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Usurping Congressional Power
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
In another disgusting attack on our civil rights, the President Barack Obama is already using the San Bernardino, Calif., tragedy to further his personal agenda to disarm private citizens.

As of Thursday, Dec. 3, many details about the incident were yet unknown, but as we’ve seen repeatedly this does little to slowdown the President’s constant rhetoric against portions of the US Constitution with which he disagrees.

As we’ve said before, the most constant factor from such assaults — whether based in foreign or domestic terrorism, is that these criminals aren’t stupid enough to attack a facility which allows individuals who have the potential of actively defending themselves.

They don’t want a shootout, they want victims. They don’t want a repeat of the OK Corral, they want a shooting gallery… sitting ducks that fall down and won’t get up.

Even the incident at Ft. Hood, while on a military base, focused upon unarmed military personnel.

With this recent tragedy, the President has voiced support for his latest effort to remove the capabilities of private citizens to defend themselves.

“And for those who are concerned about terrorism, some may be aware of the fact that we have a no-fly list where people can’t get on planes, but those same people who we don’t allow to fly could go into a store right now in the United States and buy a firearm and there’s nothing that we can do to stop them. That’s a law that needs to be changed,” the President is reported as saying Wednesday, Dec. 2.

In other words, his solution to the tragedy is to strip citizens of their constitutional rights without due process. How would his proposed actions defend against the pressure cooker bombs used at the Boston Marathon? How would they defend against the pipe bombs reportedly thrown at pursuing police officers Wednesday?

As we understand it, individuals may be placed on the “no fly” list at the whim of some government bureaucrat, without a court hearing or even explanation, and if the President’s proposal is enacted effectively removing those individual’s rights under the Second Amendment.

How long would it take for said bureaucrats — under the direction of someone with a liberal axe to bear, to once more focus their attention on freedom-loving citizens? In the past few years, the federal government has targeted both veterans and Christians as potential domestic terrorists.

Passage of a law as suggested by the President would empower his followers to the detriment of the nation.

“What we do know is that there are steps we can take to make Americans safer,” the President reportedly said also Wednesday, a statement with which we have to agree.

However, we differ greatly with him on how this goal can be accomplished.

Setting up “gun free zones” on school campuses — whether primary, secondary, or collegiate — does nothing but offer mad men both a goal and protection as they carry out their campaign of terror. Of course, the same potential problem surfaces at other firearm restricted areas.

Several months ago, members of our local school board broached the idea of following school districts such as Shamrock ISD and allowing authorized individuals to carry concealed on school property.

Unfortunately, no action followed this discussion.

It’s time for the school board to decide how far they will go to not only educate our children, but also to protect them.

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A Reminder That God’s Light Is Always There
Friday, February 27, 2015
As if it happened yesterday. That’s how clearly I remember the experience I’m about to relate. Not wanting to make too much of it, I’d hate to make the opposite mistake by failing to say to the Giver, “thank you.”

By the way, the weather guy is predicting ridiculously high winds and detestable blowing dust today.

He didn’t say “ridiculous” and “detestable,” but they will be. Around here, weather folks rarely ever miss when they predict wind and dust, apart from which, our climate would be almost perfect, which I suppose is like saying that Jack the Ripper would’ve been a fine guy except for the unfortunate murderous streak in his nature.

Anyway, living here we deal with it.

In this fallen world, trouble is like blowing dirt in west Texas; it goes with the territory. And we all go through seasons when the difficulty is particularly painful.

My family and I have been incredibly blessed, so as I give you the background to my simple story, I don’t mean to whine, just to tell the truth.

It was the sort of time everyone faces from time to time. You’ve been there (or, sorry, if you’ve not been, you will). The difficulty driving you nuts tends to be the last thing you think of when you go to bed and the first thing you think of when you wake up.

That’s the bad news; the good news, and you’ve probably also learned this, is that such times force you to more prayer. And prayer, even when it may well have more to do with desperation than “righteousness,” is not at all a bad beginning and ending of the day.

But even prayer has its temptations. Lengthy prayers in the midst of some difficult times can be a mistake. Short ones are the ticket. The long kind too easily become just one more way you allow yourself to wallow in the mud rather than to trust in the Almighty.

So I woke up that day and, true to form, picked up the problem. I wandered into the living room, sat on the hearth, and, frustrated at myself for being so faithless and, truth be told, impatient with the Almighty’s seeming slowness to deal with the difficulty, just breathed a rather ticked off petition, “Oh, Lord, can you just get us through this!?”

And that’s when — that’s exactly when — as the whispered words were still hanging in the air and barely out of my mouth, the deliciously warm, blindingly brilliant shaft of sunlight blazed through the window and hit me in the face.

It was both amazing and surprising, and not. From several mornings’ experience, I knew that, at that exact time, the sun and our windows are lined up.

The sunlight washes over the cross hanging in our window and emblazons in a field of flaming gold yet another cross, its shadow, on the opposite wall.

So most of what happened was really no surprise; it was just, once more, breathtakingly beautiful. But the light hitting me in the face, right at that moment? A complete surprise.

I’d not call it a miracle, just a very nice gift and much-needed reminder that even in windblown, dark times, God’s children live in the warmth and light of the cross.

Sometimes I need to be hit in the face by the light of his brilliant beauty to make me remember that it’s always there.

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