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Apparently the White House referred to Christmas Trees as Holiday Trees for the first time this year which prompted CBS presenter, Ben Stein, to present this piece which I would like to share with you. I think it applies just as much to many countries as it does to America.The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.

My confession:

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees. I don’t feel threatened. I don’t feel discriminated against. That’s what they are, Christmas trees.

It doesn’t bother me a bit when people say, ‘Merry Christmas’ to me. I don’t think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn’t bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a creche, it’s just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can’t find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God ? I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it’s not funny, it’s intended to get you thinking.

Billy Graham’s daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her ‘How could God let something like this happen?’ (regarding Hurricane Katrina).. Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, ‘I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we’ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?’

In light of recent events… terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he’s talking about. And we said okay.

Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with ‘WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.’

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing yet?

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

Pass it on if you think it has merit.

If not, then just discard it…. no one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don’t sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.

My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully,

Ben Stein


Now’s your chance to speak up.  If you have read my book American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution or the recently reformatted American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution let me know what you liked or didn’t like about it.  I see a fairly large quantity of my e-books have been sold, as I get a sales report from Amazon, but with no reviews at Amazon I have no idea if folks are enjoying them or not.  So anyone have any feedback on the story line or writing?  Thanks for your input 🙂

“Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the people of other countries, whose leaders are afraid to trust them with arms.”
 James Madison


Just wanted to give everyone an update on my Post Apocalyptic fiction books which are available to order by clicking on the book cover images to the left of this blog post.

American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution is the first book in the series and continues to sell well.

American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution had some initial formatting issues near the ending sections; however the good folks at Amazon figured out the cause of the issue was due to using a forced font in the source file.  They have since corrected the issue effective today, so anyone now ordering this book should get an excellent quality copy.

American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution is currently being written.  So make sure you read the first two so you are up to speed for the third book in the series.  PS.  They make great gifts 🙂

Escape and evasion skills can be useful in any SHTF, apocalyptic, disaster or survival scenario.  You need to be able to avoid hostile thugs, tracking dogs, ground or air surveillace, etc.  Running away from a threat may eventually make you an easier target to catch if you don’t develop proper escape and evasion plans and techniques.  Prepare for the worst possible scenarios and have a plan to deal with them.

Work on your noise discipline skills.  This means absolute silence.  Secure loose items on your pack or person as you can’t move silently if you are constantly making noise.  Even the sound of a snapping twig in the forest will carry a significant distance.  Use natural sounds such as thunder or wind to mask your noise, keep alarms and chimes on phones turned off and be aware that cell phones can be tracked when off unless you remove the battery first.

Light can be seen from great distances in the dark so avoid using light sources unless absolutely neccessary.  Avoid glow in the dark items, smoking, fires and any other sources which gives off light.  Reflections which can be given off from scopes or eyeglasses when positioned certain ways should also be carefully masked.

Circumstances will dictate your escape and evasion plans.  Have your workable plan ready now; keep what works and change what doesn’t.  Knowing the physical layout of the area you are in is also extremely helpful in any escape and evasion preperations.  Underground drainage systems can also be used to move through an area undetected as needed.  Be resourceful, creative and stay safe.

Anytime a person handles a firearm, they need to be aware of the four rules of gun safety.  These rules are as follows.

  • Handle all weapons as if they are loaded.  Never assume a firearm is unloaded.  Every time you pick up a firearm you should visually and physically inspect the weapon twice to make sure the weapon is unloaded if it is not in use.
  • Never allow the muzzle to cross in front of anything you aren’t willing to destroy.  Always keep your weapon pointed in the safest possible direction.  You must control where the muzzle is pointed at all times.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target and you are ready to shoot.   Your trigger finger should be indexed against the frame of the weapon, not on the trigger until you have aquired your target and are ready to fire.
  • Be sure of your target and what is beyond and around your target.  Never shoot at an unidentified target.  Every bullet will hit something so make sure of your targets and what is in front of them, behind them and around them.


If you want to improve your accuracy with a firearm, the following are some key principles to making sure you are on target the next time you go to the gun range.

  • The position of the weapon and the hold you have on the weapon must be firm enough to support the weapon.
  • The weapon must point naturally at the target without any undue effort.
  • The sight alignment must be correct.
  • The shot must be released and followed through without disturbing your position.
  • You must pull the trigger in a manner that ensures the weapon is not pulled off of the target.

There is no one gun that will fit all shooting scenarios.  Each type of firearm has its own special place and purpose.  Mission dictates weapons choice.