Sunday, December 29, 2013

Quote for the week

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, December 27, 2013

Happy Anniversary!

Sixteen years ago, on a hot, rainy day, I married the love of my life!  She has been a blessing and has made me a better man!  I would do it all again!  I love you, mi amor! Que Dios nos conceda muchos aniversarios mas!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Quote for the Week

I live in America. I have the right to write whatever I want. And it's equaled by another right just as powerful: the right not to read it. Freedom of speech includes the freedom to offend people.

- Brad Thor

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Quote for the Week

The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage; they develop the fierce, but yet do not destroy the human.

 -Victor Hugo

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Quote for the Week

Floyd could imagine a dozen things that could go wrong; it was little consolation that it was always the thirteenth that actually happened.

Arthur C. Clarke

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Quote for the Week

We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home. 

- Edward R. Murrow

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Quote for the Week

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.

- Abraham Lincoln

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Quote for the Week

A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice.

- Bill Cosby

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Quote for the Week

When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves.

Vicktor E. Frankl

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Quote for the Week

How can our kids really understand the moral complexities of being alive if they are not allowed to engage in those complexities outdoors?

- Richard Louv

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Quote for the Week

The hunter never hates his quarry; it's a thing which he wants to get, to reduce into possession, so how could he hate it?

- KJ Parker

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Quote for the Week

The squeaking wheel doesn't always get the grease. Sometimes it gets replaced.

- Vic Gold

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Quote for the Week

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.

- Alexis de Tocqueville

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Quote for the Week

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.

- John Wooden

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Quote for the Week

The right of self-defense is the first law of nature; in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Wherever standing armies are kept up, and when the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.

-Henry St. George Tucker

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Quote for the Week

If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom.

- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Quote for the Week

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, September 6, 2013


On August 29, 2013, Javon Sanchez Booker entered a convenience store "all covered up."  He jumped over the counter and began beating the clerk, in an attempt to rob him. 

Now, if my research is correct, Mr. Booker had met with law enforcement previously. Cocaine Possession with Intent to Sell or DistributeFelony Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.   All in his short 21 years.

The store clerk, in fear for his life, drew his firearm and shot at the robber.  The robber collapsed about a block away, where he died.

This is not an event to celebrate.  Although the clerk is within his rights to celebrate the fact that he is still alive, the fact that someone else died, though justified, should not be celebrated.

I have no doubt that the robber's friends and family loved him, are mourning, and will miss him.  That is a natural response.  I don't blame the family at all.  It's unfortunate that they have to go through this heartbreak.

Unfortunately, this was a young man who caused hurt and heartache to other people by spreading drugs and violence.  I wonder how many people were hurt by what he did?

That's why I can't understand why an organization called Mothers of Murdered Offspring would hold an ant-violence vigil (if the media is to be believed) in honor of the robber's life.  I bet this is one vigil the police did not attend.  At least not at first.

The irony of this anti-violence vigil is that, as it was wrapping up, a shooting broke out.  Four people were injured.

I don't think we need to celebrate his death.  But to have an anti-violence organization celebrate the life of a criminal, who died while trying to rob and beat an innocent man, just makes no sense.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Quote for the Week

The first requisite of a good citizen in this Republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his weight; that he shall not be a mere passenger, but shall do his share in the work that each generation of us finds ready to hand; and, furthermore, that in doing his work he shall show, not only the capacity for sturdy self-help, but also self-respecting regard for the rights of others.

Theodore Roosevelt

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Quote for the Week

A career is wonderful, but you can't curl up with it on a cold night. 

- Marilyn Monroe

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Quote for the Week

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

–Chinese Proverb

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Quote for the Week

"Gun control: The theory that a woman found dead in an alley, raped and strangled with her panty hose, is somehow morally superior to a woman explaining to police how her attacker got that fatal bullet wound." — L. Neil Smith 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Quote for the Week

Adults are obsolete children.

- Theodor Seuss Geisel  (Dr. Seuss)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Quote for the Week

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.

-Winston Churchill

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Quote for the Week

The heightened public clamor resulting from radio and television coverage will inevitably result in prejudice. Trial by television is, therefore, foreign to our system.

Tom C. Clark

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Quote for the Week

Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it.

- Lao Tzu

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Quote for the Week

The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad.  

~A.K. Best

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Quote for the Week

You can lead a man to Congress, but you can't make him think.
- Milton Berle

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Quote for the Week

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

-Isaac Asimov

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Quote for the Week

Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.

 - Adolph Hitler.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Quote for the Week

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.

- Galileo Galilei

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Quote for the Week

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Quote for the Week

A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.

- Napoleon Bonaparte

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Quote for the Week

All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.

- Abraham Lincoln

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Quote for the Week

The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles.

- Jeff Cooper

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Quote for the Week

As the Founding Fathers knew well, a government that does not trust its honest, law-abiding, taxpaying citizens with the means of self-defense is not itself worthy of trust. Laws disarming honest citizens proclaim that the government is the master, not the servant, of the people.

- Jeff Snyder

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Quote for the Week

This battle for 'common-sense' gun control laws pits emotion and passion against logic and reason. All too often in such a contest, logic loses. So, expect more meaningless, if not harmful, 'gun control' legislation. Good news - if you're a crook.
- Larry Elder

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Quote for the Week

And that's really what's happening in this country is a violation of the First Commandment. We have become a country entrenched in idolatry, and that idolatry is the dependency upon our government. We're supposed to depend upon God for our protection and our provision and for our daily bread, not for our government.

- Sharron Angle

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Quote for the Week

Our country, right or wrong.  When right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right.

- Carl Shurz

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Government Knows Best

Remember when the Dept. Of Homeland Security labeled gun owners, preppers, gun rights supporters, etc... as right wing extremists?

Well now, we hear of training being provided to Army Reservists.  In it, they lump Evangelical Christians, Catholics, and some Jews into the same category as the Ku Klux Klan and Al Qaeda.

But I wouldn't worry about it.  Surely, they mean no harm.  Our government loves everyone, right?  They won't harm us, right?

In a few days, they'll say it was all a mistake, not approved, and we shouldn't worry about it.

So let's not worry.

Keep it moving.  Nothing to see here.  Go back to sports and reality TV.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Quote for the Week

Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.

- Martin Luther

Happy Easter!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Quote for the Week

It is no surprise to me that hardly anyone tells the truth about how they feel. The smart ones keep themselves to themselves for good reason.

- Henry Rollins

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Quote for the Week

Can any of you seriously say the Bill of Rights could get through Congress today? It wouldn't even get out of committee.

- F. Lee Bailey

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Quote for the Week

To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.

- George Washington

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Quote for the Week

You cannot spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt.

-Daniel Hannan

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Quote for the Week

Men go back to the mountains, as they go back to sailing ships at sea, because in the mountains and on the sea they must face up, as did men of another age, to the challenge of nature. Modern man lives in a highly synthetic kind of existence. He specializes in this and that. Rarely does he test all his powers or find himself whole. But in the hills and on the water the character of a man comes out.

- Abram T. Collier

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Quote for the Week

Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.

- Benjamin Franklin

Monday, February 11, 2013


After changing my mind on a point of office procedure, I turned to my paralegals and said, "See, I do have a heart!"

Without skipping a beat, one of them replied, "Yes you do!  It's cold, dark, and sitting on a shelf in your office."

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Quote for the Week

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.

Bill Gates

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Quote for the Week

"...The Bill of Rights is a literal and absolute document. The First Amendment doesn't say you have a right to speak out unless the government has a 'compelling interest' in censoring the Internet. The Second Amendment doesn't say you have the right to keep and bear arms until some madman plants a bomb. The Fourth Amendment doesn't say you have the right to be secure from search and seizure unless some FBI agent thinks you fit the profile of a terrorist. The government has no right to interfere with any of these freedoms under any circumstances."

- Harry Browne

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Quote for the Week

The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money.

- Alexis de Tocqueville

Thursday, January 24, 2013

I'll Have Six Red, Please

This was our first child. A girl. We were full of hope and excitement as we made our way into the maternity wing. We were led into the large room which would be ours for the next several days. This was to be the delivery room, the recovery room, the visiting room, the hope-to-get-some-sleep room, and eventually, the why-are-we-still-here room.  That was the plan.

Near the middle, there was a bed for my wife.  On one side, there was a chair which would pull out into a narrow cot to sleep in.  On the other side was a another chair, this one a bit larger.  There was a bathroom, a handwashing sink, and a baby bassinet with all kinds of medical equipment and displays on it.

Though time dragged at first, the baby finally came out, and then things sped to a blur. The baby came out quietly. I glanced at the doctor and nurses gathered around, and no one seemed worried. They siphoned out the baby’s airway and she strongly announced her arrival and displeasure. One of the nurses called me over to the bassinet so I could be with the baby. I walked over and marveled at this tiny, fragile creature.

Unknown to us, a couple we had met in church a few weeks before was in the room next door, also giving birth. The doctor congratulated us and started taking off her gloves as she bolted next door. Since this was our first baby, I was a novice. I did not know what "normal" was.  There were things I saw, but was not concerned with, at first.

Things like the enormous bag of blood at the end of the bed.

The blood on the floor.

The blood on the observation lamp.

The blood on the nurses.

One of the nurses picked up a cell phone and I overheard her call for the doctor. Evidently, the doctor was tied up and could not come this second.  The nurse insisted, “Doctor, I need you to come right away.” Another pause. “Well, come as soon as you can.”  Now, they had my attention.

Just minutes later, the doctor came in. After working on my wife for no more than a minute or so, she looked at me and smiled. “I’m going to take your wife to another room, where the light is better, so we can finish up, ok?” I did not have a chance to answer. Three or four nurses quickly came in gathered up all the hoses, sensors, and medical equipment, and wheeled my wife out.

Another nurse smiled at me and said, “We have to clean up the room a bit so we are moving you. Please gather your things and come with me.”  She was out the door before I moved.  I grabbed what I could and followed.  I would have to come back for the rest.  My mind was a whirlwind, and truly, I was too overwhelmed to know what was going on. A friend dropped off my mom, who had flown in that same afternoon. Mom stayed in the room and I went to the nursery.

Things finally slowed down and I looked at my watch. My heart dropped, and for the first time, I was scared. It had been several hours since they had taken my wife away and no one had come to give me an update. 

I asked a nurse for an update. He did not know but would find out. That wasn't good enough for me.  I found someone hunched over a computer, grabbing a bite to eat and typing something in.  I apologized and interrupted, asking for information on my wife.  The person absentmindedly, yet politely, answered over her shoulder.  "Let me finish entering this in and I'll check with the nurses.  Then, the person turned around.  It was the doctor.

"Oh my gosh!  I'm so sorry.  Your wife is ok.  They will be bringing her down shortly."

"What happened."

She sighed, breathed back in, and said,"  Well, your wife had a serious cervix rupture that was difficult to repair.  It took us a while, but she will be fine.  She's going to be weak for a while.  She lost almost half her volume of blood and needed a transfusion.  In all, we've given her 6 pints of blood.  Rest and recovery will be very important because it will take her a month or so before she feels normal again.  We'll keep her here a little longer for observation"

6 pints. 

I remember the number because, when the doctor told me, I wondered how much blood I had donated up to that point.  It's as if I thought there was some cosmic blood bank teller who would check my balance before approving the transfusion.

Of course, there is no teller.  No one's keeping score.  Even so, since then, I have tried to give blood regularly.  If nothing else, simply because someone else did it for my wife.  Somewhere out there, 13 years ago, people gave the blood my wife needed.  I can't thank them, really.  I don't know who they are.  But I can be that person to someone else.  So I will be.  I don't need to be thanked, either.  I'm simply paying back a debt.

A debt that I owe from a long time ago.

And a debt I hope not to incur in the future.

I strongly encourage you do to the same.

H/T Brigid.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Quote for the Week

A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you.

- Ramsey Clark

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Quote for the Week

It is from weakness that people reach for dictators and concentrated government power. Only the strong can be free. And only the productive can be strong.

-Wendell Willkie

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Next Year....

My son, in tears, perhaps reflecting on the Dolphins' season...

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Quote for the Week

As the Founding Fathers knew well, a government that does not trust its honest, law-abiding, taxpaying citizens with the means of self-defense is not itself worthy of trust. Laws disarming honest citizens proclaim that the government is the master, not the servant, of the people.

- Jeff Snyder

Saturday, January 5, 2013

A Christian's Response to Mass Shootings

The past few months, and even over the past several years, we have had to confront ugly, painful incidents of gun violence.  As is to be expected, this type of tragedy brings out deep emotions in everyone.  The recent tragedy at Newtown is an incredibly heartbreaking one.  I’m left with more questions than answers, even though I’m not directly involved in the incident.

Since many of my friends know my stance on the Second Amendment, many have asked for my opinion, as both a firearms enthusiast, and a Christian.  They want to know, “How do you, as a Christian, address this?”

Well, I recognize that not all readers of this blog are Christians.  In that case, this post may not be of much use to you.  However, for those who are, also understand that I don’t claim to speak for all Christians, nor do I claim to speak for all Christian gun owners, but, here’s what has been going through my mind.

  1. Life is a very fragile gift.  A good morning kiss on the way out could very well be a good-bye kiss.  It happened for thousands on September 11, 2001, it happens to thousands every day.  Make your peace and make every moment count.
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit” yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.  James 4:13-14

  1. Crime and tragedy fall on the just and the unjust.  We cannot assume that just because we live a good, honest life, we will be protected from harm.  We are not of this world.  We are not promised a comfortable life here, and I fear that our familiarity with this world leads us to believe we are entitled to that safety and comfort. This will not be the last tragedy.  This will not be the last mass shooting, this will not be the last time we are forced to confront the evil side of this world.
There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
Luke 13:1-5

  1. We cannot assume that we will arrive at the end of the day in peace, though we may have started the day that way.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?  Jeremiah 17:9

And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.  Mark 10:18

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

  1. We cannot rely on the government for our safety.  To do so ignores the fact that there is evil in this world.  As we know, there are laws against drunk driving, yet drunks still kill.  There are laws against illegal drugs, yet people still make and buy them.  There are laws against rape, murder, kidnapping, arson, etc…,yet those crimes are still committed.  To believe that the answer lies in yet another law or stricter controls ignores the fact that each person is responsible for their own soul.  No law will ever make man righteous.  That was the whole idea behind Jesus’s death on the cross.  If man, through his laws, schemes, and intelligence, could have made himself righteous, the cross would not have been necessary.  Instead, the cross became necessary because … all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” (Romans 3:23).  The idea that Congress, can, by words, do what Jesus says only His blood can do, cheapens the sacrifice on the cross and makes us believe that we can legislate peace, good, and righteousness. 
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.  Psalm 20:7

And note, this verse does not mean that horses and chariots were evil or needed to be banned.  Those things were necessary.   The evil did not arise from owning these things, but rather in placing all their trust in those things.

  1. Let’s not lose focus on what is the actual battle.  The devil would rather we spin our wheels asking for stricter gun controls, or placing greater reliance on the government to protect us. That way, we can ignore our fallen nature and escape the realization that salvation only comes from God, through His Son Jesus Christ.  It is, after all, easier to place the burden on someone else (“they" should pass stricter gun laws), than deal with ourselves (Is my life pleasing God right now, and is my soul ready?).  If we are relying on other to bring the peace, we need not obey the true source.
From that day on, half of my servants worked on construction, and half held the spears, shields, bows, and coats of mail. And the leaders stood behind the whole house of Judah, who were building on the wall. Those who carried burdens were loaded in such a way that each labored on the work with one hand and held his weapon with the other. And each of the builders had his sword strapped at his side while he built. The man who sounded the trumpet was beside me. And I said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, “The work is great and widely spread, and we are separated on the wall, far from one another. In the place where you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.” Nehemiah 4:15-20

More reliance on government is not the answer.  Just because "someone" must "do something" does not mean that the "something" they do is the best thing to be done. Rather than agree to give the government more power, let's pray for our neighbors, our teachers, our leaders, and our children, that they may know the true transformation that comes from Jesus Christ.  Then, and only then, "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”  Revelation 21:4.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Assault Rifle v. Sporting Rifle

Please note that these sporting rifles are used in competitions, hunting, as well as home defense scenarios.