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.

#BLUELIVESMATTER #ALLLIVESMATTER, #DALLAS, #BATONROUGE

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. http://www.sheepdogsafetytraining.com/ 
  • 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. http://www.thecell.org/cap/
  • 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:  http://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-317
  • 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.
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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.

Friday, November 06, 2015

Designed To Kill As Many People As Possible?!

This NRA-ILA article speaks to the rabid and incredible misunderstanding (and fear) possessed by the left of firearms. It also speaks to their complete lack of knowledge about firearms and their refusal to understand firearms usage facts, which leads to their inability make sound decisions when it comes to the legislation of firearms.

In the article, the lawmakers of Wisconsin say they want to ban so-called "assault weapons" and most other types of firearms because they are “designed to kill large numbers of people quickly.”

 In fact, it appears they are taking a shotgun approach (pun intended) to just ban any and all firearms they can think of. I am not sure they even know enough about firearms to know what kinds of guns can perform what actions, to be honest.

Hmmm.... well what d'ya know? I looked through all of the owner's manuals for all of my firearms, and in NOT ONE of these documents does it say that the firearm was designed for the explicit purpose of killing large numbers of people quickly.

A firearm has one, and only ONE purpose: To allow an operator to pull a trigger that actuates a firing pin that activates an ammunition cartridge and sends a projectile out of the barrel towards an intended target. THAT'S IT! That intended target may be a piece of paper, game being hunted, a home invader, or an invading enemy.


https://www.nraila.org/articles/20151106/dem-gun-ban-would-require-confiscation-ban-most-pistols



Killing large numbers of people is the intent of the heart of the operator of the firearm. The state of the heart may be that of a deranged and criminal mind who wants to kill as many innocent people as possible. Or the state of the heart may be a law abiding and decent citizen who wants nothing more than to protect loved ones and other innocents from a home invader or active shooter. Perhaps it's the heart of a hunter who wants to put food on the table. Or even just the heart of a sportsman who is competing in a shooting match.

The firearm itself does not have the ability to make these decisions, nor was it designed explicitly for any of these purposes.

Now I will tell you also what the 2nd Amendment was designed to do: It was designed to protect the individual RIGHT to own firearms for the purpose of protecting them from tyrannical governments and invading armies. And if it ever came to this, a firearm of the same type and action of those possessed by the invading entities was the idea of the framers when they wrote this amendment. In other words - possessing military style weapons was the intent of the framers, and is the RIGHT of individuals.

I'm not sure we're dealing with people of stellar intellect in these attempts to ban guns based solely on their perception (not knowledge) of the firearm's appearance, use, or purpose. The only thing I see in play here are people who act based on "feelings" (not knowledge) and the need to show others that they "are doing something."

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Gun Confiscation - How To Make It a Reality

Recently, an article by Michelle Jesse discussed Sheriff David Clarke's insights on how gun confiscation could become a reality. The short story is (and as was mentioned in the article) that the powers that be need to "condition" the American people to get support for candidates who will further the most ardent gun control agenda. What does this "conditioning" consist of? Hint:  Notice the rise in reports of shootings lately? This isn't coincidence.  This is part of the plan.

It's as I predicted months ago. The more shootings the liberal agenda complicit media can report, the more the gun control politicians can convince low information voters that guns are evil. And if there aren't enough shootings to report, they can just as easily manufacture them. Why do you suppose there are so many alliances between the left and groups like Black Lives Matter? The more anger they can stir up, the more violence they can create.   The more divisiveness they can cause, the more likely they are to cause unrest between factions in the community.  You do remember Hillary Clinton saying that Republicans and the NRA are her enemy, right?

Sheriff Clarke (Michelle Jesse) Article:  http://tinyurl.com/pt76jzh

Add to that a report today of efforts in Ohio to get more college students registered to vote... to get support for a pro Marijuana ballot measure.

"Oh, while you're at it, can you vote for these particular candidates? They support your marijuana and free stuff causes (and gun control)."

These types of efforts are being stepped up all over. And the low information voters will have no clue what they are voting for. As long as they get their dope and free stuff, they'll be snug as kittens.   Don't believe people are that stupid?  Then watch a segment or two of "Water's World" on O'Reilly's show, or catch a YouTube video of Mark Dice.  It's astounding how unbelievably ignorant many people are.  And what's even more frightening is that these same stupid people are roaming our college campuses.  But I digress.

The Republic is in trouble. Our liberty is about to breath its last unless we do something quickly. Please prepare and be ready.  Educate your family, friends, and neighbors.  Be a prepper.  Join a group of like minded people you can trust.  Because if we don't get this turned around, I fear civil war isn't far off.   And civil war is exactly what the "powers that be" are counting on to make their transformation of our country complete.

In freedom.