I have as wide range of opinions about a wide range of topics. I enjoy learning new things from people I respect. My respect is hard to earn. To earn my respect I compile lots of data: I require a person to be truthful, your word must be important to you, I'm interested in the way you treat others, in who/what you support/stand for. Family and God are important in any formula for life. For me to respect someone they must be able to say "I'm sorry, I was wrong or I apologize". I except the fact that everyone makes mistakes, but what you do about the mistake is as important. I love my life, my wife, my friends, I believe in God, America, my wife, myself, the constitution, Bill of RIghts and in those that try. I don't have the time or energy for liars, lazy people, individuals that blame everything on everybody, individuals that expect me to take care of them and whinners. I get tired of women that play the "sexist" card, and men that don't respect the ladies in my world. Kids are learners and adults are teachers so be what you are supposed to be.
Posted in Fayne's Potluck Stew on February 21, 2018
Let me first say how sorry and sick I’m for the lost of the 17 individuals in Florida. But why do we always turn to the Federal Government to FIX all of our issues. Uncle Sam needs to protect us, It is the Federal Government fault so fix it.
Did you happen to see the “listening meeting at the White House” today. Most of the individuals seem to be asking the President to do something. But should we first ask our self, what have we done or should have done to protects our schools. What I heard were individuals asking for armed guards, or better reporting on mental ill individuals. So as we look at these solutions, why didn’t the city or the parents or the school board do these things. Any school board could vote to hire guards, restrict entry, metal detectors or arm teachers; but did they. As far as I have heard or read this city/community felt that they were safe. “we live is a beautiful upper class neighborhood, things like this doesn’t happen here. It does though. There were unlimited adults and students that new this individuals was really sick and walked on by it. I suspect that they did not want to really get involved or point their fingers. “it is not my problem now.” I again say I am so very sorry that this happened, but lets take actions OURSELF.
I wonder if the school board had stated that they need to have a Bond passed to establish security at the schools. Stating, “parents we need $XX.XX to do this so please approve the Bond so we can. Bet, it would have been voted down. Then lets look at the things some school board spend OUR tax dollars on. Walk ways, new play grounds, safe places, iPods, but safety, not so much.
I have in the last few days looked at a number of agendas of this district and other large, high middle class district (3). Did not see any of these words, safety, security, or school protection. Should that be the discussion of today a priority close to the top if not priority 1. Without security can we educate our children? Don’t think so…
just my thoughts.
Posted in The Cafe on August 22, 2017
Have you been watching or listening to the News? Well; not really lately it has been going on for a few years. Remember the old saying “the squeaking wheel gets the grease”. Well the squeak is destroying our nation and its’ history. Pick anything, burn or destroy it, then cry on TV that it makes you feel bad and you can get it removed. This has turned my school, the University of Texas, into a marshmallow. Another school of higher learning, now I question that statement. (I have and will continue to write my school and withdraw my money from them until they put the statues back up)
There are over 100 schools in the nation that bears the name “Robert E. Lee” are we going to change all of them; I bet we do. Think of the street signs that bear Southern names, Federal lands, parks, cemeteries, General’s homes and books. Do we now clean out the libraries. Does this remind us/you of another era? It should , say Germany, Russia, Venezuela, China, Iraq and Iran. And just where are they today?
Most of those that are tearing up stuff, demanding stuff couldn’t discuss the Civil War at any educated level. Ask them what was the cause of the civil war, why did the southern states secede from the union? If we were too erase all the ugliness in the world’s history, would there be any history? As the president said a few days ago, “where will this stop?” With ME and You!
Call every elected official we have and say no. Call them every day, multiple times. Do your research, most of those that fought for the South owned no slaves, they were fighting and died for state rights. Most were against the federal government taxing them and directing them as to how the states would manage their selves. They were fighting for what their fore father demanded, “freedom for the states, state’s rights. The federal government was to protect all the states from foreign governments and the states would manage themselves.
” The Northern and Southern sections of the United States developed along different lines. The South remained a predominantly agrarian economy while the North became more and more industrialized. Different social cultures and political beliefs developed. All of this led to disagreements on issues such as taxes, tariffs and internal improvements as well as state’s rights versus federal rights.” The History net
Remember there were southern states that were non-slave states. They were fighting for the right to “decide” for themselves as we should be today. Just think if every state paid for their congress person and representatives. Their salaries, cost of living, their staffs, medical and travel. Each state’s citizens would have to vote to approve and increases in their budget. Would they be making 300K/year? Term limits?
There are organizations and groups I strongly disagree with, I would march against them, write against them and talk against them; but they like me have the right to believe whatever and say whatever. I do not have the right to prevent them from believe whatever. I believe that you either believe all the constitution or none of it. You can’t cut and paste what you want too. Someone today stated that you can’t say things that hurt other feelings. There is very little that doesn’t upset someone, would we be able to communicate to anyone.
I heard some Congresswoman saying on my way to town yesterday, that those that fought for the south should be considered “NON-AMERICAN,” further she added “the winners of wars have always destroy the statues of the defeated.” (17 Aug). I’m hunting for the quote and the person who said it, but have not found it yet. If I remember correctly the north did destroy much of the south, burned most and stole the rest.
Next; what is next? In Chicago a “preacher”, of some type, has demanded that the city remove the statue of both Washington and Jefferson and all signs from all city property because both owned slaves. What is different today than lets’ say six months ago? Folks have walked by these statue for years and I guess were not bothered by them. I guess someone or something spoke to them. But they must also remember and so should city leaders that these statue and other items are public property and it is against the law to destroy or vandalize them.
Here is another quote from the History Net:
“The states of the North, meanwhile, one by one had gradually abolished slavery. A steady flow of immigrants, especially from Ireland and Germany during the potato famine of the 1840s and 1850s, insured the North a ready pool of laborers, many of whom could be hired at low wages, diminishing the need to cling to the institution of slavery,” (what “at low wages” means indentured worker, slaves)
I guess we all can reach back and find some group of humans that have wronged our ancestry, all of us. Some have forgotten and moved on while other have to live as victims forever. It is always so much easier to blame others for our failures than look into the mirror.
Next, I had the honor to serve on a jury for a criminal case this past week, I listened to a number of hours at individuals blaming everyone for everything except being accountable for their own actions.
Finally: do we blame all humans for crucifying our Gods son, Jesus. We could; but we were asked to FORGIVE.
Integrity in Leadership
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Posted in Fayne's Potluck Stew on August 4, 2017
How are things in Ellicott? Some bad news; there has been some break-ins in the past few weeks. Houses broken into and property missing around folks houses. More and more folks moving out to our plains. More folks are a plus and a MINUS. But watch your property and your neighbors.
Now on to the school board or what is called a school board. It is difficult to continue to complain when a friend is on the board but when are the hard decisions going to come. QUOTE: Chambers said the school district will finish the fiscal year “in the hole”” (Ranchland). But listen to the recordings and or read the ranchland and the entire meeting was about spending more money. Yet the district still hasn’t cleared up the missing/mis-spent dollars. This Board can’t seem to say, “no more spending”. Well we don’t need fields, we don’t need increases in salary, we don’t have the money to spend. I was asked, “is there a way to put these five in jail”? The new Supt said nothing but: we need to spend more.
The upcoming election will be a tide changer. We will put folks in that will say no to spending for stuff other than education and we will clean house with those that have “ties/connections to the community”. We need and must have producers not showman. Listen does the board ever discuss education, improving the children’s future?
Integrity in Leadership
Posted in Fayne's Potluck Stew on July 14, 2017
I belong to three educational website, a son that is a principal, a number of friends and relatives that are teachers, so I have the ability to inform myself on educational issues. This is why I’m confused as to the direction it appears our educational profession is heading. Here is the headline from one of the leading educational website: “Teachers’ Union President: ‘No Reason to Trust’ Betsy DeVos“. How about the fact that you have not proven she has lied to you, Union President. I guess I can say that about the Teachers’ Union, (who represents 80% of the teachers) because I have no reason to trust her. But I guess I can use her statement about Mrs DeVos as my example. Also let me ask just what has the teachers’ union done as for as improve our educational system? The US is still at the bottom of the world as far as education and the dollars spent. Every day I see, then read STUFF, teachers should be involved in and concerned with; most are(I don’t like to use the word all, but it is close to it) social issues and very little about the educational process. Where has teaching gone? The educational leadership has failed most of us but mostly the teachers. That is why the union is afraid if the Supreme Court finds against them allowing teacher not to join or prevent their dues going to politicians.
Have you seen the ad concerning the Republican Health Plan on local TV. Here is what I saw when I last saw it, a family made up of parents, children and I assume a grandparent. Then the voice says that they will not be able to afford and will lose medical coverage. This ad is totally untrue, first what plan are they addressing: there isn’t one, it is just a document under going many rewrites. Most have not seen or read it. How can we be against something, when we have not seen it. Then look who paid for the ad, AARP. The AARP was the major supporter of Obama Care, why; they are a business making money, they make money off of you. They spent millions getting our citizens to support Obama Care and now to be against whatever the new plan will be. Now just how well has Obama Care worked out? If you are a member of the AARP, look into AMAC. An organization like AARP but conservative in its’ approach. I’m a member and raise a stink when I go someplace that give a discount for AARP but not AMAC. I have always gotten the discount. Look into it.
Just a note to the three individuals that ask where had the Chef gone and was he returning. Thanks for the push, I REALLY NEED THEM. I’ll try to mix my post up some. Please pass it on that the Chef is back at work at the café. Here is the joke of the week, This is a reprint:
…..A U.S. Marine enters The Catholic Church Confessional Booth in Manitowish Waters, WI .
He says, “Bless me Father…for I have sinned. Last night, I beat the ever living crap out of a Flag Burning…Cop Hating…anti-Trump Protester.”
The priest says…”My son, I am here to ask forgiveness for your sins…not to discuss your Community Service.”
Integrity in Leadership
Posted in Fayne's Potluck Stew on July 12, 2017
Amen, I will say it again: AMEN…………. We have turned this nation into a population of (snowflakes–beggars), I say “we”; because we elected the fools that give/gave our tax dollars away. I will repeat a statement I have made a number of times, ” when I was a child living with hard-working West Texan’s, a person like the one above would be helped by the community, churches and neighbors; not the government! Folks would try to find that person a job; BUT if that person did want to work or help themselves they would be “on their own”. We the taxpayers pay for everything and expect nothing in return, there are more that pays NO taxes than those that do. Just what did our forefather vision our government doing for its’ citizens, “protect us, ensure our freedoms. Now what does this government do for us, everything. Its’ free, or is it? I pay thousands in federal tax, does that make it free? Guess so for those that take it? BUT, I don’t think so.
Look in our small community, every food pantry has lines of folks in need or are they. Yes, I know there are those that have fallen on hard times, the Bible tells US to help our fellow-men/women, not P. Pilate or our schools. What about this old saying, “Give a person a fish and he eats, but teach that person to fish and he will eat for ever.” Finally; what needs to be done is be accountable for our action or lack of action.
Integrity in Leadership
Posted in Fayne's Potluck Stew on July 7, 2017
A thought to remember, Marx said, “Remove one freedom per generation and soon you will have no freedom and no one would have noticed.”
There was a chemistry professor in a large college that had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab, the professor noticed one young man, an exchange student, who kept rubbing his back and stretching as if his back hurt. The professor asked the young man what was the matter.
The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting Communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country’s government and install a new communist regime. In the midst of his story, he looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked: “Do you know how to catch wild pigs?”
The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line. The young man said that it was no joke. “You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free food.
When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence. They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat that free corn again. You then slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd. Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity.”
The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening in America & Canada. The government keeps pushing us toward Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tax exemptions, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare entitlements, medicine, drugs, etc., while we continually lose our freedoms, just a little at a time.
One should always remember two truths: There is no such thing as a free lunch, and you can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper than you can do it yourself.
If you see that all of this wonderful government “help” is a problem confronting the future of democracy in America & Canada, you might want to share this with your friends. If you think the free ride is essential to your way of life, then you will probably not share this. BUT, God help us all when the gate slams shut!
Think about this Quote for today: “The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.”
I could not agree more, there are more with their hands out than those with working hands. I recently read that 20 cents out of every dollar I earn goes to someone sitting on their ass. Over half of the births today is to an unmarried woman (closer to 70% but could not find the reference). I wonder if we stopped paying would the birth rate go down. What should be done is if you are in need, then we should find that person a job doing something. Maybe picking up trash on 94, mowing parks, or cleaning hiking trails.
A 2012 Congressional Research Study looked at the number of ABAWD (able-bodied-adults-without-dependents) receiving food stamps during the first few years of the Obama administration, and found that between 2008 and 2010, the number of beneficiaries nearly doubled. In 2008, there were 1.9 million ABAWD. In 2010, there were 3.9 million ABAWD on food stamps.
In Alabama, the state government began to require this year that able-bodied adults without dependents in 13 of its counties either have a job or go through a work training program while receiving benefits. The result has been a staggering 85 percent decrease in the number of food stamp beneficiaries in those counties. As of Jan. 1, 2017, there were 13,663 able-bodied adults without dependents receiving food stamps statewide. That number dropped to 7,483 by May 1, 2017. Among the 13 counties, there were 5,538 adults ages 18-50 without dependents receiving food stamps as of Jan. 1, 2017. That number dropped to 831 — a decline of about 85 percent — by May 1, 2017. And in Georgia, state lawmakers began requiring this year that ABAWD in 21 of its counties either hold a job or complete job training as a condition of receiving food stamps. So far, the requirement has resulted in a 62 percent drop in the number of beneficiaries in those same 21 counties. When the April 1 deadline came around for them to find work, more than half — 7,251 — were dropped from the program, according to state figures released this week. Essentially, the number of recipients spiraled down from 11,779 to 4,528, or a drop of 62 percent. Kansas, Utah and Maine will introduce a (work for welfare) program this year.
Where is Colorado, leaning left again, Colorado ranks 46th in the nation in the latest from Hunger Free Colorado, released Thursday (a question-able number). The national average is 75 percent of eligible people receiving food stamps, compared with Colorado’s 57 percent. Here are some statements from Hunger Free Colorado, “It needs to become more of a priority in Colorado,” said Michelle Ray, communications director for Hunger Free Colorado. “There are long-standing issues with the administration of food stamps in our state and access for those who are eligible. “At minimum, we should be average.” Colorado has improved since 1994, when just 36 percent of people eligible for food stamps were receiving them. Still, Colorado’s state-supervised, county-based system for enrolling people in the food assistance program under performs compared with the rest of the country.
I don’t believe that putting more on welfare is good, I guess some believe we should pay everyone for nothing. At this time I have offered 7 individuals a day worth of work here on the ranch, bring them here-take them back, offering 12.00 per hour. One agreed but didn’t show for the second day. I guess the nation is real good at catching pigs.
Integrity in Leadership
Posted in The Cafe on July 4, 2017
My family wants to wish everyone a safe and thoughtful 4th of July. 242 years of freedom; won and kept by individuals that stepped up and fought for it. As others have said, “freedom isn’t free” it cost.
Integrity in Leadership
Posted in Fayne's Potluck Stew on July 4, 2017
I hope you have a great day with your friends & family as you celebrate the freedom that God Almighty has given these United States. For 241 years, we have been able to enjoy the blessings of liberty that were hard fought for by our Founding Fathers and previous generations. Enjoy your day, and please remember to share your love for the greatest nation to ever exist on Earth. Dave Williams Representative, HD15 (R)
P.S. Fayne, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that true freedom & liberty can only be found in God Almighty as illustrated through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Galatians 5:1 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
Integrity in Leadership
Posted in Fayne's Potluck Stew on June 30, 2017
First let me say, I think Mr Smith is a nice person, maybe a good principal; but I can’t believe M. Dahn stated “met the challenge”. May I ask “what was the challenge?”. Most of the time the schools were ending for the summer, was any of the finance issues fixed? Then J. Chambers states she wanted someone that was “invested” in the community. Wouldn’t we want an individual that has “new ideals”. What has invested to do with hiring a person to redirect the district. The article states that C. Smith has worked at the district for 19 years, not saying he has caused the many-many issues the district has had and still is having but he has been a part of the administration for most of his 19 years. He followed the lead of Mr Ebert and Dr Cullen. I would have asked “why has he stayed in District 22 for those 19 years. Here was this board chance to really change the direction of this district and they decided based on some term called “invested”, ” in this community; again what is the investment? Again I like Mr. Smith but I believe the district needs new thoughts and someone outside the problems. May be the term should be “comfort”.
Again reading the article we see that all this board and superintendent can say is lets’ spend money. A new field for what? Where is the leadership. $2,500,000 of missing or misaligned tax payer dollars and we are getting a new field and well. It is time all five of the directors quit. They have failed this district and the children. They should go back and re-read what they told the community we would do if elected. I have tried my best to support some of the directors but what has any of them done to advance the educational status of this district, D22 is still way down the list of schools. Look around at the other schools setting standards; D22 brags about the welding program or the lights on the football field.
Integrity in Leadership
Posted in Fayne's Potluck Stew on June 18, 2017
I continue to be asked, “what do you think”, “what would you do”, “where have you been”, or “is there something that smell in the District?”.
My first statement is that three board members should resign, Gary Dahn, Michael Dahn and Bob McWilliams. Why? because they were there during the period when the district’s funds (our funds) were either missed used or what ever the final determination will be. Listen to the tapes during the past three year’s budget discussions. They were there and agreed, voting for the expenditures, approving some type of budget. All during those years the district continued to spend on STUFF. Remember who were Dr Cullen’s supporters those years, who just smiled and agreed. Then things changed, we really don’t know what changed. The word “ACCOUNTABILIY” appears to be a forgotten word. “I didn’t know”, when they should have does not mean it’s OK. When you accept the responsibility, and they did when they ran and won, they should also stand up for the screw-ups.
Now the word is that this board and a few others in the past has over/missed spent $2,000,000 plus, that’s millions. Many of the citizens has been raising the flags, asking what is the long term plan, the answer was always, we need it, other schools have them, we need to move into the future or finally Schreiver want it. The District now has a lighted football field, IPods, laptops, increase in employees, soccer field, new water wells and a feed the community program. I have been here a number of years and have heard so many time that the food/feeding programs was making money and now I understand it may be losing money these years; not making money.
Now, a new budget that over spends by over 300,000 dollars. How can an organization pass and agree on a budget that spends more than it is forecasted to make, it does not. The board members has a responsibility to manage our tax dollars. They took an oath, they failed and they should take responsibility for that failure. Past weeks Ranchland’s article seem to read that the board is “proud” of the new budget; but what did they say no to. Isn’t it time to feel the pain. Calhan did this past year. What is District 22 doing, appears like they are still spending or wasting our tax dollars. The wrong lesson is being taught hear, stop writing bad checks, live within the money we give you, that is the lesson this board should be teaching. Until this and future boards understand that they are there to insure that our children receive a good education, preparing for the future, I will never support any bond or additional monies. I will always say NO, until they get it right.
On the Open Superintendent position, no I don’t feel that Mr Smith should be hired. He to was here during this period. Start with a clean slat. The entire District 22 is at fault, even the citizens/patents. We should have stopped it, called the law. It is our dollars, we should demand accountability.
Integrity in Leadership