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The Meaning of Words; Standing with Ukraine

Words have meaning. Sometimes even the small ones by their inclusion or omission can have a huge impact. Most readers in their first glance at the title of this article
thought the word “the” was mistakenly dropped from in front of Ukraine. Over the last century, we have become used to referring the nation of Ukraine as “the Ukraine.” This writer has been guilty
of the mistake, even in recent writings.

The inclusion or omission of an article of speech like “the” conveys the difference …

Catching Fire – A Great Tool For Teaching

This past week I took my kids to see the second movie in the Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire.
  While it is a violent series, I cannot think of a better movie or book series to open the door to moral and political discussions with our teen and
preteen kids.

For those unfamiliar with the Hunger Games, it is the story of a gladiatorial competition in a futuristic totalitarian regime, which requires each of 12 isolated districts to
select a teenage …

MEMORIAL DAY – TELL THEIR STORIES

As I type my thoughts for this coming Memorial Day, it is my prayer that are worthy of surviving the flurry of other current events and will have an impact on those who read
them and perhaps, will be referred to on other occasions and perhaps help drive the remembrance on future Memorial Days.  

I always experience a bit of dread as I ponder how to say something of relevance that goes beyond the standard “honoring those who gave all for our freedom” which gets circulated
by …

Be Aware & Prepared

As the fallout from the Boston bombing continues, Americans are coming to terms with the realities of the terrorist threats we are facing in our country. Part of this is adopting a prepared mindset to meet the threats where they occur.
The Chechens are here. So are Muslims from Dagestan, Albania, and Bosnia. Much has been made in the press about the more Caucasian look of the Tsarnaev brothers. But what sets the radicalized segments of these ethnic groups apart from their Middle Eastern counterparts, is not so much the racial aspects of their ethnicities, but the way they fight. While most are more than willing to fight to the death to avoid capture, and will kill you in a heartbeat, they are not so willing to die easily. They don’t like to waste their hard earned Jihadi talents by blowing themselves up in the middle of a random crowd. They prefer to inflict maximum harm on the “Kafirs” (infidels) and to live to do it again and again. They work very hard to ensure they live to kill more on another day.
Most American Soldiers who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan recognize the Chechen Jihadis as the most dangerous fighters of all the enemies we faced there. They were the toughest, most disciplined, and brutal. One only has to do an internet search for and watch the video of the execution of an unknown Russian soldier, or look at the pictures of the Beslan School massacre to come face to face with the reality of how profanely brutal they can be. [1]

Protecting Our Rights to Protect Our Children

Originally Posted 12/16/2012 Everyone should be appalled at the killings which occurred in Connecticut yesterday. There is nothing more evil than a person who would harm innocent children – whether out of hate for an individual or group, or for an ideology. A prayer for the victims and mourning families is the appropriate first response.  The […]

VICTORIA SOTO’S FREEDOM OF CHOICE

Originally Posted 12/22/2012 On December 14, 2012, when Victoria Soto stood in her classroom and heard the gunshots taking the lives of the school administration staff and the students in another classroom, she had very little freedom of choice.  Her contractual responsibilities as a teacher required her to safeguard the lives and health of the […]