Sunday, November 13, 2016

President-Elect Donald J. Trump

Look - Trump wasn't my guy. I was a staunch Cruz supporter. But you know what? My guy didn't win the nomination. 

Faced with potentially voting for the lesser of two evils, or tossing away my vote to a third party candidate who had no chance, I had to make a decision.

At the risk of losing friends, I will now admit - after a long hard process of thinking and soul searching, I voted for Trump.

Why? Two words: Supreme Court! Those of you who know me, know that I am a die-hard gun rights and self-defense rights activist.

This election win, coupled with the absolutely brilliant insight of the Republican Senate to refuse to confirm Obama SCOTUS nominee Garland, has pretty much assured that we will get our Supreme Court back to a conservative lean. We can possibly strengthen it as a conservative bench even further, as Ginsberg and Breyer age and grow closer to retirement.

I was told to vote my conscience. So, I did. My conscience told me that if we lost the Supreme Court, we would NEVER get our country back.  My conscience also told me that the Benghazi four, Ty, Sean, Glen, and Chris, were deserving of vindication.

Patriots: I expect ALL of you to stay engaged! Don't go back to sleep. If you think the liberals aren't going to work immediately to figure out how they can take it back next election, you are mistaken.  We still have a lot of work to do to gain conservative strength in the U.S. Senate.  And we especially have a monumental task ahead of us to turn my beloved state of Colorado back to a RED state again.

Hold this administration accountable, and let them know we're not letting them off any easier than the Urkal administration.

And don't let your emergency preparedness guard down. The inauguration is still two months away. Anything can happen between now and then, real or fabricated.  The riots we are seeing now are proof of a country still severely divided.  If you look at the violent activities perpetrated within our country in the last several years, it is mainly upset democrats and activist liberals doing it.

I love my country, but I still fear for her.

Monday, October 24, 2016

These Elections Are Rigged!

It’s amazing how the President of the United States mocks Donald Trump (and conservatives in general) for any statements about the elections being rigged.  

I paraphrase here, but the president makes the point that the polls are watched by both Republicans and Democrats.  The ballot openings for the mailed in ballots are watched by both Republicans and Democrats.  And all processes in general related to the submission of the actual ballots are watched by both Republicans and Democrats.  So if the system is rigged, then this must be the greatest conspiracy of all time.

OK, Mr. President – I will concede that what you just said there in that small snippet of information is true.  However, you are only touching on part of the issue, and I would also respectfully submit that you are purposely ignoring many other aspects surrounding this issue that make up the entire picture.

So riddle me this, Batman:  What of all the reports we have seen of polling station electronic voting devices changing votes for Republican candidate to votes for Democrat candidates?  Reports of voting machines in 16 states may be using balloting equipment from a company tied to socialist billionaire George Soros?  (Yeah, nothing could go wrong there)
What of the massive influx of illegal immigrants who are being given benefits from our welfare system, drivers licenses, and such?  Are we to believe that these people will not be given the ability to also vote?

What about the dead people who are voting?  

What of the confirmed cases of people being caught voting multiple times?  Here’s one:  Google Cincinnati Ohio poll worker Melowese Richardson, if you need an example.  She voted three times for a relative who was in a coma.  She cast illegal ballots in 2008, 2011, and 2012.  She admitted to vote tampering by voting for Barack Obama twice in the same election.  She was caught in a scam when Hamilton County investigators found numerous absentee ballots coming from the same place, and all in the same handwriting.  Oh yeah – she’s a Democrat.

What about members of The New Black Panthers stationing themselves outside of polling places with the sole intention of voter intimidation?   I'm guessing they didn't vote for Mitt Romney in the last election.

Teachers in the classrooms favoring liberal agendas and candidates, if not performing outright sanctions against conservative students?

And don’t you dare tell me that blatant liberal bias by the moderators didn’t shine through during two of the three presidential debates this year.

Didn’t former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resign her DNC position due to leaked emails showing that she influenced Democratic support during the primary campaign against Bernie Sanders, in support of Hillary Clinton?  While this is not rigging against a conservative candidate to be sure, this is manipulation nonetheless in support of one candidate over another, regardless of how the voters felt about it.

A Wallstreet Journal article (via Gateway Pundit) reports that gay couple Cody Moore and Dewey Lainhart, supporting Trump in Ohio rally, are threatened with death by leftists and Hillary Clinton supporters.  Look it up!  This type of bullying and intimidation rampant at conservative rallies, but I can’t for the life of me find any cases of conservatives intimidating or threatening democrat candidate rallies.  Voter intimation, anyone?

In order to try to prevent voter fraud, we conservatives want voter ID requirements.  But Democrats fervently oppose that.  How come?  The notion that this is voter suppression is ludicrous.  IDs are free to people who can’t afford them.  Even if not, they aren’t very expensive.  If most of these people can afford a better smart phone than I have, then they can afford an ID.  

The blatant refusal of the mainstream media to cover stories favorable to conservative issues and candidates is not merely conspiracy theorist lore.  It is a known fact.  As the Observer Politics” opinion article headline reads: “No Consequences from Media Peers for Reporters Caught Colluding with Hillary“   How about that?  

I could go on and on with examples.  And I don’t seem to be wearing my tin-foil hat right now, so maybe there is something to this?  All of the things I mentioned above smack of a process that is indeed rigged to favor the liberal agenda.

Gee – the Democrats sure didn’t mince words when they claimed that the 2000 election was rigged.  Hypocrisy much?

No, no, liberals, your continuous mocking and slandering of conservatives doesn’t wash here.  Perhaps you need to try a new laundromat.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Trump/Pence 2016

Well, it's official. The candidate I would have preferred for President didn't win the Republican nomination, and our options for a Ted Cruz nomination have been exhausted. So now what?  As for me, I will support the current nominee, Donald J. Trump, with an eye on moving Ted Cruz forward to a 2020 candidacy if the Trump presidency doesn’t meet our expectations.

Allowing Hillary Clinton to win the Presidency is just not an option I am willing to accept. The thought of a Clinton presidency is too horrible to even contemplate, in my opinion. This country's survival is bigger than my own personal preferences.  While I think we could have done better with our nominee selection, I also believe that a Trump presidency will at least slow down the current tide of bad policy decisions and stem the rapid move towards socialism.

There has been a lot of pushback against Trump because of past decisions that he has made.  That is why I supported Cruz – because of his consistency.  But unfortunately, Cruz didn’t win the nomination.  If you recall history, even Ronald Reagan was an admirer of the Communist Party at one time, but he changed and became one of the greatest conservative Presidents this country has ever known. My hope is that Trump has also genuinely changed, and that his heart now beats as a true conservative.  Only time will tell.

Fellow Cruz Supporters:  Instead of letting our own selfish pride get in the way because our preferred candidate didn’t win, why don't we just pray for the Lord to shape Donald Trump's heart so that he will do the right thing for America?  Let’s move forward and back up our duly elected nominee to defeat Clinton in this election.  Opting for a third party candidate with only 100 or so days before the election would be a disaster.  We tried that here in Colorado with a Governor’s race six years ago, and ended up decisively handing over the Governor’s Mansion to one of the most progressive liberals that Colorado has ever seen.

We have a Supreme Court to worry about. The next President will likely replace three, possibly four of the currently serving justices.  A great deal of our rights and liberty hang in the balance. These Supreme Court Justice appointments will make decisions that affect generations to come.  We have Congressional and State elections that we should focus our energy on as well. We need to keep the House and Senate, regardless of who is elected as President.

So now, I guess maybe I'm trying to rationalize my decision here, but let’s look at this from a position of "trust" and "accountability." In my humble opinion, Hillary Clinton is, bar none the most corrupt and unethical presidential candidate this country has ever had.  At least with a Trump/Pence administration, we know that we can hold them accountable much more easily than we could a Hillary Clinton/”VP X” administration.  I firmly believe that Hillary Clinton does not have this country’s best interests at heart.  All of her efforts thus far have been aimed at obfuscating facts, and building a machine for keeping a progressive ideology in power forever.

Donald Trump is egotistical, a bit selfish, and somewhat narcissistic to be sure. But, I believe that he does not intend to harm our country and our liberties.  He is a wild and crazy capitalist, with sharp business skills, so at least we know his policies will help get America’s economy back on track.  I believe Mike Pence is an honest individual who would have the country's best interest at heart. By maintaining a strong House and even stronger Senate, I really believe that we can further put enough pressure on them to use their power to make Trump and Pence do the right thing. I do not think that either of these men hold malice towards the United States of America.  Hillary Clinton, not so much.

Hillary Clinton does not care what we think of her, nor does she care if we try to hold her accountable. She will laugh at the House and Senate, and certainly at us as she damages our country even more than the current president has. She will install Supreme Court Justices and cabinet members that will do her bidding. Freedom and liberty will breathe their last under a Hillary Clinton administration. I believe with all my heart that Hillary Clinton hates our freedom, our way of life, and lusts for power and control over the American People to an extent never before witnessed in this country. She has been corrupt and power-hungry all her life. She knows no other way.  She is, after all, a long-time fervent follower of the writings of Saul Alynski, Margaret Sanger, and Cloward/Piven.  All radicals, and none of whom cherished American ideals.

So why am I now supporting a Donald Trump and Mike Pence ticket?
**  Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glenn Doherty, the four men who died in Benghazi

**  CIA GRS operators “Tanto,” “Oz,” “Tig,” “Boon,” and the others who survived Benghazi, and saved Americans at the CIA complex, but at a terrible price.
**  Patricia Smith, the mother of Benghazi casualty Sean Smith. 

**  Charles Woods, father of Tyrone Woods, the former US Navy SEAL who died trying to save Americans in Benghazi. 

**  Anyone with a security clearance who plays by the rules daily and is held sternly accountable for their actions if they screw up with our national secrets.

**  All US Veterans, who will be further ignored and abandoned by a Clinton administration.

**  Our men and women of law enforcement, who will most certainly be kicked to the curb by a continued progressive presence in the White House.

**  The U.S. Constitution and the rule of law, both of which are currently on life support. 

**  Our Constitutional Rights – among them the Second Amendment and our freedom OF religion being most important to me.

**  The millions of men and women who have given up looking for work because of failed progressive economic policies.

**  Our friend and staunchest ally in the Middle East, Israel, who has suffered at the hands of failed foreign policy.

**  The many victims of ISIS and radical Islam, both here and abroad, who have also suffered at the hands of failed foreign policy.

**  Kate Steinle, murdered by a several time deported and several time convicted illegal alien felon, and the others like her, who have died and suffered at the hands of sanctuary cities and failed border policies.

These and many more are reasons why I cannot take a chance of allowing Hillary Clinton to get into office.  But the main reason: Character matters!  I believe that Trump and Pence have at least a modicum of character.  Hillary Clinton, not so much.

Please pray for our nation.  We are in troubling times.  I love my country, but I truly fear for her.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

What We Can Do for Them.

Greta Van Susteren's "Off The Record" this evening (7/17/16) was spot on. She asked the question (I paraphrase): For these men and women of law enforcement who go out every day to protect us, what are WE doing to protect them? 

Well I'll tell ya what we should be doing - First and foremost, we should be keeping these men and women of law enforcement, in fact all of our emergency responders, in our thoughts and prayers daily.  But here are some specific and tangible things we can do to support them:

1) You fellow sheepdogs out there - keep an eye on them, watch their backs, and if they get into trouble be willing to step in and help.  But be darn sure you know what you're doing and be SAFE! Don't compound an already bad situation.

2)  Keep your first aid and medical skills up to speed. Carry first aid kits and tourniquets with you as part of your every day carry. Again - be darn sure you know what you're doing and be SAFE! Don't compound an already bad situation.

3) Everyone else: Keep your phones handy and be ready to report suspicious activities. If you see a cop getting into trouble, call 911 right away and look for people who can help.  You don't know how long it might take an officer to call in for help.  Your call to 911 might just mean all the difference to the life or safety of that officer. Even if you can't offer armed or physical response, you too can keep your first aid skills up to speed and be willing to render aid when it's SAFE for you to do so. 

4) If you see something or witness an incident, be a good witness and be willing to step up and provide as much information to help an investigation as possible. don't fabricate. Be accurate. Use your phone and cameras for something else besides looking for Pokemons.

5) When you see a story on the news or hear a pundit give an opinion, be willing to give the cops the benefit of the doubt.  They deserve the same presumption of innocence until proven guilty that we all expect in all matters.  This includes police involved shootings, altercations, citizen complaints, etc.  Wait until you have the facts before you broadcast misleading information on social media.

6) Write letters to the editor and let these folks know publicly that they and their chosen profession are appreciated and respected.  Likewise, use social media to Tweet or give a public status update to show your support.

7)  Write a note or email to your local police department or Sheriff's Office.  Let them know that they are appreciated and respected, and that we have their backs.

8)  Attend a "Citizen's Academy" through your local police department or Sheriff's Office to find out exactly what our law enforcement people do for us every day.

9)  Elect politicians at the local, state, and federal level who support the US Constitution, support the rule of law, and support providing law enforcement with the tools they need to get the job done.

Law enforcement and community protection are no longer matters where we let "someone else" do it, and take no responsibility as citizens. It's a different environment altogether now. We rely on the men and women of law enforcement, but they rely on us to be good citizens.  Unfortunately, most of their interaction isn't with the good citizens of our communities.  It is with the criminal element.  A criminal element that has no regard for human life, laws, or any of the other things that we hold valuable as decent human beings.

Stand up.  Support our men and women of law enforcement.  We can indeed do a few simple things to help.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Terrorism and Violent Attacks: What YOU Can Do!

In my “other life” outside of my job as a cyber-security operations supervisor, I am involved in a number of activities that revolve around community emergency response, institutional safety, and preparing for such things as what happened in Orlando and other previous attacks in places of worship.  Having previously performed physical (armed) security duties at my church and in the military, I still keep in touch with security efforts, and still attend constant training in this area.  My background in this area comes from being a firearms instructor, a member of the Fort Collins Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and The Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (The CELL) in Denver, as well as serving as an emergency communications HAM radio operator.
 Recently, I had the privilege of attending an Institutional Safety Conference (often referred to as a “Sheepdog Seminar”) presented by LtCol Dave Grossman, Carl Chinn (one of the responders at the December 2007 New Life Church shooting), Jimmy Meeks, and Northern Colorado’s own former Navy SEAL Mark Hotaling.  Less than a day after that seminar, we all learned that the Orlando massacre happened.  Little did I know that LtCol Grossman's words would turn out to be extremely prophetic.  In that seminar, Grossman, Meeks, Chinn, and Hotaling all told us that horrible attacks like this one would begin in America on a larger scale, and very soon.  Grossman took us through the Beslan Massacre as an example of what kinds of terrorist attacks could happen here.  In fact many in the extremist circles have stated that the Beslan Massacre was their dress rehearsal for what they had planned for America.

I need to be very blunt here:  As was stated several times in the presentation, and as I firmly believe, many people are still in denial and have their heads in the sand on the issues of violence and terrorism in America.  September 11, 2001 woke us up to the fact that terrorism on a large scale can happen in America.  But then, we went back to sleep.  We have been living the “it can’t happen here” lie for quite a while now.  This has only been worsened by the endless bombardment of political correctness in our society.  Well you know what?  It’s high time we start calling these threats for what they are, face them head on, and declare that we as Americans will not put up with the tactics of fear and terrorism in our land.
Protecting my family, friends, community, and co-workers is a responsibility that I don't take lightly.  LtCol Grossman was emphatic in his belief that more attacks would happen soon.  No sooner does he say that, and then one happens less than 24 hours after making his remarks.  I firmly believe in being prepared, and will accept nothing less from my fellow citizens.  By all of us being prepared, we send a strong message to the bad guys, and present a formidable deterrence against their actions.

So here are some things that YOU can do, and will hopefully find helpful in your own preparations:

  • Attend a “Sheepdog Seminar.”  This is some of the best information you will ever receive on this topic of preparing for, and responding to, violent attacks.  If you can’t attend, they offer the seminars on DVD. 
  • Meet with your family, neighbors, and friends.  Form a group.   Discuss preparedness, neighborhood watch activities and crime prevention strategies.  Your local law enforcement will have some great resources for you to use.
  • The Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (The CELL) in Denver – has some great information on recognizing the signs of terrorism.  See if your community offers a similar program.
  • Attend a law enforcement Citizen’s Academy or similar program in your area.  Not only do these sessions give you great insights into the inner workings of law enforcement, but they can give you some great information on community specific threats and disaster preparedness initiatives.
  • Attend training presentations in your local community on general emergency and disaster planning.  Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is a great place to start.  You can take online CERT training at the FEMA Independent Study Institute here:
  • As part of the “See Something, Say Something” program, you can install the “SeeSend” app on your smart phones to help facilitate video, pictures, and alerts to the appropriate authorities. Here, for example, anything we send goes to our Fusion Center (Colorado Information Analysis Center – CIAC) in Denver.  I’m sure you have something similar where you live.
  • Other SmartPhone apps that you may find useful for receiving emergency notifications from emergency response organizations, family, neighborhood watch groups, etc:
  • CodeRed
  • Emergency Alert
  • FEMA Mobile App
  • ICE Blackbox
  • NOAA Weather International
  • PulsePoint
  • PulsePoint AED
  • Silent Beacon Emergency Alert

Oh, and by the way:  This is NOT a gun control issue.  I do not want to hear the argument that “if the Orlando killer didn’t have an AR-15, he wouldn’t have been able to do this!”  Bull!  The semi-automatic rifle did not kill all those people.  A dark and evil heart killed all those people.  The rifle was a tool.  He wanted to kill people.  He would have found a way.  Most killers do!

I’m not trying to insult you, frighten you, or be overly dramatic.  I just care about my loved ones, community, and co-workers, and I need you all with me on this.  We “Sheepdogs” are the new “Civil Defense” in a dangerous new era.  I just want everyone to be prepared, be aware of their surroundings, and be able to WIN in an emergency situation rather than become a victim.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Views From a 2016 Colorado State GOP Assembly Delegate

Excuse my candor in this matter, but I am sick and tired of all the whining about how the Colorado state assembly was “rigged” just because all (or most) of the national delegates voted in at the Colorado State Assembly were Cruz bound delegates. I have seen memes accusing us of being everything from communists to political elites, to being bought and paid for. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I sure don’t feel like one of the political elite. And if I was paid, can I assume, then, that the check is in the mail?!

Now then, I won’t presume to speak for the 3,900+ other state assembly delegates and who were there, but here is how it went down in my little corner of Colorado:

When my spouse and I attended our precinct caucus, we met with our neighbors, and we discussed the issues and candidates. In those discussions, our neighbors in our precinct stated overwhelmingly that they wanted Cruz for President. Before the delegates were selected, we stated our views on the candidates, and stated emphatically that we wanted Ted Cruz as our President. With that information on the table, my precinct selected me to be one of their two state assembly delegates.

By my voting for Cruz bound delegates to be sent to the GOP National Convention, it sure sounds to me like I voted the wishes of my neighbors in my precinct. I was not contacted by any party officials who tried to threaten me, coerce me, or influence my vote in any way. The wishes of my neighbors, and my informed diligent research were my only influences in this process.
People outside our state – Please do your homework. That's all we ask. We in Colorado are doing the best we can to work within the rules that are in place. And we are tired of being called communists, party slaves, and being treated like bastard children by people who don't live in this state (or even in this state, but don’t participate in the process) and don't know the whole story.

Being a delegate is hard work. We gave up our lives for a time to research issues and candidates, and drive many miles to participate in these assemblies so that we can represent our neighbors. I drove from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs and back two days in a row because I was also an alternate delegate to the Congressional District assembly. This also cost me a day of my personal vacation time from work to do this.
At our state assembly, not only were we voting for the delegates who would go to the national convention on our behalf, but we also had to research 14 or so candidates for US Senate, a candidate for CU Regent, our National GOP Committeeman, and our National GOP Committeewoman. Plus, we voted on several party resolutions. I spent many hours late at night and early in the morning before work doing all this research. I combed through hundreds of emails from candidates and surrogates to become informed on who I was voting for. My 3,900+ fellow state assembly delegates and alternates most likely did the same.

We are just normal people. We are neighbors. We have jobs. Many have families. Many go to church. Some are stay-at-home moms. Some are single parents. And the one thing we all have in common is that we love our state and our country enough to take on this responsibility to try to make a difference. In fact the number of hands that went up when asked who was a first time delegate was astounding! This tells me that people new to this process are getting involved and being responsible citizens. And we don’t have time to try to become the party elite to exercise an iron fist over our other fellow delegates.

Is our system perfect? No. But it's what we have, so we work within it the best that we can. If the people of Colorado want it changed, all they have to do is get off of the sofa to participate and show up at the caucuses to introduce party resolutions to change it.

We The People of Colorado, who are engaged in our political processes as responsible citizens, are not the enemy. Please quit treating us like we are. We love our country, but we fear for her, and just want to make a difference.