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Wednesday - March 2, 2016
Hello once again from a Jingoistic Completely Confused Fossil Fuel Burning Disgusted Angry West Texan.
Last Saturday, I attended the funeral of a man whom I have known for about five years.  He and his wife moved to a home about a block or so away from our house.  His name is Billy Wayne Williams.  As I said, I first met this good man about five years ago and liked him from the very first moment I saw him.  Billy lost a years long battle with cancer.  But even though he suffered through surgeries and this dreaded disease appearing in different parts of his body throughout the years.  It seems as if he would get cancer beat in one part of his body and it would appear within a few weeks in another area.

When I first met Billy, he was having surgery for some serious skin cancer on his nose.  He explained to me and other friends what the doctors had planned.  They cut away at least half of his nose and after many trips to Dallas over several years he finally showed up one day with a prosthetic nose.  The new nose attached to his face to metal clips which had been screwed into the vacated area.  The first morning he showed up with his new nose, we were all taken back a step or two as you absolutely could not tell that his nose was false.  The skin tone,  the skin surface and everything about the prosthetic nose was absolutely perfect and you could not tell that it was not his natural nose.  It was really an amazing piece of surgery.... and one which I had never seen before.
And instead of being very guarded about the fake nose, Billy made jokes about it and would occasionally turn his head and remove it just to see the look on some stranger's face.  And throughout the entire time I knew this man, he kept a wonderful sense of humor.  But what really made me respect Billy Williams was how he had been raised.  He was one of 11 children and while still in school had to literally take over the farm duties due to the illness of his father.  Then after his father passed away, Billy really did become "the man of the house".  Billy farmed and raised livestock and ran feed lots all his life and when he was in his 50s he took on a job as a pumper in the West Texas oilfields and continued to do this until a few weeks prior to his death.

Billy and his wife helped raise several of their grandchildren and I have often heard him say, "The best gift you can give someone is the ability to take care of themselves."  And even though Billy was 2 years younger than me, he reminded me of my own father and grandpa who had that same outlook.  Billy really did enjoy helping others and when he was out in the oilfield checking his wells, he would keep a sharp eye out for antler sheds and the like as my wife likes to put them in her cactus gardens.  At his funeral, many people spoke on how much he had helped out neighbors and other family members through the years.  

Billy was the last of his siblings to pass on but one of his grandsons gave a very moving eulogy for his grandpa.  And this grandson is very successful and said that he owed it all to the things he had learned from Billy Williams, his grandpa.
After his death, the thought crossed my mind that two of the absolutely nicest men I have ever known were also two of the toughest people I had ever known.  One of them was my old neighbor in Hobbs, N.M.,  Bob McKelvey who had been a  POW in a Japanese Prison in World War II  and the other was my late friend Billy Williams.  The world will never be quite as interesting without these two men.
Well, Ted Cruz won Texas in his bid and also Oklahoma and overall did pretty well BUT "The Donald" came out ahead in the "Super Tuesday" Republican Primary elections.
Unfortunately, I am of the opinion that the Republican Party is well on its way to being taken over by the same type of self centered, liberal,  Establishment Republicans who have pretty much killed the Republican Party that I joined in Ronald Reagan's first Presidential Campaign.  I had been a member of the Democrat Party from the first time I registered to vote in 1958.  Then in Reagan's first year as the Republican Presidential Candidate it dawned upon me that I had voted for:  Richard Nixon in 1960;  Barry Goldwater in 1964;  Richard Nixon in 1968;   Richard Nixon in 1972;  Gerald Ford in 1976..... and not a single one of them was a Democrat.  So I switched party affiliations in 1980.  AND, my record is still intact that from the first time I was eligible to vote in 1958, I had NEVER voted for a Democrat President.

AND, even thought I have precious little use for Donald Trump, if he is the nominee against either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, I will be forced to suspend gagging long enough to VOTE  AGAINST  EITHER  HILLARY  OR  BERNIE.  I feel pretty sure that the Republican Party which I joined in 1980 is.... if not dead.... is at least in intensive care and not expected to live long.
Also, in this year's election season, I have lost all respect for ALL  OF  THE  TELEVISION  NETWORKS.... and YES, I am including FOX News.  I have grown way past weary of watching Karl Rove break out his chalk board and show us just how things are, because we are all just too stupid to understand the spoken word.

In my humble opinion,  Karl Rove;  Sean Hannity;  Juan Williams;   Geraldo Rivera;   Megyn Kelly;  RNC Chairman Reince Priebus;  Donald Trump;   Marco Rubio;  John Kasich;  the entire CNN and MSNBC  news departments could ALL  use a swift kick in the ass.  You will notice that I left Bill O'Reilly out of this as on occasion he will actually stumble upon the truth while telling us all just how really smart he is and  how we should all be purchasing one of his books.
I am really afraid that "The Donald" is going to get the Republican nomination.  AND, if he does, you had better hold onto your seats as the entire News Media, including FOX News, will suddenly discover  all the crap they have been holding back since "The Donald" first announced his Presidential intentions, and he will look like that bear in the old coin operated shooting game and will steadily be growling and standing up on his two hind legs.  If you think that  "The Donald" can withstand some serious media scrutiny then you are in need of some serious counseling.

As I said earlier, the Republican Party that I joined in 1980 has, as we say in Texas,  HEADED  SOUTH. 
Tony Aguilar,    Mary Vigil,      Joe & Ruth Lucero,   Ted Salgado,  Raoul McPeters   -NM  -  Ella Dunlop,    Kaleigh Paige Hudgens,     Bobby Peiser,  Bob Wallman,  Maria Tupaz,  Bernice Murphy,    Judy Langham,     Liz Deguren,  Roger Tucker,   Charlotte Williams,     Zak Krejci,   Debra Blake,   Mary Denson,   Randy  Jones,      Don Weaver,        Roger Goertz,     Jerry Carpenter,   Steve  Mida,   Sherry Welch,  Shirley Boatright,   Dick Burnett,   Kaylee King (2)    - TX -  Sr. Delphine Grigas (98) - IL -   Paul & Debby Gula,  Mike Burkebak,   Alan Miller,    Debbie McKeown, Violet  Fermin,  Carlos Fernandez, Hamilton Anderson,  Arlene Anderson,   Kate Nolan  - FL -    L.T. Drennan - OK -     Lynn Jones - NE -    Gladys Beasley, Barbara Urban - MD -   Charles Latham,  Rocky Leonard,    Bette Miller,   Sheriff Richard Mack - AZ -   Kate Powell,  Annise Kennedy,  Sam Wittstruck (17 yoa),  Kenny McPeters  -  CA -     Pat  Holley,   Keith Chambers,   Nancy Chambers,   LANA Athey,   Vicki Watson - CO -      Hal Whitmore - DE -   Herb Johnston - NY -     Lonnie Shoultz - AL   -   Perry Evans  - AR -   Jim Pinney,    James E. Brady III (2 yrs. old)  - OH -  Joyce Marie Severino - GA  -     Josip & Lela  Slivar - ZAGREB, CROATIA -  Sister Clarice Carroll (83) - HAITI  -     RET. COL.  Pete Mekkelson -WVA -   CDR USN (Ret) Bob Palmer - WI -  Timothy Lincoln Palmer* (Newborn Grandson of CDR Bob Palmer - smallest of quads),   Tyler Seddon  - RI   
GySgt. Daniel West,  MSgt. (Ret) Randy Morrow , CAPT. Michael Rice,  CAPT. Nick Francona, GySgt. James Walker, CAPT. George Zeigler,    CAPT.  Catherine Schmidt Fiancé of Capt. Zeigler)    SSgt. Matt Ross, Alex Boyd,  RCT Graydon J. Phillips,  CAPT. Levi English,   GySgt. Eric Harmon,   LCPL Archer Abblitt,  Maj. Todd A. O'Brien,   MGySgt. '46 - 82 (Ret)  Harvey  Weigart -   US MARINE CORPS -    Kenneth Thomas - USCG    SSgt. Eric Grudziecke, A1 Elizabeth Chaffon,  Cody Barber, Col. Phil Samples, TSgt. Aaron Brown,   TSgt.  Rebecca Goodwin, 1st LT.  Mandie Yates,   - US AIR FORCE -   Capt. Brian Kriss - TxANG -   Zachary Moore - US NAVAL ACADEMY -    Lt. William Jourdan,  CDR Robert McLay,  Lt. Tommy Brown, Lt. Russell Brown,     CAPT. Wayne Putnam (Ret),   E5 Matthew J. Blaker (and crew of the USS ANZIO),    LT JG Ethan English,   - US NAVY -   Bud Barnett - USNA 74 -    SSgt. Mike Campagna - SPECIAL FORCES  -   SSgt.Michael Strawn, Sgt. Logan McKinzie,  Capt. (Fr) Kevin Peek, Maj. Fred W. Tanner, Lt. Col. Robbie Ball,  SSgt. Travis McGowan,   Michael B. Hudgens,     Scott Hillyer,   Jeff Schoonover,  CWO2 Mitchell Wittstruck - US ARMY    -  CWO3  Tim Helton and the 1/230  Air Cav Squadron TNANG  -  All of the  men and women presently serving in the United States Military
John Mallory - DEA -  Fr. Joseph M. Peek,  Gary and Cindy Hogman,   Ashtyn Wages and John Paul Tupaz and their families. 
"The SUPER  TUESDAY primaries may be a turning point for America ---- and quite possibly a turn for the worse.   After seven long years of  domestic disasters and increasing international dangers, the next President of the United States will need extraordinary wisdom,  maturity,  depth of knowledge and personal character to rescue America...... Instead, if the polls are an indication, what we mat get is someone with the opposite of all these things, a glib egomaniac with a checkered record in business and no track record at all in government --- Donald Trump.... If so, the downward trajectory of America over the past seven years may well continue on  into  the  future.".... THOMAS  SOWELL
"Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct."............. THOMAS  JEFFERSON**
"The good sense of people will always be found to be the best army.".......... THOMAS  JEFFERSON**
"I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachment of those in poser than by violent and sudden usurpations."............... JAMES  MADISON **
"Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected.  No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties or his possessions."... JAMES MADISON**
 "An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!.... Sir, we are not weak if we make  a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power....  Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone.   There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us....   Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of the chains of slavery?  Forbid it, Almighty God.  I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death."..... PATRICK  HENRY
**It almost seems as if these Founders Of The United States of America were looking into the future and trying to tell us something ..... TODAY!
Barack Hussein Obama,    Michelle Obama,   George Soros,    Joe Biden,   Louis Farrakhan,   Debbie Wasserman Schultz  DNC  Chairperson,   Leon Panetta,       Supreme Court Justices - Ruth Bader Ginsberg,  Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, AND John Roberts,      Eric Holder,   John McCain R-AZ,   Valerie Jarrett,   Nancy Pelosi,  Harry Reid,  Diane Feinstein,   Barbara Boxer,   Lanny Davis,   Hillary Clinton,   Bill Clinton,   Chuck Schumer,       David Axelrod,  Rahm Emanuel,   Ezekiel Emanuel,   Kathleen Sebelius,   Bill Richardson,   Jay Carney,    Susan Rice,    Rep. Keith Ellison D-MN,    Former Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano,      COLIN  POWELL  ( R) ,   Michael Moore,      John Kerry,   Lindsey Graham,   Former President Jimmy Carter.   Al Gore,      Chuck Hagel,    Dick Durbin,   Chuck Schumer,   Andrew Cuomo     Chris Christie R-NJ ,   Michael Bloomberg,   Sheila Jackson Lee D-TX,     Susan Collins R-ME,   Patrick Leahy,     Jeff Flake R-AZ,    Eddie Bernice Johnson D-TX,   John Boehner R-OH,    John Cornyn R-TX,   Mitch McConnell R-KY,  Mike Huckabee R-AR,   Lisa Murkowski R-AK,      Robert Menendez NJ,   Al Franken MN,   Claire McCaskill (D-MO),   Patty Murray WA,   Henry Waxman CA,   Linda Sanchez CA,   Maxine Waters CA,       State Senator Wendy Davis D-TX,   Elijah Cummings D-MD,   NY Mayor Bill de Blasio,   Lois Lerner,   Michael Morrell,   Tommy Vietor (National Security Council Spokesman),  Karl Rove,    Rep. Ann  Kuster D-NH,   Jen Psaki (State Department),   Josh Earnest,   Marie Harf(State Department),   Jerrold Nadler (D-NY),   Rep.  Jared Polis (D-CO),    Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO),   Orin Hatch (R-UT),   John Koskinen (IRS COMMISSIONER),   Jeh Johnson (Homeland Security Secretary),   Elizabeth Warren (D-MA),   Deval Patrick (D-MA),   Charlie Crist (D-FL),   Jerry Brown (D-CA),    John Lewis (D-GA),   Michelle Nunn (D-GA),   Jay Nixon (D-MO-Gov.),   Mary Landrieu (D-LA),   Julia Pierson,   Jonathan Holmes Gruber,   Rep. Al Green (D-TX),   Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-TX),  HOWARD  DEAN,   Timothy Kaine* (D-VA),    Charles E. Samuels Jr.,   Amy Klobuchar (D-MN),   Mark Dayton (Gov. MN-D),    Suspended San Francisco Sheriff ROSS MIRKARIMI,   John Kirby (State Department Spokesman),   Barbara Mikulski (D-MD),   Secretary of Defense Ash Carter,    Dallas County Sheriff  Lupe Valdez,    JOHN  HICKENLOOPER (D-GOV-CO)
MSNBC,    ACLU,   Congressional Black Caucus,   NAACP,   Jesse Jackson,  AL  SHARPTON,    UNITED   NATIONS,     Jane Fonda,   LA RAZA,   MOVEON.ORG,      PETA,   CAIR,     BOB  COSTAS (NBC),   ESPN,     The NFL,   CNN,  The Environmental Protection Agency,    Al  Jazeera America,      Republican National Committee (RNC),     NBC,   CBS,   CNBC,  ABC,  BUREAU OF  LAND  MANAGEMENT, Department of Education,  Department of Energy,  Tom Steyer (Progressive Billionaire Opposing Keystone Pipeline),   NBA,  NHL,  NOW (National Organization Of Women),   Patricia Ireland,    Jesse Ventura,  Geraldo Rivera FOX News,   Juan Williams FOX News,    The Washington Redskins Football Team,    James Brown (CBS -NFL Pre-Game).  CDC (Center for Disease Control),  Bill O'Reilly FOX News,  Shepard Smith FOX News,  Alan Colmes  FOX News,   MICHAEL  MOORE,   Bryant Gumbel,  BLACK  LIVES  MATTER,   The SIERRA  CLUB,   Megyn Kelly FOX News,   Quentin Tarantino,   The University of Missouri
*By Request    
If any of you have purchased a firearm of any type in the past 15 or so years, you know that you must fill out an ATF Form, I believe it is  #4473 on which you must have proof of identity and you must answer a series of questions regarding your background, such as criminal convictions... etc.    After the Brady Bill was passed another  added item was passed and added onto this Form #4473.  Of course prior to this item was passed into law by our esteemed House and Senate.  Prior to that, a Felony Conviction prohibited a person from purchasing a firearm from a Federally Licensed Firearms Dealer.

BUT, this item was added on as an Amendment to some type of funding bill, as I was told, AND this little piece of legislation also added a question regarding a MISDEMEANOR  Conviction for not only a Domestic Violence crime but any crime which contained the elements of a Domestic Violence crime.  Now I am sure that most in law enforcement or those with a law degree or some legal training could tell you is, that  Domestic Violence is not necessarily some type of violence committed against a spouse or a family member.  I do not know for sure but in many states it includes ANYONE sharing a residence or ANYONE with whom a close association exists OR even a FORMER  FAMILY  MEMBER.  And, most of these crimes are classified as a MISDEMEANOR  CRIME.

I read a couple of days back where Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is questioning whether or not a MISDEMEANOR  Conviction should be used to suspend a Constitutional Right to own a firearm.  According to my understanding of this law, if one has been convicted of Domestic Violence, it is a crime to PURCHASE;  OWN;  or POSSESS any firearm.

Most Law Enforcement Officer whom I have known back when this law was passed were in a state of shock that the Federal Government would pass a law PROHIBITING the Purchase or Possession or Ownership of a firearm due to a Misdemeanor Conviction.  AND, Justice Thomas asked an attorney appearing before the Supreme Court if she could name any other area where a Misdemeanor Conviction suspended a Constitutional Right.  Evidently she could not.
I read an article in the (Sub) Standard Times where the Mayor of Ithaca, New York wanted his city to host the nation's FIRST  SUPERVISED  INJECTION  FACILITY, enabling heroin users to shoot illegal drugs into their bodies under the care of a nurse without getting arrested by the police.  He said that too many heroin addicts were dying. OK, now let me see if I have this right...... It is ILLEGAL to POSSESS  HEROIN in the United States.  SO, the Ithaca Mayor wants a safe place where heroin addicts can inject themselves with a drug WHICH  THE  MERE  POSSESSION OF  IS  ILLEGAL.  Perhaps this is an area that either Hillary or "The Donald" can address after  she/he/it is elected President.
Another sad death was the passing of George Kennedy, a tough guy character actor who achieved star status in the 1967 classic, "Cool Hand Luke".  I also remember Mr. Kennedy playing the lead role as "Bumper Morgan" in the television series "The Blue Knight" which was based upon Joseph Wambaugh's best selling novel, The Blue Knight.  When I first read the book, I told old friends that if this was made into a movie that George Kennedy would be perfect for the part.  They did actually make a movie which had William Holden in the lead role and it was good BUT  George Kennedy WAS  BUMPER  MORGAN.  I have seen him in countless movies and he was really good in every single role he played.  I have also seen him interviewed several times and he was a class act.  Mr. Kennedy was 91 when he died.  Lost another good one.