Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Within the coming month, we are told, the Grand Jury will issue their findings concerning the case of the shooting death of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO. They will either find the policeman legally culpable for that death or not. Some of the findings have been leaked to the consternation of Attorney General Eric Holder. They seem to favor the police officer’s version of events.

The police department is bracing for what could be an all out assault on the city if the officer is exonerated. Some of its citizens have apparently already decided Officer Wilson is guilty regardless of the evidence. It is no wonder they are in such an uproar. The entire area has been stoked to violence by the race baiting so-called leaders of the black community. They came to Ferguson determined to fan the flames of racial hatred without regard to the aftermath. They will go back to their penthouses after the riots and look for new opportunities to cause trouble. Ferguson will be left in ruins at the hand of their own citizens. How does any of that make sense?

Consider this. How would you feel if you were the police officer who, in the performance of his duty, was forced to use deadly force? What if it turns out that he was completely justified on his actions? Do you honestly think that this mob, armed for a fight and armed with a complete disregard for truth, will just go home and resume their lives? Me neither.

Another scenario which causes me considerable distress is, what if even if the officer was justified and yet for the sake of expediency, he is thrown to the wolves? What if the officialdom of the city decide that they would rather sacrifice one police officer than face another riot? What then?

If that happens I hope every police officer in the state of Missouri turns in his badge and lets the state deal with their considerable crime problem without them.

Police officers don’t go looking for individuals they can execute. I have talked with officers who, in the performance of their duty, had to use deadly force. For the most part they are people just like you and I and they feel the pain of taking a life the same way you or I would. Some take years to get over it. Some never do. Fortunately most officers never have to unholster their weapons.

Individuals I have known who become police officers are people who believe in service to their fellow man. Back in the sixties when the “Hippie Era” was going strong, many of the so-called hippies referred to police officers as pigs. I remember a bumper sticker of that period which said, “If you think police officers are pigs, the next time you are in trouble, call a hippie.”

Like you I don’t know all the facts in this case. But I believe in the system. I believe in the integrity of the Grand Jury. I believe in the fairness of our laws. If this policeman murdered this defendant without just cause, then I hope he is dealt with legally. If, however, he is exonerated by the Jury, he should be given a medal for bravery. If the people of Ferguson, Mo. want to continue to be victims, that’s their choice.

If Michael Brown caused his own death by his actions, he was not a victim. He was a criminal. If you attack a police officer and try to take his weapon away, you should be prepared to die.

Ron Scarbro

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


For most of my life on this earth homosexual activity has been illegal. It was described by various laws as “sins against nature,” or “crime against nature.” Either way it was illegal and punishable by imprisonment. Personally I am glad we got smarter and that these activities are no longer illegal. I believe it is nobody’s business what goes on in the privacy of one’s own home.

That having been said, something has come up recently which absolutely stretches the limits of my imagination. The City Council of Houston, Texas has passed an ordinance called the HERO act, Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. It seems simple enough on its face until you get into the details. For example, the new law allows men to use ladies restrooms and vice versa if they feel inclined to do so because of their perceived gender identity. All they have to do is declare their perception and walk right in.

Some religious leaders and pastors in Houston have objected and put together a petition with 50,000 signatures calling for the repeal of this ordinance. All they needed was 17,000 signatures. Well the City Council threw the petition out claiming they could not prove the signatures.

Oh, it gets better. The Mayor, Annise Parker, herself an avowed lesbian, has taken this illegal act a step further. She has declared that pastors in Houston must send their sermons to her for approval under penalty of contempt with a fine of $5000. Her contention is that pastors cannot use their pulpits for political speech, especially if they disagree with her. She and the City Council of Houston, the fourth largest city in America, have decided that they do not have to abide by the first amendment to the Constitution. Freedom of speech and religion only applies if they agree with your speech and your religion.

Well I’ve got some news for Mayor, emperor pro tem, Parker and her co-conspirators. You are violating the basic law of this country. Perhaps you all should read up on the first amendment to the Bill of Rights. It deals with things like freedom of speech and freedom of religion. The state of Texas is not going to allow this to go any further. Petitions are already being prepared to recall both the Mayor and all on the Council who signed on this silly ordinance. Very soon you all will be relegated to be the brunt of jokes and laid to rest on the dung heap of lousy politicians. And the sooner the better.

I really don’t care who the Mayor sleeps with. Her choices and lifestyle are her business. I do care when people in positions of authority decide to require me to knuckle under to their particular nonsense. Mayor Parker can sleep with her goat if she chooses but she cannot, under any circumstance, have edit authority over any sermon from any pastor, now or ever, nor can her goat.

Finally, the real problem here is that a city like Houston would elect someone like Annise Parker to be their Mayor. It doesn’t say much for their intellect, does it?  Electorates in cities, counties, states and finally countries make election decisions which they sometimes regret. Make wise choices. Elect competent people. The country you save may be your own.

Ron Scarbro

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Maybe it was because I was young. Maybe I was just naive. Whatever the reason, I used to be able to trust our government to, one, tell the truth, and two, do the right thing. That no longer is the case. It seems this entire government is built on lies.

Do you remember when we decided to go to war in Iraq because, among other reasons, they had chemical weapons? It made perfect sense. Saddam Hussein had used them already on his own people. Well, when we get there, we can’t find any. So the media begins the crucifixion of Pres. Bush. “Bush lied and people died.” What a mantra. Well guess what, they did find the weapons and they found them by the thousands. The Pentagon covered up the fact that they were found. Soldiers, many of whom were harmed by the discovery of some of those weapons were told to keep their mouths shut. Cover it up as if it never happened. Why? Why would our own government lie about this? Who gained what by this lie?

Let us consider Benghazi. Again, obvious lies. First we were told this was all about some silly video on the internet. Then we were told it was just a little group of upset militants. Three of our people died including our ambassador. The lies are still flowing. Who is being covered for? Is it Hillary? Is it Obama? And why? Why can’t these people man up and face the music? Or would they prefer to be remembered as just liars?

How about the IRS scandal? It is patently obvious that Lois Lerner is lying. She obviously destroyed her e-mails. When called before Congress to testify, she perpetuated her lies and refused to talk. Her punishment? She has retired to receive her substantial pension from the very government she tried to destroy by her lies.

I could go on and on but I think you understand the gravity of my comments and my concerns. My simple question is how much longer will we put up with the lying?

Here is a simple primer on American Government. Number one, Obama is not the government and he doesn’t own the government. He is a civil service employee who is responsible to the people. The Congress is not the government and they also do not own the government. They too are civil servants who are responsible to the people. The Judiciary is not the government and the judges do not own the government. They, like the previous employees I discussed, are merely civil servants who work for and are responsible to the people.

We are the government. We all are the government. Regardless of our station in life, we share equally as owners of our government. Those people in Washington, D.C. work for us, not the other way around. We get to choose them and we get to remove them. In fact, another election is just around the corner where we will choose again who will work for us. Don’t take that responsibility lightly. Do you want to continue to put liars in office? Or do you want to get someone in office who can be trusted to at least tell the truth?

I long for the day when I can trust government officials. This isn’t a party thing. Liars come from both sides of the aisle. Our world is a dangerous place. Now, more than ever, we need trustworthy people in positions of leadership. On Election Day, choose wisely.

Ron Scarbro

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


If anyone had told me this story just a few years ago, I would have laughed in their face. But sadly the story is true. I cannot make this nonsense up.
In Kentucky an Atherton High School student who was born an anatomically correct male, now wishes to “express” himself as a girl. He claims to be transgendered. He has demanded that the school allow him to use the girls’ restrooms and locker rooms. He also intends to shower with the girls. The school board, in their zeal to be all inclusive, unbiased, and celebrate diversity, has agreed to the student’s demands. Now let’s see, a sixteen year old boy showering with a bunch of sixteen year old girls. Hmmm, what could possibly go wrong?
Some time ago I wrote that California had passed a law allowing for the same type of treatment. Youngsters who are either homosexual, have a leaning toward homosexuality, or who just wish to express themselves as the opposite sex must have access to whatever facilities in which they feel most comfortable. Certainly showering together has to be a part of the experience. It’s a matter of “gender identity.”
Can you just see it now? Young teenagers, armed with raging hormones, getting together after gym for a quick little shower. Nothing could go wrong. After all, these kids have decided to “express” themselves as members of an opposite sex. They would have no interest in the naked bodies of anyone, right? Certainly not the opposite sex.
Are the people making these decisions nuts? Remember they are supposed to be legislators, school officials, and people who are highly educated. I think these people are just crazy.
This may come as a shock to some, but humans are members of the animal kingdom. While it is true some of us have developed bigger brains to reason out problems, sadly not all of us have advanced. And as animals we have certain instincts and proclivities. It would appear that these so-called enlightened individuals who think they know what is best for us are among those whose brains have not quite advanced.
Nothing good can come from young teenagers of different sexes showering together, period.
Those of you who know me know that I am not a psychiatrist. I don’t have a string of initials after my name. I don’t claim to understand the human brain or why some individuals seem to choose to be a different gender than their birth gender. Some of it may even be legitimate. I understand there are homosexuals in the world. Not everybody fits the same mold.
But I also know this. There is chicanery in this world. There are hijinks. There are people, especially young teenage boys, who just might take advantage of stupid laws and rules to subsequently take advantage of young girls. I don’t think that is a stretch of my imagination, do you?
Finally there is no way I would ever let my child, male or female, be involved in any organization, school, or anything which allowed for this type of behavior. I would also work diligently to fire any person in authority who advocated such nonsense.
All across this country it seems morons are getting themselves into positions of authority and sensible people are just sitting still for it. Would you allow your sixteen year old child to go to a school that allowed and encouraged mutual showers? Well neither would I. Be careful who you put into positions of power and constantly hold their feet to the fire. The kid you save may be your own.
Ron Scarbro

Thursday, October 2, 2014


I remember when I was a small child my mother and my grandmother cooking in the kitchen on a wood burning stove. They had to first build a fire, let it die back a bit, and then proceed to cook whatever they were preparing. They did this in the winter and they did this in the hot, steamy summer. This was in the south and let me tell you we did have hot, steamy summers. Oh, and we didn’t have an air conditioner. Nobody had an air conditioner. I remember small fans which were used to blow the hot air from one room to another. At that time, some sixty plus years ago, what I just described was commonplace.

We also didn’t have a refrigerator. We had an icebox. The iceman would come and deliver ice which sort of kept our food cold for a time. Spoilage was quite common. In fact food poisoning was a regular occurrence.

Time and chemistry changed all that. Today virtually all new homes and cars have air conditioning. Everybody has a refrigerator. Everybody has a range and oven. Almost everybody has a freezer to preserve food and to make their own ice. While food poisoning still happens, it is far less common.

My mother and my grandmother, as well as most of their peers, aged before their time. Their toils and labor just being homemakers were life shortening experiences. Back then a fifty year old woman was old.

Look at today. People, especially women, in their sixties and seventies are vibrant and alive. Seventy is the new fifty. All people are living longer, healthier, more comfortable lives. I believe a lot of this is because of refrigeration. Refrigerating the air we breathe and the food we eat. We have come a long way and it is good.

Here is the point of all this. Some in the so-called “scientific community” have apparently decided that the refrigerants we are now using are harmful to the atmosphere. It started with Freon. They didn’t like that so it got eliminated. Now they are after the chemicals which replaced Freon. It was just announced that some world leaders, whatever that means, are getting together to try and ban many of the chemicals that we use to cool our air and our food. I wonder what they have in mind to replace them. Some skeptics among us believe that somewhere in the wings is a chemical company which stands to make billions with the next big chemical and that many of these “leaders” will be in for big money themselves. Oh, and the cost to the consumer will skyrocket. Tsk, tsk. Why would anyone be that skeptical?

This is what I know for sure. People, all people, are living longer more comfortable lives because of many things but certain among them are refrigerated air and food.

As a child, if I wanted to experience air conditioning, I had to go the movies. For some reason, in those days, theaters had air conditioning. It was, in a word, heavenly. If I wanted a cold drink, I chipped a shard of ice off of the block in the icebox and chilled my drink. But there was no respite for my mother and my grandmother. They still had to build their fires and cook over that hot stove. We all took it for granted and never really appreciated what they went through for the family, and because of their sacrifice, they aged before their time. Look at how much better our lives are today through chemistry.

Ron Scarbro