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Institutions of Higher Learning Should Know the Importance of Free Speech

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IMG_6364By Larry Oscar

It is interesting to observe how many family traditions creep into our lives over the years. Just about everybody has some favorite tradition for the holidays. Traditions are a part of our life that get ingrained into our very being.

Some people just cannot get through the holiday season without traditions. I wonder why that is? We have some national traditions that go back to the founding of our country. Traditions that are ingrained into the very fabric of our national character. In fact, one of these traditions became so important to the founding fathers that they included it in the Constitution.

You know the Constitution don’t you? It’s the supreme law of the land. One such tradition of the colonialists was free speech. That was something they did not have while living under the king, but after moving to America they suddenly found themselves living where they could say what they thought without fear of retribution from the king’s men.

As the tradition of free speech caught on it became such an important part of liberty that they were willing to die to defend it. Today free speech is under assault.

Our schools and universities have moved from teaching you how to think to teaching you what to think.  And when free speech is a threat to their “what to think” belief system they mistakenly want to shut it down. Somehow they think the diversity of thought needs to be suppressed.

I hate to be a bearer of bad news to these folks, but diversity of thought is and shall ever be a founding pillar of our nation. We do not, nor should we, all think alike. Diversity of thought is what drives our quest for scientific knowledge, new technology, and even the arts.

Can you imagine what sort of music we would have today if composers were forced to all compose the same type of music? It is human nature to be diverse. We are all different in many respects. The founding fathers were intelligent enough to know this. That is why we are not one monolithic nation, but rather a united collection of individual states. Each state has people who live their lives with a slightly different approach than other states.

We are individuals who come together and unite for common causes. Diversity of thought and abilities is a natural state of mankind. ( I Corinthians 12).  If the Marxist-Socialist beliefs that our universities preach is so superior then they should not be afraid of debate. Today it is said that we have a divided nation. Guess what? We have always had a divided nation. Factions exist in a free society. However, our differences have never been subjected to the scrutiny of social media as they are today.

Today you can exercise your right to free speech in just about 10 seconds and broadcast it to millions over social media. And your thoughts and ideas may just bruise the fragile emotions of many a thin skinned liberal. For they have never learned the value of free speech and how it adds to the advancement of our society.

Without free speech we would have never had the fugues of Bach. We would never have discovered the world was round. Copernicus would have been silenced and we would still think the sun revolves around the earth. We would still be having witch trials. We would never have made it to the moon. And we would never have become a free nation in the first place.

All of these things were the result of free speech. Just imagine what type of world we would all live in today if the United States had never been born. The world owes a great debt of gratitude to this nation. We have not always made the right decisions. And why would we? After all, we are just fallible humans. But the good this nation has done far exceeds the bad.

Our generosity and aid to the other nations of this world in times of crisis has never been equaled. We are the bellwether of liberty and freedom for the entire world. We have laid down our lives so that other peoples in other lands can have the freedoms we enjoy. We are indeed an exceptional nation with an exceptionally diversity of people. May we never be of monolithic thought.

We, the people, must stand up and demand that our institutions of higher learning do not become institutions of lower learning. This can only be accomplished within a climate of free speech. “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” – Ronald Reagan.

(Larry Oscar is a graduate from the University of Tulsa and holds a degree in electrical engineering. He is retired and lives with his wife on a lake in Oklahoma where he brews his own beer, sails, and is a member of numerous clubs and organizations.)

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Drain the Swamp Hell….Nuke the Swamp!

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IMG_6364By Larry Oscar
Well, it’s that time again. Time to rant about some ignorant thing our left wing emotional liberals have done.  But I guess we conservatives should not gloat so much.

It’s sort of like playing chess with the dog.  The recent events have given us all pause to examine our values in greater depth. This country was built on diversity and that includes a diversity of opinion. That was what we taught children back in the day.

For some reason liberals think diversity ends at race now.  I guess their little minds just can’t comprehend diversity being more cosmological.  Diversity is actually rather simple.  Just look at the universe around us.  Our planet has a rich diversity of life that encompasses more than 100 million species. The truth is no one really knows how many species our planet has.  100 million is just a WAG by most scientists.

Guess what folks…diversity is the norm rather than the exception.  For decades now we have heard those on the left preach diversity and now it becomes obvious they didn’t even know what they were talking about.  The reality is that my left wing liberal friends are dumber than dirt.  Diversity is NOT limited to race!  I know, I know, that is a social shock to the tender ears of a liberal, so let them run for their “safe rooms”, but it is the truth.  It was written somewhere that “the truth shall make you free”.  Gee, I wonder who said that?

You see, diversity comes in all forms.  There is diversity in individual abilities, individual thought, individual speech, and even individual wealth.  And the list goes on. If the human species on this planet is to survive we must recognize that diversity in all aspects of human existence is a natural right of the individual.  Our founding fathers understood we are all equal before God and the law. We are not equal in abilities, looks, wealth, or much of anything else.  And it is NOT the governments job to attempt such a foolhardy endeavor as to “make us equal in everything.”

By trying to do so our government has promoted inequality.  The government has, in the fog of stupidity, attempted to “right the wrongs of the past”.  The government has created an atmosphere of intolerance and discrimination.  Common sense tells us that two wrongs don’t’ make a right.

For decades our government has promoted a policy of “affirmative action” which by it’s very nature is discriminatory.   You don’t punish the sons for the sins of the fathers. That creates resentment and is divisive.  Our government takes the earnings from workers paychecks to fund handouts for people so fat cat politicians can “buy” their votes.  If politicians offered one cent for a vote they would be in jail.  Tell me, what’s the difference in offering money for your vote or a government handout paid for by some other American worker’s earnings?

Corruption is corruption and it doesn’t make any difference what party you are with.  For nearly a decade now the Dumbocrats have ran on a platform of jealousy and envy of the successful people among us.  They have promoted a “war on success,” and even instilled in the minds of the Millennials a “right” to live off of the hard work of others.  If anybody wants to know why “we the people” are angry just let them listen to old ferret faced Mitch McConnell tell us that President Trump has “excessive expectations.” Are you kidding me?

These bozo Republicans have lied to us for seven years and told us they had a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. “Just give us your vote” they cried, and when they finally got our vote they betrayed us.  “We the people” may be facing what my ancestors, who came to this country in 1743, faced.  We may be approaching a climate of revolution!

Many of us who voted in the elections of 2016 thought this was the last hope to save our country from the tyranny of big government.  It was the fear of the tyranny of big government that was responsible for the second amendment to our Constitution.  Now the liberals are trying to do away with our second amendment as they spew vicious attacks on our beloved Constitution.

Our liberal friends would be wise to take note.  They may just get a taste of the wrath of patriots who live by the words of Patrick Henry.  And you may see a day of reckoning for those of you who think you have a “right” to mooch off of your fellow countrymen.  I was shocked when Vladimir Putin threw 755 US diplomats out of Russia. Who would have ever thought that we had 755 diplomats in Russia in the first place?  As it turns out we had over 1200 diplomats in Russia. Go Vlad. And I bet almost all of these blood suckers are earning over six figures of tax payer earned dollars.

Drain the swamp hell…nuke the swamp!

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The Need for Government to be Run More Like a Business

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img_6361By Larry Oscar
Government vs. private business.  I often hear people talking about how divided our country is today.  Many seem to be shocked at the fact that we don’t all think and believe alike. They act as though this nation has always been a party of 1960s flower children dancing in the daisies.  Maybe it’s because people tend to live in their own little world.

Years ago we didn’t have the instant social media and communications that we have today.  Decades ago we had fewer news reporters and even fewer commentators.  It’s important for all of us to remember that the news media is a business.  And as a business there is intense competition between the news organizations for the almighty advertising dollar.  The news media would like for us to think that they are some noble profession that is looking out for us and has the utmost concern for our welfare.

It may come as a shock to some of you, but nothing could be further from the truth.  Journalists are not some noble crusaders here to expose the evil in our society and save the world.  Far from it. Having attended a university with journalism majors I can assure you that journalism has flaws just like any other profession.

For one thing journalists are not very good at rational cognitive thought processes.  That is why they are typically not very good at math.  They posses and overabundance of emotion, and they can quickly be drawn into a situation where emotions run high and reason follows very slowly behind.  When you couple that with the competitive nature of the news business and throw in large amounts of money you have a recipe for journalistic disaster.

The result is what we find ourselves in today.  The news media and the reporting of events simply cannot be trusted for absolute truth anymore.  We are in a world where “fake news” is the norm and one has to work to uncover the truth.

Government, by its nature, should have everyone skeptical of its motivation.  The saying “I’m from the government and I’m here to help” is a long standing joke that unfortunately says a lot about our government today.  Business and government run very differently.  Governments should run more like a business and indeed governments will be forced too.  As government over spends, which is the nature of all governments, it will be forced to change as sources of funds are depleted.

It has happened in every society throughout history.  There are those among us that think that businesses are “brutal” and corporations are evil.  This mentality is very close to what we see from the media today.  They have a fundamental misunderstanding of life.

Recently we observed the President fire the Director of the FBI James Comey.  The media and the left wing lost it.  They ranted and demanded to know why Comey was fired.  The truth is business runs very different from government.  In business you are not guaranteed a job for life.  Your job security depends on how well your boss likes the job you are doing and your boss can fire you without giving you a single reason.

Take a look at what happened to Tony Romo the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. Believe it or not professional football is a business.  It’s a big business.  And Tony Romo didn’t do anything wrong.  He lost his job simply because the management of the Dallas Cowboys thought that somebody else could do Tony Romo’s job better.  Can you imagine if these government workers were treated like Tony Romo?  After all they think they have a right to their job and nobody can fire them without a good cause.  And in some cases not even then.

What would our government schools be like if you could fire a math teacher simply because the management found somebody who could teach math better? It is not wrong to fire someone and replace them with a better employee. That is called improving your business, and if our government schools worked to improve their business we wouldn’t have such a poor quality school system today.

The media and many in government jobs need a good dose of the realities of capitalism.  Nobody has a right to their job.  You are in a position of employment at the discretion of the management. You had better work to the best of your ability or you may just find yourself being replaced and looking for work with Tony Romo.

There are some new sheriffs turning up in the halls of government these days.  The government workers should be treated just like the rest of us who pay their salary.  They are not anything special. It’s only fair.  There is however a bright side to journalism majors.  All of the girls in school that were majoring in journalism were good in bed…so I’m told!

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Here’s How the Deception Works from the Liberals

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IMG_6364By Larry Oscar

“And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free”, John 8:32.  Amazing how words spoke and written over two thousand years ago apply today.

Maybe that’s because evil really hasn’t changed very much over the entire existence of mankind.  Evil is ever present and it feeds on the poor and uneducated of mankind. One would think with all the instant communications we have today getting to know the truth would be easier than ever.

Well, that simply is not the case. The rise of “fake news” is now all the rage and it may be harder than ever to learn the truth.  One thing for sure is that the deceivers are out in full force.  Deceivers take advantage of the poor and uneducated among us.  They count on people simply believing what they say and not making an effort to examine the truth.  Those of us that are aware of evil in the world and watch out for the signs of evil can detect a deceiver more easily.

When politicians rely on one of the seven deadly sins such as envy to sway your opinion it can be a sure bet you have found one.  For the past decade we have listened to politicians play the envy card.  They have created a war on success.  Being successful is now considered by many to be a bad thing.  I guess these stupid folks think we should all live in poverty and starve to death.  And to make matters worse the deceiver politicians have convinced many people violent demonstrations against long held American values are now the thing to do.

Let’s examine how their  latest round of deception is working.  The new tax cut plans issued by the President are a fine example of liberal deception.  As soon as the tax cuts were announced the leader of deception Senator Chuck  Schumer was touting the cuts as a giveaway to the rich and hurting the poor.  What a load of deceit.

For one thing most people don’t know that businesses don’t pay taxes.  That’s right.  News flash.  Businesses don’t pay taxes.  All you have to do to find out about this is to read the  consolidated balance sheet of any corporation. You will magically find that the taxes paid by the corporation come form their revenues.  Yes folks guess what?  You pay Wal Mart’s taxes when you buy a product
at Wal Mart.  Business taxes are rolled up into the price you pay for their products.

So if we lower the business taxes from 35% to 15% we are in effect lowering the price we pay for the products that we all buy.  And that includes a gallon of milk the poor purchase at Wal Mart. Business taxes are a hidden tax, and evil politicians like Chuck Schumer are counting on the poor and uneducated not knowing the truth about the hidden taxes they themselves prey on the poor with.

After all, these deceiver politicians need tax money so they can promise government handouts for votes.  It is illegal to buy your vote with currency, but it is not illegal to buy your vote with a handout paid for with your own tax money.

“For many deceivers have gone out into the world”, Second John 7.  Liberalism is evil.  It hides behind a deception cloaked in righteousness, but the truth is you cannot claim to be righteous while promoting jealousy and envy.  Goodness does not come from the promotion of evil.  Our founding fathers new full well the evil in government taxation.

Remember the tea party in Boston harbor?  All we have accomplished in the ever increasing taxation of the American people is a bloated government full of deceivers who have put our country in a financial peril of debt.  Whatever these evil politicians have taken, or will take, from us it will never be enough.  They will violently protest and demand more.  It is time to call them out for who and what they are. Enough is enough.

Please take the time to study what the deceivers are doing with your money.  It just may change your life for the better.  And just maybe your grandchildren will thank you someday.

(Larry Oscar is a graduate from the University of Tulsa and holds a degree in electrical engineering. He is retired and lives with his wife on a lake in Oklahoma where he brews his own beer, sails, and is a member of numerous clubs and organizations.)

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Adapting to Change or be Left Behind

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IMG_6364By Larry Oscar

Nothing like a good reality check I always say.  Especially in the times we live in today.

Reality is something humans have a hard time coping with.  Probably because we have a strong belief or emotional desire in what the outcome of something should be.  Then when the outcome is something different we get all upset and unhinged. People who suffer from delusional disorder have a hard time dealing with reality in this regard. I know this very well.

My family has struggled with this for decades.  Life is best enjoyed when you don’t expect a particular outcome of events, but rather just sit back and observe what happens and then connect the dots as to its cause.  A  case in point is what is happening on the world political stage.  We are witnessing a time in human history when several change agents are working together at the same time on human society.  With just one change agent you can have a better chance of predicting the outcome, but when two or more are working at the same time it becomes almost impossible to predict, with any accuracy, the eventual outcome.

The world stage is currently set for a storm of change agents to take effect.  The rise of all types of social media in recent years has been a very powerful change agent we have yet to see the results of.  It’s affect on the media has sent shock waves through all the world’s journalists.  In fact, social media may just make journalists a thing of the past.

With the rise of social media and the internet, journalists are becoming irrelevant.  After all social media has made everybody a journalist.  We no longer need for a journalists to act as a middle man and report what someone said or what event may have happened.  With social media we get it straight from the horses mouth.  No journalistic comments are required or even welcomed. We are now in a position of having to make up our own mind.  And that is scary for people who run on a high level of emotion. They are used to someone telling them how to think.

With this change currently taking place in society we are witnessing a major transformation in communications happening at breakneck speed right before our very eyes.  Over 40 years ago I began my career working with computer technology.  It was a rather wild ride.  If you think dealing with change is hard, just try working with a technology that changes every six months.  You have to embrace rapid change in the high tech business, or you are out of business just as rapidly as the changes occur.  Another change agent working it’s magic today is the rapid increase in the prosperity of societies.

It was just a few decades ago that most of the world’s population was struggling to feed itself.  There was no room for luxuries such as cell phones, automobiles, or airplane travel.  Today most of the world has ready access to all of these.  And air travel today can exceed 100,000 flights per day.  With all of this rapid travel and instant communications you will find one of societies major institutions having a very hard time keeping up.  And that would be governments.

We are placing demands on governments they were never designed to cope with.  Almost all governments are slow to change and slow to institute changes by design.  In the past we could have expected governments to make changes over a several year time span.  Today we are expecting governmental changes to be made in weeks or months at the latest.  This has thrown the political class into a tailspin. After all, they like to play politics.

And if you solve problems quickly they no longer have a political football to kick around.  One of the best examples of this is the great wall that President Trump wants to build on the Mexico border.  Oh my, if you are a liberal what a terrible thing.  This just goes against “our values” cries old Chuckles the clown. Really, did they forget that a senator from New York named Hillary Clinton proposed just such a wall back in 2006?

And guess who voted for it?  You got it, old Chuckles Schumer himself.  Check it out….

The bottom line here is that change is coming whether we like it or not.  You can get onboard the boat, or you can sit back and be left on the dock.  The choice is yours.

(Larry Oscar is a graduate from the University of Tulsa and holds a degree in electrical engineering. He is retired and lives with his wife on a lake in Oklahoma where he brews his own beer, sails, and is a member of numerous clubs and organizations.)

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2017: Looking for a New Spirit of Competition

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img_6361By Larry Oscar

Well we have entered another year.  Last year sure was an exciting one.

In January 2016 who would have predicted the Cubs would take the World Series? Especially after they were down three games to one. Who would have thought that Hillary Clinton would have missed her coronation as President of the United States? Especially to Donald Trump. I guess that just goes to show that nothing in this world is for certain.

It was the great New York Yankee catcher Yogi Berra that once said “It ain’t over till it’s over.” I for one would not have imagined a more exciting outcome to either of these two events. Both embody the spirit of what this country stands for…competition. Competition is something that lies at the core of what it means to be an American.

It was what drove Commodore John Cox Stevens, a charter member of the fledgling New York Yacht Club, to form a six-person syndicate to build a yacht with the intention of taking her to England and making some money competing in yachting races. On August 22, 1851, his yacht America raced against 15 yachts of the Royal Yacht Squadron in the Club’s annual 53-nautical-mile regatta. They raced around the Isle of Wight.  America won, finishing 8 minutes ahead of the next yacht. Queen Victoria, who was watching America cross the finish line, was reported to have asked who was second, the famous answer being: “Ah, Your Majesty, there is no second.“

There you have it. Another high class ass hammering by a bunch of beer swilling Americans. This coming year will be the 35th defense of “The America’s Cup”.  And after Oracle Team USA came from behind 8:1 to defend their crown in 2013, it’s shaping up to be one of the main events of 2017. The race will be held in Bermuda this time around. I think the Aussies and the Limeys complained about all the San Francisco high priced hotels the last go around. If they think San Fran was expensive wait until they land in Bermuda. I’ll bet the countries that compete for the America’s cup won’t get a “pc participation“ trophy.

I hope that 2017 will bring a new spirit of competition in all aspects of our country’s institutions as well. Maybe the competition for the oldest sports trophy in history will inspire some of our leaders to institute competition in our schools. Maybe in 2017 we can have a choice in where and what the children of our new generations can study. And just maybe we can have the same spirit of
fair and honorable competition spread to our corporations when they compete against foreign corporations. No more stacking the deck to achieve some politically correct outcome.

There will be winners and losers in life’s struggles.  There is no disgrace in losing. There is only disgrace in failing to compete.  And there is disgrace in being a poor loser. Just look at the deplorable
behavior of the left wingers who lost the election. Many of our younger generation are afraid of competition. Why, if they lose then they could “feel bad”.  We are raising a bunch of wimps. The American spirit of competition is what drives capitalism. It is what has made this country the most powerful nation in the history of the world. There are no participation trophies in life. And there are no guarantees of success. But there is a guarantee of failure if you don’t compete.

For the past eight years the leadership of this country has taken us down a miserable road of political correctness and envy of other peoples success. This path has given us the
slowest economy in decades with only 1-2% growth per year. Our country is fully capable of doubling that growth rate. All we have to do is turn America’s businesses loose to freely compete without being taxed and regulated to death. Finally, we may have some wind in our sails.

(Larry Oscar is a graduate from the University of Tulsa and holds a degree in electrical engineering. He is retired and lives with his wife on a lake in Oklahoma where he brews his own beer, sails, and is a member of numerous clubs and organizations.)

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Cherishing Memories of a Lifetime

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IMG_6361By Larry Oscar

As we all get older we have something to enjoy that all the young folks will just have to be patient to acquire….memories.

Memories are something that takes a lifetime to acquire.  And in some cases they take a lifetime also to understand.  Nothing in life is free, and this applies to memories just like everything else.  You pay a price for the good and the bad ones. Funny thing, when you get old you can often look back on those bad memories with a bittersweet smile.

Somehow time and wisdom transforms those bad experiences in life to a not-so-painful memory.  The whole thing just sort of fits together like a puzzle.  The pains in life are something we have to experience along with the pleasures.  Life is a mixed bag, or, as it has been said many times, “a box of chocolates”.

I know I find myself laughing at a lot of memories these days.  Maybe that’s why younger people think all of us older folks are just plain crazy.  You have to admit that it’s not normal to burst into laughter for no apparent reason at all.  I hope the younger people today will have the same opportunity to experience the wonderful world that I have.  What a time it was to be growing up in a free land of hope and prosperity.

It was a Christmas of electric trains, red bicycles, a soft warm puppy, and the safety of a warm home filled with smells of mom’s cooking.  It was a new black and white television that yielded Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Roy Rogers, and the Lone Ranger. Bedtime was nine o’clock and the only reprieve was the Jack Benny or Red Skelton show.

Now just mention a black and white TV to a millennial and watch the cold stare in disbelief you get in return.  In a conversation with a friend of mine he mentioned that his kids had been listening to some of his music of the sixties and seventies and how it captured their ear. They just don’t make music today like we did in the era of “peace and love”. I know one thing for sure. I wish I had my 56 Chevy back. Cars seemed to be a lot bigger back then. I’m sure that was because we were all much smaller in our youth.

I mean really, can you imagine crawling over the front seat to go make out in the back seat today.  Why, you would have to call the fire department to be extracted from the car with a muscle sprain. Back in 1966, on a hot August night, my girlfriend and I were “parked” and she had her feet hanging out the back window.  We were listening to KAKC radio with DJ Scooter Seagraves. Then out of the moonlight a very large Great Dane ran up and licked the bottom of her feet. Fifty years later I still have problems hearing out of that ear.

Over time life has a way of changing your opinions and outlook on things somewhat.  Somehow the bad things just bring a smile of wisdom, and the good things a happy glow in your heart.  When I sit outside my favorite bar now and watch the younger people walk by I can’t help but wonder what their memories of life will be like.  I can hear it now….”Hey Bob do you remember the good old days when our country was only 20 trillion in debt and, we had Pokemon 2 going on those old Iphones?”  They weren’t here when we landed on the moon.

If you mention the Beetles to them they think you’re talking about some form of roach.  And I remember the day Mickey Mantle hit a homer out of Yankee Stadium.  He hit it over five hundred feet. Are you kidding me?  Ten million years from now, when this planet is visited by aliens, they will uncover one of my polyester suits from the seventies.  Those things were completely indestructible. I had a polyester tie that glowed in the dark and repelled mosquitoes.

It is often said that the best things in life are free.  Well, nothing is actually free, but I think the best part of life is the friends you make over time.  Don’t let time pass you by without taking note of the positive impact your friends have made on your life.  And if you have a few that affected you negatively, well just smile and thank God you have the wisdom to overlook them.  We have lived in a land that enabled you to live out your life in an era of individual freedom.  As humans we are not part of an ant colony.  The fifty’s, sixty’s, and seventy’s could not have happened without the freedom of expression we enjoyed.  Those freedoms that made this the greatest nation ever to exist on the Earth are slowly being eroded.

(Larry Oscar is a graduate from the University of Tulsa and holds a degree in electrical engineering. He is retired and lives with his wife on a lake in Oklahoma where he brews his own beer, sails, and is a member of numerous clubs and organizations.)

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Government and the Truth

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IMG_6361By Larry Oscar

With all the wild news today one can’t help but question the truth of the information we are getting.  Living in the United States we assume that our “government” is telling us is accurate.

However, it has long been suspected by those of us, who know human nature quite well, that it is always wise not to jump to any conclusions based on what someone says who has a vested interest in telling us “some version” of the truth.  Our government’s self interest always seems to lean towards prevaricators of the highest magnitude who are first on the scene to do damage control.

The recent Islamic terror attack in Orlando, Fl is a prime example.  The quick pivot of the White House towards deranged individuals and gun control rather than the simple fact that the killer was taking action on behalf of ISIS and in the name of Islam should disturb you down to the core.  And to make matters worse, the White House had their justice department scrub the transcript of the released 911 calls this Islamic murderer made to delete all references to Islam. This should make every American stand up and take notice.

We all know our founding principles have been under attack by the left wing mooching class for decades.  It is without a doubt their next attack will upon truth.  Truth is just about all that is left of the unique values that this country was built upon.  It is not by accident the first document of our national foundation, The Declaration of Independence, starts out by referring to the concept of truth. “We hold these truths to be self-evident….”

Our founding fathers knew that any relationship, whether it be between individuals, institutions, or governments must first be based on truth if it is to be a lasting one.  Now anybody with any amount of life’s experiences knows often the truth hurts.  Truth calls out our human weaknesses and personal failures and more times than not it does not make us feel very good. In fact it and is a source for depression in some individuals who look upon their lives as a hopeless succession of failures.

However, the plain simple truth is that you cannot build a solid foundation for a house on weak and shifting sand.  And twisting and contorting the truth is the shifting sand that causes a house to fall ( Matthew 7:24-27).

If our leaders in the private sector, public sector, religious, academic, or family institutions distort the truth they do so at their own peril and the peril of others.  Regardless of how painful or degrading the truth is history has taught us that we are far better off if we face it head on and act accordingly.  We fought World War II against a socialist nation led by people who actually had a Reich Minister of Propaganda, Joesph Goebbles.  He served in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945.

History has taught us that socialism cannot survive if it is under the microscope of truth.  This may be the greatest inherent danger of socialism.  We may very well be able to measure just how far our country has degraded by counting the lies and deceit that comes from the White House these days.  Note how our illustrious President recently gave a glorious speech about our success against ISIS. And the very next day the head of the CIA, John Brennan, told our Congress that we have not slowed ISIS or their ability to carry out global attacks in this country or any other country.

Now who do you think is telling the truth here.  You must remember every day the President gets a CIA briefing on world affairs and global threats.  Who knows best, the one that is doing the briefing or the one being briefed?  Words matter.

The left wing press is all over Donald Trump for his use of words, but when our own President says, “What does it matter what we call them?” the press manifests their true hypocrisy. If words don’t matter, than who cares what Donald Trump says.  After all, they are “just words” aren’t they?

The truth is words do matter. And just because the truth does not support what you want to think, or what you believe does not mean it should not be said.  You can choose not to listen to the truth and you can choose to ignore the truth, but you must never twist, distort, or just plain lie about the truth.

The right to know the truth is a basic natural human right we all have that was endowed upon us by the Creator.  And there is one truth that should never be in question above all others……………Cold beer is always better in the summertime!

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The Similarities of Pro Wrestling and Politics

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IMG_6364By Larry Oscar

Ever notice how election years really bring out the worst in the political clowns.  For some strange reason politicians can really stir up the emotions in people.  The entire scene reminds me of professional wrestling.

Not that there is anything wrong with professional wrestling mind you.   After all a lot of good marketing ideas come from professional wrestling.  There is always something in it for everybody.  About 20 years ago I was watching TV and flipping through the channels when I landed on a show called Monday Night Raw.   It was something to see.   It was produced by what is known today as World Wrestling Entertainment, the WWE.

Back then it was known as the World Wrestling Federation, WWF.  When I happened upon the show they were selling cans of “Whoop Ass” that contained a T-shirt that read “Austin 3:16” for $50 dollars a can.  And just in case you didn’t have a place to sit, watch the show, and drink your beer, they had a plastic blow up chair on sale for $60.

Then this wrestler by the name of Stone Cold Steve Austin came out and trash talked Vince McMahon, the WWF owner, for about 20 minutes.   When Vince had all he could stand he strutted down the ramp and climbed into the ring to confront his nemesis.   After a few words were exchanged the microphone was dropped and Vince was on the receiving end of a “Stone Cold Stunner”.

This left him floundering on the mat like fish out of water. Then Stone Cold Steve Austin grabbed the microphone trash talked Vince to his face, and stomped out of the ring.   The crowd went wild. The  cameras scanned the crowd, which had completely packed  a huge stadium with standing room only. There were young  boys and girls, old men and women, and every age, race,  and nationality of American society.

In the short time span of 30 minutes the WWF had united a highly diverse crowd of Americans and had them cheering on their feet. The people had homemade signs they were waving that supported their favorite wrestler. And not a single face in the crowd was protesting.

No, instead they were all smiling and having the time of their lives. I have been a fan of pro wrestling ever since. It has to be one of the best action packed trash talking soap operas around. I think pro wrestling is a model of marketing unparalleled since the days of Ron Popeil with his Veg-O-Matic and Pocket Fisherman.

You just have to marvel at how Americans respond to different things, and some people just have a gift for inspiration and entertainment that hits home with the American people. You can’t say that this year’s political scene has been much different than pro wrestling.

And I for one hope it continues to liven us up.  We need a good laugh. For the past eight years we have had nothing but a stagnant economy, world religious turmoil, wars, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, terrorism attacks, and those fat butted Kardashians to put up with.

We deserve a good knock down drag out of an election. Maybe they could throw in a good law suit to spice things up like they did in 2000.  What ever happened to David Boies and his hanging chad?  They could put old Bill Clinton back in the spotlight.  Maybe dress him up in drag and let him go after the transgender vote.  Lord knows Hillary is as boring as a sack of hail damaged lard.

Nothing like a presidential election to make our enemies shake in their turbans and burkas.  But don’t take any of this too seriously folks.  After all, nothing could be any worse than what we have had for the past eight years.  So just sit back and enjoy the show.

And, just in the nick of time, Budweiser has come out with a series of strangely flavored light beers. Now it just doesn’t get any better than that!

Larry Oscar is a graduate from the University of Tulsa and holds a degree in electrical engineering. He is retired and lives with his wife on a lake in Oklahoma where he brews his own beer, sails, and is a member of numerous clubs and organizations.

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Adolf Hitler, Socialism and History Repeating Itself

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By Larry Oscar

IMG_6364With the end of winter, thank God for global warming,  We can expect an increase in stupid behavior.

Now most of us old timers know the best place to enjoy the show will be lake area boat launching ramps. Nothing like sitting back in the warm sun with a cold beer and taking in the show.  Interesting thing is how regardless of how many times you tell folks what they need to do before they put their boat in the water they never listen and learn.  It must be something in the human mind that turns off their common sense, or maybe they never had any to start with.

Physics is the study of matter and energy and the interaction between them.  Merely by observing, we have been able to develop the mathematics of a great deal of the universe.  It has been amazing to me how much of the interactions in the universe we can now accurately predict.  Yet we cannot predict, with any mathematical certainty, most of human behavior.  There are several psychologists who have sophisticated theories on human behavior, but none seem to work better than good old common sense.

For example: Water flows downhill because it takes the path of least resistance.  So does electricity, and so do humans for the most part.  Even though humans are supposed to have enough intelligence to stop and reason things out, they seldom do.  This behavior is observed in governments, businesses, and in our personal lives. Why is that governments continue to spend beyond their means when they are warned the day of reckoning down the road will be much more painful than dealing with the problem today?

Why is it people will let their business deteriorate to the point it collapses before they pull their head out and change course?  The old saying that if you don’t learn from history then you are doomed to repeat it is taking place right before our eyes.

My parents grew up in the Great Depression and spent their young adult years in the shadow of World War II.  They saw the National Socialist German Workers Party (The Nazi Party) lead by Adolf Hitler rise to power in Germany.  Germany was a left wing socialist nation lead by a man most consider pure evil.  Adolf Hitler’s belief system was also developed in the aftermath of World War I.

Funny how you won’t hear that from the left wing Democrats that are spewing the so called values of socialism today.  An absolute fact they won’t ever mention.  Adolf Hitler used a from of deception and promotion of the seven deadly sins to sway the German people to support him to the point of idol worship.  The lessons learned then that helped guide my parents throughout their lives are not part of our modern culture today.  My parents worked hard to instill the values of freedom, individual responsibility, and capitalism into their offspring.

Today we are facing a generation who has not been exposed to the human destruction and misery that socialism brings with it.  We are, in fact, repeating history.  Evil almost never confronts you head on.  Evil uses deception and works to promote the envy, lust, greed, sloth, gluttony, wrath, and pride in human nature to it’s advantage.

The leaders of nations and churches today, just like Nazi Germany then, are preaching the same things that Adolf Hitler preached to the German people during his rise to power.  And all you have to do is look at the votes these preachers of socialism get to see how the masses of stupid people are swallowing it hook line and sinker.  Frightening isn’t it.  And what makes it even more frightening is that many nations today have what Adolf Hitler’s war machine was trying to develop then. The atomic bomb.

We have spawned a crop of humanity that seems to inevitably march toward socialism with the capability to push a button and annihilate the entire human race.  What is surprising is how this year”s carnival of politicians lambast and berate each other and never point this out. The similarities between what happened almost one 100 years ago and what is happening today are obvious to any of us who are old enough to live between those turbulent times in world history.

“And you will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes.” Matt 24:6-7.

Larry Oscar is a graduate from the University of Tulsa and holds a degree in electrical engineering. He is retired and lives with his wife on a lake in Oklahoma where he brews his own beer, sails, and is a member of numerous clubs and organizations.

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