America’s TRUE First Responders

What’s up with the emphasis on police, fire, and emergency medical being “First Responders?”  While their help is appreciated enough by the community that we’re willing to fork out significant change for their services, they are almost always not the first people to the scene of an accident, crime, fire, or medical emergency.  That distinction almost always belongs to the people who called them.  Obviously, ordinary citizens responded first, assessed the situation, offered help where they could, and if the situation was beyond their training or abilities, they called 9-1-1.

Speaking of 9-1-1, its official name is the “Emergency Telephone Number for the North American Numbering Plan.”  It includes the phrase, “can send emergency responders to the caller’s location in an emergency.”  It is also referred to as “the national emergency number for the United States,” and that “calling this single number provides a caller access to police, fire, and ambulance services.”  It goes on to say that the number has come to be known as a “common public-safety answer point (PSAP).”  Enhanced 911 automatically gives the dispatcher the caller’s location, if available.  (Source)

Do you see the term “first responder” in there, anywhere?  I don’t.

We used to call police, fire, and rescue, well, “Police, Fire, and Rescue.”  Around the time EMERGENCY! came on the air in 1972, the term “Emergency Services” become more common, and “Rescue” was changed to “Paramedics.”  Now, watching Chicago Fire, I observe their firehouse is broken down into three sections, including the Firefighters of Truck 81, the Rescue Squad of Squad 3, and the Paramedics of Ambulance 61.

Still no “First Responder,” though.  Indeed, almost each and every scene of both the 1972 and 2006 shows begins with regular people who were actually at the scene, first, some of whom provided initial assistance.  For some reason, the writers, directors, and producers, and possibly the technical advisors, thought it would be cute to make the real first responders look like idiots.  Then, after some years passed, they began calling themselves “first responders” as if the the actual first responders didn’t even exist.  Seriously?  Who do you think placed the 9-1-1 call?

Merriam-Webster Dictionary says the first known use of the term “first responder” occurred all the way back in 1970.  Apparently, it took decades for the term to catch on.

The term first responder is defined in U.S. Homeland Security Presidential Directive, HSPD-8, which reads:

The term “first responder” refers to those individuals who in the early stages of an incident are responsible for the protection and preservation of life, property, evidence, and the environment, including emergency response providers as defined in section 2 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. § 101), as well as emergency management, public health, clinical care, public works, and other skilled support personnel (such as equipment operators) that provide immediate support services during prevention, response, and recovery operations.

Oh.  So it does have an official definition.  So, does the official U.S. definition include people like you and I who first come across a situation requiring immediate assistance?  Why, yes!  It does!  In fact, 6 U.S. Code § 101 – Definitions, (6) reads: “The term “emergency response providers” includes Federal, State, and local governmental and nongovernmental emergency public safety, fire, law enforcement, emergency response, emergency medical (including hospital emergency facilities), and related personnel, agencies, and authorities.”

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So when did people start calling emergency response providers “first responders?”  If you thought, “Hollywood,” you’d be correct.  “First Responders” was the name of the Season 1, Episode 1 pilot for the TV show, “The Unit,” first aired in 2006.  Only then did the term come into common use in place of “emergency response providers.”  The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) of the United States was created under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (MCTRJCA) as an independent authority within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration(NTIA).  The purpose of FirstNet is to establish, operate, and maintain an interoperable public safety broadband network.

Let’s go back to the official definition:

U.S. Homeland Security Presidential Directive, HSPD-8, which reads:

The term “first responder” refers to those individuals who in the early stages of an incident are responsible for the protection and preservation of life, property, evidence, and the environment, including emergency response providers

So you see, ANYONE who is first on the scene can be a “first responder,” provided they act in a manner consistent with “the protection and preservation of life, property, evidence, and the environment.

Let’s take me, for example, but first, a Disclaimer:  NEVER TRY THIS AT HOME!

In 1991, I heard and saw my neighbors exit their apartment screaming as a roiling cloud of black smoke followed them.  I was outside before they were halfway down the stairs, and asked, “What’s burning?”  “Kitchen,” one answered.  The other said, “Grease!”

I pulled the fire alarm, grabbed the CO2 extinguisher from it’s mount, took a couple lungfuls of air, and entered the apartment.  As the burner control was very near the flames, the FIRST thing I did was cover the pot of burning grease with its lid.  No oxygen, no flame.  Next, I turned off the burner.  I spied two oven mitts, put down the CO2 bottle, donned the mitts, and very carefully moved the grease to a cool eye.  I then exited the apartment with the CO2 bottle to catch my breath.

The apartment manager had heard the alarm, was walking up, and said, “Fire Department is on it’s way!”  I held up my still-mitted hand waving acknowledgement, and reentered the apartment, holding my breath once again.  Even though the roiling black smoke was rapidly clearing, a lighter-colored smoke was coming from above the range.  The cabinets above the range hood had caught fire!  I hit them with a couple of short shots from the fire extinguisher, and waited.  When they flamed up again, I hit them with a much longer shot, long enough to cool off the wood and penetrate into whatever cracks were there.

I ran out of breath and exited the apartment a second time.  A fireman with his own CO2 bottle was walking up the stairs.  I said, “Grease fire, it’s out.  Fire penetrated the cabinets above.”  He proceeded inside.

I was the first responder, not the fire department.  In fact, it was they who said had I not put the fire out when I did, the entire apartment building would have been engulfed in flames and destroyed due to the source of the fire and where it had begun to spread.  They said that those two minutes made all the difference in the world.

I’m going to show you two videos which demonstrate just how fast fires can spread.  In the first video, the Christmas tree was acting just like the burning pot of grease, a hot ignition source which rapidly caught everything else on fire.

The second video clearly shows that even without a hot ignition source such as a dry Christmas tree or boiling and on-fire pot of grease, interior fires can spread very rapidly.

The fire department said it took them just a few seconds over three minutes from the time I pulled the fire alarm to the time they arrived.  If I, as a first responder, had not pulled the fire alarm, the entire apartment building would have been totally destroyed.  Even after pulling the fire alarm, they said if I had not put out both the grease fire as well as the fire where it had begin burning up behind the cabinet, there would have been very little they could have done to save the building.

We the People are the First Responders.  We’re the first ones on the scene.  We’re the ones who call for backup (9-1-1), help others to safety, administer first aid, and yes, put out fires.

A further word about the DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME disclaimer:  At the time of the fire, I had been trained in multiple jobs how to fight fires, including as a lifeguard/pool manager, camp counselor, and U.S. Air Force aircrewman.  I avoided injury by being careful and following my training.

Finally, here’s what the kitchen fire actually looked like (without someone dumping a cup of water into the boiling, on-fire grease):

In 50+ years of life, there have been roughly a dozen times where I, as the first responder, have saved life, limb, and property, from damage or destruction.  I am not saying this to pat myself on the back.  I am saying this to clarify that emergency response providers such as police, fire, and rescue should not refer to themselves as “first responders” unless they truly are the first ones on the scene.

This Is Reality

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Transgenderism in the Military

As a retired member of the military, I can attest to the fact the the sign describing denying transgenderism in the military as “bigotry” is flat out wrong.  It’s about safety of the individual and the unit, readiness, and successful accomplishment of the mission.
The military is not subject to many of the “right of employment” laws that exist in the U.S. Commanders have wide latitude, with few restrictions, on setting standards for acceptance into and continued service with the U.S. Armed Forces. Pretty much any aspect about a human being that a commander believes will cause a reduction in the unit’s readiness is subject to being addressed, and if the issue cannot be resolved, the individual is subject to being reassigned. If the problem is severe enough, the individual is, within the limits imposed by the UCMJ, subject to discharge.
 
The crux of this issue is NOT whether or not transgenders can perform the same functions as well as others. Of course they can.
 
The issue IS whether or not including transgenders, with their mildly expensive HRT and seriously expensive SRS medical issues, their psychological and emotional issues, and the degree to which the enemy may exploit it, along with issues of unit safety and readiness, along with overall mission accomplishment, is preferable to hiring someone of comparable qualifications who has no such baggage.
 
Yes, BAGGAGE.
Courts throughout our land, up to and including the U.S. Supreme Court, have routinely and consistently upheld the military’s right to reject anyone for any medical, psychological, or physical condition the military itself deems contrary to mission readiness. Most recently, the courts have upheld both basic and special physical fitness standards (SEALs, Rangers) which must be passed and maintained before someone, regardless of sex, is allow in. People with nearly any psychological or emotional issue are routinely denied entry into military service, not only because of what military service requires of them, but also because of what military service could DO TO them, as well as what the risk of substandard performance could risk to life, limb, and welfare of others in the military.
 
The list of disqualifying conditions is long, and for good reason:  Such conditions run counter to the safety and effectiveness of the individual, the unit, and the successful accomplishment of the mission as a whole.

First Baptist Church Mass Shooting Tragedy in Sutherland Springs Texas

Headlines:  “At least 26 killed in a mass shooting at Texas church” (Source)
Dear Church Elders/Leaders EVERYWHERE: So-called “gun-free zones” are, by a factor of FIVE (5), the most dangerous locations for mass shootings. If you want your congregations to be safe, PLEASE DO NOT create a so-called “gun-free zone” in your church by depriving them of their Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. All that does is stop your members from defending themselves. It DOES NOT stop mass shooters any more than laws establishing gun-free zones or restricting carry have stopped mass shooters.
Indeed, “…only in a “sheer utopian fantasy” would people expect that “homicidal maniacs” would follow gun laws.” (Source)  The churchgoers at New Life Church here in Colorado Springs are certainly convinced.  Many of their lives were saved when an armed member of the congregation shot and stopped a mass murderer before he could open fire during worship service. (Source:  New Life Shootings)
 
While we armed, law-abiding citizens are not cops, we can and will protect ourselves and our loved ones in situations involving active armed in churchshooters. Many of us are either current or former military or law enforcement. We are careful, conscientious, mature, and well-trained. Had one or more of us been present in Texas, the shooter would almost certainly have been stopped long before he managed to murder 20 people and seriously injure many dozens more.  Indeed, this morning the news reports indicate a nearby neighbor heard the shooting and fired at the shooter as he went outside the church to reload.  The shooter then diverted to his car and sped away.  Thus, an armed, law-abiding citizen DID prevent the murder of many additional people.
 
This could have been prevented. It WOULD have been prevented, or at least largely mitigated (stopped while in progress) had the leadership and members of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas prepared themselves in accordance with the protections afforded all Americans by our Second Amendment and “highly encouraged” by God himself throughout many areas in both the Old and New Testaments of his word.
 
My sincerest condolences to the surviving members of the First Baptist Church. Too many of you went to be with the Lord far too early. Remember the words of Nehemiah, who, when faced with the fallen walls and gates of Jerusalem, cried out to God in heaven, confessing the sins of himself, his family, and all Israelites before asking, “Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.” (Nehemiah 1:11)
 
The “the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses” include maintaining a strong defense against one’s enemies. Throughout the book of Nehemiah, he details the multi-faceted nature of that defense, including walls, gates, daggers, swords, spears, slings, and bow and arrow.
 
“MT” of BiblicalDefense.com makes some very clear and astute observations:
 
In Nehemiah 4, Israelites have been sent back from captivity to rebuild Jerusalem. They were rebuilding their lives with the sanction of the civil ruler, King Artaxerxes. This was not a wartime scenario. It was closer to a racial integration scenario where racists wanted to kill them. Think of the KKK threatening black homeowners and students. They are surrounded by people who hate them and want to kill them.
 
These were citizens, not soldiers. Nehemiah 4:13 says that people stationed “people by families” around the city. These were not trained soldiers or law enforcement officers. They were merely concerned residents and settlers—citizens, not professional soldiers or law enforcement agents.
 
Note that these families were armed, with “their swords, their spears, and their bows.” This is a situation where they are willing to apply lethal force to defend themselves.
 
Let’s briefly discuss swords, spears, and bows. Swords and daggers killed Ehud, Amasa, and eighty priests. At longer ranges, we know bows and slings killed men like Goliath, King Joram, and King Ahab. Spears killed men like Asahel, Absaolm, the Israelite man and the Midianitish woman, and many others. These are handguns, shotguns, and rifles. These are implements of lethal force. In fact, at close range, a sword is more deadly than a handgun. These ancient weapons are as deadly as their modern counterparts.
 
Note that they are carrying these weapons for personal defense and civil defense, and that these are “assault weapons”, namely, the same types of weapons that armies would use for offensive purposes. And why wouldn’t they want assault weapons (for those weapons are the most effective weapons for defending oneself)? Why would you not want to use the best tools available for the task at hand?
 
Against what are they defending themselves? The crime of unlawful, racist murder. Hate crimes. They are defending their lives and their homes. Nehemiah 4:14 specifically says, “…fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.” It is good and right to defend your family, even using lethal force weapons.
 
One final observation: In self-defense, these citizens did not merely own weapons. Rather, where they perceived a risk of harm to their persons, they carried their weapons with them, as many people legally carry weapons with them today, for the purpose of self-protection:
 
Nehemiah 4 17 Those who were rebuilding the wall and those who carried burdens took their load with one hand doing the work and the other holding a weapon. 18 As for the builders, each wore his sword girded at his side as he built, while the trumpeter stood near me. … 21 So we carried on the work with half of them holding spears from dawn until the stars appeared. …. 23 So neither I, my brothers, my servants, nor the men of the guard who followed me, none of us removed our clothes, each took his weapon even to the water.
 
If you live somewhere where you have reason to be concerned about crime, this would be similar to legally carrying a weapon to defend your family, even when running daily errands to the store.1
This tragedy was avoidable.  So long as we live in a fallen world, we will always be under siege from others controlled by our enemy, Satan.  The real tragedy in this incident involving the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, however, was the fact that the members of its congregation, same as the Israelites, have allowed the forces of the day to tear down their walls, unlock their gates, and disarm them to such a state they were no longer capable of defending themselves and their loved ones in Godly, Biblical self-defense.
1.  Biblical Self-Defense.  (2013).  The biblical view of self-defense:   What does the Bible say about self-defense?  Retrieved from http://www.biblicalselfdefense.com/.

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Media Incapable of Even Formulating the Gun Problem

Given the fact that “Roughly two-thirds of gun deaths are suicides,” please tell me what percentage of those were committed with the OWNER’S firearm and what percentage were committed with someone ELSE’S firearm? In particular, I would like it broken down thusly:

Suicide committed with the OWNER’S firearm: X%
Suicide committed with someone ELSE’S firearm: Y%
– firearm owned by an IMMEDIATE family member: A%
– firearm owned by an EXTENDED family member: B%
– firearm owned by a friend, acquaintance, or their immediate or extended family: C%
– firearm owned by someone unknown to the suicide victim: D%

Such that: X%+Y%=100%
AND
Such that: A%+B%+C%+D%=Y%

This information is VITAL in determining both IF and WHAT might be done to mitigate the issue.

If you’re incapable of properly formulating the question, you can NOT answer it as a journalist.

Florida will NEVER be even HALF flooded

Another blitheringly idiotic, agenda-driven article asks,

How much longer before all of Florida is underwater?

Well, let’s see…  Florida’s mean elevation is 100 ft, and it’s highest elevation is 345 ft.

Although the mean sea level has risen at least 120 meters since the last glacial maximum 21,000 years ago, it plateaued to within 15 meters of today’s level some 8,000 years ago.

Thus, even at the absolute MAXIMUM sea level rise rate between 21,000 and 8,000 years ago (7.78 m/k-years) from the glacial maximum to the modern warm period, it would take 4,243 years for Florida to be half-flooded, and 12,857 years for Florida to be completely flooded, but only IF…

That IF is that the max rate were even possible. It’s not, as that was due to the melting of world-covering glaciers. We only have a tiny fraction of such coverage, so, given today’s CURRENT rate, it will take 16,500 years for half-coverage, and 50,000 years for full coverage.

BUT WAIT!!! Is there even enough ice in the world LEFT to provide that much flooding???

No! In fact, if all the ice covering Antarctica, Greenland, and in mountain glaciers around the world were to melt, sea level would rise about 70 meters (230 feet).

Thus, Florida can NEVER flood to even the half-way point, even if all ice in the world were to melt.

Thus, the article above is FAKE NEWS.

Thus, talks of “rising two meters by 2100” is outlandishly fake news, particularly when the WORST CASE estimate currently stands at about 4 inches, just 0.1016 meters, placing the “two meters” exaggeration factor at 19.7 TIMES greater than reality.

Come on, world! Learn some math. Learn some science. Learn how NOT to be lead around like a cow with a ring in your nose by agenda-driven NON-science.

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Post-Glacial Sea Level Rise

Yet another blitheringly idiotic, agenda-driven global warming scare-scam article DEBUNKED BY SCIENCE!

Obamacare and the Death of America

A friend is blaming Obama for the health care fiasco. Well, that’s certainly true, at least in part.
 
He royally screwed the pooch by tapping into the pockets of everyone who could pay for health care in order to pay for healthcare for everyone who can’t afford it. Unfortunately, the blitheringly idiotic jerks who came up with and passed Obamacare failed to calculate for the shifted economic capability AFTER it was implemented. Thus, a full third of those caught in the middle made too much to get a discount but not enough to afford the premiums and the deductibles.
 
Even so, Obama was largely the tip of the evil spear of socialist Demoncraps who think that socialism is somehow sustainable. It’s NEVER been sustainable, EVER, except on the backs of a large working class who largely forfeit the fruits of their labor to an elitist, authoritarian group who run things while living high on the hog.
 
You’d never think the masses would ever vote an elitist into office, but it is indeed the have-nots, the “useless idiots” who who elected Obama, then elected him again, and almost elected Hillary, largely on the basis of promises of a better life put forth by the lying Demoncraps.
 
Ignorance throughout America is the greatest culprit, here. Socialism never works. Until the masses WAKE UP and realize they’re being used by the socialists in exchange for largely empty promises, America’s problems WILL CONTINUE.

All Hallows’ Eve – It’s CHRISTIAN

Is Halloween of the Devil?  Some of my Christian friends think so.  I think ALL things of God have been perverted by Satan, including church worship. That doesn’t mean we toss worship out the window and go live in a cave.  When is the last time you heard a Christian say, “Well, those Satanists have gone and done it again.  They’re worshipping Satan.  Looks like worship is now of the Devil.  We can’t worship any more.  No more worshipping in this household…”
Yeah.  I haven’t either.
I have heard, however, as recently as three days ago, “We don’t celebrate Halloween in this household.”  Even so, the individual likes watching Harry Potter movies, Lord of the Rings, and even the occasional horror movie.  Go figure.
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Well, ok.  But what’s the difference?  Why are we allowing Satan to cut us off from some things and not other things he has perverted, like Christmas and Easter?
I checked a few sources and came up with the following:  “Halloween or Hallowe’en (a contraction of All Hallows’ Evening), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.” – (Source)
 
Like all hallowed (holy) things, Halloween’s remembrance of the departed was perverted by un-Godly forces into worshipping evil.  Although it began with simply remembering the dead, Satan morphed it into revering witches, ghosts, goblins, monsters, spirits, and other possible venues of evil.  Even the Bible clearly states have nothing to do with either witchcraft or divination, for those things are evil.  It always warns against spiritism, and to test the spirits, for some are evil.  The term “ghost,” however, originally only ever meant the spirit part of one’s soul, the component that departs the flesh when we die.
This isn’t exactly a newsflash, but Satan’s perversion of good, holy things began with himself, an archangel.  In fact, that’s why God tossed him out of Heaven.  But just because he perverted one angel, himself, does that mean we shun all angels, or things angelic?
No, of course not.
Satan’s perversion of holiness is to be expected.  Heck, he’s perverted pretty much everything, including vacations, Christmas, Easter, and marriage.  So, let’s toss all of those, as well, ok?  He’s certainly perverted Christianity, so let’s toss that out the window, too, ok?
How about, “No, that’s not ok.”  Christianity is not of the devil.  In fact, NOTHING on God’s good Earth is of the devil!  
“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.”  (Source)
Even Halloween!
So, instead of cringing in fear or shunning that which God himself has created, how about we do something different, instead?  How about we reclaim the ground which we have allowed Satan to take from us?
When it comes to fighting Satan, God never meant it to be difficult.  Indeed, Christ’s yoke is easy, and his burden is light (Source).  God defeated Satan.  The devil might like you to believe otherwise, but it really wasn’t much of a contest.  If we have indeed been adopted into God’s family through our faith in Christ’s atoning sacrifice on the cross, then Satan stands defeated before us, as well.  God’s word is simple:  “So submit to [the authority of] God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him] and he will flee from you” (Source) Defeating Satan is easy:  Just recognize that he’s been defeated!  His ONLY power over you is that of deceit, of convincing you that it’s a struggle, or worse, that it’s impossible.  If you believe you’re defeated, then you are.  That’s how Satan binds you.  But if you know your victory in Christ, then Satan has no hold over you.
 
We resist Satan at Christmas.  We resist Satan at Easter.  We resist Satan in our marriages, our households, at work, indeed, throughout all other areas of our lives.
Here’s what we DON’T do:  We don’t quit.  We don’t walk away and given Satan ground in any area of our lives.  We are called to remain in the world, but be not of the world.  (Source)
 
Just because a good thing is perverted by evil does NOT mean that good people cannot still participate in it in a holy way. Christmas and Easter have been similarly perverted, yet we continue to participate in both of those in a good, righteous, and Holy way.  As Grace to You observes:
“Christians should not respond to Halloween like superstitious pagans. Pagans are superstitious; Christians are enlightened by the truth of God’s Word. Evil spirits are no more active and sinister on Halloween than they are on any other day of the year; in fact, any day is a good day for Satan to prowl about seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). But “greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). God has forever “disarmed principalities and powers” through the cross of Christ and “made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them through [Christ]” (Colossians 2:15).”
 
Similarly, kids can still have good, clean, and even holy fun during Halloween, by dressing up as departed presidents, firefighters, famous aviators, and other wholesome characters.  You can even call it Halloween!  Or go whole hog and call it All Hallows’ Eve or All Saints’ Eve.  There’s no need to be Christian Politically Correct and hold a “Fall Harvest.”  I mean, if that’s what you want to do, go for it.  But if you’re doing it because you think that’s somehow more righteous or holy than participating in All Hallows’ Eve or All Saints’ Eve, then I dare say your understanding of God’s word is off target.
 
When we distance ourselves from good things simply because Satan has tainted aspects of it with evil, Satan wins.  We hand him blue ribbons on silver platters. That’s his GOAL, after all, to turn everyone to evil, and if that fails, to at least take the good things away from those who love God.
 
Don’t let Satan win. Have fun this All Hallows’ Eve! Yet remain holy. 🙂