Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Death Has Climbed In Through Our Windows

Through the excess of political rhetoric in this Presidential campaign cycle, much has been said about illegal immigration and Syrian refugees’ with terrorists embedded amongst them. Some would have us believe that there is no problem and that we should accept all those desiring asylum. The heart of the problem is that, given the chaotic nature of the political situation in Syria, it is impossible to properly vet those applying for refugee status. There are no public records capable of being accessed to verify the required persecution for each individual applying.
The prophet Jeremiah described a similar event happening just prior to the overtaking of the nation of Judah and hauling away of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin to their seventy-year incarceration in Babylon. In that case, Jeremiah was warning of foreign armies besieging Judah and Jerusalem. Jeremiah wrote, “Death has climbed in through our windows and has entered our fortresses; it has cut off the children from the streets and the young men from the public squares” (Jer. 9:21 NIV).
With the plethora of under-reported assaults by so-called refugees, there is ample reason to believe that not all are who they claim to be. It is strange that a significant number of “refugees” are single, war-fighter age males instead of the families with wives and children one would normally expect among so many desiring asylum in the Untired States. In addition, many seem to “disappear” into local enclaves shortly after arrival. Truly, it can be said, “death has climbed in through our windows.”
Emma Lazarus’ quote embossed on the Statue of Liberty memorializes the American ethos:
Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
 Despite the intention to rescue oppressed people in accordance with our long-stated ethos as a nation of immigrants, we cannot, nor should we, be ignorant about it. There is a well-established process for application and granting of asylum. We must not weaken the process through ineffective and incomplete vetting of applicants through an overabundance of weak-kneed, saccharin tolerance.  
Jeremiah wrote:
This is what the LORD says: "Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the sky, though the nations are terrified by them. For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter. Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good (Jer. 10:2-5 NIV).

Just as Jeremiah warned the people of Judah and Benjamin, we will only weaken our nation if we adopt the ways of the nations. Too large a number of immigrants come with absolutely no intention of assimilation into the American ethos. This denies us the opportunity to enrich our culture and employ a common language. There are some who would change us to become like them in language, law, and religion. If they want to maintain their language, law, and religion, they should return to their country of origin.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Are you “In the Game?”

Today, many, if not most, Americans are so bedazzled by the leadership and numerous challenges we face in the economy, the environment, government inanity, and such that we have become bystanders instead of participants. Each new Alinski crisis is used to the fullest to divert our attention from what is really going on.
We have become inured to the things about which we could actually make a difference in if we only stood up and spoke out.
The Roman satirical poet, Juvenal coined the Latin phrase, panem et circenses (bread and circuses), to identify the only remaining cares of a Roman populace which no longer cared for its historical birthright of political involvement. Juvenal, used the phrase to decry the selfishness of common people and their neglect of wider concerns.
Today, we are being entertained with “bread and circuses” to divert our attention from the world situation. Bread in the form of government handouts and entitlements requiring little or no work on our part. Circuses in the form of mindless, so-called, entertainment in video games, TV sitcoms, game shows, and sports events.
As a society, we are spectators and not participants. We have become “Life Lurkers.”
A “lurker” is one who stands alongside the pathway of life and just watches the traffic go by. In the cyber world, a lurker logs on, but does not participate in the many conversations and debates and definitely does not want to stand out as having a reasoned response to the rhetoric that passes for critical thinking today. If truth be known, cognitive activity is considered obsolete by many who have allowed themselves to be lulled into passivity.
A “life lurker” is one who is content to accept the handouts of big government (as long as they don’t require the lurker to actually earn those handouts).
A lurker is most often heard to say things like, “Whatever . . .,” “I don’t care,” “What difference does it make anyway,” “I don’t know . . .”, or such things.
Obama has created an office to actually form the opinions that he wants the sheeple of this country to espouse. A recent article in Politico highlighted the administration’s plan to “nudge” Americans to do what he wants:
The president officially adopted the idea last year when he launched the White House’s Social and Behavioral Science Team (SBST), a cross-agency effort to bring behavioral science research into the policymaking process. . . .
The team’s projects were definitely a form of prodding—giving people little pokes to improve their behavior in some way. But the more muscular form of “nudge” involves what experts call changing the “choice architecture”—automatically enrolling employees in an optional 401(k), for instance, or making organ donors opt out.
Just as a shepherd or cattle drover prods the herd to move in the direction desired, so the Obama administration is prodding the “sheeple” of this once-great nation to do his bidding. Sometimes all it takes if a gentle prod. Other times something more dramatic is required. On example might be; If we can’t take guns from the obviously “rabid” gun owners, then will have to confiscate them by other means. Like requiring registration of ammunition or guns before we drum up some bogus reason citing “community safety.”
Public schools and colleges have educated activism out of our children and young adults. Common Core is an uncommon bore and a travesty!

We are not sheep! Stand up! Speak out! Get involved!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Legislating Morality

The common cliché that, “You can’t legislate morality,” has a strong basis in truth; so much so that it even begs the question about the possibility. I sometimes ask people, (using the acronym, AYSOW) “Are you stupid or what?” Ok, that’s not polite, but it is a valid question.
We continue to attempt to pass laws that will supposedly instill morality relative to violence, racism, bigotry, and such into the world view of Americans. Ignorant people sing the praises of gun control, gay “marriage” (which is an oxymoron in itself), tolerance for anything, etc. Laws have never been totally successful in shaping the boundaries of appropriate behavior for people. Laws never have and never will as long as mankind remains out of fellowship with God.
The apostle Paul wrote in the first century to warn his disciple, Timothy, that:
. . . There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God —  having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. (2 Timothy 3:1-5 NIV)
The Holy Spirit must have whispered that prediction in Paul’s ear. We are seeing these very things being fully realized today. Someone just posted on Facebook that racism was almost eradicated in America until Obama came along. Christians are being accused of bigotry for taking stands on moral issues like baking cakes for homosexuals. Strange that Muslim bakeries are being given a pass while Christians are subjected to lawsuits, harassment, and worse.
Morality comes from training from caring family units involved in regular attendance and participation in spiritual programs. In previous decades, society itself participated in the shaping of youth attitudes and moral values. Since the outbreak of rampant immorality in the 1960s and 70s, moral values have declined to the point of almost being non-existent.
The answer lies in a yet-to-happen spiritual revival akin to the revivals of the early and mid- 20th century. People’s lives were impacted positively by simply receiving Jesus Christ as their savior and making Him Lord of their lives.
The process is simple;
  • Repent of sins
  • Commit one’s life to Christ
  • Walk in the fullness of a new life in Christ
  • Share your decision with others.

There is a special blessing for those who enter into this relationship with Jesus. The apostle John wrote this:
Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.  (John 1:12-13 NIV)
On the down side, failure to accept the free offer of salvation can have life shattering results. In my end-times novel, Eye of the Storm, several of the characters had relied on just trying to live lives substantially moral, but failed to find a personal relationship with Jesus and were left behind when the Rapture occurred. For these individuals, church had become a social club, not a place for the church to gather to worship their Lord. Church was a place, not an assembly of believers. On any given Sunday, over 40% of the typical congregation was unsaved. The less faithful appeared mostly on the C & E religious holidays; Christmas and Easter.
For such people, morality became whatever they felt it was, and often it would be warped to whatever purpose they felt was necessary to achieve their best advantage. Morality, in their view, became relative and unlike the absolute morality demanded of believers by the Bible.
For some, often times many, morality would be demanded of the general populous via legislation. Despite their assertion that true morality could not be legislated, they still attempted to legislate it into existence.
Today, gun grabbers and gun control advocates attempt to legislate morality by denying law-abiding citizens their Second Amendment rights to own and bear arms. This demonstrates the ignorance of the ones in power and reveals their agenda to disarm law-abiding citizens and retain control through tyrannical actions. It is clearly the morally weak striving to control and defeat the morally strong.
Truly, “all we, like sheep, have gone astray” when we fail to stand up to such tyranny. We are like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew’s gospel records:
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." (Matt. 9:35-38 NIV)
 The apostle Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus to make them aware that they have a responsibility to stand up to tyranny:
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. "Honor your father and mother"-- which is the first commandment with a promise-- "that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth."
Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.
And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him. Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 1and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. (Eph. 6:1-18 NIV)
Paul wrote clearly that, no matter what your station in life, God will guard you against the forces of evil in the world, but you also have a responsibility to take part in resisting the evil.
In his letter to the church in Thessalonica, Paul also laid down the behaviors that are pleasing to the Lord:
Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.
It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.
Now about brotherly love we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. And in fact, you do love all the brothers throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers, to do so more and more.
Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. (1 Thess. 4:1-12 NIV)
As I portrayed a possible scenario in Eye of the Storm for a pre-tribulation Rapture event, the reason that some, who thought they were Christians, got left behind at the Rapture.
True moral living issues forth from a life transformed by a genuine, heart-felt conversion experience and an active spiritual life conforming to the standards articulated by Paul in his letter to the believers in Rome:
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-- this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:1-2 NIV)

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Eugenics Rears Its Ugly Head

The word eugenics is derived from the Greek word eu ("good" or "well") and the suffix -genēs ("born"),
From the time of Charles Darwin, in the middle 19th century, his half cousin, Francis Galton coined the term eugenics. It became a popular concept in America promulgated by those who consider themselves the world’s elite. Wikipedia reports on the history of eugenics:
The idea of eugenics to produce better human beings has existed at least since Plato suggested selective mating to produce a guardian class.[  The idea of eugenics to decrease the birth of inferior human beings has existed at least since William Goodell (1829-1894) advocated the castration and spaying of the insane
However, the term "eugenics" to describe the modern concept of improving the quality of human beings born into the world was originally developed by Francis Galton. Galton had read his half-cousin Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, which sought to explain the development of plant and animal species, and desired to apply it to humans. Galton believed that desirable traits were hereditary based on biographical studies. In 1883, one year after Darwin's death, Galton gave his research a name: eugenics.  Throughout its recent history, eugenics has remained a controversial concept.
Eugenics became an academic discipline at many colleges and universities, and received funding from many sources. Three International Eugenics Conferences presented a global venue for eugenicists with meetings in 1912 in London, and in 1921 and 1932 in New York. Eugenic policies were first implemented in the early 1900s in the United States. It has roots in France, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States.  Later, in the 1920s and 30s, the eugenic policy of sterilizing certain mental patients was implemented in other countries, including Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Japan, and Sweden.
The scientific reputation of eugenics started to decline in the 1930s, a time when Ernst Rüdin used eugenics as a justification for the racial policies of Nazi Germany. Nevertheless, in Sweden the eugenics program continued until 1975.  In addition to being practiced in a number of countries, eugenics was internationally organized through the International Federation of Eugenics Organizations. Its scientific aspects were carried on through research bodies such as the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Anthropology, Human Heredity, and Eugenics, the Cold Spring Harbor Carnegie Institution for Experimental Evolution, and the Eugenics Record Office. Its political aspects involved advocating laws allowing the pursuit of eugenic objectives, such as sterilization laws. Its moral aspects included rejection of the doctrine that all human beings are born equal, and redefining morality purely in terms of genetic fitness.  Its racist elements included pursuit of a pure "Nordic race" or "Aryan" genetic pool and the eventual elimination of "less fit" races.
In a May 3, 2015 article posted on his Freedom Outpost blog, the author reminded us that:
In 1909, California passed laws allowing eugenicists to forcibly sterilize 60,000 citizens, excluding thousands from marrying and segregating thousands more. They masked their dirty deeds with flowery titles such as the Human Betterment Foundation - because who could be against the betterment of humanity? . . .
The Rockefeller Foundation helped fund the eugenics movement in Germany and was the benefactor of a program for an infamous practitioner of the pseudoscience, Josef Mengele.
Pres. Woodrow Wilson, segregationist, racist, and eugenics advocate, spent years at Princeton University and was president of the University from 1902 - 1910. So what has present-day Princeton University have to do with the archaic and barbaric practice of eugenics?
Well, it turns out that the eugenics movement has reemerged at Princeton University, assuming it went away at all, in the form of at least one professor. Princeton professor of bioethics Peter Singer has been advocating for eugenics for decades.
Read the Freedom Outpost blog in its entirety at http://freedomoutpost.com/2015/05/eugenics-and-obamacare-and-so-it-begins/
In my new novel, Eye of the Storm, I suggest that there might be an under-the-radar conspiracy to employ the tactics of eugenics as one of the tactical efforts moving toward a one-world government which will control humanity on earth in the end-times.
Eye of the Storm is Episode 1 of The Storm series about a time before, during and after a Pre-tribulation Rapture. The story begins about now and continues as millions of Christians are drawn into the sky in the event known as The Rapture. Episode 1 ends, post-Rapture, with leaders working to resolve the unexpected chaos and their attempts to explain and recover from the mysterious disappearance of so many people around the world. The saga will continue in Episode 2 of The Storm series.

Eye of the Storm is available in print and Kindle ebook format on http://www.amazon.com/. Search under Dr. Fred Thompson.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Apostate

In doing research for my new novel, Eye of the Storm, (Coming soon) I have found myself reflecting on the state of the world and the church. Christian author Kevin Swanson in his 2013 book, Apostate: The Men Who Destroyed the Christian West provides some of the answers.
We must let God be God and stop trying to usurp the reality of who God is. Such usurpation is a fairy tale dream — unreachable, irrelevant, and impossible. Swanson says:
The sovereignty of God has been dying a slow death of a thousand qualifications. Theologically, the teachers in the church fabricate a logical contradiction between man’s free will and God’s sovereignty; they insist that man’s will must somehow trump God’s will. The masses are led to believe that they alone are responsible for the “realization of the world of their dreams,” and they have the power within themselves to achieve whatever they conceive. Then, what happens when the “sovereign” individual turns his own “sovereignty” over to the democratic state? What if men attempt to replace God with the sovereign state? What happens if they construct a police state, complete with concentration camps, fascist regulation of private business, hundreds of thousands of social planners, and video cameras on every street corner? What will happen if the churches refuse to recognize God’s sovereignty? What if they ignore it, dismiss it, minimize its importance, or even teach against it? This is what the humanist apostasy looks like in its most raw form.
This worldview rages on a third front, called metaphysics. If God cannot control the world and the many events that take place within it, then His other perfections— once commonly recognized by most of the Western world — begin to crumble: His foreknowledge and omniscience, omnipotence, justice, and His sovereign mercy.
If God is the ultimate authority in man’s knowledge, ethics, and reality, then He must be the central focus of life. He should permeate the thoughts, the motives, the academic teaching, the counseling, the family life, and the worship of the Christian. The glory of God becomes his chief end (1 Cor. 10: 31). But what if we were to seek our own needs first, in the church? What if we were to speak and write for men more than for God? What if we were to center worship around the needs of men, rather than on God? No doubt God would slip out of the central focus of the life and worship of the Christian. Sadly, this scenario is all too common in a day where man-centric humanism runs rampant through the media, literature, education, politics, and the church. . . .

If God has lost the authority to be sovereign over reality, if He has lost the authority to provide objective law, and if He has lost the authority to reveal absolute truth, then in the eyes of men, He has lost the right to be God. He has been stripped of his “God-ness,” or the very attributes which make Him God. At the same time, man is never content to be godless. He must have a god. Somebody or something must provide that authority. Thus, modern man gladly assumes that position, and humanist man becomes his own ultimate authority.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tribute to Chris Kyle

Source unknown, but tremendous tribute to a clear hero!

As you know the movie has just been released about Chris Kyle…."The American Sniper” Many of you may not be familiar with the Texas Hero
Please read this about his funeral. You may want to see the movie.
Remember this happened well over a year ago [in February 2013, almost two years ago now in January 2015]!  
Search his name, ABC NEWS, gives a good rundown on his murder, even Jerry Jones did well.
Texas Goodbye
This is why America will remain strong.  We take care of our own as well as others who may not deserve taking care of. I just wanted to share with you all that out of a horrible tragedy we were blessed by so many people. 
Chris Kyle was Derek's teammate through 10 years of training and battle.  They both suffer/suffered from PTSD to some extent and took great care of each other because of it.
2006 in Ramadi was horrible for young men that never had any more aggressive physical contact with another human than on a Texas football field.
They lost many friends.  Chris became the armed services number #1 sniper of all time.  Not something he was happy about, other than the fact that in so doing, he saved a lot of American lives.
Three years ago, his wife Taya asked him to leave the SEAL teams as he had a huge bounty on his head by Al Qaeda. He did and wrote the book "The American Sniper."  100% of the proceeds from the book went to two of the SEAL families who had lost their sons in Iraq.
That was the kind of guy Chris was.  He formed a company in Dallas to train military, police and I think firemen as far as protecting themselves in difficult situations.  He also formed a foundation to work with military people suffering from PTSD. 
Chris was a giver not a taker.
He, along with a friend and neighbor, Chad Littlefield, were murdered trying to help a young man that had served six months in Iraq and claimed to have PTSD.
Now I need to tell you about all of the blessings.
Southwest Airlines flew in any SEAL and their family from any airport they flew into ...free of charge.
The employees donated buddy passes and one lady worked for four days without much of a break to see that it happened.
Volunteers were at both airports in Dallas to drive them to the hotel.
The Marriott Hotel reduced their rates to $45 a night and cleared the hotel for only SEALs and family.
The Midlothian, TX Police Department paid the $45 a night for each room.  I would guess there were about 200 people staying at the hotel, 100 of them were SEALs.  Two large buses were chartered (an
 unknown donor paid the bill) to transport people to the different events and they also had a few rental cars (donated).  The police and secret service were on duty 24 hours during the stay at our hotel.
At the Kyle house, the Texas DPS parked a large motor home in front to block the view from reporters. It remained there the entire five days for the SEALs to congregate in and all to use the restroom so as not to have to go in the house.  Taya, their two small children and both sets of parents were staying in the home.
Only a hand full of SEALs went into the home as they had different duties and meetings were held sometimes on a hourly basis.  It was a huge coordination of many different events and security.  Derek was assigned to be a Pall Bearer, to escort Chris' body when it was transferred from the Midlothian Funeral Home to the Arlington Funeral Home, and to be with Taya.  A tough job.
Taya seldom came out of her bedroom.  The house was full with people from the church and other family members that would come each day to help.  I spent one morning in a bedroom with Chris' mom and the next morning with Chad Littlefield's parents (the other man murdered with Chris).  A tough job.
George W Bush and his wife Laura met and talked to everyone on the Seal Team one on one.  They went behind closed doors with Taya for quite a while. They had prayer with us all.  You can tell when people were sincere and caring.
Nolan Ryan sent his cooking team, a huge grill and lots of steaks, chicken and hamburgers.  They set up in the front yard and fed people all day long including the 200 SEALs and their families.  The next day a local BBQ restaurant set up a buffet in front of the house and fed all once again.  Food was plentiful and all were taken care of.  The family's church kept those inside the house well fed.
Jerry Jones, the man everyone loves to hate, was a rock star.  He made sure that we all were taken care of.  His wife and he were just making sure everyone was taken care of….Class... He donated the use of Cowboy Stadium for the services as it was determined that so many wanted to attend.
The charter buses transported us to the stadium on Monday at 10:30 am.  Every car, bus, motorcycle was searched with bomb dogs and police.  I am not sure if kooks were making threats trying to make a name for themselves or if so many SEALs in one place was a security risk, I don't know. We willingly obliged.  No purses went into the stadium!
We were taken to The Legends room high up and a large buffet was available.  That was for about 300 people.  We were growing.
A Medal of Honor recipient was there, lots of secret service and police and Sarah Palin and her husband.  She looked nice; this was a very formal military service.
The service started at 1:00 pm and when we were escorted onto the field I was shocked.  We heard that about 10,000 people had come to attend also.  They were seated in the stadium seats behind us. It was a beautiful and emotional service.
The Bagpipe and drum corps were wonderful and the Texas A&M men's choir stood through the entire service and sang right at the end. We were all in tears.
The next day was the 200-mile procession from Midlothian, TX to Austin for burial.  It was a cold, drizzly, windy day, but the people were out.  We had dozens of police motorcycles riders, freedom riders, five chartered buses and lots of cars.  You had to have a pass to be in the procession and still it was huge.  Two helicopters circled the procession with snipers sitting out the side door for protection. It was the longest funeral procession ever in the state of Texas.  People were everywhere. The entire route was shut down ahead of us, the people were lined up on the side of the road the entire way.  Firemen were down on one knee, police officers were holding their hats over their hearts, children waving flags, veterans saluting as we went by.  Every bridge had fire trucks with large flags displayed from their tall ladders, people all along the entire 200 miles were standing in the cold weather.  It was so heartwarming. Taya rode in the hearse with Chris' body so Derek rode the route with us.  I was so grateful to have that time with him.
The service was at Texas National Cemetery. Very few are buried there and you have to apply to get in. It is like people from the Civil War, Medal of Honor winners, a few from the Alamo and all the historical people of Texas .  It was a nice service and the Freedom Riders surrounded the outside of the entire
 cemetery to keep the crazy church people from Kansas that protest at military funerals away from us.
Each SEAL put his Trident (metal SEAL badge) on the top of Chris' casket, one at a time.  A lot hit it in with one blow.  Derek was the only one to take four taps to put his in and it was almost like he was caressing it as he did it.  Another tearful moment.
After the service Governor Rick Perry and his wife, Anita, invited us to the governor's mansion.  She stood at the door, greeted each of us individually, and gave each of the SEALs a coin of Texas.  She was a sincere, compassionate, and gracious hostess.
 We were able to tour the ground floor and then went into the garden for beverages and BBQ.  So many of the Seal team guys said that after they get out they are moving to Texas .  They remarked that they had never felt so much love and hospitality. The charter buses then took the guys to the airport to catch
 their returning flights.  Derek just now called and after a 20 hours flight he is back in his spot, in a dangerous land on the other side of the world, protecting America.
 We just wanted to share with you, the events of a quite emotional, but blessed week.
[Ironic] Punch-line: To this day, no one in the White House has ever acknowledged Chris Kyle. 

However, the President can call some sport person and congratulate him on announcing to the world that he is gay?  Or say that someone shot by police in the line of duty, would make him a good son.  What the hell is happening to our society, our honor and our pride??