Saturday, January 14, 2023

Richneck School shooting: The police and school division are not explaining or the right questions asked.




Concerning the local opinions in the Williamsburg  / Newport News area concerning the Richneck School Shotting. This is a school shooting where a 6-year-old shot a teacher. The real issue is the right questions need to be asked. Perhaps this is an ongoing investigation? Makes sense to me, but here is what we need to ask as parents, teachers, and citizens. 





Guns Saves Lives


 A last-word writer asked about a "Guns saves lives" bumper sticker. The writer ponders as to someone talking to the Zwerner family. I would be glad to speak to the family if it helps heal and understand the actual issues of a teacher put in harm's way by liberals. I could talk about the federal government statistics that clearly show guns used in self-defense correctly save lives and thousands every year. I don't think that is what they want to hear. I could talk to Abigail, and being the head of a household with two teachers, one who teaches here in James City County and another who teaches in Fairfax County, could relate to the issues that are simply not being discussed. According to scuttlebutt, that is, teachers talking to teachers, the student told people he had a gun; they searched his backpack but did not search the person. The weapon is rumored to have been in the student's hoodie. If this gun, which has not been identified, was a micro-pistol like a Ruger max 9 as an example, then yes, this gun can hide easily as it is intended to be carried hidden. Gun enthusiasts know a strip search would have been required to effectively find this type of weapon on a person. Here is where our legislators and liberal student rights have failed us. This is where people like representative Mike Mullin fail us. That, though, is another discourse worth writing. 

Abigail will know if the student was searched; let's ask the family for input; that is my first question when I meet with them. In James City County, you must be certified to restrain a student. If a teacher has an unruly student, the teacher cannot restrain or even touch the student for fear of lawsuits. The truth is there are a lot of students today that are out of control in our schools, who lack the ability to listen to instructions or behave themselves, and that goes back to the parents, in my opinion. Now we have representative Boysko wanting to add further gun control where legislation already exists. The question is, why has the parent not been reported as charged by the police? We need to understand if, in Virginia, "loco parentis" allows a teacher to even search the body of a 6-year-old? There are personal rights, and then there are rights afforded teachers to act as the parent in the parent's absence, but this is a cloudy doctrine at best. At the end of the day, this horrible event was preventable.

Sunday, January 1, 2023

New Years opinion of peace as seen through the media's lense.

Peace is a word thrown around the sandboxes while heads are buried.

 

 

 

Once again, the Daily Press editors miss an opportunity to explore all possible solutions. Let's break down the editorial and provide discourse. Sunday, Jan. 1st, 2023. "Our Views"

 

Here is what Kris and Brian wrote or, shall I say, agreed to print. 

 

"But at a time when division and discord are ubiquitous."

1. When violence is commonplace

2. When neighbors and family are at each other's throats

3. What greater hope can there be other than to see more people choose peaceful means of conflict resolution?"

 

Discourse:

 

The Population Reference Bureau, known as PBR, a leading think tank on violence in our communities, found some not-so-astonishing facts, and yet the media does not report them. (April 2005) Why do black youth in the United States commit violent acts almost twice as often as white or Latino youth? Researchers at Harvard University have found that the reasons have little to do with individual poverty or inherent racial differences, according to a study published in the February 2005 issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

Instead, four factors— (1) the marital status of a young person's parents, (2)  the prevalence of professionals and managers in his or her neighborhood, (3) whether he or she is a first- or second-generation immigrant, (4) and the proportion of other people in the neighborhood who are immigrants—account for most of the differences in violent crime rates for youth, according to Robert J. Sampson, the study's lead author.

"The data suggest that it's more than just a family's financial resources," says Sampson, a professor of sociology at Harvard University. "The study shows that the disparity is largely social in nature and therefore amenable to intervention in the community rather than individual settings."

Our biggest issue is, of course, Democrats. If we, as a morally straight, ethical society, intervene in a black community, we stand a good chance of being labeled racist by the media and black politicians. Whence we do not worry ourselves with the black community for fear of losing our jobs, being labeled, being doxed, or our employers being called to complain, thereby losing our means to provide for our own families. The politicians the black community votes into office give away money for a vote whose followers know no better. Keep them poor and keep them uneducated; that is the Democrat way. Let them kill each other, let there be violence; as long as I have the power, nothing will change. One only must look at Portsmouth or Richmond to see this, yet blinders are the fashion. Blacks are not first, or second-generation immigrants, so (3 and 4) do not apply; therefore, we only have to look to two issues to resolve the violence in black neighborhoods.

(1) the marital status of a young person's parents, (2) the prevalence of professionals and managers in his or her neighborhood, meaning educated beyond high school in most cases, although this is not set in stone. A high school graduate can make a great professional in some trade, even a great manager of people or proprietor of a business. Therefore, I submit we are down to one major factor. The marital status of a young person's parents. Fix this Daily Press, and we fix the black community.

 

4. Hampton Roads Residents cannot make a difference when we say, "We can't mediate a peaceful settlement as to the war in Ukraine." 

 

Discourse: Yes, we can make a difference depending on who we vote for to represent us in Washington, DC. Stop voting for free giveaways and start voting for morally straight, ethically sound candidates. Just write my name in the box, that is all you must do!

 

5. "Our region lost far too many promising young lives in senseless shootings and should have to live with the threat of mass shootings haunting every trip to the grocery store, every visit to a theater, and every day at school."

 

The Daily Press goes on to offer solutions. 

 

1. "Virginia needs to restrict access to firearms so those with ill intent cannot purchase them." 

2. "dramatically bolster behavior health services."

 

 The desired result: If successful, it (meaning behavior health help) should help more Virginians find happiness and peace in their own lives. So, what the Daily press is saying is the government is going to help you find happiness and peace!

 

Discourse: Yes, we have lost far too many promising young lives, and I refer you back to my first discourse.

 

(1) the marital status of a young person's parents, (2) the prevalence of professionals and managers in his or her neighborhood, meaning educated beyond high school in most cases, although this is not set in stone. A high school graduate can make a great professional in some trade, even a great manager of people or proprietor of a business. Therefore, I submit we are down to one major factor and then one not considered. The marital status of a young person's parents and a movement back to God and God's law, you know, the ten commandments. Fix this Daily Press, and we fix the black community.

 

Steps to take:

1. Too many distractions, so turn off your cell phone, turn off your TV, 

2. Find moments for quiet and reflection. 

 

The editors blame:

1. Past few years. 

2. People struggling with a world that continues to change and dramatically. 

 

We can find some stability.

We can find some comfort.

Maybe we will find joy.

 

if 

 

We are contemplative.

We are quiet.

We are empathetic. 

We are peaceful.

 

if

 

Discourse: Reflection is a mighty power to right a life, as Socrates says, "the unexamined life is a life not worth living. We can find stability, comfort, and joy in our churches. Our public school teachers are not able to furnish these attributes to a good life, but our Sunday school teachers can.

 

If we reexamine what we teach in schools and make time for financials before the 11th grade, make time for ethics, philosophy, and conflict resolution outside of just once a month or eight times in a school year, we may change some lives. Yet, people make decisions that are not productive or counterintuitive to the health, both physical and mental, of young people. So, what do the Democrats legislate, they make drugs lawful, the very drugs that destroy the child who has no father or living skill set to begin with. I firmly believe politicians do this for power, and the media is all too happy to promote an ideology that kills thousands. The truth is you do not know what to do except it be more power over others. The media be damned if, for once, the media and Democrats thought for a moment, I might be right. That is to be your undoing, Brian and Kris, you think you are always right, and you damn those who do not think like you. Our governor is that example.

 

We can learn to be contemplative, quiet, empathic, and peaceful in our churches and masonic lodges. Yet until the black community wants to stand up and change, there will be no to little change, and whites are not in the mood for being called racist when they try to help our brothers in due part to cancel culture and hate. I read an article recently that blamed the lack of exercise on racism. This was a Time magazine article/opinion. A blame game to excite the masses of poor blacks to rail against whites. I am reminded of "principles before personalities" It means we practice honesty, humility, compassion, tolerance, and patience with everyone, whether we like them or not. Putting principles before personalities teaches us to treat everyone equally. In our Masonic teachings, we practice this ideal every time we gather. We are all equals in the lodge. I think some of you would do well to learn what that means. That means, though, that if a fellow brother trips up and does something wrong, it is my obligation to point that out. It is not your obligation to call me a racist for doing so but to accept my council. If my council does not resolve the issue, then others within the lodge may get involved, just as we see in the bible. Paul's instruction in 1 Corinthians 5: Paul instructs people to hold others inside the church accountable, but not those who are outside the church (nonbelievers). A fitting good bit of advice given the mass hysteria we find in social media today whereby one can lose their job or worse when we try to help others by preaching what we believe as truth to nonbelievers like yourselves.  

Thursday, December 29, 2022

Carbon tax and trade is not good for Virginia.


Discourse to the  Daily Press Newspaper Carbon tax and trade opinion. The Daily Press attacks our governor in the usual manner and as most liberal media pundits do. However, the media does not consider the harm of the RGGI plan implemented in Virginia by Democrats who want nothing but control of its citizens in the name of the environment. 

Having worked in the wastewater business for over 25 years, I can say this about the nitrogen cap and trade. The nitrogen cap and trade program has had financial and environmental results that are mixed at best. The EPA explains how Bay jurisdictions may accommodate new or increased nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment loadings. The Bay jurisdictions include Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. New or increased nitrogen loadings may be accommodated either through a specific TMDL allocation or by offsetting those loadings with quantifiable and accountable reductions. This program has been in place for decades now, and we still get C averages at best as to the health of the bay. This means there has been little impact on the bay's health, but it has lined the pockets of the rich who trade in crypto-like currencies and credits. This program in Virginia is similar to the carbon cap and trade program. We can look at its results to understand if this program hurts or helps our economy and environment. The Nitrogen program harms all Virginians who live on a septic system. Low-income and rural Virginia, where wastewater solutions are needed due to age,  often find themselves having no recourse to continue to live in their homes legally. Example: Small communities that need wastewater infrastructure above 1000 gallons per day must buy nitrogen credits to build a treatment plant to direct discharge to a river or stream. These credits are hard to find because larger urban treatment plants hoard their credits for further expansion at their facilities. And if a small rural community can find the credits, they are costly and, in some cases, not affordable. Communities can turn to soil-based dispersal, but this, too, is very expensive when the county has to purchase suitable land for effluent dispersal. What happens is the county board of supervisors looks the other way while small communities in need of help continue to affect the streams and rivers of the commonwealth adversely. Small communities like Columbia, Virginia, are an example of a do-nothing approach and look the other way with heads in the sand. At the same time, aging septic systems pollute the James River. Another area that should be considered for a Virginia Department of Health exploratory environment study is the Chickahomney Haven / Cypress Point area of James City County. These are just two communities that need to address aging septic systems where the total gallons per day community wise is above a 1000-gallons per day, and any viable long-term solution, professionally speaking, is a community system and not an individual septic system. The carbon cap and trade will offer Virginians the same issues facing California: rolling blackouts, poor infrastructure, and higher costs that will adversely affect Virginia's poor and rural communities. 

Saturday, September 17, 2022

The civil rights movement and letting go of the past.



I wrote this after reading Mr. Filco's commentary on letting go of the past in the Williamsburg Gazette. Septemeber 2022. 


"Why Isn't Everyone Enlightened?

 

I had been thinking about Joesph Filco's commentary on letting the past go. If all it took was "following your bliss," why wouldn't everyone be as enlightened as Mr. Filco? It seems that the pathway to get there is barred by the necessity of a passage through hell, which is something few people want to go through. I think about Mr. Filco's perceived course through the suffering of the early 1960s and how that shaped his thought process. We all believe the world needs more good, and yet I think evil is necessary. Without evil, the human has no baggage to pull in his life's cart. Humans are, by nature, oxen in a sense. When the weight is lifted, the oxen become fat and lazy, and envy becomes our only baggage, the worst of all sins. I think that is what has happened to our society, where hard work is no longer revered; envy takes its place. Could it be that government intervention in the 1960s movement destroyed a part of our society? 


My main goal as a parent of two children was to let them fail. Let the children find out what a good work ethic looks like. Yet, when the child got close to the edge of a bad decision, I offered a hand to pull them back. The most difficult decision I had to make was when to hold out my hand. Did the civil rights movement go too far in protecting a society of people who rightfully deserved equal opportunities and deserved to fail when poor decisions were put into action? Was the helping hand held out too many times? Indeed we have all witnessed the helicopter parents of today's children and wonder aloud how that child will ever become an adult without evil, the opportunity to fail and learn from it. Have free government subsidies, women with children married to the government, destroyed 

the family structure where no father can hold out his hand? Are we ready to look back and admit things did not go as planned, and will we ever be able to pull our hand back in the interest of failure? 

Monday, July 11, 2022

Amazing Grace, Liberals get it wrong again





The Poem Amazing Grace was of "poor choice" as a sing-along presented by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's 2022 Fourth of July Celebration, wrote Malcolm Keating of Williamsburg. Typical liberal idealism misplaced, as to a separation of church and state. 

While the Poem is immensely popular in Christian circles, The poem is not founded in Christain beliefs. The Poem is about the writer's experience while at sea. Newton believed that only by the grace of God did he survive a horrific storm in 1778 while aboard the ship, Greyhound. I think we all know, man is predictable, when hope is lost, we pray, and we seek God's intervention. 

“There are no atheists in foxholes.”

The first saying circulated during World War 1, and the second saying spread during World War 2. The earliest close match appeared in “The Western Times” newspaper of Devon, England in November 1914. A speaker at a memorial service for a fallen soldier held at St. Matthias’ Church, Ilsham read from the letter of an unnamed chaplain serving at the front. 

“Tell the Territorials and soldiers at home that they must know God before they come to the front if they would face what lies before them. We have no atheists in the trenches. Men are not ashamed to say that, though they never prayed before, they pray now with all their hearts.”
 
The Poem is used for both religious and secular purposes. The term "Grace" has many meanings, yet this definition matters most. "Disposition to an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency." With the understanding that Muslims, Jews, and Christians follow the same God, the idea of grace is the same in all three religions and texts.
 
In Hinduism, grace is the central tenet of Bhakti Yoga and Bhakti movements, which are seen as reform movements in Hinduism. These movements can mean "grace," "mercy," or "blessing," depending upon the context.
 
 We should consider the idea of grace. Grace is meant for forgiveness, and in this day and time, forgiveness is in short supply. You must possess grace to be able to forgive. Grace and forgiveness do not mean we worship a particular God; Grace is an act given by God for man and an act given by man for man. A man does not have to believe in God to offer grace and forgiveness to someone who has wronged them. Yet if our children are not taught grace and forgiveness, we are forever caught in a loop of the mass killings and hate for one another we see today. Only with grace and forgiveness can we reduce and stop the mass murder issues we find in our country today. So, I say, if the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation sings a song about grace, what we are doing is reflecting upon the grace we should have for each other.
 
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now am found
Was blind but now I see
 
Was Grace that taught my heart to fear
And Grace, my fears relieved
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed
 
Through many dangers, toils and snares
We have already come
T'was Grace that brought us safe thus far
And Grace will lead us home
And Grace will lead us home
 
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now am found
Was blind but now I see
Was blind, but now I see

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Roe vs Wade is not about abortion, Roe vs Wade is about right and wrong





Roe vs. Wade is not about right and wrong. 



Recent Supreme Court decisions should remind us that our president and Democrats who disagree with recent decisions may not uphold the rule of law. Will they completely ignore the third branch of Government? We saw this when the Supreme Court ruled on the Dred -Scott decision. Soon after that, Lincoln declared war, and 100,000's of people lost their lives on both sides of the Civil war. 

This is not about whether slavery is good or bad. This is not about whether abortion is good or bad. In the next few weeks, we will see if those who cherish our Republic, cherish our three branches of equal Government, will treat each branch as equals and with respect. Today, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer rattled the sabers of war. Sabers of hate and division. Today Democrats showed their immature asses. Democrats are quick with speeches meant to divide and show hate and discontent for the rule of law. 

We have already heard from Chuck Schumer that he wants to codify abortion, so in his words, no matter what states do, abortion will be legal. I have to wonder where that sentiment was when federal drug laws were broken and ignored by the states. Where was Schumer when the border was overrun? Where was Schumer when federal laws were ignored? Where was Schumer regarding illegals entering our country over the past 18 months? Where were the federal law enforcers when Schumer threatened Supreme Court justices in 2020 if Roe vs. Wade did not go his way? Will we see the same vigor to prosecute insurrectionists and violent protestors? My guess is no, and history will be the telling tale. Democrats will tell you like they have before, "there is nothing wrong with good trouble," but that claim begs a definition of what is good and what is bad. 

The truth is they (our politicians in DC) are a bunch of hypocrites. 

May God have mercy on their wretched souls. 100's of thousands die, and many more to come; all the while, these hypocrites use propaganda and the media to control the public. Propaganda is used to turn our eyes from high inflation, high gas prices, wars in Europe, food shortages, and baby formula shortages. We are (the public) manipulated and laughed at by those in DC. 

Monday, June 13, 2022

Gun Ownership attacked again.

Louis Cantrell recently wrote an opinion piece that was printed in the Virginia Gazette. Basically, this man raged against the Christain Community, seeking pastors to denounce the ownership of guns. I found it to be a sad misinterpretation of morals. My discourse follows. Opinion can be found in the Williamsburg Va. Virginia Gazette dated 6-11-2022 

 What is the moral course? 


 Louis Cantrell asks a very important question yet does not define morality and the result of a moral decision being a person or group of persons' ethics. Both morality and ethics loosely have to do with distinguishing the difference between “good and bad” or “right and wrong.” Many people think of morality as something that's personal and normative, whereas ethics is the standards of “good and bad” distinguished by a certain community or social setting. The ethics of Christianity reveal one simple truth. We are not a perfect society or people. We make mistakes; we fail to live up to the ethics of Jesus every day. This is where forgiveness comes into our lives as Christians. Forgiveness is, in my opinion, the hardest moral decision a person will ever endeavor. 

 Let us examine the moral decision to pick up an inanimate object with hate in the heart, pull a trigger, and do harm to his fellow brother and sisters. In your own mind is where evil starts to pollute your moral decisions thereby lowering your standard of ethics. Christianity is, in fact, our shield from these low moral decisions. Blaming the inanimate object and not the moral decision to pick up the inanimate object to do harm is a short-sighted pollical ploy that some have fallen for. 

 Morals have changed over time and based on location. For example, different parts of our country can have different standards of morality. Many large urban centers exhibit a society whereby low moral decisions are made every day. One only to look at the murder rates of Baltimore, Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, and Saint Louis to get an idea of how politics in these urban centers have affected moral decisions. Let us examine our urban center society for the following seven morals and see if these urban societies meet the standards of a good life. 

 1. Bravery: Bravery has historically helped people determine hierarchies. People who demonstrate the ability to be brave in tough situations have historically been seen as leaders. 

2. Fairness: Think of terms like "meet in the middle" and the concept of taking turns. 

3. Defer to authority: Deferring to authority is important because it signifies that people will adhere to rules that attend to the greater good. This is necessary for a functioning society. 

4. Helping the group: Traditions exist to help us feel closer to our group. This way, you feel more supported, and a general sense of altruism is promoted. 

5. Loving your family: This is a more focused version of helping your group. It's the idea that loving and supporting your family allows you to raise people who will continue to uphold moral norms. 

6. Returning favors: This goes for society as a whole and specifies that people may avoid behaviors that aren't generally altruistic. 

 7. Respecting others’ property: This goes back to settling disputes based on prior possession, which also ties in with the idea of fairness. 

 I would caution Louis Cantrell in this quest to tie religion to politics. The reason why we see such hate and lack of love for our fellow brothers and sisters is that society has turned its back on God and Christianity, among other well-respected, highly ethical religions. It is politics that has offered low moral advice to sin. Louis Cantrell gets it wrong. Christianity is the ethic we adhere to, the individual’s moral decisions to do harm do not meet Christianity’s ethics, and therefore it is here, in the heart of the individual, where sin is found. It is here we offer forgiveness, however hard that may seem to be to give. We forgive you, Louis, for your attack on our high ethical standards.

Richneck School shooting: The police and school division are not explaining or the right questions asked.

Concerning the local opinions in the Williamsburg  / Newport News area concerning the Richneck School Shotting. This is a school shooting wh...