Louis L’Amour, America’s Favorite Storyteller……by, Michael Hawke

The Western: When I was growing up I remember my father reading Western novels. He always had a book going. My dad served in WWII in the Pacific. After the war he returned home and served as a Police Officer for the city of Toledo. I am sure to my Dad, and to many of his generation, the Westerns written by Louis L’Amour were favorites.

Hondo: This was Louis La’Amour’s first full length novel, published in 1953. Every one of his more than 100 books is in print and there are more than 230 million of his books in print worldwide making him one of the best selling authors in modern times. His books have been translated into twenty languages, and more than forty-five of his novels and stories have been made into feature films and television movies.

High Honors: He received many high honors and awards. In 1983 Louis L’Amour became the first novelist ever to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by the United States Congress. In 1984 President Ronald Reagan awarded him the Medal of Freedom.  Louis L’Amour died on June 10, 1988.

Excerpts:  I recently read “The Cherokee Trail”, first published in 1982. The story is of a strong woman who moves West from her home in Virginia due to the Civil War. In the back of this novel there are several excerpts from some of his other novels. I will share one  below so you can get a taste of why Louis L’Amour was called “America’s Favorite Story Teller”. 

“Tell her of the West?…… Where could a man begin? Where could he find the words to put the pictures before her that he saw when she asked about the West? How could he tell her of fifty-mile cattle drives without water and the cattle dying and looking wild-eyed into the sun? How could he tell her about the sweat, the dust, the alkali? Or the hard camps of hard men where a word was a gun and a gun was a death? And plugging a wound with a dirty handkerchief and hoping it didn’t poison? What could a man tell a woman of the West? How could he find words for the swift-running streams, chuckling over rocks, for the mountains that reached to heaven and the clouds that choked the valleys among the high peaks? What words did have to talk of that?”

“There’s a wonder of land out there, Mrs. Thorne”, I said, “a wide wonder of it, with distances that reach out beyond your seeing, where a man can ride six days and get nowhere at all. There are canyons where no white man has walked, canyons among the unfleshed bones of the mountains, with the soil long gone if ever there was any, like old buffalo bones where the buzzard and the coyotes had been at them. There’s campfires, ma’am, where you sit over a tiny fire with a million tiny fires in the sky above you like the fires of a million lonely men. You hover over your fire and hear the coyotes speaking their plaintive words at the moon, and you smell the acrid smoke and you wonder where you are and if there’s Comanches out there, and your horse comes close to the fire for company and looks out into the dark with pricked-up ears. Chances are the night is empty, of living things, anyway, for who can say what ghosts may haunt a country the like of that?”

” Sometimes I’d be lazy in the morning and lie in my blankets after sunup, and I’d see deer coming down to the water to drink. Those days a man didn’t often camp right up against a water hole. It wasn’t safe, but that wasn’t the reason. There’s other creatures need water besides a man, and they won’t come nigh it if a man is close by, so it’s best to get your water and then sleep back so the deer, the quail, and maybe a cougar can come for water, too.” 

“Times like that a man sees some strange sights. One morning I watched seven bighorn sheep come down to the water. No creature alive, man or animal, has the stately dignity of a bighorn. They came down to the water there and stood around, taking another drink now and again. Tall as a burro most of them, and hair as soft as a fawn’s belly. A man who travels alone misses a lot, ma’am, but he sees a lot the busy, talky folks never get a chance to see.”  

“Why, Iv’s stood ten feet from a grizzly bear stuffing himself with blackberries and all he did was look at me now and again. He was so busy at those berries he’d no time for me. So I just sat down and watched him and ate my own fixin’s right there, for company. He paid me no mind, and I paid him little more. When I’d eaten what I had, I went back to my horse and when I left I called out to him and said, ‘Good-bye, Old Timer’, and lifted a hand, and would you believe it, ma’am, he turned and looked after me like he missed my company.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Daily Mix….by, Michael Hawke

The Puerto Rico Fix: Puerto Rico has a population of around 3 million people. The debt for the island will require bankruptcy. The people of the island must vote for statehood.  Failure to do this will result in the banks sitting on the island until international development takes place. At that point the population will fall even more and they will lose their island and all the natural beauty there. A tough pill to take but it is the only way they will keep their homeland. They also need to remember…..they are an island!

The Cuba Transformation: Destined to become the tourist jewel of the Caribbean. The changes are happening in lighting speed. Unlike Puerto Rico the people there are going to take those developer dollars. In fifteen years Cuba will look like a much prettier, and more enticing Miami. They do not need to remember they are an island….they know it and will take the benefits! The Castro period will be a dim memory in ten years.

The Stupid Funny Question:  ….did President Trump try to fire Robert Mueller last June? All we have heard since Trump left of the economic summit in Davo Switzerland was there was new bombshell evidence that he wanted to fire Mueller last June. The reports ridiculously suggest this the “gotcha proof” the President obstructed justice. Such a pile of baloney I have never heard. The whole thing was to take the focus off the reality of Davos…Trump was big hit and he pushed the benefits of doing business with, and in, America. In other words he was selling our countries’ benefits to the elite in Davos. Such dung on CNN and all the other liberal news outlets. Such a sham they all are. There was no obstruction, collusion, corruption, or election hijacking. I ask the American worker to look at their pay stub this month….that should be enough for them to see the lies for what they are. Trump is no politician….he is a tough and tumble businessman who knows what is best for his country and for the American people.

Help With My Book: I brought on two interns this weekend to help me with the book. Yogi and Boo Boo. They are four month old tabby cats and were born on Camp Pendleton on 9/11/2017. The have assured me they are not liberals and lean toward conservative cat ideas. Their contribution will be to catch mice and gophers and to provide that relaxed environment that animals give when they are sleeping on the chair or the floor or the table…..or at this point everywhere else in the house. How long will they be high energy kittens????

 

 

 

The Daily Mix…..by, Michael Hawke

NAFTA FIX NEEDED: President Trump has called for ending NAFTA. I think we all know he is using this stand as a means of starting the re-negotiation of the terms and rules of NAFTA. Living in San Diego it is easy to see some economic benefits of NAFTA to both sides of the border. There are, however, a few “big” things that need fixing. Today about 95% of the containers coming across the border from Mexico are Chinese goods that were delivered into Mexico for “free” transit into the United States under the NAFTA. These goods were not made or assembled in Mexico for the most part. So when President Trump says we need to dump or fix NAFTA he is correct. Current trade deficit with Mexico is over $70 billion dollars. This is not “fair trade” and it hurts our economy.

THE WALL AND LIES : The wall works. We have had over 15 miles of fence separation with Mexico in San Diego for over fifteen years. It has kept our border patrol agents safer, helped us better police the illegal transport of drugs and people, and for Mexico has made neighborhoods near the border much safer as cartel drugs and violence is longer threatening them. Each day in San Diego over 135,000 people travel legally though across our border for work, travel, trade, family, and a variety of other reasons. The news to the American people should be the border is wide open…for the legal crossing of people and goods in both directions. Ask anyone living in San Diego if the border fence works and they will give a resounding YES! The democrats, led by Chuck Schumer, lie openly about this for one reason only…to stop President Trump from succeeding.

PRESIDENT TRUMP AKSED FOR $28 BILLION: …in funding for the wall. Lets put this amount of money in perspective. In the State of California, the Democrat controlled state legislature has already spent over $68 billion dollars on a high speed rail line from Sacramento to Los Angeles and not even had one train has traveled one mile as of this post. To protect our borders improving, extending, and building the wall is essential. Building the wall does not close off Mexico, rather it enhances both governments ability to control the dangerous cartel smugglers and other illegal threats on the border.

DEMOCRATIC ELECTION NIGHTMARE LOOMS:  The American people care most about their own safety and economic security. When voters walk into the voter booth in November they will know their economic status is better than it has been in the past 15 years. Their wages are rising, their taxes are falling, the job market is growing, and America is stronger and safer. They also will know if they want these benefits to continue they must give the President a super majority in the Senate. The choice will be give the President 60 Senators, who support his policies, or put more Democrat Senators in office who will shut down any ability for continued positive economic growth for themselves and their families. Simply put…“it’s the economy stupid”.  The Democrat Senators better deal now, or they will face disaster in November.

 

 

The Daily Mix…..by, Michael Hawke

NAFTA FIX NEEDED: President Trump has called for ending NAFTA. I think we all know he is using this stand as a means of starting the re-negotiation of the terms and rules of NAFTA. Living in San Diego it is easy to see some economic benefits of NAFTA to both sides of the border. There are, however, a few “big” things that need fixing. Today about 95% of the containers coming across the border from Mexico are Chinese goods that were delivered into Mexico for “free” transit into the United States under the NAFTA. These goods were not made or assembled in Mexico for the most part. So when President Trump says we need to dump or fix NAFTA he is correct. Current trade deficit with Mexico is over $70 billion dollars. This is not “fair trade” and it hurts our economy.

THE WALL AND LIES : The wall works. We have had over 15 miles of fence separation with Mexico in San Diego for over fifteen years. It has kept our border patrol agents safer, helped us better police the illegal transport of drugs and people, and for Mexico has made neighborhoods near the border much safer as cartel drugs and violence is longer threatening them. Each day in San Diego over 135,000 people travel legally though across our border for work, travel, trade, family, and a variety of other reasons. The news to the American people should be the border is wide open…for the legal crossing of people and goods in both directions. Ask anyone living in San Diego if the border fence works and they will give a resounding YES! The democrats, led by Chuck Schumer, lie openly about this for one reason only…to stop President Trump from succeeding.

PRESIDENT TRUMP AKSED FOR $18 BILLION: …in funding for the wall. Lets put this amount of money in perspective. In the State of California, the Democrat controlled state legislature has already spent over $68 billion dollars on a high speed rail line from Sacramento to Los Angeles and not even had one train has traveled one mile as of this post. To protect our borders improving, extending, and building the wall is essential. Building the wall does not close off Mexico, rather it enhances both governments ability to control the dangerous cartel smugglers and other illegal threats on the border.

DEMOCRATIC ELECTION NIGHTMARE LOOMS:  The American people care most about their own safety and economic security. When voters walk into the voter booth in November they will know their economic status is better than it has been in the past 15 years. Their wages are rising, their taxes are falling, the job market is growing, and America is stronger and safer. They also will know if they want these benefits to continue they must give the President a super majority in the Senate. The choice will be give the President 60 Senators, who support his policies, or put more Democrat Senators in office who will shut down any ability for continued positive economic growth for themselves and their families. Simply put…“it’s the economy stupid”.  The Democrat Senators better deal now, or they will face disaster in November.

 

 

Senators Are Self Serving Liars! ……by, Michael Hawke

Liars: The Senate is made up of many liars. There are, according to Mark Twain, three kinds of liars…there are “Liars”, there are “Damned Liars”, and there are “Politicians”. Our Senators shut down the government this past week over bull dung arguments and political gamesmanship for the sake of each side trying to gain public approval at the expense of the other. The lies both sides spouted regarding the shut down were pathetic. I can tell a more believable lie with half my brain tied behind my back and both my eyes closed. Such childish actions were an embarrassment to the dignity of the Senate as an institution. They should be ashamed of themselves.

Damned Liars: Not all the Senators are simply“liars”….many of them are “damned liars”, which, according to Mark Twain, is the second worst kind of liar one can be. The democrats voted in block for the shutdown and yet they continued to say the lack of votes to keep the government open was due to the Republicans, who hold a majority in the House of Representative as well as the Senate.  They knew the Republican majority in the Senate is very slim (51), and in order for the government to be kept open 60 votes were needed. This means several Democrat Senators votes were needed for the bill to pass. Yet the Democrats, who voted against the bill in mass, kept saying it was the Republicans. This lie was obvious to all, and yet, and they continued spouting it over and over. Please note the shutdown of the government was not due to, nor was it caused by, the Republican Senators. Many Republican Senators are still “liars”….but all of the Democrat Senators are “damned liars”. The “damned liars” looked like “stupid damned liars” to me, since their lie was so obvious.  I could have told a better lie standing on my head, with half my brain tied behind my back, and both of my eyes closed. They are an embarrassment to the dignity of the Senate to which they have been sent to serve, not themselves…..but the citizens of our great nation. They should be ashamed of themselves.

Politicians: According to Mark Twain this is the worst kind of liar. In this government shutdown debacle there is one Senator who deserves this “worst kind of liar label”, Senator Chuck Schumer.  Chuck Schumer, as the minority leader in the Senate, set up this shut down, secured an en mass Democrat vote for it, and then had the audacity to call it the “Trump Shutdown”! He used the Daca /Dreamer issue as the reason they would not cooperate to keep the government open. This lie was not just a disgrace it was an insult to any thinking person. The Daca/Dreamer matter has bi-partisan support. The President also has promised to sign the bill to grant them the right to stay here. Chuck Schumer made this issue his line in the sand. He also knew that during the Obama administration both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate agreed for better border security, and end to chain migration and the lottery system, and support for the children’s health care bill. The entire issue Chuck Schumer was about was to try to create an outrage against the Republicans by labeling them anti Daca/Dreamer. Chuck Schumer, is the worst kind of liar…he epitomizes what Mark Twain meant when he called the worst kind of liar a “Politician”.  He should be ashamed of himself for disgracing the dignity of the Senate and insulting the American people.

Republican Mid-Term Goals-60 Seats! by, Michael Hawke


The Government Just Shut Down: I listened to Chuck Schumer and Mitch Mc Connell blame each other over the shut down. There is no reason for this to have happened. The shut down was because the Democrats insisted that DACA needed to be voted for if they were to vote to keep the government open. They also insisted they would not vote for keeping the government open if the Republicans included the wall funding. So essentially they are unable to flex in any way.

The 60 Seat Goal: It should be clear to all Americans that these two groups of our political leaders are polarized. To take advantage of President Trump’s economic growth successes it is imperative the Republicans pick up enough seats at the Mid Term to give them the 60 votes. They will be pushing very hard to get the mid term races going after this debacle.

Senators Should Be Fired: Those Senators who let the government shut down should be targeted for defeat in their next election. It is clear the political bull dung these people are spewing is shameful. I for one will be supporting every Republican candidate running in November. These guys are worried about illegal immigrants, the DACA people, and forgetting about our citizens, our military, our veterans. How in the world can they be so openly dishonest.

The Daca / Dreamer Win ….. by, Michael Hawke

 

DACA/ DREAMERS Background Information: …..Reported numbers of DACA immigrants is somewhere around 500,000. The DREAMER numbers are higher and are said to be around 3.5 million. The DACA issue that we hear being negotiated has to do with a set of immigrants brought here as children and registered as DACA immigrants. They were granted temporary waivers to stay under the Obama administration until the deadline which is this March. The larger group, the DREAMERS, are also undocumented immigrants brought here as children but tend to be older and also are not registered in the DACA program.

The Innocent Immigrants: The issue of passing legislation to legalize the DACA group, and then also the DREAMER  group is going to happen. We will pass a law or laws to take care of these people who were largely brought here as children but who are now almost all adults. Through no fault of their own they were illegally brought here by their parents and or families and grew up knowing only America as their home. No groups of illegal immigrants has a better right to an amnesty then do these two groups.

The Problem: The snag here is that we now have a Republican President, Donald Trump, who ran a campaign that included the promise to make America safer by securing our borders through the building of a wall, increase in border patrol agents, and improved security throughout. He also promised to fix our immigration system by ending chain immigration and the lottery as well as selecting immigrants based on merit….what skills and talents will they bring to America to make our country a better nation. For some reason the Democrats insist on having DACA passed without letting the President include the changes he requires to achieve his security goals. The logic of these two things being linked is undeniable. Failure to fix the system of immigration will only lead to more DACA kids and future amnesties needed as well a continued lack of focus on controlling who is allowed to immigrate into America. The politics of polarization is at work here as the Democrats are eying the coming mid-term elections where they hope tp regain a majority in either the House or the Senate.

The Right Thing To Do: The right thing to do is for the Democrats to give the President what he needs to fix the immigration system as well as the money to build the wall and greater security system. The Democrats must know that failure to do this will lead to another disaster in the mid-term elections. The reality is building a wall, controlling our border, and standardizing our immigration system is good for everyone, both citizens and immigrants.

The Lie: The picture painted by the Democrats opposing the wall and the other issues is that we will close off Mexico. Anyone who lives in a border region knows this is both wrong and ridiculous. San Diego’s, San Ysidro border crossing is the busiest border crossing in the world. Thousands of people commute and travel back and forth every day. Many Mexicans living in Mexico have visas and work permits and come over to work in the U.S., preferring to live in their own country Mexico. We also have many Americans living across the border as well who commute daily to work.

San Diego Has a Fence (a wall really): and it is very effective in helping control the illegal, and criminal, elements from easily crossing into the United Sates. I do not think improving the wall along other parts of the border, where the Cartels clearly cross drugs and people freely, is anything other than a necessary and smart thing to do. I would also be remiss if I did not mention that last year in Tijuana, Mexico, minutes from San Diego, there were over 1700 murders….most of which were Cartel related. Do you think the citizens of San Diego want the current wall removed? Not in their lifetimes!

The Money For The Wall: President Trump promised during the campaign that Mexico will pay for the wall. He refers to the $71 billion dollar trade deficit with Mexico, and NAFTA on the table for renegotiation, as the means to ultimately have Mexico foot the bill, either directly or indirectly.

After watching the economy and stock market reach record highs this past year and companies like Apple bringing back off shore money and opening new plants here in America, as well as the tax cuts for all Americans….why should we doubt the Presidents claim. Regarding the amount of money he is requesting, it is not a lot when you start looking at how many projects spend billions and billions in the government sphere.

10 Billion People: By mid 2030 or so the planet’s population will have grown from the current 7.5 billion people to a profound 10 billion people, all trying to live, work, and prosper. There is no question by that time America better be strong, prosperous, and have solid control of her borders. The suggestion President Trump’s goals are anything but that of a forward thinking, practical, business minded visionary is denying the reality of what he has already accomplished. The problem for the Democrats and the Liberal Media is that the President is not a politician. He is a builder….. and for him the only measure of success will be in his Making America Great and Safe again!

Do The Right Thing: I urge our politicians, on both sides of the aisle, to simply quit the lies, get back to work, and simply “do the right thing”.  This  is a win win for both sides…. and most importantly, for these DACA and DREAMER immigrants.

 

 

 

Chester John Pomorski Happy Birthday!…. By, Michael Hawke

Greatest Generation Stoicism: My Dad would have been 93 years old today. He passed way too early, at age 65, in 1990. Dad was a WWII veteran of the Pacific where he served on a landing craft as a gunners mate. He was an 18 year old kid just out of high school but was somehow, like all those kids in WWII, instantly turned into a man by virtue of the life and death nature of war. After the war these young men returned home and helped turn our country into a land of prosperity, growth, freedom, and opportunity. They were not a griping, complaining, or excuse making lot. Determined, stoic, work ethic drove them forward.

Dad never spoke to me about any of his war time service other than to suggest I not go into the Navy when I told I was going to join the military. I remember him saying ship life was pretty hard. I took his advice and went into the Army, thanks for that one Dad! Mom shared that on one of his missions he was assigned to a landing craft and was shuttling ammunition from a supply ship to the island. He told her that when it was time for lunch if your team was on the ship you ate aboard the ship and if on the island you at on the island. Dad was on the island eating sea rations with his buddies when they watched the ship blow up and sink. He spent the rest of the day, and the next, searching for survivors and recovering the bodies of the dead shipmates. Like so many of these WWII vets Dad must have had PTSD. In that time the VA had no knowledge of what it was or how to help veterans. The vets themselves developed many fraternal organizations where they had support and camaraderie.

Toledo Police Officer: Dad went on to a career in law enforcement serving as a Toledo Police Officer for over 20 years. He loved to garden, build model airplanes, take his dog with him in the car, and of course watch, and in that time, listen on the portable radio to sports. To say he was a Detroit Tiger fan would be a huge understatement. He loved the Tigers, and baseball in general.  We all got the bug. To this day I know my brother and sister and I are loyal Tigers fans as was our mom.  Dad left us with so much more than love of sports. We all knew he loved us and his model of toughness was a trait of the men of his time….warriors all.

Happy Birthday Dad: The Tigers should win the World Series this year and I know you are rooting from the upper deck, looking down. We love and miss you much. Thanks for being tough and for that “pomorski sense of humor” that we all somehow ended up with, for better or worse.

 

 

 

 

The Passing of Hakjoo

Hakjoo passed this weekend. She was a strong woman who never gave up fighting to live.  She suffered so very much, yet along the way was always the strong one. We offer her family, and her best friend, Garrett, our love, prayers and thoughts. To them, and to Hakjoo, who is now with the Lord we remember our Lord’s words in John 14:1-4

” Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you;  for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am you may be also. And you know the way where I am going”.

Michael Hawke

“The Stable Genius”…..By, Michael Hawke

President Trump reminds Press….. he is a “stable genius”. The President held an open to the press, bi-partisan DACA and immigration meeting on Tuesday. After watching him live, and seeing him lead the meeting, it was crystal clear he is not only pretty smart ,but very skilled, at these boardroom settings. Later that night on the talking head liberal media shows the slanderous comments of his being demented, pre-Alzheimer, mentally ill, and psychopathic were silenced. (Win 1 for POTUS.)

Geniuses…even stable ones…do really dumb things…..by Thursday the “stable genius” gave away the win. In a meeting with a group of bi-partisan Senators to discuss a proposal for the DACA / immigration problem the President used off color and harsh, comments to refer to the “nations”, not the “people” of African countries as well as Haiti who send immigrants to our country. I could argue it was a private meeting to discuss and debate the offer and the tone and words of the President should not have been made public. On the other side President Trump, the ” stable genius”, acted pretty dumb if he really thought bully tough talk in a meeting with democratic leaders would stay private. Not thinking too genius like Mr. President. Also seemingly not negotiating in a way that reflected he had just scored a major PR win with the public on these matters. (Win 1 for the Dems and the Liberal Media.)

The comments were quoted out of context but….the stable genius has been in Washington for 12 months so he should expect anything he does or says likely will be used against him by the drive by media, especially when he does dumb stuff.  It should not be a shocker to him….he should have been a gentleman.

Being a “stable gentleman genius”…. Mr. President the American people want to see you succeed being….”a stable tough gentleman genius” and not, ” a fly off the cuff, blurting, bully, dork genius”.