Curtis Dahlgren
THAT was the week that was??
By Curtis Dahlgren
March 29, 2015

"Reputation does not have the last word, for [King] Richard or for any of us." – Bishop of Leicester, at re-burial service for Richard III (?-1485).

WHAT WILL POSTERITY'S WORD BE – for generation XYZ? For you and me? Or for the world? If you're a news junkie like me, you're aware of ongoing "civil" wars throughout the Mid-east, the Arabian peninsula, Africa, and even "civilized" western Eurasia. Even America is divided and there's a manufactured 'war' on our police officers (which is a war on civilization itself).

The BIG news for some (I almost missed it) was the reburial of King Richard III, who died in one of those "civil" wars. His reburial was a fulfillment of his supposed wish, "Grant me the carving of my name." Less noted was the death of Trevor, a Wisconsin State trooper on his first solo shift, minutes from the end of his day, at the age of 21.

Do police officers have to fight for their reputations posthumously – for the carving of their birth date and date of death? With his last breaths, Trevor killed a man (his own killer). Which man has blood on his hands? Where does the Ferguson police force go to get its "reputation" back, Barry? How many cops have been buried in the past couple weeks? Who's encouraging the bloodshed? "Just report the news; don't encourage it," you so-called journalists! Who will "protest" the 'interruption' of Trevor's life? Or the 'interruption' of the lives of our unborn children? Seriously. In various parts of our Judeo-Christian culture, this is one of the year's weeks of self-examination ("condemn not; judge yourself"). God says, in effect:


Can you hear me now? He paid our ransom Himself, but too many of us have spiritual Stockholm Syndrome; we've gone over to the side of our kidnapper. Satan. By sins of omission as well as commission. With no apologies. We can always get serious later, we think. We go along in order to just "get along" – to get along with society's conventional wisdom (un-settled but prevailing mores of post-modern social engineering ("blend in" trumps "stand out" these days).

"I'M WITH STUPID"? Celebrity culture, Royal-watching, and fanatical sports-watching do not equate with societal "evolution." Just the opposite. In the end, those who are deadbeats at paying their spiritual bills will someday curse their Designer and Creator. If this is such a (Great) highly "evolved" society, why do we have so many deadbeat fathers and virtually non-existent ones? "Poverty" and under-employment are symptoms of the disease, not the pathogen of the disease. Where is Billy Sunday, now that we need him?

This isn't the column I intended to write this morning. I guess something just "came over me." It's a time for
choosing. So much to say, so little time to say it!

I would be remiss not to ask, "Why are evil men waxing worse and worse" – and which side are you on anyway? Dan O'Donnell (NewsTalk1130) wrote this week, "If I had a son, he'd look like Trevor."* I never had a son myself (had mumps as a young man instead), but if I had had a son, I'd want him to BE like Trevor too – not like the people who "imagine a world without religion" (and without peace officers). The Milwaukee paper posted such an article the same week Trevor gave his life serving others. SHAME on the Journal-Sentinel.

P.S. The sun came up again this morning, but it was zero degrees in the banana belt of Wisconsin. If that isn't March madness, I don't know what is. [I just hope the Badgers' shooting is hotter than that in L.A. tonight.] By the WAY:

Somebody once said to me that they can't find tithing in the New Testament. I thought to myself, "How hard have you been looking?" Anyway, 'Got GOD' yet? Or haven't you been looking? You're going to need Him! Evil men are flying airliners into the sea (and into mountains?). Around the globe people are dying without an epitaph or "the carving of their names." What do you want on your tombstone?

King Richard III finally got his (R.I.P.). I can't "judge" the king, because I'd rather not be "condemned," but as the old saying goes, "As a man sows, so shall he reap" (and weep). Any old farmer could tell you that one, but our ruling classes are sticking with stupid.

PPS: I was originally going to re-post one of my best columns, "Why do such things 'have to' happen?" You can look it up in the archives, but for now:

This the time to – at least once a year – to "examine" (or judge) ourselves. Have a good WEEK!

"In wrath remember mercy, but let the Power of my Lord be great, according as Thou hast spoken unto Moses Thy servant."

An after-word: It's Passover season, but a radical Islamist group in Kenya uses the occasion to gun down scores of Christian students – death toll in double digits. Anyone who submits to martyrdom bearing the name Christ deserves credit for a strong and courageous Faith. If you want to strengthen your faith, go to and click on O'Donnell's "The God of the Galaxies":

As Albert Einstein famously said, "God doesn't play dice."

© Curtis Dahlgren


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Curtis Dahlgren is semi-retired in southern Wisconsin, and is the author of "Massey-Harris 101." His career has had some rough similarities to one of his favorite writers, Ferrar Fenton... (more)


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