The Life of Karen Carpenter

A few years ago, I wrote a book review for Amazon on the life of Karen Carpenter.  She was part of the Carpenters, a soft rock duo that was very successful in the 1970s.  As with many groups in pop culture, the Carpenters were no different in encountering many trials in their lives that were a result of their fame.  The pressure was too much for Karen as she starved herself and died at the age of 33.  I still listen to her music and some people say that such music was only fit for a certain time and is “corny,” but it seems to me that such opinions are from people who cannot appreciate the harmonies of the music and the lyrics that seem quaint today.  Hopefully her memory will carry on for years to come.

On the job hunt

Being unemployed is a traumatic experience for anybody.  A person hopes to have a long career at a position and looking forward to retirement and then BOOM, out the door they go.  To be unemployed gives one a sense of rootlessness, a time in their lives where they do not know where they would go.  Of course some try to stay in one area, but the reality is that in this changing world of the job market, a move out of town is a big possibility.   Look for similar jobs not only in your home state, but also in adjoining states where a move might not be that expensive.  The key is to be enthusiastic and be ready for every interview whether in person, by video call or over the phone.  Study the job, see what the position entails and look over the website of the prospective employer.  That way, you can be ready to ask questions about the job.

As for websites, I recommend Indeed, Monster and for those who wish to seek positions in state government, Government Jobs.  At these sites, you can break down positions by salary and location and the sites are very easy to navigate.  Remember, if you have joined the ranks of the unemployed, do not fear.  Just make sure you look for work immediately and do not get discouraged.

Trashing a Forgotten Hero

To many here in America, the Reverend George Bell is a mystery.  Only those who have read the about the exploits of Dietrich Bonhoeffer come across the name.   It was Reverend Bell, the Bishop of Chichester, who was Bonhoeffer’s greatest English ally in his battle of defiance against the anti-christian activities of the Nazi regime in Germany.   Bell also conveyed to the British government that it should recognize a provisional German government in the event Hitler was ousted during the war with the help of Bonhoeffer.

Bell also was a humanitarian and spoke out against the aerial bombardment of civilian targets in Germany in a speech in the House of Lords.  After the war, he spoke mainly on nuclear disarmament and was a pioneer of the Ecumenical Movement.  Bell died in 1958 and he was remembered as a man who stood on  principle even as his chances to become Archbishop of Canterbury diminished due to his unpopular criticism of aerial bombing.

Just a few days ago, an article appeared in the Guardian stating that George Bell engaged in the sexual abuse of a young child.   The witness has remained anonymous and a sum of money was paid to that person.  Without cross-examination of this person or defense given by a man who has been dead over a half century, the fact that Bell has been given the “abuser” label without any formal jury trial smacks of character assassination by a media which takes any sort of accusation as gospel truth.  We may rue the day when an accuser comes after any of us without any collaboration and be branded an abuser for the rest of our lives.    Peter Hitchens said it best in his October 25, 2015 column when he said:

I know the C of E [Church of England] has had real problems with child abuse in recent years, and has a lot of apologising to do. No doubt. But was it wise or right to sacrifice the reputation of George Bell, to try to save its own? Who defended the dead man, in this secret process?

VW Emission Scandal

In the latest news from the environmental world, Volkswagen was found to have rigged the emission programs on their vehicles.   This has caused a stir among the minions of the EPA and the agency has vowed to crack down hard on the German automaker.  In a recent episode of the Tom Woods Show, Eric Peters addresses the issue as well as sharing his thoughts on autos that we Americans cannot buy.

Hillary’s Escape Act

The GOP once again failed to take advantage of Hillary Clinton’s disastrous policy in Libya.  Going through hours of testimony, the GOP did not press for Hillary’s explanation of why she urged President Obama to go ahead and aide rebels fighting Muammar Gaddafi.  Gaddafi, who ruled this North African nation for over 40 years, was ousted with the help of the Americans and suffered a summary execution at the hands of his captors.  Hillary’s boast of “we came, we saw, he died” has been rightly excoriated by a number of journalists and commentators including Glenn Greenwald,  Michael Scheuer and even Joel Gillin of the New Republic.   That such a disaster, with the resulting waves of refugees entering Europe and the killing of Ethiopian Christians along the Mediterranean Sea by ISIS forces having failed to put a dent in Hillary’s march toward the White House,  seems to indicate that the GOP is just along for the ride.

Once again, we have had another case of political theater inside the Beltway where players from the opposing parties engage in mock battle without much substance being accomplished.  More misery in North Africa will come for many people, including Christians whose ancestors have dwelled there for over thousands of years.  As they are being killed and their monasteries suffer destruction, Hillary will probably be dancing with her mate Bill in 2017 at the Inaugural ball if all goes according to plan.  The voters who will put her in power should heed the late H.L. Mencken’s wisdom when he said:  “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”

Welcome to my site

In the coming weeks and months, I will take you all on a ride through my thoughts on a whole range of subjects.  Politics, theology, sports, culture and much more will be coming through this website and it is my hope that I will invigorate your thought and challenge you on exploring new things.  I chose the funny name for my site (Last Plane from El Paso) as a random event that has happened in my life.  I hope that you will enjoy the ride.