Posts Tagged ‘VTM’

Ha, Ha, Ha, Barf!!

July 17, 2019

Ha, Ha, Ha, Barf!!

A.F. Branco · Jul. 5, 2019

The Joke’s On Us!

June 13, 2019

The Joke’s On Us!

 

A Message for Graduation…And Beyond!

June 8, 2019

A Message for Graduation…And Beyond!

The following graduation address to college students was sent to me by my life-long dear friend Vic Palenske. 

I will dedicate this post to our beloved Grandson, Camren, who is graduating from high school today.

My fact-check revealed that the Mr. Boortz really is the author of this amazing article, but he did not give it as a graduation address. In my judgement, the “graduation address” detail is irrelevant. Mr. Boortz has presented a blast of pure wisdom for all American’s.

The message is timed perfectly for our graduating young Americans. However, this graduation message is needed for everyone; high school graduates, college graduates, teachers, professors and anyone else who has learned to think in radical liberal-leftist ways. 

The message is not a short one, but I challenge you to read it all and, in doing so, behold all of the precepts and virtues that made America the greatest nation on earth. If everyone we could recapture this spirit, we could easily remain the greatest nation on earth for a very long time.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.

The following is quoted material.
Neal Boortz’, author.
“I am honored by the invitation to address you on this august occasion. It’s about time. Be warned, however, that I am not here to impress you; you’ll have enough smoke blown up your bloomers today. And you can bet your tassels I’m not here to impress the faculty and administration. You may not like much of what I have to say, and that’s fine. You will remember it though. Especially after about 10 years out there in the real world. This, it goes without saying, does not apply to those of you who will seek your careers and your fortunes as government employees. 
This gowned gaggle behind me is your faculty. You’ve heard the old saying that those who can – do. Those who can’t – teach. That sounds deliciously insensitive. But there is often raw truth in insensitivity, just as you often find feel-good falsehoods and lies in compassion. Say good-bye to your faculty because now you are getting ready to go out there and do. These folks behind me are going to stay right here and teach. 
By the way, just because you are leaving this place with a diploma doesn’t mean the learning is over. When an FAA flight examiner handed me my private pilot’s license many years ago, he said, “Here, this is your ticket to learn” The same can be said for your diploma. Believe me, the learning has just begun. 
Now, I realize that most of you consider yourselves Liberals. In fact, you are probably very proud of your liberal views. You care so much. You feel so much. You want to help so much. After all, you’re a compassionate and caring person, aren’t you now? Well, isn’t that just so extraordinarily special. Now, at this age, is as good a time as any to be a liberal; as good a time as any to know absolutely everything. You have plenty of time, starting tomorrow, for the truth to set in. 
Over the next few years, as you begin to feel the cold breath of reality down your neck, things are going to start changing pretty fast… Including your own assessment of just how much you really know. 
So here are the first assignments for your initial class in reality: Pay attention to the news, read newspapers, and listen to the words and phrases that proud Liberals use to promote their causes Then, compare the words of the left to the words and phrases you hear from those evil, heartless, greedy conservatives. 
From the Left you will hear “I feel.” From the Right you will hear “I think.” From the Liberals you will hear references to groups — The Blacks, the Poor, the Rich, the Disadvantaged, the Less Fortunate. From the Right you will hear references to individuals. On the Left you hear talk of group rights; on the Right, individual rights. 
That about sums it up, really: Liberals feel. Liberals care. They are pack animals whose identity is tied up in group dynamics. Conservatives think — and, setting aside the theocracy crowd, their identity is centered on the individual. 
 Liberals feel that their favored groups have enforceable rights to the property and services of productive individuals. Conservatives, I among them I might add, think that individuals have the right to protect their lives and their property from the plunder of the masses. 
In college you developed a group mentality, but if you look closely at your diplomas you will see that they have your individual names on them. Not the name of your school mascot, or of your fraternity or sorority, but your name. Your group identity is going away. Your recognition and appreciation of your individual identity starts now. 
If, by the time you reach the age of 30, you do not consider yourself to be a conservative, rush right back here as quickly as you can and apply for a faculty position. These people will welcome you with open arms. They will welcome you, that is, so long as you haven’t developed an individual identity. Once again you will have to be willing to sign on to the group mentality you embraced during the past four years. 
Something is going to happen soon that is going to really open your eyes. You’re going to actually get a full time job! 
You’re also going to get a lifelong work partner. This partner isn’t going to help you do your job. This partner is just going to sit back and wait for payday. This partner doesn’t want to share in your effort, but in your earnings. 
Your new lifelong partner is actually an agent; an agent representing a strange and diverse group of people; an agent for every teenager with an illegitimate child; an agent for a research scientist who wanted to make some cash answering the age-old question of why monkeys grind their teeth. An agent for some poor demented hippie who considers herself to be a meaningful and talented artist, but who just can’t manage to sell any of her artwork on the open market. 
Your new partner is an agent for every person with limited, if any, job skills, but who wanted a job at City Hall. An agent for tin-horn dictators in fancy military uniforms grasping for American foreign aid. An agent for multi-million dollar companies who want someone else to pay for their overseas advertising. An agent for everybody who wants to use the unimaginable power of this agent’s for their personal enrichment and benefit. 
That agent is our wonderful, caring, compassionate, oppressive government Believe me, you will be awed by the unimaginable power this agent has. Power that you do not have. A power that no individual has, or will have. This agent has the legal power to use force, deadly force to accomplish its goals. 
You have no choice here. Your new friend is just going to walk up to you, introduce itself rather gruffly, hand you a few forms to fill out, and move right on in. Say hello to your own personal one ton gorilla. It will sleep anywhere it wants to. 
Now, let me tell you, this agent is not cheap. As you become successful it will seize about 40% of everything you earn. And no, I’m sorry, there just isn’t any way you can fire this agent of plunder, and you can’t decrease its share of your income. That power rests with him, not you. 
So, here I am saying negative things to you about government. Well, be clear on this: It is not wrong to distrust government. It is not wrong to fear government. In certain cases it is not even wrong to despise government for government is inherently evil. Yes, a necessary evil, but dangerous nonetheless, somewhat like a drug. Just as a drug that in the proper dosage can save your life, an overdose of government can be fatal. 
Now let’s address a few things that have been crammed into your minds at this university. There are some ideas you need to expunge as soon as possible. These ideas may work well in academic environment, but they fail miserably out there in the real world. 
First is that favorite buzz word of the media and academia: Diversity! You have been taught that the real value of any group of people – be it a social group, an employee group, a management group, whatever – is based on diversity. This is a favored liberal ideal because diversity is based not on an individuals abilities or character, but on a person’s identity and status as a member of a group. Yes, it’s that liberal group identity thing again. 
Within the great diversity movement group identification – be it racial, gender based, or some other minority status – means more than the individuals integrity, character or other qualifications. 
Brace yourself. You are about to move from this academic atmosphere where diversity rules, to a workplace and a culture where individual achievement and excellence actually count. No matter what your professors have taught you over the last four years, you are about to learn that diversity is absolutely no replacement for excellence, ability, and individual hard work. From this day on every single time you hear the word “diversity” you can rest assured that there is someone close by who is determined to rob you of every vestige of individuality you possess. 
We also need to address this thing you seem to have about “rights.” We have witnessed an obscene explosion of so-called “rights” in the last few decades, usually emanating from college campuses. 
You know the mantra: You have the right to a job. The right to a place to live. The right to a living wage. The right to health care. The right to an education. You probably even have your own pet right – the right to a Beemer for instance, or the right to have someone else provide for that child you plan on downloading in a year or so. 
Forget it. Forget those rights! I’ll tell you what your rights are. You have a right to live free, and to the results of 60% -75% of your labor I’ll also tell you have no right to any portion of the life or labor of another. 
You may, for instance, think that you have a right to health care. After all, President Obama said so, didn’t he? But you cannot receive health-care unless some doctor or health practitioner surrenders some of his time – his life – to you. He may be willing to do this for compensation, but that’s his choice. You have no “right” to his time or property. You have no right to his or any other person’s life or to any portion thereof. 
You may also think you have some “right” to a job; a job with a living wage, whatever that is. Do you mean to tell me that you have a right to force your services on another person, and then the right to demand that this person compensate you with their money? Sorry, forget it. I am sure you would scream if some urban outdoors men (that would be “homeless person” for those of you who don’t want to give these less fortunate people a romantic and adventurous title) came to you and demanded his job and your money. 
The people who have been telling you about all the rights you have are simply exercising one of theirs – the right to be imbeciles. Their being imbeciles didn’t cost anyone else either property or time. It’s their right, and they exercise it brilliantly. 
By the way, did you catch my use of the phrase “less fortunate” a bit ago when I was talking about the urban outdoors men? That phrase is a favorite of the Left. Think about it, and you’ll understand why. 
To imply that one person is homeless, destitute, dirty, drunk, spaced out on drugs, unemployable, and generally miserable because he is “less fortunate” is to imply that a successful person – one with a job, a home and a future – is in that position because he or she was “fortunate.” The dictionary says that fortunate means “having derived good from an unexpected place.” There is nothing unexpected about deriving good from hard work. There is also nothing unexpected about deriving misery from choosing drugs, alcohol, and the street. 
If the Liberal Left can create the common perception that success and failure are simple matters of “fortune” or “luck,” then it is easy to promote and justify their various income redistribution schemes. After all, we are just evening out the odds a little bit. This “success equals luck” idea the liberals like to push is seen everywhere. Former Democratic presidential candidate Richard Gephardt refers to high-achievers as “people who have won life’s lottery.” He wants you to believe they are making the big bucks because they are lucky. It’s not luck, my friends. It’s choice. One of the greatest lessons I ever learned was in a book by Og Mandino, entitled, “The Greatest Secret in the World.” The lesson? Very simple: “Use wisely your power of choice.” 
That bum sitting on a heating grate, smelling like a wharf rat? He’s there by choice. He is there because of the sum total of the choices he has made in his life. This truism is absolutely the hardest thing for some people to accept, especially those who consider themselves to be victims of something or other – victims of discrimination, bad luck, the system, capitalism, whatever. After all, nobody really wants to accept the blame for his or her position in life. Not when it is so much easier to point and say, “Look! He did this to me!” than it is to look into a mirror and say, “You S. O. B.! You did this to me!” 
The key to accepting responsibility for your life is to accept the fact that your choices, every one of them, are leading you inexorably to either success or failure, however you define those terms. 
Some of the choices are obvious: Whether or not to stay in school. Whether or not to get pregnant. Whether or not to hit the bottle. Whether or not to keep this job you hate until you get another better-paying job. Whether or not to save some of your money, or saddle yourself with huge payments for that new car. 
Some of the choices are seemingly insignificant: Whom to go to the movies with. Whose car to ride home in. Whether to watch the tube tonight, or read a book on investing. But, and you can be sure of this, each choice counts. Each choice is a building block – some large, some small. But each one is a part of the structure of your life. If you make the right choices, or if you make more right choices than wrong ones, something absolutely terrible may happen to you. Something unthinkable. You, my friend, could become one of the hated, the evil, the ugly, the feared, the filthy, the successful, the rich. 
The rich basically serve two purposes in this country. First, they provide the investments, the investment capital, and the brains for the formation of new businesses. Businesses that hire people. Businesses that send millions of paychecks home each week to the un-rich. 
Second, the rich are a wonderful object of ridicule, distrust, and hatred. Few things are more valuable to a politician than the envy most Americans feel for the evil rich. 
Envy is a powerful emotion. Even more powerful than the emotional minefield that surrounded Bill Clinton when he reviewed his last batch of White House interns. Politicians use envy to get votes and power And they keep that power by promising the envious that the envied will be punished: “The rich will pay their fair share of taxes if I have anything to do with it.” The truth is that the top 10% of income earners in this country pays almost 50% of all income taxes collected. I shudder to think what these job producers would be paying if our tax system were any more “fair.” 
You have heard, no doubt, that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Interestingly enough, our government’s own numbers show that many of the poor actually get richer, and that quite a few of the rich actually get poorer. But for the rich who do actually get richer, and the poor who remain poor .. there’s an explanation — a reason. The rich, you see, keep doing the things that make them rich; while the poor keep doing the things that make them poor. 
Speaking of the poor, during your adult life you are going to hear an endless string of politicians bemoaning the plight of the poor. So, you need to know that under our government’s definition of “poor” you can have a $5 million net worth, a $300,000 home and a new $90,000 Mercedes, all completely paid for. You can also have a maid, cook, and valet, and a million in your checking account, and you can still be officially defined by our government as “living in poverty.” Now there’s something you haven’t seen on the evening news. 
How does the government pull this one off? Very simple, really. To determine whether or not some poor soul is “living in poverty,” the government measures one thing — just one thing. Income. 
It doesn’t matter one bit how much you have, how much you own, how many cars you drive or how big they are, whether or not your pool is heated, whether you winter in Aspen and spend the summers in the Bahamas, or how much is in your savings account. It only matters how much income you claim in that particular year. This means that if you take a one-year leave of absence from your high-paying job and decide to live off the money in your savings and checking accounts while you write the next great American novel, the government says you are living in poverty.” 
This isn’t exactly what you had in mind when you heard these gloomy statistics, is it? Do you need more convincing? Try this. The government’s own statistics show that people who are said to be “living in poverty” spend more than $1.50 for each dollar of income they claim. Something is a bit fishy here. Just remember all this the next time Charles Gibson tells you about some hideous new poverty statistics. 
Why has the government concocted this phony poverty scam? Because the government needs an excuse to grow and to expand its social welfare programs, which translates into an expansion of its power. If the government can convince you, in all your compassion, that the number of “poor” is increasing, it will have all the excuse it needs to sway an electorate suffering from the advanced stages of Obsessive-Compulsive Compassion Disorder. 
I’m about to be stoned by the faculty here. They’ve already changed their minds about that honorary degree I was going to get. That’s OK, though. I still have my PhD. in Insensitivity from the Neal Boortz Institute for Insensitivity Training. I learned that, in short, sensitivity sucks. It’s a trap. Think about it – the truth knows no sensitivity. Life can be insensitive. Wallow too much in sensitivity and you’ll be unable to deal with life, or the truth, so get over it. 
Now, before the dean has me shackled and hauled off, I have a few random thoughts. 
* You need to register to vote, unless you are on welfare. If you are living off the efforts of others, please do us the favor of sitting down and shutting up until you are on your own again. 
* When you do vote, your votes for the House and the Senate are more important than your vote for President. The House controls the purse strings, so concentrate your awareness there. 
* Liars cannot be trusted, even when the liar is the President of the country. If someone can’t deal honestly with you, send them packing. 
* Don’t bow to the temptation to use the government as an instrument of plunder. If it is wrong for you to take money from someone else who earned it — to take their money by force for your own needs — then it is certainly just as wrong for you to demand that the government step forward and do this dirty work for you. 
* Don’t look in other people’s pockets You have no business there. What they earn is theirs. What you earn is yours. Keep it that way. Nobody owes you anything, except to respect your privacy and your rights, and leave you the hell alone. 
* Speaking of earning, the revered 40-hour workweek is for losers Forty hours should be considered the minimum, not the maximum. You don’t see highly successful people clocking out of the office every afternoon at five. The losers are the ones caught up in that afternoon rush hour The winners drive home in the dark. 
* Free speech is meant to protect unpopular speech. Popular speech, by definition, needs no protection. 
* Finally (and aren’t you glad to hear that word), as Og Mandino wrote, 
1. Proclaim your rarity. Each of you is a rare and unique human being. 
2. Use wisely your power of choice. 
3. Go the extra mile, ‘drive home in the dark. 
Oh, and put off buying a television set as long as you can. Now, if you have any idea at all what’s good for you, you will get out of here and never come back. Class dismissed.” 

D-Day, 2019

June 6, 2019

D-Day, 2019

Right above my computer, stuck to the edge of a shelf, is a colorful circular D-Day sticker. It is a little remembrance of my visit to the D-Day museum in New Orleans.

I have never forgotten my visit there, some time in the late 1980’s. It was an experience that still brings a lump in my throat, as it did during the duration of my visit there.

I was only two years old on the real D-Day. My father was in the Navy and I was raised by my mother and her other female friends whose husbands were away and at war.

The vintage military equipment displayed at the museum already looked and felt like it came from another age. And it did. It’s comparative primitive, even oddly nostalgic appearance belied its profound lethality.

There were a great many photographs of our young fighting men. They were in their respective uniforms and often the had bright smiles on their youthful faces, much as they would have smiled for their high school graduation pictures.

So many of these young men smiled as they prepared to enter hell on earth.

As a U.S. Navy veteran, it was easy to imagine how I would have felt among these men as they prepared themselves for greatest assault on evil in the history of the world….These young men, smiling in the face of probable death.

This American cohort, and their loved ones, were certainly the Greatest Generation of our modern times.

From my American cultural vantage-point in the year 2019, I can reach no other conclusion.

I pray that, if necessary, our young Americans under the guidance elderly wisdom and courage, could again save the world from a hideous scourge of pandemic evil.

But I must be honest. I hate to admit that I have my sad doubts that America’s Post-Modern population could tolerate the great sustained painful sacrifices necessary for such a repeat performance.

Sadly, I judge that it is just a matter of time before America will need the profound sacrifices of yet another “Greatest Generation” in order to survive.

Will it be there?

Please see this short video, honoring our D-Day American fighting forces.

https://www.prageru.com/video/d-day/

V. Thomas Mawhinney, 6/6/19

 

“Immigrants! Don’t Vote for What You Fled”

June 2, 2019

“Immigrants! Don’t Vote for What You Fled”

This video is not just for Mexican immigrants to America.

It also applies to those who are escaping from U.S. cities and states that have been ruined by leftist-Liberal politicians in power for decades. 

It is normal for migrants, from outside or inside the U.S., to escape the leftist ruins of increasingly bloated, corrupt, and incompetent federal, state or local failing governments. 

What seems abnormal is when immigrants and migrants have a strong tendency to move to healthy and prosperous areas maintained by conservative populations and governments, only then to AGAIN VOTE FOR THE RADICAL/LIBERAL, LEFTIST POLITICIANS AND THE SOCIO/ECONOMIC PRACTICES THAT DESTROYED THE QUALITY OF THEIR LIVES IN THE PLACES THEY HAVE ESCAPED!

Albert Ellis asserted that humans are essentially irrational. The following is just one example of the kind of human behaviors that drove him to that conclusion. If you think about it, there are many more such examples.

Immigrants from Mexico, Central and South America; the Middle East; and even migrants from California to Texas and other liberal- to- conservative migrations in the U.S.,  often then agitate and vote to produce the same social and political environments that they have just escaped from!

See for your self in the following video!

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 6/2/19

P.S., This video “nails” the reasons behind what, at first glance, appears inexplicable.

It is the tyranny of easily available more immediate rewards (free stuff) verses more substantial delayed rewards to be earned through self-denial and hard work. These problems of immediate vs. deferred rewards are well understood in the field of psychology. 

 

 

Laugh, If You Can!

May 28, 2019

 

 

 

May 24, 2019

Memorial Day 2019

Remember what it is all about.

V. Thomas Mawhinney

 

“The Collapse of Western Civilization”

May 19, 2019

“The Collapse of Western Civilization”

The following video, sent to me by veteran and patriot Gordon Jones, is very disturbing. But, you absolutely must view it.

I believe that one of the greatest sources of human maladaptive behavior and real psychopathology, is the denial of reality. The following video presents the reality of collapsing Western Civilization and it will be upsetting to those who care.

Of course, Western Civilization includes America.

The question is: If the 330 million people in America (not counting millions of illegal migrants) were all lined up on a long, long railway and a freight train bearing down on them at a high rate of speed, could they communicate that fact amongst themselves in time to avoid being smashed asunder?!

Not if they are behaving as we are now.

Some of us see the self-destruction of our American society and culture coming at a rapid pace; we are trying to speak-out to alert everyone we can, but with fearfully little success.

The problems encountered when speaking-out are many. They are listed in no particular order, as follows:

  • Many people are offended when we try to tell them that a common way that cultures have committed suicide is by ungoverned immigration. This has been called “Suicide by Immigration”. We have suffered damaged friendships as a result of promulgating this fact.
  • Many are committed to political systems (socialism, communism, Islamism, anarchism) that are alien and perfectly incompatible with America’s political, economic, religious and value/moral systems: Incompatible with our very survival.
  • To defend America’s traditional culture is to invite ridicule, social censure and economic punishment.
  • Moreover, increasingly, to defend America’s traditional culture is to invite physical intimidation and/or physical attack.
  • Sometimes there are rolled eyes, snarky comments, or blank looks and silence.
  • Many of the elderly, simply say, “It won’t affect me, I’ll be gone by then!” Some say it flippantly and some say it sadly.
  • Many just say, “what you are telling me is upsetting and I don’t want to think about it”.
  • Similarly, many have actually said they do not want to look at the evidence of America’s decline, ” It’s too upsetting so why should I distress myself with that stuff”.
  • As a practicing psychologist (40 years), increasingly,  many young people have told me of their upset that they cannot find others their age to date and  marry because their peers lack moral/ethical standards, they are into sex and drugs, etc.. They see clearly and are troubled by America’s social and cultural decline. The kids see that many have retreated into social isolation, depression, alcohol, other illegal drugs or various forms of thrill seeking.
  • Many young people are so fearful of further national and international decline that they do not wish to bring children into our worsening world and society.

And so it goes with populations undergoing the loss of their societies and cultures, through-out history.

I have studied the decline of successful cultures through much of history and there is nothing in the following video that is untrue….it is spot-on!

I challenge you to view this video and send it to everyone you know. As a result, you may loose friends and cause controversy within your own family, but it must be done. If you are an American patriot, it is your duty to face reality and to do whatever you can to change the decline of America, even if only temporarily.

Wake-Up America! It is time to sink or swim.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 5/19/19

The Collapse of Western Civilization

A Dear Friend: Gone to Heaven

May 17, 2019

5/17/19

Danny….my ol’ Cub Scout buddy and our life-long dear friend….

Sally and I wish we could be with you and all of your loved ones today to celebrate your amazing life and share our sadness about the loss of your earthy presence with all of us.

You have been a model for us all as you courageously persevered under the weight of chronic illness to do wonderful things in every facet of your life.

You were a valedictorian of our graduating high school class and you continued as a world-class valedictorian for the rest of your life; in marriage to your precious and devoted Janny, your dearest parents, children, grandchildren, friends, your faith in God, amazing scholarship and world-wide good-works for humanity.

Sally and I loved our many cruises and other wonderful times with you, Janny, your family and the Palenske’s.

We will miss you dearly for the rest of our natural lives.

Sally and I pray that we will someday be able to join you on your eternal heavenly voyage.

Love, Sally and Tom Mawhinney

P.S., Danny, this is Tom.  I always enjoyed watching the way you lovingly, caressed and savored the occasional fine cigars we shared together. Do you think it would be O.K. to do that, if I am blessed to see you again?

Dr. Daniel Bays Obituary
Bays, Dr. Daniel Bays, Daniel Henry of Sunset Hills, Missouri, passed away at the age of 77 after a hard-fought battle with Parkinson’s disease. Dan was born in St. Joseph, Michigan in 1942 to parents Henry & Barbara Bays. He graduated valedictorian of St. Joseph High School and attended Stanford University, where he joined the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and studied in France for a year before receiving his BA in History in 1964. He earned a master’s in Far Eastern Studies in 1967 and a PhD in Asian History in 1971, both from the University of Michigan. In 1967, Dan married Janice Gardner, his loving wife of 51 years. Prior to completing his studies, Dan was accepted into the US State Department, though he resigned before accepting his post due to his refusal to publicly defend what he privately abhorred regarding US foreign policy at the time and his desire to become a history professor. Immediately upon receiving his PhD, Dan took a position teaching in the History Department at the University of Kansas. During his tenure there, he directed the Center for East Asian Studies and was twice elected chair of the History Department. He also spent substantial time overseas, including a National Endowment for the Humanities funded research project for the British Museum in London in 1973, and Fulbright scholarships to Taiwan in 1977 and 1984, as well as various extended teaching trips to China. Dan returned to Michigan in 2000, joining the History Department of Calvin College, where he was bestowed with the prestigious Spoelhof Chair and led the Hubers Asian Studies Program, establishing the Asian studies minor. Renowned around the world as the preeminent expert on Christianity in China, Dan authored/edited six books and wrote many scholarly articles which were published throughout his career. He also frequently reviewed submissions for respected academic publications, including the Harvard University Press, Yale University Press, and Oxford University Press. He spoke at international academic conferences and has directed major research projects funded by the Henry Luce Foundation and Pew Charitable Trusts. Dr. Bays was beloved by his students. At Calvin College, he established the Bays-Herzberg China Semester Abroad Scholarship, which is intended to strengthen students’ passions for and understanding of Chinese culture and language. Dan was especially fluent in speaking and reading Mandarin Chinese, as well as Japanese and French. Incredibly devoted to his family, Dan was humble, loving and kind. He turned his life over to the Lord in 1973. He is survived by his beloved wife Janny, his brother Tim (wife Barbara), as well as his daughter Kristen (husband Chris) Hite and son Justin (wife Sarah). He was especially proud of granddaughters, Georgia Hite and Selma Bays. He is also survived by precious friends the Palenskes, the Mawhinneys, the Nykamp family, Steve Zegura, and Art Sciaroni. Ever faithful to his true love and his God, he did have another love: the game of golf. Dan achieved a seven handicap index while a member of Lawrence Country Club, and could often be seen practicing his swing from his chair in his later days. Importantly, his deep faith did not preclude a cutting wit, nor a fine appreciation for irreverent humor and a good cigar. He was and will always be Very Truly Loved. In honor of Dr. Bays’ passion for Chinese studies, memorials are preferred to the Bays-Herzberg China Semester Abroad Scholarship, calvin.edu/go/give. Gifts can be specified to the Bays-Herzberg China Semester Abroad Scholarship, with an option to designate in memorial of Dan. Friends and family are welcome to celebrate Dan’s life on Sunday May 19 at the Kutis Funeral Home, 10151 Gravois Road, St Louis, MO. Visitation to be held at 2 PM with a service to be held at 3 PM.

Published in Grand Rapids Press on May 15, 2019

Happy Mother’s Day!

May 12, 2019

Happy Mother’s Day!

God’s Blessings to the Wonderful Mothers of America!

“The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world”.

Told to me by my own Wonderful Mother, so many years ago.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, 5/12/19


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