Author Archives: R.D. Walker

Drudge does his thing…

Dems warned: Don’t say ‘recovery’…

FLASHBACK WHITE HOUSE: ‘Summer of Recovery’…

FLASHBACK TREASURY: ‘Welcome to the recovery’…

FLASHBACK HARRY REID: ‘We are in a recovery’…


Obama urges Dems to ‘lean into’ Obamacare for midterms…


Onion: New al Qaeda Threat

This one is probably the most credible al Qaeda threat to date.

WASHINGTON—Putting the nation on alert against what it has described as a “highly credible terrorist threat,” the FBI announced today that it has uncovered a plot by members of al-Qaeda to sit back and enjoy themselves while the United States collapses of its own accord.

Multiple intelligence agencies confirmed that the militant Islamist organization and its numerous affiliates intend to carry out a massive, coordinated plan to stand aside and watch America’s increasingly rapid decline, with terrorist operatives across the globe reportedly mobilizing to take it easy, relax, and savor the spectacle as it unfolds.

“We have intercepted electronic communication indicating that al-Qaeda members are actively plotting to stay out of the way while America as we know it gradually crumbles under the weight of its own self-inflicted debt and disrepair,” FBI Deputy Director Mark F. Giuliano told the assembled press corps. “If this plan succeeds, it will leave behind a nation with a completely dysfunctional economy, collapsing infrastructure, and a catastrophic health crisis afflicting millions across the nation. We want to emphasize that this danger is very real.”

“And unfortunately, based on information we have from intelligence assets on the ground, this plot is already well under way,” he added.

Read it all.


Obama budget adds $6.6 trillion to deficit.


President Obama’s budget adds $6.6 trillion in deficits over the next 10 years, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said Thursday.

That estimate is significantly worse than the $4.9 trillion in deficits predicted by the White House. The CBO used its own less rosy estimates of the economy to complete the analysis.

The CBO said by 2024, the deficit would be $746 billion, or 2.8 percent of the economy.
The Office of Management and Budget had said by 2024, the deficit would fall to $434 billion or 1.6 percent of the economy under the budget. In 2013, the deficit was 4.1 percent of the economy.

Just a reminder.


Freaky Friday Caption Contest



You should never, under any circumstances, be allowed to defend yourself with a gun….

Behold the anti-gun loons…

When asked if a person who believes their life is in danger should be able to defend themselves with a firearm, one protester simply said, “No.”

“Only a law enforcement officer should be allowed to use weapons,” she said. The same woman also told Joseph that he shouldn’t be able to carry a gun in a bad neighborhood, because he shouldn’t be walking around in a bad neighborhood in the first place.

Frankly, they all seem a little senile to me.


Assault or on-the-spot correction?

Judge to train engineer: “You are charged with assault. What do you have to say for yourself.”

Engineer: “That boy was not only trespassin’, he was standing way to close to the train for safety just to take a damned selfie. The boy needed kickin’.”

Judge: “Agreed. Case dismissed.”

That’s how it would go if I wrote the script.


A message to American fools…

If you live in a state, county or municipality that has forgone luxury, responsibly kept the books balanced and are fiscally stable, you will now be sending money to Detroit to clean up after their decades long fiscal orgy. In other words, you lived frugally in order to pay for the party of others. You are a fool.

The Obama administration and state officials are in discussions on a deal that would free up an additional $100 million to soften the blow to Detroit pensioners, two people familiar with the talks told the Free Press late Tuesday.

The two sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to disclose the information, confirmed that there have been talks about the federal government supporting a move by the state to give Detroit $100 million in federal money for blight remediation. That, in turn, would free up $100 million of the more than $500 million that emergency manager Kevyn Orr planned to spend for blight removal over the next 10 years. Orr could then use that money to reduce pension cuts.

Yet another transfer of wealth from the productive and prudent to the wasteful and irresponsible. America: Rewarding failure and punishing success.

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Elizabeth Warren sticking with the Cherokee fiction

She has a new book out and Harvard’s “woman of color” is doubling down.

She spends several pages describing the family connections that have led her to assert a partial Native American heritage, for which she was criticized by Republicans in her 2012 Senate campaign.

“As a kid, I had learned about my Native American background the same way every kid learns about who they are: from family,” she writes. “I never questioned my family’s stories or asked my parents for proof or documentation. What kid would?”

Her ancestry became a major issue during the campaign, and Warren says she was stunned by the attacks – and that she couldn’t provide documentation because her family hadn’t registered any tribal affiliation.

“In Oklahoma, that was pretty common,” she writes. “But knowing who you are is one thing, and proving who you are is another.”

She reiterated that she did not use her background to gain special treatment. “I never asked for special treatment when I applied to college, to law school, or for jobs,” she writes.

She did, of course, do it for the job. She enrolled herself as a minority in law school directories. Down the memory hole.

Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, fending off questions about whether she used her Native American heritage to advance her career, said today she enrolled herself as a minority in law school directories for nearly a decade because she hoped to meet other people with tribal roots.

“I listed myself in the directory in the hopes that it might mean that I would be invited to a luncheon, a group something that might happen with people who are like I am. Nothing like that ever happened, that was clearly not the use for it and so I stopped checking it off,” said Warren….

“Being Native American has been part of my story I guess since the day I was born,” said Warren, who never mentioned her Native American heritage on the campaign trail even as she detailed much of her personal history to voters in speeches, statements and a video. “These are my family stories, I have lived in a family that has talked about Native American and talked about tribes since I was a little girl.” –


Investigative reporter Michael Patrick Leahy of uncovered that in 1993, when Warren was a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, the Harvard Women’s Law Journal included Warren on a list of Women of Color in Legal Academia. It was the policy of the Law Journal to check with the persons on the list before they were listed.

Politico uncovered that in 1997 The Fordham Law Journal listed Warren as Harvard Law School’s first “woman of color” on the faculty:

    “There are few women of color who hold important positions in the academy, Fortune 500 companies, or other prominent fields or industries,” the piece says. “This is not inconsequential. Diversifying these arenas, in part by adding qualified women of color to their ranks, remains important for many reaons. For one, there are scant women of color as role models. In my three years at Stanford Law School, there were no professors who were women of color. Harvard Law School hired its first woman of color, Elizabeth Warren, in 1995.””

Her fictional representation of herself is the only reason we have ever heard her name.


IRS Scandal gets much worse…

Lois Learner wasn’t just working to block tax free status for conservative organizations, she was trying to get there founders thrown in prison.

“I got a call today from Richard Pilger Director Elections Crimes Branch at DOJ … He wanted to know who at IRS the DOJ folk s [sic] could talk to about Sen. Whitehouse idea at the hearing that DOJ could piece together false statement cases about applicants who ‘lied’ on their 1024s -saying they weren’t planning on doing political activity, and then turning around and making large visible political expenditures. DOJ is feeling like it needs to respond, but want to talk to the right folks at IRS to see whether there are impediments from our side and what, if any damage this might do to IRS programs.”

It is not simply the Internal Revenue Service that was engaged in conduct attacking conservative groups because of their political affiliations. This goes to the Department of Justice was well.

In an email to senior IRS staff, Lerner makes it plain this is about shutting conservative groups down. She wrote:

“As I mentioned yesterday — there are several groups of folks from the FEC world that are pushing tax fraud prosecution for c4s who report they are not conducting political activity when they are (or these folks think they are). One is my ex-boss Larry Noble (former General Counsel at the FEC), who is now president of Americans for Campaign Reform. This is their latest push to shut these down. One IRS prosecution would make an impact and they wouldn’t feel so comfortable doing the stuff.

“So, don’t be fooled about how this is being articulated – it is ALL about 501(c)(4) orgs and political activity.”

This is the IRS in service of the Democrat Party. It is wildly criminal behavior and it needs to be prosecuted. It won’t be, however, until there is a new president and a new attorney general.


Michael Bloomberg has a ‘Get Out of Hell Free’ Card

He has earned his way into heaven.

Mr. Bloomberg was introspective as he spoke, and seemed both restless and wistful. When he sat down for the interview, it was a few days before his 50th college reunion. His mortality has started dawning on him, at 72. And he admitted he was a bit taken aback by how many of his former classmates had been appearing in the “in memoriam” pages of his school newsletter.

But if he senses that he may not have as much time left as he would like, he has little doubt about what would await him at a Judgment Day. Pointing to his work on gun safety, obesity and smoking cessation, he said with a grin: “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”

Hmmmmmm… Anyone who uses the phrase “if there is a God” should probably double check the validity of any free pass into the next world he thinks he has. It might just be a forgery.

In any case, I suspect that when Bloomberg gets to the Pearly Gates, St. Peter is going to school him by quoting C.S. Lewis…

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”


Don Rumsfeld’s taxes are a known unknown

So are mine. So are yours. Nobody has a friggin’ clue how the cursed system works.



Three felonies a day…

If the feds want you, the feds will get you.

A federal magistrate on Tuesday ordered a Phoenix woman to remain jailed until she is returned to Las Vegas to face federal charges alleging she threw a shoe at Hillary Rodham Clinton during a speech.

Alison Michelle Ernst, 36, read documents, talked to her lawyer and sat on the edge of her seat as she waited for her initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven Logan in Phoenix.

Ernst, wearing a turquoise-colored hooded jacket and jeans, was arrested late Monday after federal prosecutors in Las Vegas filed charges Sunday accusing her of trespassing and violence against a person.

The federal charges increase the possible consequences for Ernst if she is convicted of throwing a shoe at the former secretary of state.

So what is generally the charge for throwing a shoe at someone and missing? At worst, it is a misdemeanor disorderly conduct rap. It is the sort of thing that gets handled during daily bench hearings by the on-duty judge. It would almost never result in jail time. It would never, ever, ever appear on the radar of the Federal Government.

Unless they are pissed. Equal treatment under the law is a meaningless concept if the feds are pissed. When the feds are pissed, things that are normally dealt with in five minutes down at the country courthouse get very, very serious. Throwing a shoe might not be a federal offense, but there is always something the feds can bust you on. Always.

You commit three felonies a day. If they want your ass in prison, your ass will be in prison.

The average professional in this country wakes up in the morning, goes to work, comes home, eats dinner, and then goes to sleep, unaware that he or she has likely committed several federal crimes that day. Why? The answer lies in the very nature of modern federal criminal laws, which have exploded in number but also become impossibly broad and vague. In Three Felonies a Day, Harvey A. Silverglate reveals how federal criminal laws have become dangerously disconnected from the English common law tradition and how prosecutors can pin arguable federal crimes on any one of us, for even the most seemingly innocuous behavior. The volume of federal crimes in recent decades has increased well beyond the statute books and into the morass of the Code of Federal Regulations, handing federal prosecutors an additional trove of vague and exceedingly complex and technical prohibitions to stick on their hapless targets. The dangers spelled out in Three Felonies a Day do not apply solely to “white collar criminals,” state and local politicians, and professionals. No social class or profession is safe from this troubling form of social control by the executive branch, and nothing less than the integrity of our constitutional democracy hangs in the balance.


Ukraine on the Brink

Ukraine moves troops east.

The Ukrainian military on Tuesday secured an airfield threatened by Russian sympathizers, signaling the start of a campaign to counter militants who have stormed official buildings in at least 10 eastern cities.

After days of a cautious response and empty ultimatums, the government’s deployment of troops on Tuesday could signal an escalation of the crisis, which is playing out much like the events that led to Crimea’s annexation by Russia early this year.

Officials in Moscow have sternly warned against using force to deter what they say are “self-defenders” who are acting to protect the interests of ethnic Russians in Ukraine’s east. Too strong a response, officials in Kiev and Western capitals have wagered, could be used by Russia as a pretext to send its troops spilling over the border.

Here we see a group of ethnic Russian traditionalist who are concerned about their cultural autonomy and rich history in Eastern Ukraine.

Pro russians


A message to alleged pederast Harry Reid…

Burn. :-)


“We’ve got to make them afraid of us.”

Bloomberg is going to make gun owners fear him by flushing $50 million down the toilet.

Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually outmuscle the National Rifle Association.

Mr. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, said gun control advocates need to learn from the N.R.A. and punish those politicians who fail to support their agenda — even Democrats whose positions otherwise align with his own.

“They say, ‘We don’t care. We’re going to go after you,’ ” he said of the N.R.A. “ ‘If you don’t vote with us we’re going to go after your kids and your grandkids and your great-grandkids. And we’re never going to stop.’ ”

He added: “We’ve got to make them afraid of us.”

The considerable advantages that gun rights advocates enjoy — in intensity, organization and political clout — will not be easy to overcome. Indeed, Mr. Bloomberg has already spent millions of dollars trying to persuade members of Congress to support enhanced background check laws with virtually nothing to show for it.

What is more, for many gun owners, the issue is a deeply personal one that energizes them politically, said Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, who dismissed the mayor’s plans.

“He’s got the money to waste,” Mr. Pratt said. “So I guess he’s free to do so. But frankly, I think he’s going to find out why his side keeps losing.”

More here.

Meanwhile, back in New York.

The state of New York gave gun owners who owned so-called “assault weapons” before the passage of the SAFE Act, a hastily-passed gun control law, until April 15, 2014, to register them with the state government.

On Tuesday, the deadline, New York gun owners and Second Amendment rights advocates gathered in downtown Buffalo, N.Y., and shredded gun registration forms in an act of protest.

New York lawmakers have “shredded” their constitutional rights, so it’s only fitting the gun registration forms get the same treatment, protesters reportedly said.


About the 1%…

The OWS movement wants us to believe that the rich is getting richer and the poor is getting poorer. The 1%, they tell us, is getting much richer. Then they show us pre-tax data.

Since it is April 15th, let’s look at post tax data. When we look at post tax incomes, and realize that the top 1% pay huge amounts of taxes and, furthermore, realize that the poor get tax refunds even if they pay no taxes, things look different.


What we learn is that the only group that had incomes shrink between 2000 and 2010 was the 1%. The bottom 20% saw the largest growth in income.

Happy April 15th, y’all.

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How do you convert gallons to hours?

The question is nonsense so any answer is correct. That is the beauty of the question. The Obama Administration knows this.

The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama’s health care law in the next report, due this fall, census officials said.

The changes are intended to improve the accuracy of the survey, being conducted this month in interviews with tens of thousands of households around the country. But the new questions are so different that the findings will not be comparable, the officials said.

An internal Census Bureau document said that the new questionnaire included a “total revision to health insurance questions” and, in a test last year, produced lower estimates of the uninsured. Thus, officials said, it will be difficult to say how much of any change is attributable to the Affordable Care Act and how much to the use of a new survey instrument.

Jay Carney, October 12, 2015: “We know that the ACA is a success because census figures show that a chicken and a half can lay an egg and a half in a day and a half and it takes a one-legged grasshopper 6.8 minutes to kick all the seeds out of a dill pickle. Based on the ratio of new insurance policies sold to the number of bricks in a medium sized dog house, the number of uninsured dropped a dollar three twelve percent. This represents an historic success. ”

Argue with that logic!


LIberals celebrate: Obamacare to cost $100 billion less that projected

The cost is down to just $1,383 trillion.

The insurance expansion under the Affordable Care Act will cost $1.383 trillion over the next decade, more than $100 billion less than previous forecasts, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday.

The nonpartisan budget office’s report, an update to projections from February, shows the law costing less than in previous estimates in part because of the broad and persistent slowdown in the growth of health care costs. The news might come as welcome to Democrats on Capitol Hill and in the White House who are struggling to defend the law in an election year.

ThinkProgress: Very Bad News For Obamacare Opponents In The Government’s Latest Report

Yes, we should feel terrible. It is $1.383 trillion rather than $1.483 trillion and remember, $1,383,000,000,000.00 is absolutely, positively not “one dime”.


Tax Day Blood Moon

Staying up late so you don’t have to: Blood Moon over Iowa.


The star is Spica It’s is a blue giant and a variable star located 260 light years from Earth. I liked it in the photo because its blue-white color shows the moon is truly red and not just filtered red through clouds or fog.


The Cruelest Day


April 15 has two deadlines this year.

Tuesday is the final day New Yorkers who own semi-automatic weapons have to register those guns after the state passed a new law classifying them as “assault weapons.”

But as this deadline, coinciding with tax day, approaches, the New York State Police are not releasing the number of people who have registered their weapons, while New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo – who pushed the law – said he doesn’t know, the Associated Press reported.


Alleged Pederast Says It Isn’t Over

Reid confirms what we already know.

Senate majority leader Harry Reid hasn’t been very vocal about the cattle battle showdown in recent days, but says “it’s not over.”

Reid tells News4′s Samantha Boatman his take on the so-called cattle battle in southern Las Vegas. “Well, it’s not over. We can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it. So it’s not over,” Reid said.

Here is what I don’t know: Is Cliven Bundy justified in his actions or just another whackadoo demanding what ain’t his? I have tried to know the answer, but it isn’t forthcoming. My objective analysis is that he is deep in arrears in his grazing fees.

His argument is that not paying is a form of protest. The BLM, he argues, was in the process of raising his fees until cattle ranching was no longer profitable and he was bankrupt. To use the vernacular of Barack Obama on coal fired power plants: “Grazing fees would necessarily skyrocket. If you want to graze cattle you can, but you will go bankrupt.”

He doesn’t want to go bankrupt so he isn’t paying the fees. He thinks he has some kind of an easement that guarantees him reasonable rates. Does he? Beats the hell out of me. I don’t know if Bundy is a victim of the all-powerful state, a squatter or both. I suspect both.

Here is what I do know. Sending commandos to deal with every damned situation is not the behavior of the government of a free country. Thinking back to 1992, they didn’t have to raid the Koresh compound in Waco. They could have picked up the whack job leader during one of his frequent trips to Dairy Queen. They don’t have to send an army of steely eyed commandos drooling for a kill to Nevada either. If they want to arrest Bundy when he is at Pizza Hut, let them arrest him and let a judge deal with the consequences.

What absolutely, positively should not be happening is the deployment of commando wannabes, snipers, helicopters and armored vehicles to deal with one family who has done nothing violent and made no violent threats. That isn’t how it works in a free country. That is how it works in a police state.



Will the CEO of NBC be forced to retire?

Don’t be ridiculous. Hypocrisy is nothing to the left.

So in the wake of the Mozilla/Brendan Eich kerfuffle? When push comes to shove on business executives who give money in the name of what leftist gay activists are calling homophobia? Forced to choose between a powerful liberal media insider — aka the Rick Santorum-supporting NBC/Universal Chief Executive Stephen Burke (a $2,000 contribution to Santorum’s losing Senate re-election bid) — and gays? The liberal media fell suddenly silent.

Whatever happened to MSNBC’s famously gay hosts Rachel Maddow and Thomas Roberts? And MSNBC reporter and Brendan Eich critic Adam Serwer? Or Media Matters and its gay leader David Brock? America Blogs gay activist John Aravosis? Or Michelangelo Signorile, the editor-at-large of Huffington Post’s Gay Voices. Or Bob Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC Entertainment? And, yes, where is Tina Fey?


Saturday it hit 80 for the first time since October

It’s was the first really nice, warm day this year here in the upper Midwest. Spring is in the air. You know what that means.

At least 36 people were shot in Chicago, four of them fatally, in as many hours over the weekend, with more than half of the shootings occurring over a half-day period stretching into early Sunday.

Officers responded to at least 27 incidents, starting at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the West Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side involving an attack that left a 17-year-old girl dead and two other people wounded, police said. There were also fatal shootings in the South Shore neighborhood Friday night and the Washington Park neighborhood early Sunday, both on the South Side.

Late Sunday, police announced charges in one of the killings.


Subsidy is not Charity!

Andrew Klavan says what must be said over and over and over.

Progressive redistribution makes black people poorer. Government programs for blacks make black people poorer. Leftist social polices make black people poorer. Leftism is the quintessential good intention that paves the road to hell while making you feel oh-so-good about yourself.

See, leftists think when government gives money to people, it’s a form of charity. It’s not. Charity ennobles the willing giver and creates responsibility in the receiver. When government confiscates one man’s wealth to give it to another, that’s a subsidy. Subsidy increases the thing subsidized. Always. Every time. Everywhere. Subsidize poverty, you get more poverty. Subsidize illegitimacy, you get more illegitimacy. Subsidize black victimhood, guess what? More black victimhood.

Blacks are poorer in leftist cities because of leftism. End of story.

This is so obvious it is glaring. Yet it is still difficult for me during Holy Week. We are called upon to feed the poor, to clothe the naked and care for the sick. Compassion for our fellow man demands it, right?

I notice that in the Gospel, whenever Christ ministers to the sick, the naked, the hungry or to the morally corrupt, they are grateful and become changed. He is able to minister to both their physical and spiritual poverty.

I also notice, based on personal experience, that providing for the physical needs of people without tending to their spiritual poverty usually doesn’t result in people being grateful and changed. It usually results in them developing a sense of entitlement and an expectation that they continue to receive funding so they can use it to subsidize whatever self destructive behavior resulted in their being sick, naked, hungry or morally corrupt in the first place.

I know of no place in scripture where Christ ministers to, say, a prostitute and that prostitute uses the Lord’s gifts to expand her trade and recruit others to join her vocation. Financial support alone results in that sort of thing all the time.

My mother’s church in Florida has been feeding a group of drug addled homeless men for a year. They deliver them food in their camp in the woods along the highway in five gallon buckets with locking lids so the raccoons can’t steal it. My mother says the mission of Saint Vincent de Paui was and is compassion, humility, and generosity. She is to feed the hungry. She is doing it.

I can’t help but feel, however, that she is, in some way, enabling them. She is allowing them to take the path of least resistance and spend their days in the pimento barrens methed out of their minds. I can’t help but think she is helping to create a market for meth, and thus the crime and violence that goes with it. None of these men are getting better. They are just getting fed. Is she ignoring the law of unintended consequences and making for a worse world?

What would Jesus do? Would He feed a band of heathens knowing that they would use the miraculous bread and fishes to advance their campaign to kill God’s people and expand darkness across the land? Would he provide for a prostitute if His support enabled her to recruit other young girls?

Would Christ do as Obama and his ilk do: Fill stomachs and leave souls empty? I think not.

Klaven is right. Subsidy is not charity.


Neo-Nazi, KKK Grand Dragon, Scum…

Details around the identity of the Kansas City shooter become clear.

The man who allegedly killed three people when he opened fire outside a Jewish community center and nearby retirement community in a Kansas City suburb Sunday is reportedly a 73-year-old Missouri man with a history of racist and anti-Semitic activity.

A Johnson County (Kan.) jail official told the Associated Press that authorities had identified the suspect in the shooting in Overland Park as Frazier Glenn Cross, aka Frazier Glenn Miller.

This guy is a real pig.

According to the SPLC, Cross quit high school as a senior to join the Army. In a 20-year Army career he had two tours in Vietnam and 13 years as a member of the elite Green Berets before he was forced to retire because of his Klan affiliation in 1979.

Later he went on to be active in a neo-Nazi group called “The Order” that advocated violence against Blacks and Jews among others, the SPLC said.

He even unsuccessfully ran in the Democratic primary for North Carolina governor in 1984 and as a Republican for a state Senate seat in 1987, the SPLC said.

This is where I become conflicted. I still don’t support the death penalty for all of the reasons I have stated. That said, this guy needs to be scrubbed from planet earth, his name erased from all records, all memory of him wiped clean and his filthy ashes flushed down the nearest toilet.

Two of the three victims: Dr. William Lewis Corporon and his grandson Reat Griffin Underwood (Losen).

Two of the three victims: Dr. William Lewis Corporon and his grandson Reat Griffin Underwood.