What I’ve been doing in class these past 9 weeks….

•March 19, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Death by Powerpoint….

That is the sum of my experience with Army classrooms.

So what does a guy like me do keep from losing my cotton picking mind?

Easy. He writes songs.

This past week especially, I have written a song a day. Sometimes during the reading of the slides I will jot a line or two down. On multiple occasions I have found myself writing lines like a madman afraid they will leave me if I write too slow. Many a time I’ve almost made a scene over getting lyrics just right. There’s nothing more exciting to a musician/songwriter/poet than getting that one line you can scream out of you through the stroke of a pen. I have had those moments in spades this past week and on occasion throughout the whole 9 weeks here.

I plan on sharing my material on here for you guys to enjoy. One day I plan on putting out an indie alt rock album for this.

First song will be posted soon.


Learning more than just the Army and my job at AIT

•February 23, 2011 • 1 Comment

I used to have a saying, there’s only two things I take seriously, my faith and my family. I thought myself to be pretty laid back and ok with life. I didn’t think that anything beyond those things mentioned above would rile me up to the point of ready to fight someone.

Man… was I so wrong about myself.

Ever since I joined the Army I had this grandiose (however false) notion that everyone lived the Army values so taught us from BCT and AIT and so on and so forth. I thought everyone took this Army and service thing seriously. I saw the Soldier’s creed emblazoned on the hearts of everyone who put on this uniform.

But the longer I stay in the more I realize that the Army as a whole is not this picture perfect utopia that I had originally had in my head. To tell you the truth its almost worse than living as a civilian. We’re made to work with people we don’t like and we can’t just walk out after a bad day. We work long hours and we have no right to appeal or reason with orders, we’re supposed to get it done. The Army is not excluded from the ever famous “blue falcon” (or buddy f*Ker). There are those who live to screw the ones who want to do right and try to get over at the expense of the ones who do take this seriously. There are rumors, backbiting, bickering, complaining, and hateful words spoken in every direction.

Just like in the civilian world.

I knew the Army would be a very hard place to maintain a Christian walk and live out what God has called me out of darkness to be. But, I didn’t know it would be this hard. I didn’t take into account of how spoiled I was in the sense that I wanted people to act a certain way. I’ve become very angry at so many of the little things. The mental breakdown that never happened to me at BCT is happening to me at AIT.

Yet somehow in the middle of all of this I find peace knowing that God loves me and hasn’t forgotten me. He has given me favor and so many other things that I do not deserve. My intention was to survive Basic and come to AIT and thrive. Crazy thing is, despite the fact that I hate this place with every fiber of my being, I really am thriving. I’m in leadership that I never was in at Basic. I’m a squad leader and assistant class leader. I was chosen by my first sergeant to appear in front of the soldier of the month board. I’m making very good grades and am on pace for Honor Graduate. I really have been blessed beyond what my current attitude and outlook has been.

I’ve let so much get to me that I shouldn’t let get to me. I know I’m as screwed up inside as the next person. But I have something that most do not. I have sincerity and heart. I know my Father loves me beyond what my mind can comprehend. So in this my prayer:

Father, let me continue to be pure of heart and let me as the song goes, praise you in this storm and let me truly enjoy the blessings you have given me. Let me truly rejoice that while evil triumphs all around me, you have truly prepared for me a table in the presence of my enemies. Thank You Father. You are always good. You are always faithful. Help me to see you in every situation and let me know you and know your heart in everything I go through. Make my life a prayer to you. I want to do what you want me to. No empty words and no white lies, no token prayer no compromise. I want to shine the light you gave through your son you sent to save us from ourselves and our despair. It comforts me to know you’re really there. I want to thank you now for being patient with me. Oh its so hard to see when my eyes are on me. I guess i’ll have to trust and just believe what you say. Oh you’re coming again. You’re coming to take me away.

In the Army now! HOOAH

•December 25, 2010 • 1 Comment

You may safely assume that by reading this blog that I have 1. survived Basic Combat Training and 2. graduated Basic Combat Training. It was quite an experience and I’m proud to say it was the best decision I have ever made! Now I don’t  officially graduate until January 13, for all intents and purposes I am done with it. I go back for what they call ‘recovery week’. Recovery week just means waiting in lines and turning crap in. Like reception in reverse (which I can say was hell). The days will go slower than salted slug and will be just as painful until the glorious days of family day and graduation.

I can say I was extremely lucky to be a part of the platoon I was in. We were 5 hundredths of a point from sweeping every single streamer in the whole company! We have honor platoon on lock. It was a blessing to be among such motivated soldiers. I know I wouldn’t have made it without their support. I was a big body weighing 228 lbs and not in good shape at all. It took alot of PT in our bay to knock off those pounds. I now weigh a healthy 208. I’m at my target weight for a guy my size. I ran a 17:44 2 mile and i knocked it down to 16:00! My pushups and situps improve every day. I spend everyday cranking out more and faster!

I have never been in such good shape. I can rock out skinny jeans. I can wear 32 when I used to wear 38 before basic! I’m so pumped and I love to work out!  I’ve a long way to go in the regards to being truly ripped, but man I look good now. It’s a matter of time before I sculpt myself to the standards I want. I just love being paid to work out! It rocks!

Upon Graduation I leave for Fort Lee in Virginia for Advanced Individual Training for my MOS as an Automated Logistical Specialist. I’ll be the equivalent of Sam’s Club. I’ll be over a warehouse that supplies multiple units. I look forward to knowing the system and excelling to the point of promotion. What I really want to do is get my history degree and get a doctorate and eventually become a Chaplain and qualified to be a History professor at a university. So far I’m not ruling out the possibility of going the 20 years, nor am I ruling out the possibility of getting out once I attain my educational goals. It’s all up in the air still, but so far I’m having the time of my life!

God Bless and thank you for your prayers!

Same ol business as usual: The Error of the Tea Party

•August 27, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The Tea Party started out with a good agenda, Audit the Fed, shrink government, reduce taxes, and promote liberty. The Tea Party came out the gate hot, determined to drive out the Washington politics and take control of the government and restore the constitution in America. But, they havent had the success in the polls as one might think. Everywhere you look it seems that politics as usual is still running strong. I have a theory that may diagnose where the Tea Party went wrong.

The message of Liberty, however popular the message is, is hard to sell to a people who have been taught or wired to believe that government exists to regulate them. We have elected officials in every level of government that run on the promises that government will regulate them this way or that way. Their opponents are the same way, they promise an alternate path of regulating the citizenry. The message I keep getting from the Tea Party is the hopes of a Republican Congress this November. But one needs to ask, “What does a Republican Congress solve?” many say that they will repeal the health care bill and maybe bring charges of impeachment against Obama.  But one has to ask at the same time, “What will that really accomplish?” “Is this what I worked all these months for?”

I love the Tea Party’s intentions, they really do want a restoration of the Constitution. Every well meaning conservative does. But let me ask you this, “Is the Republican  party the proper vehicle to carry out that agenda?” The last two Republican presidents scrapped the constitution and waged undeclared war on executive order, raised taxes, and enlarged the government to unprecedented levels. Even conservatives beloved Ronald Reagan is guilty of this. As much as I would love to dismiss the evidence and call Reagan a great president, I cannot ignore the evidence.

In this an article from The Miesis Institute lies a study of every Republican President beginning with and since Herbert Hoover that have ignored the will of the people, scrapped the constitution and laid the ground work toward Statism.

Herbert Hoover

  • Increased federal spending38 percent (current dollars)
  • Passed the Agricultural Marketing Act (welfare for farmers)
  • Passed the Hawley-Smoot Tariff
  • Waged war on drugs (alcohol)
  • Passed the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (pork and corporate welfare)
  • Passed massive tax increases

Dwight Eisenhower

  • Increased federal spending30 percent
  • Created Department of Health, Education, & Welfare (and spending)
  • Put Earl Warren and William Brennan on Supreme Court
  • Helped install Shah Pahlevi in Iran (smart, real smart)
  • Extended Socialism Security to 10 million additional persons
  • Started American involvement in Vietnam
  • Passed federal highway legislation
  • Created NASA
  • Started student loan program (aka, program to raise college tuition so no one can afford it)
  • Kept federal counterfeiting to a minimum, causingyou to lose only 9 cents off your 1952 dollar(Source: The Inflation Calculator)

Richard Nixon

  • Increased federal spending70 percent
  • Created EPA, OSHA, and CPSC
  • Started “affirmative action”
  • Imposed price and wage controls
  • Made your 1968 dollarworth just 78 cents by the timehe left office
  • Proposed minimum national income

Gerald Ford

  • Knocked 8 cents off your dollar in just two years [He didn’t WIN (Whip Inflation Now]
  • Increased federal spendingthroughoutterm
  • Reduced spending on federal prisons by pardoning Nixon
  • Overall, not too bad for a Republican and better than…

Ronald Reagan

  • Increased federal spending53 percent
  • ElevatedVeteran’s Administration
  • Added 250,000 civilian employees
  • Created drug czar’s office
  • Escalated war on drugs
  • “Saved” Social Security by increasing payroll tax
  • Lowered the value of your 1980 dollarto 73 cents

GeorgeHerbert WalkerBush

  • Increased federal spending 12 percent
  • Signed the (litigious) Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Managed to knock 13 cents off the value of your dollar in just four years
  • Just said “Yes” to new taxes

Republican Congress

  • Held your dollar’s loss in value to a mere 11 cents[Newt and the (1995-2000) gang]
  • Increased federal spending and taxes collectedeach year
  • Eviscerated ancient right of Englishmen and Americans–habeas corpus
  • Flunked the acid test of economic sanity–raising the minimum wage (mandatory unemployment law)
  • Passed Freedom to Farm Act (at taxpayers’ expense, that is)

If the Tea Party is a true movment to restore individual liberty and restore the Constitution, the Republican Party is not the way to go. Republicans campaign like Libertarians and govern like Democrats. Republicans in Washington care as little for your freedom as the Democrats. There is no middle ground here. The big agenda isn’t the freedom of the American people, it’s government regulation. They have taken our freedoms from us little by little over the past 80 years and they will continue to take our freedoms until America is completely run by statists whether Republican or Democrat statism.

You will not reform the Republican party from within. The recent primaries should be enough to show the Tea Party that. You cannot reform a system by playing the same system by the same rules set by those who sett it up. There has to be a changing of the rules. The people need to put their foot down and say ENOUGH! I am not some toy to play with. My life and my family are not subject to some political game. As a dear friend of mine once said, “I did not leave the Republican Party, the Republican Party left me”. The Republican Party no longer represents the interests of the people or the ideals of the Constitution. They only represent their own agendas.

The message of the Tea Party should not be that Republicans need to be in charge. If the Tea Party really wants change in Washington they need to send a message that the people control the government not the other way around, and if you won’t fall into that line, then we will replace you. We do not care what party you affiliate yourself with, we will take our country back through our government. We will not be your slaves to be tossed here and there. We refuse to be regulated.

The success of movements like this one is based entirely on devotion to the cause. The Tea Party needs to reevaluate their cause. What are they in it for? A Republican Congress will last 2 years. A Republican President will only last 4 years. Freedom, if maintained by a diligent citizenry, lasts forever. Newt Gingrich had a similar movement that only lasted until Republicans had a majority in Congress then it died. Will the Tea Party be the same?  Not even time will tell.

Trained to Accept Tyranny: The Purpose of Standardized Education

•August 10, 2010 • 1 Comment

I like most Americans, spent 13 years in the public school system. In all those years I was never introduced to the ideas that I now espouse, like liberty, freedom, individualism, and most importantly, individual thought. I was never taught the meaning and value of the liberty that I was told by my teachers that I had. I had no knowledge of why thngs happened, I was only taught to think that they just did. I was never taught in school that I could be a catalyst for change. I was simply told that I could then taught to accept things as they are.

The really sad part of this whole story is that I graduated out of this system. I have in my possession a piece of paper that states that I was good enough at doing what I was told and had correctly recited enough textbook doctrine over a period of 13 years. I was never taught as an individual, capable of thinking for myself beyond what I was taught in the textbooks I spent my nights reading. I was told that I was an individual but trained as a member of a collective. We were all taught the same material, given the same tests, and critiqued by the same criteria. The best in the class as a result were not necessarily the most intelligent, but were more able to assimilate the material given to the class to learn.

We’re often told about how the best and brightest individuals in history were complete failures in the arena of collective learning. The Edisons and Einsteins of our day were failures in a collective educational environment, but when they were released and trained as individuals according to their talents, they flourished to become men who altered the worls beyond their specific fields of study.

In the federal education system we learn the exploits of Martin Luther King and Mahatma Ghandi, yet we’re taught to stay in line. We love those who changed history but are taught to stay in line. The only questions asked in the public school system are those on the tests. The students aren’t taught to ask questions, they’re taught to simply do as their told. In the public school system we are not celebrated as individuals but rather molded into what the federal government wants us to be.

Has anyone ever wondered why the federal government in all its wisdom allots only one class out of a 13 year compulsory educational life dedicated to the study of the Constitution and government? No one asks because the lack of education on a subject only breeds apathy. The federal government is knowingly sowing the seeds of apathy into the students of America. That apathy leads to less violent power grabs because the people in their apathy and ignorance accept whatever the government says and does without ever asking simply because we as a collective don’t know any better.

Which is the problem with the nation today, we have been trained to accept tyranny. The people have let federal government train and raise our children. We have submitted ourselves to a ‘one size fits all’ system that stunts intellectual growth, passes failure, and creates apathy. Teachers aren’t passionate individuals who seek to promote growth. They have become mere cogs meant to move our children along a 13 year conveyor belt from kindergarten to graduation teaching only what they’re told to teach us. Students don’t go to school eager to learn, they go because the government forces them to go and abandons them as aimless individuals because after graduation there is no collective they have to find another collective to join and thus become part of a system that enslaves a people in ignorance.

Until we as a people take responsibility for our own ignorance and learn to think as individuals, we will always be content with tyranny. The system has to be destroyed. It has enslaved teachers and students alike. The collective mindset in our educational system has to be done away with. It is time for the student to ask the questions and hear more than a textbook answer. Let us not be trained to accept tyranny any longer.

Thank You for reading,
The Stunner
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Timmy’s joining the Army

•July 18, 2010 • 1 Comment

I’ve been blogging politically so much lately I have neglected to say anything about me personally. So here goes.

I have always loved my country and have always thought about the military and have been frustrated at not being able to dig myself out of this hole that I’m in that I’ve finally decided to do something about it. So last month I’ve decided to enlist in the United States Army. I will be full time, active duty the whole chebang. I will be shipping out to Fort Benning, GA on Oct 12 to begin Basic Combat Training (BCT).

Why Army? Simple because I have an aunt and uncle who were both retired Marines and they were telling my brother to go Air Force and I simply want to show him up. Air Force basic only takes 6 weeks. Army BCT takes 9 weeks and is way tougher than Air Force. I wanted a challenge and I really didn’t want Marine Corps because they have no program to help pay off student loans. I also chose Army because they can guarantee in writing the job I will do and when I ship out and everything. I will be a logistical supply specialist when I complete Advanced Individual Training (AIT). I’m excited about it. The hardest part for me right now is the physical part of it all. I’ve been running often and trying to get in shape. The hardest part about that is staying motivated.

What does this mean for me as far as being politically active? A lot considering the oath I’ve taken binds me to the officials elected and my superiors. So I will be toning down a lot of my political talk for the time I’m in the military.

As far as my religious convictions, I’m free to voice them over the internet as freely as anybody else. Chaplains are sometimes required to be interfaith which is why I didn’t want to be one.

But that’s what’s going on in the life of the Stunner. Pray for me as I go into basic. Ill give my address out to everyone who wishes to write me while I’m there. Thank you all

Thank You for reading,
The Stunner
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Love and Marriage and the Government

•March 22, 2010 • 4 Comments

As a Christian and a Libertarian in the same package many have asked me if my stance regarding marriage has changed any since very few believe that the term Christian Libertarian can be logically reconciled. It is obvious that in the last few years this has been an issue that has divided Conservatives and Liberals to the point of there being a clear line in the sand. You’re either for or against. That line in the sand has even reached as far as the State and Federal Governments. Bills in various legislative assemblies from the states to our very own Congress are being considered which would let them define what a proper marriage can be. The homosexuals have their Gay Rights Bill and the Conservatives have the Defense of Marriage Act. Neither side will relent regarding this very sensitive issue and the final word seems to be in the hands of our elected officials.

But a problem lies in looking to the government to decide this issue. Marriage, in it’s purest form is a concept birthed in religion. It is a religious institution in which two persons are united before God and man in matrimony and a (hopefully) lifetime partnership. That being said, our Government is not a religious institution and as a result is unqualified and bound from making any decision regarding marriage. The Constitution is not a religious document, as a matter of fact the First Amendment of the Constitution forbids the Government from making ANY law restricting a person’s right to practice whatever religion he or she wishes to practice. They cannot force a religious institution to marry homosexuals nor can they forbid a religious institution to marry homosexuals. It is clear in the Constitution that the issue of marriage is clearly out the the jurisdiction of Congress or any form of elected official.

Also, there is a dangerous path that Conservatives and Homosexuals are taking with their respective pieces of legislation. Their bills have to be passed by a majority vote in both houses. That being said they are subjecting their rights to a simple majority vote by a handful of individuals. This is a horrifying reality to every American. For why should a government decide anything regarding your individual liberty and right to live your life the way you please? For example, let’s say Congress passes DOMA and it’s signed into law and all of a sudden homosexual marriage is not only taboo, but illegal. Now let’s move a few years down the road and 60% of Congress is gay, they easily have the power to overturn DOMA and pass a law forbidding heterosexual marriage using the same principle and precedent that is found when Congress passed DOMA. So now by this bill you are saying that Congress, a handful of individuals in Washington can affect your every decision even regarding your life and your religion by a simple majority vote! Where does the cycle end?  For now with the scenario provided the “straight” crowd will be the ones having “Straight Pride” parades and protesting outside Captiol Hill demanding their rights. Just like the homosexual crowd is doing now.

As a Christian I do not approve of the homosexual lifestyle. But no law will stop the homosexual from being gay nor will it stop them from demanding their rights. The war for the homosexual will be won where the souls of every lost person is won no matter their sin, in the place of prayer. We as the church need to step up and stop relying on the government to legislate our morality on everyone. We need to stop expecting the government to do what we have been biblically mandated to do. Because the same government that can restrict a homosexual’s right to be gay and marry a partner of his or her choosing can restrict a Christian from owning a Bible and evangelizing to the lost.  Government will not effectively change America, but prayer will.

So I say to every Evangelical Christian and Gay Rights Activist, Stop using the Government as some glorified referee in our war. To the Christians, there is a war going on that is over so much more than a piece of paper that can be rescinded tomorrow! To the Gay Rights Activist you are going about your battle the wrong way. The Government has no right telling the church what to do. They cannot force the Christian Church to marry you and you have no right to ask them to do so. Our elected officials are elected by Christians as well as Homosexuals and their job is to preserve your right to live as you so desire. So I say let the government lay this issue aside and focus on more important issues and leave the two sides alone to fight it out in freedom.