Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Highway Patrol

I made a traffic stop on an elderly lady the other day for speeding on U.S. 166 Eastbound at Mike Marker 73 just East of Sedan, KS. I asked for her driver's license, registration, and proof of insurance. The lady took out the required information and handed it to me. In with the cards I was somewhat surprised to see she had a conceal carry permit. I looked at her and asked if she had a weapon in her possession at this time. She responded that she indeed had a .45 automatic in her glove box. Something … body language, or the way she said it … made me want to ask if she had any other firearms. She did admit to also having a 9mm Glock in her center console. Now I had to ask one more time if that was all. She responded once again that she did have just one more, a .38 special in her purse. I then asked her what she was so afraid of. She looked me right in the eye and said, "Not a damn thing!"

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Broadcast By Radio

    "Now it has come to us to stand alone in the breach and face the worst that the tyrant's might and enmity can do. Bearing ourselves humbly before God, but conscious that we serve an unfolding purpose, we are ready to defend our native land against the invasion by which it is threatened. We are fighting by ourselves alone, but we are not fighting for ourselves alone. Here in this strong city of refuge which enshrines the title-deeds of human progress and is of deep consequence to Christian civilization, here, girt about by the seas and oceans where the navy reigns, shielded from above by the prowess and devotion of our airmen, we await undismayed the impending assault." - British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (July 14, 1940).

Monday, September 16, 2019

Derived

"People focus on the new, or the old, but rarely both. A place is not just as it is, but the result of everything it has been before." - C. Ellingham

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Using Children

   "The FBI figures 300,000 minors in America are employed as prostitutes each year. Staggering. One for every thousand people. An advocacy group called Shared Hope International estimates their average age is 13. Thirteen years old on average. Try to wrap your mind around this. The Department Of Justice says there are pimps in America earning money off girls as young as 5 and 6. Last year, the U.S., together with Mexico and the Phillipines, ranked as one of the world's worst places for human trafficking. Worldwide, millions of children live in slavery. UNICEF says as many as 2 million more are trafficked each year, a great many for sex. The UN's International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that at any given moment, at least 40.3 million people, including children, are in forced labor, bonded labor, and commercial sex servitude. Four out of five are female. Half are children. The slave trade, the ILO believes, is a $150 billion business, saturated in unchecked greed, sleaze and abuse. And shamefully, it is the fastest growing industry in the world. Somewhere in here, the imagination of many of us reaches its limit. Unexposed to such grotesque realities, we can barely conceive of them. Yet this is only one of literally countless ways that people put other people through indescribable torment. Cruelty. Tyranny. Corruption. Thievery. Poor resource management that results in starvation, poverty and disease. Racism. Religious persecution. Violence of every stripe. Full-blown war. The human mind can only take in so much. And in this information-saturated age, news of people mistreating their fellow human beings come in such a torrent that we can easily grow numb to it. These blights are painfully endemic to the human condition, resilient against virtually all efforts to stop them." - J. Hilliker

Friday, August 23, 2019

To Believe And Know

"BLESSED is the man that trusteth in the Lord and whose hope the Lord is.  For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?  I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings." - Jeremiah 17: 7-10.

Friday, July 5, 2019

A Pigeon On The Grey Cement

Pigeon On The Grey Cement Wobble Up To Me, I Have An Unsalted Cracker For You. Just you here? Where's your family? Across the way; at the fountain, drinking water? You thirsty? Your eyes are black like the buffalo. Gotta go. See you again tomorrow. Big CTA Bus. Run little pigeon. Fly a little. Try a little. Over to the fountain. Blue, black, gray and white pigeon - where'd you come from? Where do you hide your eggs? Don't get smashed on the asphalt. Tweetie, Twittle. Gosh. Wonder where you'll sleep tonight. I'll look for you again tomorrow; you'll be here as you have been for the last 50 years. All you see are the shoes on people's feet; all day long. They're so mean to you; too.