I know I made some very poor choices when I was a teenager. I look back now and think it makes no sense. What was I thinking? And there's the rub. I can't logic make way into figuring the why behind some of the choices I made because for the life of me, I can't remember who I was back then.
Thoughts regarding the statues being torn down:
1) It's illegal at every government level from city, county, state, and federal. For police officers to be forced to just stand around and watch it happen is sickening. People should be arrested and experience some form of penalty according to the law. They're trespassing. They're destroying public property and in the case of some statues, federal property which is even worse.
2) If a statue shouldn't be standing then those interested in having it removed should go through proper channels. Another statue might be chosen by a committee or they might decide to do something else with the space but one thing is for sure, the ones tearing down the statues now aren't intellectually advanced. They don't know their history so they're the last ones who should choose what stays and what goes. Although I'm beginning to think it has less to do about who they're tearing down and more to do about them wanting to feel like they have the power to do it.
3) They want mob rule of this there's absolutely no doubt. They attempted to acquire it in DC yesterday but were shut down by the police. They wanted a situation of territory control like what's happening in Seattle. In this case they had already named the new territory, The Black House. We cannot let this continue. It's time to play hardball. Let the cameras catch police officers and maybe the National Guard using force to combat force. It doesn't matter at this point if the general public sees some tough policing because most are ready for it and those that don't want it don't want to have police in the first place so they're nuts.
4) I don't understand why we don't use undercover officers at these aggressive events. Dropping them off with the look of a fellow protestor/rioter and using a video camera to record the people breaking the law. Getting some up close and personal shots to try and see behind the masks. Have conversations with people to see if some insight can be gained as to how the operation is supported (i.e. food and water, supplies (i.e. bricks, custom made facemasks, hats, and t-shirts, etc.). How were the crowds assembled; basically how did word get out to join the protest and what were they told to expect? A peaceful protest or get ready to fight? I believe there's a lot we can learn by getting undercover officers who fit the demographics of the crowd, on the inside. Coddling these young power hungry kids isn't working. There comes a time where you have to put political correctness aside and just kick some ass. The public relations hit for going "authoritarian," is miniscule compared to the damage these people are causing now in destabilizing our country.
Think about how effective the mainstream media is. If we allow them to influence our thinking then we'd believe our country is in absolute chaos. Think about this, the areas of our country where the protests and riots are taking place represent only .0001%. Meaning that there aren't problems in 99.9999% of our nation. The number of people taking part in the violence, represent .00010% of our population so 99.9990% of our country aren't looting and rioting.
A majority of Americans are good regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. There are good atheists. The goodness of people doesn't sell newspapers. The problem is that people forget this. They form an opinion of our country and people in general based on the input of the mainstream media and of politicians trying to gain influence and power through causing division. Let's not them win. Thanks.
So, the FBI has concluded that there wasn't a hate crime or any crime at all regarding the alleged "noose," and NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace. The “noose” was a handle for the garage door. All the FBI had to do was interview people who work there who told them it was just a handle and there were pictures and videos which shows the handle on the door long before Bubba used the garage bay. These pictures and videos were easy to come by because people take so many pictures of the car in the shop. Let the above sink in. This investigation probably took just a couple of hours but for some reason NASCAR couldn’t wait for their investigation to conclude before jumping on the race bandwagon. NASCAR drivers put on a big show in support of Bubba as was covered by the news 24/7.
The false hype regarding hate crimes is absolutely disgusting. Time and time again, like with Jessie Smollet, they're found to either be a hoax or some form of miscommunication. But the hype is always that it is a legitimate event. The news coverage is relentless. The victim card gets played repeatedly in front of us on news programs and in news articles. Then, when it is found that it's a hoax, the hoopla hits the skids and hardly anything is mentioned about it. The right thing to do is for the media to come back and explain how they got it wrong. Then they should apologize to all parties hurt by their misinformation (a.k.a. fake news). Blatant disregard for reporting the truth and/or knowing false information is being shared, should lead to more liable and slander lawsuits because that will be the only way to get the media to back off propaganda and just report the news.
More than a 100 people were shot in Chicago over the Father's Day weekend almost all African American's. One young man and his three year-old son, were in a car when a car pulled up alongside them and African American males began shooting. So far the father is hanging on but his very cute and sweet son, was shot and killed. This sickens me.
Where's the outrage? Where is the rioting in the streets over blacks who apparently don't believe black lives matter? Thousands more African Americans have been violently killed in Chicago than all police killings across the entire country. Of course this racist theme is political. Of course some African Americans have an agenda that isn't about finding the truth and actual problem solving, it's about trying to gain influence, money, and power through playing the race card and steering people away from the real conversation that needs to take place and it's about black culture in what are deemed "disadvantaged," areas. It's actually not unlike how there's way more violence among white people in disadvantaged areas as well. The difference being white people at the bottom of the economic spectrum have no race card to play.
The fact is, if black lives matter, if we want to drastically reduce violent crimes against blacks, the answer isn't in changing policies in law enforcement. Some things might help, but trying to make it the root of the problem is disgusting and so is the realization that so many people are like sheep and still believe in the blatant lies being told by so many Democrats and the mainstream media. They know the truth. They know that systemic racism has been investigated and researched over and over again, and it doesn't exist. There are terrible cases of it but it is the exception to the norm when liberals are making it to represent whites in our country. They are invoking violence. They are pushing for instability in our country. By its very definition, many of these people are domestic terrorists. It's time to call them out for who they are.
Being a Mann about town, I thought I'd give some advice to young people who are looking for a spouse even though you haven't asked. :) Although there are exceptions to the norm, here are some things to think about:
1) If something seems off with the person you begin dating, you're right. Walk away. The chances are you aren't missing out on Mr. or Mrs. right so don't worry about it. It's so much easier shutting things down early.
2) The person you date will more than likely be putting their best foot forward, just like you, so the fact is, you don't completely know this person until you've spent quality time together. Saying you just met the person of your dreams, isn't a realistic statement.
3) Since both parties are somewhat hiding their faults, a good way to figure out who the person your dating is, is to checkout their friends. Are they kind and nice or superficial and selfish? Do they have somewhat stable lives or are they all over the place? The thing is that the person you date probably isn't the odd person out in the group he or she hangs out with. Not that this is always the case but we all tend to attract that which we are.
4) Does the person seem to live within their means or are they hanging on by a thread because of bad financial decisions? If the person drives a BMW and has a waiter/waitressing job, it's probably good insight into the person's spending habits regarding wants and needs. Has the person been able to live successfully outside of their parent's home?
5) Is the person steadily employed? Does the person have an idea of a career path?
6) Do you have some important common interests that will get you out and doing things together?
7) Are you both similar in your religious beliefs?
8) Is the person good with animals, children, and your family and friends?
9) Is the person fine with you continuing spending time with friends. Not that they should be going out partying on the town all the time, but if the person you're dating tries to separate you from family and friends and make you feel guilty if you don't spend time with him or her, it's a dangerous sign. Controlling relationships never turn out well.
10) If many of your family and friends don't like the person and you think you're in love with him, listen to them and not your heart. In almost all cases, women wish they would've listened to the warnings from other people. When you're in love the blinders are on, it's human nature. You're in a fog and your decision making ability is flawed. The bottom line is trust other people they can save you a lot of heartache.
There are no guarantees in life. You won't find the perfect woman or man because if they were perfect, they wouldn't be with you. :) If you use some of the ideas above, you'll have a better chance of finding the right person for you.
I used to hate to wait in the lobby for various appointments, usually long periods waiting on doctors' appointments. But now, I don't mind at all because of my Smart Phone. It's loaded with apps. This morning while waiting for my doctor I played Chess, Sudoku, and I checked FaceBook. It's actually gotten to the point where the least used app on my phone, is the phone. :)
When I was a little kid, my teacher had a drawer in her desk that she kept locked up like Fort Knox. With how rowdy us kids were, you'd think she'd be hiding a pint of vodka in there but no, it was the scissors we used for arts and crafts. During that particular class period we'd all hear over and over again: "Be careful with those scissors!" "Don't walk around (or run) with the scissors." She was always so stressed out that we'd hurt ourselves with the scissors.
Why? The scissors could barely cut anything it certainly couldn't cut our skin. The tips were blunt, they couldn't stab anything. They were even too light to be used to cause blunt force trauma. But what I really find funny is that the whole time she was freaking out about the scissors, in the back of the room was a huge portable guillotine called a paper cutter. :)
Many people wanted Bruce Lee to play the lead role in the television series: "Kung Fu" (1972), but at the end of the day, Warner Brothers and ABC, thought someone more American would be accepted better by the viewing audience. Bruce Lee was crushed that he didn't get the role and it led to him going back home to Hong Kong to make films.
He experienced success as soon as he went home with a movie he helped create called: "Fist of Fury," which there's a cool fight scene between he and Chuck Norris. Besides being an actor, Bruce also had skills in producing, directing, and script writing/In his next film (Game of Death), he taught Kareem Abdul-Jabbar how to fight. It was interesting watching one man who's twice as tall as the other, get into a fight. Spoiler alert: Bruce kills Kareem. :) Warner-Brothers came crawling back sending people to see Bruce in Hong Kong and convincing him to star in a movie that ended up being the greatest performing martial arts film of all time: "Enter the Dragon."
Lee came to America to start Kung Fu training studios (an unheard of concept then), but because Hollywood snagged him up and so many male actors were getting one-on-one coaching from him, he never got to achieve this particular dream. Even if he did get the role in Kung Fu it would've been short-lived as he died in 1973, from what appeared to be a cerebral edema, possibly triggered by a heatstroke. He had just finished wrapping up "Enter the Dragon. " He was 32 years old at the time. and had a wife and two children, a boy and a girl.
Many tragedies are forgotten. At midnight, March 12, 1928, one of the worst catastrophes in Californian history occurred: The St. Francis Dam broke.
The official body count was 450 dead, but the actual number was substantially higher since this area had many transient farm workers who were never counted.
The dam broke just under two years after its completion. More than 900 buildings and $13 million in property ($200 million in today's dollars), were destroyed in the resulting flood. But the greatest tragedy of this disaster was that no one needed to perish.
There was ample warning time before the dam broke as a worker saw some water leaking and informed the engineer who designed the dam and he came out to take a look and didn't see a problem. He of course was wrong and that fateful night a wall of water as high as 140 feet, flowed down the canyon finally making its way into the Pacific Ocean. It traveled 54 miles in 5.5 hours, destroying everything in its path. :(
Author: John Mann