Thursday, October 17, 2013

From Our President: The Constitution Is An Imperfect Document...

Today this little gem came across my Facebook. Yes, our president actually said this.


I do not know who made it, but I did listen to the clip, yes, he said it on a radio interview.

The wonderful thing about our constitution is it's ability to grow with the country. Yes, it was written "way back when" but look how well it has served us. And if you take it apart piece by piece you can still see the brilliance. Obama, claiming to be a constitutional law expert, should know this better then anyone. So why would he say this?

Think about this, he was not raised in America. He was raised by people who believe socialism works, people who believe that America is the root of all evil, yet think beating a woman or stoning her for even talking to a man not her husband no matter how innocent is acceptable. He has promised to fundamentally change this country, this is one promise - the ONLY promise he ever made, that he fully intends to keep. By lying to the people of this country about hope and change he has taken both away from us. He is putting our country into a debt we may never dig out of and he is giving money and weapons  to terrorists.

You might have the inclination to say that is all crazy talk, however, consider this. President Obama sent a memorandum that halted the law of our country that says we must NOT give aid to terrorists. Why? He knew that the Syrian rebels he sent aid to ARE TERRORIST, and this was his attempt to keep himself from being impeached. BUT I ask you, if all the laws of the land are subject only to the presidents whim then what good are the laws? There is a reason it is considered treasonous to aid terrorists, is this one man so magnanimous and brilliant that we are not to question anything he does. That is, after all, what it suggests when he alone can write off any law he chooses not to follow.

***** From the White House website:

SUBJECT: Delegation of Authority Under Sections 552(c)(2) and 614 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as Amended
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I hereby delegate to the Secretary of State:

(1) the authority under section 552(c)(2) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended (FAA), to direct the drawdown of up to $15 million in nonlethal commodities and services from any department or agency of the United States to provide assistance for the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) and the Supreme Military Council (SMC), and to make the determinations required under such section to direct such a drawdown; and

(2) the authority under section 614 of the FAA to determine whether it is important to the security interests of the United States to furnish such assistance to the SOC and the SMC without regard to any other provision of law within the purview of section 614(a)(1) of the FAA.

You are authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.


Along with that the president has signed executive orders that give him all power and control over everything that is necessary for us to live, in the case of a disaster natural or not.

*****You can read the text of the executive on the White house website here.

*****You can read the specific text including some commentary and history here.

Then you might ask yourself, why would he put it out there on the website.
1st, it's the law - for now.
2nd, unless you actually went to those sites from this post would you have otherwise?

The one thing this president and really any president from here out has in his/her favor is the ignorance and apathy of the American people.  There are simply not enough of us who care. I see this changing. Will you be amongst those who follow their leader off a cliff like sheep, or will you start to care and educate yourself, and pay attention?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Women and Moms... stand up for your right to protect your family...

Thanks to The Woman's Shooting Academy I found THIS blog asking women and moms, not to boycott (give them props for that one), but to pressure Starbucks not to allow legal conceal carry holders to bring their firearms into their stores. There are a lot of comments that give false or skewed information about guns and who it is we should be protected from exactly - I mean it isn't exactly the legal conceal carry holders out there shooting up school children and movie theaters.  So I took the opportunity to use their links to give Starbucks my support and to tell them I got the info to do so from the above mentioned post at "the truth about" including sending them a link so as not to cause confusion.

Here is the deal my conservative mom and women friends, we can't be silent. Those who oppose freedom in our country and think the constitution is out dated are speaking louder then us right now. Yes, we are busy, who isn't? But we must choose right NOW. Do we want to be SHEEP or SHEEPDOGS?

I have said it before and I will say it again, I refuse to be a sheep, I refuse to lay down and let some idiot who does not pay any attention to the laws already on the books, have at an easy target. I will not leave myself and my children helpless and vulnerable. (Hubs can take care of himself, and he does a good job of protecting us too ... but I digress...)

These moms and women who would be sheep, who choose to be sheep are clueless about what it takes to be protected from the wolves. I live with my eyes wide open and I make a choice to protect myself not wait around for 30 min while a police officer gets to my town which has no standing police force of it's own.

And before you get on your political bandwagon about me calling people sheep, read the above linked blog on Sheep, sheepdogs and wolves... it does not mean what you think it means. Every person in this country needs to make a choice, do you want to be a sheep? As stated in the letter, that is ok, but admit that you are a sheep and realize that someday you may just need a sheepdog to protect you and your family from the wolves. Wolves do not leave the sheep alone just because the shepherd fires the sheepdog.

I ask my friends to please tell Starbucks you support them on their stand for the 2nd amendment. If you don't they will only hear from the other side and it might just sway them. Then, get vocal, now is not the time to choose to be a sheep, or at the very least, not to disarm the sheepdog.

Thank you.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Obamacare... now that we know what's in it...

"Obamacare is coming undone. You can see ithappening day by day, provision by provision, as the administrationpostpones or scales back key parts of the law, and other signscontinue to suggest that the law as written simply won’t work."  

 I read the above article and had a few thoughts of my own. Indulge me.

As we have seen #PresidentBarrackHusseinObamaII is not a big enough man to admit when he has made a mistake. Hopefully they can chip away at this monstrosity of a legislation fast enough to prevent most of the damage. It is already hurting families as the medical community struggles to come into compliance with the changes as per the deadlines set by this administration. Businesses are doing the same by cutting jobs or cutting hours or both.

And as we go on, with those who did not read it before it became a bill because in this backwards nonsensical world we took the word of a politician (a psychotic one at that #NancyPalosi)  that we would be impressed with the bill once it was passed and we found out what was in it. We are learning that those who pushed it the most are now exempt from it, and those who have been draining our system for every drop of social services including medical care illegally #IllegalImmigrants are also going to be exempt from it as they are given that which they took without regard of whom they hurt in the meantime, hard working families who pay into the system but for some reason beyond their control  are now in need of the services. Services that were put into place to help people just like them, but now they are being turned down because the system has been stretched so thin.

And as we look forward, even those who thought they were doing what is best for this country in writing this monstrosity are now calling it a "train wreck" with no idea in the world how they are going to implement it or pay for it once they do. Those who did not read it are finding out what those of us who did already knew, it is impossible to take a system that is regarded as one of the best in the world and drastically change it in this way and not ruin the system entirely.

They have put our country at risk, our elderly, our children and they still expect us to just go along with their "plans" all because it would be embarrassing to admit that they bit off more than they could chew.

Overwhelmingly the American people did not want this bill. We called it an unfair tax, they said it was NOT a tax, and passed it anyway. They said it was not a tax, because if they admitted it was, they would have had to go through a process that would have stopped it in it's tracks. When it was challenged, the supreme court said that it was a tax, and therefore could not be challenged nor defeated based on the case in point. It should have been immediately repealed because it was not passed as a tax should be. But because too many people trust our politicians without question because for some reason we have put them on a pedestal of being "smarter" then us or more "knowledgeable" then us. In reality they have only learned better how to speak with pretty words and to use the system that is supposed to protect us from the government to go beyond their bounds.

And because so many trust them so completely those of us who see what is happening feel helpless. We have been taught to be "nice" to be "polite" not to speak to loud or have an opinion that might hurt another persons  feelings. We have been brainwashed and asleep and we are waking up, but now it might just be too late and not enough are opening their eyes.  We are told to be tolerant, but then told we are unacceptable because we trust in God and have a set of values we hold dear and cling to so that we might live better lives and go to heaven. Living by a set of values is not tolerable but living as you wish with no values we must tolerate.

When a world becomes a place where everyone lives only to please themselves and nothing is deemed immoral or improper then we live in a world of chaos. This country was founded on Christian principals, survived because of those principles, became a melting pot because every one was welcome given they would abide by our Constitution and our laws. Our country became great and powerful enough to remain free because of those principals. Even if you chose not to be a Christian it is those very principles that allowed you the freedom to make that choice.

 Yet now Christians are being told it is them who are unacceptable. We must now wear our cross or other sign of our faith because it might offend the Muslim who carries his Koran and stops in the midst of what ever else might be going on to pray. Now it is the very people who live by the constitution that made this country great those like the ones who came before willing to take up arms and die to protect others lives, we are the ones who are being demonized by those who would need protecting.

A country that started because we were not afraid to be the sheepdog and set ourselves up to be the protector of those who would choose to be sheep against the wolves that are ever present, ever cunning, ever planning on how to slaughter the sheep. We are now being told by those sheep that we can not be trusted, that because there are wolves we must lay down our arms, as if those wolves would just saunter along and leave the defenseless alone. They would some how without explanation become sheep themselves.

We need to wake up, we need to fight back, we need to be lawful, but not nice, nor polite about our resolve to keep this country free, in order to remain great. We do not want to become like other countries, we want our identity as a free nation run BY and FOR the people not by those who would pretend to represent us only to betray us. It starts at the top, but goes all the way to the bottom of the political cess pool. We should never have to worry about our president dismantling our constitution piece by piece, but that is only happening because those under him are being just as corrupt, complacent, and scandalous. We need new blood in the White House, in the House of Representatives and in the Senate. We need them on both sides of the isle and right up the middle too. We need people who remember who they are working for. We the People need to take it back and with a vengeance so that it will not be a lesson lost. 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Government Wasteful Spending - did you know?

According to a Congressional Research Services report compensation for most representatives and senators is $174,000 a year.
Additionally, members of Congress are eligible to enroll in health and life insurance plans, can opt into a pension plan and are offered a variety of reimbursements and allowances to support them in their representational duties.
The Congressional Research Service has reported the average annual Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) annuity was $69,420 in 2010. The Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), which went into effect in 1987, averaged a retirement annuity (not including Social Security) of $38,460 in 2010. Depending on when they began their service former lawmakers may choose to participate in either plan.

That is just for some background information.
This is what we are paying for...
Example # 1 Hank Johnson congressman since 2007

In early 2010 he made headlines with this brilliant assessment of adding troops to our base on Guam.

In late 2011 He assured us that he and the other dimwits up on the hill "earn their $175,000 pay" and benefits.

And in Late 2012 he went on and on about using the "M" word.

Because of this eloquent speech the night before:

And now apparently in a race to out "stupid" himself we are treated to this:

Look him up, there is so much more... but I think I've proved my point.
Now I ask you, is there nothing we can think of better to do with $175,000 + benefits a year then this???

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Using Aborted Babies Overies in IVF

After reading THIS post at Daily Mail I have thought long and hard about the ramifications of taking the ovaries from aborted babies to use in IVF treatments.  Obviously my faith does not even allow me to consider the morality of such a thing. It isn't. In any way shape or form. But as we know the scientific community rarely looks to the Catholic Church to see if something "should" be done.

So, what could we expect within say 15 years if they start this process now? I suspect we would see an increase in birth defects cause embryos to be destroyed, or babies aborted should defects be found after being implanted. I would say it would be extremely disturbing for a child to learn that they don't really have a biological mother because she was never allowed to even take a breath.

More disturbing to me however is the medical communities insistence on playing God. And their complete lack 'because we can' attitude. We abort babies before they are born (or in sick cases being  highlighted by the Goznell trial, after they are born) because they are not viable, they are blobs of tissue, they are not alive... yet we can take a piece of that "not alive" and make life from it???

When are we going to accept the fact that the children we abort are children? How can we continue to accept things like abortion, and questions about using aborted babies in other medical experiments and not understand that the case of Kermit Goznell is a very direct result of our own "blurring of the lines" when it comes to life and death? 

I have talked before about not judging the women too harshly that have had abortions, they are usually desperate and feel they have no other choice to make. They walk into clinics like Goznells and they say all the right things. "It will be over soon, it will be quick, it's just a blob of tissue, it's not a baby..." all those things that help an already desperate woman justify killing her baby.

What they don't tell her is how she will feel when her desperation fades, and she realizes what she has done. They don't tell her all the complications that could happen. Lie upon lie, all in the name of the all mighty dollar and "woman's choice". Our culture of death is destroying us.

More people need to stand up and speak for those that do not have a voice. The most innocent among us. When we have Catholics and other Christians condoning the death sentence abortion brings to our little ones we are lost. We must teach our children that abstinence is far more precious than a one night stand, that their bodies are precious and not a tool. That sex is more than just a feel good weekend activity. And that babies, regardless of how they are conceived begin their life at the moment of conception NOT the moment they take their first breath.

If you have had an abortion and need help please contact Rachel's vineyard Ministries.

If you are thinking about having an abortion please contact Priests for Life Pregnancy Resources

For information on the views of the Catholic Church on IVF please go here: Catholic Answers IVF

Friday, April 19, 2013

Where was God? and the answer that drives me nuts...

There have been several tragedies in the last few days. The Boston marathon bombings, the explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas, the shooting of an MIT campus security officer... the list goes on.  As usual when things like this happen it is common for people to ask "where is God?", "why did he let this happen?".  And if they are not asking that question they are answering it, most often with things like this:

source: internet quotes

This really bothered me. If you want to say we have lessons to learn and can learn from the difficulties and tragedies that occur, ok - I get that... but to say that God ALLOWS these things to happen for HIS purpose? That makes no sense.

I am not a theologian, I'm no expert, but there is a clear distinction between God allowing things to happen for His purpose, and God using the wickedness of others for Good in the end. You see, the difference is 'free-will'.  We are not puppets on a string, YES, God has a plan for each and every one of us, but he has only given us guidelines as to how to get to that plan. CLEAR GUIDELINES, but guidelines none the less. We must CHOOSE to follow those guidelines. God does not put up the barriers in our path, we do that to ourselves. God does not decide which events will take place or not, again people choose to do these things.

We can not have it both ways, we can't be both puppets on a string and have free will. 

So then we have to answer the question, "where is God?"   God is in the same place He always is - with us.
In Boston, God was with the man in the cowboy hat who jumped in with both feet to help and ended up holding a mans artery together with his fingers while they wheeled him to an ambulance.

source AP

God was standing next to the little boy who died, not because God called him, but because some mad man took his life way too soon. Still God was there, to comfort him and to take him in His arms.

God was there in each of the hearts of those first responders, in those who have done the searching since, in those who have been injured, and with those who died. If we believe in Him, he is with us as we go through our lives. When we ask God to help us, we get answers. Sometimes we don't hear the answers because we are looking through tunnel vision. God sees the big picture. He does LOVE us and wants the best for us. But we have to be open to HIS answers to HIS plan for us, not just the answers we want.

My camera, above Boulder

The other day I was having a bad day in my own household, I could have looked around right were I stood to find a solution, but I didn't, I threw a fit and drove off. When I got to where the road took me I ended up in the above spot. How easy it was to find God in that moment. But I opened my heart, I opened my eyes, and I realized I had done the wrong thing, God would have been just as evident if I'd stayed right were I was and opened my heart wide enough too.

God is with us, He does not let things happen for His purpose, but he uses the consequences of our free will choices to make a difference in this world - IF WE OPEN OURSELVES UP TO SEE IT. Again free will. If we walk around with our eyes closed to God we will miss Him, we will automatically be more susceptible to evil and vulnerable to the evil others will do.  It is OUR responsibility to go out into this world prepared, open and obedient to God.

"Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all (the) flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." -Ephesians 6:13-17

My prayers go out to all the families and victims of all those that have been affected by all of the recent events. Put your trust in God, place your faith directly in Him, and find peace.


Friday, April 12, 2013

Gosnell, have you heard of him?

Dr. (and I use the title loosely) Kermit Gosnell headed up an abortion clinic in PA. It was shut down nearly 2 years ago after a health inspector FINALLY saw fit to go check out this clinic. After the inspector went through the clinic it was dubbed the "house of horrors".

To some of us that is not surprise, after all abortion clinic automatically equals "house of horrors". To some however, those who think abortion is ok it is not automatic, it is unsettling, and therefore they must ignore. How can one ignore "house of horrors", millions made, 2 women killed, many more injured. Not to mention babies killed AFTER being born alive by having scissors shoved into their necks and their spines cut. And jar after jar of tiny little feet, arms, legs, kept on shelves for what purpose?

After 17 years of running his filthy clinic, he was finally inspected and then charged with murder, among other things, but we don't here about this in the main stream media. We sure heard about the dogs that Mr. Vick used in his dog fights, because that was horrific. We sure heard about the horses being tied and left to starve, because that was horrific. We hear about a lot of things having to do with animal cruelty, we know when Lindsey Lohan finds herself in trouble again, when a celebrity couple splits, and sometimes we even have to hear about how fantastic Obama is doing as president, despite the numbers and facts showing us otherwise, but we don't hear about this man who is charged with murder because he killed babies 30 seconds too late.

So where is why. If the main stream media were to highlight this story it would put the ridiculous fact that he is being charged because his first attempt to kill a baby was perfectly fine in this beautiful country we live in, but because he failed at that one and the baby somehow managed to live, despite his best efforts and was born into this world alive and that he THEN killed the child 30 seconds too late directly in pro choice faces.

We would be putting the spot light on that which pro-life people have been saying all along. It's NOT a blob of tissue, it is a child, a living being with full rights as it's own person. We would be shedding light on the stupidity of the argument that this "thing" is not living, that it has no potential for life.

Now wouldn't that be a shame, then we would have to admit that abortion in general is nothing but the murder of a child. Now you know why you won't hear about this much in mainstream media either. What little they mention will be hidden at the back, or at the very end of the trial where they will merely mention the results of this trial.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Communion as a political weapon?

I read two or three stories today about the Catholic church and it's over-reaching use of communion as a political weapon. Stunning. Because some Catholic leaders believe that if someone is supporting abortion and gay marriage (or any other thing that goes against the teaching of the Church), they should not receive communion. And the news media is calling this a political weapon...

NOT that my little corner of the blog world is going to change any of the tolerant left minds that have gone on the attack about this BUT I thought I would explain just exactly what it is about the Catholic faith that I LOVE, and at the same time try and explain how the mainstream media is very VERY wrong.

I love the Catholic Church because you always know where you stand. PERIOD. There are no wishy washy, rules or laws. The church has been pretty much what it is from the beginning. I don't mean to say that there have never been any wrongdoers in the leadership of the church that took some wrong actions, but the Church herself at it's foundation has not changed. And the rules are fairly simple.

As far as gay marriage, the Church does not 'hate' gays, nor do they tell them they are not welcome, in fact they very much welcome them. The church does tell gays that being sexual with another man or woman is not morally correct and that they should abstain from intimate behavior.

As far as abortion, it is murder and therefore against church teachings, so if you support gay marriage, and abortion you are acting against the moral code of the church. And since we are taught that communion is something we take with reverence and after confessing any mortal sin or to abstain if we are in a state of continual sin, then it makes perfect sense for the Church to ask members to abstain, or even refuse communion to those people.

It is not a political weapon, it is an act of faith and spiritual guidance and IF you are a member of any church you will get spiritual guidance from your leaders. THAT is what they are there for.

The political weapon comes in when a member of a congregation comes in, proclaims to be a follower of your faith, and then calls you a bigot when you expect them to REALLY FOLLOW.

Hint: If you are a member of a church and you disagree with one or more of the main teachings of said church it is your job to either A: bend to the faith of your church. or B: LEAVE! You see religion is not supposed to bend to you... the bible never said God was made in mans image, but that MAN was MADE in GOD'S image.

My church, My faith, My leaders - I love them all because I know just where I stand with them. I will never EVER be able to say the same about our political leaders.
A beautiful statue of Our Lord out front of our church. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Feeling a Little Ramboette-ish Right Now...

I feel I have to explain a bit. I am feeling a little Ramboette-ish because I am taking my blog in a little different direction and dealing with the attack on our 2nd amendment rights, NOT because I feel like shooting up a town. Just want to clarify that right off the bat.

I've got a bone to pick with Colorado Democratic Representative Diana DeGette, and really ALL of those who hold office in our political system.
This Video came across my Facebook page today:

Now there are many many issues I have with all the people trying to take our rights to bare arms to "protect the children" but I will get to some of them in a different blog. As I watched this I had a list going, but then at about minute marker 31 when Diana DeGette answered a question about the magazine ban that SHE SPONSORED (as opposed to just supported).

In her response she stated: “I will tell you these are ammunition, they’re bullets, so the people who have those now they’re going to shoot them, so if you ban them in the future, the number of these high capacity magazines is going to decrease dramatically over time because the bullets will have been shot and there won’t be any more available.”

I had to replay that part. WHAT??? She apparently does not understand that magazines are NOT actually ammunition, and that they can be reloaded. She thinks that once they are "shot" they are useless.

Now, first, I do understand that she might actually be more dangerous to our constitutional rights if she actually did posses any knowledge about this subject. HOWEVER, does it not seem reasonable that we expect our representatives to KNOW something about the areas in which they are trying to pass laws on? This very misinformed, ignorant woman actually SPONSORED a bill that does indeed infringe on my second amendment rights. Does this really surprise me? Well, yes AND no.

A pet peeve of mine is people who make this (or a similar) statement:  "I just don't get into politics, they (those in office), are smarter than me and know what is best". This is a very clear reason WHY that statement drives me nuts. Just because they are in office does not mean they are "all knowing" or "smarter".
On the other hand we have spent several years listening to politicians get more and more bold about telling us that they ARE smarter than we are and know exactly what we do or do not need.

Please people, wake up, these kinds of mistakes are being made all the time by those in office. Thinking they know about a subject when they actually do not.

Another example of this would be the Vice President advising the American public to buy a shotgun for self defense. Ok, so far it's good right? But then in one case he tells us to shoot it in the air to "scare" the criminals away. Then he tells us to shoot it through the door. Again, WHAT???  Anyone at all who  knows anything at all about gun safety would know that both of those statements are just WRONG!

They are not smarter than us, they were motivated by power and money to get into the position they are in. There is nothing magical about it. It really is that simple. And some of them might posses more knowledge in some areas as some of us, BUT, along the way they seem to have lost the ability to use common sense.

I do plan on taking on more of the information on this video because much of it is maddening. If you liked this particular blog please share it, AND comment on it. Thank you.

Children should belong to "the community". Really?

I watched this video, and I get it, she is part of the group of  people who believe that "It takes a village to raise a child". 

But, given the new common core curriculum and some of the issues we have seen with that, AND the idea that there are some families who do nothing "wrong" yet still get their children taken away because others don't agree with the parenting skills. One has to start asking if we really want this attitude to prevail.

Here are a few examples of where I think this kind of thinking can be very dangerous.

1. I prefer to deal with the education of my children and therefore the sex education of my children in a completely different manner then the public school system does. If we start to accept the premise that all children belong to the community, then we open the door to the "community" deciding what is best for our children. Keep your hands off please, I kinda like how my children are turning out compared to a lot of the kids around the neighborhood.

2. I choose to wait on vaccines and am leaning more and more toward the idea that they are not good for the kids and lead to lots of problems. Currently, I have the choice, but the public at large is not of the same mind set. If we allow the thinking that our children are not ours, soon we will be obligated to raise them the same, vaccines and all. Since there is clear and defining data that some vaccines cause issues with children, it really should be the choice of the parents who have to deal with that child 24/7.

Which leads me to 3. Once we open the door, and we develop the "community owns the children" mentality then my rights and responsibilities as a parent are out the door. My rights will be taken over, when that happens you will also see the parents (because what are they going to do hire a bunch of nannies - no they are still going to expect parents to raise the children - just as they tell them to) who decide they will not accept the responsibility either. After all, someone else can deal with it right?

The other thought that lept from my brain is that this is one more clear example of how the democrats think erratically. The idea that once a child is born, it belongs to the "community". Before that however, it is the mothers choice to kill the child or not. Really? At the moment there are many more parents looking to adopt a child "of the community", yet we still insist that the mother has the right to kill the child because it is inconvenient.  Where is the logic and common sense in that?  It's not there, plain and simple. Like a lot of the democrats think - there is no logic, nor common sense.


I will admit, sometimes, a whole lot of times, I want to be a sheep. I want to bury my head in the sand and let someone else be the sheepdog. (If you have no idea what I'm talking about see previous post). I get tired of hearing all the news and of politics and of beating my head against the wall in utter disgust at the way our freedoms are being  taken away one executive order at a time, one bill after the other. Usually with the bleeding heart cries of "for the children" or "for the innocent."


After recent events, not the least of which is the shooting at an Aurora movie theater and the shootings in Newtown, I have made the conscience decision to be the sheepdog. And as I pondered exactly how I would answer the question as to why, this came to mind.

I have a son with severe food allergies. Each and every year for the last 13 years (as long as he has been diagnosed) we have refilled his prescription for the Epi-pen. Each year we thank God we did not have to use it on him. We have NOT used it even once. But should the need arise we have the tools we need to save his life.

I look at firearms the same way. Once I have my conceal carry, no one will know if I am ready or not, but I will. I will go to sleep every night thanking God I didn't have to protect myself or my family, but should the need arise I will be prepared. I will not be a sheep waiting around for the next sheepdog. There are far fewer sheepdogs out there than sheep, and the wolves are gaining in number as well. I will practice until it is second nature. I will be comfortable with it as I am holding my own babies.

Here is the paragraph in the Story I linked to above that just really hits home with me now:

             "If you want to be a sheep, then you can be a sheep and that is okay, but you must understand the price you pay. When the wolf comes, you and your loved ones are going to die if there is not a sheepdog there to protect you. If you want to be a wolf, you can be one, but the sheepdogs are going to hunt you down and you will never have rest, safety, trust or love. But if you want to be a sheepdog and walk the warrior's path, then you must make a conscious and moral decision every day to dedicate, equip and prepare yourself to thrive in that toxic, corrosive moment when the wolf comes knocking at the door."

I am not willing to wait, to pay the price of being a sheep. Understand, I am fully aware that sometimes the sheepdog is beaten, but I like the odds of the sheepdog over the sheep.

Which one are you?

On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs

By LTC (RET) Dave Grossman, author of "On Killing."

Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It does so because honor is, finally, about defending those noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may mean social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution, or as always,even death itself. The question remains: What is worth defending? What is worth dying for? What is worth living for? - William J. Bennett - in a lecture to the United States Naval Academy November 24, 1997 one Vietnam veteran, an old retired colonel, once said this to me:

"Most of the people in our society are sheep. They are kind, gentle, productive creatures who can only hurt one another by accident." This is true. Remember, the murder rate is six per 100,000 per year, and the aggravated assault rate is four per 1,000 per year. What this means is that the vast majority of Americans are not inclined to hurt one another. Some estimates say that two million Americans are victims of violent crimes every year, a tragic, staggering number, perhaps an all-time record rate of violent crime. But there are almost 300 million Americans, which means that the odds of being a victim of violent crime is considerably less than one in a hundred on any given year. Furthermore, since many violent crimes are committed by repeat offenders, the actual number of violent citizens is considerably less than two million.

Thus there is a paradox, and we must grasp both ends of the situation: We may well be in the most violent times in history, but violence is still remarkably rare. This is because most citizens are kind, decent people who are not capable of hurting each other, except by accident or under extreme provocation. They are sheep.

I mean nothing negative by calling them sheep. To me it is like the pretty, blue robin's egg. Inside it is soft and gooey but someday it will grow into something wonderful. But the egg cannot survive without its hard blue shell. Police officers, soldiers, and other warriors are like that shell, and someday the civilization they protect will grow into something wonderful.? For now, though, they need warriors to protect them from the predators.

"Then there are the wolves," the old war veteran said, "and the wolves feed on the sheep without mercy." Do you believe there are wolves out there who will feed on the flock without mercy? You better believe it. There are evil men in this world and they are capable of evil deeds. The moment you forget that or pretend it is not so, you become a sheep. There is no safety in denial.

"Then there are sheepdogs," he went on, "and I'm a sheepdog. I live to protect the flock and confront the wolf." If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen, a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath, a wolf. But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? What do you have then? A sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero's path. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed.

 Let me expand on this old soldier's excellent model of the sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. We know that the sheep live in denial, that is what makes them sheep. They do not want to believe that there is evil in the world. They can accept the fact that fires can happen, which is why they want fire extinguishers, fire sprinklers, fire alarms and fire exits throughout their kids' schools.

But many of them are outraged at the idea of putting an armed police officer in their kid's school. Our children are thousands of times more likely to be killed or seriously injured by school violence than fire, but the sheep's only response to the possibility of violence is denial. The idea of someone coming to kill or harm their child is just too hard, and so they chose the path of denial.

The sheep generally do not like the sheepdog. He looks a lot like the wolf. He has fangs and the capacity for violence. The difference, though, is that the sheepdog must not, can not and will not ever harm the sheep. Any sheep dog who intentionally harms the lowliest little lamb will be punished and removed. The world cannot work any other way, at least not in a representative democracy or a republic such as ours.
Still, the sheepdog disturbs the sheep. He is a constant reminder that there are wolves in the land. They would prefer that he didn't tell them where to go, or give them traffic tickets, or stand at the ready in our airports in camouflage fatigues holding an M-16. The sheep would much rather have the sheepdog cash in his fangs, spray paint himself white, and go, "Baa."

Until the wolf shows up. Then the entire flock tries desperately to hide behind one lonely sheepdog.
The students, the victims, at Columbine High School were big, tough high school students, and under ordinary circumstances they would not have had the time of day for a police officer. They were not bad kids; they just had nothing to say to a cop. When the school was under attack, however, and SWAT teams were clearing the rooms and hallways, the officers had to physically peel those clinging, sobbing kids off of them. This is how the little lambs feel about their sheepdog when the wolf is at the door.

Look at what happened after September 11, 2001 when the wolf pounded hard on the door. Remember how America, more than ever before, felt differently about their law enforcement officers and military personnel? Remember how many times you heard the word hero?

Understand that there is nothing morally superior about being a sheepdog; it is just what you choose to be. Also understand that a sheepdog is a funny critter: He is always sniffing around out on the perimeter, checking the breeze, barking at things that go bump in the night, and yearning for a righteous battle. That is, the young sheepdogs yearn for a righteous battle. The old sheepdogs are a little older and wiser, but they move to the sound of the guns when needed right along with the young ones
Here is how the sheep and the sheepdog think differently. The sheep pretend the wolf will never come, but the sheepdog lives for that day. After the attacks on September 11, 2001, most of the sheep, that is, most citizens in America said, "Thank God I wasn't on one of those planes." The sheepdogs, the warriors, said, "Dear God, I wish I could have been on one of those planes. Maybe I could have made a difference." When you are truly transformed into a warrior and have truly invested yourself into warrior-hood, you want to be there. You want to be able to make a difference.

There is nothing morally superior about the sheepdog, the warrior, but he does have one real advantage. Only one. And that is that he is able to survive and thrive in an environment that destroys 98 percent of the population. There was research conducted a few years ago with individuals convicted of violent crimes. These cons were in prison for serious, predatory crimes of violence: assaults, murders and killing law enforcement officers. The vast majority said that they specifically targeted victims by body language: slumped walk, passive behavior and lack of awareness. They chose their victims like big cats do in Africa, when they select one out of the herd that is least able to protect itself.

Some people may be destined to be sheep and others might be genetically primed to be wolves or sheepdogs. But I believe that most people can choose which one they want to be, and I'm proud to say that more and more Americans are choosing to become sheepdogs.

Seven months after the attack on September 11, 2001, Todd Beamer was honored in his hometown of Cranbury, New Jersey. Todd, as you recall, was the man on Flight 93 over Pennsylvania who called on his cell phone to alert an operator from United Airlines about the hijacking. When he learned of the other three passenger planes that had been used as weapons, Todd dropped his phone and uttered the words, "Let's roll," which authorities believe was a signal to the other passengers to confront the terrorist hijackers. In one hour, a transformation occurred among the passengers - athletes, business people and parents. -- from sheep to sheepdogs and together they fought the wolves, ultimately saving an unknown number of lives on the ground.

There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men. - Edmund Burke
Here is the point I like to emphasize, especially to the thousands of police officers and soldiers I speak to each year. In nature the sheep, real sheep, are born as sheep. Sheepdogs are born that way, and so are wolves. They didn't have a choice. But you are not a critter. As a human being, you can be whatever you want to be. It is a conscious, moral decision.

If you want to be a sheep, then you can be a sheep and that is okay, but you must understand the price you pay. When the wolf comes, you and your loved ones are going to die if there is not a sheepdog there to protect you. If you want to be a wolf, you can be one, but the sheepdogs are going to hunt you down and you will never have rest, safety, trust or love. But if you want to be a sheepdog and walk the warrior's path, then you must make a conscious and moral decision every day to dedicate, equip and prepare yourself to thrive in that toxic, corrosive moment when the wolf comes knocking at the door.

For example, many officers carry their weapons in church.? They are well concealed in ankle holsters, shoulder holsters or inside-the-belt holsters tucked into the small of their backs.? Anytime you go to some form of religious service, there is a very good chance that a police officer in your congregation is carrying. You will never know if there is such an individual in your place of worship, until the wolf appears to massacre you and your loved ones.

I was training a group of police officers in Texas, and during the break, one officer asked his friend if he carried his weapon in church. The other cop replied, "I will never be caught without my gun in church." I asked why he felt so strongly about this, and he told me about a cop he knew who was at a church massacre in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1999. In that incident, a mentally deranged individual came into the church and opened fire, gunning down fourteen people. He said that officer believed he could have saved every life that day if he had been carrying his gun. His own son was shot, and all he could do was throw himself on the boy's body and wait to die. That cop looked me in the eye and said, "Do you have any idea how hard it would be to live with yourself after that?"

Some individuals would be horrified if they knew this police officer was carrying a weapon in church. They might call him paranoid and would probably scorn him. Yet these same individuals would be enraged and would call for "heads to roll" if they found out that the airbags in their cars were defective, or that the fire extinguisher and fire sprinklers in their kids' school did not work. They can accept the fact that fires and traffic accidents can happen and that there must be safeguards against them.

Their only response to the wolf, though, is denial, and all too often their response to the sheepdog is scorn and disdain. But the sheepdog quietly asks himself, "Do you have and idea how hard it would be to live with yourself if your loved ones attacked and killed, and you had to stand there helplessly because you were unprepared for that day?"

It is denial that turns people into sheep. Sheep are psychologically destroyed by combat because their only defense is denial, which is counterproductive and destructive, resulting in fear, helplessness and horror when the wolf shows up.

Denial kills you twice. It kills you once, at your moment of truth when you are not physically prepared: you didn't bring your gun, you didn't train. Your only defense was wishful thinking. Hope is not a strategy. Denial kills you a second time because even if you do physically survive, you are psychologically shattered by your fear helplessness and horror at your moment of truth.

Gavin De Becker puts it like this in Fear Less, his superb post-9/11 book, which should be required reading for anyone trying to come to terms with our current world situation: "...denial can be seductive, but it has an insidious side effect. For all the peace of mind deniers think they get by saying it isn't so, the fall they take when faced with new violence is all the more unsettling."

Denial is a save-now-pay-later scheme, a contract written entirely in small print, for in the long run, the denying person knows the truth on some level.

And so the warrior must strive to confront denial in all aspects of his life, and prepare himself for the day when evil comes. If you are warrior who is legally authorized to carry a weapon and you step outside without that weapon, then you become a sheep, pretending that the bad man will not come today. No one can be "on" 24/7, for a lifetime. Everyone needs down time. But if you are authorized to carry a weapon, and you walk outside without it, just take a deep breath, and say this to yourself...


This business of being a sheep or a sheep dog is not a yes-no dichotomy. It is not an all-or-nothing, either-or choice. It is a matter of degrees, a continuum. On one end is an abject, head-in-the-sand-sheep and on the other end is the ultimate warrior. Few people exist completely on one end or the other. Most of us live somewhere in between. Since 9-11 almost everyone in America took a step up that continuum, away from denial. The sheep took a few steps toward accepting and appreciating their warriors, and the warriors started taking their job more seriously. The degree to which you move up that continuum, away from sheep-hood and denial, is the degree to which you and your loved ones will survive, physically and psychologically at your moment of truth.

Maybe I'm not quite as right-wing as I thought...

What a way to start out my blog that focuses on Politics, by  admitting that I might not actually be as far to the right as even *I* thought I was. However, it is a good starting place, because if you follow me further here you will see that I am a conservative, Catholic, passionately political, outspoken American citizen.

A story came out in the last few days that has exploded into postings by religious and conservative bloggers that has taken me a bit by surprise.
Here is the link to where it all started: The Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS)

Well it didn't all start there. It started with an Army Reserve Unit putting a statement in a training slide that equated Catholics and Evangelicals as "extremists" right up there with Hamas etc.

I posted a link telling the story on my Facebook, after reading what was going on, with no commentary. Within a few hours and into the next couple of days there were a lot of such stories by bloggers and news agencies (mostly conservative) with titles such as "Defense Department classifies Catholics, evangelicals as extremists".

Now don't get me wrong, the fact that this statement was in any document associated with the military is disturbing, but let's not get too overboard with this shall we? Saying that a statement on ONE Army Reserve Unit slide is equal to the DOD putting that in official materials is like suggesting that because a few priests have molested children, that the Vatican approves of and perpetuates this behavior.