Celebration Of Service Friday (#46)

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“With freedom comes responsibility, and I can think of no responsibility greater than putting on a U.S. military uniform and standing in the gap between an enemy threat and civilian life.” (Zach Wamp)



Happy Thanksgiving – 2015

To all of my friends at home and to those serving in far off places, I’m sending you wishes for a happy, safe and blessed Thanksgiving.



For each new morning with it’s light,

For rest and shelter of the night,

For health and food,

For love and friends,

For everything Thy goodness sends

(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Celebration Of Service Friday (#45)


Patton’s Prayer

“God of our fathers, who by land and sea have ever led us to victory, please continue your inspiring guidance in this the greatest of all conflicts. Strengthen my soul so that the weakening instinct of self-preservation, which besets all of us in battle, shall not blind me of my duty to my own manhood, to the glory of my calling, and to my responsibility to my fellow soldiers. Grant to our armed forces that disciplined valor and mutual confidence which insures success in war. Let me not mourn for the men who have died fighting, but rather let me be glad that such heroes have lived. If it be my lot to die, let me do so with courage and honor in a manner which will bring the greatest harm to the enemy, and please, oh Lord, protect and guide those I shall leave behind. Give us the victory, Lord.”

General George Patton

Before and After


If you check into bodybuilding or fitness sites now and then, you know you’ve seen posts just like this.  OK…probably not quite so dramatic but this reminded me of a few photos I’ve run across where people were clearly trying to fake their results.

The good news is, nobody has to fake it!  With a little grit and effort you can actually have fantastic results and it feels much better to have real improvement than it does when you know you haven’t done anything except misrepresent your progress.


This is an off topic post.  Check in tomorrow for gym talk!  Wishing  you a beautiful, blessed day!

flag2I keep hearing speculation that a Paris like attack may happen on American soil sometime in the near future.  It would be wise to expect it.  Islamic fundamentalists killed almost 3,000 of our citizens on September 11, 2001 and there have been many smaller scale attacks in the United States since.  There’s no reason to think that they will stop.  

My friends, as I’ve told you before, Islamic fundamentalists have declared war on you.  Recently, they promised to hide among the masses of muslim refugees flooding into Europe and, true to their word, they did just that.  Two of the attackers in France were fresh off the boats…compassionately rescued and brought into the bosom of Europe by the political class and greeted by citizens holding “Welcome Refugee” signs at points of entry.   

A few of these supposedly vetted refugees were just ushered into the United States (New Orleans) over the weekend with many more on the way.  It’s already been established that it’s impossible to actually background check those coming from war-torn Syria.  This movement of people is being orchestrated with the blessing of Barack Obama and John Kerry, among others.  The mayors of cities like Baltimore, New York, Pittsburgh, Hartford and St. Louis were recently calling for refugees to be placed there (federal money comes with them) while Catholic Charities, Lutheran organizations and various other welcoming agents are also getting paid with your tax dollars to facilitate these compassionate re-settlement efforts.  


If you’re happy to go along with the program, I posit that your compassion is being used as a weapon against you.  The Islamic fundamentalists who have declared war on you do not think like you do.  It’s literally a fatal mistake to think that they do.  It’s an example of western hubris of the highest order.  The assumption that everyone shares your desire for peace, for a better life on Earth, for love and kindness for all, is engaging in critically flawed thinking. 

You see your compassion as a commendable.  They see it as weakness.  They see capitulation and provocation for more attacks against you.  When the French artist created the Eiffel Tower peace symbol and it was splashed all over as a kind of “logo” of the French response, it signaled surrender.  Think about it from the point of view of those who are engaged against you.  They explode your citizens in showers of blood.  They slaughter your women and children in front of your eyes…and you throw up a peace sign.  It’s a moronic response.  It’s also predictable behavior from those who don’t understand what forces are at play.

Islamic fundamentalists broadcast their intentions, their methodology and their motivation.  They scream it from the rooftops and yet the sycophants in western media, and politicians steadfastly refuse to report it or consider it as they plow forth with their platitudes and move on their plans to bring people who can’t be thoroughly screened into our countries.

You’d better do what you can to stop this.  Write letters, protest, put pressure on your representatives.  You’d better find your fighting spirit or you might just find pieces of your beloved babies scattered about…just like the mothers found inside the school in Pakistan last year after it was attacked by Islamic fundamentalists.  Your children are absolutely fair game in their eyes.

You are in a war.

It doesn’t matter if you acknowledge it or not.  It doesn’t matter if you draw peace signs.

Shall I say it again?

You are in a war…and in this war, your enemy has declared that non-combatants don’t exist.  Those who have set themselves against you have no use for your compassionate western notion of “exclusion of innocents” in a fight.  To the Islamic fundamentalists, anyone whose beliefs vary with theirs is not only guilty, but deserving of death.

I have a great deal of compassion.  I have compassion for my children.  I have compassion for the kids two doors down, across the street and two states over, therefore, I strenuously object to the continuance of the refugee resettlement program. Not only shouldn’t these refugees be placed in the United States, we should gain control of our border so those who wish us harm can’t simply walk into our country.  We need to be much more vigilant and watchful for those Islamic fundamentalists who are undoubtably already here, whether homegrown or foreign-born.

Every day that dawns, they promise to kill us.

We are under attack.  We should start acting like it. 





Celebration Of Service Friday (#44)

This is Marine Corps veteran James Erickson expressing his opinion on the Million Student March.  The students were marching for a $15.00 per hour minimum wage, safe spaces (whatever that means…a place without any variety of opinion, I guess) and free tuition.


My dad got through part of his schooling on the GI bill.  He became a physician after decades of effort. He always used to tell me that “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”

Some people spend their time whining and some spend their time working.  I’ll bet you can guess who’s always going to be more successful.


“You want it?  You work for it!” (my Dad).

Veteran’s Day – 2015

To our veterans,

I think about you and appreciate you every day, not just on November 11th each year.  I wrote a little piece a couple of years ago that I’ll re-print here….everything I was feeling in 2012 and everything I expressed at that time extends to today.

american-flag-backgroundI’m not always terribly eloquent.  That being said, I wanted to offer some words in honor of Veteran’s Day.  The words are something like “thank you” but better, more powerful, more meaningful and much less often used.  I have a deep love and appreciation for my country and the philosophical foundation it rests on. By extension, I carry a profound gratitude for those who have risked everything to fight for, win and keep those ideals alive, for themselves, their families and all the rest of us.  The battles have been many and terrible and yet each generation has had a small group who took the mantle from their predecessors and who sallied forth when the call was sounded.  It’s our warriors who have done the lion’s share of the work.  It’s our warriors with their willing hearts and spirits who’ve gone forward, at great cost to themselves, who’ve assured that the light of liberty, freedom and self-determination still shines in the world of men.

Wishing all of our veterans and active duty military members a blessed and beautiful day…

Marine Corps Birthday – 2015

November 10th is when we celebrate the birthday of the United States Marine Corps.  Over the years our faithful Marines have given us plenty to celebrate!

“My only answer as to why the Marines get the toughest jobs is because the average Leatherneck is a much better fighter.  He has far more guts, courage, and better officers…These boys out here have a pride in the Marine Corps and will fight to the end no matter what the cost.” (2nd Lt. Richard C. Kennard, Peleliu, World War II)

Marine Corps

“The Marines…will never disappoint the most sanguine expectations of their country. Never!  I have never known one who would not readily advance in battle.” (Capt. C. W. Morgan, USN in a letter to Brevet BGen Archibald Henderson, 1852

Happy Birthday USMC!

Happy Birthday USMC!

Celebration Of Service Friday (#43)

For those of you who have done your part,

For those of you who have willingly picked up the mantle from the men who came before,

We love you, honor you and thank you!

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The ULTIMATE Holiday Weight Loss Plan

We were sitting down to dinner last night and just as I was getting ready to bite into a yummy Italian sausage sandwich my youngest son, who just turned 12, started haranguing me…again.

He started out with “Mom, I want to go survival camping over Thanksgiving, by myself.  I don’t want to stay out the whole time, just three days.”  I said “Honey, I don’t think that’s a good idea.  You don’t really have the experience you need to be successful.”

“Yes, I do.  I’ve read so many survival manuals and books, I’ve watched all the episodes of Survivor Man, and most of the episodes of Man VS Wild, Duel Survival and Fat Guys in the Woods.  I know what I’m doing”

“But we’re going to be in the mountains, remember?  It’s going to be freezing.”

“That’s not a problem, Mom, I’ll build a fire.  It’s fine.  Everything will probably be covered in snow so what’s going to burn that’s not supposed to?  Statistics show that winter is the best time for forest fire avoidance.”

“You’re going to get hungry, you know.”

“No I won’t.  I’ll be fine.  There’s plenty to eat.  I can get a rabbit or squirrel and there are at least 3 kinds of edible plants up there I know about.  You can eat thistle.  Maybe I’ll catch a rat.  They taste good, you know.”

“I’m not going to give you permission to survival camp in the snow.  I’m pretty sure it’s illegal.  I can just see the sheriff showing up at the door to arrest me for child neglect.”

“Mom, that’s ridiculous.  The sheriff isn’t going to catch me.  I know how to avoid detection.  Remember all the escape and evade videos I’ve watched?  I’ve read plenty about that.  I’m telling you I won’t get caught.  I know what I’m doing.”

This went on most of dinner.  My son has a very pleasant personality but he can be doggedly persistent.  He is fixated on survival techniques and is determined to put them into practice.  I want to support his interest so I’m trying to get him into a class or an adult-led learning experience over the summer.  That way he can pick up skills in a hands-on way and I can be more confident that he really does know what he’s doing.  I figure it’s in all our best interests since sooner or later, I’m going to have to give him the green light.

As I was washing dishes I thought for a brief moment that maybe I should just go ahead and go with him for a couple of days to see how he did.  I thought about having him provide dinner for us and imagined eating little spit-roasted rat bits then discarded the idea.

I decided I’m not going to go hang out in the frigid mountain air, eating what we can find on the land but it occurred to me that once he actually has some experience, perhaps we could develop a marketing plan to sell the idea to people who want to trim up over the traditional putting-on-the-pounds holiday season.  After all, they’ve been able to talk people (AKA city slickers) into paying large sums to work ranches for the “authentic cowboy experience” so why wouldn’t they pay for an awesome, mountain, weight loss adventure?  A couple of weeks with my son, in the clean air and unspoiled beauty of the high country…and voila!  Fit and trim, guaranteed!


Do you want to change your body?  Do you want to start the new year with a new physique?  Do you want to transform?

Then I’ve got the plan for you!  Come on up to the mountains for a couple of weeks of fun and adventure!  Live off the fat of the land while enjoying the breathtaking scenery!

Once the victims paid guests show up the trimming process can begin!

Everybody knows your body uses up more calories when it has to work to stay warm!

Everybody knows your body uses up more calories when it has to work to stay warm!

Dinner is served!  Eat as much as you like!

Dinner is served! Eat as much as you like!

Would you like some thistle for dessert?  See if you can find some.  Just dig under the snow for a delicious treat!

Would you like some thistle for dessert? See if you can find some. Just dig under the snow for a delicious treat!

What?  The sherriff is coming to roust us out?  I know what to do!  Follow  me!

What? The sheriff is coming to roust us out? I know what to do! Follow me and be ready to run over rough ground, slither on your belly for miles and climb up these rock faces!

If you want to lose those unwanted pounds during the holiday season when everyone else is stacking on weight,  just write a large check to Mountain Spa and Survival Adventure!  You won’t be sorry!

It sounds like the perfect plan to me. The clients lose weight as promised and we make lots of money helping them reach their goals!  What’s not to love?


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