Listener's Letters


JJ wrote:

Hi Dave...I know that you are talking about other things at this time, the census is finished, but this was something I wrote in my notebook as a reaction to a meeting with a friend and it surprised me that it really made sense and maybe would make sense to other citizens of this great nation.  I was talking to a friend of mine who happens to be of Portuguese descent. She was laughing about the new status she has been given as a "minority." I queried her as to how this could happen. She laughingly replied that, since her ancestors came from Brazil, she was now to count herself as a Hispanic or South American.
 I am very confused about what is taking place here? How is this helping anyone? What is the agenda and whose agenda is it? As far as I know, Portuguese people seem to do very well after coming to this country, learning the common language, finding work, becoming a part of the whole. In other words they become productive citizens of this country. My relatives have managed to maintain their own Portuguese customs that are important to them without any governmental interference or support. 
Are the Italians, Irish, Germans, etc., that come to this country by way of South America now to be counted as Hispanics? How will this impact the census? My question is....."Once a person becomes a citizen of the United States why is it important for the government to know from where they came?" The United States Government, has responsibility ONLY in the COMMON areas of our lives...not the personal area. If I am Portuguese and wish to speak only Portuguese in my home, that is my business. The government should NOT have the responsibility of teaching my children Portuguese, nor the responsibility of providing me with anything other than the opportunity to learn the COMMON LANGUAGE of the people in the United States. 
This should not be outrageous to anyone...what other country provides this type of service? The only places I see this type of accommodation are in areas of the world where there is an agenda by the government to keep a certain group of people SEPARATE from the whole. How can that be good for anyone in this country? When the census form comes for me to complete, what do I put if I am Irish, French, Portuguese, Scottish, Black, Indian, or any other mixture of ethnic heritage.
How about putting in that space...USA. Let's get back to the whole reason most of us and most of our ancestors came/or stayed in this country...it's a better place than anywhere else!!
Dave and Tom, I trust that by now, after seeing much of the city council meeting on television last night, that you two, as I, have changed your position on the Performing Arts Center. I, personally, was so touched at the whining, the wailing, the gnashing of teeth of various members of the community wanting this center so much -- to hell with fiscal responsibility and the like. We have children and adults in this community that WANT this. Obviously, with this much desire, it has to be right, and you, Tom, I, and others have been so misguided by attempting to approach this issue with logic, responsibility, and proper priorities. Surely the begging, the whining, the wailing, and the crying tonight has won you over as it as me.  
And as far as that young twit, Bill Conrad, goes -- what IS the matter with him? I did not vote for him to be a negative thinking council member. So what if his dumb smile curve shows we can't afford this wonderful project? Has fiscal responsibility EVER stopped this council from deficit spending, project over-runs and the like? Of course not. If so, we would not have the wonders of Modesto such as the Doubletree Hotel, the many art forms around the county, the new parking garage, the new theatres. I hope he soon realizes the errors of his ways and bows to the crying and whining of the citizens of this fine cultural center. As for me, I am so sorry for being so misguided before. Until today I was trying to teach my boy responsibility in so many areas. I was so naive. I see now that I really need to teach him Whining 101, Begging 201, and The Hell with Logic 401. 
Where has my mind been? I was so wrong in thinking that mature adults should have mature ideas and actions, but now alas, I see there is no requirement for that. No wonder I have missed out on food stamps and government give away programs for all these years. My upbringing erroneously taught me to try and be responsible, and that is totally unnecessary as evidenced by the cream of Modesto's citizenry and council members tonight. How wrong I was. 
I really want to personally thank the members of the City Council for correcting my thinking. I think the next time that an issue similar to this is discussed that Bill Conrad should be excluded and forced to sit with the Mayor as an outsider, for it is evident that his responsible thinking has NO place on this City Council. After tonight's awakening, I am seriously thinking of terminating my employment and taking advantage of some of the government give away programs. Then I will have the time necessary to plan my visits to the new Performing Arts Center. 
Thank you whining citizens, thank you whining children, and thank you irresponsible Council Members for waking up my antiquated thinking, and showing me the light. Dave, I am sure that you and Tom have likely gone through the same transformation that I have tonight if you have watched the performance of the people at the City Council meeting tonight. Actually perhaps we can use the City Council Meetings as a performing arts stage until the real one is built. It served that purpose well tonight. 
Sincerely,
A listener

Internet Prophecy

And, lo, it came to pass that the trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a young wife by the name of Dot. And Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she had been called Amazon Dot Com. And she said unto Abraham, her husband, "Why doth thou travel far from town to town with thy goods, when thou can trade without ever leaving thy tent?"  And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said, "How, dear?" And Dot replied, "I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale and they will reply telling you which hath the best price. And the sale can be made on the drums and delivery by Uriah's Pony Stable (UPS)."  Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums. And Dot said, "There will be a lot of banging in the land."  And Abraham replied, "It is my most fervent wish that this be so." And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had, at the top price, without ever moving from his tent.  But his success did arouse envy. A man named Maccabia did secret himself inside Abraham's drum and was accused of insider trading.  And the young did take to Dot Com's trading as doth the greedy horsefly to camel dung. They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Siderites, or NERDS for short.  And, lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums, that no one noticed that the real riches were going to the drum maker, one Brother William of Gates, who bought up every drum company in the land. And indeed did insist on making drums that would only work if you bought Brother William's drumsticks.  And Dot did say, "Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others." And as Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel, or as it came to be known, "eBay," he said, "We need a name of a service that reflects what we are." And Dot replied, "Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators."  "Whoopee!" said Abraham.
"No, YAHOO!" said Dot Com.


To: All staff, Los Alamos National Laboratory
From: Bill Richardson, Secretary of Energy

Dear staff members:
Due to an unfortunate overreaction by the Republican Congress to our minor difficulties in the security area, we're being forced to tighten up just a bit.

Effective Monday:

  1. The brown paper bag in which we store the computer disk drives that contain the nation's nuclear secrets will no longer be left on the picnic table at the staff commissary during lunch hour. It will be stored in "the vault." I know this is an inconvenience to many of you, but it's a sad sign of the times.
  2. The three-letter security code for accessing "the vault" will no longer be "B-O-B." To confuse would-be spies, that security code will be reversed. Please don't tell anybody.
  3. Visiting scientists and graduate students from Libya, North Korea and mainland China will no longer be allowed to wander the hallways without proper identification. Beginning Monday, they will be required to wear a stick-on lapel tag that clearly states, "Hello, My Name Is . . . ."The stickers will be available at the front desk.
  4. The computer network used for scientific calculations will no longer be hyper linked via the Internet to such Web sites as www.moammar.com, www.swedechicks.com, or www.hackers-r-us.com. Links to all Disney sites will be maintained, however.
  5. Researchers bearing a security clearance of Level 5 and higher will no longer be permitted to exchange updates on their work by posting advanced-physics formulas on the men's room walls.
  6. On "Bowling Night," please check your briefcases and laptop computers at the front counter of the Bowl-a-Drome instead of leaving them in the cloakroom. Mr. Badonov, the front-counter supervisor, has promised to "keep un eye on zem" for us.
  7. Staff members will no longer be allowed to take home small amounts of plutonium, iridium or uranium for use in those "little weekend projects around the house." That includes you parents who are helping the kids with their science fair projects.
  8. Thermonuclear devices may no longer be checked out for "recreational use." We've not yet decided if exceptions will be made for Halloween, the Fourth of July or New Year's Eve. We'll keep you posted.
  9. Employees may no longer "borrow" the AA batteries from the burglar alarm system to power their Game Boys and compact-disc players during working hours.
  10. And, finally, when reporting for work each day, all employees must enter through the front door. Raoul, the janitor, will no longer admit employees who tap three times on the side door to avoid clocking in late. I know this crackdown might seem punitive and oppressive to many of you, but it is our sworn duty to protect the valuable national secrets that have been entrusted to our care.

Remember: Security isn't a part-time job-it's an imperative, all 37 1/2 hours of the week!  

Sincerely, Bill


By Robert A. Waters - 06.23.00

You're sound asleep when you hear a thump outside your bedroom door. Half-awake, and nearly paralyzed with fear, you hear muffled whispers. At least two people have broken into your house and are moving your way. With your heart pumping, you reach down beside your bed and pick up your shotgun. You rack a shell into the chamber, then inch toward the door and open it. In the darkness, you make out two shadows. One holds a weapon -- it looks like a crowbar. When the intruder brandishes it as if to strike, you raise the shotgun and fire. The blast knocks both thugs to the floor. One writhes and screams while the second man crawls to the front door and lurches outside.
As you pick up the telephone to call police, you know you're in trouble. In your country, most guns were outlawed years before, and the few that are privately owned are so stringently regulated as to make them useless. Yours was never registered. Police arrive and inform you that the second burglar has died. They arrest you for First Degree Murder and Illegal Possession of a Firearm. When you talk to your attorney, he tells you not to worry: authorities will probably plea the case down to manslaughter. "What kind of sentence will I get?" you ask. "Only ten-to-twelve years," he replies, as if that's nothing. "Behave yourself, and you'll be out in seven." The next day, the shooting is the lead story in the local newspaper. Somehow, you're portrayed as an eccentric vigilante while the two men you shot are represented as choir boys. Their friends and relatives can't find an unkind word to say about them. Buried deep down in the article, authorities acknowledge that both "victims" have been arrested numerous times. But the next day's headline says it all: "Lovable Rogue Son Didn't Deserve to Die." The thieves have been transformed from career criminals into Robin Hood-type pranksters. As the days wear on, the story takes wings. The national media picks it up, then the international media. The surviving burglar has become a folk hero. Your attorney says the thief is preparing to sue you, and he'll probably win. The media publishes reports that your home has been burglarized several times in the past and that you've been critical of local police for their lack of effort in apprehending the suspects. After the last break-in, you told your neighbor that you would be prepared next time. The District Attorney uses this to allege that you were lying in wait for the burglars. A few months later, you go to trial. The charges haven't been reduced, as your lawyer had so confidently predicted. When you take the stand, your anger at the injustice of it all works against you. Prosecutors paint a picture of you as a mean, vengeful man. It doesn't take long for the jury to convict you of all charges. The judge sentences you to life in prison. This case really happened!
On August 22, 1999, Tony Martin of Emneth, Norfolk, England, killed one burglar and wounded a second. In April, 2000, he was convicted and is now serving a life term. How did it become a crime to defend one's own life in the once-great British Empire? It started with the Pistols Act of 1903. This seemingly reasonable law forbade selling pistols to minors or felons and established that handgun sales were to be made only to those who had a license. The Firearms Act of 1920 expanded licensing to include not only handguns but all firearms except shotguns. Later laws passed in 1953 and 1967 outlawed the carrying of any weapon by private citizens and mandated the registration of all shotguns. Momentum for total handgun confiscation began in earnest after the Hungerford mass shooting in 1987. Michael Ryan, a mentally disturbed man with a Kalashnikov rifle, walked down the streets shooting everyone he saw. When the smoke cleared, 17 people were dead. The British public, already de-sensitized by eighty years of "gun control", demanded even tougher restrictions. (The seizure of all privately owned handguns was the objective even though Ryan used a rifle.) Nine years later, at Dunblane, Scotland, Thomas Hamilton used a semi-automatic weapon to murder 16 children and a teacher at a public school. For many years, the media had portrayed all gun owners as mentally unstable, or worse, criminals. Now the press had a real kook with which to beat up law-abiding gun owners. Day after day, week after week, the media gave up all pretense of objectivity and demanded a total ban on all handguns. The Dunblane Inquiry, a few months later, sealed the fate of the few sidearms still owned by private citizens. During the years in which the British government incrementally took away most gun rights, the notion that a citizen had the right to armed self-defense came to be seen as vigilantism. Authorities refused to grant gun licenses to people who were threatened, claiming that self-defense was no longer considered a reason to own a gun. Citizens who shot burglars or robbers or rapists were charged while the real criminals were released. Indeed, after the Martin shooting, a police spokesman was quoted as saying, "We cannot have people take the law into their own hands." All of Martin's neighbors had been robbed numerous times, and several elderly people were severely injured in beatings by young thugs who had no fear of the consequences. Martin himself, a collector of antiques, had seen most of his collection trashed or stolen by burglars. When the Dunblane Inquiry ended, citizens who owned handguns were given three months to turn them over to local authorities. Being good British subjects, most people obeyed the law. The few who didn't were visited by police and threatened with ten-year prison sentences if they didn't comply. Police later bragged that they'd taken nearly 200,000 handguns from private citizens. How did the authorities know who had handguns? The guns had been registered and licensed. Kind of like cars. Sound familiar?


History and Paul Harvey

 HISTORY...

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 Are you considering backing gun control laws? Do you think that because you may not own a gun, the rights guaranteed by the  Second Amendment don't matter? CONSIDER; In 1929 the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, approximately 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915-1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
 Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, 13 million Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, the mentally ill, and others,who were unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
 China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
 Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
 Uganda established gun control in 1970.From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
 Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million "educated" people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
 That places total victims who lost their lives because of gun control at approximately 56 million in the last century. Since we should learn from the mistakes of history, the next time someone talks in favor of gun control, find out which group of citizens they wish to have exterminated.
 It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed, a program costing the government more than $500 million dollars. The results Australia-wide;
 Homicides are up 3.2% Assaults are up 8 % Armed robberies are up 44% In that countries' state of Victoria, homicides with firearms are up 300%. Over the previous 25 years, figures show a steady decrease in armed robberies and Australian politicians are on the spot and at a loss to explain how no improvement in "safety" has been observed after such monumental effort and expense was successfully expended in "ridding society of guns."
 It's time to state it plainly; Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws only affect the law-abiding citizens. Take action before it's too late, write or call your delegation.

 OPINION

 Paul Harvey on Guns
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 Paul Harvey's comment on Columbine High shootings:
 How can we blame it all on guns?
 For the life of me, I can't understand what could have gone wrong in Littleton, CO. If only the parents had kept their children away from the guns, we wouldn't have had such a tragedy.
 Yeah, it must have been the guns.
 It couldn't have been because half our children are being raised in broken homes. It couldn't have been because our children get to spend an average of 30 seconds in meaningful conversation with their parents each day. After all, we give our children quality time.
 It couldn't have been because we treat our children as pets and our pets as children.
 It couldn't have been because we place our children in day care centers where they learn their socialization skills among their peers under the law of the jungle while employees who have no vested interest in the children look on and make sure that no blood is spilled.
 It couldn't have been because we allow our children to watch, on the average, seven hours of television a day filled with the glorification of sex and violence that isn't fit for adult consumption.
 It couldn't have been because we allow our children to enter into virtual worlds in which, to win the game, one must kill as many opponents as possible in the most sadistic way possible.
 It couldn't have been because we have sterilized and contracepted our families down to sizes so small that the children we do have are so spoiled with material things that they come to equate the receiving of the material with love.
 It couldn't have been because our children, who historically have been seen as a blessing from God, are now being viewed as either a mistake created when contraception fails or inconveniences that parents try to raise in their spare time.
 It couldn't have been because we give two-year prison sentences to teenagers who kill their newborns.
 It couldn't have been because our school systems teach the children that they are nothing but glorified apes who have evolutionized out of some primordial soup of mud by teaching evolution as fact and by handing out condoms as if they were candy.
 It couldn't have been because we teach our children that there are no laws of morality that transcend us, that everything is relative and that actions don't have consequences. What the heck, the president gets away with it.
 Nah, it must have been the guns.
 - Paul Harvey


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Your mind can call anyone a friend, but your heart knows who your true friends really are, Always follow your Heart. 
HAVE A NICE DAY!


Farmer Joe was suing a trucking company for injuries sustained in an accident. In court, the company's fancy lawyer was questioning Farmer Joe. "Didn't you say, at the scene of the accident, 'I'm fine'?" asked the lawyer. 
 Farmer Joe responded, "Well, I'll tell you what happened. I had just loaded my favorite mule, Bessie, into the . . ." 
 "I didn't ask for any details," the lawyer interrupted. "Just answer the question. Did you not say, at the scene of the accident, 'I'm fine'?" 
 Farmer Joe continued, "Well, I had just got Bessie into the trailer and I was driving down the road . . ." 
 The lawyer interrupted again and said, "Judge, I am trying to establish the fact that, at the scene of the accident, this man told the Highway Patrolman that he was just fine. Now, several months after the accident, he is suing my client. I believe he is a fraud. Please tell him to simply answer the question." 
 But the judge was interested in Farmer Joe's story and said to the lawyer, I'd like to hear what he has to say about his mule, Bessie. 
 Joe thanked the judge and proceeded. "Well, as I was saying, I had just loaded Bessie, my favorite mule, into the trailer and was driving her down the highway when this huge semi-truck and trailer ran the stop sign and smacked my truck right in the side. 
 "I was thrown into one ditch and Bessie was thrown into the other. I was hurting real bad and didn't want to move. However, I could hear ole Bessie moaning and groaning. I knew she was in terrible shape just by her groans. 
 "Shortly after the accident, a highway patrolman came on the scene. He could hear Bessie moaning and groaning so he went over to her. After he looked at her, he took out his gun and shot her between the eyes. Then the patrolman came across the road with his gun in his hand and looked at me. 
 "He said, 'Your mule was in such bad shape I had to shoot her. How are you feeling?'"