Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Reality Can/Does Bite....Sometimes!

I've spent the past few hours digesting a mostly-unexpected defeat as i sought an office in my local private/charitable club. To compound the figuring, it was the 2nd year in-a-row that I lost the position. I had anticipated this year to be different.

Last year it turned into a 3-way race when a friend who is socially popular in the organization stepped forward at the very last moment, and i found myself running 3rd in the first round of two votes. Elimination.

This year, i told myself, would be different. I had not turned away after last year, and instead re-doubled my efforts....carrying a very heavy load of activity and responsibility throughout the entire year....smiling and trying hard to improve things in our organization.

Now the phrase about turn the other cheek comes into focus. I did and got it slapped too!

A experience in the organization at all, excepting forays into the auxiliary as its top now going to be the new organization leader.

Time to question a number of things......

Are my efforts during the many years i have been there really known to the voting folks (let me digress for a moment to explain that of the just-over 100 voters there.....probably 50 of them never visit the organization's lodge more than once or twice per year, and take no part in its operations). Maybe it is after-all.....coordination of known potential votes, and nothing at all to do with what one puts in to the organization.

That thought, which borders upon being unavoidable, leaves me questioning the long-term stability of the organization. It is 113 years old, and the tradition in our community is huge! I fear for its sustainability as the past several years has now produced three lead officers with little to no experience. In my early years in the organization, 23 years ago, the tradition was that one worked their way in. Beginning with small offices, and working ones way up, while also doing volunteer work in the kitchen, and with the house committee and holding offices. When the new leader assumed office they possessed the strong knowledge to understand and comprehend the entire operation and perpetuate it.

I now think back to some of the conversations I had in the past two weeks as it was known that I was one of two seeking the post. One man actually said he would be voting for the other candidate because a bartender he loved left....thinking I had caused it. Another came to me and recited two "rumors" of things I would do to "kill the auxiliary" if elected....and that i was too closely tied to one group which had been in charge for two past years. Neither were true, but rumors repeated by folks determined to undermine, have a way of sticking. The decision making reminds me of the methods of electing national officers in this day and age....all about image and no one looks under the hood to see if the engine is there, and will run!

I harbor no anger nor hatred for my loss. I am simply convinced the organization has lost its way when it comes to tradition, and is suffering the fate of such a decision....Much like a ship which is rudderless....not because there is no rudder, but because instead there is no one aboard who knows how to operate the rudder.

Perhaps the problem is the "business model" of the organization is outdated, and the way folks think today is why every such club dedicated to charity, and ritual is today suffering large-scale drops in membership.

I shall take the days ahead and refocus on things closer......and in the future will find another way to utilize my considerable skills in a place where tradition, work ethics, etc. still hold sway. I regret leaving behind many with whom I worked....many who have given much to the organization, and may still trying to make it work.

I love life, and my life....and will be going on for as long as able. I am not ever going to be candidate for a rocking is not my nature.

I sincerely wish only the best for the winners last evening.....if they fail or foul the job, the tradition will matter naught!

Friday, February 6, 2015

The President Avoids Logic In A Search to Justify Radical Islam!

Unbelievable as it is, the President wants to equate Terrorist Islamic ISIS with the Crusades of 700+ years ago!

Jonah Goldberg writes: "On Tuesday, the so-called Islamic State released a slickly produced video showing a Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a steel cage. On Wednesday, the United Nations issued a report detailing various “mass executions of boys, as well as reports of beheadings, crucifixions of children, and burying children alive” at the hands of the Islamic State.
And on Thursday, President Obama seized the opportunity of the National Prayer Breakfast to forthrightly criticize the “terrible deeds” . . . committed “in the name of Christ.”

 The President's exact words were: "And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ."

 Goldberg knocks it out of the park with this: "It is perverse that Obama feels compelled to lecture the West about not getting too judgmental on our “high horse” over radical Islam’s medieval barbarism in 2015 because of Christianity’s medieval barbarism in 1215.
It’s also insipidly hypocritical. President Obama can’t bring himself to call the Islamic State “Islamic,” but he’s happy to offer a sermon about Christianity’s alleged crimes at the beginning of the last millennium.
We are all descended from cavemen who broke the skulls of their enemies with rocks for fun or profit. But that hardly mitigates the crimes of a man who does the same thing today. I see no problem judging the behavior of the Islamic State and its apologists from the vantage point of the West’s high horse, because we’ve earned the right to sit in that saddle."

This President is the most Un-American thinker to ever sit in the White House! He manages to find a way to equate anything done by Islamic Terrorists acting under the guise of their religion to events and people in our past 1,000 years ago and try to make them equal. Ridiculous!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Hang On! Obama and his FCC Are Trying To Steal The Internet!

In another mis-labeled-to-decive effort by Obama and the FCC Chair, they attempt to insert Government into a working element of society......That will lead to govt. control of what is on the internet, and FEES!!!!! Yes, Fees!!!!  You WILL PAY! Ask yourself, has the govt. ever controlled anything that did not cost you in the process????  Get a grip and write your CongressCritter!

I guess Obama feels it is only right he and the Democrats take the internet......after all didn't Al Gore Invent the Internet??????  Sorry, just had to put that in!

Today Begins.......and....

Stuff we would really like to see....
and then there's
The stuff that makes you understand "Where the money went!"
and if you
need to know why the Lame Stream media is not believed....
Have a great day folks!

p.s. I almost missed this which I believe means.....
Jeb Bush, using Obama standards, should be our next President!!!!