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Memorial Day, We Remember, Beyond Burgers, Brats, and Buns

May 27th, 2019 Comments off


It was after services this Memorial Day weekend, and our family was recognizing the contributions of various military members that we know.


For example, publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach was telling a retired special forces operator ‘I know it’s Memorial Day weekend, and not Veterans Day weekend, but I just wanted to thank you for your service to the country.’ That vet, still a reasonably young man, said ‘Your welcome, and thank you for knowing the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.’

Memorial Day is when Americans recognize the memory of those who have died in the service of our country – thus ‘Memorial’ day. Flags, for example, may be planted on the grave sites or tombstones of veterans.

That said, part of how one remembers the stories of the fallen is from those who survived to tell those tales.

In that context, the video below is a poignant reminder of veterans from wars, past or current.



Freedom isn’t free. It never has been. It never will be. Look at history and you often see in the details of an epoch the struggle of one group(s) or nation(s) trying to dominate or ‘conquer’ other groups or people.

There is liberty that is:

  • Economic,
  • Social,
  • Political,
  • Religious,
  • Intellectual,
  • Health and safety,
  • Speech,
  • and so on through the various types of freedom.



Cartoon caricature of L.A. ‘Tony’ Kovach at the bottom right, who earned these history awards in statewide scholastic competitions, plus other awards in history that didn’t come with a medal. Living with Tony at times is like living with a history instructor.

Freedom must not be confused with license, that’s a principle that dates back centuries,” said award-winning history buff and manufactured home industry veteran, Tony Kovach. “Part of what challenges our industry faces also has parallel challenges in other modern or prior professions here in the U.S.  We [in manufactured housing] are not alone, even if our circumstances in manufactured housing may be more exacerbated than many other sectors of the economy.  Memorial Day reminds us that freedom isn’t free. It always has, and always will require a keen eye to what the internal and external threats are, and how those threats must be met with a morally appropriate response.”

Therefore, we pause to give thanks to those who’ve fallen, without whom, America and much if not all of the world may not be free at all today.  Numbers of those veterans live in a manufactured home, as the video interview below reminds us.




Lessons of the Past Can Guide our Present to a Better Future

It is also worth noting that while the U.S. essentially took pragmatic sides in World War II, and has in other conflicts before and since, a close look at the Second World War reveals that two great socialist-minded, dictatorial systems were contesting for European, and then potentially global domination. The National Socialists – a.k.a., the Nazis of Hitler’s Germany – were a different form of socialism then the former U.S.S.R. espoused.  The old Soviet Union, the USSR, was short for “Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.”

In Venezuela, in Cuba, in North Korea, in former Nazi Germany, or the now-former Soviet Union, in China, Vietnam, Cambodia and elsewhere, socialism proved deadly and dictatorial to tens of millions. A few elites lived or live well at the top.  Meanwhile, the masses struggled, or even starved.  In essentially every case, socialism was ‘sold’ to the masses through promises that sounded great, but were never kept.


“Death by Government,” Fascism, Communism, Socialism, ‘Big Brother,’ per Williams, Rummel and Owens


Those who fell in battle during WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, or in other conflicts against socialistic or communistic powers kept other nations and our own freer. America isn’t perfect, it never has been, nor will it ever be because the U.S.A. is made up of imperfect people.  But America has been greater than so many nations precisely because it has done so much for so many, so selflessly. Fallen warriors can be thanked for that truth.

As a closing historical note, to make that last point, Mexico is a free neighboring nation.  But in the Mexican American War, which took place from April 25, 1846 – February 3, 1848 (1 year, 9 months, 1 week and 1 day), the U.S. after winning the war, gave Mexico back the bulk of its territory. Try to find other nations in world history that did something like that, and did it so often?



Americans today have been cut off from much of what is noble about our land’s history.  Yes, there were dark episodes, but that is true for any nation in the march from slavery or serf-like status toward human freedom. Our history as a nation, should inspire our industry’s professionals to resist the drift toward socialism, or to the threat from monopoly.  Both are to be opposed vigorously.  Because each one are a threat to all of our freedoms as Americans.

This writer is happy to have come to the USA lawfully, and is happy about both my ancestral homeland while also taking pride in being an American.

We can thank U.S. service personnel over the centuries who made the ultimate sacrifice by dying for their country.  That has made it possible that you and we are free to pursue our part of the American Dream today. Salute!

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Memorial Day – 60 Second Video, Honoring the Fallen Who Preserved Freedom

May 28th, 2018 Comments off

Collage is produced from stirring images from the video posted below.

Economic, personal, religious, and political freedom are never free. Each one always comes at a cost.


We stand, and live free in the shadow of those who have safeguarded our freedoms.

Memorial Day honors those who gave their lives for others. 

Unlike many nations, Americans have fought, bled, and died not only for our own freedom, but also in many cases for the freedom of others.

·        France and many nations in Europe,

·        Morocco and nations in Africa,

·        South Korea and nations in Asia

are among those who are free today because Americans bled and died to liberate or keep them free. 

So, those who spin American history to be one of pure oppression are either ignorant of – or worse, ignore – the good that soldiers, sailors, airmen, or others who serve in intelligence, and support services have done.  Many of them paid the ultimate price of giving their lives for others.

We should look at history with clear eyes and historic perspectives. We should not project our advantages back onto those who did not have the same insights.  We can’t condemn those who had no internet at their fingertips for lacking that technology which some of them created, and which we enjoy today.

World history is largely a long series of stories that are often about slavery, domination, and oppression.

The civil rights movement accomplishments of the past 50 years in America, and the freeing of slaves during the Civil War a century before, must be understood in a context of a world we’re slavery was commonplace. Slavery sadly still exists in the world today. Sex trafficking, and other forms of human bondage still occurs daily.  There are places in the world where humans are auctioned off to others, just as happened over 150 years ago on this continent.

We’ve made progress in certain ways, but the world still needs more work.  The fight for freedom is never over.  

America isn’t perfect, and never has been. But that imperfection isn’t a reason to lament, or reject our past. We aren’t perfect either. An candid look at reality can inspire us to do even better. Let us lift up those who have fallen in thoughts and prayers of thanksgiving, and in our memories.  

There are divisions which some will exploit, with the notion of gaining some power over others. It’s entirely wrong-headed to look back at only the bad, when the USA – more than any nation in world history – sacrificed for each other, and for so many others abroad too. Memories of the total sacrifice of the fallen should inspire us personally to do better.



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Today isn’t Veterans Day. Memorial Day is for those who have fallen.  

Without those who gave it all, we might be living in a Communist, Nazi, and other kind of dictatorship today.  

You are able to do good business as a free person, in concert with other free people, because of the sacrifices of others.  Today, we honor those who made our freedoms possible. ##  (Event news, analysis, and commentary.)  

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Manufactured Housing Remains as Preferred Pre-Fab

December 3rd, 2013 Comments off

As part of their Prefabricated Housing—Global Strategic Market Report, states the manufactured homes segment of the industry accounts for ten percent of housing starts in the U. S., and contributes significant revenues to the entire housing industry, especially since shipments began rising in 2011. While low housing costs particularly for singles, young marrieds and seniors are currently driving the demand for manufactured homes, lack of retail financing is the greatest challenge to the segment, as MHProNews knows. Similar to other industries, the prefabricated housing market is moving in the direction of low carbon footprints, with solar energy, water cachement devices and energy efficient windows and insulation as it also seeks a “greener” identity. Currently the U. S. and Europe have the lion’s share of the prefabricated housing market, although Australia and New Zealand markets are growing. In the future, burgeoning demand for affordable housing is expected in China, Korea, India and Taiwan as the compounded growth rate reaches 4.4 percent through 2017, according to the report.

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Modular Homes Expanding into Korean Market

May 9th, 2013 Comments off

The industryandtechnologytimes informs MHProNews Japanese builder Kase Sogo will partner with S. Korea’s G. S. Architects & Associates to establish modular home builder Kase Co. in Korea. Model homes will be built near temples in Seoul and Gyeonggi Province, although customization is also available. A Kase Co. official said, “Given the trend in Korea toward nuclear families and more convenience and efficiency in home building, we are certain the demand for modular homes will rise in the near future.”

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Worldwide Production of MH on Track to Expand

April 17th, 2012 Comments off

From London, England OfficialWire tells by 2017 the production of manufactured housing worldwide will reach 829,000 units. The report cites technological improvements, positive governmental regulations, and growing populations in the Asian and Latin American markets with disposable income as the driving force behind demand for middle-income housing. Noting manufactured housing is the most competitive sector of the overall housing industry, the report says the rebound of the industry in 2011 has put the spotlight on prefabricated housing. While the U.S. and UK currently have the largest share of the MH market, Australia and New Zealand are growing rapidly in MH production, and will be players in meeting demand for housing in China, India, Korea, Taiwan, and other economies with an expanding middle-class.

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Report: Global Prefab Market Bright

March 2nd, 2012 Comments off

Joe Mabel [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsAccording to a new report, present day mobile homes are increasingly being considered permanent dwellings for the middle-income individuals, in many parts of the world, and the sector contributes significant revenues to the entire housing industry. The Manufactured Homes segment within the prefabricated housing market, is the most competitive category in the overall housing industry, and accounts for around 10 percent of the single-housing starts in the US. Shipments of manufactured homes witnessed an increase in 2011, a sharp relief to the slump witnessed in previous years. Also according to the report, with the trend of housing communities taking root, the market for larger and expensive-to-maintain homes is on a steady phase of decline, translating into growing demand for manufactured homes. However, despite the bright prospects, lack of retail financing is the greatest challenge confronting the manufactured homes segment. Australian and New Zealand markets are considered pioneers in the factory built housing concept. In the future, the report predicts rapid development from newer and burgeoning markets of China, India, Taiwan, Korea and others is slated to place Asia-Pacific on the fast track, compelling a strong compounded growth rate of 4.4 percent through 2017. By product segment, strong gains are expected from Panelized Homes segment, while manufactured homes segment retains lead as the single largest prefabricated housing market.

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