Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Price of Public Service

Another cop murdered just because he is a law enforcement officer. "Because he wore a uniform."

America had better think this one through very carefully. If police officers are in danger just because of who they are, we risk losing their willingness to step into the breach to protect us. That is a frightening thought, one of which I have very recently been reminded.

Cops at work, near my home, after I called 911.

Just this past Friday evening, I was prompted to call 911. I was walking my dog in the sunny late afternoon, around 6:00 PM, as I have thousands of times before without incident. But this time, a strange man started following me. He wasn't merely following me; he was repeatedly bellowing "Satan!" at the top of his lungs.

He crossed to my side of the street and, although I had picked up my pace, he started gaining on me. Although I don't usually carry it, I had my phone with me because I was listening to a podcast. I shut the audio down but kept my earbuds in; I kept moving, and I dialed 911.

As the operator answered, I took a quick look over my shoulder so that I could give a physical description and answer her questions. "We'll send an officer in the area," she finally said. Thankfully, the nut job following me took a left turn down a different street, but I could still hear his blood-curdling shouts of "Satan!"

I stood in place at the location I had given the 911 operator and waited for the patrol car. It arrived within five minutes. I waved to the police officer, and when he pulled next to me I pointed to the street where Satan-man had turned. "Be careful," I said. "Thank you for your service." He smiled as he answered "No problem," and drove off in the direction I had indicated.

I quickly finished my walk via another street in the opposite direction, but when I got to my corner I couldn't resist going the extra half block to peek down the street and see if there was any activity. Sure enough, Satan-man was lying across the hood of the patrol car being handcuffed. I counted a total of three police officers standing around him. Satisfied that "my cop" was okay and had backup, I turned homeward, feeling much safer.

There are a couple of lessons here. The first is to always carry my cell phone when I'm out walking. The larger, more important lesson is that cops don't have the luxury of picking and choosing which calls to take or when to take them; they must respond, immediately, when a member of their community summons them. Any one of those answered calls could mean danger, injury, disability, or death to an officer. Still, despite the heavy potential price, they come for us when we call them.

We hear a lot of talk nowadays about skin color in police incidents. In my opinion, it's a stupid sidebar that avoids the perilous reality of the vital public service our police officers provide. Danger comes in all colors; so does protection from it. Sure, I'm a white woman. Guess what? The nut job following me on Friday was a white man. "My cop," as I call the police officer who initially responded to my call, was a black man. When I saw the handcuffs on screaming Satan-man, I thanked God my cop was safe.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Human is as Human Does

In this article, Victor Davis Hanson has nailed the fatal flaw in President Obama's atrocious foreign policy decisions--human nature.

Does the president really think that people will change time-tested behaviors that have been recorded throughout history, just because he thinks they should? The danger inherent in such arrogant thinking is staggering to consider. From the Book of Genesis to Putin's most recent transgressions against nations, we see how evil human behavior can be--especially when the bad actions are not challenged.

Times change. Human nature doesn't.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Without a Soul

By now most of us have heard about the blood-chilling Planned Parenthood videos. They have had a wide audience, although you'll never hear it from mainstream media coverage.

Some of us can't bring ourselves to view the carnage. The article linked here is a rebuke to those who have chosen not to watch the horror of the Planned Parenthood videos. I'll freely admit that I'm one of those cowardly people. I just can't watch defenseless unborn babies being carved into carefully-crafted pieces, their tiny organs sold off to profit their nonchalant butchers. "Line items," I've heard that the Planned Parenthood butchers in the videos call the body parts. And now in a fifth video, the butchers tout "intact" fetuses for sale.

This is beyond sickening. It's evil. I've heard and read enough gruesome descriptions of the "baby death care" videos to know that they tell us truths we don't want to hear. Is this what we have become? Are we really now a nation not at all subject to, or even concerned about, "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God," but a depraved and disintegrating society that kills, dissects, and sells its young, then casually celebrates the deal over a glass of Chardonnay?

If so, we are in far worse condition than I had feared. I thought we had merely lost our way, that perhaps with hard work and discipline we could find our way back to a righteous path. But if we continue to tolerate such wanton slaughter of innocents as these videos depict, then we as a country will have lost far more than our direction. We will have lost our soul. I'm afraid there's no coming back from that.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

More on What Matters

One Marine's View has plenty more to say on the subject of our murdered military servicemen, and he's certainly qualified and entitled to speak out on the matter.

Of special note is his "30 Shades of Disrespect" to the U.S.  military by the Obama Administration, listed towards the end. The entire piece is highly recommended reading.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Facing What Matters

Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith
The media does it every time. Photos of the murderous Islamist terrorist are plastered everywhere, in every news story--on television, over the Internet, in newspapers. Information about and/or pictures of the innocent, heroic victims are scarce. It's a national disgrace.

I don't want to see the face of the slaughtering coward every place I look. I don't want to read his name. You'll never see either the face or the name here. What I want to know is, who are the American heroes who were butchered by him while they were bravely serving our country? What are we going to do to prevent this atrocity from happening again? To me and to countless other Americans, these heroes are what is important. They are what matters. Not the constant, grinning visage of a maniacal butcher.

This country had better wake up soon. We are sacrificing our best and bravest on the altar of rules and regulations that no longer fit the dangerous time of war we live in; we are committing deliberate suicide through rampant political correctness.  It is questionable whether a nation that persists in such willful stupidity is worthy of survival.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Ten Thoughts on Current Events

Just wondering....
  1. I notice that President Obama doesn't have much to say when a white person is murdered by a person of a different color.
  2. I think that if a Republican presidential candidate had wiped her email server clean, the media would be all over the story, 24/7.
  3. Greece is behaving like a spoiled brat whose allowance is being cut.
  4. Pope Francis should stick to the Gospel message and let the politicians address climate change/global warming/whatever.
  5. Donald Trump is ticking off a lot of people, but he seems to be saying what a lot of people are secretly thinking--and are afraid to say.
  6. "The free exercise" of religion is the real target of the LGBT movement.
  7. Even if it makes you feel better, taking down a flag won't stop psychotic murderers.
  8. The world has much bigger problems than which name to call a transgender celebrity.
  9. Call it "ISIS" or call it "ISIL"--the important thing to know is that they want us dead.
  10. ABC World News Tonight has a long segment on bad weather in the USA almost every night. Not enough going on in the world?

Friday, July 03, 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Defining Difference

“At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.”

~ Justice Anthony Kennedy

Those lofty words sound quite wonderful. Unless, of course, you disagree with the popular wisdom of the day. Then it becomes a question of whose "concept of existence" is politically correct.

In writing our founding document, Thomas Jefferson defined truth as "self-evident." Good luck with that definition in today's hysterical political climate. A small wedding-related business, in fact any organization whose "concept of existence" includes the belief that marriage is between one man and one woman is in for some rough going.

"At the heart of liberty" are "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God." Not "one's own concept of existence."

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Identity Crisis

"Who do we think we are?"

~ Chief Justice John Roberts

The Supreme Court decision on gay marriage has made it official. We are now a nation of men, not a nation of laws.

Amid all the gloating and crowing by proponents, the big picture has been lost. This ruling solves nothing; the same people who disagreed with gay marriage before the decision still do. The only difference now is that the people's right to govern themselves has been usurped by half a dozen black-robed rulers. The decision makes us a weaker country and further endangers our liberty, most specifically the right to free expression.

We've already lived this nasty aftermath for over forty years with Roe v. Wade, the case that legalized abortion. While that issue was working its way through state-by-state processes, the Supreme Court's sweeping judgment lifted the matter out of the citizenry's hands, and the contentiousness and strife over legalized abortion still rages today. It probably always will. Thought control cannot be mandated via governmental decrees, no matter how well intended.

So the argument is not over, regardless of how the "tolerant" progressives insist that those who disagree with the validity of gay marriage just shut up and sit down. The problems with gay marriage are only beginning. Watch for increasing intolerance and censorship against churches and other groups or businesses that have a philosophical or theological difference of opinion. Never content with today's victory, the leftists demand complete agreement with their positions or label those with another viewpoint "a bigot." Then they go after them, with deliberate intent to ruin their lives and careers.

In the last century, the intolerant dominating forces were called Communists or Nazis. What would we call those forces today? As the chief justice rhetorically asks, who do we think we are? I'm not sure anymore who we Americans are. But I do know this--we are not free.