Simple Courtesy

October 14, 2009

I remember once, riding in the truck with my father and I noticed he would often wave to people as we met them on the highway, I thought at the time, “Wow, dad must really know a lot of people.” One day after seeing him wave and noticing the gentleman return his gesture, I finally asked, “Dad, did you know that guy?” My father shook his head and said, “Just being friendly.” My father then, was a man who only spoke when something needed to be said, at least to me he was, but with those words “Just being friendly”, and his actions he taught me so much about simple, common, courtesy. I watched as I grew up, my father would open doors for strangers, male and female alike. He would often give up his seat for people, especially when a lady entered a room where he was sitting. He never made me follow suit, he never told me I had to do as he did. I just watched and I learned. As a young man I mimicked my fathers actions, I opened doors for people, it didn’t matter how old they were, whether they were male of female, the act of opening a door for someone became kind of habit. To this day I generally offer my seat to a lady nearby or when a lady enters the room. I remember once I was walking into a store, I saw a lady in the glass reflection behind me so when I opened the door, I stood to the side and offered to let her enter before me. She stopped and smiled at me and patted me on the shoulder and said, “Your parents raised you right.” I smiled at her and said “Yes Ma’am, they did.”

Whatever happened to those simple acts of courtesy? I don’t notice more people doing it, in fact I notice it less. I still wave to people when I pass them in my car, but I notice few are returned. Most of the time I get more waves returned from men than I do women. Maybe we are too busy being wrapped up in ourselves to notice simple gestures of friendship or courtesy. Maybe it’s the times, but it seems few have remembered the lessons learned as children or maybe they were never taught. My parents taught me kindness and courtesy, and they didn’t have to beat it into me, they didn’t have to threaten me with bodily injury to get me to show courtesy, they simply led by example. It seems fewer and fewer people are willing to do that, lead by example, now they just follow the herd. Each of us are going along, as if in a cattle chute on our way to our destinations to conduct our business, never giving our neighbor a second thought, or a first thought for that matter.

The other day I was in a shopping center with my wife picking up a few necessities. My wife needed some hair spray. We found the aisle we were looking for and in the aisle was a woman, who was busy studying some products on the shelf and her daughter who looked to be about 10 or 12 years old. The daughter was pushing the shopping cart or rather she was standing behind it with her hands on the handle, fidgeting about in the middle of the aisle. My wife had somehow managed to make it down the aisle near the hair sprays she was looking for. I, somehow, got caught at the head of the aisle standing in front of the woman and her child. I was waiting for them to notice me and move over so I could join my wife down the aisle. I stood right in front of them. The daughter looked at me several times, but never moved. The mother would never even acknowledge my mere existence nor asked the child to move over for me. I even spoke over them and toward my wife, “Honey, did you find what you were looking for?” The moment that they would offer to move over so I could pass never came, so I said “Oh, excuse me.” and made my way down another clear aisle and then back up to join my wife. Yes, it was a simple thing for me to go around to where my wife was, but that’s not the point. I joined my wife, we looked at each other and both shrugged our shoulders at the incident. I said, “There is just no more simple courtesy in the world.”


A Time for Choosing.

March 8, 2009

This speech given by Ronald Reagan on October 27, 1964 could just as easily be given on the steps of our nations capital today.

Via American Rhetoric


From the California State of Mind.

February 19, 2009

Yesterday evening as I was driving home from work, I heard a report on my satellite radio that California has a 45 Billion dollar deficit, but that it also had public land that was sitting atop one of the county’s largest deposits of oil and natural gas that could recover approximately 50 Billion dollars.

In this report I heard one of California’s enviro-twits say, and I’m paraphrasing here; “Anything used for recovering oil or natural gas is not going into renewables.” Well, my immediate reaction was, well stupid, with a 45 Billion dollar deficit, what do you have going towards renewables now? I couldn’t believe my ears, was this woman this stupid or is she just hoping that Californians are. Ah, enviro-nuts logic fails to impress me at every turn.

In my opinion, until we have a viable, sustainable, alternative to fossil fuels we need to recover what we can so we aren’t dependent upon foreign sources. Who knows, in the process of recovering fossil fuels and coming up with viable alternatives we might actually find a decent middle ground. After all, the light bulb wasn’t invented in a single day.


Disgust doesn’t cover it.

February 6, 2009

I made the mistake of reading this story when I found it on Drudge Report.

http://micurl.com/1z1vvh

I read that in disbelief that it was happening here in the United States of America. It was hard to believe that I wasn’t reading about a mother in China having her baby stripped from her body. No, this story was right from Tampa, Florida.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Eighteen and pregnant, Sycloria Williams went to an abortion clinic outside Miami and paid $1,200 for Dr. Pierre Jean-Jacque Renelique to terminate her 23-week pregnancy.

Three days later, she sat in a reclining chair, medicated to dilate her cervix and otherwise get her ready for the procedure.

Only Renelique didn’t arrive in time. According to Williams and the Florida Department of Health, she went into labor and delivered a live baby girl.

23 weeks into her pregnancy this young woman decides for personal and selfish reasons she can’t handle a baby. Instead of putting it up for adoption for another loving couple to take she decides to abort. Read this blog entry from SisterToldjah to see what a baby at a pregnancy in the 21st week looks like, this child survived.

http://micurl.com/e1izsz

Sadly it isn’t the case for the Tampa baby, what happened when the child was delivered shocked me to my core. Disdain and hate are too mild to describe what I feel for the people that took part in this action. Disgust doesn’t even begin to cover it.

One of the clinic’s owners, who has no medical license, cut the infant’s umbilical cord. Williams says the woman placed the baby in a plastic biohazard bag and threw it out.

I thought of my own children. I would not, nor could I trade the lives of my children for anything in the universe. My son a U.S. Navy sailor, my daughter young, intelligent and aspiring to be a photographer or artist. I am so proud of them words cannot describe. The love I feel for my children could fill the oceans of several planets.

As I sit and write these next lines it’s through tears of frustration and anger. How can people let these kinds of acts take place? Barack Obama, during his campaign was asked about this practice and although he didn’t tacitly support it he didn’t readily denounce it either. To “pro choice” proponents a child isn’t a child until the mother wants it. From this point on I will no longer use the words Pro Choice. These people that support the right to abortions are simply and undeniably “Pro Abortion”, “Pro Murder” and I have such a dislike for them now. Don’t preach to me about the rights of the mother, what of the rights of the unborn? Don’t they have the right to breath air, go to school, get their first skinned knee, their first crush, get their drivers license, go to a dance for God sakes? Doesn’t a baby have the right to experience life as we do? Why can’t we say if you don’t want the baby then place it for adoption? Can’t science figure out a way, if a mother doesn’t want to carry a baby, can’t we “move” the baby from one womb to a surrogate?

Even as I write this, I realize, it’s all in vain. Tomorrow morning someone else will decide they don’t want a baby and it will be done again. It’s not going to change, if anything it’s going to become more accepted. People have gotten numb. The world is crazy, so why shouldn’t we just go along for the ride? Does this make me cynical, yeah I think it does, but what else can I be, hopeful isn’t…it just isn’t there.


Been out a while.

December 10, 2008

Well I’ve been out of sorts lately had to go to the doctor and get poked and prodded and lectured. Yes, I know I should take my blood pressure medication, so now I will.

Got to work today and the power was out, so I had to wait on the power company to come out and restore it. I get a phone call from our main office and they want me to go to my bosses office and check on a fax machine, they said it wouldn’t pick up. I tell them that the power is out here and she asks; “It won’t work without power?”, I tell her not unless they’ve made magical fax machines that work without being plugged into the wall. I’m a computer technician not a miracle worker.


CNN Commentator Shocked Sexism Exists!

December 3, 2008

CNN Commentator Campbell Brown seems shocked that sexism has reared its ugly head in this day and time. Given that politicians have in the past gotten caught saying some things they wished they hadn’t, you’d think that they would learn, sadly, no.

On an open microphone at the National Governors conference Pennsylvania’s Governor Ed Rendell had this to say about Janet Napolitano, President-Elect Obama’s choice for Homeland Security Secretary:

Rendell: Janet’s perfect for that job. Because for that job, you have to have no life. Janet has no family. Perfect. She can devote, literally, 19-20 hours a day to it

Campbell Brown, CNN host of “No Bias, No Bull” made it commentary on her show.

Campbell Brown, you shouldn’t be surprised, as has been said before women are more closely scrutinized than men. Try wearing the same dress to work two days in a row. When Sarah Palin was running as VP pick on the Republican ticket, the media and left wing blogs were all a twitter about how she was going to handle being a new mother and do her job. Now when was the last time anyone had any concern whether a male politician could be a father and do his job? I’m going to guess, almost never.

Ed Morrissey at HotAir gives us his take as well.


Glad it’s over.

November 29, 2008

Indian forces end Mumbai siege

While it was happening I prayed for those involved, the victims and the forces fighting the terrorists. Now that it’s over I pray for the families of the victims and I pray for those injured. Now it’s going to be finger pointing and a lot of posturing. What exactly am I talking about? The attack on the Taj Mahal hotel in India. Here are a few links for a rundown of the events.

Indian forces end Mumbai siege

From HotAir

HotAir again

FoxNews