Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Dog Blog #9

     In my last dog blog, I introduced our new foster, Kandi. She is a golden colored doodle recently seized from a hoarder. She was skinny, scared and pregnant. She’s been eating well. She’s had a bath and looking better. However, as expected, she is still terrified. We are continuing to work with her, trying to coax her from her self-imposed exile in a corner of the kennel. I don’t know how she behaved prior to coming to live with us. My prayer is that she was able to be more of a dog than we have seen.
     Dogs should run and play; chase their tails; bay at the moon, and jump up on their humans. Kandi is too frightened, too lacking in socialization to do any of this. But, that’s only so far. We will see her breakthrough and join the pack.
     That brings me to the real subject for this post---the Pack. Kandi did not come to Journey Home Rescue ( the organization we foster for) alone. She is only one of thirteen who appears to share her fear. These young dogs were used as breeding machines. From their current state, it seems as though they were treated with all the love and compassion that one would give an unfeeling machine. These are living creatures and in the life they have yet to live, they need to be treated as such.

This is Doddle Do.     

This little fellow is Emma.

And this is Logan.

     These are a few of the dogs that shared Kandi’s life. They need homes. They need love and people who care to help them finally have a dog’s life. Please step up. If you can’t adopt, perhaps you can foster or know someone who can. Journey Home Rescue needs your help. But, more importantly, these dogs need your help.
     Few people know, “No good deed goes unpunished” like I do. Write it down, doing good will cost you. Cost is not the question. The real question is cost-effectiveness. 
     To date, fostering has cost me lose two pairs of shoes, a cell phone, my glasses, battery chargers, and sundry extension cards. Without doubt or hesitation, it is more than worth it.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Dog Blog #8 Kandi

     Last December I began my adventures in providing foster care for rescue dogs. So far, it has been a rewarding challenge. It began with our personal rescue of Snoop, a hundred twenty pound Alaskan Malamute. The very next day, we welcomed into our home Hope and her seven, count ‘em, seven puppies. Six of Hope’s puppies have gone on to become part of forever homes. Archie, well, we couldn’t give him up. Not long ago, this crew was joined by Magic.

     Before coming to us, Snoop lived outside on a chain; Magic was found hiding under a porch, and Hope was rescued from a shelter the day before she was to be put down with her puppies still inside her. A dog’s life is not always easy.

     Yesterday, the adventure took on a whole new perspective. We became foster parents to an adorable, wire-haired, doodle named Kandi. Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it? But, Kandi is the saddest case yet. She came to cringing, shaking, and pressed to the back of her transport crate. The terror in her eyes was unmistakable. Her look and demeanor reminded me of Holocaust survivors. Bones visible beneath her coat, her hindquarters were plastered with urine and feces accumulated from the hellish life from which she was seized.

     Kandi has been with us for about thirty hours now. Twenty-nine of those cowering in a corner too frightened to come out. She will let us hold and pet her if we crawl under the table to her. She only comes out to eat and then only if we are not present. She still urinates where she lays. There’s yet another possible twist, Kandi may be pregnant. It’s too soon to know for certain. What is certain is that there is a long road of recovery ahead. Any semblance of a normal life for Kandi will be with thanks to Journey Home Rescue. The really sad part is there were 15 others dogs rescued from the same location.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Chatter #185 American Triage

     I just finished reading Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer. I was initially taken aback by the decision of members of the climbing party to leave their still breathing companions alone to die on Mount Everest. I think my reaction is largely due to having spent a great deal of my life in and around the military where it is anathema to leave a fallen comrade behind. However, my thoughts took a sharp turn when I read how one of the climbers referred to his decision as triage. It cast the actions of the climbers in a whole new light.

     I’m a triage nurse by profession and in a disaster, one of my responsibilities is to sort out the injured so as to properly treat the most people with the resources at hand. It is a thankless job. Nevertheless, someone must do it. Often in a mass casualty situation, the truth is you cannot save everyone. Triage determines who gets care first; who can wait for care; and who is beyond care and lines the wounded up in that order. Spending limited resources in a losing battle may condemn to death those who might otherwise have survived. The decision of who to treat and when to treat them is not based on personal worth, nor is it based on sentiment, it is about doing the most for the greatest number with what you have.

     Triage is not confined to battlefields and mass casualty disasters. It goes on continually in Emergency Rooms everywhere. Thankfully, in most everyday circumstances there are no black tags issued to the dead and dying. I’ve been a nurse for over twenty-five years (most of it spent in the ER) and never had to make the call to let someone die to save another. But, I train for it. So do countless others. Lifeguards are taught to go into the water after someone as a last resort. Firefighters and EMT’s are trained to survey the scene before rushing in. That training can be the difference between being a hero and being a casualty.

     Several of the climbers in the book died on Everest. Mistakes were made that created a recipe for disaster.  As the disaster unfolded, some survived only because, when they could do no more for their fellow climbers, they went on alone. Others died because they refused to halt rescue efforts and perished along with those they tried to save. It sounds very callous and hard-hearted and a bit like “playing God.” Life and death decisions often sound that way.

     Here’s where I get really mean-spirited. Our nation is drowning in debt. That’s not a liberal argument or a conservative one---it’s a fact. We are borrowing just to pay the interest on our national debt. How long do we keep borrowing in order to bankroll the non-productive, the invaders and the foreign powers that hate us before we finally go under with them?  When will the government have enough of the taxpayers’ money to satisfy the demands of politicians elected on promises of ever greater handouts?  Will we die before we admit to the insanity of our present course?

     Anybody remember the old Bible quote about removing the beam from your own eye before trying to remove the mote from your brother’s eye? Here’s a radical corollary for you. Let’s fix America before we try fixing the world. America will never be great again until we rein in government spending and demand self-reliance of our citizens.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Chatter #184 The Unanimous Declaration

     The post that follows is the text of our Declaration of Independence. It includes the names of the brave men who signed it. Reading it again, I was especially struck by the list of grievances that these men found to be chains on personal freedom. Take a moment and read them.

In Congress,‭ ‬July‭ ‬4,‭ ‬1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,‭ ‬When in the Course of human events,‭ ‬it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another,‭ ‬and to assume among the powers of the earth,‭ ‬the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them,‭ ‬a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.‭

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.‭ ‬Prudence,‭ ‬indeed,‭ ‬will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes‭; ‬and accordingly all experience hath shewn,‭ ‬that mankind are more disposed to suffer,‭ ‬while evils are sufferable,‭ ‬than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.‭ ‬But when a long train of abuses and usurpations,‭ ‬pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism,‭ ‬it is their right,‭ ‬it is their duty,‭ ‬to throw off such Government,‭ ‬and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies‭; ‬and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.‭ ‬The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations,‭ ‬all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.‭ ‬To prove this,‭ ‬let Facts be submitted to a candid world.‭

He has refused his Assent to Laws,‭ ‬the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance,‭ ‬unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained‭; ‬and when so suspended,‭ ‬he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people,‭ ‬unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature,‭ ‬a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual,‭ ‬uncomfortable,‭ ‬and distant from the depository of their public Records,‭ ‬for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly,‭ ‬for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time,‭ ‬after such dissolutions,‭ ‬to cause others to be elected‭; ‬whereby the Legislative powers,‭ ‬incapable of Annihilation,‭ ‬have returned to the People at large for their exercise‭; ‬the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without,‭ ‬and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States‭; ‬for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners‭; ‬refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither,‭ ‬and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice,‭ ‬by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone,‭ ‬for the tenure of their offices,‭ ‬and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices,‭ ‬and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people,‭ ‬and eat out their substance.‭

He has kept among us,‭ ‬in times of peace,‭ ‬Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution,‭ ‬and unacknowledged by our laws‭; ‬giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them,‭ ‬by a mock Trial,‭ ‬from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases,‭ ‬of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province,‭ ‬establishing therein an Arbitrary government,‭ ‬and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters,‭ ‬abolishing our most valuable Laws,‭ ‬and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures,‭ ‬and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here,‭ ‬by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas,‭ ‬ravaged our Coasts,‭ ‬burnt our towns,‭ ‬and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death,‭ ‬desolation and tyranny,‭ ‬already begun with circumstances of Cruelty‭ & ‬perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages,‭ ‬and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country,‭ ‬to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren,‭ ‬or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us,‭ ‬and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers,‭ ‬the merciless Indian Savages,‭ ‬whose known rule of warfare,‭ ‬is an undistinguished destruction of all ages,‭ ‬sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms:‭ ‬Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.‭ ‬A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant,‭ ‬is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren.‭ ‬We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us.‭ ‬We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here.‭ ‬We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity,‭ ‬and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations,‭ ‬which,‭ ‬would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence.‭ ‬They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity.‭ ‬We must,‭ ‬therefore,‭ ‬acquiesce in the necessity,‭ ‬which denounces our Separation,‭ ‬and hold them,‭ ‬as we hold the rest of mankind,‭ ‬Enemies in War,‭ ‬in Peace Friends.

We,‭ ‬therefore,‭ ‬the Representatives of the united States of America,‭ ‬in General Congress,‭ ‬Assembled,‭ ‬appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions,‭ ‬do,‭ ‬in the Name,‭ ‬and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies,‭ ‬solemnly publish and declare,‭ ‬That these United Colonies are,‭ ‬and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States‭; ‬that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown,‭ ‬and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain,‭ ‬is and ought to be totally dissolved‭; ‬and that as Free and Independent States,‭ ‬they have full Power to levy War,‭ ‬conclude Peace,‭ ‬contract Alliances,‭ ‬establish Commerce,‭ ‬and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.‭ ‬And for the support of this Declaration,‭ ‬with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence,‭ ‬we mutually pledge to each other our Lives,‭ ‬our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.‭

Georgia                                        Massachusetts                      North Carolina

Button Gwinnett‭                            ‬John Hancock                   William Hooper

Lyman Hall‭                                                 ‬Joseph Hewes‭

George Walton                                                                        John Penn


South Carolina Maryland Delaware

Edward Rutledge Samuel Chase       Caesar Rodney

Thomas Heyward,‭ ‬Jr.‭ ‬William Paca George Read

Thomas Lynch,‭ ‬Jr.‭ ‬Thomas Stone        Thomas McKean

Arthur Middleton Charles Carroll of Carrollton


Virginia New York        New Hampshire

George Wythe‭ ‬William Floyd‭ ‬Josiah Bartlett

Richard Henry Lee Philip Livingston William Whipple

Thomas Jefferson Francis Lewis         Matthew Thornton

Benjamin Harrison‭ Lewis Morris Rhode Island

Thomas Nelson,‭ ‬Jr.       Stephen Hopkins

Francis Lightfoot Lee‭ ‬       William Ellery

Carter Braxton


Pennsylvania New Jersey Massachusetts

Robert Morris Richard Stockton Samuel Adams

Benjamin Rush John Witherspoon John Adams‭

Benjamin Franklin‭ ‬Francis Hopkinson Robert Treat Paine

John Morton John Hart Elbridge Gerry

George Clymer‭ ‬Abraham Clark

James Smith

George Taylor Connecticut

James Wilson Roger Sherman‭ 

George Ross Samuel Huntington

William Williams

Oliver Wolcott‭

Monday, July 2, 2018

Chatter #183 The Yoke of Woke

   America’s newest religion is Woke. For those who missed the last installment of the blog, A person is Woke when they have a sudden understanding of what’s really going on and find they were wrong about what they understood to be the truth. Now, woke people will tell me being Woke is not a religion. To which I reply, “Wake up and smell the incense.”

     By definition, Woke begins with an epiphany. Like the Christian’s belief that they are “born again,” the Woke experience transforms the adherent’s belief system and understanding of the universe. Furthermore, the experience binds them to a predetermined doctrine.

     You can’t be Woke if you don’t believe in certain ideas and adhere to certain doctrines. Don’t believe me? To deny the existence of global warming; white privilege or male oppression (to name a very few) is tantamount to heresy. The Woke inquisitor will yank your membership in a heartbeat.

     Woke is organized as a religion into local congregations with an inner hierarchy based on the degree of wokeness and woke credentials. These local congregations are evangelical. That is, they preach their message in an attempt to gain adherents to the faith. They are missionary; reaching out to foreign shores with a Woke message and an invitation to come in. Beyond the local and state levels, there is a national Woke organization called the Democratic Party that overarches and shields the local congregations. There are Woke institutions of higher learning where the Woke go to learn their catechism.

      Like all religious zealots, Woke disciples repudiate manmade laws in the name of answering to a higher power. That higher power is Woke heaven where believers enjoy free education, free healthcare, free housing, free food, in fact, free everything except free thought.

     Woke has a God. He appears each time the believer looks in the mirror. Woke, you see, is based on the old, old lie, “ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Good and evil as political and social constructs is a religion of doctrines that revolve in hypocritical circles as suits the needs of its preachers. Stray from the Woke script and you will be relegated to the hellish depths of the deplorables, worthy only to be shunned, shamed and blamed after a fashion that makes Christians look like amateurs. Woke is a harsh taskmaster.

     The Woke want America subjugated to the mob rule of their religion. America has religious roots, but it has never been subject to any religion. We must not surrender to this one for they would behead the infidels in the name of doing God a service—just ask Kathy Griffin. In the face of this onslaught against the principles upon which this country was built, it remains for American patriots to take a firm stance for liberty and throw off the yoke of the Woke.

          “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against   wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Chatter #182 Woke

     Celebrities call for pedophiles to rape 12-year old boys, blow up government buildings, and assassinate our leaders. Racist groups encourage members to ambush and kill police. A U.S. congresswoman publicly calls for mob violence. All who disagree must suffer. That is the American left in action. With every step America takes forward they become more outraged and dangerous.

     They are justified in all they say and do because they are woke. The bastardized use of the word makes me cringe every time I hear it. According to the Urban Dictionary, woke means to have a sudden understanding of what’s really going on and find out you were wrong about much of what you understood to be the truth. How urbane. But, it gets better. Evidently, one can also be woker or wokest. Wow, if the woke believe that all who disagree are less than fully human, what do the wokest folks believe?

     I guess I’ll never know. I got my degree in nursing and at that time nursing was all about “critical thinking.” We’re all into “evidence-based” now so I’m still out in the cold. Critical thinking and evidence-based actions don’t seem to work with woke.

     When one is woke, a penis isn’t a penis if the wearer wants it to be a vagina. This plays hell when doing a cervical swab. But, what the hell, I’m game. I’d put a swab in the opening and fish around for a cervix, but my boss won’t let me. Says it isn’t ethical. Ethical, that’s another of those terms that don’t go with woke.

    My ethics say, “Do no harm,” and “love your neighbor as yourself.” They tell me the woke are beyond such nonsense. They have been educated in the best universities for the sole purpose of leading the rest of us into enlightenment. Without the woke, how will we know that we can use any restroom, but can only eat at places serving “our kind?” You know, the great questions facing mankind.

     While half of America is busy getting woke, it serves the other half well to wake the *%$#@ up. Forget about mutual fair, equitable, and ethical treatment. Forget about liberty for all. The woke truly don’t think the rest of us deserve being treated like humans. When a group maligns, demeans and slanders others long enough, they cease to be human. In the course of human history, it happens from time to time. Some march off to chains or camps; others create names like Thermopylae, Masada, and Alamo. The result is the same. It is only the memory that differs.

     St. Paul described the woke of his time:

     “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools...And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind...being filled with all unrighteousness,...maliciousness...implacable, unmerciful: who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”


Friday, June 29, 2018

Chatter #181 Submission and Liberty

   Victory in this war will be determined not only by force but by the method. Christians must refuse to adopt the left’s victory at any cost mindset. It will do us little good to win the government if w     America is engaged in a civil war.  No, not the one from one hundred sixty years ago---that was not a civil war. I mean true civil war, today, now, this minute. There are two factions are battling for control of the government. One side has stated they mean to uphold the status quo, that is, the Constitution. The other side has stated that they mean to tear the country down and remodel it after their fluid ideology. This is not speculation.

     The weapons of this warfare are, for the moment, limited to words and ideas. However, calls for violence and lawlessness are growing. We just need a spark.e forfeit our souls in the process. The Christian battle plan will strike some as odd. This is to be expected since it comes from God and not men.

     “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.”

     Our enemies interpret this admonition from St. Peter as a formula for surrender and submission. They are only half right. It is the half they don’t understand that will defeat them regardless of what guns decide.

     Submission to the will of God produces true liberty. Liberty so won cannot be taken away by force of arms. It is the gift of God. Submission to the law of the land, however, has always been contingent upon the requirement that the law conforms to God’s word. That is, submission is for the Lord’s sake. We are to act as God’s children in every circumstance---that includes war.

     Unlike our adversaries, Christians do not wage war to force the submission of anyone, just as God does not compel people to worship Him. A boot on the neck of our enemies is not God’s plan, but steadfast resistance to evil is.

      “God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

     We do not surrender to evil. We resist; but not with slander, lies, malice or any other of the devices of the world. We resist by holding to our faith and letting others go their way. God, does not send anyone to hell. He permits them to follow their own course to that destination rather than force heaven upon them. We cannot force civility, kindness and an acceptance of diversity on our enemies. We can only resist them----and that to the death if need be.