Rumors have it…

If you want to know the newest and in most cases the oldest rumors floating around, go to your social media blog. Yep, it is simply amazing how many rumors just take on a life of their own.

People do not care anymore if they are telling the truth or if they are telling a lie. My friends, if you pass along a lie, it is a lie coming from you. Should I repeat this?

I would hope that all of us were taught to not tell lies and I know I try my best to make sure what I post is not a lie but is the truth on my social media accounts. However, I also know that I can make a mistake and post something that is not true. If I do, I hope my friends on that account will tell me so I can remove it.

This article is to those folks that are constantly posting without checking the facts. Oh, I know, it is a feel-good thing. “Pray for this girl, she has been missing and the worst is feared…” Oh, you didn’t check it out, she was missing 5 years ago, and found dead two days later… REALLY!

Some are just outright lies, there is no truth in them and we still post them, no matter how unbelievable they seem to be. “A hole is found in the ocean and the sea will dry up in 10,000 years” Ha, even if it was true, I promise you it would not affect me when I hit my 10,062-year-old birthday…

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Image was obtained from a google search. snopes.com

I use snopes.com to try to verify my post before I post them. I have found it to be reliable and it is simple to use. There may be others but this one is my choice.

Let’s all clean up our own back yards and stop the rumors we post and that others post. If you see something and want to repost it, check it out and make sure it is factual based and true. If it is, go for it and post it.

If it is not true, post the link of the information that backs up your findings on the original post you found it on and call it what it is, outdated, not true, not factual, etc.

Look at the source of who the original post was. As an example, an article from a mainstream news group is probably okay. One that is from lies4news, well may be questionable.

Here is just a couple of post I found today on snopes.com:

Did an NFL Player Burn an American Flag in a Locker Room? – NOT TRUE – http://www.snopes.com/nfl-player-burned-american-flag-in-locker-room/

Is the Mississippi River Going Dry? – NOT TRUE – http://www.snopes.com/mississippi-river-going-dry/

The Southern Shout Out has spoken, now it is your turn.

Where is the love of God in a mass shooting?

Deuteronomy 31:6 New International Version (NIV)
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

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In reading the accounts of the mass shooting in Las Vegas you may wonder, where does the love of God go during a mass shooting?

The accounts were graphic and told a story of death from above. The shooter picked his targets at random in a crowded concert venue. The automatic weapon he was using sprayed death like we would spray water from a hose in our garden. By the end of the shooters reign of terror, almost 60 people had died, over 500 people were injured. The majority of the deaths and injuries were from the bullets sprayed by the gunman. He didn’t have to be accurate, he just had to keep firing.

While the shooting was going on people were trying to escape the bullets. Some were trying to hide from the bullets. Some were saying their final prayers while others were asking for God for safety. All were brought together in a mass of confusion and unity that few of us will ever know.

Blood would pour freely this night and the smell of the blood would be in the nostrils of all.

Screams, people shouting for help and whimpering’s would be heard. The rata tat tat of the gun fire would seem like it would never stop. Last breaths would be taken.

So, during all of this carnage, God where is your love?

God’s love was in the hearts and deeds done by the first responders. God would take on the role of protector and healer through the police, fire and paramedics. These people would rush in to save as many people as they could, regardless of the danger presented to everyone, they were doing as they were trained. God was with them all and with the people they touched.

God’s love was with the concert goers that would help each other. The ones that used their hands to help stem the flow of blood from people shot. The ones that put the injured onto the back of pickup trucks, loaded them into SUV’s and cars and then drove them to the hospitals. Some shielded love ones and strangers with their own bodies, some cried for the dying and some cried because they were alive. God was with them all and with the people they touched.

God’s love was with the hospital staff that came from all over. Those that were off work, those that were scheduled to work and probably just volunteers wanting to help. The doctors, the nurses, the techs, the administrative assistants, the supervisors, the cleaning crews, the maintenance people, the IT people, they were all letting the love of God flow. God was with them all and with the people they touched.

Yes, God’s love was in the air that faithful night. Where there is darkness, God will shine His brightest.

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This image was obtained from a google search. Click here to go to the website.

In the coming days, weeks and years many will ask why? I am not sure anyone can answer this question. There will be more tears, and anguish. Anger and loneliness will come to some. The empty chair at the table, the empty place in the bed. That phone call of panic, or words that no one wants to hear from the doctor or priest. God’s love is still at work, but we just may ne be able to see it.

As a nation, we will try to comfort each other. We will give our hearts, money and prayers to all the victims and families.

God’s love has not gone anywhere. God’s love is always with us and

Deuteronomy 31:6 New International Version (NIV)
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

The Southern Shout Out has spoken, now it is your turn.

The author is a Christian and this article is written from that viewpoint. 

Guns in America, the endless debate starts again

The mass shooting in Las Vegas from this month has so far killed 59 people and has caused the injury of over 500 people. According to police, one gunman is responsible for the carnage that was left behind. The shooter committed suicide when police entered his hotel room.

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Photo of people trying to hide during the shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada in the USA. Google Images search.
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Photo of hotel gunman was at when he was shooting people at he concert. The winds shown in the lower right is where he was shooting from. Photo from Google Search Images.

But, not only is this another national tragedy for the United States, it has restarted up the debate about gun control. This is a very emotional hot topic in America and there is no easy solution.

The Bill of Rights in the United States Constitution reads: “Article the fourth… A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” According to this part of the document that the United States was formed by, it is pretty plain, the RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.

I think this leaves no room for debate, everyone has the right to keep and bear arms in the USA. One gun or thousands of guns, we have that right to own them all.

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Guns and ammo, they are a part of America, just like our apple pie and ice cream.

It seems that guns have been a part of the United States since the very beginning. There are many different opinions on being able to carry a weapon in the USA. You are reading mine now. I have been around guns, rifles, shotguns, and pistols almost my entire life. Since I was 21 years old and even to this day I have always carried a weapon with me most of the time. I have a valid concealed carry permit.

So, back to the shooting. According to Hillary Clinton’s Twitter account she wrote to put politics aside, but then makes a political statement in the same tweet. She says to fight the NRA “to stop this from happening again.”

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Photo of Hillary Clinton from a search by Google.com, images.

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Okay to Hillary and all the other people who want to change our Constitution. Let’s just say for the sake of argument a law was passed to outlaw weapons in the USA. Would this have stopped what happened in Las Vegas? I don’t think so and this is why I say this.

After the 1998 Port Arthur Massacre in Australia the Government passed the “National Firearms Programme Implementation Act 1996”, restricting the private ownership of high-capacity semi-automatic rifles, semi-automatic shotguns and pump-action shotguns as well as introducing uniform firearms licensing.

I visited Australia several years ago. While there I was speaking with a friend that lived there. He told me that the government bought weapons from the people and didn’t care if they were possessed illegally at the time or not. After this law as passed there was a period of time to turn in your weapons.

He went on to explain the police warehouses were “stacked to the ceilings” with weapons. I also spoke with a police officer while I was there. The laws are so strict in Australia, the police officer cannot carry a weapon home and must account of all the ammo after each shift when they turn the weapon and ammo in. By the way, this was within the past 7 years I was there and they were just starting to change of from a revolver to a semi-automatic weapon.

Yes, gun deaths are down in Australia, but they still have homicides and mass murders. The difference is that most are committed with chains, axes, knifes and various other means. The thing to understand is if someone wants to kill someone, they don’t have to use a firearm.

Now, where does the USA rank in homicides worldwide. Not including wars and suicides, the United States ranked 107 out of 218 countries in homicides in 2014. We are not even in the top 100 countries. This report was put together by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. According to same study, firearms was the choice of weapons in the majority of murders worldwide, there were still many that did not include firearms.

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Now, the people who want to regulate firearms will tell you if we regulate the firearms, instead of 50 plus dead, there may be only 3 or 4 dead. Wow, that’s great, unless you happen to be one of the 3 or 4 that was murdered.

The bottom line here is no matter what the USA does, people will always find a way to kill other people. This happens all over the world, in many different countries each day. So, with keeping this in mind, I will keep my firearms so I can defend myself against people who would like to harm me and my family.

The Southern Shout Out has spoken, now it is your turn.

It’s not a protest, it is disrespecting our country

Forest Gump said it best in the movie, “stupid is as stupid does”. What does it mean? It doesn’t matter how smart you are, if you do something stupid, it is still stupid.

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The NFL Emblem, ©National Football League. Obtained from Bing Images.

I just read a news article that said POTUS is a racist because he challenged the NFL players and their manner of protest. I saw another article that had the headline of Trump is trying to do away with the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution. Has the main stream press gone “stupid is as stupid does”?

It’s not about race and it’s not about freedom of speech. It is about disrespecting our flag and National Anthem, which filters down to disrespecting our country. Sure, it is okay to protest, but there are other ways to do it. In my opinion, the way you protest shows where your heart is at.

Just because POTUS makes a stand (which I support) a lot more players and owners decide to join in and disrespect our country. So now, let me ask this. Does two wrongs make it right, of course not.

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Statement from the Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson on the NFL players showing disrespect for our country. Photo from Facebook, Carolina Panthers post.

These players and most owners do not care for our country, they care about their wallets. This is why they stand together. They think it will help their bottom line, however they may be surprised on this one.

If this was just a race thing POTUS would have used a racial slur or word in his rebuke of the practice of taking a knee during the playing of the National Anthem. He didn’t. Players of different races are disrespecting the country we live in so POTUS wasn’t talking to just one race. Please explain to me how it is a race thing.

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President Donald Trump, current United States President 2017. The photo was downloaded from bing images.

The main stream press has to have a reason to exist, so they create reasons. Just like this issue of disrespecting our country and changing it to a race issue. They know they get more readers by making something to be racial.

I heard one of the NBA players making out how POTUS was showing the wrong example to everyone by doing what he has done. He went on to say POTUS was the leader and in the highest position in our country and was not leading properly. Wait, the NFL players are showing the wrong example, stupid. These players and heroes to our kids are showing disrespect to our country.

POTUS is doing exactly what POTUS should be doing. Standing up for our flag and the United States of America. The NFL players should be playing football while in front of the cameras, not protesting in our living rooms and bars through the medium of television while being paid to play ball.

Until the NFL changes the way it is doing things and shows its players can respect the country we live in I will not be watching anymore professional football games. That is a real protest, maybe some would call it a boycott. Now, I lived for the NFL season, but I love my country more than football. When the NFL starts losing money and sponsors over this, it will change. It is a money thing.

Congress should immediately revoke the NFL’s charitable status if they still have it. In 2015 the NFL was still a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization.

If this disrespect of our country spreads to other sports that I watch, I will no longer watch them as well.

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The NFL Boycott meme was downloaded through google.com. It from the website of downtrend.com.

There seems to be a national movement to boycott the NFL football games on November 12th, the day after Veterans Day in the United States. Even if it is very successful the main stream media will say it failed just so they can get more reads. However with this being said, I am okay with this boycott.

You can call me “stupid is as stupid does”, but I still love my country.

My additional article on this subject can be found by clicking here.

The Southern Shout Out has spoken, now it is your turn.

Acme-McCrary steam whistle is silent – for now

The Acme-McCrary steam whistle is silent for now. According to Brenda Johnson, Director of Human Resources for Acme, the steam whistle stopped blowing on May 8, 2014. One of the few departments that were left at the downtown location was moved to another location. The steam whistle operated from steam that was generated by a boiler. That boiler has not been used since the move on May 8.

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Brenda Johnson beside an photo in the offices. Photo ©Bill Ballentine

Do you miss the whistle or do you have any memories about it. Share them in the comments below. 

Although an exact date is not available, she believes it started bowing in the 30’s or 40’s.

The whistle has been a part of the Asheboro community for 75 years or more. Many people remember it blowing and they would look at their watch to see if the watch was accurate. What a lot of people don’t know is that the whistle was manually blown at 7 am, 12 noon, 12:30 pm and then at 3:30 pm, which was later changed to 3pm. The whistle would remind employees it was time to start work, go to lunch, and come back to lunch and then when you could go home. So the whistle was only as accurate as the person that was supplying the steam.

The last person that was responsible for that process was Don Hill. Don worked in the maintenance department and he was the man that controlled so many memories of that sound. He started to work for Acme-McCrary in May of 1999 and he still works there today.

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Don Hill standing beside the steam whistle that no longer blows in downtown Asheboro. Photo ©Bill Ballentine

I asked him if he was ever late blowing the whistle, he grinned and said “Maybe just a couple of times.”

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A photo of the now silent steam whistle on the roof of the Acme-McCrary building in downtown Asheboro. Photo ©Bill Ballentine

John Ogburn, the Asheboro City Manager remembers the whistle. He remembers as a boy growing up in the Greystone area of Asheboro hearing it blowing at 7 am. He knew it was time to get out of the bed. When asked if he would like to hear it blowing again, he responded with “Even though it is part of the past and nostalgic, it may need to stay in the past. If it was to start up again I hope it would be a signal that manufacturing at the Acme McCrary downtown facility has restarted.”

I can remember growing up many blocks from downtown and hearing the whistle blowing. It always reminded me of the time when I heard it.

Mrs. Johnson supplied a copy of a “Letter to the Editor” that was written by Nancy Stevens (date unknown) which was published in the Courier Tribune. The beginning of the letter started with “After listening to the Acme-McCrary whistle for almost 90 years, I didn’t realize I loved it until someone complained about it. It would be interesting to know how many people have listened to that whistle and fed, clothed and educated their families by listening. If it stopped blowing, I would miss it. Hope it blows loud and clear as long as I live”

Mrs. Johnson at its peak the downtown location had as many as 300 employees. Now it has around 75 employees and most of that number is office people since the downtown location is the corporate headquarters for Acme-McCrary. Neal Anderson is the current CEO of Acme-McCray.

In case anyone is wondering, the longest active employee that is still working there is Irene Cox. Congratulations on working there for the past 66 years. She started in 1948.

The Southern Shout Out has spoken, now it is your turn.

North Korea Continues to laugh at the USA, China and Russia

North Korea has tested yet another missile, despite more sanctions from the United Nations. It seems that each time the UN adds more sanctions, Chairman Kim Jong-un sends another missile over Japan or he test another nuclear bomb.

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Chairman Kim Jong-un, Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea. This photo was downloaded from this website.

It is time for the United States and the rest of the world to stop playing games with North Korea. The longer we play, the better the chances of a lot of people being hurt and killed down the road.

Here, I will let the secret out of the bag to the USA, China and Russia. North Korea has nuclear capabilities and they will use it against anyone, including you. No all three of you know the truth. I am glad you now have the same knowledge as the rest of the world.

Do I think North Korea would attack any of these three? No, I do not unless the DPRK was attacked first. The reason why is very simple. If DPRK attacked a super power first, it would most certainly spell the end of Kim Jong-un and his regime, along with North Korea. He doesn’t want that.

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Xi Jinping, President of the Peoples Republic of China. Photo from Bing search stock photos.

Chairman Kim Jong-un just wants to run with the big dogs and stop being ignored. He is tired of throwing temper tantrums and no one pays him any attention. He loves being in the lime light.

Now, what we have to remember is this man has killed many people in North Korea that could have taken over his government from him, along with his family members. So yes, he is unpredictable and he very well may do something no one expects, like attacking a super power. I personally believe before this happens he would attack a much smaller country that could not retaliate against him.

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Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation. Photo from Bing search stock photos.

Come on, it is time the USA, China and Russia put up or shut up. Tell Chairman Kim Jong-un lets deal or all three needs to remove him from office at a very expensive price. All three super powers are at fault for allowing him to get to this point with his power. Shame on all three of you.

After the latest firing of a missile by North Korea the United States has asked for direct intervention by China and Russia. In the past, according to what we know, they have only voted along with UN sanctions. In my opinion, voting along with the UN sanctions is not direct intervention. Maybe it is time that both of these countries step up and do more than just the UN sanctions that were voted on.

One thing is for sure. As long as everyone just lets North Korea keep going on and on with these threats, sooner or later we all will look at each other and ask how did we get here as we survey all of the destruction around us.

The Southern Shout Out has spoken, now it’s your turn.