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It’s been a year

A year ago I lost my dad. And when I heard the news that he has passed I was devastated. He died on the morning of my 50th birthday.

My plans instantly changed and I made several trips to Fort Dodge and back. Working out the details of his obituary and planning a wake with the rest of my family in the area.

We had a great time at the wake. A lot of friends and family turned out for it. Stories circled around the room about many things dad had done in his 80+ years of life on this globe.

Dad would have loved the venue for his wake. The entire place was decorated with taxidermy mounts of all shapes and kinds. Taxidermy was one of the careers and hobbies dad had over the years of his life.

Dad was loved by many, and it showed. Siblings, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends, and others. He had touched their heart with his own.

He had his quirks, but then who doesn’t. Some came from his generation of course. He grew up in a very different time and place from today. But overall he was a good man. He loved his wife Kathy as if they were two teenagers. He had a great sense of humor. He knew how to show love and forgiveness.

Now we are at the one year anniversary since dad passed. We have the heart-felt loss tugging at us from time to time. We have the memories of our times together. We have the shared memories from friends and family.

He is missed. But he is also just around the corner from us. Just a moment of time is all that separates us from him. Talk to him like you always did, use your familiar name for him.

Carry his memory with a smile.

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Why we can’t be like the others

There is always the question after a gun related tragedy on why can’t the United States have gun laws similar to fill in the blank. Generally, some nation in Europe, or all of Europe collectively. And of course now due to the Olympics, it is South Korea as the example.

The answer to this question is very simple. The United States isn’t any of these other locations. We do not share a common culture or heritage with any of these other nations.

We are far removed from our colonial roots. Our culture and heritage is unique to the United States. And the right to keep and bear arms is part of that culture and heritage. The United States is a free Republic unlike any other in the world before or sense.

That is why we cannot have gun laws that are like some other country’s. There solutions just do not work in the United States. Unless of course your goal is to transform America into some other kind of government. Otherwise the American solution will have to be uniquely American.

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Modern English 2nd Amendment

The 2nd amendment to the Constitution reads as follows:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

This was the language used by our 18th Century Founding Fathers. So let us update the language a bit into the modern era so it can be undertood even by a 5th grader. Since apparently the majority of people are ignorant of the meaning of the Constitution.

The 2nd amendment rewritten in Moderen English:

Since we are not creating a standing army with the Constitution, we must rely on every able bodied person to insure that our nation remains free and secure against all who would attempt to take those freedoms and rights away from us, including ourselves. Therefore everyone must be able to have and keep any weapon necessary to protect such freedoms and rights. We are also preventing Congress, and the States, from makings laws against having weapons.

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It’s been 5 years

Today marks the 5th anniversary of Dawson’s passing from this earth. I still think of my son often. There are many times that something comes up and I think “Dawson would like that.”

I smile at his memory and miss him. I am far from alone in my feelings. His mom, his birth father, his sister. Jen and his grandparents. His many friends and members of his Fairemly. And his wife Meaghan.

All of us deeply miss his simile, his humor, and his physical presence with us.

To me, he was and always shall be my oldest son. But he also was a fellow gamer, a co-worker, and my friend.

My greatest hope was he would be able to get his seizures under control. And then I always to teach him the basics of driving so he could eventually get his drivers licence. It would have been a highlight of my life.

Although Dawson’s life on this earth was short. It was meaningful in the way he toucheed all of our lives.

He was a good example to follow. In his kindness, his generosity, and his love and forgiveness.

So on this day, have a Macallan in honor of Dawson. If you don’t drink, that is fine, just toast him with your beverage of choice. He’ll understand.

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The First of Eight

The President’s first State of the Union speech was worthy of being called Presidential. It was well written and executed by our nation’s chief executive officer. If President Trump ad-libbed anything you couldn’t tell. Bravo Mr. President.

In typical fashion the President remarked on the successes of the past year. The concerns currently facing our great nation. And his hopes for our coming future.

After any State of the Union address many news organizations reach out to the public and ask them for a letter grade. My grade for the President is A-.
Far better than a grade of B but not quite good enough for a solid A or an A+.

With any State of the Union address it is important to watch the reactions of our Senators and Congressmen in attendance. No matter what party affiliation they express to have, as their true colors will come to light.

Most of the nights applause came from the Republican side of the chamber. This is expected during the speech of a Republican President. But it is worth noting what the Democrats did not applaud.

The Democratic Party did not applaud to any of the advances made under the Trump Administration to the economy.

They did not applaud the creation of new jobs or the lowest unemployment ratings across all segments of our nations population. Including the lowest figures on record for black and Hispanic minorities.

They did not applaud the boom in small businesses. The very backbone of the American economy.

They did not applaud the near total destruction and loss of territory once held by ISIS and Alqida.

They did not applaud the recent tax cuts that enable businesses to reinvest in America. That bring jobs and manufacturing back to our shores instead of leaving them overseas.

And they did not applaud those same tax cuts that put more money in the pockets of the hard working middle class Americans. More money that I have already seen on my paycheck. The Democrats don’t want me to have that income.

The Democrats also did not applaud the President’s plans for the future either.

They rejected his call to remove funding limits on military and defense spending imposed under the Obama Administration. With additional funds available our military can complete the work they started against ISIS and Alqida and eradicate them. And American can build up her defenses to the point that no one will dare threaten or attack our shores or interests abroad.

They rejected his call to improve infrastructure. To repair our crumbling roads, bridges, and waterways. Removing the needless governmental regulations and permits that take decades to get anything approved. We built the Empire State Building in just over a year but it takes decades to fix a road. This must come to an end.

The Democrats even rejected the President’s immigration reform package that includes one of their most expressed talking points.

A path to citizenship for the 1.8 million illegal immigrants that arrived as children, the so-called DREAMers.

All of these plans by President Trump were rejected by the Democratic Party in attendance by their actions of not standing, not applauding, and looking sour-faced at every opportunity when the cameras focused in on them.

Given the Democratic Party reaction to the President’s State of the Union address. They are against defeating ISIS and terrorists. They are against having a strong defense against foreign aggression. They are against a thriving and strong economy. They are against minorities from being employed and having good high paying jobs. They are against a path to citizenship for the DREAMers.

Be sure to remember come the mid term elections this fall. And again in 2020 when we decide who leads our nation for the next four years.

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Time to Go

It is high time that the United States withdraws its membership, funding, support, and manpower from the socialist-leaning United Nations. And remove them from US soil.

This does come up for a vote every couple of years or so in Congress. Someone drafts the bill but it either doesn’t get voted on or it doesn’t get enough votes to pass. This time it needs to pass and come to the President’s desk to become law.

The recent UN attacks against the sovereignty of the United States is that organizations 1st step before sending in “peace-keeping” troops. And when that happens our Rights that come from God and spelled out in the first 10 Amendments in the Constitution will become void. And our Rights will come from the UN, where they are privileges that can be taken away at a whim. And we will no longer be a free people.

This is no conspiracy. The UN is UN-American, a pro one-world government sponsor that promotes Leftist ideals, discrimination against Christians and true freedom. And these people need to be sent packing.

American servicemen did not shed their blood and die to have America controlled by other men and nations who do not believe in the freedoms that our nation was built upon. Our membership is this corrupt organization needs to end now. And the blessed memory of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice will not be in vain.

Vote US out of the UN.

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A Good First Year

President Trump has made good on his promises to the American people. With almost the first year of his first term in the books, he’s a keeper.

Of course the Liberals are still up in arms because the President is keeping his promises. We know of course had the Left won the 2016 election, promises would not be kept. Campaign promises after all are the currency to get votes by the Left. They never intend on really keeping them.

But Donald Trump is a man of integrety and he has kept his word. Our Senators and Congressmen on the otherhand have not kept their word. They lied to us, just as the Left has done. Just to get the votes so they can stay in office, stay in power and enrich themselves on our money.

In order to fulfill the President’s agenda, he needs the majority of supporters in Congress. President Trump doesn’t have this currently and fights even with his own party to acomplish the goals that will benifit all Americans.

Those who oppose the President come even from his own party. But they are the RINO establishment. And part of the vast and deep Washington DC swamp. The draining continues.

Other enemies of the President are the Liberal Left and the mainstream media which they control. It is hard to get your message out to the people when the media is in the hands of the Liberal Left and you don’t champion the Liberal agenda. So keep Tweeting Mr. President. Keep us informed.

But our President marches on anyway. As his is a higher calling. He could have stayed a private citizen. Donating to both parties on issues that directly impacted his bottom line as a buisnessman. But he wanted a better future for his children and grand children, and the next generation of Americans.

And I salute you Mr. President. Keep up the good work, as we have 7 more years to go. And after that I pray we have another 8 years of a President Pence to follow your lead.

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Net Neutrality

With any government regulation you run into the same problem. There is either too much regulation or there is too little regulation. And usually it’s too much regulation. Net Neutrality was to enable everyone’s data to be treated the same. No matter where it originated or what it’s destination.

Comcast, a major backbone provider of the internet, has been known to throttle data of its users in the past. They did so against Netflix and bittorrent. And only Net Neutrality and customers complaining made them loosen up. Now with Net Neutrality done away with by unelected bureaucrats, Comcast and other major providers are free again to throttle or shape any data crossing their networks. And they will do so. Not today, let everyone get used to the idea that no Net Neutrality is “good” and in a year or so when everyone has forgotten about the change is when it will begin to happen.

This already happens in Europe and Asia where there is no Net Neutrality, where ISP charge more and have different packages based on the type of data one is sending or receiving. And it will happen here. Never fall for the line of “it can’t happen here.” That is a myth and lie you are telling yourself.

And now without Net Neutrality, the bigger ISPs can force the smaller ISPs to pay them more money to transmit their data across the network. This already happens in the cable/satellite world for TV broadcasting. That is why bills for those always go up. It’s the rebroadcast rights are getting, well extorted. And those operation costs get passed to the consumer.

I know, I work in the cable industry. I see the things that non-technical and the average consumer or user does not see. The loss of Net Neutrality is terrible thing.

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Alabama Vote not a Victory for America

The Democratic victory in Alabama sends a dire message to the GOP. Lies and scandal will cost votes due to the Leftist hatred of the President and his party. And anyone on the Right is a target. Evidence is not required as one is always guilty without need of proof or verification of any allegations. And the low-information voters do exactly what the Democratic controlled media tells them to do and how to vote.

There is a big fight coming in 2018 and the Left will not hesitate to lie, cheat, or steal its way to a complete victory in Congress. And if you can see the opposition to the President’s agenda in Congress now that it is Republican controlled. It will be far worse with Democratic control. The President doesn’t even have a full staff yet due to Democratic and Republican feet dragging. And Republican control is the only thing that stands between 4 to 8 years of President Trump and a President Trump impeachment on false accusations and lies. If the Leftist control the Congress in 2018, they will impeach the President.

And I can see a day where they would be foaming at the mouth and impeach both President Trump and Vice President Pence. Thus giving the last 2 years of the Trump Administration to Nancy Pelosi. In a Democratic controlled House, she becomes Speaker of the House and next inline of Presidential succession in the event both President Trump and Vice President Pence are unable to serve. Being impeached and removed from office would make this reality.

This nightmare can happen. And We the People will let it happen with our apathy to the political process. And the Democratic leadership is counting on it.

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A Star Trek Discovery Review

I have been watching the latest Star Trek series. Star Trek: Discovery. The storytelling and plot are fantastic thus far. But like the reboot movies it has a lot of continuity issues.

The Discovery takes place some 10 years before Captain James T. Kirk conducts his famous 5 year mission on the Enterprise. So I watch for things that should not be in that time period of known Star Trek history.

First off there is the use of the arrow head emblem for all of Star Fleet. This is incorrect. The arrow head emblem did not become the symbol of Star Fleet until after Captain Kirk returned from his historic 5 year mission. Prior to that event every ship in Star Fleet had it’s own symbol. The arrow head was the symbol of the U.S.S. Enterprise only.

The technology seems to improve by going back in time of Star Trek’s history. They have holographic displays and consoles. This tech is even better that the tech of the Enterprise in The Next Generation under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

The Discovery even has a small holodeck for combat training. Something that wasn’t invented until the 24th century in The Next Generation, and then it was rather new and a questionable technology. It is flawless on the Discovery.

Everyone seems to use holographic communications as well. The Federation aboard Star Fleet vessels and even the Klingons themselves. No more putting the incoming communication “on screen”. There is a 3 dimensional person to walk around and interact with while communicating, although not a physical interaction like a holodeck. This is a technology never before demonstrated in the history of Star Trek. However it is a direct rip-off (or flattery) of the HoloNet communications from Star Wars used by the Republic, the Empire, and Rebels alike for 1,000’s of years.

I do like the new look of the Imperial Kingons. However in proper Star Trek canon the very existence of these Klingons from deep within the Klingon Empire were not known to the Federation until the V’ger incident. The Klingons were well versed in the science of genetic engineering, something that the Federation banned, and they created the Klingon/Human fusions that we saw in the original series.

We also have the Discovery’s spore drive. This is basically a kind of hyperdrive or jumpdrive. Ripped-off (or more flattery) from Star Wars and/or the reimaged Battlestar Galactica. Apparently this technology was either lost in the war against the Klingons or banned afterwards due to the biological component needed to make it work properly.

At the time of this writing we have yet to see the Romulans in this incarnation of Star Trek. But we shouldn’t see them either. Star Trek history tells us that Earth and the Romulans had a war about 90 to 100 years prior to the Discovery time period. As it had been 100 years since the Romulan war when Kirk and crew encounter them in the “Balance of Terror” episode of the original series. And at that point no one knew what a Romulan looked like either. Time will tell if this canon of Star Trek gets violated by the Discovery as it was already violated by the movie reboot.

It does seem to me that there is a continuity between the Star Trek Enterprise series, the movie reboots, and the Discovery series. However this continuity breaks down greatly when compared to the original series, the Next Generation, DS9, and Voyager series.

Within the Star Trek universe this can be explained easily as an alternate timestream or a parallel universe. If it is an alternative timestream, we have yet to see the Federation Time Fleet of the future come in and correct the errors that have been made. If is just a parallel universe then there is nothing to correct and it can be accepted as such.

But overall Star Trek Discovery is a good show and worth watching despite the multiple continuity errors as seen from the eyes of an old generation Trekker. Looking forward to the season finale and next season.

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