While the fortune teller entertains him, he is robbed from behind.
While the fortune teller entertains him, he is robbed from behind. “The Fortune Teller” by Simon Vouet (1590-1649).

When someone claims the ability to predict the future, they claim the ability to do the impossible. Then we have no choice except to suspect their honesty. Therefore, when someone offers to “read” your palm, shuffles a deck of Tarot cards, or puts a crystal ball on the table, we should protect our wallet and back off. Yet fortune tellers always entice some people. Frightened by the unknowable, we all want to believe, and some do. These stay to listen, and the rest of us are apt to smugly call them gullible.

Yet there is a different type of fortune teller who has almost no trouble getting everyone to listen.  Instead of predicting the future, these fortune tellers grandly proclaim as peerless the intelligence of hindsight. These speak with the perfect knowledge of the critic.

Want an example?

In hindsight, was invading Iraq and toppling the regime of Saddam Hussein a mistake? Here is probably the most famous answer to such blabbering critics.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. — Theodore Roosevelt from THE MAN IN THE ARENA

When as a nation, we decided to invade Iraq and end an evil tyrant’s bloodthirsty rule, we did so for many reasons, but we could not do so with perfect knowledge. Until the future becomes the past, except for what our Lord has blessed us to know, we must pray, guess, and hope for the best.

Accurate or not, President George W. Bush correctly used the intelligence given him, and our military forces succeeded in pacifying Iraq. Then the critics took over, and with increasing rapidity the Middle East is descending into chaos. Yet instead of trying to correct President Barack H. Obama’s obvious foolishness, the corporate-owned news media wants to grill Republican presidential candidates as if it were possible to know in the past what we know now. When we know that such perfection is impossible, questions solely based upon knowledge gained in hindsight do nothing but stupidly insult people who have dedicated their lives to serving us.

If you are one who wants to properly contemplate what it means to be a doer of deeds, please consider reading A Memorial Day Devotion for Christians.


Sometimes we remember to pray.
Sometimes some of us still remember to pray.

Dissecting The Liberal Stance On Israel

Here of late there has been lots of publicity about ISIS, ISIL or whatever it is we are suppose to call a bunch of bloodthirsty fanatics. There is only one good thing about this outfit. ISIS is revealing just the kind of fanatic insanity Israel has been fighting. Apparently, ISIS seeks complete domination, including the deaths of those not of their Islamic sect.

What kind of insanity has Israel been fighting? Because ISIS has been so blatantly evil, we are receiving plenty of news of their mass murders, religious persecution, and horrid abuses of military power. So my last post, NEVER AGAIN published on Thursday, dealt with something closer to home, the American version of anti-Israeli insanity. That’s the hypocrisy in our own political leadership.

Perhaps because of the growing threat posed by ISISNEVER AGAIN received relatively little traffic. However, today two people commented. scout disagreed with the post here, citing the usual Liberal arguments. Keith DeHavelle dissected ‘s comment line-by-line, making the absurdity of ‘s position all too obvious. Nonetheless, we have put a man who speaks all too much like  in the White House and not just once, but twice.


Many supposedly reasonable politicians say that politics is the art of compromise, but think about the definition of “compromised.”

com·pro·mised [kom-pruh-mahyzd]
adjective Pathology
unable to function optimally, especially with regard to immune response, owing to underlying disease, harmful environmental exposure, or the side effects of a course of treatment.

Too many of us, seeking to fatten our own pocketbooks, have repeatedly compromised on the principles that made our constitutional republic possible. Many of us have never even taken the time to understand how our government is suppose to work. We just expect somebody else to take responsibility. As a result, we have severely compromised our constitutional republic. We have elected such a scoundrel to run our nation, President Barack Obama, we are uncertain of his true loyalties. Whatever his loyalties may be, the mess he has made of this nation and the Middle East is criminal.

So What Can We Do?

There is no easy solution. The best I have come up with I posted in WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO? In meantime, since we are thinking about the Middle East, we might try praying for those people.

Why Christians Must Pray for the Middle East Now More Than Ever.

The recent bloodshed and chaos of the Middle East is so indescribably disturbing! So much hatred, anger and misunderstanding thrive in the Middle East in our time. Consider especially:

  • Hamas persecuting Christians in Gaza for the seven years since it came to power —murdering pastors, burning homes and church buildings, and abusing and torturing many Christian brothers and sisters, long before Hamas’ recent all-out attacks on Israel. (Perhaps most of us American Christians forgot to pray or protest. )
  • Hamas in Gaza shooting missiles at Israeli civilians every day now for seven years.
  • Muslims driving out all the 1.5 million Christians from Mosul, Iraq – one million over the last ten years, and 500,000 just a couple weeks ago. Under the threat of mass beheadings, a half a million Christians were driven from their homes, and then robbed of all their money, jewelry and any other valuables as they left Mosul with barely the clothes on their backs.
  • Muslims terrorizing other Muslims in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other places.
  • More violent Muslim persecution against Christians in several countries in the Middle East than has been seen in centuries – or perhaps ever before.

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Perhaps if God answers our prayers for the people in the Middle East, He will help us mend the disaster we are making for our children in our own country.


Imagine the question. “What did you do during the Great Constitutional Crisis?” How will you answer. When Delegate Scott Lingamfelter hears that question, he wants to be ready.

Our Beach Head Moment

I recall the day my unit, part of the 1st Infantry Davison (The Big Red One), crossed into Iraq in 1991. We awoke early in the morning, to prepare for our breakout attack into two Iraqi divisions. Everybody responds in their own way to moments like this. The soldiers I served with were remarkably calm, but intensely focused. I sure felt that way. Anxious, yes, but the weight of the task in front of my comrades and me had the effect of galvanizing us to the mission. That’s how I feel now as we approach what is the most important election of our lifetime.

I can’t help but think back to the history of the 1st Division, the Big Red One, when those brave WWII veterans went ashore at Omaha Beach during the Normandy invasion on June 6th 1944. The 1st Division was on the left at Omaha, and beside them was the 29th Infantry Division on the right, with many Virginians in that unit. The 1-16th Infantry was in the center, and the 166th Regimental Combat Team was alongside. At 7 AM in the morning many of the soldiers were already dead, lay dying, or badly wounded from plunging into machine gun, artillery, and mortar fire from German positions above the beach.   Officers and NCOs alike were badly mauled when onto the beach strode Brigadier General Norman D. Cota, the Assistant Division Commander of the 29th Division. He saw then and there that unless they got these men off the beach to take the German bunkers overlooking them that the invasion would falter. So he personally took charge, reconnoitering a route forward to find a weakness in the line, rallying surviving engineers with explosives to blow a hole in the German defenses, and then deploying forces to open a pathway off of the murderous beach. Colonel Taylor with the 16th Infantry famously said at the time that the only men left on that beach that day would be the dead ones or the ones who would be dead unless they followed him up the path Cota had blazed. And they did. They got off the beach, took the German positions and saved a critical operation in the center of the invasion. Remarkable bravery.

To be sure, and make no mistake about it, nothing we face today in all the challenges we have in this country is anything like what they faced on June 6th 1944. They represented the largest assembly of heroism ever gathered in one place in the history of man. But also be sure of this; this national election is our beachhead moment. And above us is the Constitution, the free enterprise system, our liberties, and the future of our children and grandchildren. And we must charge up our own hill in these closing days of this election to secure our future. So the question is, will we rise to the challenge as Norman Cota did? Will we take charge, organize our communities, get out the vote, and retake the nation from those who would change it into something unrecognizable to us for generations to come? I say we must.

Recently, we celebrated the marriage of one of our children, and now Shelley and I are thinking one day that we might have grandchildren. And the thought occurs to me, what will I say to my grandchild years from now when he or she asks, “Granddad, what did you do during the Great Constitutional Crisis?” (That’s what I think historians will call these times looking back on them.) Two possible responses to this question come to mind, and one of them I just dread. “Well I wish I had done more.” How sad would that be to say? But then one I think we have in our grasp, one I hope I can say, the one we must work hard to make come true is this. “Little one, I joined many, we fought back, and we won!”

We must win. As you and I pick up phones to get out the vote, as we knock on doors to encourage our neighbors to vote for our Republican ticket, as we take each step remember, this is our beachhead moment and our nation’s future depends on each and every one of us. We must be intensely focused and committed so we can rise to the occasion as those who have gone before us. They would expect no less.

Let us together one day say, “We joined many, we fought back, and we won!”

On to victory!


I got this email today. It’s about a play cemetery. In a sordid way, it is kind of funny. Perhaps that’s why someone got the urge to subtly misrepresent Veterans For Peace‘s anti-war publicity stunt as a demonstration of support for the troops. The email also contains straightforward untruths. So the fact checkers are all over it. Here are some examples.

Have seen this several times but am forwarding to keep this moving.

Fwd from a Brother Marine

Santa Barbara Beach

The first picture and the last picture are taken at the beach in Santa Barbara right next to the pier. There is a veterans group that started putting a cross and candle for every death in Iraq and Afghanistan . The amazing thing is that they only do it on the weekends. They put up this graveyard and take it down every weekend. Guys sleep in the sand next to it and keep watch over it at night so nobody messes with it. Every cross has the name, rank, DOB and DOD on it. Very moving, very powerful!!! So many young volunteers. So many 30 to 40 year olds as well.


Did you know that the ACLU has filed a lawsuit to have all military cross-shaped headstones removed?

and another suit to end prayer from the military completely. They’re making great progress. The Navy Chaplains can no longer mention Jesus’ name in prayer thanks to the ACLU.

I’m not breaking this one.

If I get it a 1000 times, I’ll forward it a 1000 times! Please,

let us pray…

Please send this on after a short prayer. Prayer for our soldiers Don’t break it! Prayer: ‘Heavenly Father, hold our troops in Your loving hands Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in this our time of need. These things I humbly ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, Amen.’


God bless America

Wikipedia, of course, has a write-up on Arlington West, a presumptuous title for a phony cemetery.

Here is a local news article, Crossroad for the Crosses: Arlington West Faces Changes as Focus Shifts to Afghanistan.

I suppose Veterans For Peace is well-intentioned, but I find it strange that people would spend so much time and labor in a totally unproductive activity. Why not repeatedly dig a hole and fill it up again? What’s the difference? What is the point putting up and taking down a phony graveyard just to “show” the human cost of a war? Why do they refuse to consider the human cost of a phony peace? Do they fear war because it is so much easier to visualize a graveyard? Are they unafraid of tyranny because they simply cannot comprehend what it means? What lucky souls they must be?

We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. — Winston Churchill (from here)