Saturday, April 21, 2018

Results Are A Stubborn Thing

  When my alarm clock went off this morning I heard the news that the Trump administration had reached an agreement with North Korea. Among other things North Korea is ending it's nuclear testing program and a hotline will be set up so North and South Korea can communicate with each other. I turned on my computer and you guessed it Yahoo news was all about Russia, Russia, Russia, Stormy, Stormy Stormy, Cohen, Cohen Cohen, Comey, Comey Comey, Blah, Blah,Blah. One thing that Reagan taught me was that when the Russians and Democrats were making noise that meant that he was hurting them. Reagan turned our economy around after the worst recession since the depression, built our military, gave America back it's pride in itself and put the Soviet Union out of business. Trump has turned our economy around and lowered Black unemployment to record levels. More people are off of the welfare rolls and America is experiencing economic growth again after 8 years of stagnation. The stock market is hitting record highs. Our military is on the road to recovery and ISIS is on the run. Appeasement is dead and America is being respected again in the world again. Our borders are more secure and undesirables are being sent out of the country. Yes these results are troubling for the Democrat Party. All of this has happened in just a year and a half and like John Adams said " Facts Are A Stubborn Thing" This could be changed to results are a stubborn thing. Yet these are the facts that you can take to the bank. Russian collusion is not the target of the Mueller investigation. Donald Trump is and by extension those of us who voted for him. If Hillary had won the election there would be no mention of Russia, much less and investigation or special prosecutor. If Donald Trump had run as a Democrat and won he would be the greatest thing since sliced bread. The Democrats went after Reagan with everything they had and he won one of the largest landslides in American history in 1984. I may be wrong but I predict that Trump will win by a landslide in 2020.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Donnie Raymond White

  I had friends that were injured both physically and mentally in Vietnam but I guess that I am lucky in that I only had one personal friend killed there, When I worked at H.G. Hill @ 6th & Shelby Donnie used to come in and he would always say " Hey Segroves, loan me a dollar". Donnie was about two years ahead of me in school. I was also friends with his brother Jerry who was my age. Donnie was killed while I was in Basic Training but they weren't able to ship his body home until I went home on leave around the middle of September 1968. My Aunt Didi wanted me to pay my respects to some obscure relative that I doubt that I had ever even met. When I walked into Phillips-Robinson Funeral home I ran into Jerry and was curious as to why he was there. To my surprise he told me that Donnie was dead. He had died in Vietnam. I didn't even know that he had been inducted. It was a shock to see him there in a glass enclosed coffin in his dress uniform. When I visited the Vietnam Memorial I found his name and I always look for it when I visit our Tennessee Vietnam Memorial. Rest In Peace Donnie White and thank you for your service.

Date of Birth: 4/9/1948
Date of Casualty: 9/6/1968
Home of Record: NASHVILLE
County of Record:DAVIDSON COUNTY
Branch of Service:ARMY
Panel/Line:45W, 58
Casualty Province: QUANG NGAI

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Santiago Jimmy McKinn

  Santiago ‘Jimmy’ McKinn was a boy of 11 who lived with his family in the lower Mimbres Valley, New Mexico. One day, while out with his seventeen year old brother Martin, a group of Apache led by Geronimo approached the two. Geronomo crushed Martin's skull stealing his clothes and abducting young Santiago. A photographer associated with General Crook took this picture of a group of Indians during peace negotiations with Geronomo in 1886. A soldier later realized that the boy in front was a White captive. Santiago had an Irish father and Mexican mother. When the soldiers approached him about returning to his family he refused to leave. Santiago had thoroughly adapted to the Indian culture and would only speak Apache. When Geronomo's band was finally vanquished they were placed on a train headed for a prison in Florida. Santiago wearing only a g-string was also placed on that train. His parents met the train at Deming New Mexico and took him home. He was outfitted with a set of new clothes. Santiago later married, had 4 children, and later grandchildren. The 1930 census revealed that he was living in Phoenix. Santiago was born on March 31, 1875 and died on December 10, 1941. He was 66 years old.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

David Hogg - Media Hog

I wonder how I could alter public opinion if I was the survivor of an active shooter situation and the mainstream media gave me a soapbox to say anything I wanted to about protecting our 2nd Amendment rights. Because I was a shooting "survivor" I could not be criticized. In addition I could criticize my parents, liberal anti-gun groups and those that oppose my point of view with a liberal use of profanity and the F bomb. I don't know David Hogg but I see a young skull full of mush being given way too much notoriety and power at the age of 17. If he is going to put his opinion out there in the marketplace of ideas he should expect criticism and should not be able to hide behind the Parkland school shooting tragedy. Why should his opinion be so sacrosanct? Why shouldn't Kyle Kashruv have the same soapbox? He is a 16 year old survivor of Parkland and guess what? The shooting did not affect his ability to reason. He is pro 2nd Amendment. Ronald Reagan and Republican Congressman Steve Scalise came as close to dying as anybody after being shot. Both were shot by mentally ill men but they quickly affirmed their continuing support for the 2nd Amendment. James Brady, who was Reagan's Press secretary took a different approach to the 2nd Amendment. Since he suffered a severe brain injury and was severely incapacitated I have always wondered how much of his opposition to guns came from him or his wife. Either way I think that he earned a right to an opinion on the subject. If you want to change the minds of reasonable people the left better come up with something better than David Hogg. 
Kyle Kashruv

The Meaning Of Easter To Me

After reading posts on Facebook as to why people do or do not believe in God I ask myself many times why I believe in God. These are several reasons that I believe. 

1. Free will - It is mind blowing when I think that Gods love is revealed in our ability to make choices. We can be as evil as we want to be or as righteous as we want to be. Of course our righteousness is only really achieved through Christ. This is what sets humans and animals apart. When one gets married we hope to marry someone who chooses to love us. What would a relationship be if they were forced to be with us. God is no different. We are free to reject him or accept him. He is sad when he is rejected but you are free to make your own choices. This is the essence of true love. Free will. 

2. The power to transform- I have seen people transformed before my very eyes. It doesn't happen as often as I would like but I have seen it happen on occasion. One example of this is a young girl that I used to supervise years ago. She hated me. It was very evident in the way she treated me. She always had a scowl on her face and seemed embittered. One day she walked up to me and out of the blue she asked me to forgive her for how she treated me. Stunned at this I said that I would. I happened to tell a Christian co-worker about this and his eyes lit up. Haven't you heard? She was saved. For the remaining time that I knew this girl her whole demeanor changed and it seemed to affect even her physical appearance. There are historical examples of this kind of transformation like the slave trader John Newton who wrote Amazing Grace and Jacob Deshazer, the Doolittle raider that spent three long brutal years as a Japanese POW. He would later accept Jesus as his Savior. Deshazer went back to Japan in order to preach Christianity to the Japanese. He would lead many to Christ including the air commander of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mitsuo Fuchida. He would later write a book called from Pearl Harbor to Calvary.

3. The mind blowing spiritual truths revealed in God's Word and through his Holy Spirit

Who did Christ die for and what was the meaning of his resurrection?

He died for you.
He died for me. 
He died for Donald Trump
He died for Barack Obama
He died for Bill and Hillary Clinton
He died for Adolph Hitler
He died for Joseph Stalin
He died for Saddam Hussein
He died for Osama Bin Laden
He died for the adulterer
He died for the thief
He died for the murderer
He died for the homosexual
He died for the professed believer or hypocrite like me whose life does not measure up.
Last but not least he died for the fool that says in his heart that there is no God.