Wednesday, August 16, 2017

POPPING ZITS

Rush Limbaugh said of North Korea, they are a zit on the butt of a hog. The reality is that North Korea is a tiny little country who cannot even feed themselves let alone fight a war. While it’s probably true that they have some nuclear capability, their first strike on anyone or anything of significance would be their last strike on anybody. Today, sitting in the coastal waters just off their shores is a fleet of warships and submarines armed to the teeth with weaponry the likes the world has never seen. As one prominent retired General said last week, North Korea would become a parking lot.

The media keeps warning us of the threat posed by China. Really? Does anyone truly believe China wants to fight a war with us? For the first time in their modern history, they finally have some semblance of economic security. They are not about to jeopardize that security for North Korea. They are far more likely to just pop that little zit and go about their business of making cheap knock-off toys and electronics. Our problem is not China, no it’s the mainstream media. The biggest threat we face is a media more determined to interfere with Trump’s agenda than a shooting war with anybody.

Truth be told, most of this war talk is our own fault. We could have and should have shut this down years ago. For these past several years we have failed in our duty to make countries like North Korea and others understand just where they stand on the war fighting issue. By letting them get away with their past attempts at blackmail and extortion, we have allowed them to believe they have some sort of parity with the rest of the world. We haven’t convinced them that a war with the United States would mean their immediate annihilation. I am not convinced there is anyone in North Korea with enough intelligence to know what will happen if they don’t just get back in their little huts and keep their collective mouths shut. For a certainty there’s a new sheriff in town.

Now, with President Trump finally letting the world know what is at stake, the liberals are going ballistic. They are apoplectic. Maxine Waters basically said that she would rather live with a nuclear armed North Korea than to upset them in any way by all this “reckless” talk. Sorry Maxine. The adults are in charge now. Get used to the fact that little countries like North Korea and their ilk are just not going to be allowed to continue to threaten us or our allies.

I don’t favor a first strike at this time, but, if the mouthy little dictator doesn’t get the message, we maybe should surface a couple of our nuclear submarines a few hundred yards off North Korea’s coast just for them to see.

My hope, not only for us and our allies, but also for the millions of North Koreans living miserable lives in that God forsaken country, is that wiser heads get the big picture and get rid of Lil Kim before he steps in something that he cannot clean off his shoes. Once the war fighting force that is known as the United States Military is unleashed, all hell will break loose.

Not only will that take care of the North Korean problem but it should also serve as a lesson for any other little two-bit dictators bent on suicide.

While we are not the world’s police department, we are most certainly not the rug on which these punks wipe their feet.

Rob Scarbro

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

THE MIRACLE OF MODERN MEDICINE

As many of you know I have been convalescing for about three weeks following my knee replacement surgery. I certainly appreciate all of your kind notes and “get well” wishes. Your kind words of encouragement have been both helpful and inspirational.

This column will deal with some thoughts I have had during this time. Obviously there has been much to talk about on the national and international scene, but I am pretty sure those matters will still be there in the weeks to come. So, I am going to deal with matters much closer to home.

First, I want to tell you all that the VA has come through for me once again. From the time I first visited my primary care doctor to the actual surgery took much too long, but it was handled. I am being treated under a program known as the “veteran’s choice.” This program allows me to be treated by local docs and the local hospital. Otherwise I would have to travel hundreds of miles to a VA facility both for the surgery and the rehab. That would have been unbelievably difficult. While this is not perfect by any means, it is workable. I am grateful for this benefit that is one of the results of my military service.

The second matter that I want to discuss is just the miracle of modern medicine. I have been sitting here in my recliner feeling sorry for myself. This surgery has been painful. In fact, far more painful than I was prepared for. But now, it is just a matter of dealing with the pain and getting stronger.

In my more cogent and thoughtful moments I have the opportunity to reflect on what has happened to me. My knee was destroyed by use and abuse and seventy- plus years of toting me around. In a matter of about two hours My highly skilled surgeon removed the arthritically damaged tissue and replaced it with synthetic material. My knee is now better than ever. All I have to do is be patient, do my therapy, and very soon I will be better that new. This would not have been possible just a few short years ago.

Two years ago, I had my right shoulder replaced. If you didn’t know it had happened, you couldn’t tell. These surgeries are absolutely modern medical miracles. I am grateful for these miracles.

Many of you, my readers, are dealing with medical issues of your own. We are all very fortunate to be living in this time. Medications, treatments, and all things medical are getting better all of the time. Dreaded diseases are being brought under control. We are able to live longer, healthier lives because of modern medicine.

If, like me, you have occasion to feel sorry for yourself, take a moment to reflect on the miracle that you are a part of. It’s going to get better. I promise you.

Ron Scarbro

Monday, July 17, 2017

TAKING A FEW DAYS OFF

I will be having knee surgery tomorrow and will be out of action for a few days. Even though there is plenty to rant about, everybody thinks it is best that I just take a rest and give myself an opportunity to get over my surgery. So, I won’t be posting a blog this week, and next week will be determined by how I’m doing. I’ll be back with you soon.

Ron

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

THERE'S A LOT GOING ON

There’s a lot going on. I try to pick a subject to comment on but sometimes there is just so much happening that it is difficult. So, I am going to speak on a number of things.

First, Kim Jong Un, part-time stand-in for the Pillsbury doughboy and dictator of North Korea. He is obviously a nut case with a death wish, but he also seems to have a death wish for his entire country. His people are scared of him because he is so erratic. Lil Kim is the only overweight individual in North Korea who lives a fantasy life at the expense of his own people. In North Korea, grass is considered a vegetable. Meat is the occasional dog who stumbles by. It is a desperate country with desperate people. He is begging for the world to take him out and he may very soon get his wish. Such an erratic moron is too dangerous to be ignored.

Why would anybody travel to that God forsaken place? There are currently four people being held for ransom by the North Koreans since they just killed their last hostage. It is just a matter of time for those four.

Next on my list of strangeness is the media’s unbelievable disrespect for our duly elected President. I heard that if Trump discovered a cure for cancer, the media would criticize him for putting researchers out of work. Their unbounded hatred for Trump is creating a situation which is rapidly rendering the media worthless at least and at worse, probably dangerous. The President’s approval ratings are headed up and the media’s are going into the toilet. The media seems to forget that the election is over and their anointed Queen had her derriere handed to her. To use the lib’s own phrase, we need to move on.

Then we have these twenty-four liberal Democrat Congress people who are trying to figure out a way to impeach the President using the twenty-fifth amendment to the Constitution. Read the amendment. These idiots have nothing and their little stunt is going nowhere. I have long thought we need to have IQ tests for incoming Congress people. If we did, many of the sitting members would have to find new jobs. If you looked at the districts they represent, you might get a better idea of the real problem.

Mark Zuckerburg of Facebook believes we should all have a “minimum annual income” guaranteed by the government. He seems to think that such a policy would lift people out of poverty. Sure it would, for about two weeks. That’s about how long it would take for all that money to land in the hands of a few smart entrepreneurs, fleece artists, and drug dealers. Sorry, Mark. In a free society we must earn our living. Government welfare is a joke destroying millions of lives in this country already. Adding more money to the fire would just exacerbate the situation

I believe in healthy debate. I believe in the right to disagree. Our first amendment gives us the right of free speech. I use that right every week when I prepare this column. But, I also believe in loyalty to our country. What used to be the “loyal opposition” has become the disloyal resistance. They are America haters who prefer socialism to capitalism. Travel to Greece, or even to Venezuela. See how your socialism really works. See what happens when you, as Margaret Thatcher once said, run out of other people’s money. These countries could soon be taken over by their neighbors because they are failures.

As you can see, there is a lot to talk about. I will spare you any more of my ranting until next week.

Ron Scarbro

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

UNDERSTANDING THE TERM ILLEGAL

The IRS last week made an astounding announcement. They reported that as many as 1.9 million illegal aliens in this country had stolen or fictitious social security cards. Hmmm. Let’s see now. Our own government has said time and again that there are about 11 million illegal aliens in this country. So, if only 1.9 million have stolen SSNs, what are the others using for identification? What are they using to apply for welfare, Federal benefits, and any other goodies they want? Plus, what if I told you that the real number of illegals in this country was much closer to 25 million?

I set about trying to learn if and how so many illegals can get social security numbers. Trying to uncover the volumes of gobbledy goop that is government speak is a chore best left for lawyers who specialize in language designed to be unreadable. One report that I read stated that the Social Security Administration issued well over ten million social security numbers to non-citizens in the last few years. Why? Why would we issue social security numbers to non-citizens? According to the explanation, these cards are used for identification, to file taxes with the IRS, to apply for benefits from the Federal Government, etc. etc. There seems to be no end to the lame excuses our government uses to attempt to legitimize illegal aliens in this country. Don’t these government agencies understand the meaning of the term “illegal?”

Here’s a reality. Illegal aliens are just that. They are people who have trespassed into this country and live here illegally. Any service or benefit they receive, whether it be welfare, emergency room medical care, education, food stamps, or any other goodie, is received by them illegally. They are stealing from the legitimate citizens of this country and it needs to come to a stop.

This past week our House of Representatives passed two major pieces of legislation designed to curtail the illegal immigration problem. One dealt with “Sanctuary Cities” and the other was known as “Kate’s Law.” These bills are now on to the Senate and then to the President where he has indicated he will sign them.

The Sanctuary Cities bill would withhold Federal grants and funding from any city which refused to obey Federal Immigration law or refused to communicate with ICE regarding illegals in their cities.

Kate’s law, named for the tragically murdered young lady in San Francisco, Kate Steinle, will automatically land individuals in Federal Prison for a minimum of five years and up to ten years if they return to this country illegally after being deported. This law was introduced a while back but Harry Reid refused to allow it to be brought to the Senate floor for a vote. One of the many reasons you are unemployed Harry. I have asked this before and I would ask it again. Who could be against Kate’s law?

I have watched a TV show called Border Wars and it basically deals with the problems of our southern border. Time and again the people they arrest have been arrested many, many times for illegally trespassing into the US. Many of them go back and forth across our border as if it wasn’t even there. They bring drugs. They bring their poverty, and they bring disease. They come to have their children born in American hospitals. It’s a win win for them. One, the hospital stay is free and two, their child is automatically an American citizen. That’s another bit of nonsense that has to come to a stop.

Here’s a test. Trespass into Canada and try to get some of their free health care. Trust me. It will not end well for you.

Social Security numbers should be reserved for American citizens as they were always intended. This well could be one of the main reasons the Social Security Administration is running out of money and in such a mess. We need to get  handle on this now.

Ron Scarbro

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

0 for 4

Well the Democrats lost another special election. Just before the Georgia election we were told that this was to be a referendum on Donald Trump and his Presidency. This also, we were told, was to be a preview of the 2018 Congressional elections. Guess what? It was. Clearly the Democrats are on the wrong side of the issues. They are now 0 for 4 in special elections and things are not looking good for them in the future. The voters are sending the message that they like what Trump is doing and want to see more of the same.

While it’s not my job to tell the Democrats where they are going wrong, I can’t resist the urge to at least try. They seem to see the political spectrum as being between the right and the left. It is actually between the right and the wrong. For several years this country has tried the liberal’s method of dealing with everything from poverty, to race relations, to foreign policy, to health care and to our economy. Obviously it hasn’t worked. Trump brought new thinking and the people liked it.

Since the election the liberals have tried to overturn it. They have tried everything from recounts, to spreading lies about “Russian collusion” to accusing Trump of obstruction of justice for firing Comey. They get in front of a microphone and scream for impeachment. Sorry, Maxine, it ain’t gonna happen. Sooner or later the Democrats are going to have to get used to the fact that Trump won and Hillary lost. Trump was elected by the people. Hillary was rejected by the people. The very same people the Democrats seem to have forgotten about.

A new poll was just released that finds the American people are tired of all the negative reaction to Trump. They are tired of all the ridiculous investigations and hearings. Anybody with enough brain power to get out of bed knows there was never any Russian collusion with Trump in this last election. This always was a lie started by the Hillary campaign in an effort to explain why she lost. Let’s face it. She lost because she was a terrible candidate. She needs to take her carcass back to her trailer park in Arkansas and bake cookies. This country has had it up to here with everything Clinton.

Under Trump the Supreme Court is going to get back to the job they are hired to do. There will soon be other vacancies that will be filled by true American jurists who have read the Constitution and will render verdicts based on the law and not on feelings.

What we need now is for the Congress to get off their derrieres and deal with the issues before us. We, the people, will be holding their feet to the fire. Swamp denizens need not apply. Find another swamp. Washington D. C. will no longer be hospitable to you.

Attention Republicans. Don’t think for a moment that it’s clear sailing ahead. Just look at what the Democrats are doing to themselves. They are splitting down the middle. You have the whacko lefties following Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. They will be following them over a cliff. The Harry Truman Democrats can’t seem to get any footing. As a party they don’t have any true leadership or any understandable message. Personally I like that about the Democrats. As long as they continue to worship at the feet of Nancy Pelosi, they will continue to lose elections. I say, well done Nancy. Keep up the good work.

On the other hand, the Republicans are also having issues. The so-called right wing of the party seems intent on destroying any chance of accomplishment. Compromise, people. We elected a Republican Congress with a Republican President for a reason. Get busy or lose any chance of being reelected. We grow weary of lame excuses.

Ron Scarbro

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

IS IT EVIL OR JUST CRAZINESSS

I don’t want this to come as a shock to you, but there are some real nut cases running loose in this country. They could be your neighbor or your co-worker. In fact they could be anybody. Mostly, however, they tend to be loners, either physically or virtually. Many are very intelligent. Do you remember Ted Kaczynski? He is brilliant, a Harvard graduate as a teenager, but he is crazy.

As I understand Kaczynski, I see an individual who takes himself away from any family or any friends. He does this because he wants to conjure up images and thoughts in his mind and he doesn’t want anybody to challenge any of his thoughts. He doesn’t want debate or discussion. He wants to believe that because he, brilliant as he is, thinks it, it has to be true.

Is Kaczynski evil? By normal human standards, by all means. Did he set out to be evil? I think not. He just thought up evil acts and being unchallenged, rationalized them to be good. I doubt that even today, he sees his acts as evil. Like I said, he’s crazy.

This clown who decided to shoot up the Republican baseball practice probably sat there shooting thinking that people were going to be proud of him. In his feeble mind he probably thought he was doing good. He was also crazy.

We want crazy people to look crazy and in many cases they do. But, there are many who don’t. They just show up, having made a crazy decision, and act on it.

The killers in Orlando, San Bernardino, and Boston were all crazy, but they were also evil and motivated by evil. The shooter of the baseball practice was self- motivated. He probably saw himself as a warrior for his cause and believed that people would applaud his actions. As it turns out, he and the others have just become so much garbage rotting and turning back into the dust they came from.

Of course the liberals will scream “gun control.” There are just too many guns. The fact is there are not enough guns. You see what stopped the shooter at the baseball practice. It was another gun. In fact, all of the above killers were stopped by guns except for Kaczynski who rots in prison for the rest of his natural life.

In our “cyber” culture some people have friends they have never met. They see themselves as a part of a group that only exists in cyberspace. They read and follow only like-minded and like-thinking. They are never challenged for their craziness. Many live in total isolation, either physically or virtually. Then, suddenly, for reasons known only to them, they give themselves permission to act on their craziness.

Their neighbors and families say that he was always just a quiet individual who kept to himself. We always thought he was a bit strange but we never imagined he was capable of this. But when they reexamine the past, they remember unexplainable things. There usually seems to be telltale signs.

In America one cannot be charged with the crime of thinking evil, only acting on it. Then it’s too late.

We absolutely need to tone down the rhetoric from politicians and the mainstream media. There are nut cases out there who are looking for permission to do crazy things and they often get their marching orders from the TV set or the newspaper. They listen to their heroes in Hollywood and think they are doing good. Imagine what Kathy Griffin’s little act of stupidity does to some people who are already on the edge of reality. They sit around playing violent games on their electronic devices. They live in a fantasy world. A world that comes crashing down when they pick up their guns or their bombs and emulate the characters in their fantasy games.

Be aware. Be careful. Watch for craziness. If you see something, say something.

Ron Scarbro

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

SWEET MYSTERIES OF LIFE

Recently I was shopping with my wife. We do that often. On this occasion we were looking for home supplies. She needed some Kleenex. I watched as she stood in front of the display. There were many choices, but they were all Kleenex. I asked what was taking so long to buy a box of Kleenex. She said she was looking for a particular color of box to match the color of our bathroom. Say what? I cannot be the only man in the world who didn’t know that ladies buy Kleenex in boxes that are designed to match the color of the room where they will be placed. Ah, sweet mysteries of life.

There are many mysteries of life. Some are not so sweet. Here’s an example of a vile mystery of life. Let’s say you are a world renowned, multi-millionaire, television and movie star, but the only way you can score with the ladies is to drug them into unconsciousness. That doesn’t say a lot for your sex appeal does it? And when you do that, is it an accomplishment? Is it a victory? Or is it just a vulgar illegal act of control by a rapist? Another mystery of life.

There are still more mysteries. There is this little, fat, dictator in North Korea who starves his people to death spending all his country’s wealth on weaponry which will be rendered worthless in a matter of seconds if he ever tried to use it. He is daring the world to take him out. He is even daring his own people to get rid of him. Trust me. He is a short timer on this earth whether the world deals with him or his own people. I am sure this is one mystery which will soon be solved.

Did you think I would write a piece about the mysteries of life and leave out one of the biggest? Not a chance. There is this former President who dodged the draft, went on to be elected to various offices in his southern state, became the nominee for the Presidency as a Democrat and was elected, twice. While serving as President, he had an illicit affair with at least one lady and probably many more. One however, kept the evidence. Oops. This President was subsequently impeached, disbarred from the practice of law for lying to a Grand Jury, and sent packing with his tail between his legs only to be resurrected back into prominence by the Democrat party. Now that is truly one of the great mysteries of life. Doesn’t say much for the character of the Democrats does it?

Next on my list of mysteries is the media. Historically the media has been governed by the four w’s. That’s who, what, where, and when. Lately they have added the fifth “w” which stands for why. They now want to tell you the news and then go on to explain how you should deal with it. They want you to see stories strictly from their point of view without regard for the truth of the situation. This then becomes opinion rather than hard news. It is no mystery why they want to control all information getting to the American people, the mystery is why the American people are putting up with it. Another mystery is why would the media alienate well over 50% of the country to foment their silly agenda? Recent polls are showing that the American people are relying less and less on the mainstream media. They just cannot be trusted.

In life, mysteries come and go but truth seems to always find its way to the surface. And truth will find its way again as we soon will all see regarding the Russian interference into our election for President and the Trump campaign’s involvement. This will be quite disturbing to many on the left. Ah, sweet mysteries of life.

Ron Scarbro


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

THE ALTERNATE UNIVERSE THAT WE HAVE BECOME

Sometimes when I wake up in the morning, I think I’m in an alternate universe. A few days ago I watched as has-been comedienne Kathy Griffin showed up on TV carrying what appeared to be a severed, bloody head of our President, Donald Trump. Disgusting, sick, and sad on every level. If I were in charge she would be arrested for threatening the life of the President. She has been roundly criticized and even fired from several jobs she had previously been contracted for.

Then, and this is where it really gets strange, she holds a press conference blaming Trump, his family, and older white men everywhere for ruining her life. This is the first time she has been funny in years. What an idiot. Go away Kathy while you still can. You could be facing life in Federal Prison for your stupidity. It couldn’t happen soon enough for me.

The students at Evergreen College in Olympia, Washington decided that there was just too much “white privilege.” To combat that, they decided that they would observe a “one day of no whites on campus.” It seems a white professor didn’t go along with their stupidity so the students did what idiots do. They demanded this professor resign because of his racism. The President of the college sided with the students. Fortunately the Legislature in Washington stepped in and introduced a bill to remove all funding from this school. Minorities have worked for years for equality and in just a few days some white students chose to set them back generations. Talk about racism.

President Trump has decided to remove us from the feckless, worthless, Paris Accord on global climate change. This was nothing more than a wealth redistribution from America to third world countries. Using “global warming” as a trigger to sell almost anything leftist and green has gotten really tiresome. Of course the lamestream media is all over this. Pulling out, according to them, is the end of the world as we know it. The Marshall Islands will soon be under water. Miami Beach will as well. If they are, I hope John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi and their ilk will be vacationing there when it happens.

Another thing I have noticed in this alternate universe is the regular appearance of loser Hillary Clinton on TV shows wearing clothing made out of old Volkswagen seat covers. Some ladies just shouldn’t wear checkered prints, just saying. She seems intent on blaming everything and everybody for her loss except for the real reason, herself of course. I feel sad for those who championed her as their leader. She is nothing but a hopeless loser.

I cannot understand why the left hates America and her traditions so much. I have known for several years that wealthy liberals feel guilt because of their wealth, but it seems to have infected some non-rich as well. For some unknown reason they all seem to want to turn this magnificent country into the cesspool that Europe has become.

Countries have borders for reasons many in Europe are now discovering as they watch the European Union collapse. We have borders and we are going to secure them whether the left likes it or not. Spain is not France. Germany is not England. Mexico is not America either. We are all separate autonomous countries. We have separate currencies and we have separate governments. In most cases we have separate languages. We do not freely travel in and out of separate countries without permission, Visa and passport. We certainly do not immigrate without official permission. Like it or not, liberals, it’s the law and it will be enforced.

Will this universe find normalcy? Can and will we return to traditional America? Will America survive the idiocy of those on the left who seem determined to kill her? Time and the grace of God will tell.

Ron Scarbro

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

IT'S BECAUSE OF THEM

Have you ever traveled through an airport and had to take off your shoes? Have you had your deodorant taken away from you by the TSA and tossed? Have you had occasion to enter a church or a courthouse, or for that matter any public building and had to pass through a metal detector? If you have, it’s because of them.

If you have turned on the news only to learn of the latest mass killing of innocent men and women or even children, it’s because of them. If you have altered your travel plans or even your shopping plans or how about your planned attendance at a sporting event or a concert, it is because of them.

The them to which I am referring are, of course, the radical Muslim Islamist terrorists. If, like me, you have witnessed obvious Muslim people in full native dress and you are taken aback and more alert, especially on an airplane, it’s not prejudice. No, it’s because of them.

After this latest tragedy in Manchester, England, I heard several talking heads saying that they cannot defeat us. We are too strong for them. Ultimately they will lose and this will all be over. Well guess again. The fact is they are beating us. They are changing the way we live. They are the reason our lives have changed.

Today I want to offer a possible solution to our dilemma. I believe it is time for us to be the terrorists for a change. We should create a situation where, at the sound of one of our aircraft, these radical Muslims dive for cover and cower in fear. Here’s how to make that happen. We start bombing any and all areas of the world where they hide or take refuge. We take out any and all sources of revenue they depend on for financing their little jihads. We hunt down and kill any individual or group who finances any terrorist activity.

A good start would be to lay bare the entire country of Iran. The idea that these goat herders could or would ever be twenty-first century world citizens is nonsense. They are playing us for fools and our previous administration bought into it. They will not stop until they have nuclear weapons and the ability to deliver them. When that happens it will be too late for most of the free world.

Today we heard from more Hollywood celebrities who offer counsel to the rest of us. Just love each other. Offer our hand in friendship. That will fix the problem, they say. I have a suggestion to all of these spoiled little rich kids, shut up and sing. You are paid big bucks to entertain. Entertain.  Go back into your guarded, gated compounds and leave the world’s problems to the adults. Your naivety just makes you look silly.

Many, many families in Manchester will be arranging for funerals for their children, their babies, because of the twisted minds of some radical losers. Because of them people will fear going out of their homes. Because of them people will change the way they live. I think it is time for the Muslim terrorists to fear. Fear because of us.

Today we need to begin an all-out campaign to wipe out any and all refuge for these morons. Stack their bodies in the streets. Let those who support them or even look the other way smell their rotting flesh. There will no doubt be collateral damage. So be it. They caused it so let them deal with it. We have heard that we cannot shoot our way out of this mess. I don’t know about you but I’m willing to give it a try. Everywhere in the world we have decided to end war, we have succeeded. We can end this also. And when it ends, not if, it will be because of us.

Ron Scarbro

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

WISHING WON'T MAKE IT SO

As a youngster I heard that phrase often. “Wishing won’t make it so.” Just because you want something and even wish you had it, that doesn’t necessarily make it happen. The phrase is appropriate today because of the situation facing the liberal nut jobs of this country along with their partners in stupidity, the main stream media.

They so want the story of Russian influence in the election of Trump to be true. Sadly for them, it is nothing but a lie concocted by the Hillary Clinton campaign after she lost the election. It always was and continues to be nonsense. I am reminded of something I learned from my study of world history. It was thought by the enemies of the free world during WWII that if you tell a lie, and tell it often, sooner or later it becomes the truth for some people. It is called propaganda.

For their part, the mainstream media doesn’t care if a story is true. They are so consumed by their hatred of Donald Trump and so distraught by the election loss by their Queen, Hillary, they have chosen to do anything or print anything they can to delegitimize the Presidency of Donald Trump. If that means continuing a concocted story with no supporting facts, so be it. The credibility of the media is at stake. I personally doubt most of the mainstream media will ever recover from their failure to deal with just the truth and continue to print innuendo and rumor as fact. The best fiction writers would have difficulty coming up with such a story line.

So, here’s my question. What’s going to happen when the truth comes out and it is proven that the entire story was just a made up lie? Will the left be ashamed? Will they feel sorry for the fact that they bought into such nonsense? Will the media print retractions and mea culpas? Will there be firings at major news outlets? What is going to happen?

My guess is nothing will happen. In order to be ashamed, one must have shame. I am convinced the left has no shame. Meanwhile the rest of the country, the fly over part, will reject what has been for generations their source of news and try to find the truth elsewhere. The media should be ashamed but sadly they probably won’t be.

Meanwhile our President is over in the Middle East reaffirming America’s position in the world. He will once again establish that we are in fact the dominant force for good in the world and he will call for the destruction of terrorism and for all those who support and finance it. If you happened to hear his speech in Riyadh, you heard America at her best represented by a President who truly is the image of our strength and our commitment to our allies. It really doesn’t matter what the media thinks of Trump or what they try to do to take him down. He is our President and will serve his entire term and probably be reelected for another four years when this term is ended.

The other day I saw Dan Rather giving his opinion of something. What Dan doesn’t get is that nobody cares what he thinks. He long ago lost all credibility. His situation should be a notice to the media today. As surely as you can rise, you can fall. Printing lies in the hope you can change history will be your undoing and wishing your lies were true will not make them so.

Ron Scarbro


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

SOME GOTTA WIN AND SOME GOTTA LOSE

I think it is fair to say that as a country we are virtually split down the middle with half being Democrats and the other half Republicans. I am not suggesting that we all have party affiliations, just that mostly our thinking leans to the right or to the left. I know there are some Independents, but at crunch time, election day, they usually have to pick from one of the major party candidates. Historically we have elected Democrats for a time and then we elect Republicans. And on we go. Some gotta win and some gotta lose. We deal with the other side with respect but always with loyalty to our country first.

Something very strange has happened, however. The Democrats ran a flawed candidate who, because of her flaws as well as her poor campaign, lost. The Republican, while also somewhat flawed, did manage to appeal to a majority enough to win. The election then is over. A winner has been decided. To coin a popular Democrat phrase, “Let’s move on.”

For some reason, call it poor sportsmanship, disloyalty to our country, or just childish behavior, many in the Democrat party cannot accept the will of the people. They have apparently decided to launch a “resistance” campaign. They obviously feel that they have political points to gain by their actions. They will do anything they can to slow, disrupt, or even to stop President Trump from doing his duty as President. It could work, but I think they should at least consider the possibility they could harm or even destroy their own party by this resistance. Remember that about half of the country voted for Trump. Also remember that several Senators as well as all House Members will have to run for reelection in 2018. Many from states that Trump carried handily.

Here’s what to look for in the very near future. As the economy continues to improve under the new administration’s policies, more and more people are going to get on board. The news media’s continuous slander of President Trump will soon silence itself by the simple fact that for the most part they report untruths and innuendo. Like the little boy who cried wolf, they will soon be tuned out with devastating results to their bottom lines. The ridiculous myth of “Russian” interference will disappear when nothing is proven. The media will just look sillier and sillier and lose all credibility. They and the left are on the wrong side, period.

The real wakeup call is going to be the 2018 election. Several Democrat senators are going to be in trouble and they know it. The House will doubtless pick up a large number of new Republicans as people watch our country regain its previous greatness.

We are going to see better border security. We will soon see tax relief for both corporations as well as individual citizens. The long awaited replacement of Obamacare is at hand. Fixing the mess that Obama left us with will not be easy but it is doable and will get done.

I am reminded of the old saying, “When you are in a hole, stop digging.” That is my advice to the mainstream media and to the left in general. Scream if you wish. Protest if you must. But, if you fail, and I believe you will, look forward to a future without a viable Democrat party because you will have destroyed it.

Ron Scarbro

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

AND THE MONEY CAME ROLLING IN

So now a new debate starts over the repeal and replacement of Obamacare. The House passed a bill which is now in the hands of that most deliberate body, the US Senate. We are already hearing that some of the more “moderate” Republican Senators are troubled by the bill and may vote against it. I find it almost comical how when the Democrats want a bill passed they call a meeting and tell their members how they will vote or else. The party leadership usually gets their way. The Republicans don’t seem to have that kind of clout with their own members. Controlling Republicans is like herding cats. They just do their own thing.

I think a brief history of health insurance is in order now. The whole concept was started by some doctors who got together to set up a prepaid health care system. To them it was a guarantee that their incomes would become more steady and that as medical care got more expensive small increases in insurance costs would be more palatable than huge costs of the care itself. The idea caught on as more and more doctors signed on for the programs.

Then there was a time of financial upheaval in this country and the government decided that wages and prices had to be frozen. For employers to get and keep qualified employees they decided to offer health care insurance instead of increasing wages. That worked and it worked well for a long time. In fact it worked so well that employees came to expect health care insurance as a part of their compensation package. Labor unions began demanding more and more coverage as a part of their negotiating contracts. When wage and price controls were ended, the healthcare insurance continued.

With all this insurance available, tons of money poured into the healthcare industry. Costs of everything rose to almost unsustainable levels. Hospitals began charging obscene fees for simple procedures. Pharmaceutical manufacturers started to charge more and more and got away with it. Medical schools increased the cost of a medical degree to such a point that young doctors couldn’t afford school. When they finally did get their license, they required exorbitant salaries to start work. And the money poured in.

Many people were essentially cut out of the care system. They couldn’t afford the insurance and they couldn’t afford the care. So, “big brother” Barack Obama steps in.

He devised a wealth redistribution plan which would require all Americans and especially young able bodied citizens to pay for the healthcare insurance of those who either couldn’t or wouldn’t work to pay for their own. And the money poured into the healthcare industry. Rather than reducing the costs of everything, more money just caused everything to increase. It seems to happen that way.

It is easy to see the upshot of this excess. Insurance companies are now going bankrupt and leaving the system. Insurance plan costs began rising to unsustainable levels. People are screaming about the cost of their premiums and their deductibles. Any way you examine it, when you mess with something that is successful, you usually screw it up. Congratulations Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats. You messed it up.

Now the Democrats, along with a very compliant liberal media, are blaming the Republicans for the mess they themselves caused and they are getting away with it. The Republicans cannot win.

I think very soon we will have a single payer system and that will be in place until we learn that isn’t workable either. Remember this all started with a scheme to redistribute the wealth of the American people. In other words, Socialism. Sorry liberals, that has never worked and it won’t work now.

Ron Scarbro

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

FAKE NEWS

What is “fake news?” That phrase has been thrown around a lot recently. It seems to have gotten its start with the election of Donald Trump as President. That choice by the American people upset the mainstream media. They believed sincerely that Hillary Clinton would carry the day. Since Trump’s election the left wing, with the very close cooperation of the media, has tried to undermine every effort of the Trump Administration. One of their tactics is through questionable news stories.

Fake news can take on many forms. From out and out lying to refusing to cover certain stories. Another way is to change the language. The mainstream media seems to love to use the word immigration as in “The Trump Administration is cracking down on immigration.” That is just untrue. They are cracking down on illegal immigration. Illegal aliens are known as “undocumented workers.” Abortion is called “women’s health.” By changing the language they are presenting a totally different story to the American people and they are doing it on purpose.

I can close my eyes and imagine a group of lefties sitting around a table coming up with strategies designed to make Trump look bad. Consider the so-called “Russian” connection. “We’ll say that Russia interfered with the election making it look like Trump was a co-conspirator with them. I know it sounds ridiculous but some out there will believe it and before long it will get legs and then it will look like the truth.”

Well it didn’t work. Sure a lot of the mainstream media published stories about the “Russian Connection” but it just didn’t catch on. Now it just looks like silliness to most people especially when Trump bombed Syria. I don’t think Putin liked that.

I am a strong advocate for the first amendment and therefore I believe a free press is absolutely essential. I also believe publications can print any story they wish. We have slander laws. We have libel laws. When publications print untruths, they risk lawsuits and huge money damage awards. When they air or publish biased news or opinion disguised as news, they also risk losing the confidence of the consuming public.

We are told that if a person is in the public eye however, it is much more difficult to prove slander because many of the protections afforded normal citizens do not apply. President Trump is left with just calling the media out. By using the term “fake news,” he is basically accusing them of lying and he is doing it so effectively, many people across the land now do not trust the mainstream media. One of the most popular bumper stickers I’ve seen recently is one which says, “I don’t trust the national media.” Media outlets have brought this problem on themselves. The people have spoken and elected Trump whether the media likes it or not. The media’s continued battle against Trump will only hurt themselves.

If you are, like me, a regular consumer of news, it is not difficult to know the bias of the reporters or of their editors. The president just said that both CNN and MSNBC are purveyors of fake news and therefore should not be taken seriously. On the very rare occasions when I watch either of those networks, I can easily see their prejudice. It is revealed in their story content and in their reporting as well as in what they refuse to cover.  I find it difficult to even watch drama and non-news events on the mainstream television networks and I would never read the New York Times. They always seem to get their prejudice into every story or event.

Yes, fake news is alive and well and it is not going away on its own. It will disappear when the consuming public turns it off and that is happening all across the land.

Ron Scarbro

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

THE FIRST AMENDMENT IS LAW. SORRY HOWARD DEAN

“Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Does any of this sound familiar? It should because it is the first amendment to the Constitution. It is the first of ten amendments which are known as the Bill of Rights.

I am writing about this because of what is only the latest of a long line of idiotic pronouncements by the lame liberal left. This time it was infamous screamer and perennial loser, Howard Dean. Howie tweeted out that, using his words, hate speech is not protected by the first amendment. This all has to do with a speech Ann Coulter is due to deliver at the University of California at Berkeley. She has been invited, dis-invited and now re-invited to speak on campus.

According to Dean and morons like him, any speech with which they disagree, is not protected by the first amendment. I suppose in their world the only speech allowed, or religion allowed, or news media publication, would be speech they had previously approved. I don’t think you could get away with that even in Russia. Maybe North Korea, but few places in the world would permit that view.

A part of the greatness of America, though, is that morons, even millionaire morons like Howard Dean, can say whatever they want. They can demonstrate their idiocy for all the world to see and do it freely because they are protected by the same Constitution they would use to try and muzzle Ann Coulter.

I am told that Howard Dean has a constituency. He has people who agree with him. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want to be associated with someone like Howard Dean. I put him in the same box as Elizabeth Warren. These are people who seem to want to change this great country into something else. They want a European style socialist utopia. They want this, however, only if they get to make the laws and establish the rules.

That’s where despotic dictatorships like the Soviet Union and Red China came from. Cuba became such a dictatorship under Castro. Look at these places now. Look at Venezuela. That country may now break apart completely.

When are morons like Warren and Dean and their ilk going to come to the understanding that Socialism doesn’t work? America is a right of center country with a strong work ethic and a strong sense of self-responsibility. Patriotism, love of country, and basic Christian principles are the guiding tenets of American life.

The same first amendment that guarantees Ann Coulter the right to speak, guarantees Howard Dean the right to make a fool of himself. The New York Times is also guaranteed the right to print whatever nonsense they want and call it news. I don’t have to buy it or read it. And of course, I don’t. In fact, I have said that I wouldn’t wrap my dead rotting fish in that newspaper for fear the fish would be contaminated by the process.

Freedom can sometimes be ugly. It gives every citizen the right to be wrong. One can obey the law or not. It is up to them. Freedom of speech gives Ann Coulter the right to say whatever is on her mind. You don’t have to like it or even listen to it. Howard Dean has the right to show his ignorance of our basic rights. Another thing  Howard Dean should understand though, is there is also a second amendment. That amendment serves also to guarantee the first one.

Ron Scarbro

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I THINK I HAVE FOUND MY SAFE SPACE

The latest demand for the youth of our country is to have “safe spaces.” This is especially true on some of our college campuses. It seems the new order of the day is that no one is allowed to be offended. Now, that offense can occur in any number of ways from so-called micro-aggressions to all out attacks. So there must be safe spaces for these habitually offended persons to hide from the reality of life. The latest is the University of California at Davis where they have decreed that the American flag might be offensive to some students so it must be barred from campus. Remember now this university is supported by taxpayer dollars and wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for a strong military flying this same flag.

I recall when I was a young adult, maybe twenty something, if I had thought I needed a safe space, my First Sgt. would have told me to dig a deeper foxhole. If today’s youngsters think they are offended by micro aggressive behavior, they might want to consider what their parents and grandparents went through in their military service. I remember when I was ordered to salute a pine tree for an hour because I failed to salute some young second Lieutenant. It was my second day in the Army and I didn’t know a second Lieutenant from a pine tree but it made no difference. Trust me when I tell you, I knew from then on. Had I been offended, I would have been told to bundle up my offense and roll it in a round cone and find someplace to stick it.

I’ll tell you where I am going with this discussion. I sincerely believe we need to reinstitute the draft. Every youngster, male or female, should be required as the cost of their citizenship in this great country, to register and be available to be drafted into the military. Do you think things might be a little different then?

Those of you in my age group will remember when we all were looking just any day to be drafted and to then put our lives on hold until our obligation was completed. Some of the more cowardly, however, like a certain former President, ran away to other countries to escape the draft. Fortunately most stayed home and fulfilled their debt to America. Some, like me, even joined in order to have a little more choice in our service. Turns out that wasn’t to be. The Army took me and had their way with me and I became a better person for having had the experience. Even today I continue to be rewarded for my military service.

I have been told the military is opposed to the idea of a draft. They don’t want many of the young, self-centered kids of today. Many, if not most, probably wouldn’t even qualify on the basis of physical ability or intelligence. How sad is that?

I’ve been thinking about a safe space for my family and me. I think I found it. It is the United States of America. Imagine, if you will, life in Syria, or Libya, or maybe Cuba, Somalia, or even Venezuela. How about Iran or the Sudan? What would happen if the youngsters in those countries demanded a safe space? I suspect they would quickly discover the meaning of oppression.

We all take what we have here for granted. One of the main advantages of military service is that you get to see how other people live. You come away with a greater appreciation of life in America. If the youngsters of this country had to consider the possibility of being drafted, they might be a bit more aware of the world as it is, not as they imagine it in their fantasies.

Ron Scarbro