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But why is it that “they” can burn American flags and shout “Death to America” on a daily basis. But if one insignificant American guy said he’s going to burn a Koran 9 years after 911 he gets such international attention. It seems backwards. I am not for burning Korans, but what should we all be doing about those who burn our beloved Flag, and shout death to America the land we LOVE? We should be in an outrage against it. Tolerance is NOT the answer. Killing all those who oppose us puts in the same place they are in. What is the answer? Who will bring peace? Be wise lest ye be deceived. I thank God that I am a part of His kingdom on a daily basis. Come Lord Jesus and bring the nations together, bring peace to Jerusalem.

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Beating a Dead Horse
I know, I know we’ve all seen this before, Here is a good list but it also includes a list of signs to look for in a good leader.

I found this here:

By Rick Ross, Expert Consultant and Intervention Specialist

Ten warning signs of a potentially unsafe group/leader.

  1. Absolute authoritarianism without meaningful accountability.
  2. No tolerance for questions or critical inquiry.
  3. No meaningful financial disclosure regarding budget, expenses such as an independently audited financial statement.
  4. Unreasonable fear about the outside world, such as impending catastrophe, evil conspiracies and persecutions.
  5. There is no legitimate reason to leave, former followers are always wrong in leaving, negative or even evil.
  6. Former members often relate the same stories of abuse and reflect a similar pattern of grievances.
  7. There are records, books, news articles, or television programs that document the abuses of the group/leader.
  8. Followers feel they can never be “good enough”.
  9. The group/leader is always right.
  10. The group/leader is the exclusive means of knowing “truth” or receiving validation, no other process of discovery is really acceptable or credible.


Ten warning signs regarding people involved in/with a potentially unsafe group/leader.

  1. Extreme obsessiveness regarding the group/leader resulting in the exclusion of almost every practical consideration.
  2. Individual identity, the group, the leader and/or God as distinct and separate categories of existence become increasingly blurred. Instead, in the follower’s mind these identities become substantially and increasingly fused–as that person’s involvement with the group/leader continues and deepens.
  3. Whenever the group/leader is criticized or questioned it is characterized as “persecution”.
  4. Uncharacteristically stilted and seemingly programmed conversation and mannerisms, cloning of the group/leader in personal behavior.
  5. Dependency upon the group/leader for problem solving, solutions, and definitions without meaningful reflective thought. A seeming inability to think independently or analyze situations without group/leader involvement.
  6. Hyperactivity centered on the group/leader agenda, which seems to supercede any personal goals or individual interests.
  7. A dramatic loss of spontaneity and sense of humor.
  8. Increasing isolation from family and old friends unless they demonstrate an interest in the group/leader.
  9. Anything the group/leader does can be justified no matter how harsh or harmful.
  10. Former followers are at best-considered negative or worse evil and under bad influences. They can not be trusted and personal contact is avoided.


Ten signs of a safe group/leader.

  1. A safe group/leader will answer your questions without becoming judgmental and punitive.
  2. A safe group/leader will disclose information such as finances and often offer an independently audited financial statement regarding budget and expenses. Safe groups and leaders will tell you more than you want to know.
  3. A safe group/leader is often democratic, sharing decision making and encouraging accountability and oversight.
  4. A safe group/leader may have disgruntled former followers, but will not vilify, excommunicate and forbid others from associating with them.
  5. A safe group/leader will not have a paper trail of overwhelmingly negative records, books, articles and statements about them.
  6. A safe group/leader will encourage family communication, community interaction and existing friendships and not feel threatened.
  7. A safe group/leader will recognize reasonable boundaries and limitations when dealing with others.
  8. A safe group/leader will encourage critical thinking, individual autonomy and feelings of self-esteem.
  9. A safe group/leader will admit failings and mistakes and accept constructive criticism and advice.
  10. A safe group/leader will not be the only source of knowledge and learning excluding everyone else, but value dialogue and the free exchange of ideas.

You can protect yourself from unsafe groups and leaders by developing a good BS detector. Check things out, know the facts and examine the evidence. A safe group will be patient with your decision making process. If a group or leader grows angry and anxious just because you want to make an informed and careful decision before joining; beware.

The Ross Institute
Copyright © Rick Ross

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Police Harassment Complaint

I contacted the supervisor of the officer that gave us a hard time and explained my side of the story. He was sympathetic and said he would have a talk with the officer involved. I thought I’d leave it at that but I’m still considering filing a formal complaint. What do you think? Do you think I should pursue this matter or just let it go?

If you have no idea what I’m talking about read the previous post.


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Police Harassment

A Story:

My Anniversary is January 10th, we wanted to celebrate it but since it is on Thursday this year we had to find other options. So yesterday my wife and I were able to get some family to watch our kids overnight while we went to celebrate for nearly 24 hours, YIPEE!! What a blessing, we rarely get to have time alone to talk or remember that we are best friends, well, we got that time. All we had was our 7 month old Son, compared to having all 4 it was a breeze! We went to the Kimble Art Museum in the morning and saw the Picturing the Bible The Earliest Christian Art exhibit. I highly recommend it if you can find the time. After that we came home and took a nice nap in the afternoon. It was so relaxing. We decided that that evening we would ask a friend to come over and sit with the baby while he slept so we could go out that night. We decided to go Stargazing.

The Plot Thickens

At Christmas Jen got me a stargazing kit it consisted of a pair of 10×50 binoculars, a red LED flashlight and a green laser pointer kit by Celestron. We also have a state park pass so we decided to go to Cedar Hill State Park, close to our home. We got there about 9:30 and found a nice spot with a full view of the night sky. Even though it’s January he weather was quite warm, in the mid to high 50′s. We brought a nice Clos Du Val bottle of wine, a JFR cigar, a blanket and the Stargazing Kit. We setup and had a wonderful time looking at the stars. I had printed a star chart so we could know what we were looking at. We learned a lot about the stars. We sipped the wine and smoked on the cigar. This continued for about 1.5 hours. When we finished up we were praying and singing Indescribable by Chris Tomlin and praising God for the wonderful creation and beautiful stars, we were in awe. It was getting chilly so we decided to pack up and go home.

The Mood Changes Abruptly!

About this time a truck pulled up and shined his bright lights right on us and then turned on his police lights on the top of his vehicle. I was putting stuff away in the toolbox of my truck. I figured that we were out past 10:00 and he was going to tell us to leave politely so I just continued to load my stuff. I closed the toolbox and I heard the officer yell something but could not understand it. He came walking over and said “put your hands on the truck” I was a little bit shocked, it was like a scene out of Cops, I guess I was having a brain fart moment so I looked at the officer and said OK, but we wer…. “GET YOUR HANDS ON THAT TRUCK!” So I complied and he frisked me then put me in hand cuffs, while he was doing this he told Jen to get on her knees on the ground and put her hands on the back of her head. He then told me to get on my knees. He was being very intense and seemed like he was very nervous. He kept on saying “where is the marijuana” and “I know they you were out here smoking marijuana, I can smell it on you where is it?” and “So what warrants do you have on you right now?” We kept on telling him that we don’t smoke marijuana and we were just out looking at the stars, celebrating our anniversary and smoking a cigar. He kept on and on about the marijuana and warrants very adamantly, asking over and over where it was and “what is that you were putting in your toolbox”. He said “I guess you want it to be this way huh, I’m just going to have to throw you in Jail I guess”. It was very surreal by this point. 5 minutes ago we were singing praises to God and now Jen and I are on our knees, I’m in hand cuffs and we are being accused of smoking marijuana, having warrants and being threatened with Jail. We kept telling him we were looking at stars and celebrating our anniversary but he interrupted us and said I don’t care what you were doing out here, where is the marijuana. I told him he must be smelling the cigar but he said “yeah a marijuana cigar” I told him I could show him the cigar butt, he finally let me stand up and show it to him. He seemed to let off a little bit by this time, then he asked said “so were you out here having sex huh” I told him no and he again said “Oh well I don’t care what you were doing” and he started to laugh after every sentence he spoke. He went to his truck to get the keys to the cuffs I was wearing and he let me loose. He told me that he did not mean to laugh but he was “this close to throwing me” and I was “this close to getting tossed”. I’m trying to determine if he meant tossing/throwing me in Jail or throwing me on the ground with his knee on my face like you see in Cops. He proceeded to write me a warning telling me that this was more for him than me and he even told me to throw it away after he left. He finally said he believed me and that it was a great night to look at stars. I told him we have 4 kids and it’s hard for us to get out and have quiet so that’s why we came there. He said we needed to pay an activity fee if we wanted to stay past 10:00PM and not camp. I have yet to see this anywhere prominently displayed. He finally left.

The Aftermath

Boy, were we in shock, It was very annoying and unwarranted. I do not see a legitimate reason for his harsh reaction. I’m genuinely concerned that he may endanger himself or somebody else if he goes about every confrontation in such a way. I have believed for a long time that laws are written in such a way that if an officer wants to arrest you he can without much of a reason whatsoever all he has to do is push you a little too far and call it resisting arrest. I was really in shock. This morning I decided I’d file a formal complaint with his supervisor. I really don’t want to get the guy in trouble unless he is constantly doing this then there should be other complaints about him and he deserves what he has coming. I’ll blog more as this story progresses. But for now what is appropriate for me to say?

Fight the Power, Ban the Man Etc….


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Difficult Situation With Pastor-RH Forum.pdf

Attached is a PDF file that I created after having a conversation with a group of folks who frequent a Forum. I was going through a difficult time with my Church at the time and there are some very insightful things here. Thought I’d share it.


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