Ducks Quack — Eagles Soar

For several years I have looked forward to free weekday email messages of clean humor, often inspirational, from Mike Atkinson, termed Mikey’s Funnies. You may subscribe here.

Today, 10 March 2023, I received the following. I hope you find it of value.




I was waiting in line for a ride at the airport. When a cab pulled up, the first thing I noticed was that the taxi was polished to a bright shine. Smartly dressed in a white shirt, black tie, and freshly pressed black slacks, the cab driver jumped out and rounded the car to open the back passenger door for me. He handed me a laminated card and said: ‘I’m Wally, your driver. While I’m loading your bags in the trunk I’d like you to read my ‘mission statement.’

Taken aback, I read the card.

It said: “Wally’s Mission Statement: To get my customers to their destination in the quickest, safest and cheapest way possible in a friendly environment.” This blew me away. Especially when I noticed that the inside of the cab matched the outside. Spotlessly clean!

As he slid behind the wheel, Wally said, “Would you like a cup of coffee? I have a thermos of regular and one of decaf.”

I said jokingly, ‘No, I’d prefer a soft drink.’

Wally smiled and said, “No problem. I have a cooler up front with regular and Diet Coke, water and orange juice.”

Almost stuttering, I said, “I’ll take a Diet Coke.”

Handing me my drink, Wally said, “If you’d like something to read, I have the Wall Street Journal, Time, Sports Illustrated and USA Today.” As we were pulling away, Wally handed me another laminated card — “These are the stations I get and the music they play, if you’d like to listen to the radio.”

And as if that weren’t enough, Wally told me that he had the air conditioning on and asked if the temperature was comfortable for me. Then he advised me of the best route to my destination for that time of day. He also let me know that he’d be happy to chat and tell me about some of the sights or, if I preferred, to leave me with my own thoughts.

“Tell me, Wally,” I asked the driver, “have you always served customers like this?”

Wally smiled into the rear view mirror. “No, not always. In fact, it’s only been in the last two years. My first five years driving, I spent most of my time complaining like all the rest of the cabbies do. Then I heard a personal growth guru on the radio one day. He had just written a book and said that if you get up in the morning expecting to have a bad day, you’ll rarely disappoint yourself. He said stop complaining! Differentiate yourself from your competition. Don’t be a duck. Be an eagle. Ducks quack and complain. Eagles soar above the crowd. That hit me right between the eyes,” said Wally.

“It was like he was talking directly to me. I was always quacking and complaining, so I decided to change my attitude and become an eagle. I looked around at the other cabs and their drivers. The cabs were dirty, the drivers were unfriendly, and the customers were unhappy. So I decided to make some changes. I put in a few at a time. When my customers responded well, I did more.”

“I take it that has paid off for you.” I said.

“It sure has,” Wally replied. “My first year as an eagle, I doubled my income from the previous year. This year I’ll probably quadruple it. You were lucky to get me today. I don’t sit at cabstands anymore. My customers call me for appointments on my cell phone or leave a message on my answering machine. If I can’t pick them up myself, I get a reliable cabbie friend to do it and I take a piece of the action.”

Wally was phenomenal. He was running a limo service out of a Yellow Cab. I’ve probably told that story to more than fifty cab drivers over the years, and only two took the idea and ran with it. Whenever I go to their cities, I give them a call. The rest of the drivers quacked like ducks and told me all the reasons they couldn’t do any of what I was suggesting. Wally the Cab Driver made a different choice. He decided to stop quacking like ducks and start soaring like eagles.

Which are you?

Thought for the day:

Children are not very good at listening to their elders, but they never fail to imitate them.

Yeah, you can send this Funny to anybody you want. And, if you’re REAL nice, you’ll tell them where you got it!

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How Can I Help Save This Country?

This country is going to hell in a handbasket!

I see it. You see it. Patriotic citizens who realize what the Communist party is doing to this country see it. The end of free, fair elections is in sight. 

We are one national election — 2024 — away from ending election-based choosing of the government and turning freedom over to election commissions, DAs, judges and state officials who are controlled by leftists. Leftists and RINOs have spent the last 40 years transforming election machinery to end our right to vote, under our noses — and they are about to finish the job.

The cliche “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” begs the question. If we are good men and women who want to fight the evil being foisted on us, what do we do? If we do nothing, we have no right to complain; if we do nothing, we vote to accept the inevitable, regardless of how low we sink.

But what can we do that is effective?

Jay Valentine has very positive, effective ideas on what we can do. Jay led the team that built the eBay fraud detection engine and the underlying technology for the TSA No-Fly list. He writes frequently on American Thinker with practical guidance on what we can do. No, we cannot continue drinking the Kool-Aid of MSM, we cannot slumber on the couch, we cannot even follow the so-called leaders of the Republican party.

But we can be effective in the battle for the survival of our nation. Jay’s most recent (today is 25 January 2023) guidance is at American Thinker. I quote, “If incoming email is any judge, there are large swaths of our citizen friends who want to get involved in fighting voter fraud — “just do something!” . . . There is a third way voter integrity teams are moving — challenging with technology leading to persuasion. We are collecting these intrepid souls at

“Using Fractal technology, we take government data, property tax records, the gold standard in address validation, and compare them with tax rolls.  This isn’t done once.  It is done constantly.  It is impossible to challenge — it is their government data, real time, showing things don’t reconcile.

“The result is a constant back and forth of voter registration rolls with property tax records.  Around election times, when leftists add thousands of new voters, the Fractal system checks every one of them against the property tax roll – constantly in real time.

Want to be a good man or woman doing something? At least, sign up for the newsletter at

I’ll be glad to hear your actions.


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Explaining Conservatism: Why the Left Hates It

                            Freedom_of_Speech Norman Rockwellburn in hell

Dennis Prager writes here and here:

Conservativism conserves.

Conservativism attempts to conserve the best of the past — the best art, literature and music, the best standards, values and wisdom. Conservativism then passes the best of everything to every succeeding generation.

The Left — meaning progressives, not necessarily liberals — loathes the fact that conservativism preserves the past. That is why “change” is one of the most cherished words in the Left’s vocabulary.

Read the remainder of Dennis Prager’s essays on Conservatism.

Explaining Conservatism

Explaining Conservatism II: Why the Left Hates It

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Laying Blame for Mass Shootings Squarely Where It Belongs

Actions result in consequences. Logic tells us we are reaping the consequences of our actions.

Great as it is, this nation is in a graveyard spiral, to use aviation jargon. Our declining morals have put us on a downhill slide. All life is sacred, especially human life. Protecting it is of utmost importance to God. He takes this so seriously and personally because He made humanity to reflect Him. We are His earthly representatives, made in His image. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27

To murder another person is to mount an attack on the One who created him. Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in His own image. Genesis 9:6

I have highlighted two paragraphs which express my pragmatic belief very well, better than any I have written.



Laying Blame for Mass Shootings Squarely Where It Belongs

by D.W. Wilber in Townhall Daily newsletter here

7/8/2022 12:01:00 AM – D.W. Wilber

Few have the guts to say it, but when looking for a reason behind the mass shootings that have been plaguing our society one has to look no further than the sickness and depravity that permeates America, and that has been increasing now for decades.

Take a look around. We live in a culture that has devalued human life to the point of calling an unborn infant nothing more than a “clump of cells.” Conveniently ignoring the fact that just a few weeks into a woman’s pregnancy one can already start to see arms and legs being formed, along with the dome of the baby’s head and dark spots where the eyes are.

And yes, it is a WOMAN’S pregnancy since only biological women can become pregnant, contrary to those who claim that men can birth a child.  What had just weeks before been nothing more than a woman’s egg combined with a man’s sperm is now taking on a very human form.

Yet also something that many Democrats argue should be allowed to be purged from the body with no more thought given than when popping a pimple.

If the life of an unborn infant is held that cheaply by a large segment of our society, it only stands to reason that human life in general could be considered inconsequential to other more troubled and easily influenced individuals.  Troubled young people especially.

If an infant forming in the uterus is just a clump of cells, then it may stand to reason to someone experiencing psychological problems that a human being that is outside the uterus is just a larger clump of cells. It’s a very short leap from murdering an unborn infant because it’s inconvenient, to murdering other people because they might also be ‘inconvenient.’

Common decency and traditional morality are nearly a thing of the past. If you question that statement all one has to do is attend a Pride Parade in San Francisco, or any number of other American cities.  Or for that matter attend an elementary school. Our children are being exposed to things by teachers that if done outside a classroom would be considered a criminal act.

Everything is sexualized nowadays, there’s hardly any limits to what can be seen on the streets of this country. And all being done in the name of protecting ‘letters of the alphabet.’ Use whatever bathroom you want, dress any way you want, or wear no clothes at all. You can claim to be any of a couple of dozen ‘genders.’ Basically anything goes.

How much does all of this also affect individuals who are already experiencing an identity crisis, or other psychological challenges? Often there’s the absence of a strong male role model that can offer guidance and counsel to a troubled youth. Absent by virtue of a broken family, or still around, but absent by choice.

Take a look at the other influences our youths are exposed to. Vicious and violent music videos. All you see are snarling and angry faces on the performers as they scream out vile, abusive, and threatening lyrics to blaring, even deafening music, that’s always heavy on the bass. And in many cases depicting acts of extreme violence, like assassinating a President of the United States.  Hollywood pumps out violent movies regularly depicting graphic violence with copious amounts of blood and gore thrown in.

The video games kids play are just as bad or worse. Points are scored, and players move from level to level based on how many dead bodies they leave behind. Realistic exploding bodies with body parts flying off in all directions are the standard fare. Once again as with abortion, human life is cheapened.

Sadly Democrats only see guns as the cause of all the mass shootings occurring across America. The reality is that even though one death from an AR-15 is a tragedy, the statistics simply don’t bear out the ‘scary image’ that an AR-15 is labeled with. According to FBI statistics you’re much more likely to be killed by a hammer or fists than by an AR-15. FBI statistics show that in 2020 only 38 people were killed during what’s called an ‘active shooter’ event. But Democrats refuse to even acknowledge any of the other influences on our young people as the cause, or even a contributing factor.  For Democrats it’s all about the AR-15.

After all, the creators of violent video games, music videos, and Hollywood extravaganzas are generally big Democrat donors, not the firearms manufacturers.  It’s much more convenient for Democrats to blame guns in general, and the AR-15 specifically for the mass killings we experience, than it is to acknowledge the truth.

The truth being that we live in a sick and depraved society, created over decades by liberal Democrats and the policies they’ve pursued and forced upon the rest of America.

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The United States Has Become Two Countries Within a Nation

As John Eidson writes here: There are no “moderate” Democrats.  Desperate to keep the truth hidden from voters, the modern Democratic Party has turned against the constitution it swore to protect and defend, and sharply toward the scourge of socialism.

Steve McCann writes in American Thinker:

“Over the past thirty-years, a plurality of ill-educated and malleable citizens have allowed the self-serving, decadent and nescient ruling class, in alliance with the radical left, to establish near-permanent despotism in the United States.  They have deliberately and inexorably widened the gulf between the people and the government and effectively split the nation into two de facto countries that are at ideological and societal loggerheads.

.  .  .

Read the full essay here.

JRL: Time for each of us to become “Vox Clamantis in Deserto,” a voice crying in the wilderness, as the Dartmouth College motto declares.  Reminiscent of Isaiah 40:3, The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”

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I have long wondered why decisions clearly contrary to the health of our nation are made, at all levels of organizations, both government and business, and why such behavior is tolerated. Only when I read “Dark Agenda” by David Horowitz did I understand the driving motivation to destroy our culture. That is my inspiration to write the following. With thanks to those quoted. Feedback will be appreciated, especially thoughts on what we can do. JRL


Uvalde was tragic. But it was not unpredictable. Worse is ahead.

Our country has historically faced formidable enemies, most of them external. But at no time since our Civil War have we encountered such internal enemies as today.

Our current enemy is the radical vigilante woke mob that steamrolls anything and anyone in their way. Their blatant attacks on the American way of life are clear and intensifying: stifling dissent, public shaming, rampant violence, lying tongues and pens, and a perverted version of history.

What is the motivation of the woke crowd? Simply put, to convert our republic into a communist satellite, aided by the jihadists. They egotistically believe they have a better idea for our future culture than that of our forefathers and tradition. “They see themselves as liberators — pioneers of a new millennium for the human race.” [Dark Agenda, Horowitz] For them, Communism is the vision of a future in which the long history of social injustice will finally come to an end.

How did we get to where we are?

External Enemies

As a youngster then I well remember the instinctive American attitude during World War II: unity, shared sacrifice and unconcealed patriotism. This nation unified to defend against external aggressors who were attempting to take by physical force the rights of others, whether Hitler, Mussolini or Hirohito.

The Korean War continued our counter to aggressors. When in 1950 some 75,000 soldiers from the North Korean People’s Army poured across the 38th parallel, the boundary between the Soviet-backed Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the north and the pro-Western Republic of Korea to the south American troops entered the war on South Korea’s behalf. As far as American officials were concerned, it was a war against the forces of international communism itself.

Why were we there? As a continuation of World War II. Since the beginning of the 20th century, Korea had been a part of the Japanese empire, and after World War II it fell to the Americans and the Soviets to decide what should be done with their enemy’s imperial possessions. In August 1945, two young aides at the State Department divided the Korean peninsula in half along the 38th parallel. The Russians occupied the area north of the line and the United States occupied the area to its south. []

As far as America was concerned, the Communist action was not simply a border dispute between two unstable dictatorships on the other side of the globe. Instead, many feared it was the first step in a communist campaign to take over the world. For this reason, nonintervention was not considered an option by many top decision makers. (In fact, in April 1950, a National Security Council report known as NSC-68 had recommended that the United States use military force to “contain” communist expansionism anywhere it seemed to be occurring, “regardless of the intrinsic strategic or economic value of the lands in question.”)

So despite the distance from home and the bitter conditions, America was committed to fight the external enemy, Communism.

In August 1964, North Vietnamese torpedo boats attacked two U.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin, and President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered the retaliatory bombing of military targets in North Vietnam. And by the time U.S. planes began regular bombings of North Vietnam in February 1965, some critics had begun to question the government’s assertion that it was fighting a democratic war to liberate the South Vietnamese people from Communist aggression. []

The anti-war movement began mostly on college campuses, as members of the leftist organization Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) began organizing “teach-ins” to express their opposition to the way in which it was being conducted. Though the vast majority of the American population still supported the administration policy in Vietnam, a small but outspoken liberal minority was making its voice heard by the end of 1965. This minority included many students as well as prominent artists and intellectuals and members of the hippie movement, a growing number of young people who rejected authority and embraced the drug culture.

Note the makeup of the initial protestors. Norman Mailer, Martin Luther King Jr, Joan Baez, various artists, some veterans, and some politicians joined those youngsters objecting to our troops being in Vietnam.

The launch of the Tet Offensive by North Vietnamese communist troops in January 1968, and its success against U.S. and South Vietnamese troops, sent waves of shock and discontent across the home front and sparked the most intense period of anti-war protests to date. By early February 1968, a Gallup poll showed only 35 percent of the population approved of Johnson’s handling of the war and a full 50 percent disapproved.

Following Johnson as president, Nixon claimed in a famous speech that anti-war protesters constituted a small–albeit vocal–minority that should not be allowed to drown out the “silent majority” of Americans. But Nixon’s war policies divided the nation still further: In December 1969, the government instituted the first U.S. draft lottery since World War II, inciting a vast amount of controversy.

The Vietnam protests did at least two things to this nation. They revealed a crack in our opposition to Communism, and they demonstrated the power of “a small but outspoken liberal minority.” Our fall down the slippery slope had accelerated toward what we are experiencing today as falling off a cliff.

Internal Enemies

The 1962 Engel vs Vitale landmark case about religious liberty was the forerunner of a series of cases that would ban any discussion of God from public schools and bar religion from the public square. By a six to one majority the leftist liberal Court held that a 23-word prayer at the opening of school violated the Constitution’s Establishment Clause, with no legal precedent or court decision.

Early in the 1960’s atheist Madalyn Murray, with support of the ACLU, filed suit which reached United States Supreme Court in 1963 claiming it was unconstitutional for the public schools to require her 14-year old son to participate in the daily recital of the Lord’s Prayer. The Court voted eight to one in her favor, banning mandatory reading or recitation of the Bible in public schools.

Later the case of kindergartner Kayla Broadus over her bowing her head at snack time and praying “God is great. God is good. Thank you, God, for my food,” settled out of court, preserved the so-called “wall of separation between church and state.”

From the Supreme Court decisions, two conclusions may be drawn. First, a handful of unelected justices created a “constitutional right” that had no legal basis and that had never existed before — the right of a minute minority to deny the majority of Americans their right to the intent of our founding fathers and our traditions. With their taste of victory, where would they stop?

Second, the social redeemers had found their lever to move the nation and advance their dream of a liberated future in a way they nor our forefathers could have ever imagined. They had learned to bypass America’s democratic platforms, where they were greatly outnumbered. They had overturned nearly two centuries of precedent and tradition as well as rewriting the heart of the Constitution. With their taste of victory, where would they stop?

“After winning the fight against school prayer, the radicals widened the war and won victories in two more landmark Supreme Court cases. These were decided on shakier constitutional grounds than the prayer-in-school decisions, sometimes even nonexistent constitutional grounds. The new decisions drastically altered the government’s attitude toward ultimate matters of life and death. Because they circumvented the democratic legislative process, the new Supreme Court decrees may have settled the law, but they didn’t change the hearts and minds of the American people. By precluding the formation of a national consensus on these issues, they created political divisions that split the nation more deeply than at any time since the Civil War.” [Hidden Agenda, Horowitz]

“We Will Bury You”

President Dwight D. Eisenhower of the USA and Mrs. Eisenhower gave a dinner in honor of N. S. Khrushchev, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR, and Madame Khrushchova on the evening of September 15, 1959. After his address he was asked [, p 31]:

QUESTION: It is frequently attributed to you, Mr. Khrushchev, that at a diplomatic reception you said that you would bury us. If you didn’t say it, you could deny it; and if you did say it, could you please explain what you meant?

KHRUSHCHEV: There is only a small section of the American people in this hall. My life would be too short to bury every one of you if this were to occur to me. (Laughter.) I did speak about it, but my statement has been deliberately misconstrued. It was not a question of any physical burial of anyone at any time but of how the social system changes in the course of the historical progress of society. Every educated person knows that there is now more than one social system in the world. The various states, the various peoples have different systems. The social system changes as society develops. There was the feudal system. It was superseded by capitalism. Capitalism was more progressive than feudalism. Capitalism created better conditions than feudalism for the development of the productive forces. But capitalism engendered irreconcilable contradictions. As it outlives itself, every system gives birth to its successors. Capitalism, as Marx, Engels and Lenin have proved, will be succeeded by communism. We believe in that. Many of you do not. But among you, too, there are people who believe in that.

“At the reception concerned, I said that in the course of historical progress and in the historical sense, capitalism would be buried and communism would come to replace capitalism. You will say that this is out of the question. But then the feudal lords burned at the stake those who fought against feudalism and yet capitalism won out Capitalism fights against communism. I am convinced that the winner will be communism, a social system which creates better conditions for the development of a country’s productive forces, enables every individual to prove his worth and guarantees complete freedom for society, for every member of society.

Make no mistake. Communism was and is determined to be the social system for the world. When to their advantage, physical war takes priority. Witness Ukraine. When to their advantage, cultural war is employed. Witness the United States today.

Where We Are

With the liberal attitude of the Supreme Court and the lever provided to the liberal left, any and all strides toward upheaval are occurring. Clearly intentional attempts to destroy our constitutional Republic are often not recognized, are ignored by most of the media, are condoned and taught in academic institutions, applauded by Hollywood, whitewashed by politicians and the swamp, and have dulled the populace into acceptance as the norm. Lies are fantastic; theft is winked at; morality is laughed at; hate is encouraged; neighbor is pitted against neighbor; kindness is relegated to the dust bin; true charity is disparaged; sanctity of life is denigrated; news is proven to be fake and political (witness Covid).

The underlying reason for the war we know as the American Revolution was freedom. Freedom of self government, of speech, of religion, … The underlying reason for the current cultural war is egoism, the belief that “I know how you should live better than you yourself know. So freedom be damned!

In 2022, America is divided; transgenderism confuses personalities, personal safety is at greater risk than ever; racism is rampant, and celebrated; Critical Race Theory teaches children to hate anyone who looks different, to feel guilty if they’re white, or empowered because they are not white. Children barely out of diapers are being taught to question their sex before they are capable of understanding what sex is; our southern border is nonexistent, and taxpayers are forced to provide support and acceptance.

Mantra of the woke, communistic crowd: Promote anything that will sow discord, or allow us to take control of lives. Force diversity even when common sense is violated.

Why We Are Here

Probably because many academics consider themselves as elites, indoctrination into communistic attidudes comes with the territory.

Malcolm Muggeridge (look him up) opined that modern man is abolishing himself through education.

“So the final conclusion would surely be that whereas other civilizations have been brought down by attacks of barbarians from without, ours had the unique distinction of training its own destroyers at its own educational institutions, and then providing them with facilities for propagating their destructive ideology far and wide, all at the public expense. []

“Thus did Western Man decide to abolish himself, creating his own boredom out of his own affluence, his own vulnerability out of his own strength, his own impotence out of his own erotomania, himself blowing the trumpet that brought the walls of his own city tumbling down, and having convinced himself that he was too numerous, labored with pill and scalpel and syringe to make himself fewer. Until at last, having educated himself into imbecility, and polluted and drugged himself into stupefaction, he keeled over—a weary, battered old brontosaurus — and became extinct. [Religion and Society, Muggeridge]

Muggeridge presciently managed to address many of our present-day problems in one fell swoop: abortion, pornography, unearned affluence, population demographics, drug use, and our pathetic education system. The prospect that Muggeridge is right, that the bastions of education are causing this decline in American civilization is turning out to be the most reliable answer as to why so many vote Democrat, when most of the enemy within vote Democrat.

“It is in the education system where young minds are most often shaped, not in the home. If a child raised in a conservative home is sent to public schools at say, four years old, he may well begin to list to port, shaped by forces diametrically opposed to most parental desires. If that child goes to college, the odds of cranking out a shiny new sexually perverse little socialist rise dramatically. Any parent wanting to maintain a child’s conservative and/or Christian upbringing sabotages himself or herself by sending the child to a public indoctrination system or to many colleges. []

Must we wonder the result of academic brainwashing of youngsters under their supposed care? Their output becomes the public school teachers, the clergy, the bureaucrats, the business men and women and the journalists, all of whom in turn pass on the myth of socialist, communist nirvana. Many of them will inhabit the board rooms of the world’s wealthiest, most powerful corporations, large financial institutions, central banks, and international organizations such as the UN, most of which are pushing what Glen Beck terms the Great Reset.

Thinking, caring parents are increasingly concerned with their children’s education, endeavoring to see them not become contaminated with the leftist, communist philosophy and mind set. Hillsdale College and Prager University are two of my favorite avenues. Others deserve checking out.

The last few years has seen the communist, usually called woke in the media, movement flourish. Judgment of any movement is not whether it is righteous in the minds of its proponents, but rather whether it betters or worsens its target constituency. On that score, the woke (seemingly synonymous with BLM, encouraged by ACLU and arm-in-arm with the jihadists) has failed the majority of Americans. Yes, it is furthering the objectives of those who consider themselves as saviors of the world, but those objectives fly in the face of trust, unity, respect, morality, truth, life, happiness, … .

And nothing substantive in our laws or our culture has caused such division as we are now experiencing. Segregation did not begin in this decade, for example. Each adult citizen has had the right to vote his or her choice. Instead, every bit of the above collapse can be explained by political rhetoric, almost exclusively coming from the left under the guise of “being woke.” Perceptions brought about largely by an egotistical, well-funded activist class, not actual realities on the ground in individual lives, have caused the absolute collapse in race, neighbor and trust relations we are now seeing in the country.

When journalists deliver fake news with impunity, “When the President of the United States goes around telling people that not having 24-hour, drive-thru voting in a single Texas county is “Jim Crow on steroids,” it breeds panic and division that is simply not justified. When woke activists tell black people that police are literally hunting them to murder them, something not backed up by any objective data, it breeds distrust and hysteria. That is especially true in younger people who then claim that they are perpetually “exhausted” by their supposed oppression when an objective look at their life would leave people perplexed as to what they are talking about. []


Back to Uvalde. Actions yield inevitable consequences. Given the critical damage to our culture, the prevalent attitudes of media and public figures, and the current division that has been created, would a thinking rationalist not predict such behavior? Must we wonder why those who drink the Kool-Aid of the radical vigilante woke mob feel disenfranchised, angry, smug, elite, justified in immorality, lonely, depressed, fearful, confused, even demonic. Must we wonder why mental illness is often not taken seriously? Must we wonder why national divisiveness and hate create monsters? Must we wonder why those without a guiding compass can’t figure out where they are going? This country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. When they are legislated against, must we wonder why they are trampled by evil doers? “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all transgressions.” [Proverbs 10:12]

Is worse to come? My opinion is yes. I see no positive change in the philosophy, attitudes or operating procedure of the mob. I see no movement with enough clout to put them in their proper place. Their policies are growing in callous disregard of right and wrong, seemingly unfettered. Unpunished malfeasance breeds emboldment. The open sewer of TV and YouTube provokes and enables contrary behavior. So why should we expect a leveling out?

I hope I am wrong.


Jerry R Lambert 4 June 2022

Appended 6 June 2022: “Here is the terrifying truth: the radical left wants mass murders in schools. They are useful for gaining power. I can no longer blame friends who imagine that the killers are some sort of Manchurian candidates, released to further a narrative and serve the purposes of the left. I don’t believe that, but the idea follows logically from the same conclusion I’ve drawn about school shootings: the left likes them. The left is powerful. There will be more. We could prevent them. We won’t.” Charles Turot

Appended 14 June 2022: Democrats Are Playing a Sick Game by Derek Hunter

Appended 16 June 2022:

The Communist Plot Behind School Shootings. by Carole Hornsby Haynes “For decades, Communists have been working underground to take down America.  This was documented in the 1958 book, The Naked Communist, by FBI special agent W. Cleon Skousen.  He provided research showing the rise of communist powers and presented the communist agenda for America.  His list of 45 goals has become legendary, to the point of being officially read and recorded in the 1963 congressional hearing.” The Naked Communist: Exposing Communism and Restoring Freedom by W. Cleon Skousen

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The Only Path to Tomorrow


These days trouble me in consideration of where this nation is headed as it will affect the lives of my grandchildren, great grandchildren …  Pam Geller recently republished this 1944 Readers Digest article which resonates so well in 2022 as it did 78 years ago.  This piece is a condensed version of the unfinished nonfiction treatment of her philosophy to be called The Moral Basis of Individualism but published as an essay in Readers Digest.

As you read, consider current examples of her stated philosophy and how it reflects the thoughts of our founding fathers.

Yes, Ayn Rand wrote “Atlas Shrugged“.

The Only Path To Tomorrow

Ayn Rand

Readers Digest, January 1944, pp. 88-90

The greatest threat to mankind and civilization is the spread of the totalitarian philosophy. [emphasis mine, JRL] Its best ally is not the devotion of its followers but the confusion of its enemies. To fight it, we must understand it.

Totalitarianism is collectivism. Collectivism means the subjugation of the individual to a group — whether to a race, class or state does not matter. Collectivism holds that man must be chained to collective action and collective thought for the sake of what is called “the common good.”

Throughout history, no tyrant ever rose to power except on the claim of representing “the common good.” Napoleon “served the common good” of France. Hitler is [in 1944, comment mine, JRL] “serving the common good” of Germany. Horrors which no man would dare consider for his own selfish sake are perpetrated with a clear conscience by “altruists” who justify themselves by-the common good.

No tyrant has ever lasted long by force of arms alone. Men have been enslaved primarily by spiritual weapons. And the greatest of these is the collectivist doctrine that the supremacy of the state over the individual constitutes the common good. No dictator could rise if men held as a sacred faith the conviction that they have inalienable rights of which they cannot be deprived for any cause whatsoever, by any man whatsoever, neither by evildoer nor supposed benefactor.

This is the basic tenet of individualism, as opposed to collectivism. Individualism holds that man is an independent entity with an inalienable right to the pursuit of his own happiness in a society where men deal with one another as equals.

The American system is founded on individualism. If it is to survive, we must understand the principles of individualism and hold them as our standard in any public question, in every issue we face. We must have a positive credo, a clear consistent faith.

We must learn to reject as total evil the conception that the common good is served by the abolition of individual rights. General happiness cannot be created out of general suffering and self-immolation. The only happy society is one of happy individuals. One cannot have a healthy forest made up of rotten trees.

The power of society must always be limited by the basic, inalienable rights of the individual.

The right of liberty means man’s right to individual action, individual choice, individual initiative and individual property. Without the right to private property no independent action is possible.

The right to the pursuit of happiness means man’s right to live for himself, to choose what constitutes his own, private, personal happiness and to work for its achievement. Each individual is the sole and final judge in this choice. A man’s happiness cannot be prescribed to him by another man or by any number of other men.

These rights are the unconditional, personal, private, individual possession of every man, granted to him by the fact of his birth and requiring no other sanction. Such was the conception of the founders of our country, who placed individual rights above any and all collective claims. Society can only be a traffic policeman in the intercourse of men with one another.

From the beginning of history, two antagonists have stood face to face, two opposite types of men: the Active and the Passive. The Active Man is the producer, the creator, the originator, the individualist. His basic need is independence — in order to think and work. He neither needs nor seeks power over other men — nor can he be made to work under any form of compulsion. Every type of good work — from laying bricks to writing a symphony — is done by the Active Man. Degrees of human ability vary, but the basic principle remains the same: the degree of a man’s independence and initiative determines his talent as a worker and his worth as a man.

The Passive Man is found on every level of society, in mansions and in slums, and his identification mark is his dread of independence. He is a parasite who expects to be taken care of by others, who wishes to be given directives, to obey, to submit, to be regulated, to be told. He welcomes collectivism, which eliminates any chance that he might have to think or act on his own initiative.

When a society is based on the needs of the Passive Man it destroys the Active; but when the Active is destroyed, the Passive can no longer be cared for. When a society is based on the needs of the Active Man, he carries the Passive ones along on his energy and raises them as he rises, as the whole society rises. This has been the pattern of all human progress.

Some humanitarians demand a collective state because of their pity for the incompetent or Passive Man. For his sake they wish to harness the Active. But the Active Man cannot function in harness. And once he is destroyed, the destruction of the Passive Man follows automatically. So if pity is the humanitarians’ first consideration, then in the name of pity, if nothing else, they should leave the Active Man free to function, in order to help the Passive. There is no other way to help him in the long run.

The history of mankind is the history of the struggle between the Active Man and the Passive, between the individual and the collective. The countries which have produced the happiest men, the highest standards of living and the greatest cultural advances have been the countries where the power of the collective — of the government, of the state — was limited and the individual was given freedom of independent action. As examples: The rise of Rome, with its conception of law based on a citizen’s rights, over the collectivist barbarism of its time. The rise of England, with a system of government based on the Magna Carta, over collectivist, totalitarian Spain. The rise of the United States to a degree of achievement unequaled in history — by grace of the individual freedom and independence which our Constitution gave each citizen against the collective.

While men are still pondering upon the causes of the rise and fall of civilizations, every page of history cries to us that there is but one source of progress: Individual Man in independent action. Collectivism is the ancient principle of savagery. A savage’s whole existence is ruled by the leaders of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.

We are now facing a choice: to go forward or to go back.

Collectivism is not the “New Order of Tomorrow.” It is the order of a very dark yesterday. But there is a New Order of Tomorrow. It belongs to Individual Man — the only creator of any tomorrows humanity has ever been granted.

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“It’s the rough side of the mountain that’s the easiest to climb; the smooth side doesn’t have anything for you to hang on to.” Aretha Franklin

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Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America

On November 18th, 1956, Nikita Khrushchev said to a room full of western diplomats, “We will bury you”.  In 1963, Khrushchev recalled his speech saying: “I once said, ‘We will bury you’, and I got into trouble with it. Of course, we will not bury you with a shovel. Your own working class will bury you.”

Sorry to say, it’s working.

Leftism is Marxism, pure and simple. It’s time to recognize that fact and call it what it is. 

As Vic Biorseth writes: “Leftism is a more innocent sounding political term for Communism. Globalism is just the newest name for International Communism.” Anti-American Globalists are Leftists who conceal their Communism frequently enough to entrap politicians, educators, ministers, and laity into their War.

“Leftism opposes Christianity and Judaism because Leftism opposes the morality of Judaeo-Christian principles. Leftism opposes belief in God altogether, but Leftism especially opposes the Judaeo-Christian morals that forged the ethos of America and of Western Civilization.

The past few years I have wondered at the speed by which this nation is in a death spiral.  As an amateur aviator, I was trained how to avoid, detect and recover from killing myself and anyone aboard my plane after becoming visually disoriented.  As described in The Atlantic,

Lost in the clouds [of Communist propaganda promulgated by the media, comments mine], pilots can fall prey to a form of sensory disorientation known as a death spiral, or, more commonly, a graveyard spiral. The term describes an almost instinctive set of maneuvers pilots undertake when they lose sight of the horizon. [When Americans lost sight of the Biblical heritage of this nation.] The graveyard spiral begins when a plane flying in these conditions enters a gentle turn. [When did we enter the ‘gentle turn’?] As it turns, the plane will begin to descend, picking up speed.

Death spirals occur because the pilot feels the descent but not the turn. [The majority of thinking folks now feel the descent, in the grocery, at the gas pump, in disdain for government, and wonder what to do about it.] That has to do with the way the human body relies both on the visual and vestibular systems to perceive its orientation in space. As fluid moves through the small canals in the inner ear, the brain registers the body’s shifts in position. The fluid moves when the head turns, creating the sensation that the vessel under control is doing the turning. In mid-flight, though, the fluid can settle in place. If this happens, a turn can feel like level flight. [Media is successfully convincing many people that fear, anarchy, disdain for God, and fake news are commonplace.] In this situation, a pilot who follows the instruments and levels the plane’s wings feels, with absolute certainty, that the craft is turning in the opposite direction. [Turning back in the direction of our forefathers, biblically and nationally, is antithetical to political correctness, but must happen if we are to survive.]

A pilot who recorrects to what feels level in his or her body simply reinitiates the spiral dive. [Observe those who have never learned to think or who have been drinking the Kool-Aid.] Likewise, pulling back on the yoke to gain altitude without leveling the wings only tightens the plane’s downward spiral. Without a clear view of the horizon to correct against, the pilot can become so disoriented that a total loss of control results, ending in a crash and loss of life. [Think legalized abortion and euthanasia.]

The past few years I have wondered when and how America turned into our graveyard spiral, which seems to be rapidly gaining speed in her descent.  My recent discovery of “Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America” by David Horowitz is teaching me a lot about the motivations, thinking, plans and actions of the left to move our country away from the God-given right of freedom to practice our faith as our founders envisioned.  As Gary Bauer praised, “If you want to understand the political crisis our country is facing, read this book.”

In hopes of increasing your appetite for reading this book, here are the chapter titles:

  • Religion Must Die
  • Roots of the War
  • Radical Faith
  • Christian America
  • Prayer in the Schools (bone chilling)
  • The War Begins
  • Moving the World
  • Battle Lines
  • A Radical Epidemic
  • Obama’s Arc
  • Civil War

As an optimist, I strive to also be a realist. “Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America” with its documenting endnotes presents realism in all colors, many of them dark, and challenging, “What can I as one person do”?  This post is one.  My cap is another.  Any comments will be appreciated.

If you wonder, as did I, why Leftists successfully promote Islam up one side and down the other, abrogating their “separation of church and state”, after removing any mention of God in schools or public places, read chapter 5.

“Your own working class will bury you.”  While they are supposedly working for us, our politicians and the justice system are burying us.  Over the years politicians have lost sight of the fact that they are civil servants and not rulers.  Clearly there is an issue when those who hold office want for nothing and that makes them feel superior to their fellow citizens.  They now feel free to follow the “Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America” and bury us.  May God help us!

If you are a red blooded American, if you believe in the One True God, if you care about the future of children, grandchildren or great grandchildren, I strongly encourage you to read or listen to this book.

An eye opener.  Time well spent. Faith in action.


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The King & the Ring – This Too Shall Pass

Inspired by penultimate sermon of Rabbi Mathew Marko 23 April 2022 at Beth Israel Synagogue

In life everything is temporary. In fact, life itself is tempory. In between birth and death we all experience the roller-coaster of life. When life strikes us with setbacks, when we are down and everything seems grim, we need to remember that this also shall pass.This too shall pass

Do you feel sometimes that life overwhelms you with stress, worries, mounting “to do” list, demanding bosses, clients, family members, responsibilities, bills, and challenges? This legend is for you.

Published on October 21, 2014 by Avi Z Liran

During the festive Passover meal with his ministers, King Solomon teased Benaiah son of Jehoiada, his arrogant Chief of Army.

“Benaiah, I was told that there is a special ring that has a special power. It can change the mood of a person. A sad person becomes happy when wearing it and a happy person becomes sad. I know that you of all people in the kingdom can find the ring. Would you be able to find this ring and bring it to me until the eve of Sukkot eve, that is 6 months from now?”

“If it exists anywhere on earth, your majesty, I will find it and bring it to you” replied Benaiah.

King Solomon smiled as he knew that no such ring existed, but he wanted to give his minister a taste of humility.

Time passed and Benaiah sent soldiers and messengers throughout the kingdom, examined records, consulted with elders; yet he could not find even a hint of the existence of the magic ring. Spring passed and so did summer. The last harvest of the year, and with it the Succoth festival, was approaching. Then came eve of Sukkot day. With only a few hours to go before the deadline, Benaiah was wandering in the streets of Jerusalem. The sun was setting casting a golden light on the city which until today all its buildings are made of stone. All the merchants were busy with the last sale and prepared to close their stalls. In desperation, he turned to an old silversmith.

“Have you by any chance heard of a magic ring that makes the happy person forget his joy and the broken-hearted person forget his sorrows?” asked Benaiah. The silversmith listened carefully and smiled. He took a plain silver ring from his old and dusty box and engraved something on it. When Benaiah read the words on the ring, his face lighted up as he knew he had found the right ring. “This is the ring!” he cried and gave the poor jeweler all the money in his purse. “Come to the palace and you shall have more,” he added, “for I cannot thank you enough.”

The sun had set. The time for the holiday dinner arrived. That night the palace was full of guests ready to celebrate with the king.

“Well, my friend,” said Solomon, “Have you found a ring that can make a happy man sad and a sad man happy?” Everyone who knew about the search for the impossible ring laughed and Solomon himself smiled.

But to everyone’s surprise, Benaiah held up a ring and declared, “Here it is your majesty! I found a ring.This too shall pass It has three Hebrew letters engraved on it: Gimel, Zayin, Yod. Then he whispered the meaning of these initials in the king’s ear.

As soon as Solomon heard the meaning of the inscription, the smile vanished from his face. He looked at the guests filling the banquet hall, the tables covered with shining serving pieces, silver goblets, and the finest food one can find. Tears rolled down his eyes. He felt sad. The entire hall was in total silence. A ring that makes the king cry?

Then King Solomon looked at the ring again and started to smile again then laughed so hard infecting the entire palace with giggles and laughter. Everyone wanted to know the meaning of the initials.

The King revealed to his guests what was written on the ring: “The three letters are ג,ז,י represented three words: גם זה יעבור, Gam zeh ya’avor”. It means in English: “This too shall pass.”

In life everything is temporary. In fact, life itself is tempory. In between birth to death we all experience the roller-coaster of life. When life strikes us with setbacks, when we are down and everything seems grim, we need to remember that this also shall pass. Even the worst of the storms, the Tsunami and earthquake do not last. Sometimes the hurricane season had already ended and we keep on behaving like we are still residing at the eye of the storm. Sometimes, we mistakenly label rewarding activities such as reading a bedtime story to our kids, feeding them, playing with them as a chore, only to realize later on that those were the some of the best times of our lives that passed so quickly, but we forgot to enjoy it.

The trick is to be present during good times and savor every moment of joy. When everything works, appreciate it, be grateful and humble and most importantly, remember that other people might be on experiencing stormy weather and reach out to them with friendship, and generosity.

During our “rainy days” remember that even the worst of storms passes and blue sky will come again. Use the wisdom of the ring to have hope and faith and take actions to take shelter and persevere.

King Solomon had everything – power, women, and wealth. Towards the end of his life, he realized that holding on to things is an illusion as they are not the source of happiness. So he turned to a spiritual search and wrote in Ecclesiastes: [1:2, 9]

” The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem: “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” … “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”

Working globally from Singapore, TEDx (IDEASx) global speaker Avi Liran (Economist, MBA and basketball coach) is the Chief Delighting Officer of He is is the originator of the creative, inspiring and entertaining keynote talks and edutainment programs Delivering Delight, helping organizations worldwide to tap into their Inner Delight to Lead With Values and Purpose so they effectively cultivate a Delightful Organisational Culture (DOC) that nurtures Delightful Employee Experience (DEX) which empowers Delightful Customer Experience (DCX).

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