Terrorism should be defeated with love...and superior firepower...- Terry Ingle
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." --Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

"Socialism is precisely the religion that must overwhelm Christianity. … In the new order, Socialism will triumph by first capturing the culture via infiltration of schools, universities, churches and the media by transforming the consciousness of society." Antonio Gramsci - Marxist - teacher of Saul Alinsky

29 December, 2008

Now THIS is good!!!


This is an excerpt from Lee Iacocca's book that I simply MUST pass along. It's just too good...Where was he when we needed a decent candidate this year????

Read on...

Remember Lee Iacocca, the man who rescued Chrysler Corporation from its death throes? He's now 82 years old and has a new book, 'Where Have All The Leaders Gone?'.
Lee Iacocca Says:
'Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder! We've got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, 'Stay the course.'
Stay the course? You've got to be kidding. This is America , not the damned, 'Titanic'. I'll give you a sound bite: 'Throw all the bums out!'
You might think I'm getting senile, that I've gone off my rocker, and maybe I have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country anymore.
The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in handcuffs. While we're fiddling in Iraq , the Middle East is burning and nobody seems to know what to do. And the press is waving 'pom-poms' instead of asking hard questions. That's not the promise of the ' America ' my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for. I've had enough. How about you?
I'll go a step further. You can't call yourself a patriot if you're not outraged. This is a fight I'm ready and willing to have. The Biggest 'C' is Crisis! (Iacocca elaborates on nine C's of leadership, with crisis being the first.)
Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of crisis. It's easy to sit there with your feet up on the desk and talk theory. Or send someone else's kids off to war when you've never seen a battlefield yourself. It's another thing to lead when your world comes tumbling down.
On September 11, 2001, we needed a strong leader more than any other time in our history. We needed a steady hand to guide us out of the ashes. A hell of a mess, so here's where we stand.
We're immersed in a bloody war with no plan for winning and no plan for leaving.
We're running the biggest deficit in the history of the country.
We're losing the manufacturing edge to Asia , while our once-great companies are getting slaughtered by health care costs. (Terry's note: And union negotiators)
Gas prices are skyrocketing, and nobody in power has a coherent energy policy. Our schools are in trouble.
Our borders are like sieves.
The middle class is being squeezed every which way.
These are times that cry out for leadership.
But when you look around, you've got to ask: 'Where have all the leaders gone?' Where are the curious, creative communicators? Where are the people of character, courage, conviction, omnipotence, and common sense? I may be a sucker for alliteration, but I think you get the point.
Name me a leader who has a better idea for homeland security than making us take off our shoes in airports and throw away our shampoo? (How about Ted Nugent?)
We've spent billions of dollars building a huge new bureaucracy, and all we know how to do is react to things that have already happened.
Name me one leader who emerged from the crisis of Hurricane Katrina. Congress has yet to spend a single day evaluating the response to the hurricane or demanding accountability for the decisions that were made in the crucial hours after the storm.
Everyone's hunkering down, fingers crossed, hoping it doesn't happen again. Now, that's just crazy. Storms happen. Deal with it. Make a plan. Figure out what you're going to do the next time.
Name me an industry leader who is thinking creatively about how we can restore our competitive edge in manufacturing. Who would have believed that there could ever be a time when 'The Big Three' referred to Japanese car companies? How did this happen, (Can you say UAW?) and more important, what are we going to do about it?
Name me a government leader who can articulate a plan for paying down the debit, or solving the energy crisis, or managing the health care problem. The silence is deafening. But these are the crises that are eating away at our country and milking the middle class dry.
I have news for the gang in Congress. We didn't elect you to sit on your asses and do nothing and remain silent while our democracy is being hijacked and our greatness is being replaced with mediocrity. What is everybody so afraid of? That some bonehead on Fox News will call them a name? Give me a break. Why don't you guys show some spine for a change? (They can't show what they don't have)
Had Enough? Hey, I'm not trying to be the voice of gloom and doom here. I'm trying to light a fire. I'm speaking out because I have hope - I believe in America . In my lifetime, I've had the privilege of living through some of America 's greatest moments. I've also experienced some of our worst crises: The 'Great Depression,' 'World War II,' the 'Korean War,' the 'Kennedy Assassination,' the 'Vietnam War,' the 1970's oil crisis, and the struggles of recent years culminating with 9/11.
If I've learned one thing, it's this: 'You don't get anywhere by standing on the sidelines waiting for somebody else to take action. Whether it's building a better car or building a better future for our children, we all have a role to play. That's the challenge I'm raising in this book. It's a "Call to Action" for people who, like me, believe in America '. It's not too late, but it's getting pretty close. So let's shake off the crap and go to work. Let's tell 'em all we've had 'enough.' (And quit voting them back in time after time!!!)

27 December, 2008

Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs


In the last blog, I referred to Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs. Some of you will know what I'm talking about, but if you don't, it is from an essay by LTC (retired) Dave Grossman. It is a bit lengthy but good reading none the less.

http://www.killology.com/sheep_dog.htm

23 December, 2008

Just thinking out loud...


It's been very interesting to speak to the customers who have come into the gun store these past weeks. Contrary to what anyone who knows me may think, I've been doing a lot of listening. The firearms have been flying off of the shelves in record numbers and I hear things like, " I've never owned a gun before, but I just have the feeling I should get one now," and, "After the way this election turned out, I just don't trust the government anymore," and, "At the rate we are loosing our freedoms, this is one I refuse to give up."

Now don't get me wrong, I firmly believe that an armed populous are citizens and unarmed people are subjects, but no matter how well we are armed and no matter what our resolve, our ultimate trust and dependence needs to be in our Lord.
I have encouraged every new gun owner to get signed up for training classes so that they can learn how to be knowledgeable and safe with this new responsibility they are taking on. There are few things that I can think of that would be more dangerous than a bunch of Sheep shooting at every shadow. Well...maybe one thing, Wolves that prey on Sheep who refuse to do nothing, and Sheepdogs who allow it.

09 December, 2008

Don't they look sad??


As much as I do like the changing of the seasons, the thing I DON'T like about it is having to put the bike away for the winter. There is a saying among bikers that goes, "You never see a Harley parked in front of a psychiatrist's office." Actually, you probably do sometimes, but you get the point. There is nothing like a ride to ease the stress of life and put the 'fun' in 'dysfunctional'. Anyway, I need to do some maintenance this winter, like changing the fluids and putting on new brakes and front tire, so at least we'll get some quality time together.


The yellow and black beauty on the left is a Honda 929 that belongs to my son and he is battling withdrawal as well.


3 1/2 months til April!!!!


07 December, 2008

One awesome guy...


I would like to introduce you to one of my heroes.

His name is John Miller, and he is not only my father-in-law, but he is also one of my best friends. What makes him so special? Well... it's a very long list, but here are some of the highlights in no particular order:


1 He is one of the most down-to-earth people I know. There is not a pretentious bone in his body.
2 He loves Jesus.
3 He has half ownership in raising my incredible wife.
4 He has yet to meet a stranger. He can strike up a conversation with anyone at any time and they will instantly think he is the greatest person they have ever met.
5 He IS the greatest person they have ever met.
6 He loves his mother. (but who wouldn't, she is such a doll)
7 He is head-over-heals in love with his wife of 50 years. (she's a doll too)
8 His love for me is without any conditions or stipulations. He has believed in me many times when I didn't believe in myself, and forgiven me when I couldn't forgive myself.
9 He brings so very much joy to people when he plays his guitar and sings.
10 When he determines to do something, he does it. (like learning to play the guitar)
11 He is optimistic and sees the glass half full.
12 He has a gentle spirit.
13 He has been an example to me of how a gentle spirit will take you far in relations with other people.
14 His work ethic is second to none. During his years at UPS he received many awards, and even in retirement, he is happiest when he is busy, either tending his immaculate yard or helping anyone who needs a hand.
15 Even though at this moment his body is wracked with cancer, he has been an example to all of us of unswerving faith, incredible attitude, and courage.
There are plenty more, but this will suffice for now.
Let me get back to number 8 for just a minute. In the 30+ years that I have been with his daughter, I cannot count the times that he has told me how grateful he is to have me for a son. Notice that didn't add the in-law. He and Wanda have always made me feel like their own, and have loved me as such. Even when I have disappointed them and let them down, their love for me has always been unswerving.
He gets tired easily these days. The cancer and the chemo have taken their toll on his body, and yet, even though he has some bad days and he fights discouragement on occasion, he is still an inspiration to me of a positive attitude and a love for Jesus that will live in my heart for the rest of my days.
That's Hans Muller, my hero...

03 December, 2008

Changing....


"We fear change"


Garth Algar,

Philosopher, drummer



As much as I hate to admit it, I am a creature of habit. For the past 13 or so years, my daily routine has been pretty much the same. Get up the same time every morning, shower, drink coffee, drive the same route to work, spend the day listening to people complain about broken motor homes, drive the same route back home.

Last spring everything changed. Nothing is as it was. Employed, unemployed, employed again, unemployed again, employed yet again, employed part-time. Then Sherry lost her job in October and will be employed again shortly. On top of all this, both of my incredible in laws have fought with cancer. We have lost thousands of dollars that we were putting away for retirement, the election debacle, and on and on.

As I sat in our mid-week service tonight it sort of overwhelmed me for some reason. Maybe it's because I'm not in control, or maybe I've lost confidence in the system, or maybe there has been so much to learn that I can't keep it all straight sometimes. In our service tonight, it was very, very quiet. I needed that. I just felt God as He was settling me down and reminding me that I don't need to be in control. He has it covered.
I'm in good hands...His.

27 November, 2008

I've been thinking...

What is the time frame for people to 'get it?'

This is a question I have been asking myself for quite a while.
As a church, it is important that we make sure that people know they matter to God (another catch phrase that seems to be popular lately). I never want to diminish the importance of this concept by any means. Many people don't fully understand that that they matter to ANYBODY let alone God.

Ok, once we have that established then what? Well, we need to make sure they are taking their next steps in the right direction. What is that direction? Toward Christ, of course. So far, so good... How do we get closer to Christ? By getting to know him better, ie: studying the Word for one thing.

We all know that the Bible can be spun in many different directions, this is obvious, due to the number of different denominations that we have. So this leads us to the importance of confronting sin for what it is; a detriment to our spiritual growth, and a constant inroad for satan's influence in our (mine included) lives. So if confronting sin is vital to spiritual growth, (and it is) why, as a church are we so timid when it comes to speaking out about it???

I have asked this question to a few of my friends who are leaders in the emergent church and I get different versions of the same answer almost every time. In essence they say is that we should be patient with those who don't 'get it' yet. I can track with that as well...to a point... you definitely don't want to give them a drink with a fire hose while they are still trying to take their first sips. I do have a couple of questions though:
First, if we don't confront specific sin, how will they know what it is?

Let me give you a couple of specific examples:
One that comes to mind is abortion. This seems to be a hot button that the emergent church doesn't want to deal with. When I have asked church leaders why, I get a variety of reasons, including, "We don't want to offend those that have gone through it." My response to that is, "WHAT????" We are missing a golden opportunity to present God's grace to those that have repented and can't yet forgive themselves, and opportunity for conviction to those that have not repented and see nothing wrong with it. "But what if they get offended and leave?" This isn't an issue, due to the number of times I have heard from our own platform, "If you don't like what we are doing here, you need to find another place you can support".
When Jesus confronted the woman at the well, he was not shy in pointing out the fact that she was living a sinful lifestyle and he told her that point blank. The fact is, that He did it in such a way as to show Her his love, yet without mincing words. I have only heard it mentioned a couple of times from our platform, and then only fleetingly.

Another that comes to mind is homosexuality. This seems to be such a hot button, that very few emergent churches want to even say the word, let alone discuss it. In my opinion, it is because the gay rights movement has done such a good job marketing themselves that they are able to successfully label anyone who speaks out against them as bigoted and intolerant. They have lumped their detractors into the same category as racists, and who wants to be accused of that?
Everybody knows that being racist is totally against what we as Christians stand for. As I see it, we are allowing them to define us instead of getting our definition of who we are from God's Word.

My other question is; If we don't confront specific sin, how much time do they get to "get it" by osmosis? None of us are guaranteed tomorrow. We speak a lot about God's grace and I for one would not be here without it, but the fact of the matter is that we will not receive it unless we ask for it, and we won't know to ask for it until we realize that we need it.
Some other ones we seem to avoid that come to mind are, living together outside of marriage, taking God's name in vain, eternal consequences of sin (Hell), eternal reward of Salvation (Heaven), to name a few.
I'm told that if we just continue to show them Christ, they will eventually 'get it'. But my question is, how will they know unless they have heard. We can't always form deep relationships with everyone in hope that we can eventually disciple them into spiritual maturity. When the rich young ruler came to Jesus in the middle of the night, Jesus didn't say "hey wait a minute, let's go get some coffee and form a relationship before I hit you with what it will take to follow me." He told him right then and there. His message was rejected and He let him walk away. I'm sure that not only did the young man have a heavy heart, but Jesus did too, yet he still let him walk.

I am convinced that the reason that we don't confront sin more than we do, is because we don't want to confront...period. We are more concerned with turning people off than speaking the truth IN LOVE. Jesus confronted in anger, in frustration, and even resorted to name-calling on occasion, but he still loved them enough to confront.

It is our job to confront, it is the Holy Spirit's job to convict.

23 November, 2008

They ARE crazy!!!


THIS JUST IN!!!!!!


© 2008 World Net Daily

WASHINGTON - Just when liberals thought it was safe to start identifying themselves as such, an acclaimed, veteran psychiatrist is making the case that the ideology motivating them is actually a mental disorder.
"Based on strikingly irrational beliefs and emotions, modern liberals relentlessly undermine the most important principles on which our freedoms were founded," says Dr. Lyle Rossiter, author of the new book, "The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness." "Like spoiled, angry children, they rebel against the normal responsibilities of adulthood and demand that a parental government meet their needs from cradle to grave."
While political activists on the other side of the spectrum have made similar observations, Rossiter boasts professional credentials and a life virtually free of activism and links to "the vast right-wing conspiracy."
For more than 35 years he has diagnosed and treated more than 1,500 patients as a board-certified clinical psychiatrist and examined more than 2,700 civil and criminal cases as a board-certified forensic psychiatrist. He received his medical and psychiatric training at the University of Chicago .
Rossiter says the kind of liberalism being displayed by the two major candidates for the Democratic Party presidential nomination can only be understood as a psychological disorder.
"A social scientist who understands human nature will not dismiss the vital roles of free choice, voluntary cooperation and moral integrity - as liberals do," he says. "A political leader who understands human nature will not ignore individual differences in talent, drive, personal appeal and work ethic, and then try to impose economic and social equality on the population - as liberals do. And a legislator who understands human nature will not create an environment of rules which over-regulates and over-taxes the nation's citizens, corrupts their character and reduces them to wards of the state - as liberals do."
Dr. Rossiter says the liberal agenda preys on weakness and feelings of inferiority in the population by:

creating and reinforcing perceptions of victimization;

satisfying infantile claims to entitlement, indulgence and compensation;

augmenting primitive feelings of envy;

rejecting the sovereignty of the individual, subordinating him to the will of the government.

"The roots of liberalism - and its associated madness - can be clearly identified by understanding how children develop from infancy to adulthood and how distorted development produces the irrational beliefs of the liberal mind," he says. "When the modern liberal mind whines about imaginary victims, rages against imaginary villains and seeks above all else to run the lives of persons competent to run their own lives, the neurosis of the liberal mind becomes painfully obvious."

A Little Gun History Lesson


I wish I knew who wrote this so I could give them credit for it. The facts are indeed true. We are 2 seats away from a filibuster-proof Congress where the Libs can ram-rod through any legislation they please at will. It's no secret that they have wanted our guns for years and will stop at nothing to get them. Read on:

In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million 'educated' people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.

It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced by new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by their own government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars. The first year results are now in: Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2 percent Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6 percent Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)! In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent. Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not, and criminals still possess their guns!

It will never happen here? I bet the Aussies said that too! While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the past 12 months, since criminals now are guaranteed that their prey is unarmed. There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the ELDERLY. Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in successfully ridding Australian society of guns. The Australian experience and the other historical facts above prove it. You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information. Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens. Take note my fellow Americans, before it's too late! The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind him of this history lesson.

During W.W.II the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED! Note: Admiral Yamamoto who crafted the attack on Pearl Harbor had attended Harvard U 1919-1921 & was Naval Attaché to the U. S. 1925-28. Most of our Navy was destroyed at Pearl Harbor & our Army had been deprived of funding & was ill prepared to defend the country.It was reported that when asked why Japan did not follow up the Pearl Harbor attack with an invasion of the U. S. Mainland, his reply was that he had lived in the U. S. & knew that almost all households had guns.

Always remember:
With guns we are citizens, without them we are subjects...

21 November, 2008

Thank you Lord....


Wow! Another Thanksgiving season is here already. Didn't we just have one of these a year ago? God has blessed us so much this year that it would be difficult to even make an all inclusive list. This has been a wild ride this year fraught with unexpected twists and turns. A lot of decision making has happened and while there were some good ones and some not-so-good ones, I have to believe that everything that has happened was still in God's perfect plan for my life.

I have to say though that above all else, I am so thankful for my wonderful wife. She is my best friend and has really been with me for better or for worse. I feel sorry for any guy who doesn't have a woman like mine. I'm also thankful for the many friends he has given me. I couldn't do life without them, nor would I want to. I have an amazing family and an even more amazing God. How can he just keep loving me even though I stray so much??

Thank you God for holding me close, picking me up when I stumble, and guiding my steps as I journey through this thing called life.

18 November, 2008

Bringing what where?

Last Sunday morning I was having breakfast with a brother in Christ. We were talking about our church and saying how much we really love to belong to such a wonderful gathering of believers. As we were talking, we mentioned one of the 'buzz words' (or should I say phrase) that our people use is "bringing up there down here." It was interesting that we were both on the same page when we discovered that we both found it a bit too cliche' if not even somewhat annoying.

I understand the premise of wanting to display God's love down here on earth to show the world so that they can see it too, but it seems that we are only taking it half way. Shouldn't our goal as followers of Christ be to "bring up there down here so that we can bring down here up there?" While it is important that the lost see Jesus displayed in us, it should be so that they will ultimately be able to spend eternity with Him in heaven.

We noticed that our church doesn't spend a lot of time talking about either heaven or hell. We had a message about hell a couple of weeks ago, and it was mostly about how people go through hell here on earth instead of hell being an actual geographic location that was meant to be the last stop for Satan and all those who reject Christ. No matter how bad our lives may be on this earth, it is no match for a lake of fire, eternal darkness, and separation from God forever.

Heaven isn't talked about much either as a final reward for those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior. It is mentioned as the place where God lives, but beyond that, it isn't talked about much.

Please don't think that I am trying to just be critical for the sake of argument. I love my church and it's leaders, but this is serious stuff that really needs to be given serious thought. After all, why are we here in the first place?

14 November, 2008

Enough said....


THIS is a job?

My first day on the job at Midwest G E was really fun. I couldn't believe that someone was actually paying me to stand there and talk about firearms with someone else. I was able to help them choose just the right firearm to suit their needs, and get to know someone I had never met before. Does it get any better????

10 November, 2008

What have we done...



I hope and pray that this is not our epitaph...

Maybe 4 years of Socialism will wake us up if it's not too late.

09 November, 2008

Carl

I have someone I would like to introduce...

His name is Carl and he is a 6 month old Tabby. He recently joined the fam and he is really a hoot. This guy doesn't know a stranger and his hobbies include, but are not limited to:
Purring continuously, carrying his toys around the house, driving Newman crazy, and contributing to the litter box at least every 15 minutes.
I got him from one of my accounts (Chapel Hill Cemetery) where he and his siblings lived in the maintenance building. During my first visit there, I was informed that a lady came by, picked up all of the kittens, took them to get spayed / neutered and their shots and brought them back. The grounds keepers were trying to find homes for them and when this little guy wouldn't leave me alone during my visits there, I thought maybe we could find a place for him. Sherry wasn't so sure at first and wasn't real thrilled with the whole orientation process (which included cleaning up a few messes until he got the hang of using litter). He is very adventurous and active, which Newman (and Sherry) isn't used to, and while Carl would love to play with Newman, Newman will have none of it. I suppose when some of the kitten in him wears off and he settles down a bit, Newman will change his mind regarding their relationship. I think Sherry has.
Until then, Carl is a kitten who just loves life and thinks that each day that comes is another opportunity to enjoy his toys, his people and his litter box.

08 November, 2008

Yet another job!


Did you ever have that moment when you were a kid and you went to a circus or zoo or theme park and thought, "If I was a grown-up I would LOVE to work here!"

I think that every time I walk into a music or gun store. Last week my buddy Brad, who is the manager of Midwest Guns, thought I was still unemployed and offered me a job at their new location on Grape road in the old Pep Boys building. My mind was racing with excitement and the thought of working around all of those wonderful firearms. Fortunately the responsible side of me took over, and with major disappointment, I informed him that I was already employed at Menard's. He asked me if I liked it, and I told him that for the most part I did. He gave me a tour of the new facility and I was amazed by what I saw. This was no gun store like I had ever seen. The display cases were cherry wood and there was luxurious carpet throughout the showroom. This place looked more like a high end jewelry store than a gun store. He then asked me if I would like to work part time and I just couldn't resist. He said I could work as much or as little as I want and offered me a nice wage. We shook hands and the deal was made. THIS is going to be awesome!

06 November, 2008

Goodbye Charlie



I had a dear brother go home to be with the Lord today. His name is Charlie. He was pretty quiet for the most part. Didn't say a whole lot, but then he didn't have to...

When he gave you that big smile through that salt and pepper beard of his, his eyes lit up at the same time. I can almost imagine that Jesus had those same eyes that lit up when someone said something funny, or when a child wanted to be picked up.

When he gave you one of his bear hugs, you knew you were loved. A hug made of black leather. I'll just bet that it would be the same way Jesus would give a hug. One of those hugs that ended with a reassuring pat on the back so that you knew he meant it and that he was really glad to see you.

When he listened, he listened intently, his eyes didn't wander, instead they looked deep into the soul as you pour out your heart. The look on his face was one of genuine compassion and caring. He didn't just say, "I'll pray for you brother", he did it...right then, right there. It wasn't just because it was the Christian thing to do, it was real... really, really, real.

He was a leader. Not the kind that you follow because you have to, but because you want to. You knew that wherever he led you, it would be a good place to be. He was the kind of leader that you could trust. Where ever he led you, you knew that God would be there waiting for you to arrive.

I can almost see him now, with a beard that was neatly and lovingly trimmed by his wife a few days ago, standing on an emerald street dressed in new leather embracing Jesus. I'm sure that Jesus built him a mansion with an attached garage for his new Harley. I hope that maybe someday we could even ride together again if heaven has motorcycles. If not, I'll just be content, when I see him again, to see his smile, feel his hug and smell the leather as he wecomes me home.

I'll miss you buddy, but I'll see you soon...I love you.

Thoughts about Christianity and Liberalism....


Isn't this what you've always wanted?
Isn't this how you've saw the view?
Careful what you wish for,It just might come true.
Isn't this what you've always pictured?
Isn't this what you plan to do?
Careful what you wish for,
It just might come true...

I've had a few of those moments in my life. What I wished for came around and knocked me flat.

I would like to address an issue that seems to be very prevalent at the moment. Is it possible for a Christian to be a Democrat? My answer would be, that, I suppose so, but my question would be WHY???? If we are truly to be an image of Jesus, why would we have the thought process of a Liberal? They have many issues that clearly undermine the values that Jesus teaches, but here are my 'Big Three."

Unfortunately, in my opinion, they have gotten sucked into the dangerous vortex of "compassionate politics." They genuinely have compassion for the down and out, and the have nots. Jesus did too. Where in the scriptures does it say that it is the government's duty to provide for the poor and needy? (hint: nowhere...) Who's job is it? The church...the band of believers that Christ put together to show the world His love. If that's the case, how did the government get involved to begin with? The church dropped the ball and somebody saw the opportunity to gain some political clout and power by pretending to be the caregiver of the poor and downtrodden. The only way for the government to have anything to give, is to take it forcibly from someone else who has earned it. Do the math, there are far more people who are not rich than those that are. You don't need to be rich to vote, so if you want to stay in power, pander to those who will keep you there! Promise them anything and give them everything and they will keep you in power. It's not about compassion at all...it's about power. Charles Barkley said that "for 50 years poor people have been voting Democrat and they are still poor." If the Dems actually brought people out of poverty, that would eliminate their voting base.

What about the issue of abortion? How can any thinking, caring, Christ-centered person possibly believe that Jesus would ever condone tearing a child out of his mothers womb and grinding them up in a garbage disposal? Is that really what He would want? I am certainly all about a mother's right to choose. There are choices available; Adoption, raising the child, and the biggest choice of all CHOOSE NOT TO HAVE SEX UNTIL YOU ARE MARRIED!!! I can't picture Jesus telling anyone that one of the choices would be to kill the baby.

How about the so-called "gay rights" issues? Gay rights? The Word is VERY clear on this issue, not once, but MANY times. You have people like Jay Bakker espousing the belief that it was all metaphorical, and that that's not REALLY what the Bible means. I have friends and relatives who are caught up in this lifestyle and I love them anyway, but make no mistake when I say that they should not be legislated any 'special' rights. God's word is clear that he designed sex to be expressed between a man and woman who are joined together in marriage.

As I stated above, there are many issues that the Liberal espouse, but for these three alone, I cannot understand why any Christ-centered person would embrace the Democratic party. I'm not saying that the Republicans have all of the answers either. In fact they have been a huge disappointment over the last few years as they have drifted away from the core values of less government, lower taxes, and fewer hand-outs. That's why I choose to call myself a Follower of Christ and a Conservative. Has a nice ring to it doesn't it?

02 November, 2008

What a LINE!!!!



OK, so I'm the guy that walks into a restaurant and when they tell me it's going to be a 10 minute wait, I'm ready to go to the next place. I just know that my wife cringes when she hears the hostess say, 'Just take this little vibrating thingy and when it goes nuts we'll have a table for you' because she knows I'll whine.

Well this afternoon I waited in a very LOOOONNNGGG line for 4 1/2 hours to cast my vote for McCain. Many thoughts went through my head as I stood there;
1) I wonder how many of these people are voting for the very first time just because they have been promised that they will get all of their needs met without having to work.
2)I wonder if these guys realize how ridiculous they look with those Bluetooth bugs crawling out of their ears.
3)I'm thankful to those that have gone on before me who have given their lives so that I can have the privilege of voting.
4) I wonder if this is going to even be worthwhile since ACORN has Donald Duck, Betty Boop, and Mickey Mouse registered in so many states.
5)MAN, I have to pee.

My truck was parked next to the line and the black couple behind me commented on my "VOTE FOR McCAIN, NOT FOR HUSSEIN" bumper sticker, by discussing the fact that the owner of that truck must be very uninformed. I couldn't resist telling them that the guy that owns that truck must be one of those "Angry white men clinging to God and their guns," that Obama was talking about a while back. Then I informed him that the aforementioned truck belonged to me.

I love this country and the opportunities it affords those who want to work and put forth the effort to succeed. It would break my heart to see us go the way of Socialisim and redistributing the wealth of those that have taken the risks, and worked hard to get where they are, and give it to those that have done nothing to earn it. This was never the intended job of the government as our forefathers founded it. This has always been, and continues to be the job of the church as Jesus founded it.

This has been a tough election for those Conservatives like me who have been forced to vote for the lesser if the evils. It is comforting to know though, that God is still on the throne and that HE is in charge. And in case you are wondering, yes, I am clinging both to God AND my guns. God bless our nation and the Biblical truths that we hold dear.

14 October, 2008

I can hardly wait!!!



I'm SO looking forward to the retreat this year. I look forward to it every year, but this summer has been particularly draining. I definitely need a boost. I've been told that the attendance is going to be way down this year. I have asked a few guys why they aren't coming and I get,"Can't afford it", "Been there, done that", "Don't have the time", and my personal favorite, "Not interested". To me it begs the question, "WHY"???? I know that money is tight right now, for everyone, and I know that 120 bucks is a lot, I can't afford it either, (refer to blogs below) but I can't afford not to go. I'm just spiritually wasted...pooped...worn out. I need to be with other guys who are going through the same thing and looking for a Godly kick in the butt to keep going. If you are reading this please, take a few seconds right where you are to say a prayer for those that are going, for the speakers, the organizers, and staff, that we would see God move in a mighty way in the hearts and lives of those that are feeling just a bit beat up. Thanks...

1st day OK...

WOW! It was a lot to pack into my pea-sized brain in one day. I spent most of the morning signing stuff, and the afternoon with computer tutorials. I'm definitely the old man of the department. Almost everyone I work with is at least half my age. It's ok though, they're taking it easy on me, at least for a while. It looks like a pretty fun group for the most part.

13 October, 2008

LANDED!!!!

The call came in today...They think I would be a good fit and THEY WANT ME!!!
The gal in HR said that they had to interview quite a few people, but they decided that I would be the best one for the job. All I had to do was pee in a cup and the position is mine. (I wish I would have known that before or I would have filled a 5 gallon bucket for them.) I start tomorrow at 0900 and after a week or so of orientation I will be out on the road and on my own.

Basically what I will be doing is visiting Contractors in my region (South Bend area) and selling them materials, making sure that deliveries are on time, and getting new Contractors to sign up for the Contractors program that Menards offers. It will be a base salary with commission bonus. I have been told that there are already several large accounts there that I will inherit when I take over the region, so I should be at a pretty good income level going into it. I will have a company vehicle and will be able to work the sales floor when I'm not on the road (WAY COOL). This job was really made to order for me, so I hope it works out. I have to admit that I'm a bit gun-shy after this last episode, but I'm going to remain enthusiastic and VERY thankful that God has blessed me with this new opportunity.

Thank you to everyone who has been praying and supporting Sherry and I through this turbulent summer.

I will try to do better with my blogging, so you should find regular updates here.

06 October, 2008

SOOOO Close

I'm going in for my final interveiw at 1:30 tomorrow... Lord, please let me land this job!

02 October, 2008

I'm back...

I really wasn't sure if I wanted to keep blogging or not, but for some reason, I feel led to continue. What a Summer!! It has been very trying, but I have really learned a lot.
First, let me say that I am no longer at the cemetery. The people were great to work with and were very supportive. I found that the longer I was at the job, the more I enjoyed the industry. It was very emotionally rewarding to sit with grieving families and help them navigate the waters of preparing a funeral for a loved one. I received a lot of good feedback from both the families and the area funeral directors that I had opportunities to work with. Last week, after giving an inspiring speech to the sales staff about teamwork and helping each other write sales when we were out at a funeral or helping a customer, my manager deliberately snatched two contracts out from under me (while I was out doing a funeral)and wrote them for himself. It cost me about 900.00 in commission, and when I confronted him about it and he ran out of stupid excuses trying to justify what he did, he fired me. He stated that my employment there "just wasn't working out." I explained to him that I could not work for someone that I couldn't trust, and that's where my employment ended.
I have another option in the works and should know whether I have the new job or not on Monday. It's looking pretty good though.
God is good. He always has been and always will be. I'm not worried...He will provide.

29 June, 2008


Well it finally happened...I have a JOB!
After much searching and pavement-pounding I have landed what I hope will be a very rewarding and lucrative opportunity.
I answered what looked like a different sort of ad in the Tribune, interveiwed, and accepted a job that I would never have guessed I would ever be doing.
I will be employed by StoneMor LLC, owner and operators of Highland Cemetery in South Bend. My official job title will be 'Family Services Counselor' (read, salesman). I will be assisting families in the 'at-need' and 'pre-need' planning of funeral arrangements for their loved ones as well as themselves. This will involve picking the right plot, casket, vault, and headstone/marker as well as arranging the internment service.
This is a totally resession-free industry as well as being extremely stable. I will be putting my customer service skills and compassion to use as I help these families during a most difficult time, and I am looking forward to the challenge of learning an entirely new industry. The people that I will be working with and for seem really great and there is plenty of room for advancement in the company as well. It is a suit and tie job, but I guess I can get used to that.
Most of all I'm so glad to be rid of the RV industry with it's market volatility and uncertainty.
I will be starting July 14th and am looking forward to a very rewarding carreer.

21 May, 2008

Thanks for my Peeps...


Keep smiling, keep shining
Knowing you can always count on me, for sure
That's what friends are for
In good times, in bad times
I'll be on your side forever more
Oh, that's what friends are for...


How true this is. God has blessed me beyond measure with family and friends that really and truly know how to live what God intended commitment to be. The phone calls, the e-mails, the hugs, the prayers, the job leads, the overwhelming show of support during the last couple of weeks is so humbling and yet so much needed.
Thanks Dan, Dell, Rick, Paul, Jim, Brett, Brian, Bob, Andrew, Mike, Jason, Mark, Rod, John, Tom, Eileen, Tanya, Denny, Cindy, LeRoy, Terry, Sarah, Harold, Marge, Kristin, Jack, Brenda, Larry, Shelly, Shelley, Stan, Steve, Mark, J-Bo, Levi, and my BESTEST friends Sherry, Matt and Derek. I know that there are people who don't even know me that are praying as well. I know that God has the right job at the right time.

"Lord, Help me to show Your love to others the way it is being shown to me. Make me as sensitive to their needs as they are to mine. Bless them as you have blessed me..."

20 May, 2008

THIS is good...


A kind Providence has placed in our breasts a hatred of the unjust and cruel, in order that we may preserve ourselves from cruelty and injustice. They who bear cruelty, are accomplices in it. The pretended gentleness which excludes that charitable rancour, produces an indifference which is half an approbation. They never will love where they ought to love, who do not hate where they ought to hate.
This is a quote from Edmund Burke. He was a colonist sympathizer in the British House of Commons during the revolutionary war. I have been reading some of his writings and he was indeed very wise.
Here is one more quote that our modern day politicians would not be comfortable hearing:
Speech to the Electors of Bristol (1774): "...it ought to be the happiness and glory of a representative to live in the strictest union, the closest correspondence, and the most unreserved communication with his constituents. Their wishes ought to have great weight with him; their opinion, high respect; their business, unremitted attention. It is his duty to sacrifice his repose, his pleasures, his satisfactions, to theirs; and above all, ever, and in all cases, to prefer their interest to his own. But his unbiased opinion, his mature judgement, his enlightened conscience, he ought not to sacrifice to you, to any man, or to any set of men living. These he does not derive from your pleasure; no, nor from the law and the constitution. They are a trust from Providence, for the abuse of which he is deeply answerable. Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgement; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion. ."

19 May, 2008

Not my timing...

I spoke with a dear pastor friend of mine yesterday and when I told him about being laid off, he looked into my face and said that he could see peace. Hmmm... I was glad to hear that. It is really difficult to fake peace, and it assured me that God really is in control. I won't pretend that I don't get anxious sometimes, but overall, I do know that this is out of my hands. All I can do is my best, and leave it in God's hands. The phone calls and e-mails and personal contacts of those that love me have been overwhelming. The love and encouragement that I get from Sherry is very reassuring and much needed.
I have an interview this afternoon that would be a great opportunity and that I'm excited about but...it's not my timing

15 May, 2008

Now what, God?


I apologize to both of my regular readers for not posting for so long. The main reason is that I just haven't felt up to it.
The truth is, that I was laid off from my job of 13 years last Thursday. Anyone that has a pulse and has put gas in their tank knows how bad things are right now. It has hit the RV industry severely as people are pulling in their spending for toys right now.
It's really weird though, I'm really not afraid...concerned, yes, but not afraid. Sherry and I have gone into 'maintenance mode' with our finances, so we have a bit of a cushion, but even more than that, I'm finding out that I didn't loose my job because my boss picked me to go. Actually he had nothing to do with it. God had to give him permission before it could happen. (I'm sure that my boss would dispute that, but that's his problem.)
The phone calls of support and job leads, and the e-mails of encouragement have been very overwhelming and humbling. It feels so great to be loved by so many.
I have no idea what's next. That's probably a good thing... because I know that God does.

30 April, 2008

My latest project.



Anyone who knows me also knows that I really enjoy my firearms. Some time ago I purchased a 12 gauge single shot shotgun specifically to do a makeover on. I wanted to make a small compact (yet within legal dimensions) Home defense weapon that you could depend on to get the job done when you hear glass breaking in the middle of the night. As you can see from the before and after pictures, it has undergone quite a change. First I shortened the barrel to 18.5 inches and added an over sized front bead. I then took about 4 inches off of the stock to bring the overall length to about 30 inches. I also cut the little dovetail off of the end of the fore stock to make it a bit more compact. I figured that since I took quite a bit of weight off of it, the recoil would be a bit more pronounced. The fact is that it kicked like a Kentucky mule. To add more weight and to up the cool factor I added a heat shield to the barrel. I also ported the end of the barrel to reduce muzzle climb and recoil. Finally I added a 5 round shell holder fastened to the stock. The combination of the added weight and barrel porting reduced the kick quite a bit. For the final touch, I added a 9 LED flashlight that turns the night into day wherever its pointed. I love the way this little project turned out.
If you have to come and visit me late at night, please call ahead and let me know you are coming.

25 April, 2008

These prices are giving me gas...


I guess since there seems to be nothing else we can do about these ridiculous prices we might as well complain...

22 April, 2008

Maybe if we just talk to them...




I'm sure that if we just sat down with them face to face they would understand our point of view. Maybe then we could reason with them and help them to see that they should be nice to others and not say mean things. Oh wait...Michelle Obama said that WE are the mean country and that she has never had a reason to be proud of America until her husband, B. Hussein Obama started running for President. If that's the case then maybe we should sit down with OUR leaders and tell them to not fight with bad people and just play nice. Hmmm... That won't work either, because then the bad people will just come here and kill us... But then if we send our army over there to fend them off and keep them from coming over here, then we are being mean again. I'm just so confused...

18 April, 2008

Spring...finally!


This HAS to be the longest winter on record. I wish the global warming nuts would be right. I could use a longer riding season. It feels great to get back on the bike and feel the road under my tires again. If you are reading this and don't own or have never ridden a motorcycle I feel sorry for you. I am convinced we would need fewer therapists, lawyers, Valium, stress relief seminars, and conflict mediators if everyone rode a motorcycle.
It doesn't matter what kind or what brand, all that matters is feeling the wind in your face, banking hard into a curve, accelerating out of it and listening to the pipes roar back to life. In the spring especially, you can ride a smooth country road and actually smell the lilacs and other flowers as they bloom. The air smells so fresh and crisp.
I love to ride with my friends. You can feel the bond as you ride next to someone who is enjoying it as much as you are and is thinking the same thing, 'It doesn't get any better than this.'
My wife is a fair weather rider and doesn't ride very much, but when she does, I love having her sitting behind me and sharing one of the greatest joys in my life. Not to mention, I also love showing off my cute biker babe! She is irresistible in her white leather Harley jacket and pearl white helmet...what a doll.
If you do ride, I'll wave to you as you wave to me. Ride safe.

11 April, 2008

Condoleezza Rice


There has been some buzz in the media this week about Condie being considered as a running mate for McCain. In my opinion THAT would be the best idea yet. She seems to be an outstanding individual with more foreign policy experience than any of the candidates combined. She has brokered peace deals all over the world and during these troubled times someone in the VP slot with that experience would be very valuable. It seems that with McCain's military background and her diplomacy skills, we would have a wise Commander-in-Chief combination.

I realize that the president does more than just command the military, but as any CEO will tell you, that is why you put a good support staff together under you.

Aside from experience, she is really rated high on the likability scale. She has taken a lot of heat over the years by her critics and still remains focused, gracious, and always the classy lady. She would definitely get an enthusiastic cheer from me if she gets the nod!

07 April, 2008

Goodbye Mr. Heston


One of my hero's went home to be with the Lord today. He will not only be remembered for the roles that he played in epic motion pictures, but also for bucking the liberal norm in Hollywood.

He was married to his wife for 64 years and was not shy about his faith.

He started out as a liberal Democrat and in the 80's he changed parties and embraced conservative values. He was "my" president during the dark Clinton years as he presided over the NRA from 1998 until he announced his diagnosis with Alzheimer's in 2003.

Actor George Clooney joked about Heston's failing health saying that Heston "announced again today that he is suffering from Alzheimer's". When he was questioned about this statement he said that Heston deserved whatever was said about him for his involvement with the NRA.
Heston's always dignified response was that Clooney lacked class and that he felt sorry for him. He said that Clooney had as much of a chance at developing the disease as anyone else.

He was my hero because he swam upstream in the sewer that is Hollywood and still smelled good when he got out. He will go down in history in my mind at least, as one of the great conservatives along side Reagan. I'm sure they are having a wonderful reunion at this moment.

I will miss you Mr. Heston. Thanks for all you have done.

03 April, 2008

Let's Talk Bikes














Harley just came out with two new soft tail models; The Rocker and the Crossbones.

The Rocker is truly striking. It is Harley's attempt at making a production / custom model. It has a bit more forward rake on the front end and the paint options are absolutely beautiful. The only thing I have to question is the flip up passenger seat. It actually hides under the main seat and hinges back to accommodate a second rider. Cute idea, but that passenger will probably feel as if they are sitting on the small end of a baseball bat. Other than that this is an out of the park home run for HD.

Now the Crossbones. I'm not sure what they were shooting for here but they didn't hit anything. I saw one in my local dealership, and I found myself walking around it many times trying to figure out what it was. It has a springer front end which looks good on anything, but other than that it looks like they were trying to go for some kind of a retro look and just wound up with a mess. The little fat tire on the front looks way out of place. As I understand it you have the choice of any color scheme you wish as long as it's black. That being said though you do have the choice between gloss and flat. I thought maybe if I stood and stared at it long enough it would grow on me and I might start to like it...didn't happen

31 March, 2008

Not Much of a Choice


Since I can remember and have been interested in politics, I have not been more disappointed in a line-up than we have this year. It's definitely a rough decision for conservatives and I hate being put in the position of voting for the lesser of the evils. If McCain picks a Romney or Huckabee for a running mate it may make it a bit more palatable. The one thing I know for sure is that God is still on the throne and is in total control.

28 March, 2008

IT'S FRIDAY!


There are many things to LOVE about Friday; the end of the work week, the promise of sleeping in Saturday morning, the lower amount of phone calls coming in...But the BEST thing about Friday is Port-a-Pit Chicken on the break truck. Every Friday when I hear the beeping of the break truck backing in to the shop below my office, my taste buds jump for joy at the anticipation of the Nirvana that awaits just down the stairs. My heart leaps as I open the glass doors at the back of the truck and inhale the intoxicating aroma of barbecue wafting from the compartment. I pay my 4.25 and grab a plastic fork. When I enter the office it is immediatly filled with the scent of my prize. I grab for some paper towel in the bottom drawer of my desk knowing that it will be needed badly in the next few minutes. I poke the plastic that is wrapped around the tray and peel it back. The full force of the wonderful smell blasts it way out of the package and I sit in amazement that anything could smell this good. (I had thought about getting Sherry some of the secret sauce that this is baked in instead of perfume at one point, but I doubted that she would actually wear it.) Now the best part...I eat it...slowly. As I pick the tender meat off with the fork the only thought running through my mind is, "white meat or dark for the next bite?" All too soon I am left with a pile of chicken bones that have been picked clean and the feeling of a full tummy. I LOVE Fridays!!!

Come on!!!!

Just about the time that you are starting to loose faith in a school system, they proove that they can actually make a right decision. The South Bend schools voted to not let Hillary in to lie to the students and the community. I guess they figured that they had heard enough of dodging bullets, who she has been named after, her daughter almost jogging into the exploding twin towers, Vince Foster committing suicide, the promise of free health care for all,etc,etc...The bad part of it is that Mishawaka IS letting her in. I thought they had more sense than that. Just the fact that she is in the same town as me makes my skin crawl...yuk!!!!

27 March, 2008


Ok, I'm going to give this a try. We'll see how long it lasts.

I read so many other blogs that I kind of feel like sometimes I need to contribute to the bloggosphere in order for it to be complete. I don't really think I have much to contribute but we'll just see how it goes.