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Doing

August 15th, 2016 No comments

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.”

– H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Some think love can be measured by the amount of butterflies in their tummy. Others think love can be measured in bunches of flowers, or by using the words ‘for ever.’ But love can only truly be measured by actions. It can be a small thing, such as peeling an orange for a person you love because you know they don’t like doing it.”

– Marian Keyes

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The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

– Walt Disney
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Reputation and Doing

April 29th, 2016 No comments
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“You Can’t Build A Reputation On What You’re Going To Do.” – Henry Ford quote,

sent by, Robin Crow.

Support or Oppose a President?

January 27th, 2016 No comments

In the light of recent feedback about MHI’s president and the related discussions, it is timely to consider some words of President Teddy Roosevelt.

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One must be willing to speak the truth, as charitably as possible, but also with the clarity and vigor needed to accomplish the mission of a family,

a firm,

faith

or the flag of a nation.

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Sam Gerrans – Is America on the brink of a meltdown?

October 18th, 2015 No comments

Writer Sam Gerrans argues that America is like a truck being loaded up with Semtex, a highly stable plastic explosive that will explode only if you have the right detonator. 

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Sam Gerrans, photo credit, Twitter.

1) Gerrans points to the very small part of the population that is involved in agriculture; so if the food chain is disrupted, the store shelves go bare in just a few days.

2) Not unlike MHC leader Sam Zell (see Our Way of Life is Very Much Threatened), Gerrans sees fiat paper money (vs. a gold and silver backed standard) and potential loss of being the world reserve currency as a threat to the U.S.. Gerrans thinks many of our American wars in recent decades are about oil. The world and the people of the U.S., he says, are tired of it.  

While that view could be disputed or modified, what is certain is that a loss of imported oil to the U.S. Economy would indeed trigger a series of ‘economic explosions’ in our nation and abroad. Not Gerrans, but others believe that such might be Vladimir Putin’s end goal in Russia filling the vacuum of the U.S. withdraw from the Middle East.  What if Russia and Iran controlled the flow of oil out of the Persian Gulf and the Middle East? What if Russia choked that oil off from the U.S. and other western nations?

3) A growing use of mind-altering drugs also creates social risk, Gerrans states. Withdrawal from drugs which have lead to lone wolf attacks on unarmed citizens are cited.  What if a disruption in the drug supply chain hit the U.S.?  Would we see rapidly escalating violence as a result?

4) A loss of traditional more values.  The poverty of the Great Depression in the 1930s did not lead to a huge surge in crime, Gerrans says: “People were brought up with a conception of morals and right and wrong. Frugality and prudence were prized virtues. Communities were generally fairly cohesive.”  Not so today, he says, when: “Relative to then, society today is undisciplined, unrealistic and selfish.”  

Gerrans points to violence and death in stores on Black Friday to get a discounted item as just one sign of that moral breakdown in America.  

Not Gerrans…

Gerrans doesn’t say it, but others do. While the U.S. and North America could be energy independent, we are still not there.  We are dependent on OPEC’s oil today, and this is but one of many reasons why true energy independence ought to be a U.S. and North American priority.

Gerrans doesn’t say it, but others do: “Know God, Know Peace.  No God? No Peace.”  Others point to the fact that when God and traditional moral values are marginalized in society, that historically the ‘god of big government‘ begins to loom ever larger.

Make no mistake, I’m not arguing for all that Gerrans says or believes. But his topic and those 4 points cited above are worthy of serious discussion.

It isn’t religion, as some claim, that causes most wars. It is often the lack of faith-based behavior that fuels the Hitlers, Stalins, Pol Pots and Mao Tse Tungs of modern history.  “Democide,” or Death By Government, says University of Hawaii professor emeritus R.J. Rummel, documents wars and mass murder of a population’s own people caused by the godless – those acts dwarfs the deaths caused by religious disputes.

The MH Industry’s members ought to hold themselves to high ethical standards, and must be engaged in the deeply problematic challenges of our time.  Indeed, many in MH are.  

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We can’t fix the world solo, but that is no excuse not to fix that which we are able to be engaged in.  

The optimist doesn’t curse the down pour, or look at the rain and deny it exists.  The wise optimist looks at the rain, grabs the umbrella and is thankful for the harvest that a tended crop yields following the rains.

America can get through this time, but we must be willing to go below mere surface issues, PC talk and bumper sticker slogans to arrive at solutions that will benefit our society and thus we as professionals. ## 

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“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

 

Memorial Day 2015 – Victory Loves Preperation

May 24th, 2015 No comments

As we ponder the deep meanings of Memorial Day, let us not forget that our brave service men and women through the generations have helped make it possible for us to do what we are doing today.

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“Amat Victoria Curam” = Victory Loves Preperation.  When we plan and prepare for Victory, even when we will suffer cost and loss, the outcome prove to be worthy of the struggle.

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Hold Yourself to a Higher Standard

September 28th, 2011 No comments

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.”
– Joseph Campbell

“Hold yourself to a higher standard than anyone else expects of you.
Don’t excuse yourself.”

– Henry Ward Beecher

“Nothing is so potent as the silent influence of a good example.”
– James Kent

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Turning dirt into Pearls

September 21st, 2011 No comments

Whether you are a pauper, a President or the people in between, we all have irritants in our lives. Those irritations may be circumstances, difficulties with a person(s), or some pain. It can be almost anything that bothers us.

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Pearls in an oyster half-shell

My friend and Industry colleague, Dennis Hill, reminded me a couple of weeks ago how oysters form a pearl around a speck of dust or dirt. The oyster’s body ‘coats’ the dirt-speck with a chemical as a protectant against the irritation that the dirt causes the oyster. This process of protection against irritation over time is what yields the pearl.

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What or who irritates you?

What keeps you up at night?

How can you take a negative piece of dirt and turn it into a magnificent pearl? ##

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‘Patriotism done right’ – Kate Smith sings God Bless America for the first time

September 14th, 2011 2 comments

Irving Berlin wrote this song in 1917 for use during WWI.  Does anyone know why he did not release it then? No? Well, I will tell you. He thought it “too saccharine,” (sentimental) even for the horrific inferno that was WWI.

You will enjoy this and you younger folks will learn some history…

The link below will take you to a video showing the very first public singing of GOD BLESS AMERICA.

But, before you watch, you should also know the story of the song. The time was 1940. America was still in a terrible economic depression. Hitler was taking over Europe and Americans were afraid we’d have to go to war. It was a time of hardship and worry for most Americans.

This was the era just before TV, when radio shows were HUGE, and American families sat around their radios in the evenings, listening to their favorite entertainers, and no entertainer of that era was bigger than Kate Smith. Kate was also large in size, and the popular phrase still used today is in deference to her, “It Ain’t over till the fat lady sings.”

Kate Smith might not have made it big in the age of TV, but with her voice coming over the radio, she was the biggest star of her time. Kate was also very patriotic. It hurt her to see Americans so depressed and afraid of what the next day would bring. She had hope for America, and faith in her fellow Americans.

She wanted to do something to cheer them up, so she went to the famous American song- writer, Irving Berlin (also wrote “White Christmas”) and asked him to write a song that would make Americans feel good again about their country. When she described what she was looking for, he said he had just the song for her. He went to his files and found a song that he had written, but never published, 22 years before – way back in 1917. He gave it to Kate Smith and she worked on it with her studio orchestra. She and Irving Berlin were not sure how the song would be received by the public, but both agreed they would not take any profits from “God Bless America”… any profits would go to the Boy Scouts of America. Over the years, the Boy Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties from this song. This video starts out with Kate Smith coming into the radio studio with the orchestra and an audience. She introduces the new song for the very first time, and starts singing. After the first couple verses, with her voice in the background still singing, scenes are shown from the 1940 movie, “You’re In The Army Now.”  At the 4:20 mark of the video you see a young actor in the movie, sitting in an office, reading a paper,  it’s Ronald Reagan. Frank Sinatra considered Kate Smith the best singer of her time, and said when he and a million other guys first heard her sing “God Bless America” on the radio, they all pretended to have dust in their eyes, as they wiped away a tear or two!

To this day, “God Bless America” stirs our patriotic feelings and pride in our country. Back in1940, When Kate Smith went looking for a song to raise the spirits of her fellow Americans, I doubt she realized just how successful the results would be for her fellow Americans during those years of hardship and worry, and for many generations of Americans to follow. Now that you know the story of the song, I hope you will enjoy it and treasure it even more.

NOW HERE IS HOW “GOD BLESS AMERICA” SHOULD BE SUNG!

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Remembering 9.11 and beyond – Wolves, Sheep, Sheepdogs and Denial

September 10th, 2011 No comments

Tony, 

As this Sunday marks 10 years since we were attacked, I thought it appropriate for us to reflect on those 10 years and give a thought to both those who suffered great loss that September morning and those who have committed their lives to ensure this does not happen again. 

I have pasted an article below, I have always found very meaningful, I hope you will too. 

God Bless America! 

On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs – Dave Grossman

By LTC (RET) Dave Grossman, author of “On Killing.”

Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It does so because honor is, finally, about defending those noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may mean social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution, or as always, even death itself. The question remains: What is worth defending? What is worth dying for? What is worth living for? – William J. Bennett – in a lecture to the United States Naval Academy November 24, 1997

One Vietnam veteran, an old retired colonel, once said this to me:

“Most of the people in our society are sheep. They are kind, gentle, productive creatures who can only hurt one another by accident.” This is true. Remember, the murder rate is six per 100,000 per year, and the aggravated assault rate is four per 1,000 per year. What this means is that the vast majority of Americans are not inclined to hurt one another. Some estimates say that two million Americans are victims of violent crimes every year, a tragic, staggering number, perhaps an all-time record rate of violent crime. But there are almost 300 million Americans, which means that the odds of being a victim of violent crime is considerably less than one in a hundred on any given year. Furthermore, since many violent crimes are committed by repeat offenders, the actual number of violent citizens is considerably less than two million.

Thus there is a paradox, and we must grasp both ends of the situation: We may well be in the most violent times in history, but violence is still remarkably rare. This is because most citizens are kind, decent people who are not capable of hurting each other, except by accident or under extreme provocation. They are sheep.

I mean nothing negative by calling them sheep. To me it is like the pretty, blue robin’s egg. Inside it is soft and gooey but someday it will grow into something wonderful. But the egg cannot survive without its hard blue shell. Police officers, soldiers, and other warriors are like that shell, and someday the civilization they protect will grow into something wonderful? For now, though, they need warriors to protect them from the predators.

“Then there are the wolves,” the old war veteran said, “and the wolves feed on the sheep without mercy.” Do you believe there are wolves out there who will feed on the flock without mercy? You better believe it. There are evil men in this world and they are capable of evil deeds. The moment you forget that or pretend it is not so, you become a sheep. There is no safety in denial.

“Then there are sheepdogs,” he went on, “and I’m a sheepdog. I live to protect the flock and confront the wolf.”

If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen, a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath, a wolf. But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? What do you have then? A sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero’s path. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed

Let me expand on this old soldier’s excellent model of the sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. We know that the sheep live in denial, that is what makes them sheep. They do not want to believe that there is evil in the world. They can accept the fact that fires can happen, which is why they want fire extinguishers, fire sprinklers, fire alarms and fire exits throughout their kids’ schools.

But many of them are outraged at the idea of putting an armed police officer in their kid’s school. Our children are thousands of times more likely to be killed or seriously injured by school violence than fire, but the sheep’s only response to the possibility of violence is denial. The idea of someone coming to kill or harm their child is just too hard, and so they chose the path of denial.

The sheep generally do not like the sheepdog. He looks a lot like the wolf. He has fangs and the capacity for violence. The difference, though, is that the sheepdog must not, cannot and will not ever harm the sheep. Any sheep dog who intentionally harms the lowliest little lamb will be punished and removed. The world cannot work any other way, at least not in a representative democracy or a republic such as ours.

Still, the sheepdog disturbs the sheep. He is a constant reminder that there are wolves in the land. They would prefer that he didn’t tell them where to go, or give them traffic tickets, or stand at the ready in our airports in camouflage fatigues holding an M-16. The sheep would much rather have the sheepdog cash in his fangs, spray paint himself white, and go, “Baa.”

Until the wolf shows up. Then the entire flock tries desperately to hide behind one lonely sheepdog.

The students, the victims, at Columbine High School were big, tough high school students, and under ordinary circumstances they would not have had the time of day for a police officer. They were not bad kids; they just had nothing to say to a cop. When the school was under attack, however, and SWAT teams were clearing the rooms and hallways, the officers had to physically peel those clinging, sobbing kids off of them. This is how the little lambs feel about their sheepdog when the wolf is at the door.

Look at what happened after September 11, 2001 when the wolf pounded hard on the door. Remember how America, more than ever before, felt differently about their law enforcement officers and military personnel? Remember how many times you heard the word hero?

Understand that there is nothing morally superior about being a sheepdog; it is just what you choose to be. Also understand that a sheepdog is a funny critter: He is always sniffing around out on the perimeter, checking the breeze, barking at things that go bump in the night, and yearning for a righteous battle. That is, the young sheepdogs yearn for a righteous battle. The old sheepdogs are a little older and wiser, but they move to the sound of the guns when needed right along with the young ones.

Here is how the sheep and the sheepdog think differently. The sheep pretend the wolf will never come, but the sheepdog lives for that day. After the attacks on September 11, 2001, most of the sheep, that is, most citizens in America said, “Thank God I wasn’t on one of those planes.” The sheepdogs, the warriors, said, “Dear God, I wish I could have been on one of those planes. Maybe I could have made a difference.” When you are truly transformed into a warrior and have truly invested yourself into warriorhood, you want to be there. You want to be able to make a difference.

There is nothing morally superior about the sheepdog, the warrior, but he does have one real advantage. Only one. And that is that he is able to survive and thrive in an environment that destroys 98 percent of the population. There was research conducted a few years ago with individuals convicted of violent crimes. These cons were in prison for serious, predatory crimes of violence: assaults, murders and killing law enforcement officers. The vast majority said that they specifically targeted victims by body language: slumped walk, passive behavior and lack of awareness. They chose their victims like big cats do in Africa, when they select one out of the herd that is least able to protect itself.

Some people may be destined to be sheep and others might be genetically primed to be wolves or sheepdogs. But I believe that most people can choose which one they want to be, and I’m proud to say that more and more Americans are choosing to become sheepdogs.

Seven months after the attack on September 11, 2001, Todd Beamer was honored in his hometown of Cranbury, New Jersey. Todd, as you recall, was the man on Flight 93 over Pennsylvania who called on his cell phone to alert an operator from United Airlines about the hijacking. When he learned of the other three passenger planes that had been used as weapons, Todd dropped his phone and uttered the words, “Let’s roll,” which authorities believe was a signal to the other passengers to confront the terrorist hijackers. In one hour, a transformation occurred among the passengers – athletes, business people and parents. — from sheep to sheepdogs and together they fought the wolves, ultimately saving an unknown number of lives on the ground.

There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men. – Edmund Burke

Here is the point I like to emphasize, especially to the thousands of police officers and soldiers I speak to each year. In nature the sheep, real sheep, are born as sheep. Sheepdogs are born that way, and so are wolves. They didn’t have a choice. But you are not a critter. As a human being, you can be whatever you want to be. It is a conscious, moral decision.

If you want to be a sheep, then you can be a sheep and that is okay, but you must understand the price you pay. When the wolf comes, you and your loved ones are going to die if there is not a sheepdog there to protect you. If you want to be a wolf, you can be one, but the sheepdogs are going to hunt you down and you will never have rest, safety, trust or love. But if you want to be a sheepdog and walk the warrior’s path, then you must make a conscious and moral decision every day to dedicate, equip and prepare yourself to thrive in that toxic, corrosive moment when the wolf comes knocking at the door.

For example, many officers carry their weapons in church. They are well concealed in ankle holsters, shoulder holsters or inside-the-belt holsters tucked into the small of their backs. Anytime you go to some form of religious service, there is a very good chance that a police officer in your congregation is carrying. You will never know if there is such an individual in your place of worship, until the wolf appears to massacre you and your loved ones.

I was training a group of police officers in Texas, and during the break, one officer asked his friend if he carried his weapon in church. The other cop replied, “I will never be caught without my gun in church.” I asked why he felt so strongly about this, and he told me about a cop he knew who was at a church massacre in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1999. In that incident, a mentally deranged individual came into the church and opened fire, gunning down fourteen people. He said that officer believed he could have saved every life that day if he had been carrying his gun. His own son was shot, and all he could do was throw himself on the boy’s body and wait to die. That cop looked me in the eye and said, “Do you have any idea how hard it would be to live with yourself after that?”

Some individuals would be horrified if they knew this police officer was carrying a weapon in church. They might call him paranoid and would probably scorn him. Yet these same individuals would be enraged and would call for “heads to roll” if they found out that the airbags in their cars were defective, or that the fire extinguisher and fire sprinklers in their kids’ school did not work. They can accept the fact that fires and traffic accidents can happen and that there must be safeguards against them.

Their only response to the wolf, though, is denial, and all too often their response to the sheepdog is scorn and disdain. But the sheepdog quietly asks himself, “Do you have any idea how hard it would be to live with yourself if your loved ones attacked and killed, and you had to stand there helplessly because you were unprepared for that day?”

It is denial that turns people into sheep. Sheep are psychologically destroyed by combat because their only defense is denial, which is counterproductive and destructive, resulting in fear, helplessness and horror when the wolf shows up.

Denial kills you twice. It kills you once, at your moment of truth when you are not physically prepared: you didn’t bring your gun, you didn’t train. Your only defense was wishful thinking. Hope is not a strategy. Denial kills you a second time because even if you do physically survive, you are psychologically shattered by your fear helplessness and horror at your moment of truth.

Gavin de Becker puts it like this in Fear Less, his superb post-9/11 book, which should be required reading for anyone trying to come to terms with our current world situation: “…denial can be seductive, but it has an insidious side effect. For all the peace of mind deniers think they get by saying it isn’t so, the fall they take when faced with new violence is all the more unsettling.”

Denial is a save-now-pay-later scheme, a contract written entirely in small print, for in the long run, the denying person knows the truth on some level.

And so the warrior must strive to confront denial in all aspects of his life, and prepare himself for the day when evil comes. If you are warrior who is legally authorized to carry a weapon and you step outside without that weapon, then you become a sheep, pretending that the bad man will not come today. No one can be “on” 24/7, for a lifetime. Everyone needs down time. But if you are authorized to carry a weapon, and you walk outside without it, just take a deep breath, and say this to yourself…

“Baa.”

This business of being a sheep or a sheep dog is not a yes-no dichotomy. It is not an all-or-nothing, either-or choice. It is a matter of degrees, a continuum. On one end is an abject, head-in-the-sand-sheep and on the other end is the ultimate warrior. Few people exist completely on one end or the other. Most of us live somewhere in between. Since 9-11 almost everyone in America took a step up that continuum, away from denial. The sheep took a few steps toward accepting and appreciating their warriors and the warriors started taking their job more seriously. The degree to which you move up that continuum, away from sheephood and denial, is the degree to which you and your loved ones will survive, physically and psychologically at your moment of truth. # # 

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God bless the U.S.A.

August 21st, 2011 No comments

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