Shine’s the Name: I’ve loved Robert Heinlein since I read my first book of his. One of my favorites is, of course, “Starship Troopers”. In the book, our hero travels to combat aboard the “Rodger Young”, which was named after Congressional Medal of Honor winner, Rodger Young. The 12/10/19 “American Thinker” has a great article by Ruth King on Young and his actions as an American Soldier. There is even a song about him.
“Oh, they’ve got no time for glory in the infantry
Oh, they’ve got no time for praises loudly sung
But in every soldier’s heart in all the infantry
Shines the name, shines the name of Rodger Young”. I highly recommend the write up.
Wars coming?: Americans are not the only one’s buying more guns. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Peace Institute?) says the international sales of arms has risen 4.6% since 2017. This does not include China companies as their results are unavailable. That percentage translates into about $420 billion US dollars. This is for “small arms”F not big budget items like aircraft or ships.
Best wishes: Good luck to my friend Henry Fordham running for president of the local movie unions. He is running for sort of re-election as he did serve one term a couple of years ago. Henry is a rarity among union officers, he thinks of the members first. Good luck Brother.
Another one of the good guys: Gary Sinise is known for his work in Hollywood, his music with the “Lieutenant Dan Band”, and for his philanthropy with servicemen and women. He just did himself one better. It is reported that he took over 1,000 Gold Star family members on a five day-all-expenses-paid vacation to Orlando FL and Disney World. Gary started the “Snowball Express” funded mostly by Gary, in 2006. He is one of the good ones.
Just saying: Throughout my life and careers, I have been involved in a number of firearms related incidents. I can tell you the exact time and place of everyone. I must admit that I am getting a small heartbeat of apprehension every time I walk past the guard station at work. Hey, I’m only human after all.
It’s somebody else’s fault: After a Houston police officer was killed during a domestic violence call, the Chief of Police Art Acevedo was quick to blame GOP members, the NRA, and just about anybody except the actual shooter. And all this before the actual facts of the incident are known to you and me. The Chief is saying they need to close the “boyfriend loophole” and claims the shooter was a “domestic abuser”. All this without a singe reference, arrest record, or indication the gun was legal or illegal. Sounds like Ol’ Art got some politicking in mind for his next career.
Offered without comment: The Adoption and the Safe Families Act, set in motion by President Bill Clinton, offered cash “bonuses” to the states for every child they adopted out of foster care. In order to receive the “adoption incentive bonuses” local child protective services need more children. They must have merchandise (children) that sell and [they] must have plenty of them so the buyer can choose. Some counties are known to give a $4,000 bonus for each child adopted and an additional $2,000 for a “special needs” child. Employees work to keep the federal dollars flowing. To my knowledge this “act’ is still in force.