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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Who Hunts -- Things that go BUMP in the Night?

(Ranger Up) Sometimes a t-shirt catches my eye. And because it did, I'm sharing it here. Don't feel compelled to buy - but I think it's cool. That's all.

We know that the sheep live in denial; that is what makes them sheep. They do not want to believe that there is evil in the world. They can accept the fact that fires can happen, which is why they want fire extinguishers, fire sprinklers, fire alarms and fire exits throughout their kidsí schools. But many of them are outraged at the idea of putting an armed police officer in their kid's school. Our children are dozens of times more likely to be killed, and thousands of times more likely to be seriously injured, by school violence than by school fires, but the sheep's only response to the possibility of violence is denial. The idea of someone coming to kill or harm their children is just too hard, so they choose the path of denial.
The sheep generally do not like the sheepdog. He looks a lot like the wolf. He has fangs and the capacity for violence. The difference, though, is that the sheepdog must not, cannot and will not ever harm the sheep. Any sheepdog who intentionally harms the lowliest little lamb will be punished and removed. The world cannot work any other way, at least not in a representative democracy or a republic such as ours.

Still, the sheepdog disturbs the sheep. He is a constant reminder that there are wolves in the land. They would prefer that he didn't tell them where to go, or give them traffic tickets, or stand at the ready in our airports in camouflage fatigues holding an M-16. The sheep would much rather have the sheepdog cash in his fangs, spray paint himself white, and go, "Baa."

Until the wolf shows up. Then the entire flock 
tries desperately to hide behind one lonely sheepdog.- Lt. Col. Grossman

8 comments:

  1. Beware of wolves in sheep's clothing.

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    1. There are a lot of sheep in wolves clothing these days. I see them all in police uniforms standing behind Obama when he's talking about gun control.

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  2. Does this have anything to do with the saying that all men are dogs? No, that can't be, if some are sheep. I remember the old cartoons where one character would ask the other "are you a man or a mouse!" Real men do not shrink from their responsibility to their family and community, which includes providing security. This is why our veterans deserve our utmost thanks and gratitude. The sheep dogs of America are the BEST, although frequently unappreciated.

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    1. Kipling:

      Tommy

      I went into a public-'ouse to get a pint o' beer,
      The publican 'e up an' sez, "We serve no red-coats here."
      The girls be'ind the bar they laughed an' giggled fit to die,
      I outs into the street again an' to myself sez I:
      O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go away";
      But it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play,
      The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
      O it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play.

      I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
      They gave a drunk civilian room, but 'adn't none for me;
      They sent me to the gallery or round the music-'alls,
      But when it comes to fightin', Lord! they'll shove me in the stalls!
      For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, wait outside";
      But it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide,
      The troopship's on the tide, my boys, the troopship's on the tide,
      O it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide.

      Yes, makin' mock o' uniforms that guard you while you sleep
      Is cheaper than them uniforms, an' they're starvation cheap;
      An' hustlin' drunken soldiers when they're goin' large a bit
      Is five times better business than paradin' in full kit.
      Then it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, 'ow's yer soul?"
      But it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll,
      The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
      O it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll.

      We aren't no thin red 'eroes, nor we aren't no blackguards too,
      But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
      An' if sometimes our conduck isn't all your fancy paints,
      Why, single men in barricks don't grow into plaster saints;
      While it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, fall be'ind",
      But it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind,
      There's trouble in the wind, my boys, there's trouble in the wind,
      O it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind.

      You talk o' better food for us, an' schools, an' fires, an' all:
      We'll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
      Don't mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
      The Widow's Uniform is not the soldier-man's disgrace.
      For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Chuck him out, the brute!"
      But it's "Saviour of 'is country" when the guns begin to shoot;
      An' it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' anything you please;
      An' Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool -- you bet that Tommy sees!

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  3. I've had that essay on the wall over my desk at work for a couple of years now. I never get tired of it. Another thing about sheepdogs, both actual and metaphorical, is that they don't spend a lot of time fretting about how the sheep feel about things or worrying about whether the sheep like them. They just take care of business and chalk the baa-ing of the sheep up to the fact that they are sheep and that's what sheep do.

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    1. Sheep commonly bleat bitterly. Nobody really cares but the sheep.

      In America, sheep vote, which is a source of irritation because even though they have larger brains than quail, they don't seem to be as smart.

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  4. You mean other people have had problems when writing traffic tickets? I thought it was only me.

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    1. Back 1000 years ago when I scratched revenue coupons, I selected dirtbags. I never ticketed what I considered to be honest, hard working people who made a mistake. They got off with a stern warning unless they failed the attitude test, then they joined the "dirtbag" category.

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