Wednesday, October 11, 2017

SATISFIED MIND

“How many times have you heard someone say,
If I had his money, I could do things my way,
But little they know that it’s so hard to find,
One rich man in ten with a satisfied mind.”

To those who aren’t familiar with it, those are the words that start the song, “Satisfied Mind.” It was originally recorded by Faron Young in 1955.

I have always liked the song because it has such a deep message. But this is not about traveling down the memory lane of classic country music. No, this has more meaning.

Ever since the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas many have been trying to make sense of the act. They have been looking for a motive, a reason. What would possess an individual to commit such a senseless, heinous act? Did he just snap? How long had he planned this massacre? Did he have an escape plan? Was he just a nut case?  

From all published information, it appears this particular nut case was a millionaire. He owned at least two private airplanes, had a pilot’s license, owned as many as five different houses and had a lot of money in the bank. He had been a very successful real estate investor as well as a lucky high stakes gambler. It has been reported that he made five million dollars last year gambling. He had a girlfriend of many years. I don’t know if he ever had children but from all indications he was an extremely successful man. So, what happened? Why did he snap?

Over the next few weeks and months we are going to hear opinion after opinion from expert after expert as to why. There will probably be long drawn out discussions of psychological explanations to try and put a cause to this causeless action.

Well I, being no slouch and given as I am to wild opinion, have developed one of my own and I offer it here for your consideration. Mind you I do not bring to this discussion degrees in psychology. I do not bring in years of experience in dealing with the criminally insane. No, I just bring common sense.

What if this killer was nothing more than just bored with his worthless life? What if he just found no challenge in anything? He obviously had achieved success in most of his endeavors. Maybe he was just dissatisfied with his meaningless life and wanted to put an exclamation mark on it. Some call it going out with a bang. It is also obvious that he had much more death and destruction in mind before he was interrupted by his own cowardly suicide.

There was material in his car that could have easily been turned into a bomb capable of blowing up thousands more depending on where he drove the car.

So far, the people who knew him could offer no motive. They never saw anything like this in him. His brother said he was just a regular guy. Well, inside this “regular guy” was an evil brewing that would most certainly record his name in the history book of mass murderers. He will have achieved at least one of his objectives, notoriety.

This could be nothing more than an individual who, having lived an unchallenged life, sought satisfaction and couldn’t find it as normal people do. So, he does the unthinkable.

The song finishes this way.

“The wealthiest person is a pauper at times,
Compared to the man with a satisfied mind.”

Ron Scarbro

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

THE END OF THE WORLD

This month, October, will mark my 77th year on this earth. It has been an amazing time to be alive. So much has been discovered. Diseases have been conquered, communications have been perfected to such a degree that one can speak in real time across the world at will. Lifetimes have been extended and improved. And the most amazing of all is that we have only just begun to discover. The next 77 years will probably be even more amazing. It boggles my mind.

As I write this, I recall events from my life. As a very young child I remember sitting in church with my mother and listening to the preacher scare me to death with his predictions of the “end of the world.” He wasn’t the only one with such grim predictions. There were people walking on the street with signs claiming the world was coming to an end.  A Stanford professor wrote a book declaring that the world was overpopulated and could not sustain itself. He called for ZPG, zero population growth. That was about forty years ago. He stated unequivocally that the world would end in ten years. Didn’t happen. Today, those predictions continue. Just last September 23, according to a so-called Christian numerologist, our world would collide with an alien planet and we would be destroyed. Oops, that didn’t happen either. Oh well, back to the drawing board and the calendars.

The point of all this is that the world ends every day for some. Several people, whose only crime was to attend an outdoor concert in Las Vegas, saw their world come to an end when a nut case with automatic weapons opened fire on them. In reality all of us will face the end of our world eventually. Some sooner than others. Christians, like me and most of you, know that this world is not our home, we are just passing through. So, when this world ends, a new and better world awaits. But this world will end for all of us.

The next point of this piece is a suggestion. People in my age group are much closer to the end of our earthly lives than to the beginning. So then my suggestion is this. If you aren’t happy, get happy. If you aren’t loved, find someone to love you. If you don’t love, find someone to love. We only get one shot at this. If you want to travel, travel. If you don’t like the weather where you live, move to where you would be more comfortable. Don’t be the one sitting in his rocker saying “well I could have, or I should have.”

If you are lucky enough like me to have a loving life partner, ask that partner, are we where we are supposed to be and are we doing what we are supposed to be doing? Is there anything else that would make us happier and more fulfilled? If our world came to an end today, would we leave this world happy and satisfied? I believe these are fair questions.

A number of my very close relatives and friends have recently been given some tough news by their doctors. They have had diagnoses of challenging diseases. The good news is that there are new and vastly improved remedies and even some cures available. While the diagnosis is negative, the possibilities of cure are very positive. We are all hopeful. As they read this they know we are with them in spirit and prayer.

This is not, and has never pretended to be, a sermon or a church service. To me it is just common sense. None of us know when our world will end. For me and mine, we plan to live as if the end is truly at hand. We plan to live and love until we cannot any longer and we hope the same for you.

Ron Scarbro

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

THE END OF PRO FOOTBALL???

I am a sports fan. I guess I always have been. As a young adult I began to watch the LA Rams. I was enthralled with the skill of the players. I remember, what seemed to be every year, when the Super Bowl came around the Rams would have to travel to places like Green Bay or Minneapolis where the weather was freezing to play their championship games. It all seemed so unfair, but I and they persevered.

I also watched and attended pro basketball games. When I lived in the Northwest, I was a fan of the Seattle Sonics and the Portland Trailblazers. The game was beautiful. It required skill. Shots were made from the floor and “dunks” were quite rare. In other words, the game was played below the rim. Something happened though. The uniforms changed and so did the attitude of the players. The tailored uniforms of old became what I called “thug” clothing. It became a game of showboaters and braggers. The team concept gave way to individuals. “Slamma Jamma” became the order of the day. It seemed the only talent one needed was the ability to grow to seven feet tall. It left me cold. I no longer pay any attention to pro basketball. It is not a game for me.

I have stayed with pro football so far. Over the years I have enjoyed many teams and the game itself. I know it is a brutal sport, but it usually is played with respect for each other and the opposition.

Lately, however, I have been aware of the creeping individuality and showboating that has become a part of many of the games. Then, to cap it all off, a mediocre quarterback named Colin Kaepernick decided to make a fool of himself in order to get attention. I think he knew he was in trouble with his team and that his future was in jeopardy so he decided to draw attention to himself in the most disrespectful way imaginable. He refused to stand up for our National Anthem. Had the NFL done what should have been done and sent him to the locker room, all this nonsense would have ended. But, no. They tried to ignore the whole thing. Now the entire league is participating in some way. Most of the players don’t even know why. It just appears to be mob rule.

Kaepernick explained that his protest was because he believed black people were being abused by police officers. Total B.S. Here’s a simple way for black people, or anyone for that matter, to get along with police. Number one, obey the law. Number two, respect the law and law enforcement officers. Number three, don’t resist arrest. Pretty simple, huh?

The NFL has apparently decided to bow to “political correctness” and give in to some of the players and their disrespect.

I, along with many others, believe this is a crucial mistake. I think it is just stupid to alienate over half of your customers by allowing an act which could be ended with a simple order from the commissioner. I just heard a poll which concluded that over 96% of Americans object to the players kneeling during the anthem. I know the NFL is a money machine, but it can be brought down just like any other business which does stupid things.

As for me, I will be watching college football. It is refreshing and more fun than the pro game anyway. I have lived quite comfortably without pro basketball and I am certain I will be fine without pro football.

What a sad obituary. Here lies the NFL. They didn’t have the courage to enforce their own rules and they disappeared without a whimper. But they were politically correct.

Ron Scarbro

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

KILLING YOUR GOOSE

Let’s say you had this goose. The goose seemed normal, just waddling around and eating and doing what geese do. Then one day you discover that this is no normal goose. This goose lays golden eggs. You begin to gather up these eggs and you know you are going to be very rich. You decide if you just increase the feed and push the goose a little more, she will lay more eggs. So you feed and you push until you reach a point where the goose is exhausted. Then, sadly, you go out to gather eggs and you find your goose dead. Graveyard dead. Your steady supply of wealth has come to an end.

As I look around me, I can see a number of golden egg-laying geese. One might be the medical industry. The entire conglomerate has priced themselves out of the market. If it were not for insurance, that industry would collapse. Obama tried to salvage it all with his “Mickey Mouse” scheme known as Obamacare but that is failing. Collapse is imminent.

Never fear, avowed Socialist Bernie Sanders has the solution. Single payer government-controlled “free” medical care for everybody. Estimates are that the ten-year cost of such a “free” program would be in the trillions of dollars. Guaranteed bankruptcy for America. So much for free medical care. This golden goose is being strangled and it won’t last long.

A number of other entities are working at killing their goose as well. Consider ESPN. In their wisdom they have decided to become a political action sports network. It is not enough to broadcast sporting events, no, they must also offer political commentary on events whether they are related to sports or not. I, like many others, tune in ESPN now only when I have no other choice. Very soon other networks will take up the slack and ESPN will be history. Another dead goose.

How about the National Football League? A few of the players, millionaire spoiled brats, have decided to disrespect this country, our military, and our flag be sitting or kneeling during the playing of our national anthem. The NFL says they have that right to self-expression. This is the same league that dictates how long their socks must be, but they have this other right to be disrespectful to their country. Their ratings are down, down. Their goose is teetering on the brink. They have a choice. Either get a handle on their disrespectful punks, or watch their audience, and incidentally their billions in revenue, disappear. Another one bites the dust.

Not to be outdone in the killing of geese department is the US Congress. For years they have catered to special interest groups and to big money donors passing laws to benefit them at the expense of the country as a whole. What they euphemistically call campaign donations turn out to just be bribes to get special consideration for pet legislation. Their practices and actions have turned our nation’s capital into a swamp and as it turns out, golden geese cannot live well in a swamp. Our Congress is well on their way to killing their goose as well.

There is no doubt that others are busy working on their own geese. It happens every day. Greed seems to take over and good common sense goes out the window. The election of Donald Trump should have been an alert to the  greedy everywhere that the people are fed up. The swamp is going to be drained. Time will tell who will survive the drainage.

America is going to return to her earlier greatness and Hollywood, Emmy Awards shows, the national media, and higher education are just going to have to get used to it. You are killing your golden goose.

Ron Scarbro

Friday, September 15, 2017

BEFORE THE STORM AND AFTER

It’s Friday and here I sit. I am watching weather reports. I’m trying to make the best decision I can in light of what information is available.

We have been warned of an impending hurricane named Irma. Cute name, huh? We have further been told by the weather wizards and prognosticators that Irma is the largest hurricane in recorded history. This storm is scheduled to hit southern Florida as a Category five hurricane. At that point, and this is where it gets a little iffy, the storm will travel up the center of the state of Florida and hit southern Georgia as a Category one or possibly Category two hurricane.

For those of you who don’t know, I live on St. Simons Island which is approximately ten miles east of Brunswick, Georgia. It is basically a barrier island. This is truly a beautiful place with huge oak trees which are hundreds of years old. This island has seen many, many storms over the years and so have these trees. Today, however, we are in the target area of Irma.

Now it’s Saturday and we have been ordered to evacuate the island today. In fact, our local emergency management people have ordered the evacuation of our entire county which includes Brunswick. Incidentally, there are no available rooms in the entire state or even in surrounding areas. Many Floridians have reservations with hotels in this county but these will be cancelled and those people will have to just find someplace else to hunker down. Our son-in-law’s mother has invited us all to her house on the extreme west side of the state which should give us safety. That will be a four to five hour drive which we will probably undertake tomorrow.

The latest update just came in. The storm is now due to hit Georgia about 150 miles west of my home. Winds are forecast for the island of about 50mph at their strongest. That is barely a tropical storm. Now the dilemma, what to do? This storm could move even further west and miss us entirely, or, it could go the other way and smack us right in the face. What to do?

This is the dichotomy. As I look outside, it is a beautiful day. Our temps are in the low eighties with gentle breezes. It is a postcard day here on the island. No one could know what is bearing down on them without modern weather tracking equipment. In a couple of days, southern Florida could be under water. Much of the state could experience catastrophic damage. People could be killed. But today it is beautiful.

I am going to close this column for now and re-visit it after the storm, which should be in three days. We shall see.

We decided to ride out the storm at my daughter’s house which is about twenty miles from the coast. It hit Sunday night. We were wakened at 3:00 AM by extremely high winds, probably 75 mph or greater, and torrential rains. We also had a power failure. Sadly, because my daughter’s home is served by a well, we also lost water. So here we were. No power, no water, and what turned out to be five inches of rain in twelve hours. We were by a small lake which continued to grow. The road out front flooded. By Monday afternoon, the storm moderated but our situation didn’t.

Both we and our hosts had prepared by buying water so we had plenty. Showers were accomplished by pouring bottled water over ourselves while standing in the shower. Cold sandwiches were the order of the day. On Tuesday we ventured out to see if anybody was open. We found the Waffle House who served hot sandwiches and coffee. It was a Godsend.

Finally, on Thursday we were allowed to return to our home on the island. You can only imagine the trepidation we felt as we drove past huge downed trees to get to our home. And then we were in front of our home. We looked but saw no structural damage. Trees and limbs covered the yard but they all missed the house. I pressed the garage door opener and it opened. Power! We raced inside and the water worked. Hooray! Our freezer food survived. We immediately took real showers and had a hot meal. We were safe. Our home had survived.

So today I sit here and consider how important the little things are. Power, water, hot food. I hope I never again take these things for granted. We are indeed blessed and thankful.

Ron Scarbro

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

WHAT IS A CRIME AND WHO IS A CRIMINAL

At what point is a crime a crime? We are a country of laws with a basic book of rules starting with the Constitution. The job of law enforcement is to find and arrest the lawbreakers. The job of the courts is to interpret the law and to render the proper punishments. It’s really all pretty simple.

We don’t get to pick and choose which laws we obey. We can’t break a law just because we don’t like it. If you are out on the highway and the speed limit is 65mph, that means some governing agency has decided that 65mph is the maximum speed one should travel. It is for the safety of everyone using the highway. If you violate that law, you do so at your peril. You face monetary punishment and worse, possibly even losing your driving privilege.  

If you are a law enforcement officer, you are faced with similar restrictions. You don’t get to decide what laws you are going to enforce. In court you have a somewhat different situation. Often judges can mediate a case and offer reduced punishment if they feel the community is best served. Sometimes however judges take on too much power. They can bring their political bias to a case and make a complete mess of the law.

Such is the case in the matter of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. Leftover Obama appointees decided that the good sheriff was arresting too many illegal aliens so he must be targeting them. He must be profiling them. To make sure he never did that again, he was arrested and convicted of disobeying the “illegal” order of a Federal Judge who told him to leave the illegals alone. This 85-year-old sheriff who had faithfully discharged his duties as sheriff was now facing jail time for the crime of arresting criminals.

It is important here to state for the record just what is a crime and who is a criminal. Every single individual who is in this country without proper documentation, whether by overstaying a visa or sneaking in through an underground tunnel, is a criminal. They are law breakers. Some may be murderers or rapists or thieves, who knows? Some may bring strange diseases. Again, who knows? The simple fact is they are here illegally and are subject to arrest and jail time.

Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner just signed a bill forbidding his state’s police agencies from arresting illegal aliens or from working with Federal Immigration agencies. He has decided to make his entire state a sanctuary state. In other words, he has decided to only obey laws which he likes and will only allow that state’s police agencies to enforce laws with which the Governor agrees.

What we are talking about here is simple anarchy. What if the good governor decided that child molestation was okay?  How about simple assault? In other words, what if this governor and the prosecutor in Maricopa County along with the judge who levied punishment on Arpaio, just made their own laws? Oh, wait a minute. That’s exactly what they just did.

Fortunately for the sake of justice and law and order, President Trump pardoned Arpaio thereby relieving this law enforcement officer of what could have easily been a death sentence. It is interesting to note that the Mayor of Phoenix, Democrat Greg Stanton,  publicly declared that this pardon was a slap in the face of all of Phoenix.

No, Mr. Mayor. This pardon was fair and just. The prosecution of Arpaio was an insult to all law abiding citizens of the entire country. You and all who participated in this travesty should be ashamed. Crime is crime, criminals are criminals, and we are fortunate indeed to have law enforcement officers who still do the job they are paid to do.

Ron Scarbro

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

WE ALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE WRONG

I have no doubt that training to be in the National Football League is tough. I have no doubt that Colin Kaepernick and his ilk have experienced some tough training. But, I wonder how they might handle basic training in the military.

One of the big differences is that when I was in basic training, I was paid $75.00 per month. Kaepernick is paid 19 million dollars per year. I think I could take a lot of pain for that kind of money.

One of the reasons the military has basic training is, of course, training in the basic skills of soldiers. The other reason is to weed out undesirables. It is to make certain that the survivors of that training can and will serve their country with honor and skill. I am of the opinion that the Kaepernicks of this world would not survive this  weeding out. I and other millions like me went through basic training to become soldiers so that we could help defend this country and protect it for all of us, even individuals like Kaepernick.

Yes, this ungrateful bum has the right to sit on his butt during the playing of the National Anthem. He has that right because someone fought for his right. He has the right to be disrespectful, disgusting, and embarrassing to his team. The fans of the NFL have the right to boo him also and boo him they do.

The NFL says they do not require any player to stand and show respect for our country or our flag. Players, they say, have the right of self-expression. In other words, they have the right to be wrong. Okay, we the people have the right to refuse to pay for this punk and his dishonorable actions. People in the stands should stand up and turn their backs on him if he ever again gets the opportunity to play. He is at best a so-so player anyway. He is what we used to call, “more trouble than he’s worth.” He would be an embarrassment to any NFL team.

Kaepernick says he is unhappy because of his belief that black people are mistreated by the police in this country. Now this is a man who has armed police protection wherever he goes. Kind of silly, huh?

Remember Tim Tebow? Tim took some of his football money and built a hospital in the Philippines to serve poor people. How much has Kaepernick spent to improve the lives of the so-called mistreated black people? How much of his 19 million dollar salary goes to the improvement of schools, housing, health care, or for that matter anything in the black community? How about zip, zero. Like so many of his ilk, he is all talk and no action. He is just a punk.

So now the NAACP is trying to force some NFL team to sign Kaepernick to a contract. They say he is being discriminated against because of his ethnicity. How about some truth here. He is a distraction and he would bring grief to any team. He hasn’t been signed because he is a mediocre player at best and worse than that, he is trouble with a capital T.

I have an idea. How about we give him a rifle and a helmet and park his carcass in some Middle Eastern desert with bullets flying over his head and IEDs going off all around him. Or better yet how about we let him serve as a pallbearer carrying some brave soldier in a “flag” covered coffin back to his family. Do you think he might develop some new sense of what it means to be an American? Well, me neither, but I can hope, can’t I?

Ron Scarbro

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

REWRITING HISTORY

I will start this column by stating unequivocally that I do not now, nor have I ever owned a slave. In fact, as I have stated in the past, had I lived during the time of slavery in our country, I am much more likely to have been a slave than to have owned one. I will also state for the record that I oppose the owning of any human being, even politicians. But, and this is important, times have changed. What was commonplace three hundred years ago is not commonplace now. For example, I don’t go to my barber for a bloodletting to cure ailments. Times change, hopefully for the better but not always. I didn’t live then and neither did you. Slavery was a perk of wealth. The very rich owned workers who worked and produced the wares that made them rich. Many of our Founding Fathers were among those very rich who lived during this period and many of them owned slaves. Today’s rich seem to prefer just owning politicians. That’s one of the ways they protect their wealth.

So, we had this war. It was called the Civil War. Essentially the North decided that the South had a competitive advantage in the production of cotton and tobacco and thereby were becoming too wealthy and subsequently too influential. This was blamed on the use of slave labor. Since I didn’t live then, and neither did you, we can only trust the history books for the truth of the situation. What happened next is nothing for either side to be proud of. Tens of thousands were killed and injured in a war that pitted brother against brother and neighbor against neighbor. In the end, the North prevailed and the South was defeated. By proclamation, slavery was then ended in the entire country.

During this ugly war both sides had their heroes and their champions. They named cities and streets after them. They erected statues to them. It was and is a way people honor their heroes. Most, if not all of those honored, had other accomplishments other than their war fighting ability like being a Founding Father for example. Like you, I didn’t personally know any of them, but they are a part of our history.

And of course, some of our founders owned slaves. It was a way of life back then. Today, some groups have decided they don’t like our history so they have decided to rewrite it. They want our history erased apparently believing that the removal of statues will somehow change history. They want to rename cities and streets. They live in a fantasy land and do not want any memory of truth left behind.

It is easy enough for thinking people to ignore this nonsense but not for the “politically correct” who seem to thrive on controversy and disruption. They are lining up to support the idea of forgetting or ignoring history. You could say that the “pc” group is now owned by the agenda-driven history deniers.

A poll was just conducted and fully seventy percent of those polled want the statues and relics of our history left intact.

We are rapidly approaching a time when nonsense needs to be identified for what it is, just nonsense. ESPN is re-assigning a sports announcer because his name is Robert Lee. They are worried that his name might be offensive to some of their viewers. Just when I think I have seen the height of stupidity something like this happens.

Those who choose to forget history are doomed to repeat it. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to repeat a lot of our history. I just want it to serve as a lesson to live and learn from. Those who are offended by a statue of Robert E. Lee should remember what Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “No one can offend you without your permission.”

Ron Scarbro

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