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Our Incredible God, Author Unknown

2015 August 24
by Bill

An incredible way to Look at GOD:
When GOD solves our problems, we have faith in HIS abilities.
When GOD doesn’t solve our problems HE has faith in our abilities.
God’s accuracy may be observed in the hatching of eggs. . . . .
-those of the canary in 14 days; -those of the barnyard hen in 21 days;
-eggs of ducks and geese in 28 days; -those of the mallard in 35 days;
-The eggs of the parrot and the ostrich hatch in 42 days.
(Notice, they are all divisible by seven, the number of days in a week!)
God’s wisdom is seen in the making of an elephant . . . .
The four legs of this great beast all bend forward in the same direction –
no other quadruped is so made. God planned that this animal would have
a huge body too large to live on two legs. For this reason He gave it
four fulcrums so that it can rise from the ground easily. The horse rises
from the ground on its two front legs first. A cow rises from the ground
with its two hind legs first.
How wise the Lord is in all His works of creation!
-Each watermelon has an even number of stripes on the rind.
-Each orange has an even number of segments.
-Each ear of corn has an even number of rows.
– Each stalk of wheat has an even number of grains.
– Every bunch of bananas has on its lowest row an even number
of bananas, and each row decreases by one, so that one row
has an even number and the next row an odd number.
Amazing.
-The waves of the sea roll in on shore twenty-six to the minute
in all kinds of weather.
-All grains are found in even numbers on the stalks
God has caused the flowers to blossom at certain specified times
during the day. Linnaeus, the great botanist, once said that if he
had a conservatory containing the right kind of soil, moisture and
temperature, he could tell the time of day or night by the flowers
that were open and those that were closed.
The lives of each of us may be ordered by the Lord in
a beautiful way for His glory, if we will only entrust Him
with our life. If we try to regulate our own life, it will
only be a mess and a failure.
Only God, who made our brain and heart, can successfully
guide them to a profitable end.
I pray God blesses you in ways you never even dreamed
When you carry “the Bible,” Satan has a headache;
when you open it, he collapses;
when he sees you reading it, he loses his strength; and
when you stand on the Word of God, Satan can’t hurt you!

Murder, he wrote.

2015 July 30
by Bill

“Planned Parenthood” needs to be indicted, prosecuted and convicted of Crimes Against Humanity. I’d toss in a RICO charge too for racketeering and organized crime, about a million murder charges and whatever else Trey Gowdy can throw against them. What they are doing, and have done, is indefensible! My only regret in this is that I have not takes a stronger stand earlier.

The Ten Commandments are enumerated in Exodus 20: 1-17, Deuteronomy 5:6-21 and hammered home by Jesus in Matt 5: 21-37. In every case Number 6 says that “You shall NOT murder.” That’s pretty clear to me. These are not suggestions, thus the title, but go into any lawyers office and you will see entire libraries filled with lots of books to support, or bypass, these simple 10 Rules of Life. Rules that were meant for our good and not for our harm have been complicated, added to (in direct violation of God’s Word in Isaiah), and perverted. God cannot be happy. He told us not to do that.

Leave it to some in the legal profession to make adjustments in order to justify, or complicate these Rules. We now have degrees (First, Second, Third, Man-Slaughter) and a sub set of “Hate” crimes, just to make things look more complicated. Many jurisdictions divide murder by degrees. The distinction between first- and second-degree murder exists, for example, in Canadian murder law and third-degree murder is recognized in U.S. murder law and Peruvian murder law. The most common division is between first and second-degree murder. Generally, second-degree murder is common law murder, and first-degree is an aggravated form. The aggravating factors of first-degree murder depend on the jurisdiction, but may include a specific intent to kill, premeditation, or deliberation. In some, murder committed by acts such as strangulation, poisoning, or lying in wait are also treated as first-degree murder. How about deliberate part crushing? Confused? Me too.

The modern English word “murder” descends from the Proto-Indo-European “mrtró” which meant “to die”. The Middle English mordre is a noun from Anglo-Saxon morðor and Old French murdre. Middle English mordre is a verb from Anglo-Saxon myrdrian and the Middle English noun, this according to Wikopedia…murder by any other name…

The eighteenth-century English jurist William Blackstone (citing Edward Coke), in his Commentaries on the Laws of England set out the common law definition of murder, which by this definition occurs

“when a person, of sound memory and discretion, unlawfully kills any reasonable creature in being and under the king’s peace, with malice aforethought, either express or implied.”

The elements of common law murder are:

Unlawful
killing
of a human
by another human
with malice aforethought.

The Unlawful – This distinguishes murder from killings that are done within the boundaries of law, such as capital punishment, justified self-defense, or the killing of enemy combatants by lawful combatants as well as causing collateral damage to non-combatants during a war.

Killing – At common law, life ended with cardiopulmonary arrest– the total and permanent cessation of blood circulation and respiration. With advances in medical technology courts have adopted irreversible cessation of all brain function as marking the end of life of a human.

by another human – In early common law, suicide was considered murder. The requirement that the person killed be someone other than the perpetrator excluded suicide from the definition of murder.

With malice aforethought – Originally malice aforethought carried its everyday meaning – a deliberate and premeditated (prior intent) killing of another motivated by ill will. Murder necessarily required that an appreciable time pass between the formation and execution of the intent to kill. The courts broadened the scope of murder by eliminating the requirement of actual premeditation and deliberation as well as true malice. All that was required for malice aforethought to exist is that the perpetrator act with one of the four states of mind that constitutes “malice.”

The four states of mind recognized as constituting “malice” are:

Intent to kill,
Intent to inflict grievous bodily harm short of death,
Reckless indifference to an unjustifiably high risk to human life (sometimes described as an “abandoned and malignant heart”), or
Intent to commit a dangerous felony (the “felony murder” doctrine).

Are you starting to see a pattern here? Doesn’t this all describe the activities of Planned Parenthood? They
1. intend to kill and they know that,
2. grievous bodily harm will be inflicted, and that
3. Reckless indifference and a malignant heart is certainly a requirement for anyone who would do this to a helpless infant, and
4. Intent is a given. There is no simple or kind way to inflict this heinous act.

It has been said that rationalization is the first sign of rebellion and “rebellion is as witchcraft” says the Bible (Isaiah 15:23). We have allowed God’s Word to be corrupted and millions of children murdered in the name of “choice.” We, as a country, have even exported the technology all over the world! And, do you know what is done with the parts of the baby that they murder? They sell them! For what purpose? Read this! www.cogforlife.org/vaccineListOrogFormat.pdf. So, they charge the patient for the service, collect from our government and then sell the remains for additional profit to make vaccines that are damaging or worse, killing people! What is wrong with this picture?

It is way past time to stop, repent and turn from this sin.

Isaiah tells us, in 1:18 that if we are willing and obedient we shall “eat the best of the land,” but if we continue to resist and rebel we “will be devoured by the sword.” It is decision time.

The good news? There is Mercy and there is Grace. If it were not so there would be no hope. 2 Chronicles 7: 14 says” If My people, who are called be My Name will humble themselves and pray and seek My Face and will turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

It is time.

Open Letter #2 to the RNC

2015 April 16
by Bill

16 April 2015

Mr./Ms. Tony Parker
Treasurer
Republican national Committee
310 First Street, S.E.
Washington, DC 20003

Dear Mr./Ms. Parker:

Enclosed please find my letter to Mr. Reince Priebus dated 2 February 2015.

Clearly you did not receive a copy so I am filling that void. As requested, please remove, forthwith, my name and address from any and all of your databases. Based on the past history of the RNC I have absolutely NO desire or plan to financially support you in any way. If the Democrats beat you again it will not be due to lack of funding, it will be due to your continued poor choices and lack of leadership.

I have declared my independence from any political party. I shall vote my conscience and look for leadership, for those that follow the Constitution and for those who believe that the Country was founded on solid Biblical Principles.

Lest you write me off as a right-wing kook as you have to so many others who disagree with your past losses, let me state that I am a veteran, small business owner and completely fed up with the shenanigans of Washington, regardless of party.

The fact that the Republican “majority” continues to allow the criminals in this administration to continue to function is proof positive to me that you are all in this to your necks.

I’m out.

William N. Gadol

Bucket List or, Making Sausage

2015 March 12
by Bill

If you recall the movie classic “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” (1954 starring Howard Keel, Jane Powell, Russ Tamblyn and Julie, oh my goodness, Newmar) you may remember a scene where they are all dancing and the camera pans back to see a fellow sitting on the outhouse. All you see is his back. I have always told my children that I could have played that part. Never mind that in 1954 I was eleven, I still could have done it.

I related this story recently to a friend of mine who is a big-time Hollywood producer, director and videographer. He and his wife opened a studio and acting school here in Charleston, SC, this year and are currently (March 2015) shooting five, count them five, movies in this region. He politely laughed at my story and then said that he might have a part for me in one of his epics. I thought no more of this friendly exchange until a couple of months later when his wife came to me and said that she would be contacting me for a part! Sure enough, the next day there was an email directing me that my “call time” was 0730 the next morning! I was to report to a soon to be replaced building at the medical center, downtown. I arrived at 0730 and was told by my fellow extras that 0730 was when I was supposed to be in costume and ready to shoot! First error, but not career-ending.

I was given a set of “scrubs” and returned to the “Extras Holding Area” where we nine sat around and got to know each other. My role was to be a doctor so I was issued a stethoscope which I wrapped around my neck like a real doctor. At that point I had not stayed in a Holiday Express, but thought about it. Some of my peers were experienced, some first-timers like me and a couple were actually supporting themselves by traveling the circuit, making about $5 an hour. One lady was in “Army Wives” as an extra for five years!

Next they had us move to a hallway adjacent to the actual area where the shooting was going on. Here we had to be quiet and wait patiently for the “call.” Shortly several of us were pulled to the “stage” and directed to walk past a door way on cue. This was done several times until someone who we never saw was satisfied with the action. Once done we returned to the hallway until the next need. Several hours later three of us were sent back to the “stage” and did another on cue move. This time it was a run and we repeated it six times until he/she who had no name was happy. Then it was back to the holding area.

Lunch was ready around 1:30. We could smell it and we were quite hungry. My other first-timer and I went to the smell and helped ourselves to a lovely lunch. We then found a break room, sat down and enjoyed our lunch. Shortly a crew member came by, gave us a dirty look, left and then came back and did it again. The casting director then came and informed us that the crew eats first and extras get what ever is left! I couldn’t believe that an alleged adult male actually ratted us out rather then explaining the rules. Second error. In my defense, this rule had never been shared with us plebeians so I didn’t feel at all guilty, but this crew member could have just said something and saved a lot of angst.

Some still shots were taken of each of us both as a group and as individuals. Shortly thereafter we were given real looking ID’s and sent back to the holding pen. For the rest of the day I sat. At 7:30PM we were sent home with an 0730 call time for the next day, but for only two of us.

We two arrived on time the next day, changed into our scrubs and waited…and waited…and waited. My associate extra was called to do a scene once but otherwise we waited…and waited… I found a comfy chair and took a nap having read 2/3 of a 300 page book. Some smarty pants took my napping picture which I explained away as my rehearsal for a long flight that I’m set to take in May but no one buys it. At 8:00 PM we were released to go home having done absolutely nothing all day. My next call time was 1030 the following Monday.

This time we had an extra group of a dozen! Once again I was never called to do anything. Lunch this time was at 5PM. We extras stood against a wall in the food area while the crew came through. While standing there a friend on mine called my attention to the wall behind us. At the top it said “In Memorium,” and under that was a series of 8×10 head shots, principal amongst which WAS MINE! I didn’t get called because, evidently, they had BUMPED ME OFF! Maybe, I don’t know for a fact, it was that early meal that I had on the first day. Perhaps I didn’t walk or trot quite right in my two shots. Maybe it was the nap, who knows. What I do know is that this is not my “cup of tea.” The release time that day was close to 11:00 PM!

I am grateful for the opportunity to check off that bucket list box, and I am more aware of extras in movies and shows that I watch. Other than that, it was neither pretty nor exciting. It was more like making sausage. I’d rather eat it than know how they make it.

A college degree

2015 February 19
by Bill

Recently (February of 2015) Howard Dean, M.D., the former Governor of Vermont, Democratic bomb-thrower and non-practicing physician, mocked the Governor of Wisconsin and Presidential candidate Scott Walker for the lack of a college degree. It seems that Mr. Walker left college in his senior year at Marquette to accept a job with the American Red Cross so that he could support his family. Dr. Dean never had that opportunity to make a quality decision, he came from Upper East Side (NYC) money and never wanted for a dime…(One wonders why the Dems selected the ever annoying Debbie Wasserman Schultz to head the DNC over Dr. Dean, I mean just how bad can this guy be?)…but I digress.

My older step-brother went to college. Mostly, I think, because it was the thing to do, and to meet girls. He graduated from a NY State Teachers college with an education degree and the qualification to teach up to, and including, third grade if memory serves. He went immediately after graduation to NY City and snagged a job with J.C. Penny in the automotive after-market equipment buying office. Shortly thereafter he was introduced to a great new product, joined that company, and rode that horse until retirement. He never taught one third-grader that I can remember, other than maybe his daughters.

Through a variety of uncontrolled circumstances I went to 13 schools in 12 years (no, I was not a discipline problem) so the last thing that I wanted to do was go to another one so I entered the work place, became a volunteer firefighter/EMT, joined the Army, and then the corporate world at the lowest levels (think mail room, but outside), and rose through the ranks using wit, hard work and life experience. I took a few college courses but life, kids, divorce and so on limited where and when I could go, so I didn’t. More on that in a bit.

My first wife is a nurse (and still a good friend). She graduated from a three year school where the students actually practiced their chosen vocation for 36 months straight before being granted their RN (Registered Nurse). By all that I know they were superior nurses to their competition who attended four year colleges, had summers off, and did not experience the wide range of medical presentations that the three-year nurses did. No matter. Once the BS RN’s took over nursing management the three-year schools were driven out of business and all of their graduates had to go and get their BS RN degrees in order to continue to work as RN’s. Ultimately she earned her Masters and her license as a Nurse Practitioner so that she could practice on her own without M.D. supervision (an interesting result of good lobbying) and has since retired.

Currently I am married to a beautiful, smart lady who has a business degree from a very good school and a degree in Physician Assistant (PA-C) from a better one. She can only practice however under a physician’s direction (a result of very poor lobbying). She is studying for her Doctorate in Naturalpathic Medicine (N.D.) but won’t be able to practice in our state! (That lobbying thing again.) She has established her own practice as a Certified Thermographer, Nutrition Counselor, and is only one of two Electronic Lymphatic drainage practitioners in our state. Busy lady. Hard charger. I’m very proud of her.

Both of these ladies have multiple degrees and I applaud them both. I believe that a degree is necessary for a number of professions; education, law, medicine, scientific research perhaps (although I can name a few who set high standards in science without one; Tesla, Jobs, Rife, Gates and Edison come to mind) and perhaps some others. The few Fine Arts majors that I know are looking for work. Starbucks are full of over-educated barristas. Degrees are all well and good, if you can afford them (let’s not go there right now), but what we need are welders and brick-layers, machine operators and carpenters, cooks and truck drivers. We can’t rely on illegal immigrants to do what we need to do for ourselves.

So, how did I do what I did? No secret, I drew the longer straw. I was fortunate enough to spend years 16-35 in a place filled with successful businessmen and veterans of WW2 who vicariously taught me things like work ethic, loyalty, and faith. Some recognized the talent in me that I did not see and gave me opportunities that were not available to anyone without that magic degree, and I did not disappoint. That experience that I built in the volunteer fire service (don’t knock it, most of the country is protected by these folks), and in the Army Reserve (again, that straw) parlayed into a job where I was working directly with the Surgeons General of all of our military, major military commands and bases all over the world and even to the White House where I was able to serve every Administration from Carter through Reagan, Bush (41), Clinton and Bush (42). I worked with the NFL, traveled all over the world and eventually started my own business that has enjoyed success for the past 20 years! It has been an amazing trip, and I’m not done yet. Sadly, I doubt that I could do all of this today. There are too many people like the arrogant Dr. Dean who demean those who don’t meet his lofty standards, and I doubt that he, or they, even get it.

Measels?

2015 February 3
by Bill

According to the U.S. Public Health Service, measles was wiped out in the United States by the year 2000. All of a sudden we have an outbreak. Why? Liberals are blaming the Republicans (again) because many of them feel that there is a correlation between vaccines and autism and other long-term effects that we have yet to determine due to the poor research done on what is used now in vaccines. Note that I am not burdened by any advance degrees, and I don’t do deep research. My simple under-graduate degree is from the University of Extraordinary and Diverse Life Experiences where I majored in common sense and people watching…I’m good at it.

I have observed that anyone who dares to challenge the findings of the left-wing intelligentsia will be shouted down regardless of common sense or even scientific offerings that go against what they are selling at the moment. Global Warming comes to mind, and along with that Al Gore’s bank account, but that is a different issue. What we have here now is a Public Health issue that needs to be addressed. My suggestion is that we look no further than the Obama administration’s position on immigration and the thousands of children that this administration have allowed to enter the country and then dispersed to parts unknown. These kids came from countries that don’t vaccine! So do the thousands of undocumented families! It doesn’t take a Ph.D. to come to an obvious conclusion; the U.S. Government has allowed this disease to enter this country, dispersed it to small communities all over the land without telling the communities who they were, how many there are or what their condition might be, and have made no plan to protect us.

For those of you who are vaccinated, what are you worried about?…Oh, yeah, most of the measles is breaking out in vaccinated children!!!The media is whipping up hysteria about *cases* of measles. What’s important is outcome of measles vs problems with the vaccine. By the by, I had it as a kid…it was like the flu.

http://vaccineimpact.com/…/zero-u-s-measles-deaths-in-10-y…/

In the past 10 years we have had zero deaths from measles and over 100 from the vaccine!

And the news this week is? Why did Seattle pass on second and goal?

Open Letter to the RNC

2015 February 3
by Bill

2 February 2015

Mr. Reince Priebus
Chairman, Republican National Committee
310 First Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

Dear Mr. Priebus:

I am in receipt of your “2015 Dorchester County Grassroots Survey.” I’m not sure who you paid to write this drivel, but he/she needs to be fired immediately, as does the brainless nincompoop who decided that this waste of paper and money was a great idea. Every question was an insult to the intelligence of the reader.

We have suffered the fool in the White House for six years thanks to the absolute inept management of the Republican Party, and still have two to go thanks to the clowns who you continue to support, but not with my dime; not now, not ever.

Please remove my name from your list forthwith and stop clogging my mailbox with this nonsense. I see no difference between the parties, have determined after 72 years of observation that regardless of what I think, or what the majority of my peers think, it’s only money that keeps your office open and that you will say anything to get us to give more. The idiotic questions in the enclosed are proof positive of this; push the obvious hot buttons as if you were actually trying to change anything of importance to this country and make us think you actually matter in the process.

Well, not from me or mine. As they say on “Shark Tank,” I’m out.

VERY Sincerely,

William N. Gadol

Hope and Change?

2012 July 17
by Bill

I had an interesting conversation this week with a friend of mine who is also a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. I asked him to help me lower my blood pressure and explain why the Congress is doing nothing about the bureaucrats who seem to be running the country into the ground with no apparent fetters on their behavior.

What followed was a brief lesson in the reality of the function of the U.S. Government. If they had explained this to me in high school I would not be so frustrated. Not happy, but at least not frustrated.

You see, said my friend, the U.S. Government is like a big corporation. It has a CEO, (Executive branch) managers and a board of directors (Legislative branch). The CEO (substitute the word President) has the authority over the managers (bureaucrats) and they are accountable to him alone. The board (the Congress), on the other hand, approves, oversees, questions, and criticizes, censures and even holds in contempt but other than that can’t fire the managers or those below them. Only the CEO can do that. If there is a serious dispute they take it to the court (Judicial branch) but only when they are at a complete impasse (like the “Affordable Care Act”). This should explain how it is possible for an agency like the EPA or the FDA to write convoluted rules with the authority of law without the approval or even involvement of the Congress who is supposed to be doing this.

The CEO also has in his power the “Executive Order” which can allow him a trump card. Clever, no? This is how we now legislate.

If you don’t like it, leave….but where are we to go?

Now, you may ask, what about the Constitution? Well, that is the company’s business plan and it has been trashed. Unless the “Board” decides to force each issue in court there are, for all intent and purpose, no teeth left in it anymore and no one willing to enforce its provisions. Khrushchev was right when he banged his shoe on the U.N. table and said that they will bury us. They have successfully taken us down from the inside. You may not recognize it yet, but I assure you, it has been done.

This has not helped my blood pressure.

I watched an interview the other night where a bunch of college somethings were questioned about U.S. history. They failed miserably. They knew who Snooky was but could not identify any current congressional leaders. Sadly, this is not a rare occurrence. Our youth have been robbed of their inheritance as a free people by the simple act of removing, or worse, changing and revising their history by the simple elimination of civics classes in school. Like killing a frog by slowly boiling the water in which he sits, our people are losing their country, their freedom and their future through sheer ignorance and apathy and the willful cooperation of the media and educators.

How do we change this? We can’t. Only God can and that will take the action of the committed. My friend finished his short lesson by reminding me of 2 Chron. 7:14 “If My people, who are called by My Name will humble themselves and pray and seek My Face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and I will heal their land.”

So, that where we are and that’s where we’re headed. Some Hope, some Change. If you are a believer I encourage you to pray. Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem and pray for our country. Pray for the leadership and pray that the people of the country seek the Lord, humble themselves, repent of their sins and that God would forgive us and restore the land. And in all things that He be honored and glorified in what ever His will is for us.

“As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”

Israel, 2012

2012 April 27
by Bill

Karen and I had an opportunity to visit Israel in April of 2012. Ten days with 52 friends from our church, Seacoast Christian Church of Mt. Pleasant, SC. Our pastor made the trip last year and set us up this year with a fabulous tour guide, Marc Tournage of the Holy Lands Study Group which is part of the Assembly of God Church. Marc has a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies and archeology. His knowledge of this area and enthusiastic willingness to share it made the trip much like drinking from a fire hose! We went from early to late every day and I don’t think that we missed too much. Mark knows where the real sites are and that is where we spent our time rather than “traditional” sites that are sometimes not even close. We visited Cesarea, Mt. Carmel, Nazareth, Megiddo, Bethsaida, Korazin, Capernaum, The Sea of Galilee, Tiberius, were baptized in the Jordan River, Arabel, Sepphorus, Bet Alpha, Bethlehem, Masada, the Dead Sea, Ein Gedi and Qumran (Dead Sea Scrolls). Then we arrived in Jerusalem; the Western Wall, Mt. of Olives, assorted churches and more sites in the Old City than I can list.

Ably assisted by an orthodox native, Ilan Aharoni, added an additional layer to our information load. Ilan’s passion for his nation and understanding of our interests was the icing. One highlight for me was a special tour of the Holocaust Museum on national remembrance day. I have known of this crime against humanity all of my life but seeing this presentation, especially on this day and in this place was life changing.

Civilization, nations and empires that have tried to destroy the Jewish people:

Ancient Egypt………..Gone
Philistines………….Gone
Assyrian Empire………Gone
Babylonian Empire…….Gone
Persian Empire……….Gone
Greek Empire…………Gone
Roman Empire…………Gone
Byzantine Empire……..Gone
Crusaders……………Gone
Spanish Empire……….Gone
Nazi Germany…………Gone
Soviet Union…………Gone
Iran…………………??

The Jewish People; the smallest of nations but with a Friend in the Highest of Places! So, BE NICE!

I am a Sheepdog!

2012 January 3
by Bill

With great kudos to LTC Grossman I share the following:

Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs

Author: LTC (RET) Dave Grossman

Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It does so because honor is, finally, about defending those noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may mean social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution, or as always,even death itself. The question remains: What is worth defending? What is worth dying for? What is worth living for? – William J. Bennett – in a lecture to the United States Naval Academy November 24, 1997

One Vietnam veteran, an old retired colonel, once said this to me: ”Most of the people in our society are sheep. They are kind, gentle, productive creatures who can only hurt one another by accident.” This is true. Remember, the murder rate is six per 100,000 per year, and the aggravated assault rate is four per 1,000 per year. What this means is that the vast majority of Americans are not inclined to hurt one another. Some estimates say that two million Americans are victims of violent crimes every year, a tragic, staggering number, perhaps an all-time record rate of violent crime. But there are almost 300 million Americans, which means that the odds of being a victim of violent crime is considerably less than one in a hundred on any given year. Furthermore, since many violent crimes are committed by repeat offenders, the actual number of violent citizens is considerably less than two million.

Thus there is a paradox, and we must grasp both ends of the situation: We may well be in the most violent times in history, but violence is still remarkably rare. This is because most citizens are kind, decent people who are not capable of hurting each other, except by accident or under extreme provocation. They are sheep.

I mean nothing negative by calling them sheep. To me it is like the pretty, blue robin’s egg. Inside it is soft and gooey but someday it will grow into something wonderful. But the egg cannot survive without its hard blue shell. Police officers, soldiers, and other warriors are like that shell, and someday the civilization they protect will grow into something wonderful.? For now, though, they need warriors to protect them from the predators.

“Then there are the wolves,” the old war veteran said, ”and the wolves feed on the sheep without mercy.”
Do you believe there are wolves out there who will feed on the flock without mercy? You better believe it. There are evil men in this world and they are capable of evil deeds. The moment you forget that or pretend it is not so, you become a sheep. There is no safety in denial.

“Then there are sheepdogs,” he went on, “and I’m a sheepdog. I live to protect the flock and confront the wolf.” If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen, a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath, a wolf. But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? What do you have then? A sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero’s path. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed.

Let me expand on this old soldier’s excellent model of the sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. We know that the sheep live in denial, that is what makes them sheep. They do not want to believe that there is evil in the world. They can accept the fact that fires can happen, which is why they want fire extinguishers, fire sprinklers, fire alarms and fire exits throughout their kids’ schools.

But many of them are outraged at the idea of putting an armed police officer in their kid’s school. Our children are thousands of times more likely to be killed or seriously injured by school violence than fire, but the sheep’s only response to the possibility of violence is denial. The idea of someone coming to kill or harm their child is just too hard, and so they chose the path of denial.

The sheep generally do not like the sheepdog. He looks a lot like the wolf. He has fangs and the capacity for violence. The difference, though, is that the sheepdog must not, can not and will not ever harm the sheep. Any sheep dog who intentionally harms the lowliest little lamb will be punished and removed. The world cannot work any other way, at least not in a representative democracy or a republic such as ours.

Still, the sheepdog disturbs the sheep. He is a constant reminder that there are wolves in the land. They would prefer that he didn’t tell them where to go, or give them traffic tickets, or stand at the ready in our airports in camouflage fatigues holding an M-16. The sheep would much rather have the sheepdog cash in his fangs, spray paint himself white, and go, ”Baa.”

Until the wolf shows up. Then the entire flock tries desperately to hide behind one lonely sheepdog.
The students, the victims, at Columbine High School were big, tough high school students, and under ordinary circumstances they would not have had the time of day for a police officer. They were not bad kids; they just had nothing to say to a cop. When the school was under attack, however, and SWAT teams were clearing the rooms and hallways, the officers had to physically peel those clinging, sobbing kids off of them. This is how the little lambs feel about their sheepdog when the wolf is at the door.

Look at what happened after September 11, 2001 when the wolf pounded hard on the door. Remember how America, more than ever before, felt differently about their law enforcement officers and military personnel? Remember how many times you heard the word hero?

Understand that there is nothing morally superior about being a sheepdog; it is just what you choose to be. Also understand that a sheepdog is a funny critter: He is always sniffing around out on the perimeter, checking the breeze, barking at things that go bump in the night, and yearning for a righteous battle. That is, the young sheepdogs yearn for a righteous battle. The old sheepdogs are a little older and wiser, but they move to the sound of the guns when needed right along with the young ones.

Here is how the sheep and the sheepdog think differently. The sheep pretend the wolf will never come, but the sheepdog lives for that day. After the attacks on September 11, 2001, most of the sheep, that is, most citizens in America said, “Thank God I wasn’t on one of those planes.” The sheepdogs, the warriors, said, “Dear God, I wish I could have been on one of those planes. Maybe I could have made a difference.” When you are truly transformed into a warrior and have truly invested yourself into warriorhood, you want to be there. You want to be able to make a difference.

There is nothing morally superior about the sheepdog, the warrior, but he does have one real advantage. Only one. And that is that he is able to survive and thrive in an environment that destroys 98 percent of the population. There was research conducted a few years ago with individuals convicted of violent crimes. These cons were in prison for serious, predatory crimes of violence: assaults, murders and killing law enforcement officers. The vast majority said that they specifically targeted victims by body language: slumped walk, passive behavior and lack of awareness. They chose their victims like big cats do in Africa, when they select one out of the herd that is least able to protect itself.

Some people may be destined to be sheep and others might be genetically primed to be wolves or sheepdogs. But I believe that most people can choose which one they want to be, and I’m proud to say that more and more Americans are choosing to become sheepdogs.

Seven months after the attack on September 11, 2001, Todd Beamer was honored in his hometown of Cranbury, New Jersey. Todd, as you recall, was the man on Flight 93 over Pennsylvania who called on his cell phone to alert an operator from United Airlines about the hijacking. When he learned of the other three passenger planes that had been used as weapons, Todd dropped his phone and uttered the words, “Let’s roll,” which authorities believe was a signal to the other passengers to confront the terrorist hijackers. In one hour, a transformation occurred among the passengers – athletes, business people and parents. — from sheep to sheepdogs and together they fought the wolves, ultimately saving an unknown number of lives on the ground.

There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men. – Edmund Burke
Here is the point I like to emphasize, especially to the thousands of police officers and soldiers I speak to each year. In nature the sheep, real sheep, are born as sheep. Sheepdogs are born that way, and so are wolves. They didn’t have a choice. But you are not a critter. As a human being, you can be whatever you want to be. It is a conscious, moral decision.

If you want to be a sheep, then you can be a sheep and that is okay, but you must understand the price you pay. When the wolf comes, you and your loved ones are going to die if there is not a sheepdog there to protect you. If you want to be a wolf, you can be one, but the sheepdogs are going to hunt you down and you will never have rest, safety, trust or love. But if you want to be a sheepdog and walk the warrior’s path, then you must make a conscious and moral decision every day to dedicate, equip and prepare yourself to thrive in that toxic, corrosive moment when the wolf comes knocking at the door.

For example, many officers carry their weapons in church.? They are well concealed in ankle holsters, shoulder holsters or inside-the-belt holsters tucked into the small of their backs.? Anytime you go to some form of religious service, there is a very good chance that a police officer in your congregation is carrying. You will never know if there is such an individual in your place of worship, until the wolf appears to massacre you and your loved ones.
I was training a group of police officers in Texas, and during the break, one officer asked his friend if he carried his weapon in church. The other cop replied, “I will never be caught without my gun in church.” I asked why he felt so strongly about this, and he told me about a cop he knew who was at a church massacre in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1999. In that incident, a mentally deranged individual came into the church and opened fire, gunning down fourteen people. He said that officer believed he could have saved every life that day if he had been carrying his gun. His own son was shot, and all he could do was throw himself on the boy’s body and wait to die. That cop looked me in the eye and said, “Do you have any idea how hard it would be to live with yourself after that?”

Some individuals would be horrified if they knew this police officer was carrying a weapon in church. They might call him paranoid and would probably scorn him. Yet these same individuals would be enraged and would call for “heads to roll” if they found out that the airbags in their cars were defective, or that the fire extinguisher and fire sprinklers in their kids’ school did not work. They can accept the fact that fires and traffic accidents can happen and that there must be safeguards against them.

Their only response to the wolf, though, is denial, and all too often their response to the sheepdog is scorn and disdain. But the sheepdog quietly asks himself, “Do you have and idea how hard it would be to live with yourself if your loved ones attacked and killed, and you had to stand there helplessly because you were unprepared for that day?”
It is denial that turns people into sheep. Sheep are psychologically destroyed by combat because their only defense is denial, which is counterproductive and destructive, resulting in fear, helplessness and horror when the wolf shows up.
Denial kills you twice. It kills you once, at your moment of truth when you are not physically prepared: you didn’t bring your gun, you didn’t train. Your only defense was wishful thinking. Hope is not a strategy. Denial kills you a second time because even if you do physically survive, you are psychologically shattered by your fear helplessness and horror at your moment of truth.

Gavin de Becker puts it like this in Fear Less, his superb post-9/11 book, which should be required reading for anyone trying to come to terms with our current world situation: “…denial can be seductive, but it has an insidious side effect. For all the peace of mind deniers think they get by saying it isn’t so, the fall they take when faced with new violence is all the more unsettling.”

Denial is a save-now-pay-later scheme, a contract written entirely in small print, for in the long run, the denying person knows the truth on some level.

And so the warrior must strive to confront denial in all aspects of his life, and prepare himself for the day when evil comes. If you are warrior who is legally authorized to carry a weapon and you step outside without that weapon, then you become a sheep, pretending that the bad man will not come today. No one can be “on” 24/7, for a lifetime. Everyone needs down time. But if you are authorized to carry a weapon, and you walk outside without it, just take a deep breath, and say this to yourself… “Baa.”

This business of being a sheep or a sheep dog is not a yes-no dichotomy. It is not an all-or-nothing, either-or choice. It is a matter of degrees, a continuum. On one end is an abject, head-in-the-sand-sheep and on the other end is the ultimate warrior. Few people exist completely on one end or the other. Most of us live somewhere in between. Since 9-11 almost everyone in America took a step up that continuum, away from denial. The sheep took a few steps toward accepting and appreciating their warriors, and the warriors started taking their job more seriously. The degree to which you move up that continuum, away from sheephood and denial, is the degree to which you and your loved ones will survive, physically and psychologically at your moment of truth. “