Alarmed at Rising Gun Violence? – Don’t Be

31 July 2013


Aren’t you alarmed over the dramatic increase in gun violence? You are? I’m not. Why am I not alarmed?

Look at these excerpts from an article by NPR journalist Bill Chappell (07 May 2013) titledRate Of U.S. Gun Violence Has Fallen Since 1993, Study Says“.

“Compared with 1993, the peak of U.S. gun homicides, the firearm homicide rate was 49 percent lower in 2010, and there were fewer deaths, even though the nation’s population grew,” according to the Pew study. “The victimization rate for other violent crimes with a
firearm—assaults, robberies and sex crimes—was 75 percent lower in 2011 than in 1993.”

“All of that is good news — but many Americans don’t seem to be aware of it. In a survey, the Pew Research Center found that only 12 percent of Americans believe the gun crime rate is lower today than it was in 1993; 56 percent believe it’s higher.”

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You have to look into the psychology of a bully to understand and you have to understand the spiritual aspect, as well.


You are possibly familiar with the ancient story of Job. He lost children, livestock, buildings – he was wiped out. Why did these terrible things happen to a just man? Job gives the answer in Job 3:25.

For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, And what I dreaded has happened to me.

The things we most fear are the calamities that befall us.


There is no “one size fits all” with respect to why someone becomes a bully, yet the targets of their terror are consistent across the board.

In summary, “Bullies … target those who appear to be vulnerable and the main theory is that they do this so that there is little chance the person will stand up for themselves, making them easy to abuse.

Learn more about bullies from THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BULLYING via this link


Know the facts. Don’t allow yourself to be misled by sensational news stories that magnify and glorify gun violence.

Establish common sense defensive measures against bullies, such as armed staff in public schools, learn personal self defense tactics, acquire personal knowledge of armed self defense including skills and law, become licensed for concealed handguns.

Educate others. Let’s take the fear off inanimate objects (guns, knives, clubs) and focus on likely bad guys.


There are off-the-shelf, ready-to-use training materials produced by various professional organizations, like the NRA, TSRA, etc.

Associate with a local gun club to acquire specific and essential knowledge and skills.

There is an agenda to disarm law-abiding Americans through misinformation. As Holy Scripture says, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

CARGO Rockwall Gun Club meets every second Thursday of each month at Soulman’s Bar-B-Que for the express purpose of educating fellow citizens. There are no fees or membership dues. We are citizens serving citizens.

CARGO means Citizens Association for Responsible Gun Ownership

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The One-Minute Economist – Where Are We Now?

28 July 2013

As of 0823 hours on 28 July 2013 national debt rises over $16.879 trillion. Reference: National Debt Clock

Time As Money

It has been my custom to represent national debt through an analogy of time whereby I equate one second of time to one U.S. dollar. Using this analogy, here’s a snapshot of national debt at this moment in time.

1 Second of Time Represents $1 of Debt
1 Second of Time Represents $1 of Debt

Alpha Centauri, the third brightest star in the sky, lies 4.37 light-years from Earth. If you could accelerate to the speed of light, you could make 61,241 round trips there and back – an impossibility, of course.

Money As Money

Another analogy may further the reader’s understanding of the magnitude of national debt: thickness of a dollar bill to distance covered by a stack of one-dollar bills equal to national debt. Here’s another snapshot of national debt at this moment in time, using the same debt value in the first analogy.

Stack of $1 Bills - Actual Distance
Stack of $1 Bills – Actual Distance

Which of you, even my liberal readers, believes this debt sustainable?

This sitting president who leads-from-behind has accrued more national debt than the sum of all previous presidents from the first George to the last.

Barack Hussein Obama behaves no differently than any other tyrant in history. He ignores the Rule of Law, disregards the Constitution and abrogates his oath of office.

It’s time to impeach Barack Obama before we pass the point of no return!

I know there are Democrats in the House and Senate who know this to be true. To them, I say, “come over to the light“. Most of Texas was Democrat throughout the years of my youth. President Ronald Reagan, Congressman Ralph Hall, Gov. Rick Perry and a host of Texas leaders are former Democrats. Jimmy Carter’s foolishness in office was what did the trick for me.

What happened? Why did they leave the Democrat party? Well, truth be told, they didn’t leave the Democrat party. The Democrat party left them.

This is my message to my conservative Democrat friends: YOUR PARTY HAS LEFT YOU! You are welcome to “come home” to a party who loves America, believes in American exceptionalism and works to preserve the Judeo-Christian values and principles that shaped this the greatest country in the history of the earth.

PS- CBO forecasts “the public debt is scheduled to grow to $19 trillion by 2023, or 73.6 percent of projected GDP — up from 36 percent as recently as the end of 2007. “

Remember in November and vote Republican.

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National Debt – How Big is Big?

National debt at 1440 hours CST, 26 July 2013
National debt at 1440 hours CST, 26 July 2013 – click on image above for up to date numbers.

How can one possibly understand the magnitude of U.S. Treasury Debt?

For some time, I equated seconds of time to dollars, one second equal to one U.S. dollar. Few seem to grasp the meaning of what I was doing.

Now comes a better analogy: distance to the moon.

One U.S. dollar has a thickness of .0043 inches.

The U.S. Dollar Bill Measures .0043 Inches in Thickness
The U.S. Dollar Bill Measures .0043 Inches in Thickness

National debt approaches $16.9 trillion.

If $16.9 trillion dollar bills were stacked one atop another, the stack would go from the surface of the earth to the visible surface of the moon ———– MORE THAN FIVE TIMES. In other words, the distance between the earth and the moon is merely around the height of 3.38 trillion one-dollar bills.

Stated another way, if the stack of $16.9 trillion one-dollar bills were lain across the surface of the earth, the stack would encircle the earth at the equator almost 46 times!

I know, I know. You Democrats will say, “But, Bush…” Stuff it! Okay?

Under control of a Democrat Senate empowered by a whatever-he-is president, more national debt has been accrued under this president’s watch than the sum of ALL national debt accrued under all other presidents from George Washington to George Bush.

Our singularly most dangerous threat comes not from the Middle East. Neither does it emanate from either Beijing or Moscow. Big government is the greatest threat to America today.


Tell your two senators and your congressman to cut spending, reduce taxes and roll back entitlements – PS Social Security isn’t an entitlement – that’s OUR money.

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Cong. Ralph Hall Voted FOR Constitutional Restraints on NSA

Congressman Ralph M. Hall TX CD-4
Congressman Ralph M. Hall

July 25, 2013

Whether you think him hero or traitor, Snowden paid a terrible price by exposing NSA spying on U.S. Citizens without warrants. Without respect to how history will judge him, we owe him a debt of gratitude for exposing unconstitutional, egregious acts of a government that has become too big.

Yesterday, the House voted on an amendment to a defense appropriations bill by Justin Amash (R-MI) that would have severely restricted NSA activities. The amendment was defeated 217-205.

Our Congressman Ralph M. Hall (R-TX CD-4) voted FOR the amendment. By his vote he was upholding the Fourth Amendment.

You can see how others voted via this link:

I ask you to send a note of thanks to Cong. Ralph Hall via phone call, web mail contact form or written letter.

Official website for Cong. Hall:

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Michael Jr. “Some of my best friends are black”

Some months ago, comedian Michael Jr. spoke at Gateway Church, Southlake Campus. His ‘sermon’, if that’s an appropriate term for his presentation, was most unusual and most rewarding.

“I’m not racist…Some of my best friends are black…Actually, half of my friends are black…Well – I’ve got one friend, but he’s half black.”

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. — Proverbs 3:5 NKJV

And be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. — Romans 12:2 NKJV

God invented humor. He wants us to laugh. Don’t believe me?

A merry heart does good, like medicine… — Proverbs 17:22 NKJV

We’ll never heal either ourselves or others by being morose, downcast or depressed. Learn to laugh at yourself. If you do, you’ll never be hurt by anyone who laughs at you.

Enjoy this most unusual sermon and find your “laughing place” today.

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Yo, Detroit! Hey, Baby, ¿Qué pasó?

   The Ruins of Detroit by Alexander Synaptic

What happened to Detroit, aka Motor City, aka Motown? How did those rascally Republicans destroy this city? Give up? They didn’t.

Motown came under the control of Mayor Coleman Young who ruled the city over five terms in office. It was during his reign that he pitted whites against blacks. The term “white flight” arose out of what was happening during those years. White people moved out of the city limits as fast as they could, often to unfinished new homes in the suburbs.

Five-term Mayor of Detroit Coleman Young

Michigan isn’t in bad shape and automakers still build cars near there. In fact, Ford Motor is rebuilding its workforce in nearby Dearborn. If Michigan was a restaurant, Detroit would be one of its toilets.

Coleman became a major force in the Democrat Party. He served as “vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1977 to 1981 and chair of the Democratic National Convention Platform Committee in 1980. He also led the United States Conference of Mayors and the National Conference of Democratic Mayors at various times.” (Wikipedia)

It was the Democrats who destroyed Detroit. Now, we have a sitting president who could be a direct descendant of Mayor Coleman Young, judging by the way he stirs up strife and promotes irresponsibility. Irresponsibility? Yes, if anything doesn’t work well, it’s Whitey’s fault, so said Coleman Young, so says Barack Obama.

November cometh. This president’s signature legislation, the so-called Affordable Care Act, is becoming a poison pill. We now have fewer than half of all adults working full time, 47% to be exact. 100 million Americans are on food stamps. What this fascist, outlaw president and his outlaw staff are doing to our beloved country may be irreversible. I hope that’s not the case, but it appears more and more to be so.

Remember in November and let’s give the Democrats the boot from the Senate and let’s add to our conservative majority in the the House.

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City of Rockwall Budget: An Open Letter to Council

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Mayor and Council
City of Rockwall
385 South Goliad
Rockwall, Texas 75087

Mayor and Council Members,

I write for two reasons: (1) to showcase an “affordable home” community in Florida. It just happens to be George Zimmerman’s neighborhood, but this isn’t about guilt or innocence. This story is about the sudden decline of overpriced, jammed-together, high-density housing; and (2) to put a spotlight on the seriousness of municipal debt obligations.

Before the 2008 recession when Zimmerman bought his home, units were running $250,000. Post recession prices plummeted to $100,000 and underwater owners rented them out to what the writer of the below-linked article called “transient type of resident”. The writer says, “As the type of resident changed, so did the type of visitor”.

Article from National Review Online: The Neighborhood Zimmerman Watched – 22 July 2013 by Ian Tuttle

A second recession isn’t something I either want or invite, but I foresee it on the horizon and it could happen next year or it could happen next week. A couple of real estate analysts predicted the second housing bubble three or four years ago to happen around 2015. That coincides with the full implementation of the so-called Affordable Care Act.

As we move forward with “planned developments” that provide for high-density housing, I suggest we learn from other communities like Sanford, Florida and even nearby Richardson, Texas. – One major ‘blip’ in the economy and townhomes and condos will lie vacant and/or let out for rent, making for high-crime challenges.

As you start the annual budget process, I encourage you to think about indebtedness with the future in mind. News reports would suggest that California is deeply overburdened with debt while Texas sails along smoothly. Let’s look at the facts, debt as a percent of state GDP.

Source Link State Local Total
California 7.05% 12.49% 19.27%
Texas 2.33% 16.94% 19.54%

As you can see in the above chart, Texas aggregate debt is actually more severe than California aggregate debt, as a percentage of GDP. California finds itself the target of news reports, because all the reporters see is state spending, that which happens Austin. This is to say, Sacramento spends more than Austin. But, look where our Texas debt risk lies: right here in Rockwall, Rowlett, Houston, Dallas and every other city, county, school district in the Lone Star State. Texas debt lies right there in your hands. The only reason Texas debt isn’t national news is due to the intellectual laziness of news reporters. Our aggregate debt is outrageous, perhaps scandalous better describes our situation.

I did some research on unfunded pension obligations and extrapolations caused too much nausea to discuss that topic at this time. However, I ask you to critically examine our municipal pension obligations with an eye on the future. Is our pension system sustainable? Is there something you can or should do to ameliorate out local outlook?

A former mayor, back in 2009, likened the national economy to a ship, optimistically saying, “we’re in the crow’s nest”. I later reminded him that when the Titanic sank, that crow’s nest went all the way to the bottom with the ship.

Thank you,

Residents of the City of Rockwall can communicate with council members via email. Find all the email addresses at this link: Mayor and City Council

Rockwall City Council begins budget preparation on Friday, July 26, starting at 7:30 am, in the City Courts Building, 2860 SH-66 in Rockwall – This meeting is open to the public. Link to Agenda

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