The observations of a well read individual with an interest in community development and economic growth.
The Golf Season
I just received my Tee Time book today. Many of the deals which were in the previous Tee Time book are no longer there. I will be playing and practicing at least twice a week. I also will be buying a used car. Let's get to it.
Under the leadership of Hugo Chavez, it seems like the citizens of Venezuela were living a pretty good life. Mr. Chavez was the President of Venezuela from 1999 until 2013 when he died. He was also the leader of the Fifth Republican Movement. This party merged with several other parties to form the United Socialist Party of Venezuela. He was the beneficiary of high oil revenues in the mid 2000's and focused on poverty, literacy and income inequality. He was an outspoken leader and made alliances with Fidel and Raul Castro and other strong man leaders. He symbolized a proud leader for his people and has many followers today.
I was interested in Venezuela because it seemed like this leader had utilized the oil revenue to help his citizens. He was an enemy of the United States because he leaned more towards a Marxist philosophy. He supported Latin American and Caribbean cooperation and that was good for this area of islands that depend so much on tourism. He died of cancer.…
I am reading a book entitled Empires, Nations, and Families: A New History of the North American West. It is non-fiction and a nice break from my run of James Patterson and Eric Jerome Dickey Novels. It is a tough read and focuses on some families that were instrumental in attaining fortunes and helping to 'settle' present day America west of Saint Louis. I hate the world settle because it makes it seem like the land wasn't settled before encroachment of Anglo-American settlers.
I am amazed by the number of Indian tribes mentioned in the book. I remember the Comanches, Navajos, Apaches and Cherokees from watching western movies while growing up. I am presently reading a chapter in which it mentions Osage tribes. I want to recount a number of other tribes which all have a history that should be told in this country: Umpqua, Clatsops, Cocos, Wacos, Wichitas, Tonkawas, Pawnees, Arapahos, Pascagoulas, Alabamas and Choctaws. It is amazing the number and variety of Indian…
Many of us are trying to make sense of the events that occurred in Charlottesville, VA on Friday and Saturday. It seems like the alt-right, neo-nazi, Ku Klux Klan supporters were upset that a statue of General Robert E. Lee, a Confederate hero, was to be removed from this area. I guess it was one statue too many for these individuals. The Confederates lost the civil war and should not have been able to continually erect statues to maintain slavery as a right and a way of life. Dylan Roof's cold blooded murder nine church members at the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC.
At the time of this heinous crime, Mr. Roof wanted to incite a race riot. I am so happy that people who think like him did not take the bait and cause more bloodshed. This event was one of many acts of violence against people of color in this country. African American males were being murdered by police officers and these murders led to the formation of the Black Lives Matter mov…