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Monday, December 03, 2012

Stress Free....ish

Once upon a time I kept a weblog up to date several times a month. This seems to have been replaced by facebook. However, I shall continue on with this site due to fond memories and the different type of writing I perform here.

This year in 2012 I did not watch a single political debate. I hung up on every phone caller that asked how I was going to vote (after reminding them that it is a private ballot for a reason). I did not get too worked up this election year and I feel great.

I DID do more grouse hunting than I ever have and the freezer is better off for it. We learned to can this year (my darling wife canned and I supplied the meat). I started with a background in sustainability, and am happy to begin returning to it.

It truly is the little things in life that matter...coffee in the morning...running water at the twist of a faucet.

In the meantime the country I love is heading down the toilet. We are running towards socialism with open arms...even thought it is failing utterly in every other country in the world.

In other news I watched the new Red Dawn. Good movie, but nothing replaces the 1980's one I watched as a little guy. Makes me ponder I we could see war of some sort in our own back yard...better the enemy I can see than the one that hides behind a suit and passes tyrannical laws that don't apply to everyone...

Wonder if Obama will back his "red line" warning with Syria, or if Israel will save us the trouble...

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Autumn Leaves

Oh wow, it's been almost two months since I posted; pure nonsense. BTW, it has been over a year and I still have not progressed past page 26 of my attempted Iraq book. It may stay at page 26 forever, who knows? We'll see if I get inspired this winter or not.

I love fall, it's my favorite season. What I do not like are the political ads and campaigns that come with it. This year is bigger and "worser" as it is the presidential election. Part of me wants to just stick my head in the sand and not listen to anything or anyone, but responsibly I just don't have that luxury. I was able to change someone's entire belief system once from a socialist to a capitalist perspective and it gave me hope.

Speaking of hope (and change), why is it that every time I get into a conversation about Obama's economic policy, or his judge and jury drone use, or health care or pretty much any topic Obama, my liberal friends refuse to stay on issue. Instead, there is an immediate transition into, "It's Bush's fault" or "Romney won't do any better" or "Republican's are worse." I have never understood this transition as the topic was never about Bush, Romney, Republican or Democrat?

When Obama makes a statement defending Islam, or the Koran, or makes a statement like, "The Muslim call to prayer is one of the prettiest sounds on earth," I usually get the response, "Christianity is just as barbaric in it's history..." or something of the like...again, when did the conversation switch? Why the diversion and refusal to talk about the subject at hand? I would rather just not talk about it, or cease all political conversations, but I can't stand seeing people swallow the pill and drink the cool aid because "everyone else is doing it."

I think the last 4 years has been a small wake-up call and a realization that talk is cheap, yet people still insist on defending this load of crap.

Well, not poetic, has nothing to do with autumn leaves, and now I'm all worked up and angry. Why do I do this to myself? I just KNEW I should have written about kittens and pixies this morning, but did I listen? noooooo...

Friday, July 20, 2012

Extension of Ourselves


Nothing gets me as hot under the collar as an uninformed person spouting that if we just got rid of guns the world would be such a safe place. Dare I use sarcasm to ask if the world was a safe place before the invention of the firearm? Laughable.

Despite overwhelming facts and proven historic failures, it seems leading news anchors, politicians and sheep are consistently trying to make a point that it is a gun that is evil, and not the person who chose to wield it.

This has been spurred by the recent shooting in Aurora, Colorado. Take for example, the Brady campaign and many others who state things like the following:

"“The responsibility for deaths like these do not stop at the hands
of the bucket owner,” Brady said. “Why are … bucket makers manufacturing
containers that a six-year old child can fill? This makes no rational
sense. When will the bucket industry realize that they bear a responsibility to
make sure that their products do not mete out preventable deaths, and
that they do not warrant nor deserve special protection from the law to
avoid that burden? Instead of safeguarding the bucket makers, we should be
childproofing the buckets.”


Now, obviously I changed one word in there...but it makes about as much sense, considering that 5 gallon buckets are responsible for more child deaths than firearms are (bucket typically has water, infant goes in head first, drowns etc).

If guns are so evil, then why aren't there ever any mass murders at gun ranges? In Aurora, on it's face, 14 are dead and 50 wounded. The gunman was apprehended by police alive and well. THAT is the part that is wrong. With the benefit of hindsight, a little arm-chair quarterbacking, but also with a sheep-dog mentality, that shooter should have been bludgeoned to death several times over at a MINIMUM before law enforcement ever arrived.

But we have taught and encouraged passivity in the face of adversity for far too long to have that expectation. We have expected government to protect us and make us safe and have forgotten how to do it ourselves.

Guns are an equalizer, they are a tool, they are the extension of ourselves. Evil people who do crazy things will always exist...and there will always be those willing to stand in the gap and stare evil in the face...and smile. Every one of us should strive to be that person.

In contrast to the Aurora shootings, recently, an elderly man in an Internet cafe in Ocala Florida, stopped two armed thugs from completing their crime spree. He did this by the use of his own legally carried pistol. Would we have been reading about an Internet cafe massacre if he hadn't toed the line and stood in the gap? No one will ever know. I do not envy the survivors of the movie theatre massacre, and I am sure many will never go to sleep at night without wondering, "If I had only been armed and fought back, could I have saved lives? Could I have prevented the slaughter?

In 1996, Australia enacted total gun control. Private citizens were not allowed to keep guns, period. According to far left rhetoric and doctrine, this should mean that peace and non-violence would reign. Law abiding citizens turned over their firearms. What followed is the same that has always happened whenever citizens are disarmed. Violent crime soared it the first year of inception...300 PERCENT!!! Home invasions rose, assault on the elderly rose, broad daylight robbery's rose. But how could this be? But let's just ignore that and enact some more knee-jerk reaction gun laws, further restraining the law abiding citizen and disarming them in the face of thugs and murderers that will always be armed no matter what the law says.

Why are school shootings usually so catastrophic? Because school's are full of unarmed sheep. We broadcast from the rooftops that schools are gun-free zones, then wonder why so many are killed before anyone can stop it?

We do not look both ways before crossing the street because we have a history of getting struck by cars. No! But because we know enough from history, that we can prevent it from happening, merely by staying alert.

The same is true of seat belts. Many of us have never been in a car accident, yet we prepare ourselves for one by wearing a seat belt. We are not "scared" or "paranoid" by being prepared, we are considered wise, cautions and smart parents by teaching our children to do the same.

We do not live in fear of a house fire, but we keep a loaded fire extinguisher ready and teach our children how to use it (I hope).

Granted, these are apples and oranges in some perspectives, but they are at the same time closely related. We can blame main-stream media and Marxist-Leninist Professors for this widespread philosophy that guns are dangerous and evil. People are usually afraid of things they don't understand, but I do not see this as a reason to let the ignorant decide if and when we can defend ourselves. You simply did not see school shootings, accidental gun deaths (published so negatively) and mass murder in America prior to the 1960's. This age is the product of willful ignorance and lack of responsibility. Parents have pursued the American dream and left their children to be raised by the government, television and video games, then wonder why the school hasn't raised their children properly? As one single example a decline in morality has left people wanting to have sex, but not wanting to have babies...leading to mass abortion and/or fatherless homes. I think this is part of the key to the break-down in our society.

Even if God is a big giant fantasy (which I do NOT claim), even if religion is nothing but a power structure designed to control us, we need a return to the morality that Christianity brings. There is no basis for that which is "right" outside of the bible, as human beings seem to be singularly incapable of discerning the difference between right and wrong on any basic level. We have seen this country turn to it's own devices and we have failed miserably.  This country needs to return to the fundamental values that made us a great nation.

I can see the writing on the wall. History is about to repeat itself. Within the next 10 years, this country is going to be brought to it's knees. Some event will happen; plague, famine, asteroid, war, invasion, you name it... and this house of cards will all come crashing down. You will know the beginning of the end, when they begin to restrict our ownership of firearms. This is not a paranoid gun-nut talking, this is the natural, observable and historical progression of the downward spiral we are on.

Every time we see an act of violence, by a CRIMINAL, we get reaction laws, restricting the freedoms of the CITIZEN. We will eventually see a police state or a revolution...and both go hand in hand.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

No You Can't

I was going to pick a topic that was happy, and write about that. But I heard from Obama, and just couldn't make it so.

Barak Hussein "Berry" Obama has made many ridiculous statements, and I believe last week's takes the cake. "...If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." This quote taken from his statements that business owners didn't build their own businesses, they received help along the way...

Perhaps this is because Mr Obama is used to being a community organizer, where you don't actually work for the funds you receive. Perhaps this is because Mr Obama is used to having everything handed to him. Perhaps this is because Mr Obama hasn't the first clue about running a business. He hasn't done so good so far with a country, so I can expect no less.

Shortly thereafter, Berry noted that top earners have an obligation to pay more to trim the deficit.

I would agree with that statement, if he would first look at elected, one-term officials, who go on to get a life-long pension, as being some of the first "top earners"' to pay more to trim the deficit. If he is truly concerned, then I would like to see a symbolic gesture on  his part, and take a pay cut, along with every member of house and congress.

It would appear then, that Mr Obama has in affect, changed his presidential slogan from "Yes we can!" To "No You Can't!!!"

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Today is Father's day. I love being a father.

I had once heard that there are 5 milestones a man reaches that change him irrevocably on his journey through life. Not in any order they are:

1. The first time you stand up to or confront your father
2. The day you get married
3. The day you have your first child and become a father yourself
4. The day you acknowledge a savior and enter into a relationship with God the Father
5. The day your father dies

There are many more milestones in one's life, but I thought these were interesting. I am truly thankful that I have a good father. I know many are not so fortunate.

So, with a father being such a critical part of your emotional well-being, who you are and what you are...what are the things we should pass on to our children? Off-hand, the ones that impacted me the most are:

1. A spiritual belief lived instead of preached
2. You spend less than you make and save save save.
3. Don't expect anyone to give you anything you haven't worked for
4. Find the women you want to spend the rest of your wife with, and do just that
5. Freedom is not free

If I can impart at least those 5 principles to my children, I will have succeeded as a father.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Entitled to What?

In the history of the world there have been few countries that compare to America in many aspects. It is my sincere belief that future generations will look back on their predicessors and ask a huge WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO US!!!? They will look back and not be able to believe that we handed out free money to people who are not just down and out, but expect and feel they are entitled to "free money," not because bad things have happened to them, not because they cannot find work, but simply because they snuck into the movie theatre and now they want free pop-corn too.

Since 2008 the national debt has doubled. You can never spend your way out of debt. It's time to cut luxeries and start being fiscally responsible. Given the line-up of current presidential candidates (and I am not thrilled with any of them) I have my doubts that we are going to see a president willingly become unpopular by cutting entitlement spending, and that is one of the 3 things that NEEDS to happen NOW in order for our grandchildren to have a future that does not involve China.

The Fed government has had it's chance. Neither Republicans nor Democrats have done what needs doing when either had the chance. My faith in the political machine has ceased to exist. The solution as I see it is the exact same way any budget can survive, and that is to spend less than you make.

Three things need to happen and now, all by going back to the Constitution and stripping the Fed of it's assumed powers. The Federal Government, through Congress is authorized to (a) Engage in Commerce, (b) Coin Money, (c) Declare War, (d) create public roads, (e) postal service (f) tax. They are not doing a good job at those, and that list is no conclusive, just dredged from memory. What they need to do is #1. Cease the vast majority of entitlements. This means welfare reform right now. #2. Give big business incentive to stay in America=stop the megatax on the successful. Trickledown works both ways. #3. Turn off the flow of free stuff to other countries (no more borrowing money from China to fund abortions in Mexico).

Since I have no hope that the Fed will ever do this, it falls to the states and States Rights to take over. To some extent, Texas has done it, Arizona, Montana, Utah and Colorado has done it, what are the rest of us waiting for? I fear we are waiting for someone else to fix everything, because we are accustomed to it.

Now, a quote from the Declaration of Independence, "...experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security..."

This post has not been as well thought-out as some, it was more of a rambling rant, but I think that chunk from the D.O.I. sums it up nicely. We will sit and take it as long as we are comfortable. When it gets bad enough, we'll finally do something. I only fear that when the time comes, it will be too late.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Lost my what!?

I sit here thinking about my knowledge of the world…and wish I could slip into ignorance.

Often times you will hear me talk or write about sheep, and “sheeple”; those that I deem ignorant of life, and of the world. This from my perspective that the world is not sunshine and roses, that it is a horrible, cruel place at moments. Sometimes I utter the term “sheep” with a hint of disdain. Recently though, it is with a sense of longing.

This started after watching the 1st season of “The Colony.” It had an amazing impact on me. Something so simple as a social argument of entitlement to welfare and “free” was brought into stark contrast, as two people decided they shouldn’t have to work, but were entitled to the fruits of the labor of the other members. This is welfare at its base form. Experiment or no, the members of the Colony were willing to fight, and maybe more, to protect what was theirs. Yet I would be willing to bet that a few short weeks earlier, many of them would have been proponents of “government support” and “entitlement.” It’s a whole new world out there when philosophy slaps you in the face with a handful of mud.

Why would I long for ignorance? Because I started to ask questions, as usual: What must it be like to actually be able to go through life with the utmost confidence that the world is a wonderful place? Are people are basically good? Do all parents love and protect their children? Do all husbands love and treasure their wives, never to raise a finger to harm the one they swore to love and protect? Are those in need only in their destitute position through no fault of their own, but through the circumstances that life has thrown their way…? Unfortunately my answers are an emphatic “NO NO NOOO!!!” Not from some philosophical and idealistic view point as some will argue, but from personal observations. Yet, I find myself thinking, what an ignorant and blissful life!

To make another movie analogy…it would in a small sense be like Neo in “Matrix.” After taking the pill, there is no going back…but knowing is so much more important than the fabricated reality.

I would love to think that events the likes of the “Great World Wars” could never happen again, but I know in my heart of hearts those events are already stirring below the surface of murky waters of our modern time, that will soon be the histories of the next generation. I know that the warnings of our forefathers to “never forget” have gone unheeded by too many. I personally know people with masters degrees who have, in all seriousness, no idea whatsoever who Adolph Hitler was, or what the word “Holocaust” even means. That is the problem with wanting to slip into ignorance. I know that if I do, the things that “go bump in the night” will raise their ugly heads once more, and I will be caught unawares. Why? Because people do unspeakable things to other human beings. They will do it because, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.” –Edmund Burke-

Some will then argue that there is no such thing as evil or evil people, or absolute truth, or morality. That is a philosophical fantasy that I cannot and will not afford. I have seen evil walk the earth on two legs, and it is revolting.

I know how the fragile is the veneer of that which we call “civilization” in which we cloth ourselves, how precariously we are perched on the edge of a cliff, the system of “safety” we have created.

I know that one man can make a difference. I also know that in the great scheme of things, there is sometimes very little I can do. But what I can do is this; I will not lie back and say, “Eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow you may die.” I will always look to the future with hope. I will also hope that the world my children grow up in will be a better one, and that they will not have to experience for themselves the things their father did in order to appreciate it. I hope they never have to lose what I did. We all lose it at some point, some of us to a lesser or greater extent.

What did I lose? I lost my innocense.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Injustice

The following is a partial excerpt from a MN newspaper:

Lidel pleaded guilty Jan. 23 to
fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and possessing an assault weapon
while having a previous felony conviction.
According to an earlier news
release...[issued by the Sheriff's Office]
An assault victim suffered a
broken nose in a violent encounter with Lidel, who threatened to stab the
person with a knife at the victim’s home.


People think that when the police show up and haul off the bad guy that he must go away forever. But so sadly this is not the case. Notice that this known criminal with a criminal record, a convicted felon, by LAW cannot possess a firearm. BUT, this criminal did not obey the law, he did not listen to the rules. Yet when someone gets hurt or killed with a firearm, instead of enforcing those laws and rules to the fullest extent, they knee-jerk and create more gun laws, harming the citizen, not the criminal. The outlaw will always do what he wants, because he does not abide by any law.

This criminal, was asked a question on camera as he was arrested about how he felt. His response? "It was fun."

THESE are the type of people we have to suffer in America. No remorse, not sense of right and wrong, no sitting down and talking about your feelings and making the world a better place. The idea that a wolf and a sheep can come to a "good" decision about what to have for dinner is laughable.

The end result after the conviction of being a douche' bag and putting many peoples life in danger?

...to serve 109 days in
jail, stayed for two years, with 73 days credited for time served.


What that means people, is that he was arrested for felony assault, terroristic threats, felony fleeing in a motor vehicle, felon in possession of a firearm, among several other felony charges, was convicted on most of them, (conviction of a felony is "supposed" to be a mandatory sentence of at LEAST one year and one day in prison) and he was RELEASED after being held 73 days. A judge "could" sentence him for 10-20 YEARS in prison...and this is mostly the judges discretion, with some of the discretion coming from MN Sentencing guidelines...

But this is our form of justice, give the criminal chance after chance after chance, and risk the innocent bystanders life over and over and over.

It's a grim world, and I see more of it than most. I just hope and pray that we can turn our justice system around, but as long as we insist on political correctness and continue to be concerned with people's "feelings," we will continue to slide down this slippery slope. Pray you are never a victim of a violent crime, because if you are unwilling to take precautions in advance to defend yourself, and you happen to live through a violent encounter, the justice system will disappoint you in the end. THAT is an understatement.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

To Take a Life

I now want to pose a theoretical discussion starter that I
heard on the radio the other day. You are
standing by two sets of train tracks with a lever in front of you that changed
the path of the train from one set of tracks to the other. On the far set of
tracks are 10 people. For this scenario they are all "good people"
with families and such. On the near set of tracks is one person, equally
"good" with a family. Incidentally, there is a train coming down the
far set of tracks at a high rate of speed. There are no other variables, there
are no other alternatives. You have seconds to decide, do you pull the lever
and shift the tracks so the one person is killed? Or do you do nothing and let
the 10 people be killed. No one knows they are in danger, no one will ever know
it was you making the decision, and there is no way to warn anyone or otherwise
make an alternative choice. You stand there for the next 3 seconds and watch 10
people die, or you pull the lever and watch one die. What do you do?

Thursday, March 08, 2012

World Perspective

It never ceases to amaze me, that the very people who tell me to keep an open mind and broaden my perspective, and that there are no absolute truths, are the very same people that are locked into a way of thinking with a very limited perspective gleaned from the media and are "absolutely certain there is no absolute truth."

This post comes to me after a wide variety of conversations had in pubs, on the phone, other countries, with many foreign nationals, other states of our union, in person, at dinner, and the ever-popular, online debate. I've found there is a whole WORLD of information out there, with a wide range of opinions. But Americans never cease to amaze me (good and bad).

I understand that most people would rather not discuss politics, religion etc. That is fine. But when you cross that invisible non-spoken barrier...then I expect a well-thought, well informed opinion, not just a knee-jerk-emotional reaction with statements on how you "feel" on a subject. Don't get me wrong, feelings are important and are a main source of drive for most of what we do. However...

If I propose my belief in evolution/creation with articulable observable facts, then I expect the same counter argument in kind, instead of ridicule and mockery without base.

If I propose the "archaic" right to defend one's self while citing the second amendment, then I expect an opinion yes, but a well researched opinion based on more than CNN's latest report on gun violence. Perhaps observable phenomenon such as the observable violent crime increase in Australia after implementing gun-control could be met with an educated opinion/response instead of laughter followed by mockery.

If I discuss a government conspiracy theory then I guess all bets are off, but I still expect an educated response instead of a laugh salted with mockery.

When I say educated I don't mean higher education, I mean research, reading an actual book or listening to subject matter eye-witness experts. To me, mockery of one's opinion with no opposing intelligent arguments is not a good convincer to the contrary. Indeed, it only continues to show ignorance while purporting the possession of higher, more enlightened knowledge...attempting to incite anger from your opponent in order to make up for your lack of knowledge on the subject makes you a jerk, not an academic.

Of all the names I could have picked, I chose "jerk" for a reason. Look it up.

If you have an opinion stated publicly and we discuss ACTIONS OF THE US MILITARY IN IRAQ AND US POLICY AS IT PERTAINS TO COMBAT VETERANS...I expect a truly informed opinion. If you disagree with my opinion and have never served your country in any fashion, have never done anything in your life for anyone else besides yourself, then I expect a systematic point by point reasoning based in reality, not fantasy, as to your main points in the discussion. Furthermore if you are a 22 year old single "adult" male, who left mommy right after high school (you know who you are) and joined the great world of academia and have never had a job and never left the United States and your sources of information are MSNBC, CNN, Wikipedia, your friends at school and Marxist/Leninist professors...then I would advise you to tread lightly when it comes to your opinion or you may just spout off in front of the wrong person and find yourself in an awkward position that involves internal bleeding.

I of course support everyone's right to freedom of speech and freedom of the press. But maybe, just because you can do or say something doesn't always mean you should. The random Neanderthal-biker-looking dude who is very proud of his country, that just happened to overhear your ill-advised opinion might not express HIS opinion on a website, just saying...

If you have an opinion and want to grow in your knowledge then talking to people and gaining perspective is important. I guess I simply grow frustrated with people who want to think they know things, but make it up as they go along. I grow increasingly frustrated when someone has an "opinion" that is based on nothing more than something they heard, it sounded good, so they are regurgitating to me as an original thought...

After that rant, the main point of all of this is that I have unrealistic expectations. I keep expecting to have rational arguments with irrational people. How can I discuss world views with a "youngster" that has never left their home state? What was I thinking?

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Live Like You Were Dying

I turn 29 this year. Of course, this gets one to thinking about one's accomplishments thus far. More importantly it's my last year in my 20's. Without being egotistical, I've probably seen and done more in my last 10 years than most people will in a lifetime. What will my next 10 look like?

When we were in the sand box we all talked incessently about all the things we would do if we made it out alive. To date, I have done almost everything on my bucket list.
Granted, some of those things were merely to kiss my wife every day, drink a beer, eat a pizza, enjoy running water, not complain about the small things, embrace the moment etc.

HOWEVER. I wonder how an average person would live the next month of their life if they knew they were dying.

"Over there," that was every day. Not much was done differently. Rather, things were done indifferently. How do you motivate someone to do what you want them to do, and who could die at any second? Promises of pleasures at the end of deployment? Threats of what could happen to you if you don't obey? Nope. Many an officer has attempted to break my old unit. Wo to them. They only wound up getting broken themselves. Litterally.

So what motivates a person to truely live? It is the inspiration of someone who acts out what they believe, someone who does the right thing when no one is looking. One who leads by example. One who embraces the suck along with their brother. One who does what needs doing, whatever that means. One who inspires you to have the back of your brother, because brothers are all you have. I tell you, that these are not just poetic words. I have known real men like this, who not only motivate a person to live, but if necessary, to die. This isn't just inspiration, it is earth shattering. Not a movie, not a story book, not a tale told at a bar. It is not just flowery words that can make men do what they do not wish to do, it is action, example and brotherhood. If only the man in every marriage and family could exemplify this standard. The world would be a more consistant place. In the world we live in, that is the best we can hope for.

I hope I can be that to my family, but these days I just feel like I'm going through the motions. That is probably because to be honest, life is a whole lot harder than war. There are so many petty things, so much drama and so much heart-ache. The battlefield is one thing...Walmart is a whole different kind of hell.

I made a bucket list while I was in Iraq. I swore if I made it back alive I would do some specific things with my life.
1. I would get out of the army for good
2. I would find a small community and settle down for a quiet life
3. I would get a job and be everything I could be for my family
4. My battle buddy and I would work together in the same small community
5. Same buddy and I would head to my childhood cabin in the boundary waters
6. When 1-5 were complete I would continue living the American dream while additionally embracing life, loving more, and enjoying the little things we take for granted.
7. Eat all the marshmellows out of a box of Lucky Charms (my wonderful wife set this up by the lake one day last year)
8. Refuse to sugar coat life any more than necessary. Be honest, be clear, be real. Be yourself. (oh this has backlash to be sure, but there is something so refreshing about being real. Living without an inner monolog has many advantages and disadvantages, but baby I'm LIVING!)

Now that all those items are complete I am almost at a loss for what to do next. I will be jumping out of a plane very soon (with a chute). After that, who knows? I wouldn't mind some input from my readers as to what you would do within reason if you knew you had only a month to live? We all die, and for the most part, few of us know when. To me, that makes this great adventure we call life all the more enjoyable.

I look around at my generation and am absolutely baffled at how many people are still not truely living.

Here's a toast to living life to it's absolute fullest.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

I Miss My War

I just finished reading an article online in “Esquire,” titled: I Miss Iraq. I Miss My Gun. I Miss My War. Written by Esquire writer and war veteran Brian Mockenhaupt.

As I read it I realized I could just have easily been the author. The writer was spot-on in so many areas.
One point rang home overall. “War is easy, you go out, survive, come back and do it all again the next day, no bills to pay, no chores to do…”

How could I miss being in a country I hated? Perhaps it is that I don’t miss the war that was ugly and horrible, but the one that was alive and exciting. Where you could die at any moment, but didn’t.

I also realized there is a reason that I am suddenly enamored by zombie, end of the world and apocalypse movies and books; I am missing a piece of the action, I am longing for a small adrenaline rush like a junkie looking for the next fix.

The writer noted the sound of racking a live round into a chamber before going on a raid. That description absolutely resonated with me. In my life there will be nothing that compares to that sound. Within that moment are packed so many memories of my firsts: My first patrol in country, my first raid, my first shot fired in country, the first time I got shot at, the first time we got ambushed, my first sniper hide, the first time I put cross-hairs on a human face and tracked his nasal cavity, the first time I kicked a door in…all of these firsts had the same thing in common, they were all preceded by a bolt slamming a live round into a chamber.

I know many vets feel the same. I know I am not alone.

I love God, family and country. I love running water. I love pizza. I love beer. I love so many things in this life. I also hate many things. Yet, in some small way, I would be lying to myself if I didn’t also say, I love war.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Yellow Rain

"I refuse to explain myself to someone who rises and sleeps beneath the blanket of freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it." -Unknown author-

I am so tired of politicians that sit safe and sound behind their desks, vote on our country going to war, then spend the rest of their time in an office criticizing the reasons we went and the manner in which we conducted ourselves while there.
While I'm thinking of that....why is it that we the soldier can spend 20 years in service to this country and receive 50% of our pay, while any sitting congressman can do ONE term and get full benefits and pay FOR LIFE!?

Back on topic.
War is called war for a reason. That is why it is not called "play nice time."

I am so sick of the news media lately chastising 4 marines for allegedly urinating on some dead terrorists. Why do we not see this same media attention when terrorists gut a civilian or American, hang them from a bridge and set them on fire? Where is the outrage and media publicity for that? Where is the condemnation of the acts of extreme Muslim terrorists?

War is not only brutal and physical it is psychological. Why else do terrorists film the beheading of our soldiers with dull butter knives and then post it on the Internet?

If urinating on some dead terrorists helps them feel better after watching fellow Americans be butchered then I am all for it. If this is demoralizing to Muslims or any would-be enemies of America, then bring it on. Why aren't we dunking our bullets in pigs blood or burying dead terrorists in a vat of pig guts? Because we are "better than that?" Give me a break. Why do we care what the world at large thinks? No one likes us as is, and we feed the world!.

When going to war you try to retain your humanity, but you fight to win...at all costs.

We are often told war or violence solves nothing. I disagree. I think Hiroshima and Nagasaki ended a war and saves lives. Then again, I have become slightly cynical over the years.

The ironic part is that on average I am a very happy, content and upbeat person. You all reading this just get to hear from me on my angry days!

Friday, January 06, 2012

In the Beginning.....BANG!

Below is a series of posts I began on facebook, and decided to bring it here to my blog. The ultimate goal of this is not to convince anyone of anything, but merely to ask the questions "why?" and "how?"

"If you tell a lie long enough, loud enough, and often enough, it will become truth." This is so true. Evolution used to be taught as a theory, it is now being ingrained in the public school system to such a point, that I meet people who have never heard any sort of alternative theory.

Let it be known, that I don't necessarily care that evolution is taught, in my mind it has no merit, is full of holes and cannot standon it's own two-billion feet. What I do care is that it is presented as fact in a scientific world. Any word to the contrary is met with cynicism, mockery and outright hatred. What happened to scientific theory being exposed to every arguement to help solidify it? Charles Darwin was his own biggest critique, once stating, “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down."

I give you for starters, the following 5 problems I have encountered while studying evolution.

Problem #1 with the basis of evolution. A strand of DNA can only be created with a specific protein. This protein can only be created at the direction of DNA. It would then be necessary for both of these items to spontaneously evolve independantly of each other at the same time and same place and function together with no direction whatsoever. To say nothing of the other components of a cell. Just thinking out loud...

Problem #2 with the basis of evolution. The concept of irreducable complexity. The idea that a system is so complex that if you reduce even one part of it, the system fails. Example; a basic spring and bar mouse trap has 5 parts. If you take any one of those 5 parts out, the mouse trap does not work. This is a MOUSE TRAP. Yet, we are expected to believe that complex systems like, a cell, or the v...ascular system simultaneously evolved at once to function together as a whole, all at the same time. But, to function, multiple parts would have had to spontaneously evolve at the exact same time and same place with no direction besides chaos. Again, this is akin to throwing a bunch of metal in a dryer and a functioning rolex comes out...yet this is called science. I propose that beer is to football as evolution is to science. Associated, but not part of the actual game.

Problem #3 with the basis of evolution. For evolution to be viable it must break the first two concepts of biology, a) Life cannot come from non-life. b) organic matter cannot come from inorganic matter. With the many problems and outright theology that evolution seems to turn into, one begs the question, when most of everything observable in science and life appears to point towards a design, why is there an adament denile in that possibility? If you look at a house standing on a hill and look at the complexity and design, would you believe it if someone told you it just came into being by random chance? Just because we can't see the big picture or know the architect personally does not mean the house was not designed....we just need more information.

Problem #4 with the basis of evolution. The term and understanding of such is flawed from the beginning. Macro-evolution is the belief that over time through a series of successive mutations that one species can and does evolve into another species.

Micro-evolution simply put is the observable changes within one species reacting to an outside stimulus. The problem is that usually this distinctio...n between micro and macro is not made. Yet, this is a very important distinction because most follow the train of thought that since micro-evolution is observable, it proves macro-evolution. That is, since we can see certain changes happening within a species it is therefore proof for giant leaps in dna over long periods of time, resulting in new species.

However, there is something very important in micro-evolution that negates this theory. Observable changes in reaction to an outside stimulus are already pre-recorded within the dna. Very importantly, no new genes are added, no new dna results, no new species are an end state. Once outside stimulas is removed, species returns to it's previous state.

I can work hard all my life and get tough hands built with callus...my dna has not changed and my offspring are not born with tougher hands. Once I stop working I lose the callus.

Problem #5 with the basis of evolution. This is more of an observation, but still a problem. There is a fish called Coelacanths which was became extinct around the Late Cretaceous period, just under 100 million years ago. This fish was noted by evolutionists to be the precurser to land dwellers, as they noted fin/lobes on the fish and said they must be pre-cursers to legs and therefore part of the... evolutionary chain and is believed to have been a shallow water fish, hence the lobes/legs. It is believed to have evolved into it's fossilized form approximately 400 million years before the end of the Cretaceous period....okay, deep breath, I "think" I got all that right. Now, the PROBLEM.

This fish is still alive and well, unchanged after "100 million years." They have been caught off the coast of Madagascar and elsewhere, the first being noted in 1938 and multiple others noted since then. Oh yes, and it is a deep sea dwelling fish, not a shallow water fish.

There, these were the first five things that present themselves to me as problems with the theory of evolution. It has already been hashed out a bit on facebook....so now lets begin on my blog! Please be polite, respectful and adult-like. No one appreciates insults. Besides, it's just silly to do that from a computer.