All in the Family featured the curmudgeonly Archie Bunker. Archie was television’s most famous grouch, blunt, blustering, straightforward and untouched by the PC crowd. He was the archetype of the conservative male. Michael desprately tried to reeducate him, but he persisted in his breviloquence.

Looking back at the last 40 years, we realize: ARCHIE WAS RIGHT!


GFF- Good Boys

Texas-AKA the Massachusetts of the south has some interesting practices like jailing 75 year-old women for having too much grass, and I don't mean marijuana.  Riisel Texas officials apparently have nothing better to worry about than tossing old people in jail for lawn violations.
 RIESEL,Texas (KWTX) -
An arrest warrant for a Central Texas women ends with an act of kindness from four brothers.
On Tuesday, the Reynolds boys saw News 10's report about Gerry Suttle, the 75-year-old Riesel woman who has a warrant out for her arrest because her grass was too high.
Even though they didn't know Suttle, they decided to load up their mowers and come mow her lot.
"We haven't met her yet but she's 75 years old and she needs some help mowing," said Blaine Reynolds. "That's the least we could do."
Once the brothers got started, others in the community joined. Together, they were able to mow the entire lot in about two hours. 
Somebody's been raising the Reynolds boys right.  A couple of mowers, and a can of gas is all it took to get other folks in the community behind them.

But it doesn't end there.

RIESEL (June 11, 2015)
Problems continue between an elderly woman and the city of Riesel as they issue another summons to appear because of her lawn.
News 10 reported her situation on Tuesday and on Wednesday a group of boys who saw the report, but didn't know Suttle, decided to mow her lawn for her.
On Thursday Suttle received a notice to appear before a judge in the city of Riesel concerning weeds/grass/brush/rubbish on her property.
"Just leave me alone," Suttle said. "I've lived here 59 years. I don't know how much longer I've got to live here."
The summons doesn't say which property Suttle is being summoned for.
She owns the lot across the street, which was the original area the city had problems with and that the boys mowed on Wednesday.
She also owns the property where her home is.
News 10 reached out to the city multiple times by phone and stopped by city hall to give them a chance to tell their side of the story and explain the most recent summons.
Those calls were not returned.
I wonder why nobody called the TV News reporter back.  If the second notice was a mistake, all they had to do was say so.  Anyway back to our heroes:
Once Suttle signed the documents the warrant would be dropped. However, on Thursday she received the summons.
"It is very heartbreaking to see that someone that I didn't even know came out and spent two hours in the sun doing what we thought the city wanted done and then them turn around and say 'no,'" Suttle said.
The Reynolds brothers who mowed her lawn said the city's decision is disappointing.
"It doesn't feel good that we did all that work in the hot sun and now that lady still has to go to court," Brandon Reynolds said.
But the brothers, in their helpful spirit, offered to mow the grass again.
"I'd do it for her a second time, or a third time," Blaine Reynolds said. "Anything to keep that lady from having to go to court."
That's right Blaine, do what's right.  If that's not enough keep doing what's right. 

You and your brothers are enacting some of the very principles that made this country great.   Pushing that mower around in the hot sun might not seem like an act of moral fortitude, but it is.  The rational for the lawn mowing ordnances in your town isn't the issue.  The issue is that old folks shouldn't be treated disrespectfully, especially not in America. 

You boys are being better men than the ones that run your town.  Keep it up!  One day you'll be grown.  Keep doing what you are doing now and make a habit of it.  Then we'll have four young men who will be fit to run Riesel in the future.


  1. Susan2:29 PM

    I know Austin is traditionally considered the Massachusetts of Texas, but with all the Californians flocking to where the jobs are now, Texas is starting to look a little on the purple side.
    This is indeed some excellent results of being raised right. I guess women don't ruin everything, do they?(grin)

    Really looking forward to your comments on the Supreme Court decisions from this week. If it speeds God's return, I am willing to undergo some discomfort.
    Rabbi B and Pastor JDC have been total Aces over at VD's place today.

  2. Anonymous6:23 PM

    I think that the timetable for the end of time is set and nothing will change it.

    The end of this country, as we know it is official as of today.