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Is common sense no more?

Archive for the month “January, 2013”


Hey, bet you never expected to see a “Common Sense” article on this subject.  Many, if not most readers, may not even be aware that I’m a Dad and that I live with a Mom.  She is actually the mother of my daughter, which is not always the case, but that is another subject.  The reason I have brought forth this point is that I want you all to know that I speak from experience.  I have in past articles lambasted people for preaching about that of which they have no real experience.  Shortly, we will embark on a series of articles concerning “How to pick a life’s partner” which came about by a request from our daughter.  You see, a father is important even in a daughters rearing.

We, Mom and I, started our daughter out early on the importance of money and work.  She would help us out opening and closing the business which we owned at the time, a Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Parlor.  She would help wash the equipment and help sweep and mop the floors.  This was done to give her pride of work and to teach her to manage the money she earned.  I can remember putting her on the retail side of the counter as a customer and having her order a product, give me money and then tell me how much change she should receive.  We also played out this in reverse; so she had to make correct change.  All this started at the age of six.  Now aren’t all you parents of teenage kids that have no job feeling foolish.  You see, if you do not start them out early in life working and wanting to work for a pay check, then you are handicapping your child for life.  You parents, who have done this to your child, are the ones to blame for the entitlement culture of today.  It makes “COMMON SENSE” if you have given them everything all their life that they now expect me to continue the free ride as an employer.  Sorry, it is not happening with me.  If you haven’t prepared them for life’s hard knocks, then as an employer I must.

I also remember that when she was about eight years old she wanted a bike.  I told her she could have one, but that she would have to buy it with the money she had saved.  She and Mom were driving down the street one day and she spied a bike at the resale shop.  They stopped to look and it “fit to a T”, just what she wanted.  Only one problem, the shop wanted $10 and she only had $6.  They came home and we discussed this over dinner and we decided that she could borrow the money from the family bank and explained that she would have to repay the loan with interest.  A great learning experience, as she had no concept of interest; she does today and pays cash when ever possible.  I know, I know, you are saying what a horrible Dad I was; but with this lesson of life and many others, she developed into a woman of great character and substance.

Early on, I tried to impress upon her that if she applied herself at school that when she graduated someone would offer her a scholarship to attend college.  This did in fact happen and she received an excellent education at a private christian college where she graduated “Summa Cum Laude”.  By the way, she worked at Sonic to help with her expenses during her college years.  This again instilled in her the work ethic.  Now, for all you saying how lucky we, as parents were, I must inform you we spent untold dollars sending her to a private christian school from the beginning.  We felt that she would get a better education and be spiritually nourished at the same time.  As it worked out, we were correct as she developed into a really fine christian lady with good judgements and good morals.  It took both time and money, as we had to drive 25 miles each way for much of her school life, but it was worth it.

After college, she moved to D.C. for a job where she was on her own.  She knew we were there as back up; but that we wanted her to experience what life had in store and did she.  Those were not easy years for her, I’m sure; but because we had taught her to work and to think for herself, she came through it the wiser.  Nothing or no one is a better teacher than life’s hard knocks and experience.

All of this is to point to the “COMMON SENSE” fact that if you coddle them all their life they will never developed into a real man or woman.  Please use “common sense” and let them experience the pride of “making it on their own”.  Now get out-of-the-way, let them earn their way in life, quit coddling them and just love and support them.  After all, it just makes good ol “COMMON SENSE“.



“Come and Take It” sounds like a good movie title or a good song title or maybe just a double-dog-dare ya!!!  Well it is a good song title about gun control by one of our somewhat local artist, Steve Vaus.  We call him local because he truly has “THE ATTITUDE”. It is not his first venture into songs of political nature.  He has always been on the cutting edge with his music and is a “pretty damn good hand” at what he does.

If you have followed my blog at all, you know my feelings toward the gun control issue and the infringement of our rights by the government on many fronts.  He has captured the feelings of many Texans and just a lot of other people to boot.  It strikes a nerve with me and brings a tear to my eye; but, please do not think of that tear as a sign of weakness.  Better yet, understand it as a tear of pride.  The same thing happens when the National Anthem is played or a flag goes by in a parade.  You see, I have served my time for this country and was raised to respect “OLD GLORY” and to not allow her to be tread upon.  People have asked me many times, “What is it that makes Texans so proud?”  I tell them it is just bred in us.  I was “BORN AMERICAN BY FATE but BORN TEXAN BY THE GRACE OF GOD”.  We are a self-reliant group of people who will not mess with others and that is where the old saying “DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS”, comes from I guess.  It’s an attitude; the “cowboy attitude”.  Someone once pointed out that I do not dress like a “cowboy”; and a friend spoke up and said “oh, but he is one”.  Again, it’s not the hat, boots, jeans or truck, it’s just the attitude.

It is the attitude that Steve Vaus captures in his new song “COME AND TAKE IT”.  Enjoy and spread the news and our blog site with your friends and family through all the social media right along side of his great song.  After all, it only makes “COMMON SENSE” to share something new and good.

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Oh, how I yearn for the days of yesteryear, when COMMON SENSE was common.  Boy has that changed!   We now have the President and all his band of idiots calling for the ban of assault weapons; but, they do not know what an assault weapon means.  They keep trying to define an AR-15 as being the same as some other auto-assault weapon.  As usual, most , including the President, have never handled any of these weapons, but are now experts ready to tell you and the rest of the public what should be our policies toward guns.  And by the way, they are all protected by the gun.   There are armed guards at every entrance to all the Capital Buildings.

We have covered this issue before. And if you have read those blogs, then you know that all of the lefty’s calling for gun control are protected at some level by guns.  So, the point of this post is to simply, shortly and sweetly inform our readers of the true stats for gun violence in America.  I truly believe that these stats completely boaster the belief that guns in America are not the problem.  Simply by scanning the chart below, you can decide for yourself if the violence in America is due to the gun.  Of course, you can present this to a liberal and it will have no effect as they are devoid of any common sense to understand the message it sends.  We, over the years, have given too much weight to their intellect by trying to present logical facts to them.  I, and many of my associates, have determined that their, the liberals, brains are hard-wired differently than that of conservatives.  I will assure you  that if you use the info in this chart, which you should feel free to do, they, your liberal friends, of which I have none, will not be swayed, as facts are just a bump in the road for them.

To put some perspective on Gun Control.
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 As you can tell, Obama is in with a bad crowd.  It is shameful that we have to point stuff like this out; but, it only makes “COMMON SENSE” when you look at his agenda.  He is moving to the left of center in a big way.  He will/has looked the public in the eye and lied to them.  This is not the first and neither will it be the last lie that this man will tell to promote his agenda.   BEWARE!!!

Notice where the stats show gun violence and then ask yourself if what they are proposing might have any effect. Did you notice that according  to the FBI that the baseball bat is the most used and dangerous of weapons?  If this stat is true, and we assume it is, then why all the push to restrict guns.  If you look and study the above group of friends that Obama has aligned himself with, then it may become clear as to the agenda.  My personal opinion is that he wants to sign a U.N. Gun Treaty so he can then try to have U.N. forces confiscate the guns.  My reasoning is that he knows the that law enforcement/military would not do his “dirty work”.

The old saying or “COMMON SENSE“, if you will, is “Birds of a feather, flock together.” So, simply look to how he is feathering his nest to know who he will flock together with in the end.

“PORK”, an American Staple

Well, folks here we are trying to help the people of need from the Sandy storm; and all President Obama and the Senate are feeding them is “PORK”.  What a great bunch of idiots we have representing us.  The people affected by the storm are in need of aid and all the Senate sends the House is a bill loaded with “PORK” for pet projects that have nothing to do with aid to victims of the storm.  Please tell me that “COMMON SENSE” is to fund a bill with real help instead of all this nonsense.

This is only a partial list; but, ask yourself if this makes any “COMMON SENSE” or is it finally going to be clear to everyone that our representatives have no “COMMON SENSE” and do not care what happens to you or I except that which might affect how we might vote.

$150M for Alaska fisheries

$41M for US military bases,including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

$5.2M for the Justice Department

$4M for Kennedy Space Center in Florida

$3.5M for Homeland Security

$2M for Smithsonian Institution in D.C.

Do any of you really think that any of these are going to help the poor people who still have no roof over their heads or food for their tables?  This is what your government really cares about, their “PET PROJECTS”.  The only time you enter their mind is for re-election time.  Please wake up as you have been fed a sleeping pill; and if you do not wake up, the next pill will be hard to swallow.

Now, I have to ask this and it will not be popular in the northeast were all this damage happened, “Where is your President when you need him?”  In Hawaii, on the beach, instead of in his office trying to find help for you.  He got his photos and ran like the dog he is.  And, oh yes, you voted for him and would again.  Damn near everyone hurt by this storm most likely voted for him and he has now turned his back on them.  I’ll guarantee you’ll not hear from him til he needs your vote for something else.  Also, you can thank your Senator Schumer for some of this “PORK” right along side of “Dirty Harry” and all the Democraps in the Senate.  Most if not all the “PORK” has the fingerprints of Democraps all over the bill.

As previously mentioned, damn near all of you in the storm area voted for Obama twice and would not dare scream that it is his fault that you are not getting the aid you need.  He was, is, and will be your man.  Just the opposite happened in Katrina.  All the blacks in Katrina voted for the Democraps so they jumped all over President Bush while in truth he got help to the area much faster than Obama has in Sandy.  This just shows how partisan the Democraps are; but you know what, they do need help so even if they are Democraps we need to step up and help out.  It is the right thing to do; and we as conservatives believe in doing what is right, both legally and morally.

COMMON SENSE” will tell you, “Screw me once shame on you; Screw me twice shame on me”.  Well, you voted for him twice so “SHAME ON YOU” and “GOOD LUCK WITH THAT”.

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