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President Donald Trump

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

Apr. 15, 2018

Have you noticed the latest move in the political wars? Apparently, the Associated Press (and presumably other mainstream newspapers) instructed reporters to always refer to the occupant of the White House as President Donald Trump. I know the mainstream clergy is biased against Trump (and he certainly reciprocates the bias) but I’m not certain what they are getting at here. in this seemingly innocuous policy.

Maybe that the president is not a permanent office. If he is impeached (hopefully, according to the clerical media) he will no longer be our president. I’m not aware that they always referred to any previous occupants of the White House as President Barack Obama. Or President George Bush–or even President Franklin D. Roosevelt and he had four terms!

I’m also not sure, pretty sure, it is wishful thinking! Trump is not going anywhere least of all by impeachment despite the lack of real evidence of Russian collusion There is some evidence of sexual affairs. But that is hardly unusual. See witty John F. Kennedy, brother Robert, and charming Bill Clinton and of course black celebrity Bill Cosby. And don’t forget Hollywood moneybags Harvey Weinstein. And scads more politicians and celebrities, including conservative Dwight Eisenhower.

IF Donald Trump doesn’t win in in 2020 it will be a minor miracle that calls into question political wisdom (that it’s the economy, stupid!). For sure,—it’s booming!

He become president by questioning the politically correct clergy, Republican and Democratic. He might be a racist and sexist as many a progressive claims. He has appointed many gifted and eminently qualified women and blacks to high offices. Actually he acts the same way a progressive CEO of the NBA and NFL does. They want above all else to win. As Yogi Berra said quipped when asked what makes a successful baseball coach-–good players!

He would never hire PC politicians like Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer because they are short efficiency, profitability, and common sense. These three shortages–efficiency, profitability, and common sense–are admittedly unforgivable sins to the current President, Donald Trump.

Which brings up why he has been so successful Progressives and Greens who love regulations of course won’t give him any credit.
If the ultimate political maxim holds true Trump is a world master! The stock market is setting records, the employment rate is up and the unemployment rate, especially among minorities, is the lowest ever, manufacturing is making a comeback, ISIS is in decline., we are at peace with the world, salaries a.nd take-home pay are rising are increasing, dependency payments are down, taxes have been cut, and illegal immigrants and criminals are being caught and deported. What’s not to like?

In short, we have never seen the likes of it in this country! You can count on it. Leftist Democrats are desppert to find something to confuse voters with sham scandals and damn President Trump!

Bill Stonebarger, Owner/President, Hawkhill

P.S. Looking for a gift for people who have everything but care about ideas—devout religious to strident mid-life left-liberal clergy to old-guy conservative libertarian. I suggest you buy, give, and read yourself one of my recent books (cheap and, in my opinion, good reads.)—Twilight or Dawn? A Traveler’s Guide to Free-Market Liberal Democracy, East Gilman Street, or Bill’s Blogs. Or view some very good sound ideas on science, religion, capitalism, and democracy videos streamed free on YouTube.

Spring

Sunday, April 8th, 2018

April 8, 2018

How many more will I see?

“Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote
: When April with its sweet-smelling showers
2 The droghte of March hath perced to the roote,
Has pierced the drought of March to the root,”

—Geoffrey Chaucer. (late 14Th century)

By heaven, I do love: and it hath taught me to rhyme, and to be melancholy.

—William Shakespeare, “Love’s Labour’s Lost” (1597)

Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!

—Sitting Bull (1895)

In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.
—Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1835)

“Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.

And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.”

–A.E. Houseman, “A Shropshire Lad” (1890)

You know how it is with an April day
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You´re one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
A cloud comes over the sunlit arch,
A wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you´re two months back in the middle of March.”

—Robert Frost (1934)

Today the young pay little attention to spring. (Maybe rhey are too busy with iPhones and Climate Change protests?).

God, how I wish I were young again and able to walk in the sweet-smelling rain, see the cherry trees white with snow, turn to thoughts of love, and see the results!

Bill Stonebarger, Owner/President, Hawkhill

P.S Looking for gift for people, young or old, who have everything but care about ideas—devout religous to strident mid-life left-liberal clergy to old-guy conservative libertarian. I suggest you buy, give, and read yourself one of my recent books (cheap and, in my opinion, good reads.)—Twilight or Dawn? A Traveler’s Guide to Free-Market Liberal Democracy, East Gilman Street, or Bill’s Blogs. Or view some very good sound ideas on science, religion, capitalism, and democracy videos streamed free on YouTube.

Easter Reprise

Sunday, April 1st, 2018

April 1, 2018

Easter celebrates Jesus dying on the cross and then rising from the dead to ascend to his heavenly father. Dying on the cross supposedly forgives the sins of the human race for all times. All the way back to the Hunting/Gathering days I assume. Considering the viciousness of the sins of the Holocaust plus the Gulags and the government-caused famines of communism in the relatively calm Modern Age, that is a tall order you will have to admit. I am not a believer in that article  of faith so I don’t support that claim or Easter itself, except as the beginning of spring, which is a worldwide rebirth from the depth and dead of winter!

Martin Luther king Jr., who was a minister and a firm believer, had a passage in his most famous speech, “had a eam that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” (His children’s current squabbling over his trophies and literary legacy would  have embarrassed King but that is another sad story.) King himself personally fought long and bravely the good fight to abolish racism.

I agree with the preacher on his fight against racism but for this Easter I prefer a more inclusive quote from the secular artist and dancer Martha Graham, “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.”

The nob of the matter is the importance of individuals. Consider just a few; Galileo, Isaac Newton, Louie Pasteur, Charles Darwin, Rosa Parks, Oprah Winfrey, Ben Carson, Gloria Steinem, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, the average looter in street riots, the average activist in street protests, Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Carnegie, John D Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, FDR, Winston Churchill, Dwight Eisenhower, George Marshall, Douglas McArthur, Barack and Michelle Obama, Donald Trump, Josef Stalin, Vladimir Lenin, Mohammed, Gautama Buddha, Jesus, Jane Denny and her daughter Kate, you the reader, and I the writer —if we all, including the bad guys, had been aborted, our world would be quite different. That is the power of individuals, for good or for ill.

Like the popular Christmas movie, ”It’s a Wonderful Life,” teaches—friends, friends, more friends, and family. In fact popularity and family tops all.

I too shed some tears too when friends and family rescued Jimmy Stewart (as local banker hero George Bailey) averts certain bankruptcy caused by Uncle Billy’s careless mistake and the evil banker Mr. Potter’s (Lionel Barrymore) taking advantage.

I agree wholeheartedly that friends and family are above all most important for most people,

A relatively small segment of the population also thinks ideas are of equal importance. I count myself among this small minority. I’m by no means alone though. Nearly everyone in this country, or the world for that matter, has opinions, often strongly held, about religion, politics, guns, sex, abortion, and a whole lot of other contentious issues. Relatively few have historical data and theoretical concepts to back up their opinions. I have. Plenty. As readers undoubtedly aware.

Some resent me for writing and saying this with alarming chutzpah. I do recognize the arrogance of claiming science as my support here when I have so slim a following among real working scientists know. (I have never won a single award from my peers.) Heck, I don’t even have a PhD.  I could plead that Darwin or many early scientists didn’t either! But both Pasteur and Darwin did win many awards and much acclaim in their lifetime though worthy of note both had to wait many years for public and in many cases professional approval of their revolutionary ideas. (Actually some far-right religious folk and far-left clergy still object to evolution and germ theory so both are still waiting for final vindication of their ideas.)

What’s the rush? It will come. Guaranteed.

Bill Stonebarger, Owner/President, Hawkhill

P.S Looking for gift for people who have everything but care about ideas–young devout Catholic to strident middle-aged left-liberal clergy to old-guy conservative libertarian. I suggest you buy, give, and read yourself one of my recent books (cheap and, in my opinion, good reads!)—Twilight or Dawn? A Traveler’s Guide to Free-Market Liberal Democracy, East Gilman Street, or Bill’s Blogs. Or view some good ideas on science, religion, capitalism, and democracy streamed free on YouTubetheir skin but by the content of their character.

Individuals

Sunday, March 25th, 2018

Mar 26, 2018

We are getting close to Easter when Jesus died on the cross to for all the sins of the human race then and now. A tall order you will have to admit. I’m not a believer in that article of faith so I don’t make or honor that claim.

Martin Luther King Jr., who was a believer, said in a famous speech, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character and not the color of their skin! (his vchildren’s current squabbling over his trophies and literary legacy would probably have embarrassed King but then that is another story.)
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I certainly agree with King here but I prefer the more inclusive Martha Graham quote that takes in and relates more with the individual character more than just skin color, “There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it.”

Where would the world be if Isaac Newton, Louie Pasteur, Charles Darwin, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, the average Looter in street riots, the average street activist in protests, Abraham Lincoln, FDR, Winston Churchill, Barack and Michelle Obama, Donald Trump, George Bush, Josef Stalin, Vladimir Lenin, Mohammed, Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ, Jane Denny, you, and I, –if we all including the not-so-worthy would been aborted, our world would be quite different. Like the traditional Christmas movie, ”It’s a Wonderful Life”, that is the power of individuals for good or for ill.

The nub of the matter is the crucial importance of Individuals and the relative unimportance of groups of all skin colors and sexual preferences, knowledge, character, economic condition, and ideas.

Best beware especially of ever saying “they” and “all.” As in “all Jews are stingy but on the other hand they are very smart and very rich.” Or “all Blacks are good at basketball but otherwise, they are lazy and incompetent.” Or “all Communists and Socialists are evil people even if they may do some good things.” It is no doubt true some individuals may fit that description but the very idea that they all do could lead to the horrors of the Holocaust!

Bill Stonebarger, Owner/ President, Hawkhill

P.S Looking for gift for people have everything but care about ideas, devout Catholic to left-liberal clergy to conservative libertarian. I suggest you buy, give, and read yourself one of my recent books (very cheap and, in my opinion, very good reads!)—Twilight or Dawn? a Traveler’s Guide to Free-Market Liberal Democracy, East Gilman Street, or Bill’s Blogs. Or view some good ideas on science, religion, capitalism, and democracy streamed now free on YouTube.

Shopping

Sunday, March 18th, 2018

Mar 19, 2018

When you get really really old we are now, people tend to ask you similar questions. What do you attribute your advanced age to? Or, what are you going to do now?

How about shopping? The truth is I don’t miss tennis, skiing, golf, or swimming as much as you might expect. I do miss everyday shopping at the supermarket or hardware store.

We have a good substitute in that some of the Senior Helpers (formerly paid for by the VA and now by a home care policy with a bank that we’ve been paying on for thirty years. Like most insurance they are glad to sell it to you but reluctant to pay claims. Kate had to fight the bank to pay. She did win the dispute!

We pay for the food the Helpers buy with a credit card. The Senior Helpers do a decent shopping considering they have to shop from a written list. They are indeed very thrifty shoppers but not very imaginative and don’t always get the brands or the items we like best.

When I did the shopping I almost never used a list. It was great fun to go by and slowly pick and choose from the heavily and neatly stocked shelves of canned goods, toilet paper, juices, breakfast serials, candy, booze, bulk products, and coffees; the luscious meat and seafood counters; the always delightful delis; the huge piles of fresh fruits and vegetables, and above all for me, the bakery from which I typically would choose a yummy pastry, pie, or cake. Good bread and croissants too.

I remember a story. The wife of a Soviet diplomat in the bad old days of socialist shortages actually fainted dead away when she entered a modern supermarket in Chicago. Having seen first-hand the pitiful offerings of socialist groceries—sacks of beans and rice mainly with a few worse-from-the-travel oranges from Cuba and maybe or maybe not a straggly chicken or two hanging on hooks–in the former Soviet Union and more recently in Cuba, wit long lines to even get in. I can understand her shock.

Shopping at hardware stores was always great fun. No matter how small the store I have always found clerks in hardware stores to be near geniuses. You go in and ask for a thingimagig something to repair a watchimicallit leak in your kitchen. He invariably finds just the right tool or glue to fix it.

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The last two blogs have been kind of heavy. Readers didn’t seem to mind. They both set new records in people who opened, and presumably read them, and in a few interesting responses.

One from Gib Docken, a local real estate developer, was especially intelligent and welcome. “Just want you to know I agree with you 100% right about the Hunter Gatherers, Agriculture Age and the 200 years of modern age. And the 3 things that make America great. Tremendous ideas and easy for me to get. I’m also a fan of that other asshole, Steve Jobs! Hope that incident at dinner cause a problem between you and Jane. I like to think she is above that.”

Talking about that dinner incident I probably haven’t heard the end of it yet. I do want to apologize to James (the youngest son of Jane, who lived with Jane and me through high school, was the immediate cause of Kate’s angry words, and is surprisingly enough the only son who shares some political views with me.) I “mildly criticized him” for something he didn’t do.

I do admit I was a little annoyed that he brought some friends of his to dinner and (I thought wrongly) expected us to pay for all the food and booze. Apparently he paid for it himself to the tune of 80 dollars according to an incensed Kate. I apologize James, for thinking you were ungrateful and kink of cheap.

When you come to think of it an $80 dollar expense is quite modest for dinner for drinks and food for Jane and me and a passel of guests if not cheap. And it was plainly James’s responsibility. He was the host, not the parents, See below.

This in turn brings up a more general controversial subject. What are parents responsible for when the children leave home as adults? I know the trend in Europe especially is to live with your parents for many years after adulthood. Not in America. Yet.

My personal view is we don’t owe our children that much after they reach adulthood. If anything ,they owe us. As parents we gave our children life itself, washed their diapers, worried aplenty about their education, health, teeth, marriages, drugs and sex, and entry into the world of work. It’s time for some payback!

As loving parents we are always firmly on their side in most situations but there are limits. Money is one. Jane and I are not wealthy in retirement and we can’t work much. We did spend a tidy sum to bring give them life and our children up. Is it too much to ask them to pick up the check for meals out or in house, and for golf, swimming, or skiing or to entertain their invited friends to the family mansion? I say not.

Actually I personally have little to complain about in the care I have received from Jane’s or my own children. I realize only too well most of them are far from wealthy and they all live and work considerable distances from Wisconsin. Neverthe-less they have assisted us in our old age admirably and unselfishly. Jane and I humbly thank them, one and all.

Meanwhile Jane and I can relax Waiting for Godot.

Bill Stonebarger, Owner/ President, Hawkhill

P.S Looking for gift for people have everything but cares about ideas, devout Catholic to left-liberal clergy to conservative libertarian. I suggest you buy, give, and read yourself one of my recent books (cheap and, in my opinion, good reads!)—Twilight or Dawn? A Traveler’s Guide to Free-Market Liberal Democracy, East Gilman Street, or Bill’s Blogs. Or view some good ideas on science, religion, capitalism, and democracy streamed free on YouTube.