Pink Pistol movement


Image credit NBC Orlando

Folks, you haven’t had a bad day, until you’ve had your helmet bashed by a bad guy’s bullet, had to pick up a loved one at a morgue, had to go to more than one friends funeral in one week, had to receive a life changing text in the middle of the night.

I’m very grateful today for those brave individuals who go into the face of danger, and have some protection.  This is the helmet from one of the first responders at Pulse.  Thank God for his helmet, and that he is OK, besides the massive bruise on his head.

I’m also so amazed, and happy to hear about the Pink Pistol movement.

http://www.pinkpistols.org

They have doubled their membership in the last week.  If you are at all interested in your own self defense, please reach out to them.  Gun, no gun, know;  what are the rules, who has rights, who to call, or just getting some peace of mind.  This is a great resource to make sure you have the information that you need to make sure you ARE safe.

Obviously, bad guys don’t follow laws, signs, or decency.  I’m beginning to believe, that anything labeled “GUN Free Zone” is bait for the horribly twisted evil minds out there who want to do innocent people harm.

Be safe out there my friends.  Be informed.  Make good decisions about your safety.  Don’t give into fear, or hate.  Know that there are many, many people who want only your health and happiness.  Gun, no gun, just be informed, and be safe.

 

 

Heaviness of heart, but hope for the future


Memorial Day is so much more than a 3 day weekend for me.

I recognize the sacrifice made not just by my family, but by our nations armed forces to keep us safe.

Blood has been shed for generations by the patriots of our country so that we can enjoy what freedoms we have left.

Our country is at a crossroads in this political discourse.  And this political season has been a doosey!

Could I appeal to the American Patriot in you this year?

I don’t care if you are a Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, socialist, communist, atheist, evangelical, union, free trade,north, south, east coast, west coast, vegan, transgender, gay, straight,bi, muslim, Yoghi, confused, or whatever….Pee where you want, I can handle it, women’s room or men’s room, oh hell….just pull to the side of the road and drop em.  Who cares?

If you live here, in the US.  If you enjoy driving a car, having a job, have a place to sleep.  If you feel safe going to the store, if your store has goods on the shelf, buying your goods and getting home unmolested.  If your can get your children to their schools and can feel relatively good about their safety through the day.  If you can rely on the fire department or police department to help you in an emergency, or if there is a hospital in your neighborhood.  If you have the church of your choice and freedom to worship and be who you are in your community.  Can you get down your streets successfully?

Could you do me a favor, and just be grateful that we have such things here in the US?  

We have so much here to be thankful for, and it has been held in tact against all invaders, foreign and domestic because of the sacrifice of our American Armed Forces. 

Thank God for America.  We have been the protectors and defenders of our neighbors for 100 years.  Since WWI, we have been there for the world.  We may not have always been perfect, but we have always provided help when needed.  

My family has paid in blood, sweat, tears, and more. I won’t bow my head. I would rather live here, than anywhere else.

I’m grateful, so supremely grateful. Because I KNOW!  This country did not come cheap.

Sunday silly things

  
Mashable has done it again.  

They’ve done the research, and the numbers are in:  Selfie related deaths world wide are on the rise.  They now outpace death by shark attack.

When I found the article earlier this week, I was amazed that they found so many incidents in such public places.

One incident was at the Taj Mahal, a tourist taking a selfie fell down the stairs.  Another incedent in Pamplona, Spain.   A man running with the Bulls stopped to take a selfie and was gored.  Both men perished.

I wonder how many incedents are missed?  I wonder how many used selfie sticks?  Those get complicated… With the blue tooth, the remote, just saying.  They can distract you.  

My friend and I used a selfie stick for this one on a cable car in San Francisco…our lives were in peril the whole time. Who knew that the Sharks were just beyond us in the bay.

  

We could have been tossed from the car, and dashed to bits rolling down those steep hills.

Or!  We could have been attacked by lobsters on fisherman’s wharf?

  

See my friend Cindy’s right hand holding the selfie stick, thumb on the button?  
So for my selfie taking friends, be careful….especially in public places like Pamplona, and the Taj Mahal.  Leave your phones in the car, but if you have to take them, please have a 3rd party take your picture.

Be safe out there my friends.

Community support, tradition, ‘got your back’.

My friend Kimberly and I met up this morning and made our way to the big 2nd Baptist Church on Woodway and Voss Dr in Houston, TX.

The viewing started at 10 am, the service was at 11.

Amazingly, we made it into the parking lot.

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Yes, that’s a 1/2 dozen box of glazed donuts on the Sheriff’s trunk.  A little levity during such a somber time.

There was close to 11,000 people there.  They simulcast the services to all four 2nd Baptist campus’ all across the city and to all the police precincts and annexes.  When was the last time you went to a funeral with 11,000 other people?  It was a very moving tribute that included law officers from NYPD, to Washington State.  We saw badges, and emblems from cities across Texas, including 4 Texas Rangers that sat in front of us.

There were firefighters, and two Tower Trucks with a massive American flag to welcome folks to the church.

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All the law enforcement officers lined up by unit under the Tower Trucks for the color guard, and the 21 gun salute.  A great sea of hats was a very impressive sight.

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The helicopter fly over was very impressive, and they performed the missing man formation for the occasion.

There were hundreds of bikers there.  All in their leathers, patched, and there to show solidarity for the officers in mourning.  We followed “La Familia” out of the parking lot.  They were very lovely people, and thanked us for letting them go in front of us.

One of the most touching moments of the ceremony was during Pastor Ed Young’s closing.  He encouraged us to ‘have the back’ of the officers who ‘deliver us from evil’.  He was quite passionate and prophetic about the changes that will come in our society, and that he knew the change was coming because of the outpouring of support that came from Deputy Goforth’s murder.

Dr. Young encouraged the children of Deputy Goforth, telling them twice that their father did not ‘die in vain’.

There is a Go Fund Me page for the Goforth’s, if anyone is interested in making a contribution.  http://www.gofundme.com/dgoforth

I’m very grateful to my friend Kimberly who gave up her day to go with me.  I’m grateful for the law officers who do their jobs daily, with little or no thanks.  I’m very grateful for the peaceful existence I can enjoy because of their diligence and care.