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A true love story, not only for each other, but for 25 children who needed someone to believe in them.

A true love story, not only for each other, but for 25 children who needed someone to believe in them.

Bulloch Family Ranch is a new wholesome reality series that chronicles the dramatic everyday adventures of Julie and Rusty Bulloch, a fun-loving working class couple that juggles multiple jobs to make ends meet.  Together, they are the proud “parents” of more than 25 kids. Only two, Amanda and Brodie, are biological. The rest are teens who have lived at the Bulloch Ranch during various times of dire need. For almost two decades, the Ranch has served as a place where troubled teens are welcomed with open arms and given a chance to get back on the right track. Rusty and Julie are committed to giving all their “kids” a stable, caring, nurturing environment along with the tools they need to become productive adults. Bulloch Family Ranch, an original series premiering on the UP network (formerly GMC) on Wednesday, July 17 at 10 p.m. ET.

Here is how their journey of service to youth began:

The story of how Rusty and Julie met: How do you know when you just met your soul mate?

Why did Julie marry her highschool sweetheart?

See how much they love these kids:

Isn’t it time we focus on the things that people are doing RIGHT for each other?

Bill Cosby Says Guns – Not Race Issue with Trayvon Shooting

Bill Cosby was on CNN’s State of the Union tonight, in an interview with Candy Crowley. He brought the same common sense, calming talk regarding the race angle of this case. He clearly said he believes that race was not an issue in this case. “It doesn’t make any difference if he’s racist or not racist,” Cosby said, “If he’s scared to death and not a racist, it’s still a confrontational provoking of something” when a person has a gun on them.

Ok, so it was not a perfect interview. Mr. Cosby was softer in his words than he had been earlier in the week, but he still believes that before a person is allowed to purchase a gun they have very intense back ground checks.

You can see the torment on his face as he talks about this, you know he is thinking about his own son’s murder. Still, I am never going to believe that more and more background checks and gun control will keep the guns out of the hands of those who truly intend to do harm.

He did say one profound thing, “Once the bullet leaves the gun, you cannot take it back.” He quoted a police officer who gave him a gun that Mr. Cosby used to carry for self defense.

Mr. Cosby did say he does understand why a person would have a gun in their home, and does not mind if people have guns for protection within their homes. His issue is the guns out on the streets, concealed carry and the stand your ground law. He thinks that if someone has a gun on them they will use it to “win” an argument. I still say that those types of cases are likely caused by people who are not legally carrying a gun in the first place. As it has been stated on this site, the percentages of persons with legal conceal carry permits who commit crimes with their guns are extremely small.

Watch the interview here and let me know what you think:

Bill Cosby Thinks if You Carry, You Want to Kill

I have loved Bill Cosby since I was a young child – his humor, and common sense approach to life has made him an endearing celebrity.  This weekend Mr. Cosby weighed in on the Trayvon Martin case and I would like to discuss his stance and your thoughts here.  He was quoted as saying, “The Gun” empowered George Zimmerman and further explained, “Without a gun, I don’t see Mr. Zimmerman approaching Trayvon by himself.”  This last sentence is not really something to discuss, as it does have some merit.

The line in the article that fueled me to fire up the laptop and burn up the keys was the next statement Mr. Cosby said:


When you carry a gun, you mean to harm somebody, kill somebody.

What?  Did he really need to take his comments to that level?  This actually offended me, and shocked me.  It is such a blanket statement to make, very surprising coming from one of the biggest advocates of personal responsibility.  So tell me, readers of this blog, and proponents of CCW:  When you carry a gun, do you mean to kill or harm another person?

Don’t Bring Race and Religion into my Gun Laws

I came across this article today in the Washington Post.  It gave me pause.  This article is quoting scripture, “Put away your sword,” Jesus commands, “for those who live by the sword, die by the sword.” (Matthew 26:52)  It is in response to the Trayvon Martin shooting and goes on to ask that we all “put down our guns” for Holy week.  Yes, I am a Christian, and yes, I believe in the 2nd Amendment.  This article challenges the fact that these two principles frequently are found in the same person.  How can a person be a Christian, and still believe in using a weapon that could end in a violent crime, that could take ones life?  I counter that if one is truly a Christian, they would never use their weapon to harm another human being unless there were no other choice.

The tragic shooting of this teen does break my heart, and still all the facts are not known – so I will not judge either side.  I only wish the country would take a breath and not use this case, with so much uncertainty, to polarize our country further than it already is.

Earlier today, I was listening to talk radio, and the conservative speaker was discussing that George Zimmerman is hispanic, but those who are more liberal are saying he is a “white hispanic”.  How about this argument:  Trayvon and George were both people.  They were in a community, they had family, they were humans.  They may have been Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, or Muslim.  They may have descended from African American, Brazilian, Portuguese, or Hispanic heritage.  In this country we have come so far over the course of 235+ years, to try a case such as this in the court of public opinion serves no purpose and only drives a wedge deeper.  George Zimmerman called the police over 50 times with concerns about people in his neighborhood.  If Trayvon had been a homeless man of Irish or Mexican decent, I have a feeling Mr. Zimmerman would have responded in a similar fashion (right or wrong).

It seems to me that too many follow like sheep walking to slaughter.  The media feeds them until they are too full and lulls them to a sleepy goodnight.  The politicians are waiting with open arms and promising to fix everything, “Don’t worry” they say, “I will take care of you.”  THINK people!  THINK!  Before it is too late and you find yourself wondering what happened to your country.  Both politicians and journalists use religion and race to strike fear and draw worst case scenarios.  The truth is usually somewhere in the middle, but you have to open you mind, your eyes – take in what is around you and form your very own opinion.  Never let someone else tell you what to think.

At the heart of the matter, we are all either good or evil.  No matter what race, what religion you practice, or if you own a gun.  You will find the eternal ying and yang in all parts of life.  I grow more concerned for our society when journalists use bible verses to encourage us to put our guns down.  I grow more weary when I see thousands of people in hooded sweatshirts marching in the name of race.  Let’s all remember we are American’s first, if we forget that, we will lose it all.

One Bad Apple: George Zimmerman

I have been holding my comments, waiting for more information to come out about the killing of the 17 year old boy, Trayvon Martin, in Sanford, Florida.  If you read this blog very often, you should know that I am very much in favor of the Castle Doctrine, and plan to eventually move to a state more in line with my overall values.  I am also a mother, with a (nearly) 16 year old daughter.  Sometimes she walks to 7-11 and gets her little brother some candy, just like Trayvon did that night.  My heart breaks for his family, for his mom and dad – I cannot even imagine.

Allegedly, Mr. Zimmerman told the police he shot the boy in self defense.  I also understand Trayvon was on the phone with a girl and was telling her he was being followed.  She told him to run.  By the time the police came Mr. Zimmerman had a wet back, like he had been on the grass and blood on the back of his head.  I am going to leave all of this to the Grand Jury to sort out.  I do not feel that any of us have enough information to convict Mr. Zimmerman, although I am sure we ALL have an opinion. Read more

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