Month: December 2017

Accusations

I was a youth leader for a number of years – junior high and senior high. We would have an outing and kids needed to get home. Parents weren’t always available and guess who got to drive the kids home? My advisors (and anyone in the field) said “Never take a girl home last. It doesn’t look good and it would only take one girl to make an accusation.” I agreed and tried to avoid ever being alone with a girl but I also asked the question, “In these times does it matter if I’m alone with a girl OR a boy?”  Bottom line is: If someone makes an accusation I am finished. I will never recover and no one will ever trust me again.

We are experiencing an onslaught of accusations like we have never seen before. If they are true accusations, the accused need to fall. It is good that women are finally feeling emboldened to speak out when treated wrong. No one should need to live under threats or improper behavior.

A couple of caveats:

1) We live in a society where we are innocent until proven guilty. We need to add another line to this statement “unless it is of a sexual nature and cannot be proven”.  I don’t have any answers to this dilemma. Sexual abuse typically happens in private where there are no witnesses. How does one “prove” they are abused?

2) Time limit. I was a youth leader in the 1980’s – thirty-some years ago. Is it fair for someone to make an accusation thirty years later? If they were hurt, yes. I would want justice. But again how can this be proven? Should there be a time limit on these?

3) It “appears” and I say “appears” with all caution that accusations sometimes come out once the accused becomes famous, wealthy, or successful.  Is it coincidence or does it “appear” that way?

4) Trial by media can be added to #3. Is it fair to publish that someone is “accused” when it has not been investigated, proven, or even questioned?

Last comments: I have a wife, two daughters and four granddaughters. If anyone hurt any of them or made unwarranted advances on them I would want to take action. You can define “take action” any way you want. If a man touched them I’d be furious. I would also be furious if someone made a false accusation against me.

Like it or not, this is a legal dilemma that we are facing. How can we save “innocence” on either side when “guilt” cannot be proven?

Job 31:34-36

34 because I so feared the crowd
    and so dreaded the contempt of the clans
    that I kept silent and would not go outside—

35 “Oh, that I had someone to hear me!
    I sign now my defense—let the Almighty answer me;
    let my accuser put his indictment in writing.

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Person of the Year 2017

If an alien came to earth right now and settled in America it may think that all men are abusers, cheaters, demanders of personal rights and refusing to stand for the national anthem.  What happened to the greatest generation that fought for our freedom, worked hard, paid taxes and lived a life of honor?

Understand that no person yet alone generation is perfect. I’m sure women were abused in other generations. We just didn’t hear about it. I’m also sure that citizens have criticized the government and it’s leaders as well.

But…it seems like we are missing something and I picked a person this year to remind us of those long ago values.

Ray Chavez. You probably don’t know the name. He didn’t make billions of dollars with an internet invention. He didn’t get rich in real estate and become President. He isn’t an illegal immigrant or a mass murderer. He never created a protest group to fight against unjust laws. He doesn’t play football or participate in the Olympics.

Ray was born in San Bernardino and grew up in San Diego. His parents, immigrants from Mexico, both died young. Juanita Chavez died of exhaustion, her son said, while Atilano Chavez succumbed to disease.  Ray was 9 or 10 when his father passed away. In his early 20s, he married and had a daughter. Then, at 27, he joined the Navy and was assigned to the minesweeper USS Condor at Pearl Harbor base in Hawaii.

After leaving the military he became a landscaper and ran his business until he was 96 years old.  He drove his car until he was 99.  At 106 he credits his longevity to clean living, no alcohol, no smoking and little red meat. In the 1950’s his only daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter were killed in an auto accident. He and his wife adopted a 5-year-old daughter from an orphanage in 1957 to help ease their pain. His wife Margaret died in the mid-1980’s.

At age 101 his health began to decline and he lost weight. His daughter encouraged him to join a gym and get some training. He gained 20 pounds of muscle and began working out 3 times a week.

I skipped over the reason Ray caught my attention. He is the oldest surviving serviceman from the attack at Pearl Harbor. 

At 3:45 a.m. Dec. 7, 1941, Seaman First Class Chavez’s crew was sweeping the east entrance to the harbor when they spotted the periscope of a Japanese midget submarine. Another ship blew up the sub and the rest of the morning passed uneventfully. He was asleep at home in nearby Ewa Beach when the Japanese bombing raid began at 8:10 a.m.

“I will never forget it as long as I live. It goes through my mind every day like it happened yesterday,” Chavez said. “My wife ran in and said ‘we’re being attacked’ and I said ‘who’s going to attack us? Nobody.’ But when I got outside I saw the whole harbor was up in smoke.”

Chavez ran back to his ship and spent the next nine days on continuous duty. Over the next four years, he rose to the rank of chief, serving on transport ships that delivered tanks and Marines to shore in eight Pacific battles.

Last December, he and Kathleen flew to Hawaii for events marking the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

 

 

“I have no secret except I don’t drink, I don’t smoke and I try to eat a balanced meal,” Chavez said. “I just keep on going.”
That’s a great motto from someone who can testify to it – just keep on going.

1 Samuel 25:6 Say to him: ‘Long life to you! Good healthto you and your household! And good health to all that is yours!

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Crazy Presidents

President Trump came under consideration as my Person of the Year. While under consideration I decided to look up some other “extreme” Presidents. I wonder what they would have tweeted while in office.

Grover Cleveland became the guardian of a girl when she was 11. He then married her when she turned 21 and she became the youngest first lady in history.

Andrew Johnson was stone drunk and passed out at his inauguration.

John Quincy Adams skinny dipped and swam the Potomac river nude every morning. A female reporter wanted to interview him and sat on his clothes until he talked to her.

Herbert Hoover permitted his son to keep 2 alligators in the White House as pets. The would crawl around the grounds and terrify everyone.

Grover Cleveland avoided military service by paying a Polish immigrant $1,500 to take his place.

Thomas Jefferson crippled his hand jumping a fence to meet his (married) girlfriend Maria Cosway.  Yes, he was married too.

Calvin Coolidge hat 2 pet lions, a pet raccoon and a pygmy hippopotamus named Billy.

James Buchanan was nearsighted in one eye and farsighted in the other. To compensate for this visual weakness, he would constantly open and close one eye at a time, depending on whether he needed to see close or far. He would also cock his head on an angle to compensate for his strange ocular condition.

Lyndon Johnson was very well-endowed and was not averse to proudly proving it now and then, often displaying his manhood to unsuspecting female journalists. Johnson was especially fond of whipping out his manhood, which he’d dubbed “Jumbo,” in mixed company.

John Adams started smoking when he was 8 years old.

Harry S Truman would get up at 5AM so he could practice the piano for two hours.

Dwight D. Eisenhower hated cats and enjoyed shooting any that came near his house. He also had squirrels trapped at the White House and re-located because they buried nuts in the yard.

The song “Hail to the Chief” was written specifically for James Madison. Because he was so small, no one ever noticed him when entered the room.

Calvin Coolidge loved having his head rubbed with Vaseline while he ate his breakfast in bed.

Ulysses S. Grant changed his name from Hiram Ulysses Grant because he hated the initials “H.U.G.” He hated music- all music. He also evicted Jews from certain parts of the country because he believed they were running a black market for cotton between the north and south.

Benjamin Harrison was the first president to have electric lights in the White House, but he was terrified of turning them on himself. He had servants turn on the switches because he was afraid of electrocution.

James K. Polk was plagued by diarrhea all through his one term as president. He finally died of what he called “a derangement of the stomach bowels.”

William McKinley‘s wife was an epileptic. He would sometimes cover her contorted face with a handkerchief during formal dinner parties.

Martin Van Buren liked betting money on the outcome of elections.

Ronald Reagan once broke his leg in six different places when he ran into first base during a celebrity baseball game.

Woodrow Wilson was a gifted mimic and loved to tell racist jokes. He also liked to imitate drunks.

John F. Kennedy confided with friends that he could only be satisfied with three women a day.”  JFK’s sexual conquests allegedly include Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Jayne Mansfield, Angie Dickinson, Brazilian actress Florinda Bolkan, famous burlesque stripper, and rap name pioneer Blaze Starr. Jack could be shameless in his sexuality, simply pull girls’ dresses up and so forth. He would corner them at White House dinner parties and ask them to step into the next room away from the noise, where they could hold a ‘serious discussion.'”

George Washington opened a distillery at Mount Vernon.  It produced 11,000 gallons of whiskey in 1799 more than any other distillery in the U.S.  He also ran up a pretty big bar tab at City Tavern in Philadelphia.

William Taft, our largest president, once got stuck in a bathtub and had to be pryed out by four men and the aid of a pound of butter.

I take no credit for these and do not guarantee their accuracy!  Sources:

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http://www.collegehumor.com/post/7035613/8-presidents-way-crazier-than-trump

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/11/03/Our-Wild-and-Crazy-US-Presidents/

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/04/08/Those-Wacky-US-Presidents/

http://www.grunge.com/11730/u-s-presidents-pretty-weird-people/

https://listverse.com/2014/06/30/10-strange-things-us-presidents-have-done/

Romans 13 

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority?
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