My Thoughts On – Trusting God

Stonewall JacksonGeneral Stonewall Jackson, a man that exhibited extraordinary courage both on the battle and throughout his life once told Captain John D. Imboden – “my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. Captain, that is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave.” This is the essence of true faith and trust in God. JimW

My Thougths on – Values and Principles

People often through around terms like “family values” and “American values” as if these were things cut in stone. The problem is a fundamental misunderstanding of the difference between values and principles.

Values and principles are like the tides and the ocean; related but different; values change; principles remain the same.

Values shift with time and society; principles are as constant as magnetic North on the compass.

Anyway, just my thoughts. JimW


My Thoughts On – Perseverance

Giving up is the easy part; it’s living with yourself afterwards that’s tough.

As Teddy Roosevelt said – “Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.” #Theodore_Roosevelt, #quote

Farm Safety: Evac-helo landing site

Helicopter Landing Site – your operation needs one.

Have you ever considered where you would land an emergency evac-helicopter if you needed one on your operation? Well the time to consider it is before you ever need it. There are several things to look at when deciding on a reliable landing pad.

1)           Clearance: make sure that the site is clear of obstructions with several hundred feet of clearance from trees, power lines, and buildings.

2)           Solid footing – the site needs to be solid even when wet

  • you need be able to drive to the middle without bogging down
  • The helo will need to be able to land and take off without settling.

3)      Set up a wind indicator. You can purchase a windsock, but a large flag or bright strip of cloth set at the edge can accomplish the same thing.

4)      Try to establish the coordinates. Determining the location coordinates will help speed up the response time. Give a copy to the local EMS and post them in a conspicuous place(s) where they can be found in a hurry.

5)      Have at least two entrances to the site if possible. An emergency is no time to deal with a tree across the road.

6)      Let you neighbors know where the site is. It’s no good to you if you’re the victim and the only one that knows its location.

If the process appears simple and logical, it is, but you need to think carefully through the steps before something happens. Trying to figure out a plan under stress will waste valuable time and may place the victim, or rescuers, at additional risk.

My Thoughts On – The Assault Weapons Hoopla

The term Assault Weapons is a misnomer created for the express purpose of placing civilian grade semiautomatic rifles in the same category of weaponry as assault rifles – which they are not. However, here is something to think about.

During the American Revolution the American civilians and militiamen had better rifles than their adversaries. The British army used smoothed bore muskets, the American civilian/militiaman carried his own weapon – usually an American Long-rifle (sometimes called a Kentucky Long-rifle); which because of the devastating accuracy of its rifled barrel, made it the “assault rifle” of its day.

Do the women in your life have basic self-defense skills

Question – are the women in your life prepared to defend themselves?

This question may sound sexist but it’s not, it speaks to the reality that women remain targets of unwanted aggression and assault. CDC statistics indicate that about 1 in 4 North American women will be sexually assaulted during their lifetime. So it’s important that women possess the skills needed to defend against attack and the knowledge necessary to extract themselves from potentially dangerous situations. Some rely on pepper or OC spray, stun guns, or other devices; however these are often not allowed in certain places, and may not be an effective deterrent. Everyone should be prepared mentally and physically to defend themselves if attacked.

Knowing how to defend yourself does not mean you have to become a “Black-belt” martial artist, though taking a self-defense course is advisable. I respect those that participate in martial arts and have the desire and willpower to advance in the discipline. However, for basic protection, being vigilant and knowing a few simple self-defense maneuvers and fighting techniques may well determine the outcome of a dangerous encounter. Let me illustrate what I mean using events from my daughters’ personal experiences in stopping aggression.

I have 5 children; 3 boys, 2 girls. My oldest daughter was a cheerleader in high-school tall, lean, and athletic. She has always been outgoing, self-confident, and sociable. Several years ago, as she was leaving a friend’s house one evening, an unfamiliar man attacked her, pinning her against the wall of a darkened balcony– she deftly blocked his attack, flipped his butt over the handrail, and left.

My youngest girl is now a high school senior and captain of the school dance team. She is less gregarious than her sister, petite, reserved, and quite. Recently a rather large, ruffian bullied his way into the middle of her group of friends at a lunchroom table and started a verbal assault that included rude and inappropriate remarks about her. She politely but firmly asked this guy to leave her alone and left the table. As she was placing the lunch tray in the bin, she felt the guy’s arm grab her around the waist; she instinctively grabs the guy’s hand and floors him with a wristlock takedown. So picture the scene; here is a diminutive 5’3” girl (who won’t even utter a curse word) holding a lunch tray in one hand, and with her other she has a wristlock on a very startled 6ft tall boy who’s on the floor begging her to let go. She calmly looks down at him and very pleasantly asks – “now if I let go, are you going to be a good boy and leave me alone?” He responded matter-of-factly “yes; yes I will”. As she released him, she noticed the entire lunch room had come to a dead stop and was watching as he sheepishly got up. The security officer arrived from across the room where he’d seen the incident unfolding, and smiling, asked if everything was alright; she said “oh yeah, everything is fine, he (the boy) was just being reminded to use his manners” and calmly walked away. The guy later apologized, thanked her for not filing a complaint with the school, and hasn’t come near her again. However, she is cognizant that he was publicly embarrassed and remains “aware” of her surroundings and vigilant.

In both incidents, the combination of attitude coupled with a simple self-defense technique made the difference between a continuing harassment/assault and a quick decisive resolution. It took me about 20 minutes to teach each of the techniques they used to defend themselves.

Can you stop all attacks? – No. But if you can show that you’re capable and willing to inflict pain on your assailant, you may be able to stop the attack and make your escape. Remember the goal is to stop the attack and get away.

For my oldest girl, once he went over the rail, getting up was his problem; her job was to get away. So she made good her escape while he was still trying to figure out what the hell happened.

For my youngest, her decisive action showed that, if the situation warranted, she was very capable of, and willing to, inflict pain to stop an aggressor. Someone said she overacted, she didn’t; once someone aggressively breaches your personal space, not responding, freezing-up, or underreacting places you in the roll of “victim”; and opens the door to continued and growing harassment and increasing violence. At the point where someone aggressively places their hands on you without your consent, you should immediately respond to quickly and decisively stop their actions. You don’t have to say “Stop”, but if you do, only say it once – then act.

For the record, both of my daughters are well-mannered, Christian, Southern women with sweet dispositions; but like the old song says; “don’t hand me no lines, and keep your hands to yourself.”