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God’s Sense of Humor, Tilting After Windmills, Manufactured Housing – Merchants or Crusaders?

January 27th, 2019 No comments

 

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What’s wrong is that enough people don’t ask what’s right – that’s a faithful paraphrase of the brilliant writer and believer, G.K. Chesterton.

 

One need not look far to discover that the Creator of all has a healthy sense of humor.

 

Warren Buffett, Kevin Clayton, Tim Williams – among their allies, pawns, lackeys, and stooges – could not have counted on their strategic economic Moat encountering the various resistance personalities found working in the manufactured home industry today.

Former Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) President Chris Stinebert made a series of arguably interesting, inaccurate, and mistaken comments in his departing message to their association members and followers. One colorful piece of advice Stinebert gave was not to go tilting after windmills.

There are those who understandably believe that it is safer to be a so-called “Merchant” – someone who a self-described MHVille merchant said will do business with anybody –  than it is to be a Crusader, who could be defined as someone who fights for whatever is right.

But as the manufactured housing industry approaches 43 years since the construction of the first HUD Code for manufactured homes on June 15, 1976, there is an increasingly self-evident reality. It’s this. After decades of many MHVille industry pros being mainly merchants, the pool of merchants has steadily shrunk since the last industry high water mark of 1998.

Buffett says he loves to read. He finds value in history, facts, and figures. It’s a point the Oracle of Omaha and this far lesser known Masthead writer concur on. Wheat and chaff. Accept the truth, from whomever or where ever you find it.

In God’s grand sense of humor, Buffet’s minions picked an avoidable fight with this multiple award-winning history major, who happened to be a philosopher’s son. What rich irony!  That divine joke keeps me rolling, in more ways than one.

Not everyone in MHVille is a short-term thinker who will sell out the Master for 30 pieces of silver.

America is a nation filled with tragedy as well as hopes, with a rich tradition of attainable dreams.

Only those who will use some of their time, talent, and treasure to support the crusaders for justice in MHVille will hope to see the day when MH Nation becomes a reality. MHNation is attainable, but it requires enough sufficiently motivated efforts, hands, wit, and resources to help build and sustain it.

 

 

Big and Small, They Lost It All

Over the years, this writer has peered into the eyes of mom and pop businesses who didn’t understand what happened to their once thriving enterprises or land-lease communities.

This Masthead writer also watched as the once mighty fell too.  Previously dominating ‘old Fleetwood’ or ‘old Champion’ vanished in less than a decade, under the headwinds of the builders of Buffett-style strategic economic Moats. 

If the former giants of MHVille didn’t survive the strategic economic Moats of Chairman Mao, pardon me, Chairman Buffett, then what hubris does it take to believe that the also-rans in Claytonville can survive “the Moat’s” steady, grinding, and seemingly invisible methods?

We respect George Allen’s service to his nation.  Lord only knows what he may have encountered during Desert Storm or in the deadly jungles of Vietnam.

That said, it’s pathetically laughable when someone like George F. (F?) Allen calls himself the industry’s “historian.” Here’s how he said it in a recent post, “This blog posting is sole national advocate, official ombudsman, historian, research reporter, education resource, & online communication media for North American land lese communities!

 

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The next time the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis asks for a hit-job, please send someone less self-contradictory, and more competent.  History?  Allen’s view of history puts him in the center of it all. Fascinating choice of who to answer, Kevin. 

 

Listening, musing, and reading pay. It was listening to a former client/supporter of Allen say, ‘With George, it’s AAA. All About Allen.” Priceless insight, spot on, and moving on.

 

 

Jesus and the 10

Jesus never preached socialism. Nor did Jesus preach monopolistic methods.

Properly understood, the 10 Commandments that Moses brought down from Mount Sinai protect private property and human wealth honestly earned.

It’s simple, really. Constantly reference, strive to support, and follow those Ten Commandments. Let those 10 and the lessons of the Good Book be your decision-making guide. When those 10 Commandments are understood and followed, society will thrive. When ignored, mocked, or trampled underfoot, the weak or most innocent become victims.  The Ten, with motivated merchants, make for the sufficient needs of crusaders.  The rest are details and commentary.

 

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The top images are composites from the Prager U video, further below. Over a million views on that thought-provoking video.

 

The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ph.D. was a sinner, like this writer, and the rest of us mere mortals. King had strengths and weaknesses.  Ditto. But that thoughtful strategist led a peaceful revolution in his day. King was a Crusader. That eloquent preacher had merchants who supported his crusader efforts.

Crusaders like Jesus, King, or Gandhi are always the ones who change the world.

 

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This is historic. This is part of authentic history. 

 

Together, with arms locked, King and others marched against the oppressors of his time. King was a visible figure, but never forget that there were numbers of less visible ones who made sure that King secured the victory they sought.

Affordable quality housing – which can be served in the form of modern manufactured homes – is a civil, constitutional, and a legal right. But it will take enough Crusaders to beat those who’ve manipulated the American system in a way that moat builders seek to enrich themselves, as they arguably defrauded their neighbors as they smiled.

 

Don’t stop being a merchant.

 

But if you don’t want to be a statistic among other merchants in MHVille who’ve fallen before you, if you don’t want to be another “value acquisition” of Berkshire or a Buffett buddy, then ponder this reality.  You must use some time, talent, and treasure to support new structures to replace the purported corruption of Arlington VA based MHI and their masters in Omaha and Knoxville.

Buffett’s smart, in a Machiavellian way. Chairman Buffett and his are patiently grinding the industry into powder that he can easily swallow at a cheap price.

You, we, and other people of good will can use cunning, truth, and existing laws to beat Buffett at his own game. Who says? Centuries of Bible stories tell me it’s so.

There are various ways people around the globe express the Ten Commandments. Properly understood, at their core, they are the same. It’s noteworthy that Christian, Jews, Muslims and other believers have similar beliefs to these 10 Commands.

 

 

Read the related reports, further below, for added insights.  Reach out by phone, message, or email to tip, talk or join the merchants who are ready to be or support the spirited crusaders that can beat the corrosive effects of manipulating oligarchs and their Moat builders. Communism and the Nazis were defeated. America had its trust-busting era, that broke up the monopolists. Another one lies ahead. “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, commentary, and analysis.)

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The King Comes!

December 24th, 2013 No comments

On Memorial Day, we remember our veterans.

On Labor Day, we pause to thank all the workers.

On Mothers Day, we celebrate motherhood and moms everywhere.

On Father's Day, we pay our respects to the fathers, our dads and their dads.

On New Year's Day, we bask in the glow of the previous night's revelry, as a new year dawns.

On July 4th, we recall how Americans declared their Independence.

On Hanukkah, observant Jews take seven days for their unique Festival of Lights.

On Ramadan, the 9th month of the Muslim year, is their time for fasting, "ar-ramaḍ," means scorching heat or dryness in Arabic.

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On Christmas we celebrate the prophesied Messiah, meaning "the anointed one," Jesus Christ.

Jesus was of a royal line, of the House of David, yet his birth was in a stable, not in a palace. Herod would have killed him as a potential rival king, but Joseph and Mary fled with the baby Jesus to Egypt, which fulfilled an ancient prophesy, "Out of Egypt I will call My Son."

The name Jesus comes from the Hebrew – "Yeshua" – or "Yahweh (God) Saves."

The birth of Jesus is so important to billions of people that time itself is set from the date of his birth, "BC = Before Christ" or "AD = Anno Domini = In the Year of our Lord."

So Christmas is not some generic 'winter festival,' as the so-called politically correct may have us believe; rather it's as specific a holiday as the others mentioned are.

Dr. James Allen Francis wrote the following poem:

One Solitary Life

He was born in an obscure village,
The child of a peasant woman.
He grew up in still another village,
Where he worked in a carpenter shop
Until he was thirty.

Then for three years
He was an itinerant preacher.
He never wrote a book.
He never held an office.
He never had a family or owned a house.

He didn't go to college.
He never visited a big city.
He never traveled two hundred miles
From the place where he was born.
He did none of the things
One usually associates with greatness.
He had no credentials but himself.

He was only thirty-three
When the tide of public opinion turned against him.
His friends ran away.
He was turned over to his enemies.
And went through the mockery of a trial.

He was nailed to a cross
Between two thieves.
While he was dying,
His executioners gambled for his clothing,
The only property he had on Earth.
When he was dead,
He was laid in a borrowed grave
Through the pity of a friend.

Twenty centuries have come and gone,
And today he is the central figure
Of the human race,
And the leader of mankind's progress.

All the armies that ever marched,
All the navies that ever sailed,
All the parliament that ever sat,
All the kings that ever reigned,
Put together have not affected
The life of man on Earth
As much as that
One Solitary Life.

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Luke 2:7 concludes that Jesus' mother Mary, "…wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn."

From our family to yours,

"Merry Christmas to all!

And to all, a good night…" ##

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Thank God for Thanksgiving

November 27th, 2013 1 comment

This has been a whirlwind year, so Thanksgiving provides a welcome pause for us, our team and no doubt hundreds of millions of others. The time off with family and friends is priceless. There is certainly so much for us to give thanks for on this popular holiday.

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'Who are we thanking at thanksgiving?'

Indeed, who are we thanking?  Time Magazine queried on its cover some 47 years ago, Is God Dead?

Atheists, agnostics and skeptics ask, Was God Ever Real?

Our friends, team, clients, family – along with scores of industry comrades and connections – span the gamut of religious beliefs. So let's keep this simple today.

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?  

Acorns come from oak trees, oak trees come from acorns. How did they begin? 

My parents, among the many things for me to be thankful for, taught us kids in our youth certain 'proofs' or evidence for God's existence. Examples such as those above suggest a higher Power created something from nothing.  

“From nothing, nothing comes.”  – Aristotle (384-322 BC) gleaned there had to be a creator.

The Romans said, "Nemo dat quod non habet,"  or “You can not give what you do not have.”

Order in the universe. Laws like “gravity” suggest a Powerful Law Giver. Many pithy points spanning the ages bare witness to a Creator, and that is the One to Whom we give thanks. 

What about evolution, some ask, seekers on both sides of the question? Let's start with a number from an expert.

1428 . That is 14 to the 28th power, or

140,000.000,000,000,000.000.000.000.000. Compared to the U.S. debt,

                                          17,217,000,000,000.

Those are the odds against humanity evolving from the slime and muck, said that science/math wiz. Those odds are so long that it makes the chances of winning the lottery look terrific!

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The Pilgrims didn’t worry about being politically correct.
They simply gave thanks.

FYI, there is no problem with evolution as a scientific theory that can explain some things, so long as we realize that it doesn't explain everything.

How can you have skin, eyes, ears, nose, ears, mouth, lips, teeth, tongue, throat, stomach, intestines, lungs, heart, mind, blood vessels, male, female organs – and a host of thousands upon thousands of factors that all make up a single man or woman's body – and then expect them to evolve all at once?

Thus the reason some math-minded science wiz determined the odds were 1428. for man to “evolve.” It would take a miracle!

My bet is on a gracious, all powerful God, Who always was, is and will be. God Who created all things from nothing out of pure love. If the pollsters are right, odds are excellent that you believe in the Almighty too.

We can deny there are mountains and cliffs. But that doesn't keep us from slamming into them or falling off of them. You can't be anti-smoking, unless there are cigarettes. Atheists – anti-theists – argue against the obvious too.

Anyone or any society that fails to believe in absolute truths are poorer for not recognizing them. God grounds all else that we think, say or do.

The Book of Genesis reminds us that humanity's problem's began with a bad meal. As you gather with family, friends and folks of all sizes and types, let's allow a good meal of Thanksgiving to bless and remind us that we need each other, and that we all need to thank God too.

To your friends who don't get it, why not share the gift of this column, so they too will know to Whom we give Thanks on this day. ##

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