Category Archives: People

God Speed George Roper

The conservative blogosphere lost a truly good friend yesterday with the passing of George (GM) Roper. His wife and daughter posted this on his Facebook page.

To all of George’s Facebook friends:

This is a post by his daughter, Jennifer, and wife, Norma. We are sorry to have to say it this way and we are sure that some of you deserve a call, but we are unable.

George passed away this morning, shortly after 6 AM. We are devastated by the loss, but know that it was his time to go home to God.

Memorial services will be held at Kreidler Funeral Home in McAllen, Texas on Saturday, November 30th at 11:00 AM.

George had been battling leukemia in recent months after beating lung cancer previously (he was a non-smoker).

I never had the opportunity to meet George in person, but I did have many occasions to correspond with him by email or online. It was always a pleasure. I found him to be kind, helpful, and insightful with a great love for his family and his country.

My prayers go out to his family and his many online friends. God Speed.

Andy Griffith Dies

Sad, sad news today – Andy Griffith has died.

Former UNC President Bill Friday says The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock actor died at his home in Dare County, North Carolina around 7 a.m.


Griffith, who was born in Mt. Airy, N.C., was launched to fame as Sheriff Andy Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show for the CBS from 1960-1968.

I know that I am only one of millions of fans who are saddened by this news. RIP Andy. My prayers are with your family and friends.

Buying a ticket for the lawsuit lottery

I just read this story while sitting here eating my lunch. It makes me sick to see people who are willing to destroy others, including an 11 year old boy, just for a chance at a lawsuit lottery payday.

A New Jersey woman who was struck in the face with a baseball at a Little League game is suing the young catcher who threw it.

Elizabeth Lloyd is seeking more than $150,000 in damages to cover medical costs stemming from the incident at a Manchester Little League game two years ago. She’s also seeking an undefined amount for pain and suffering.


The lawsuit filed April 24 alleges Migliaccio’s errant throw was intentional and reckless, “assaulted and battered” Lloyd and caused “severe, painful and permanent” injuries.

Hubby is looking to up the ante by adding another count for “the loss of “services, society and consortium” of his wife.”

I sincerely hope this gets tossed and these two low-life’s are embarrassed by their actions.

History Today – May 26th, 1962 – The British Invasion?

When you think about the British Invasion, your mind naturally goes to groups like The Beatles and Rolling Stones. However, the first “Briton ever to have reached the top of the American charts in the rock and roll era was a man by the name of Mr. Acker Bilk

Mr. Acker Bilk was a jazz clarinetist dressed in the throwback garb of an Edwardian dance hall player—hardly the stuff that trends are made of, but the pleasing sound of his Stranger On The Shore fit very neatly within the spectrum of non-threatening pop that dominated in America prior to the arrival of the Beatles.

And what was this chart topper?

His instrumental single, “Stranger On the Shore” provided the first, false hint of the British Invasion to come when it went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on May 26, 1962.

Here is a live recording of that piece from 1988.

Only Son

bRight & Early readers already know Wyatt from Support Your Local Gunfighter. He has done an amazing job with his blog, he was a major contributor to, and he was the official satirist at Family Security Matters. He is also a detective for the Philadelphia Police Department. In addition to all of that he is a generous friend and, most of all, a dedicated family man.

He can now add published author to that list.

I wrote a book. Well, I co-wrote a novel with my friend Pam from Blogmeister USA.

Here’s the back story:

Pam started working on a murder mystery in late 2008. It was set in Connecticut, and she wanted me to be a technical advisor for all things police. I jumped at the opportunity because Pam got me my former gig at Family Security Matters, and because Pam is a terrific writer. (She writes for Breitbart’s Big Hollywood, American Spectator, and other top sites.) I gave her what I could, with the caveat that everything was coming from a Philly point of view. I told her that reports and procedures in CT may be different.

After a few months of contribution, Pam asked me to be a co-author on January 12, 2009. We decided to move the setting from Connecticut to Philly, and Only Son was born.

Here are the links for Only Son:

The Createspace and Amazon prices are the same, but Shawn gets a better royalty from Createspace.

You can also click on the link above to be taken to the amazon page. Please spread the word about Only Son on social media and any other way you can think of.

UPDATE: My copy came in on Monday and I finished last night. I really enjoyed it. Great Job Pam and Wyatt!!

Last Chance

This is the last week to participate in the 5th Annual DBD Support Fund Drive. Let Chris know how much you appreciate reading Day by Day by donating what you can. Let’s push Day by Day over the finish line in style. Make this a Twitter/Google + Bomb of a week by using the hash tag #DBD. Point people to this post and RT or Share any #DBD mentions you see!

I’m heading out to post the first #DBD mentions now. Join me.

To Lessen Your Despair

With the ever present fear-mongering, name-calling, and all around bad news, it is easy to feel a sense of despair. As I talk to co-workers, read blogs, and view the news, it seems like we are heading over Niagara Falls in a cardboard box, and that there is nothing we can do to stop it. The prospect of any possibility of another four years under the current administration is literally (Not DW-S literally, but literally literally) frightening. I fear for me and my loved ones, for their futures, and for the future of our country. I am, at times, afraid that we are reaching the point where more of my fellow citizens are willing to surrender control of their lives to the illusory security of the government providing for every need.

It’s like going up a steep hill on a roller coaster. You know you are getting closer and closer to the peak and your heart is pounding in anticipation of reaching that tipping point. Except at the end of this ride there’s no pleasant worker in a polo shirt and name tag telling you to “exit to the left.” It is an awful feeling, and I don’t like it.

I am, by nature, an optimist. I always think things will turn out for the best. But lately I don’t feel a lot of that when I look at what we face as a nation. Not trying to be funny, but I haven’t felt this way since Jimmy Carter was elected.

And then I hear something like this:

Thank you, Senator Rubio. You’ve proven that there are people, including people in power, who “get it”. There are people who understand that even as we make tough choices we have the potential for a great future. I appreciate your honesty, integrity, and passion. It is an honor to have you as my Senator.

(h/t – Kim Priestap on G+)

Celebrating We

Just a few weeks ago we observed Memorial Day, where we remembered those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. In a few months we will honor all of our military men and women on Veterans Day. Throughout the year there are holidays to give thanks, celebrate the birth and resurrection of Jesus Christ, welcome a new year (after partying out the old one), and we even dedicate a day to the Marmota monax, or Groundhog.

Decleration of IndependenceBut today, Independence Day, is unique. Today we celebrate we. We the people (as the Constitution will declare in 1787). Today we celebrate a cingular idea, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

Those two sentences contain all the reason we need to celebrate.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” All men are created equal, not granted equality by the state, and not positioned in a superior or inferior state by the lottery of their birth. Equality is ours from our birth. It is the equality of potential, the equality of opportunity. It is not equality of results, nor should it be. As we celebrate today we can rejoice in the fact that we have the ability to pursue whatever course we choose in life, not one dictated to us by The State or our station.

“That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” We are endowed by our Creator with certain rights, but it is up to each of us (We) to secure these rights. Of all the ideas and ideals we recognize today, the concept that government derives their powers from the people, and not the other way around, should be paramount.

Wordle: Declaration of IndependenceHere is a Wordle of the Declaration of Independence. Click on the image for a larger view. Notice the prominence of the word people. Today is not a day to celebrate our government, but to celebrate our people. Today is the day to celebrate “We”.

As you gather with family and friends, play games, cook out, watch fireworks, or whatever you do, remember to celebrate your freedom, your potential, your rights. And not just yours, but everyone of our fellow citizens. Have a great Independence Day. Today we celebrate We.

Happy Washington’s Birthday

Washington Crossing the DelawareToday is Washington’s Birthday. So is tomorrow. Actually, it really is tomorrow, but because of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act it is celebrated on the third Monday in February, which is today. That means Washington’s Birthday never falls on Washington’s Birthday. This is as close as it gets. Confused yet?

Back when I was in grade school (many years ago), February was memorable for the number of celebrations crammed into such a short month. There was Lincoln’s Birthday on the 12th, Valentines Day two days later, and Washington’s Birthday on the 22nd. Here, to honor our first President, is his farewell address to the nation.

But first, just a paragraph from the lengthy text. The complete address will be below the fold.

In looking forward to the moment, which is intended to terminate the career of my public life, my feelings do not permit me to suspend the deep acknowledgment of that debt of gratitude, which I owe to my beloved country,—for the many honors it has conferred upon me; still more for the stedfast confidence with which it has supported me; and for the opportunities I have thence enjoyed of manifesting my inviolable attachment, by services faithful and persevering, though in usefulness unequal to my zeal.—If benefits have resulted to our country from these services, let it always be remembered to your praise, and as an instructive example in our annals, that under circumstances in which the Passions, agitated in every direction, were liable to mislead, amidst appearances sometimes dubious, vicissitudes of fortune often discouraging, in situations in which not unfrequently want of success has countenanced the spirit of criticism, the constancy of your support was the essential prop of the efforts, and a guarantee of the plans by which they were effected.—Profoundly penetrated with this idea, I shall carry it with me to my grave, as a strong incitement to unceasing vows that Heaven may continue to you the choicest tokens of its beneficence—that your union and brotherly affection may be perpetual—that the free Constitution, which is the work of your hands, may be sacredly maintained—that its administration in every department may be stamped with wisdom and virtue that, in fine, the happiness of the people of these States, under the auspices of liberty, may be made complete, by so careful a preservation and so prudent a use of this blessing, as will acquire to them the glory of recommending it to the applause, the affection, and adoption of every nation, which is yet a stranger to it.