I have not really — I have not been briefed yet. We, as I said, have had underway a review of the law. I have not been briefed by the people who have been responsible — who are responsible for that review.

POE: Are you going to read the law?

HOLDER: I’m sure I will read the law in anticipation of that briefing. I know that they will put that in front of me, and I’ll spend a good evening reading that law.

POE: Well, I’ve gone through it. And it’s pretty simple. It takes the federal law and makes it — enacts it in a state statute, although makes it much more refined in that it actually says in one of the sections that no state or subdivision may consider race, color, national origin in implementing the requirements of any subsection of this law.

It seems to outlaw racial profiling in the law. I know there’s been a lot of media hype about the — the legislation. Do you see a difference in the constitutionality of a statute and the constitutionality of the application of that statute? Do you see there’s a difference in those two?

HOLDER: Sure, there is a potential for challenging a law on its face and then challenging a law as it is applied. So there are two bases for challenging a particular statute.

POE: And when do you think you will have an opinion as to whether the law is constitutional?

HOLDER: I’ve used this term a lot, but I think this is — I think relatively soon. I think that we have to — there has been much discussion about this. The review is underway. The Department of Justice along with the Department of Homeland Security is involved in this review. And I would expect it — our view of the law will be expressed relatively soon.

POE: You have some concerns about the statute. And it’s — it’s hard for me to understand how you would have concerns about something being unconstitutional if you hadn’t even read the law.
It seems like you wouldn’t make a judgment about whether it violates civil rights statutes, whether it violates federal preemption concepts if you haven’t read the law. So can you help me out there a little bit, how you can make a judgment call on — on that, but you haven’t read the law and determined whether it’s constitutional or not?

HOLDER: Well, what I’ve said is that I’ve not made up my mind. I’ve only made — made the comments that I’ve made on the basis of things that I’ve been able to glean by reading newspaper accounts, obviously, television, talking to people who are on the review panel, on the review team looking at the law.

But I’ve not reached any conclusions as yet with regard to — I’ve just expressed concerns on the basis of what I’ve heard about the law. But I’m not in a position to say at this point, not having read the law, not having had the chance to interact with the people who are doing the review, exactly what my position is.

May 14, 2010 Posted by | Concerns, General, Politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cinco De Mayo and being an American

The holiday of Cinco De Mayo, The 5th Of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. It is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in the Mexican state capital city of Puebla and throughout the state of Puebla, with some limited recognition in other parts of Mexico, and especially in U.S. cities with a significant Mexican population. It is not, as many people think, Mexico’s Independence Day, which is actually September 16. (http://www.mexonline.com/cinco-de-mayo.htm)

Explain to me why this is celebrated in the USA? If you are of Mexican heritage from the region of Puebla then I can understand some pride but why the hell has it become a defacto celebration in the USA? I would be willing to bet that most of the Mexicans (used to represent those here legally) are not from the Puebla area.

This is the USA where we have one National flag.

Absolutely no other flag should fly above it and only one can fly equal to it, the Texas flag.

All this “the flag is offensive” crying is nothing more that a load of crap.  Does anyone remember these words an KNOW what they mean?

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands: one Nation under God, indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for all.

I Pledge Allegiance: I Promise to be faithful and true (Promise my loyalty)

to the flag: to the emblem that stands for and represents

of the United States: all 50 states, each of them individual, and individually represented on the flag

of America: yet formed into a UNION of one Nation.

and to the Republic: And I also pledge my loyalty to the Government that is itself a Republic, a form of government where the PEOPLE are sovereign,

for which it stands,: this government also being represented by the Flag to which I promise loyalty.

one Nation under God,: These 50 individual states are united as a single Republic under the Divine providence of God, “our most powerful resource” (according to the words of President Eisenhower)

Indivisible,: and cannot be separated.   (This part of the original version of the pledge was written just 30 years after the beginning of the Civil War and demonstrates the unity sought in the years after that divisive period in our history)

with Liberty: The people of this Nation being afforded the freedom to pursue “life, liberty, and happiness”,

and Justice: And each person entitled to be treated justly, fairly, and according to proper law and principle,

for All.: And these principles afforded to EVERY AMERICAN, regardless of race, religion, color, creed, or any other criteria.   Just as the flag represents 50 individual states that cannot be divided or separated, this Nation represents millions of people who cannot be separated or divided.

The bottom line is simple: This is the United States of America not some middle eastern country, not Mexico, etc… If you come here LEGALLY you are welcome but you must become an American and not try to change the ways of the USA to that of the country you left. If you wish to change it the go back to where you came. There is a very small number of people that can trace their ancestry to ONLY the USA, most of us have roots from other countries but choose to be Americans and call it home.

May 13, 2010 Posted by | Concerns, General, Politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Davy Crockett quotes

Be always sure you are right – then go ahead.

Fame is like a shaved pig with a greased tail, and it is only after it has slipped through the hands of some thousands, that some fellow, by mere chance, holds on to it!

Heaven knows that I have done all that a mortal could do, to save the people, and the failure was not my fault, but the fault of others.

I have always supported measures and principles and not men.

I have suffered my self to be politically sacrificed to save my country from ruin and disgrace and if I am never a gain elected I will have the gratification to know that I have done my duty.

I would rather be beaton and be a man than to be elected and be a little puppy dog.

I would rather be politically dead than hypocritically immortalized.

If one man in the country could take all the money, what was the use of passing any bills about it?

It was expected of me that I was to bow to the name of Andrew Jackson… even at the expense of my conscience and judgment. such a thing was new to me, and a total stranger to my principles.

Let your tongue speak what your heart thinks.

Look at my arms, you will find no party hand-cuff on them.

The enemy fought with savage fury, and met death with all its horrors, without shrinking or complaining: not one asked to be spared, but fought as long as they could stand or sit.

The party in power, like Jonah’s gourd, grew up quickly, and will quickly fall.

Throughout the day no time for memorandums now. Go ahead! Liberty and independence forever.

We have the right as individuals to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right to appropriate a dollar of the public money.

We must not permit our respect for the dead or our sympathy for the living to lead us into an act of injustice to the balance of the living.

You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas.

March 29, 2010 Posted by | General, Politics | | Leave a comment

Book Review

I just completed reading Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse by James Wesley Rawles. This is one of the best books I have read in a while. It is not for everyone. If you are of the thought that the current system we live in is flawed then you will absolutely love the book.  As stated in the description on Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and others the book is a manual on how to survive. Survive not only in a SHTF world but in a time when normal services are not available. Yes it is very much on the extreme side by the standards of many, by others it is a glimpse of times to come.

Patriots is a very fast paced book that can keep you going until the end. I found it hard to put down but as for most of us life did get in the way.  I don’t want to say much about the story so as not to ruin it for others. A co-worker is reading it, once he finishes it I am sure we will get into a LONG conversation over the happenings in the book. Fortunately we are of like mind and I am sure will get off into the weeds when the discussion starts.

Also, there is a STRONG moral thread throughout the book. Religion is very strong, it shows the need for faith. Family and friends are shown to be invaluable. It’s just a good book.

Bottom line is the book is thought provoking. It is able to weave in current events that really make you wonder.

Enjoy

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February 2, 2010 Posted by | General, Politics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entitlements

Entitlements. I can’t count how many times I have seen/heard someone complain about not getting something. I have heard it from people on the street, people at work, people on TV, politicians, kids, etc…

It outright blows my mind. Why do people think they are owed something just because they don’t have it and someone else does?  It makes me think of Socialism, Marxism and Communism. Yes the definitions are a bit off but the main idea is the same; take from someone to give to some else. I guess it’s more of a socialist thought process;

‘a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.’

It seems no one is willing to work for what they want. And too many have the “keep up with the Jones’” mentality. Why? It drives me nuts.

I have no problem with someone wanting things; just don’t expect someone else to provide them…. Get off your lazy ass and work for it.

Do I believe there are no good reasons for entitlements… No! I believe those people that are truly in need; the handicapped, the elderly and our military all deserve some form of assistance or entitlement. They do need to work to provide for themselves as much as possible but I can see the need to provide services for them.

Our military personnel should NEVER be in need of anything while in or out of the service. Too many times our military is forgotten once they have completed their time. That is wrong. They have given everything, literally in some cases, for this country and its’ people. The least that can be done is to make sure they have ALL their needs met when they cannot provide for themselves.

Children; many of them in good homes seem to think that Mom and Dad should give them everything they want… Can you say “No”? Food, shelter, clothing and education are the needs, everything else should be earned. Yes parents can provide other gifts, etc… for their kids but they do need to learn quickly that they, the kids, need to work for the wants they have also. Being a good parent does not mean you must bow down to every whim and want the kids have.

We need to grow good strong kids and take care of those in need. And everyone needs to understand there are no entitlements in this world.

January 5, 2010 Posted by | General, Kids, Parenting, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why I write…

I started this blog for the following reasons;

  • To help me express my feelings for my step children that I don’t say. (The more I see the more I really don’t think the feelings I have mean much to them. I believe they see me as the strict step-dad that they have to put up with.)
  • To keep me from holding in my feelings, not bottling them up. I have always had a tendency to hold in my closest feelings being able to express them in writing helps the way I feel inside.
  • To express my opinion on any topic I choose.

September 11, 2009 Posted by | General, Parenting, Politics | , , | 1 Comment