The Slaughter At Uvalde, Texas

27 05 2022

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

At the moment, the attention of Americans and others around the world is focused on the small town of Uvalde, Texas[2], where young students and others were slain by a single unhinged gunman.  All of the facts are not crystal clear yet, including whether and how the massacre could have been prevented.  Blame is being thrown around; and typically some are trying to exploit it for their own political gains.  Since national elections will occur in November, which may alter the direction of our great nation, demagogues are in abundant supply.[3]

People in other countries question why the United States is beset by such unspeakable violence again and again.  Some cite almost 400 million firearms in the possession of Americans today.  Others cite the inability to spot and deal with mental health problems.  Others cite the attacks on our police and other members of law enforcement, as making them reticent to put their own lives on the line.

The shooter was 18 years old; and he shot his own grandmother in the face before beginning his rampage.  How did he obtain and learn how to use his arsenal of weaponry; and how did he afford it and hide it?  The hero was an off-duty border patrol agent, who was getting a haircut when his wife texted him, saying there was an active shooter at the school where she teaches, and which their 8-year-old daughter attends.  Borrowing a weapon from his barber, he went to the school, and the rest is history.[4]

Violence and deaths are in the news each and every day, globally.  Russia’s Vladimir Putin launched his vicious war against Ukraine recently, with no end in sight.  China’s deadly Coronavirus pandemic is resurgent again, with the latest variants overriding vaccines and their boosters; and China is threatening Taiwan.  North Korea’s Kim Jong-un is testing devastating weapons; and the list goes on and on.  Our churches are targeted; and at times one wonders where God is, in the midst of so much chaos.  The answer is: here, there and everywhere.[5]

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© 2022, Timothy D. Naegele

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[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass).  See, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-21-8-6  and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/accomplishments/   He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University.  He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service).  Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/articles/ and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/articles/), and studied photography with Ansel Adams.  He can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com

[2]  See https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uvalde,_Texas (“Uvalde, Texas”)

[3]  See https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10854523/Beto-ORourke-marched-Texas-school-shooting-press-conference.html (“Beto O’Rourke GATECRASHES Texas school shooting press conference and heckles Greg Abbott for ‘doing nothing’ on gun reform before being marched out and called ‘a sick son of a b***h’: Abbott blames ‘mental health’ for shootings”)

[4]  See https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10858885/Hero-CBP-cop-rushed-Texas-massacre-school-shotgun-teacher-wife-texted-Help.html (“Hero CBP cop rushed to Texas massacre school mid-haircut with borrowed shotgun to rescue 20 kids including his daughter, 8, after wife who teaches there texted him saying: ‘There’s an active shooter. Help'”)

[5]  See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/05/12/what-and-where-is-god/ (“What And Where Is God?”)

Today is my mother’s birthday; and she had more genuine faith than anyone whom I have ever met.  She and my father gave me unconditional love, always; they are my only heroes in life; and I miss both of them.





The RED WAVE is NOT Guaranteed

24 05 2022

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

This is a warning issued by Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas and candidate for the Republican Party presidential nomination in both 2008 and 2016[2], which states:

While I was in Israel recently, I was asked by Israeli friends how the elections would turn out in America this fall. My response was that Republicans will win in a blowout unless they fail to come up a cohesive message other than, “Hey we aren’t THOSE guys who doubled your gas prices, jacked up groceries by 20%, and who opened the borders to illegals but busted the supply of baby formula.” The policies of the leftist Democrats have finally become untenable for common-sense loving Americans who unlike Joe Biden’s recent nominee to the Supreme Court DO know what a woman is. The Democrats have gone into a wild irrational rage about abortion, calling it “health care for women,” even though at least one person dies every time there is an abortion. They claim that 4 and 5 year old children ought to be taught about gender fluidity before they learn their numbers, colors, and letters of the alphabet. Most Americans know that’s not just bad policy, it’s insanity. And working-class Americans have grown tired of the elitists from Hollywood and Washington lecturing about climate change and carbon footprints when the same hypocritical snobs fly around the globe in fuel-sucking, carbon emitting private jets and upon landing, ride in long black limousines while owning 4 or 5 homes.

The demands to tax more don’t go over well with anyone who owns a business or is trying to get kids to school each day and feed them each evening, but Republicans need to focus on what they will stand FOR if given the majorities in the House and Senate. Keep in mind, that even if the GOP takes both houses, they won’t be able to pass legislation because Joe Biden isn’t likely to sign anything that makes energy cheaper, houses more affordable, or our borders more secure. Biden’s party still wants to pursue truly crazy policies like Critical Race Theory that indoctrinates schoolchildren to believe that all white children are evil oppressors and that our nation is systemically racist and bad, despite it being the ONE place on earth where people of every color risk their very lives to get to because they believe America is still a great country where freedom and opportunity awaits.

Republicans should tell America that if elected, they will pursue the following things and force Joe Biden to either sign the legislation or explain to struggling American why not:

1. We will finish the border wall, enforce immigration laws, and stop the flow of deadly drugs and human trafficking of small children to become sex slaves for the drug cartels.

2. We will support our military by giving them leaders who believe that a military being deadly is more important than being diverse. That means people are promoted because they are the best, not because they are the right color, gender, or sexual identity.

3. We will value all life from conception because we don’t think any human life is disposable or expendable.

4. We will work toward a completely different tax system like the Fair Tax in which we pay taxes on what we consume and not what we produce. We would get rid of the death tax and capital gains taxes because we shouldn’t punish productivity.

5. We will follow the Constitution and allow the states to govern themselves without the federal government mandating the minutia.

6. We will not tolerate violent crime and letting killers and thugs back on the streets to repeat their attacks on the law-abiding public. We all should have an expectation to walk in our neighborhood, ride a subway or bus, or get from their car to the front door of a grocery store without being assaulted.

7. We will renew energy independence by re-starting the Keystone XL pipeline, drilling on federal lands, and extracting the oil and natural gas under our own feet and re-starting a long-term nuclear energy capacity.

The country is in a mess and while Biden and the Democrats blame Putin, Trump, or anyone but themselves, we all know they OWN the results of their policies.

But we the people own the elections with our votes. And the country doesn’t belong to the politicians but the people. Always has; always will![3]

Governor Huckabee’s words need to be heeded, not ignored.  Lots of us began as Democrats, but left the party years ago when it veered so far to the left that it was unrecognizable.  We became Independents, and proudly so, or Republicans.

We are the inheritors of a great nation, consisting of Americans of different colors, religions and ethnicities.  However, with few exceptions, we want America to survive and prosper for the rest of our lives and that of our loved ones.[4]

And yes, Vladimir Putin’s war is raging in Ukraine, and courageous Ukrainians have shown the world that freedom is precious and worth fighting for; and they are an inspiration.[5]  China threatens Taiwan, while North Korea is engaged in sable-rattling.  The Coronavirus pandemic continues to raise its ugly head, while many Americans wish it was long gone, and act accordingly.

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© 2022, Timothy D. Naegele

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[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass).  See, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-21-8-6  and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/accomplishments/   He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University.  He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service).  Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/articles/ and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/articles/), and studied photography with Ansel Adams.  He can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com

[2]  See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Huckabee (“Mike Huckabee”)

[3]  See https://www.mikehuckabee.com/latest-news?id=13D707E3-0425-48C3-87BF-30AA660E4D98

[4]  See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/02/26/america-a-rich-tapestry-of-life/ (“America: A Rich Tapestry Of Life”)

[5]  There are traitors in our midst such as former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who believed that the United States was in decline, and that his job was to ease that decline and fall from grace.  Needless to say, Ronald Reagan came along and won the Cold War, and the former Soviet Union was no more.  For Kissinger to be counseling Ukraine to give in to Russia’s vicious killer Putin is absurd.  Kissinger is a foreign-born pathetic relic of a bygone era, if that much.

See https://finance.yahoo.com/news/henry-kissinger-warns-against-defeat-174812366.html (“Henry Kissinger: Ukraine must give Russia territory”)








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