People of faith
New study finds people of faith live four years longer than atheists. Actually, I believe they live an eternity longer.
Worth reading if you haven't already...
Even though I posted this a few weeks ago, I think it is worth sharing again:
Today’s must-read, by Matthew J. Peterson at American Greatness asks the vital question on every foreign policy expert’s lips: Does Donald Trump have enough experience and expert wisdom to screw up as many things, give away as much for nothing, start as many wars and create as many terrorists and refugees as the foreign policy experts have over the past 30 years? Or are his lack of the “skills” prized by diplomatic hothouse-bred, Ivy League “experts” and his real-world experience at dealing with thugs in the construction business precisely why he is able to accomplish on the world stage things they would never even attempt?
As we watch Sec. Pompeo try to nail down the fine points of the North Korea deal, I sometimes wonder if liberals in Los Angeles or San Francisco would rather be vaporized by a North Korean nuke than give Trump credit for preventing it.
Buried by the media
There’s good news for Chicagoans who don’t want to give up their neighborhood for the Obama Presidential Library: All the surviving records could probably fit onto one old floppy disc.
The heart of summer
We are in the heart of summer and I just wanted to bump this up again into your daily reading, because it bears repeating:
Just in time for summer, let’s give three cheers to Country Time Lemonade for standing up for the great American past time of kids learning entrepreneurism and good work habits by opening lemonade stands. In recent years, overbearing bureaucrats and stuffy neighbors have tried to shut the stands down by demanding that police rigidly enforce zoning and licensing laws on children.
Well, Country Time Lemonade is launching an initiative called “Legal-Ade.” They’re offering a crack legal team to help kids fill out paperwork and fight fines. Under certain conditions, they’ll even reimburse any fines up to $300. There are more details at the link, along with some great stories and photos about local cops who took the side of the enterprising kids.
Personally, I think anyone who would try to abuse the power of government to shut down a child’s lemonade stand should go suck a lemon. Then again, these days, forcing a kid to deal with frivolous legal complaints and crushing regulations and permit mandates would probably teach them more about what it’s like to be in business than running the lemonade stand would. It might also create a whole new generation of Republicans.
Americans are fed up
Looking back through my files, I found that upon Obama’s win in 2008, even though I worked hard for McCain and was very concerned about Obama’s lack of experience and far-left ideas, I congratulated him and said we should all pray for his success because he was the President of all of us now and his successes or failures would be those of our entire nation. On his Inauguration day in 2009, I wrote this:
“Our new President faces a staggering array of problems, from the economy to the terrorist threat. For all the cheering supporters and platoons of advisors, the ultimate decisions and their consequences will fall to him alone. My hope is that the loyal opposition on the Republican side will work with Obama on areas of agreement and show him the respect a President is due, even when they disagree and vigorously oppose. After eight years of relentless and often personal attacks on President Bush, Americans could use a good example not only of how to cooperate, but of how to disagree without demonizing.”
We could still use that, now more than ever. And may I say (with apologies for using such blue language in a public forum): “Double standard, my foot!”
To Maxine Waters, Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, April Ryan, Robert DeNiro, Don Lemon, Joy Behar and all the other foaming-at-the-mouth NeverTrumpers: Americans are beyond fed up with the relentless, sneering disrespect of our duly-elected President and his family, and the downgrading and dismissal of his accomplishments. It’s coming across as childish, selfish and disrespectful to tens of millions of Americans as well. If you have a disagreement with Trump’s policies, then explain it intelligently and respectfully – you know, like an adult. Otherwise, we’ll continue to pay you as much attention as we would a toddler who’s been throwing the same tantrum for 18 months.
.@GovMikeHuckabee on Trump's potential Supreme Court pick: "No president in history has ever been this transparent about the manner in which he goes about the process and the kind of people he's looking for." pic.twitter.com/CnFARwcNTg— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) July 5, 2018
Martha Cothren's Lesson
On the Fourth of July, we celebrate having this exceptional nation and the freedoms it gives us, but we must always remember that we have those things because of all the soldiers who put their lives on the line to secure them for us, from Revolutionary times forward. There’s a story I love to tell that illustrates that for young people.
When I was Governor of Arkansas, I got to know an outstanding high school teacher in Little Rock named Martha Cothren. She was one of my original Huck’s Heroines, and I was always telling her it was my goal to make her one of the most famous teachers in America, because she’d be such a great example to all teachers. Here’s just one reason why.
Martha became concerned that many of her kids didn’t fully appreciate their precious American freedoms. So she prepared an unusual lesson for them. On the first day of school, the kids shuffled back into class only to discover that it was completely empty. Not a desk in sight. So they asked, “Miss Cothren, where are the desks?” She replied, “You don’t get your desk until you can tell me how you earn it.”
The kids were stunned, but they started trying to guess how they earned their desks. By getting good grades? No, that’s not the answer. By behaving in class? No, that’s not it. The first period ended with the kids leaning against the walls or sitting on the floor, but they never had figured out how they earn their desks.
Well, in trooped the second period class. They were greeted with the same empty room and the same question they couldn’t answer. This went on all day, and by lunchtime, word was circulating all over school that Miss Cothren had gone crazy.
Finally, during the last class of the day, she told the students, “Okay, nobody’s figured out how you earn your desks, so I’ll tell you.” She opened the door, and in walked 27 military veterans, each one carrying a desk. As they quietly placed them in neat rows, Martha said, “Kids, you don’t have to earn your desks because these guys earned them for you.” She said you get free desks, free books and a free education, but it wasn’t free to these veterans…or to their friends who never came home from the wars they fought to give us all that freedom. She said, “Whenever you sit in that desk, try to remember who earned it for you.”
After that lesson, Martha was approached by one of those veterans, a news photographer, with tears in his eyes. He told her that when he returned from Vietnam, he was cursed and spat on, and made to feel ashamed of his service. He said, “Today is the first day since I’ve been home that I felt like someone appreciated what I did.”
Unfortunately, there can’t be a Martha Cothren in every school. But other teachers and parents can make sure their kids know who earned their desks for them. And we can all make it a point to say “thank you” to current and former members of the U.S. military. Seems to me, the 4th of July would be a great time to start.