Thursday, June 23, 2011


When Chris Matthews announced on his MSNBC program that the only people in favor of Anthony Weiner’s resignation were conservative Christian right wingers who weren’t sophisticated enough to appreciate and understand the nuances of sexual perversion, lying, and wife cheating, I thought the limit had been reached in stupidity. Incidentally, I thank God that I lack that sophistication. Apparently the limit had not been reached however. No, NBC, on their broadcast of the US Open Golf Tournament, chose to edit the Pledge of Allegiance.

If you didn’t catch it, NBC decided to omit the words “under God” from the pledge so as not to offend those among us who believe God is a four letter word. Anyway that was their excuse. They offered the standard “non-apology apology.” They seem to believe that all will now be okay.

Using their thinking process one would assume that the next step for NBC is to print their own currency. If they can write their own “Pledge of Allegiance,” why not print their own money? After all, doesn’t it clearly state on our currency “In God We Trust?” That surely must offend the morons at NBC. It must also gall them that “In God We Trust” is the official motto of America. I wonder how they deal with that and the fact that over eighty percent of polled respondents identify themselves as Christians here in the US. That could not be good news for the far left organizations which produce the news for our consumption. Maybe they need to create a new country just for themselves and for those who think like them.

Some would think that these eighty percent of us should boycott such idiots as NBC and all the others who feel the same way. I don’t agree. Watch what you want. Just remember that people who think the way they do are going to produce programming that reflects their thinking and their agenda. That most certainly would be seen in their news reportage.

The only time I watch any of the major networks is when a sporting event comes on that I cannot watch anywhere else. For the most part, to me, their regular prime time programming is ridiculous. I have tried to watch their news programs but quite honestly find them hard to believe. Their agenda overwhelms their coverage. One can literally see the same news story from the major networks and then find it on line or in some newspapers and it will be a completely different story. You just have to be careful with what you consume that is called news. If you choose NBC or any of the “big four,” that’s your choice. I think you would be wise to confirm what they report. You might find that the story has a different ending.

The time is rapidly approaching when we must face a fact. The vast majority of this country is viewed as fly over wilderness by the Northeast liberals who create and air news programs. You, who regularly read this blog, and millions of others, are seen as buffoons by those same morons. Why, you might even (gasp) own a gun, or stand when the flag passes, or attend church, or treat people with respect. To the Northeast liberals, you are the unsophisticated, unintelligent masses who they must instruct. In other words, you are an enemy of liberalism.

I don’t know how this all happened, but the America that I know and the America that is seen by the liberals are two different countries and I don’t want to live in theirs. One thing is clear to me however, our numbers are growing and theirs are shrinking. Another election is coming soon and we must all get out and make ourselves heard loud and clear. My television has an on/off button and I use it regularly. I recommend that you consume news wisely. As Reagan once said, “Trust but verify.”

Ron Scarbro June 23, 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011


I just finished watching the U.S. Open Golf tournament. If you missed it, it was truly a memorable event. I mention this because just a couple of months ago I wrote a column about the Master’s. It was not published in the paper nor did we post it as a blog. I know this is going to come as a shock to you, but not everything I write and submit is published. I know it’s crazy but that is just how things are sometimes. I decided to write this preface and attach the past column to it. The subject of my April column was Rory McIlroy. As it turns out, Rory won the US Open and almost lapped the field. His mastery of his game and of the golf course was stunning. If you are not a golfer, let me say that a US Open course is prepared in such a way as to test the best in the world. It often makes them look like amateurs. Many veteran pros end up talking to themselves. What young Rory did at the Open was unbelievable. I hope you will read the following piece, which was written in April, and see what you think. As always we appreciate your thoughts and comments.

Ron Scarbro June 20, 2011

Did you watch the Masters golf tournament last week? It usually is a fun event every year but this year it exceeded previous Masters. The drama and the excitement were palpable. While watching it I started thinking about winning and losing. I remember a statement by Vince Lombardi, I think, “Show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser.” That’s pretty harsh I know, but it seems to be the prevalent thinking in most sports. “Nobody ever remembers who finishes in second place, only who won,” is another statement that flies around after important contests. These thoughts were going through my mind as I watched Rory McIlrory who started the final day with a four shot lead only to lose by ten strokes when the final hole was played.

To those among you who don’t know the players, Rory McIlrory is a twenty-one year old youngster from Northern Ireland who has been playing golf for most of his life and has been a professional for just a few short years. While I don’t know him personally, all reports are that he is a quality young man, bright, genial, and someone you would enjoy just knowing and being around. As I watched his meltdown on the final day of the tournament, I was very sad. Let’s face it, it was painful. He had led the Masters for most of the event. But, he lost. Golf, it would seem, much like life, is unpredictable. Shakespeare once wrote, “Even the best laid plans of mice and men oft go astray.” Such seems to be the fate of Rory on the final day of the Masters.

I believe there are lessons here for all of us, including Rory McIlroy. Life is often a series of wins and losses and it has been my experience in life that I learned more from my mistakes and from my losses than from my victories. That’s good because the losses and the failures far outnumbered the victories. I am sure that is the way it is for all of us. If I am any judge of golf talent and potential greatness, young Rory McIlroy will come back stronger than ever.

In the Masters, as in most competitions, there can only be one winner. To me that does not mean that all of the rest of the contestants are losers. With all due respect to Vince Lombardi, incidentally one of my heroes, a good loser can be just a competitor who may win next time. That does not mean that we don’t try to win every time, it only means that every loss is an opportunity to learn and not the end of the world. What would happen if every time we failed, we quit? Would anything ever get discovered? Edison once said that the only difference between his inventions and others’ failures was that they just quit too soon. His stubbornness led to great discoveries.

Every day we face tests. Tests of our stamina. Tests of our ability. Often tests of our commitment. Our lives and the lives of those around us are made better by these tests. On some we succeed and on some we fail. The key is to pick ourselves up after a loss and keep going. The next win might be for all the marbles.

Ron Scarbro April 11, 2011

Sunday, June 12, 2011


Many years ago some people of ill repute were branded with what was known as the “Scarlett Letter.” The purpose was to shame them before their neighbors. The shame was to be their punishment. Some were put into “stocks” as a display of their shame. Many of our laws were based on the idea that if a perpetrator were shamed by his action, that shame would also serve as a part of his punishment. When I was growing up, my mother often used words like “Shame on you,” and “Aren’t you ashamed of yourself?” Those were cutting words and they were effective.

I bring this up because of the recent revelations in the news about Congressman Anthony Weiner. You all know the story about his exchanging lewd photos and messages with people in cyberspace not knowing whether he was sending them to women, men, children, or possibly even vice cops. All this while he was a married man and a sitting Member of Congress. When discovered, he tried to cover up the mess by lying, but to no avail. I watched as he “apologized” to every one in the world as well as his wife. In all his stammering monologue however, I did not hear anything about his shame. How could one put on a press conference in light of these accusations and not be so ashamed that he would be unable to speak?

Just a few years ago in Japan, he would have been forced by tradition to commit “Hari Kari.” Even here in America he would have been laughed off the stage. He certainly would not have had a job to return to. What has happened to us as a country?

I saw a poll that was just conducted in New York whereby 51% of the respondents think he should not have to resign. What? Has this sort of activity become so common that it is acceptable with elected representatives? Do we not expect more of our so called leaders?

Bill Clinton, instead of becoming a problem for the Democrats, has become their standard bearer. Charlie Rangel was re-elected by a landslide. Elliott Spitzer now has a TV show. While I am naming Democrats, Republicans also have their share of idiots and morons. From Nevada’s Ensign to California’s Governator as well as countless others, it seems shamelessness is no respecter of political affiliation.

We have all heard the standard excuses that people in power have extreme appetites. They are also described as gregarious and egotistical. I have my own descriptions. How about arrogant? How about the belief that they are above the law? Another thought that comes to mind is maybe they are just plain stupid.

You may ask, “If Weiner’s constituency is willing to accept his misdeeds, why should I care?” That is a fair question. My answer would be that, while he does represent a small number of New Yorkers, his actions as a Congressman affect all of us. As a proven liar, he is not trustworthy. He should not have a security clearance. He should not have access to State Secrets. Simply stated, he cannot be trusted.

Finally he has become a big problem for the Democrat party. That doesn’t bother me but it should bother that group as they face an uphill battle to just exist as well as try to grow their numbers in the Congress. Weiner should be shamed out of Congress for the good of the country and all future such incidents should be dealt with in a similar fashion.

Ron Scarbro June 8, 2011

Sunday, June 5, 2011


Well, we have arrived in our new home on St. Simons Island, Georgia. I thought I would share with you some observations as we have noted them.

First, on our arrival our daughter and a friend brought us a house warming gift. The gift consisted of a bouquet of flowers and a basket including a fly swatter and a can of Raid ant and roach killer. There seemed to be a message here. Apparently this is the home of red ants. Now these are not like normal ants. No, they swarm and they bite. I am told it is a very painful experience. Secondly, the roaches are also different from what you might expect. Some of them can be saddled and ridden. When you discover them they don’t scurry away. No, they want to stand and fight. They seem to dare you to take them on. They are referred to as “Palmetto Bugs.” How quaint. I will have more to report on that issue later as I experience them.

Some of you may remember that I had previously reported on the language of the South. For example, I reported that the plural of the term y’all is all y’all. I have now learned that the possessive form of this term is y’all’s and all y’all’s. Y’all can and does refer to as few as one individual or to many individuals. Also, a new word I have learned is “n’” as in shrimp n’ grits, or biscuits n’ gravy. We are confident that we will learn these new words as well as others. It is important to learn the language of a new place. We don’t want to look conspicuous.

How about the weather? Of course one of the main considerations to us in moving here was the weather. I read in the paper the forecast for the weekend. It read hot and hotter. No temperatures, no numbers, just hot and hotter. As it turns out, they were right. We are supposed to be in the middle 90s with corresponding high humidity. That is going to take a little getting used to. This winter though, when you are in the single digits or lower, we should be in the 60s and 70s. I’ll let you know.

The main reason for our move, however, was not the language or the weather, and certainly not the bugs or snakes. No, the main reason was to be closer to our family, mainly our grandchildren. They live an hour away. Linda and I look forward to spending more time with them, especially holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is our opinion that we need that and we believe that our grandchildren need that. I have Grandpa things to teach and share with them. They surely have grandkid things to share with me. We look forward to watching them grow up and become adults. We hope to be a positive influence in their lives. I think today’s world is difficult. There are many challenges to young people. While we don’t have all the answers, it is just possible that we may have had some experiences that might help our kids through a difficult situation. Otherwise, failing that, we may just take a picnic to the beach and talk about it. At any rate we will have the opportunity to try and be helpful.

I will continue to comment as time goes on. My columns will return to the politics of the day as we go forward. I hope the fishing is getting better for all y’all as the weather improves, oh, and watch out for snakes and ants.

Ron Scarbro June 5, 2011