Posted on May 30, 2011, by Bonnie, under Core values, Government, Uncategorized.
The idea of making a commitment – as a Republican – to voting against any and all new taxes is a no-brainer. Our commitment to economic freedom, the idea of fiscal liberty is, to many, at the very core of our Republican beliefs.
The very process of life requires economic liberty. How are we to use our God given gifts and talents, how are we to apply them to the resources around us, how are we to produce what benefits ourselves, our families, and our communities without economic freedom? We can not.
The Dems see the taxing of individuals as part of the process of shaping communities and peoples.
I am not clay waiting to be shaped by the Dems. I am a vessel already shaped by the master potter waiting to see how he is going to use me.
My God given right to economic freedom is intricate in “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. I am not free if the product of my life is taken from me.
Posted on May 26, 2011, by Bonnie, under Government, Uncategorized.
Texas has something called a “Sunset Commission”. It’s purpose is to examines state programs to identify wasteful spending and duplicate programs. It was created in 1977, and has led to the elimination of dozens of agencies that have outlived their usefulness and have saved Texas taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.
Thinking about California and our hundreds of boards and commissions …. wouldn’t that be amazing if someone offered up the idea of a California Sunset Commission in Sacramento?
Posted on March 31, 2011, by Bonnie, under Core values, Our family, education.
There is simply nothing that government can do that a free and unencumbered people can’t do better. It is sure that government cannot do it cheaper. Nor can government do anything more effectively.
At every level and in every field we see mammoth waste and colossal ineffectiveness.
Prior to Pres. Carter creating the Dept of Education, America’s education system was the envy of the world. In 1970, the national graduation rate was 78%. Today, many areas graduate less than 50% of their students.
It was understood nationally that Congress allowed Carter to create the Dept. of Education so as not to embarrass him. It was stated in the media that the creation of the Dept. of Education was the result of promises made to the NEA during the presidential campaign.
Interesting …. promises made to Unions are why we are now saddled with the Dept of Education.
Nowhere in the Constitution is there room for the creation of such a Department. The 10th amendment states that
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the People.”
For 200 years the States of the United States educated their children effectively and in a responsive and timely manner. We were the leader in science and commercial innovation. Now we lead the world in the number of nincompoops with high self esteem.
God help us.
Posted on March 28, 2011, by Bonnie, under Core values, Government.
I hold in my hands a copy of the Constitution of the United States. It is a document that clearly innumerates the process for governing these amazing United States of America.
It is clear that this Constitution is not a “living” document. It is instead a solid rock on which the greatest country to have ever existed was and is built.
This idea of the Constitution changing with the times and needs of it’s country is clearly a method of watering down and eroding the words of the writers and founding principles.
Those of us committed to the original documents of the United States must clearly speak the words over and over again that refudiate this destructive appeal of romance applied to the Constitution. The Constitution does not change. It is not alive. It does not breathe and evolve. That is it’s strength. The solid truth of the document is what gives roots to our beliefs and actions. It stands.
It is we, the People, that must adapt to the words of the Constitution. As the world changes and deteriorates around us we must return to the words that our Country was founded on. Only then can we evaluate without emotion the actions that we take.
Posted on March 5, 2011, by Bonnie, under Our family.
I bought a restaurant in October and it’s occupied just a bit of my time. It’s not my first restaurant. But it is my first restaurant that I have purchased. I started one — Bonnie’s Best Cafe — that is still in operation. I consulted on one — The Sandwich Shack– and it’s still operating also.
It’s weird coming in on the back end of the process. Strange to have the menu already in place. Weird to have practices and procedures in operation. Peculiar to have to learn the in’s and out’s of your own business. Very odd to have to ask your employees what they would normally do in certain situations.
Country Rose Tea Room has been in operation since the late 80’s. It’s one of those girly places that guys go to because they love their women. It has tablecloths and lots of color and soft music. No big screen tv’s. Not a single “burger”. And the plates often have doilies on them. Zowie!
Posted on September 13, 2010, by Bonnie, under Core values.
It would be hypocritical not to comment on the “gals” out there considering my last post about “guys”. I was musing about how the classic male appears to be on the endangered species list. It must be said that “ladies” seem to be dying out also.
Husband was in a student’s home on Tuesday. On the wall-size flat screen TV was a gangster rap style video. It portrayed a couple where the “guy” pushes the girl around, yells at her, attempts to punch her but hits the wall instead … and the next scene is them making out. WHAT???
On what planet do the women actually get turned on by that? REALLY???
Young men now believe what you see/read in pornography. They believe that women like to be handled roughly and as objects. They believe that crassness is a turn on. Why? Because women pretend that they like it to get the “guy” … and I emphasize “guy”.
Self-respect is not popular with girls these day. They apparently believe that they must suppress self-respect in their goal of not being alone. They substitute pretending for genuine reactions to abhorrent behavior because every one’s “guy” act like that.
What is wrong with you ”gals”? Here’s a few things to think about. Lesson 1. Having sex with you is not a compliment. Lesson 2. He’ll do anything you let him. Lesson 3. Temper tantrums are embarrassing. Lesson 4. Those of you out there with “guys” like this … it’s humiliating.
Oh, and while I’m on the subject … not everyone’s man is like that. You just happen to be picking losers. Knock it off.
Let me give you a picture of what would happen if my hubby ever touched me roughly or yelled at me. Well rather, let me just say … baseball bats are inexpensive and dear hubby – well, he has to sleep sometime.
Posted on September 10, 2010, by Bonnie, under Core values.
Is it me, or are the young men in America more complacent than we were at their age? When talking to some of them they seem unengaged about their futures … stuck in autopilot.
I suppose I could look at the culture as a whole and attempt to give them excuses from their upbringing. “They were unchallenged individually in school.” “Their parents didn’t build into them the expectation that the best in life must be wrestled and fought for.” But I don’t think that’s it.
Where have the young men gone like the ones in classical literature or in old movies? Where are the young men eager to prove themselves? craft their futures? get married and have a family, build a legacy?
Where are the men that you read about in Louis L’Amour novels? The men there built their lives around a code of ethics that make women weak in the knees. The bad guys were never mistaken for the good guys. The men were characterized by an unrelenting striving to build. They weren’t lazy. They didn’t hang out with the “guys”, the bad guys were the only ones hanging out – doing nothing. The good guys always saved the day through a decisiveness that communicated a well thought out picture of what they needed to do to be a “man”.
I wonder if it all happened when our men became comfortable with just being a “guy”. What the heck is a “guy” anyway? He isn’t a boy. He isn’t a man. He certainly isn’t someone that you would look to model your life after. My experience is that he’s some jerk of a kid in a man’s body with no intention of taking on the role of a man. Perpetual immaturity. How attractive.
As I sit here musing about how sad that our boys are turning out to be unimpressive “guys”, I thank the Lord above that I found a man to share my life with. His focus is building a future together. He desires to be someone that I can admire. He works hard at being a better man tomorrow than he is today. I’m lucky.
For those of you still looking. God save you from the “guys”.
Posted on September 7, 2010, by Bonnie, under Are you kidding?.
There are just some days when I want to slap just about every “nice” person I come across. Not the ones who are genuinely nice … it’s the ones who just act nice because they’re too scared to actually respond to whatever the current situation is with the appropriate emotions. I’m not saying that we should all walk around slapping each other, but I sure would enjoy something real every once in a while.
Time after time it goes like this. An individual makes a less than politically correct comment …. everyone around them pauses … everyone evaluates everyone else’s facial expressions and body language … and then one incredibly brave soul makes what he/she thinks is the “appropriate” comment … everyone takes a cleansing breathe … and smiles.
I just want to throw up.
Posted on August 25, 2010, by Bonnie, under Are you kidding?.
I just have to say that this made me laugh. It’s an article posted on the blog – TalkLeft. Here’s the link, http://www.talkleft.com/story/2010/8/24/0340/42805 . If you go to the site you read that the LA Sheriff’s Dept is purchasing this thing called an Assault Intervention Device. What it does is it emits a focused, invisible ray (think star trek) that causes an unbearable heating sensation in it’s targets. The plan is to use it to break up fights in the Los Angeles jails.
My first thought was, “How cool is that!”. And then, ”Hey … wait a second!” We can use some kind of a microwave – death ray – thing on our US inmates but we can’t use waterboarding on terrorists. I’m confused.
And then I got really concerned. From what I read the device is 7.5 feet tall and somewhat mobile. So what’s stopping the government from using this on “protesters” at rally’s and what not? What would stop them from breaking up a gathering of teaparty goers or anti-government groups?
Suddenly the funny death-ray-microwave-thingey got less funny.
Posted on August 19, 2010, by Bonnie, under Core values, education.
I’m probably going to get in trouble for this post, but what-the-hey.
I was visiting with a guy the other day about why young black males do or don’t succeed in school. He had posted an article that expressed the opinion that increasing a young black males likelihood of success would require that we “invest” more resources. Come on … really? We aren’t spending enough already?
One of the key quotes in the article was this, “Overall, a trend suggests that when black males are learning in environments that are not marked by a high incidence of … low educational performance overall, they are more likely to succeed.” Well, duh! If you don’t hang around with dunces you tend to not become one. If your friends care about school you tend to care also. Where is the rocket science in this???
But even still the thought remains out there that it is societies fault … that it’s the schools fault … that it’s the white guys’ fault. Never a word about it being the kids fault for picking stupid friends or for valuing a hip-hop mentality over an education. Heaven forbid that a parent should be criticized for presenting a world view that keeps their kids down and gives them nothing of value to strive for.
We have a friend who is a beautiful black woman. She is divorced, has a gaggle of kids, and the kids go to school in an economically depressed area. But you know what? Everyone one of those kids is excelling!!! So what gives? The truth is that this parent demands more from her kids than the average poor family. She doesn’t let her kids play around with just anyone they want – if the new friend is a gang member want-a-be, she says ”absolutely not”. And they are heavily involved in their church.
Her success has just got to drive the progressives nuts!
Here’s the post if you want to read it yourselves. http://www.thegrio.com/specials/making-the-grade/how-black-male-student-underachievement-is-reversible.php