Missouri Abortion Law Challenged

My wife brought this story to my attention yesterday, and I knew that I had to write about it. If you claim to be Christian, and pro-choice, a position that will never cease to baffle me, then this is something that I think might bring the whole issue more into focus for you. You are literally standing on the same side as Satan. In standing for unrestricted access to abortion, you are siding with the enemies of the Almighty God you claim to follow, and find nothing odd about it.

Consider the following, in the State of Missouri the law requires a three day waiting period for an abortion. The law also requires that someone seeking an abortion must be given the opportunity to see an ultrasound of the baby, must be given the opportunity to hear the baby’s heartbeat, and must be given literature that states that human life begins at conception. The obvious intent, of course, is to discourage women from having an abortion, or at the very least, allow them to make a fully informed decision. Sadly, this means that many women will have no excuse when they must stand before the Lord, and answer for shedding innocent blood.


In the case presented here, what we have is a situation where a member of a Satanic temple has challenged the law, claiming that it violates her religious freedom because she neither wanted the literature, the doppler/ultrasound, nor the waiting period. Let me say this again. A worshiper of SATAN wants to change Missouri law so that it would be easier for her to murder her unborn baby.

Have any of you ever wondered at the odd turn of events when Satanists and Christians might stand on the same side of an issue?! If I’m not mistaken, Scripture has a lot to say about this, and the basic message is: DON’T!!! How much clearer can this be? If it is something that Satanists want so badly they’re going to fight it out in open court, then it is something we ought to be fighting against! Rather than backing their play, the Children of Almighty God ought to be in there facing off against them!!!

Not only did Jesus speak to this, but so did Paul, James, Peter, and all the rest. Consider 2 Corinthians 6:14,

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

What does it mean to be yoked with someone? It means to be in relationship with them, to be bound to them, to have common cause with them. This applies just as much in marriage relationships as it does in championing a political cause; in this case, a cause in which people wish to murder the weakest among us in the name of Satan! How far have we fallen as a society when Satan no longer feels the need to hide his activities?! Now, I am neither making things up, nor am I imagining things. These people genuinely worship Satan, and I don’t mean in the metaphorical sense, as they claim. I mean in the literal, they-have-knowingly-forsaken-Almighty-God sense. What does God say about people like them? Isaiah 5:20, KJV,

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Does this mean that we cannot be friends with unbelievers? No. What it means is that we must avoid any entanglements with people who would lead us away from God, and this includes supporting any political ideologies that violate the Laws of God. What it also means is that the Lord has something in mind for those who make a free-will, conscious decision to defy Him at every turn. You do not want to get caught in the crossfire when that happens, and it will.

It is because of this that I have, on more than one occasion, turned my back on longtime friends, and even family, for the sake of my God. Jesus said in Matthew 10:37-39,

He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. 39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

Too many people, in behaving in a manner that they think is more Christ-like, are compromising the Gospel Truth that they are charged with sharing with the world. The end result is that they will find themselves compromised and in a position where they must choose between their God, and His Enemy. In Matthew 10:28, Jesus speaks to just how far we must be willing to go to follow Him,

And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

To make things a bit more clear, consider Matthew 7:21-23,

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Now, let us bring this entire message together. We are COMMANDED to love God with all our hearts, our minds, and our spirits. We are COMMANDED to chuck it all in, and follow Him, even if it means that the world hates us, curses us, and seeks to kill us. We are COMMANDED to oppose that which God opposes, and support that which God supports, and He has NEVER been ambiguous about ANY of this. We need only pick up a Bible, and see what it is that God loves, and what He hates, and take our cues from that. Yet, some would ignore these facts, and stand in support of people who dedicate their lives to doing what God hates and what Satan loves! What exactly is it that we are missing here?! How did we, as a society, get to the point where we turn a blind eye to the wanton, murderous sacrifice of babies, and still have the temerity to call ourselves civilized?!

Here is my challenge to you, the pro-choice Christian. You have a decision to make, and neutrality is not an option. Do you wish to BE a Christian, to follow the commands of your Almighty God, or do you wish to turn your back on Him, and become a friend to the world? Take your time, choose wisely, this is literally for all of the marbles.


Stuff like this…

I came across this very interesting article, and thought that I ought to weigh in on this. Consider this one of my rare forays into politics, though I feel like I should eventually incorporate more political commentary into my work. Let’s see what the future holds, shall we? (Comment below if you think I should make politics a more prominent part of my ministry efforts.)

Here, we have a situation in which a presumably grown woman chooses to behave in a childish manner, and berate and humiliate an old man in public. Why? Because she did not like the hat he was wearing, and what she thinks it represents. Not only does she do this, but she goes so far as to issue threats against him and his family, and encourage others to cause him harm should they see him in public. In the South, some might suggest that she needs a dose of “act right”, but that’s neither here nor there. She got that dose through the events that followed.

While her actions and attitude are, to me, deeply offensive and heinous, what I felt more than anything was amusement and a little bit of sympathy. My wife and I often comment that bad things that happen right after we have behaved in a sinful manner, fall into the category of “because God don’t like ugly”. What this poor, dense, idiot suffered right after what she did was the natural result of her actions, because God don’t like ugly.

Now, why would I feel a touch of sympathy? Well, think back on your own childhood, and some of the well-earned butt whoopins you got. When you see someone else receiving a well-earned butt whoopin, do you not feel a twinge of sympathy? This woman got a well-earned butt whoopin, and I felt a twinge of sympathy. No worries, though, it did not last long.

Now, let’s take a look at this situation. In her haste to pass judgement on this man, she declares him a Nazi. In the Book of Matthew, chapter 7, Jesus teaches that we are to avoid being judgemental. This does not remove from us the right to judge, just puts into our minds the idea that we ought to reserve judgement until we have all of the facts. (To understand the distinction, I refer you to a previous post of mine entitled, “Is Matthew 7:1 the most misrepresented verse?”)

She went against this principle by first assuming that he is a racist, second by calling him a Nazi without realizing that he is actually a Jew, and third, by turning it into a public spectacle in the real world as well as on the internet. Of course, because we are humans and prone to being prideful and hypocritical, she did not stop there.

After he threatened to call the cops, she left. To any normal person, that should have been enough. Yet, she had to double down on her own prideful stupidity and return to the scene of the crime, with the expressed intent of heaping more verbal abuse on the poor man.

As if that was not enough, she chose to follow it up by chronicling the entire thing on her Facebook page, highlighting part of the reason why I deactivated my Facebook account years ago, and still avoid social media like the plague. It is through her social media virtue signaling that God gave her that well-earned butt whoopin, and she asked for it.

Someone catches on to her attempt to dox this poor man, and in turn doxes her. As it turns out, the idiot woman not only shows who her husband is, but also shows who his employer is. The someone who doxed our perpetrator contacted her husband’s employer and brings the whole mess to their attention, which leads to her husband being fired. It would seem that the employer does not appreciate having their brand name linked to politically motivated violence and criminal behavior, and rightly so.

In poorly choosing her battles that day, not only does this poor idiot end her husband’s employment, but she is forced to resign her own position with the Bayshore Progressive Democrats (BPD) the next day. Here’s what the BPD had to say after accepting her resignation, “From the standpoint of BPD, this matter is now closed. Bayshore Progressive Democrats seeks a world that works for everyone, where all humans have a chance to realize their full potential and to live lives of dignity. Harassment and abuse are inconsistent with these values, and we reject the use of such tactics in civil society.” I, for one, could not agree more, and I know that most of us on the Right espouse much the same sentiment.

In the end, this woman had every opportunity to take the high road and behave in a mature manner. What she chose to do was undertake a course of action that not only negatively impacted her own life, but the lives of her family. In issuing threats against someone simply for holding political beliefs that run counter to her own, she has managed to cause severe harm to two careers, two employers, and the welfare and wellbeing of multiple families. Folks, this is what stubborn pride and stupidity will net you if you are not careful and considerate of what you say. As Jesus once said, “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.(Matt. 15:11, KJV)

I will finish with this. As I revile and condemn what this woman said and did, I also revile and condemn any who have issued threats against her and her family. These are not actions consistent with the teachings of our Lord and Savior, and we must never lose sight of what He has taught regarding matters such as these. If you profess faith and trust in Jesus, and yet threaten people like this woman, then you defame the name of our Lord, and that counts as taking the Lord’s name in vain. Repent, I beg of you.

Here is the link to the story:


[Correction: When originally reading this article, I missed the part that said she had been fired from her actual employer, Gryphon Stringed Instruments, in addition to being forced to resign her position from BPD.]

Absolutely No Reentry for Hoda Muthana!

I don’t often speak out on political matters, and here is why. Typically speaking, I don’t pay much attention to anything on TV, as I just don’t watch it, and my busy life seldom affords me the opportunity to sit down and read the news. I just don’t often get to notice anything but the most urgent of stories, so imagine my surprise when I learn of this woman named Hoda Muthana, a woman who chose to leave this country and join up with Daesh (ISIS) in Syria.

[Side note: Beyond the one usage of the acronym ISIS, I will not call them by the name ISIS, IS, ISIL, or Islamic State. That grants them legitimacy they simply don’t deserve. I call them “Daesh” because they find it insulting, and for the remainder of the post, that is all I will call them.]

Now, she says she has seen the error of her ways, and wishes to return to the U.S. with her 18-month-old son. She says she knows that she will likely face prison time should she set foot on American soil again, but that it would be preferable to staying where she is now. She also says that she regrets the multitude of social media posts she made encouraging mass violence against the American people, and claims that she had been brainwashed. I simply don’t believe a word of it, because I know what Taqiyya is.

News articles are now debating whether or not President Trump’s administration was right to revoke her citizenship, and render her stateless. People are choosing to fuss over the timeline of her father’s diplomatic service to the U.N. for his native Yemen. Why?

Per the Constitution, anyone born on American soil, or to a natural-born American citizen abroad, is automatically an American citizen. The exception to this rule is if the child in question is born to foreign diplomats in service to their country. This is the point where many people are questioning, because when her father ended his service will determine whether or not she is in fact a natural-born citizen. If he was still in service to Yemen when she was born, then she is not, however, if he had left service by the time she was born, then she is a natural-born American citizen, subject to the rights and responsibilities contained therein.

In my opinion, this point is moot with regards to her. She chose to walk away from her life in this country, and cast her lot in with an enemy of the U.S., effectively disavowing any connection she might have had to the country she was born in. If actions speak louder than words, you simply cannot get any louder than this course of action. She turned her back on the people of this great nation, and openly advocated for violent action against them. This brings to mind a word that few seem to be using in relation to this situation: treason.

According to 18 U.S. Code § 2381, she is a traitor, if she is in fact a U.S. citizen. Consider, “Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.”

This woman openly advocated war against the U.S., for all to see. She does not deny it. She also ran away, and pledged her life to a terrorist group whose stated intent is to destroy America, and subjugate the people of the world. She doesn’t get to say, “Oops, I made a goof. Can we be cool, now?” This idea simply has no basis in reality, and anyone who thinks she should be allowed back is out of their minds.

In truth, the only one I feel bad for is her young son. At 18 months old, he certainly didn’t get to choose his parents (one of whom died fighting for Daesh), nor does he have any say in his circumstances. What’s more is, he complicates matters.

If she is in fact a natural-born American citizen, then he is an American citizen. What then? What has he been taught, thus far? What more will he be taught before he is finally able to come to this country on his own? We have the son of a Daesh terrorist, being brought up in the religion that prompted his father to die in service to their god, and we cannot bar the poor kid from entry unless he commits a crime against his country. We could end up granting entry to another generation of trained terrorists who have chosen to take advantage of our laws in the past, and will do so again.

The quandary then isn’t whether or not she is a citizen, nor is it whether or not we should allow her back in this country, but rather, what do we do about that poor, innocent child? Do we take him away from his mother and bring him here? Do we leave him where he is, only to possibly deal with him later, as a full-grown Daesh terrorist? Would bringing him here even guarantee that he won’t grow up to be a terrorist? Honestly, I have no answers regarding the child. As for his mother, maybe Yemen has room for her, but we don’t.

Nightmares are Dreams, Too

I am not angry, I am furious. Here we are, scarcely two months into the new year, and I am already beyond horrified. How can we, as a supposedly civilized society, ever come under the mistaken impression that the wanton slaughter of unborn babies is somehow acceptable? Granted, we have been doing it for some time, but this is the closest we have come towards actually legalizing infanticide, and some are already pushing for that as well. (https://jme.bmj.com/content/39/5/261.full) How can we, as a supposedly civilized society, be able to justify before our God and our own conscience the horrendous mass-murder of our most helpless members as a common good? As I have stated before, abortion is murder, and this is just seeking to make things worse

Unless you have been under a rock this whole time, you are most likely aware of the bill recently passed in New York state, which makes abortion legal all the way up to the moment of birth, removes restrictions on who can perform an abortion, and also does away with their Fetal Victim laws, removing legal protections for all unborn babies. Note that that ghoul of a governor, Andrew Cuomo, actually lit up the 9-11 memorial pink in celebration of the passage of this bill. (It brings to mind the fact that Hitler’s horrific crimes began with thunderous applause and roars of approval)

Not only has Gov. Cuomo done this, but he has done this in direct contravention of his own supposed Catholic faith. Yes, the Catholic Church’s official doctrinal position is that life begins at conception, and is worthy of all of the protections and rights contained therein, which means that they regard abortion as immoral and unacceptable. Whether you are Catholic, Orthodox, or Protestant, you ought to be able recognize when someone has chosen to follow the world instead of their God.

Yet, Gov. Cuomo seems to think he knows better than his own Church. Sadly, the Cardinal responsible for him (Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York) has very little he can do, given that excommunication is only used in cases where it might bring about a change of heart, and it’s clear that Gov. Cuomo simply has none. What is the point of excommunication if it will not have the desired effect?

Historically speaking, infanticide was an accepted practice amongst even the most civilized of nations. The Greeks, Romans, nearly everyone practiced it; even on this side of the globe it was practiced by many of the Native tribes. It wasn’t unheard of for people to abandon their unwanted babies to the elements. They regarded it as an act of mercy!

When Christianity began to appear, one of the things Christians were known for was the practice of rescuing abandoned newborns and raising them as their own. These people would go out at night, seek out the babies that their pagan neighbors had tossed out with the trash, and give them loving homes in the arms of parents who would bring them up knowing and loving the Lord Jesus Christ. Where the worst of humanity was on full display, there were the Christians to show the best of God’s qualities and nature.

This brings up an essential question. What happened? In a time when Christians were being persecuted, hunted, and discriminated against, they were showing what it looks like to be led by the Spirit of God. Now, too many professing Christians seem content to sit on their hands and do nothing, if not outright support the mass slaughter of babies that their ancestors would have died trying to protect! Shame on them, shame on us all. How dare we consider ourselves civilized and Children of God when there are those amongst us who tarnish and mar the image of God, turning us into a mindless caricature of what we are supposed to be?! This is what we are commanded to fight against, and we have a collective case of “cat got your tongue”?!

We are commanded, COMMANDED, by the Lord, to speak up for the poor, the oppressed, and to protect the innocent from the wicked! We are directly commanded to defend the innocent from slaughter, and we have people today who claim the mantle of Christian, celebrating new laws that make it easier to do exactly what we ought to be fighting against! How dare we?!

The politicians who passed this law, and any others like it (currently being considered in Vermont and Virginia), have hands dripping in innocent blood. Those celebrating along with them, supporting this effort, have hands dripping in innocent blood, too. They are no better than people like Hitler, Stalin, and Mao. They are mass-murdering, genocidal maniacs, and the people of their states gave them a job! As if that was not bad enough, they will likely do it again when next these monsters are up for reelection.

In all, I am reminded of something Thomas Jefferson said, “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.” Words cannot express how true these words are, and how much we have to answer for as a people.

Just some thoughts

While I was in Iraq, I made the acquaintance of an Iraqi Christian man named Fred. Yes, that was his real name. He said his father had been studying the history of Germany when he was born, so he was named for King Frederick.  This post is dedicated to him, and a conversation we had during our short association, especially since I honestly don’t know what ultimately happened to him.

Earlier today I got into a conversation with a fellow conservative who is so fed up with the way this country is headed that he’s ready to pull up stakes and move elsewhere. I let him know in no uncertain terms that I patently disagree with this course of action. In so doing, I found myself speaking to a woman who apparently had been contemplating the same thing, and my answer gave her reason to stop and think.

This conversation took place in the comments section of a video on YouTube, and the guy I’d initially spoken with suggested that all conservatives ought to just quit the country, move elsewhere, and leave the Progressives to the natural consequences of their misbegotten ideologies. Oh, so much wrong with this idea.

I jokingly suggested that we should simply move all of the Progressives to California, grant them their independence, and let them enjoy the natural consequences. Meanwhile, we would simply resettle any Californians who wish to avoid that mess in our own communities, and move on from there. I was being facetious of course, but it still struck a certain note with me.

It took me back to a conversation that Fred and I had. I once asked him if he’d ever considered immigrating elsewhere. Given that he has a background in communications, and the ability to speak fluent English with almost no discernible accent, I told him he could go just about anywhere and live comfortably.

He responded that Iraq is his home, that he couldn’t imagine living anywhere else, and that he wouldn’t be leaving for any reason. Given the condition that Iraq was in back then (2008), I felt the need to question his sanity. People like him were being targeted for death and destruction, and he was perfectly willing to risk it all in order to remain exactly where home is.

Today, as I look out at my own country, I see now why he chose as he did. He is a patriot, and loves his country, warts and all. This isn’t to say that those who choose to immigrate are somehow less than, given that life for me would be very different if my dad hadn’t come to the U.S., but the worst thing that can happen for an ailing country is for all of the good people to simply flee.

I look at my country, and to my shock, I’m able to draw parallels between Iraq in 2008 and the U.S. in 2017. Our country has certainly been taken by various forms of insanity and moral bankruptcy the likes of which hasn’t been seen since Sodom and Gomorrah, or more appropriately, Rome under Emperor Caligula.

Much like ancient Rome, we have barbarians knocking at our gate, and some fool has decided to invite them in. Between groups like AntiFa, BLM, BAMN, and many more, we’ve found ourselves headed down a path that simply does not bode well for anyone. Sadly, even the useful idiots “protesting” by hitting people with bike locks and whatnot aren’t aware that this mess will one day come home to roost, and they’ll be the ones paying the price.

In Iraq, Fred had to contend with insurgent groups who hated Christians, who regarded him as a traitor for working with Americans, and who wouldn’t have had any qualms about dumping his dead and mutilated body on a street somewhere. In the U.S., we have people who look upon shameful incidents like the massacre in Las Vegas, and find something other than contempt and sadness for the shooter. There are those who see that example of abject terror as a good thing, and this can’t be anything short of abhorrent. It really is enough to make one’s heart and spirit sick.

Now, I find myself standing in Fred’s shoes. Someone has raised the possibility of leaving, and such an idea is simply offensive to me. My grandmother patiently waited for years to immigrate to this country. My Dad, in spite of the fact that English was not his first language, wouldn’t allow any of us to speak Spanish until we had mastered English. My entire family instilled a strong work ethic in me, along with an inborn, genetic form of stubbornness that won’t allow me to quit on anything.

It’s for those reasons, along with many others, that I absolutely refuse to leave this country. In spite of all of the problems, this is still the greatest country in the world. It’s still the freest country in the world, and I’m willing to give my last breath in order to ensure it stays that way. To me, leaving isn’t even an option, unless God Himself says otherwise. I will not teach my children that giving up is a viable option to problem solving.

In response to my flippant resettlement program, one woman responded, ” I had to laugh, yet pause with your response to conservatives leaving the nation. As someone who’s seriously considering it myself, with much reservation especially considering the the effects on the like if my own grandchildren and their children. However our nation just seems so doomed… so overrun with the brainwashed of so many decades. It’s really a tough call to make”

I told her what I had said about my own family, and she let me know that I’ve given her much to think about. It was the most positive conversation I’ve had on YouTube in a long time. I still keep going back to that conversation with Fred. What he said to me was so profound.

It’s why I can’t help but chuckle every time I hear anyone threaten to immigrate to Canada if things don’t turn out the way they want. It’s why I find myself grinding my teeth when I see footage of people swarming over others, because they don’t like their political beliefs. It’s why my heart grieves so deeply for those people affected by the Las Vegas massacre, along with every other terrorist act committed by AntiFa, BLM, BAMN, Daesh, and many others. It’s also why I spend every day fearing for my children, and why I spend so much time praying that the Lord protect us all from ourselves.

Now, for the hard part. Since I first heard about the massacre in Las Vegas, I’ve really struggled with how to address this. Make no mistake about it, I categorically condemn any and all forms of terrorism, especially when it’s targeted at large numbers of innocent people. This goes for the mess in Ferguson, the attacks on police officers nationwide, the riots and protests at Mizzou, UC Berkely, the shooting in San Bernardino, and most especially the massacre in Las Vegas.

I mean, how do I explain to my kids that there are forms of evil walking this planet that can’t be described? That there will be times when all we can do is get down on our knees and pray that the Lord forgive those involved, that He give us all the strength to keep on going and that He grant us some kind of understanding for what we keep seeing before our eyes? How?

A man with no apparent motive goes to a hotel room overlooking a major concert event, knocks out the glass on two of his windows, and proceeds to murder 59 people, while wounding and traumatizing thousands more, is someone who has found a reason to surrender any shred of humanity he might have once had. That he had no criminal history just adds to the confusion given that he was in his 60’s.

As if this tragedy wasn’t enough, certain people chose to stand on the graves of those killed, and turn this into a political circus. The nerve of some people. Their bodies aren’t even cold, and you turn them into political fodder for your pet cause, in spite of the fact that it wouldn’t have done a thing to prevent a single death. I’m looking at you, Hillary Rodham-Clinton.

I’m reminded of an old saying. “Complaining about a problem without offering workable solutions is known as whining.” Mrs. Clinton, my advice to you is that you either find something constructive to say, offer up a solution that will 1) work, and 2) not seek to infringe upon the rights of MILLIONS of innocent people everywhere, or you can sit down, shut up and let the adults figure this mess out. Just go back to making your husband deservedly miserable, you old hack.

Nothing about this makes sense. I suppose that’s the silver lining. If it made sense, then one would have to answer some seriously uncomfortable questions about themselves, now wouldn’t they? I guess I have that going for me. I can’t wrap my head around what leads a person to see mass murder as justifiable.

Well, this has gone on long enough. Y’all have a nice day, be blessed, and find a way to be good to each other, for God’s sake. I don’t care which side of the aisle you stand on, this has got to stop. No more innocent people need suffer over what amounts to differences of opinions.

My own two cents

Warning: This patriotic, Latino Christian is angry and deeply annoyed. There will be rough language and no respect for Snowflakes. The gloves have come off. If you have thin skin, I wish you good luck. You’re gonna need it.

Are these people for real?! I mean, I’m not a fan of President Trump either, but when he’s right, he’s right. Kneeling during the national anthem is outright disrespectful, and any who do so are nothing more than ungrateful morons. It’s as simple as that. He’s absolutely in the right to call people out on it.

Perhaps the NFL has forgotten who pays their utterly ridiculous salaries, because now they’re biting the hand that feeds them. Admittedly, I’m not a fan of the NFL, and haven’t been one for years, but there are millions of people out there who are more than willing to spend their hard-earned money on games, gear and all kinds of other things; to the tune of billions of dollars a year.

Now, they’re angry because they’re being disrespected. When you disrespect the anthem and flag of a country, you disrespect the people who live their lives under said flag and anthem. You’re also disrespecting the people who have served, fought, and DIED under those flags.

It makes no difference which country it belongs to, either. I own a miniature version of the Iraqi flag, and I still treat it with the utmost respect, in spite of the fact that it is the version that flew over Saddam’s Iraq. Men fought and died under that flag, so it would be wrong to disrespect it.

Imagine my surprise when I find out that Colin Kaepernick’s antics have somehow spiralled into something that must be some kind of joke. Let’s examine this, shall we?

1. In spite of her many flaws and faults, this is still the greatest nation on the planet. I mean, imagine trying to pull that bullshit in places like North Korea, China, or Venezuela. Your ass would disappear underneath a prison or work camp so fast your ancestors would feel it. Blacks are “oppressed” here? Really?!

A man who made millions of dollars a year, who suffered zero government reprisal for his actions, who’s fellow players have shown support for is oppressed? Oh, Lord knows I wanna be that kind of oppressed. I always have too much month at the of money.

Let’s look at this from another angle. This nation elected a black man to the highest office in the land TWICE. Today we have black members of Congress, black heads of various departments in our government, black Federal judges.

When you look at the driving cultural forces in this country, what percentage of them are black? I’d be willing to bet at least half. Yet, this nation oppresses blacks?!

2. “Oh, what about slavery and Jim Crow?” Yes, these horrendous things existed. Past tense. Existed. As in, no longer, went the way of the dinosaur, thank God, good riddance to bad rubbish.

You know what else existed? The hundreds of thousands of Caucasian Christian men who gave their lives to bring an end to slavery. How many still reside in unmarked graves, known only to God?

Do you know who else did the same? Union Regiments, like the 54th Massachusetts, a regiment comprised almost entirely of black Soldiers, who were among the 179,000 black men who fought for the Union. Just wrap your head around that number: 179,000. That’s 10% of the total Union troop strength during the Civil War.

In case you’re interested, there was a movie made about the 54th Massachusetts, called “Glory”. It stars Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman and Matthew Broderick. It was a damned fine movie, this coming from someone who has decided that Hollywood has nothing of cultural value to offer anymore.

Did these men fight while facing actual discrimination? Yes, and they not only performed beautifully in battle, but I’m HONORED to call those MEN my brothers-in-arms, because they didn’t let it slow them down one bit! They fought tooth and nail, knowing full well what living hell awaited them upon capture by Confederate forces.

What, pray tell, have the Colin Kaepernicks of the world done? These men fought, bled, and DIED for the sake and HONOR of their country, in spite of the odds stacked against them. All he did was take a knee, like an ungrateful child.

To Colin Kaepernick, and those who back him, those men fought and died for you. Of all the things you could do, you chose to dishonor their memory, and the memory of everyone else who risked it all so that you could have all that you have today. Shame on you, and everyone who has since followed your example.

It doesn’t end there. Frederick Douglass, himself a staunch Republican, not only urged young, black men to enlist in the Union Army, but two of his sons took him up on it.

Once let the black man get upon his person the brass letter, U.S., let him get an eagle on his button, and a musket on his shoulder and bullets in his pocket, there is no power on earth that can deny that he has earned the right to citizenship.” -Frederick Douglass

This man urged young black men to enlist, including his own sons, knowing full well they might not make it back. That’s how strongly he believed in the potential of this nation, and y’all want to tear it apart over stupid shit? How dare you?!

Other men, greater men than those currently occupying rosters in the NFL, stood up and sacrificed their lives, their reputations, their fortunes and their liberty for the sake of equality, and those sacrifices are being thrown away by snot-nosed fucking snowflakes who wouldn’t know real oppression if it attached jumper cables to their nuts.

I’ve sacrificed 12 years of my life, both of my Achilles tendons, both of my knees, my back, and my lungs, for the sake of this country and her people. I’ve asked for not a damned thing in return; I’m happy to do it.

So imagine how much it breaks my heart to see mindless, disrespectful bullshit like this fuckery. Imagine how much it infuriates me to see this steaming pile of manure on the news, like a festering sore on the ass-end of humanity.

That’s all I’ve got. It just burns me up to see people use their freedom to complain about how they don’t have freedom. If you think it’s so terrible here, then find somewhere else to be. I hear North Korea is nice this time of year.

What is Wrong with People?!

Allow me a moment to set the stage. My housemate is in the parking lot of our local Wal-Mart when he’s nearly run over by some random woman. Of course, there’s more to the story, and it’s both funny and sad.

He is a 5’9″ Jew who carries a sidearm in a drop-leg holster. She was a black woman who saw what she took to be a white guy with a gun, and literally tried to run him over for it. That he was walking along minding his own business, behaving in a non-threatening manner, apparently made no difference.

He said that his first response was to reach for his weapon when he saw that her car was about to hit him. This caused her to freak out and slam on her brakes, thereby saving one or both of their lives.

I don’t doubt that he would have fired in defense of himself, and I do doubt she would have been able to control herself if he had opened fire. It’s very possible that one or both would have been badly injured at the very least.

Initially, he thought she was just being inattentive, so he shrugged it off and went inside. From what he said, the idea that she had intended to run him over simply didn’t occur to him. He isn’t the type of guy to jump to conclusions.

After he finished up his shopping, he came across the same woman speaking with someone else. If her back hadn’t been to him, I’m sure she would have shut up instantly. Instead, that’s when my housemate learns that she had actually intended to cause him harm.

I mean, how does anyone make that leap? Does this woman realize that, in her zeal to take a shot at a “white guy with a gun”, she actually validated why it is that he carries? What the hell was her problem?

I honestly don’t know if he actually said anything to her. Knowing him, he probably made some comment in passing about how close she came to dying over something really stupid. It’s a very real possibility.

I guess I’m just frustrated over the whole thing. We tend to treat all people around us with respect. We go out of our way to demonstrate that good guys can carry guns, too.

This lady almost ensured that my friend might not have gone home to his wife and son, and for what? She was afraid? It’s just too stupid for words.

A few thoughts

A few minutes ago, I had to get up and walk out of the room. I had to do it because of something my supply SGT was watching, which left me feeling spiritually violated.

This event brought to mind a few things that most of us don’t seem to consider. For one, what passes for entrainment in the media.

More than three years ago, I gave up television. My wife and I own one, though it’s for the kids. We simply don’t watch. It no longer holds any interest for us, though we do monitor what they watch very closely.

One part of the reason for this state of affairs is that it had begun to consume a huge part of my life. Like any average American, I would watch hours of tv each day, with favorite shows, channels, etc. I missed out on a lot of life, just by being absorbed in tv land.

Another reason is that I’ve begun to notice some rather disturbing trends in mass media these days. It isn’t just the blatantly authoritarian leanings of the Hollywood elites, either.

I’ve noticed the gradual erosion of the values this country was founded upon, through the use of tv dramas, comedies, etc. It’s so subtle, so insidious, that most don’t even realize it’s happening.

It seems like we’ve become immune to images of people being murdered or turtured in various and sundry ways, varying levels of nudity, the sight of good guys in tv dramas routinely violating people’s Constitutional rights in order to catch the bad guy, and many more examples.

Movies like SAW, Hostel and others show people being tortured, disfigured, dismembered and grotesquely murdered, all for the vaciarious thrills of audiences everywhere.

Shows like Law & Order and NCIS (one of my favorites) routinely show the good guys skirting the ragged edge of people’s Constitutional protections, when they aren’t blatantly violating them. I mean, each episode features at least one instance of someone’s 4th Amendment rights being trampled, not to mention the cases of blatant police brutality.

What’s worse is the way the private ownership of a firearm is treated in these shows. You would think that only cops, Soldiers and bad guys should own guns, because everyone always seems all shocked and shaken when the investigation shows some civilian bought a gun.

If you think for one second my concerns are unfounded, consider the following. Where do most people gain their opinions? How much of a role does the mass media play in forming people’s personal, religious and political opinons?

Trust and believe, there are a great many people out there who have traded their ability to think independently for the constant stream of opinion that’s spoon-fed to them by the media giant of their choice. It is sad, sickening and terrifying.

From a spiritual standpoint, this problem takes on a whole new dimension. As the old saying goes, “You are what you eat.”

In a very real sense, that applies to our spiritual selves, as well. You are what you consume. You are what you watch, listen to, and think as a result.

So, when you willingly subject yourself to a constant stream of pornography, violence, and the various and sundry other forms of slavery peddled by the mass media, you quickly change. You become immune to things that really should shock and sadden you, and slowly begin to lose your humanity.

The next thing you know, you’re watching things that should disgust you on a very visceral level. For example, my supply SGT was watching some Australian movie about android nannies known as iMom.

Apparently, one of them is accidentally electrocuted, goes nuts and cooks the baby it’s supposed to be caring for. My first instinct was to walk out of the room. I wanted no part of it.

His first instinct, upon realizing that was what was next, was to continue watching. How is that even an option?!

As a society, we’ve arrived at the point where we are willingly watching and listening to things our parents and grandparents would have turned off and protested against. We have begun to actively surrender our humanity, and it shows.

Stories abound of people pulling out their cell phones and recording as people are being harmed in various ways, rather than dropping what they’re doing and lending aid to the hapless victims. Stories of people dying in horrific motor vehicle collisions because someone couldn’t put down the phone and drive abound, too.

Even the story out of Chicago last year, in which four black teens kidnapped a special needs white teen and recorded themselves torturing him simply for being white. Those kids displayed zero humanity. They weren’t human, period.

All of this makes me wonder where our society is headed, and hope that I’m in the middle of nowhere when it gets there; preferably while sitting on my front porch, sipping on single-malt scotch.