California must consider earlier parole for sex offenders, judge rules

February 21, 2018

California must consider earlier parole for sex offenders, judge rules

California Gov. Jerry Brown To Release 10,000 Pedophiles, Rapists From Prison

Are Californians really going to let this happen? I guess we’ll see. I have friends who live in the state where I grew up and they are staying for a variety of reasons. I wish them well in spite of the lawlessness that seems to be pervasive there.

California is a different world than it was in 1970.




November 10, 2013

Photo from the "I grew up in West Covina" Facebook page

Photo from the “I grew up in West Covina” Facebook page

I would like to thank Susan Carriere for posting this on my Facebook page.

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED The 1930′s 40′s, 50′s, 60′s and 70′s.

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes.
Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we weren’t overweight because WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

Photo by Bikes Unite

Photo by Bikes Unite

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo’s, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms……….WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!
The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.
And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.
Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it?!


My comment:

Born in 1958, my childhood was much like the one described here by Susan.  The reason for the bike is that I had one that was similar except that it was green.  It was sorely missed when it was stolen from our driveway one day.  This is the year that prayer was removed from our public schools by the Supreme Court.  Growing up in California, I never heard a Christian prayer in class.  I am blessed to have had a wonderful childhood, however.  I wish I had a picture of the tree house that my Dad and I made in our backyard tree.  I added the “burglar alarm” which was quite dangerous.  One of the three ladders needed to reach the 2nd floor of the tree house was from an old pool.  It had metal rungs.  I unfastened one of the rungs, tied a string to it, and a few pulleys later a water bucket would spill onto a metal “runway” and douse whoever might still be clinging to the tree.  I usually kept my “trap” safe by keeping the bolt in the side tied to the string.  Just about lost a neighbor one day though.


Photo from the "I grew up in West Covina" Facebook page

Photo from the “I grew up in West Covina” Facebook page


October 28, 2013

Air Force Academy Chapel, Colorado Springs, Colorado Photo by dbking

Air Force Academy Chapel, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Photo by dbking

The Air Force Academy is considering dropping the phrase “so help me God” from its oath after atheist Mickey Weinstein and his Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) filed a complaint.

The Academy’s oath is: “We will not lie, steal or cheat nor tolerate among us anyone who does. Furthermore, I resolve to do my duty and live honorably, so help me God.”

You can read the rest of the article HERE.

My comment:

Academy Public Affairs Director Maj. Brus Vidal said that “at present, the phrase ‘so help me God’ remains as part of the oath. Vidal told the Air Force Times they could: 1) make no change 2) make the God part optional or 3) strike the entire oath.”

My brother graduated from the Air Force Academy.  He is a Christian who worked hard to get into the academy.  It took him an extra year of diligent study after high school to get accepted. My family had no special political connections.  My brother had to earn his recommendations with his own efforts. The neighborhood knew that my brother was preparing for something as he woke early in the morning, put on his heavy army boots, and ran through the streets of West Covina, California. I always admired his ability to run the endurance races (cross-country).  I think the fastest I ever ran a mile took 7 minutes.

Veteran's Day 2006 Photo by dbking

Veteran’s Day 2006
Photo by dbking

When one individual can file an email complaint about this subject and have Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson respond to it in just over an hour, there is a major problem.   According to the article, The Superintendent told “Weinstein immediately (that she) had a poster that contained the oath removed from a prep school wall (at his request) and that the Academy would consider removing ‘so help me God’ from its oath.”

At this time of year, I should be putting up something about the scary nature of our world as Halloween approaches.  I submit that this article is evidence that another frightening event seems to be occurring at one of the greatest military training institutions in this country.  What could be more scary than that?


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