More Ramblings

* It's been over 13 months since Donald J. Trump was sworn into office as President, and the picture frame here at Bastrop Federal Satellite Camp that should contain his picture is still empty. The picture of Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions has been up for 6 months.

* Robert Flynn, in his book Holy Literary License writes about the 1936 meeting of the Baptist World Alliance in Berlin. Attendees included John Sampey, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, who expressed gratitude to Hitler for prohibiting German women from smoking cigarettes and wearing red lipstick in public. Southern Baptist Convention President M. E. Dodd defended Hitler's persecution of the Jews, whom he declared were guilty of "self-aggrandizement to the injury of the German people." A Boston pastor wrote, "It was a great relief to be in a country where salacious sex literature cannot be sold, where putrid motion pictures and gangster films cannot be shown."

* We had a major shakedown of the Hobby Craft area where tobacco, protein supplements, and a tattoo gun were confiscated. That area will be closed for 5 months as a result. The closure doesn't impact my life, but there are inmates who spend most evenings there making leather goods and painting. Those items found all represent serious rule infractions, and the results could have been much worse.

*I've gained some new insights about geography here recently. I've also learned there is no need to argue about the validity of these alternative facts. For example, I've learned that the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans are "in the same general area as they are both salt water" and that "Oklahoma is near California." I guess it's all a matter of perspective.

* There is no greater joy than knowing your grandchild has loving parents.