A vision of the cross…


 It’s rugged n’

it’s old n’

it’s made

  of wood ~


Yet it shines

like a not too far


   should ~







It’s a growing



   for me ~


I who have nothing



   so freeeeeee ~


So free

I am

even absent

of Meeeeeee













to be wrapped

in this

   bright light shroud ~





   allowed ~


To be

to be

to be

   to beeeeeee ~







Yeeeeeeeap, its

straight from

my one n’ only

real n’ right-on Boss ~





The Cross




Deep Desert Blues

by Rawclyde!




To reduce gun violence…


At the heart of the President’s proposals to reduce gun violence is a focus on making sure students and teachers are safe. Through executive actions, President Obama will:

Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers…

Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship, and institutions of higher education…


The President needs all the support he can get to get this done and to get it done adequately.  I hope the NRA leaders are willing to at least support and even vocalize this part of Obama’s proposals!  Meanwhile citizens must pressure the U.S. congress…

~ Rawclyde!


Sor Maria de Jesus de Agreda comes to America…



Sor Maria de Jesus de Agreda (1602 – 1665), also known as Sister Mary Agreda, or the Lady in Blue, survived the Spanish Inquisition, advised the King of Spain, and left an even more inspiring legacy in her chronicle of the life of the mother of Jesus in The Mystical City of God, an eight volume set of tomes, in which she also described her own spiritual visions of Holy Mary…



Sor Maria de Jesus de Agreda also is known to have mystically appeared in the American Southwest ~ most notably in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. There, she is revered as the legendary Lady in Blue because of the miraculous nature of her preaching appearances to the Indians, that is, without arriving by boat like all the rest of the Spaniards.  The widespread effect of her missionary work is cited in numerous historical texts of the time, predating the famous Padre Eusebio Kino’s more conventional missionary work…



Yet, Sister Mary Agreda has yet to be canonized a saint, though there has been increasing groundswell to do so since the 400th anniversary of her birth in 2002…

~ info from Marilyn Fedewa



Note from Rawclyde!

Being a red-blooded American Catholic boy, I couldn’t help but run across the popular abridgement of The Mystical City of God by venerable Mary Agreda translated from the original Spanish by Fiscar Marison (Rev. George J. Blatter).  Alas, I read this fascinating fat tome from cover to cover.  Years later, stumbling into the desert town of Yuma and abiding there for a spell, after having read such a book and another beauty entitled Mysticism by Evelyn Underhill, being who I was, I couldn’t help writing, DEEP DESERT BLUES.  It took about 3 years for me to write this narrative rhyme, a long one in which I had a vision of the Mother of Jesus in the midst of a mystical adventure of my own.  It’s fiction of course.  You can read the vision part starting right here ~ DeepDesertBluesV.yolasite.com ~ and onward.  If you do read this, though, be careful ~ it rhymes ~ so you might start singing…


Secret Agent Man


Deadwood Dick


GUN 2013

Chapter 1


I am strictly federal ~ having tramped around some states ~ and landed a little social-security income at 62 unto death.

I was pretty rebellious come the end of the Vietnam War which I dodged ~ and pretty shiftless ~ had two nervous breakdowns by this time and carried on in an abstract half-insane manner.  Then I enlisted via lies the recruiter sign-language-ed me to tell and after some medals and an honorable, took some more university ~ 6 years full-time all together without a degree ~ having been raised in a house opportunely 2 blocks away.

The only entity that ever payed me for my writing ~ other than some books I wrote & printed myself & sold to individuals here & there ~ was the U.S. Army ~ which made me a budding journalist for 4 years.  So I am pretty strictly federal.

The social security I’ve begun enjoying recently comes from FDR’s New Deal & some work on my part ~ here we go now, baby, now ~ busing tables, busing kids, pulling shipyard electrical cables, twirling airport tugs, loading bags, unloading boxcars, endless hours of warehouse boredom, tooling around & around in delivery trucks, of course digging ditches especially after transformationing blank pages for Uncle Sam, mowing lawns and trimming bushes from the bay to the borderlands, grouting and cutting tile, yes I was a laborer for a while, while I wrote them silly books.  Of course some fools think I’m lazy when in fact I’m just not that materialistic.

I’d like to add that for about 15 hours a day for about 15 days I worked on a merry-go-round somewhat gently tossing babies like sacks of potatoes onto bouncing plastic horses for the most beautiful young mommas I’ve ever been around whom I shall label Albuquerque Hispanic.  Whatever else I did for wages always legit & almost always low ~ who cares?  And now at 62 I’m strictly federal.

So if Ted Nugent & Wayne La Pierre want our nation bristling with AK40s & 30-round bannana clips because they’re paranoid of a professor of the Constitution in the White House who is 30 times smarter than them ~ and if jack-ass Teddy and whinny Wayne aren’t properly impressed with 20 first-graders getting mowed down by one of these weapons ~ so if thusly bombs were to drop on the houses of Nugent and La Pee-in-the-air, you would be able to watch me cry crocodile tears with my out-of-tune violin.

I’m not really a secret-agent man.  I only pretend.  But I’m not pretending about being strictly federal.  I don’t care for California’s police-state manners, Arizona’s low wages, or greasies beating up gringos in New Mexico.  It’s in these places I’ve come to hang out.  And I’m looking forward to the federal government one of these days yielding to these state’s current legalizations of marijuana so that I can remain ~

Strictly federal.

~ Rawclyde!


Resource officers coming…



Press Release


The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) recently applauded President Obama’s call for more resource officers in the nation’s schools.

According to documents released January 16 by the White House, the administration will give preference to applicants for COPS Hiring Grants who plan to use the grants to hire specially trained SROs (school resource officers).

In addition, the White House proposed a new Comprehensive School Safety program, which would give $150 million to school districts and law enforcement agencies to hire SROs, school psychologists, social workers, and counselors.

Quotes from Mo Canady, executive director, NASRO, Hoover, Alabama:

“The President’s proposals demonstrate that his administration fully understands the training and role of specially trained, carefully selected school resource officers. The White House proposals are right on target in this regard.”

“We’re happy that the President’s proposal does not mention armed guards. Instead, it refers only to specially trained school resource officers. There’s been a lot of confusion about armed guards recently and NASRO agrees that SROs are the only armed persons who should work on school campuses. To arm others, especially educators or volunteers, could be a recipe for disaster.”

“The president is absolutely correct to advocate for a comprehensive emergency management plan for every school. NASRO has helped schools develop such plans for years. We’re ready and eager to help the administration create model plans for schools.”


School-based police officers (also known as school resource officers) are specially trained, carefully selected, full-time law enforcement officers who work in schools as their primary assignments.

SROs are much more than armed guards. They develop relationships with students and staff and participate in the education of students.

SROs enhance, rather than detract from the learning environment. Students learn that the officers are their friends, not someone to fear.

NASRO is dedicated to providing the highest quality of training to school-based law enforcement officers in order to promote safer schools and safer kids.


NRA-bullied gun laws victimize U.S. schools…

So while La Pee-in-the-air of the National Rifle Association bad mouths our president for advancing the healing of the broken-hearted families of the victims of NRA-lobbied watered-down gun-law, Americans blink and yawn and figure out who is the good guy.  Let me give you a hint.  It ain’t Pee-in-the-air.  Obama is THE GOOD GUY.

Secret-agent work by Rawclyde!

Secret agent work by Rawclyde!

Obama Gun Fighter Speech

(full transcript)




Before, before I begin today, let me say to the families of the innocents who were murdered 33 days ago, our heart ~ our heart goes out to you. And you show incredible courage ~ incredible courage being here. And the president and I are going to do everything in our power to honor the memory of your children and your wives with ~ with the work we take up here today.
It’s been 33 days since the nation’s heart was broken by the horrific, senseless violence that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Twenty ~ twenty beautiful first-graders gunned down in a place that’s supposed to be their second sanctuary.  And six members of the staff killed, trying to save those children. It’s literally been hard for the nation to comprehend, hard for the nation to fathom.
And I know for the families who are here, time is not measured in days, but it’s measured in minutes, in seconds since you received that news ~ another minute without your daughter, another minute without your son, another minute without your wife, another minute without your mom.
I want to personally thank Chris and Lynn McDonnell who lost their beautiful daughter, Grace, and the other parents who I had a chance to speak to, for ~ for their suggestions and for, again, just for their ~ the courage of all of you to be here today. I admire ~ I admire the grace and the resolve you all are showing.
And I must say, I’ve been deeply affected by your faith as well, and the president and I are going to do everything to try to match the resolve you’ve demonstrated. No one can know for certain if this senseless act could have been prevented, but we all know we have a moral obligation ~ a moral obligation to do everything in our power to diminish the prospect that something like this could happen again.
As the president knows, I’ve worked in this field a long time in the United States Senate, having chaired a committee that had jurisdiction over these issues of guns and crime, and having drafted the first gun violence legislation ~ the last gun violence legislation, I should say. And I have no illusions about what we’re up against ~ what we’re up against or how hard the task is in front of us. But I also have never seen the nation’s conscience so shaken by what happened at Sandy Hook.
The world has changed and it is demanding action. It’s in this context that the president asked me to put together, along with cabinet members, a set of recommendations about how we should proceed to meet that moral obligation we have. And toward that end, the cabinet members and I sat down with 229 groups ~ not just individuals ~ representing groups, 229 groups, from law enforcement agencies to public health officials to gun officials to gun advocacy groups to ~ to sportsmen and hunters and religious leaders. And I’ve spoken with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, had extensive conversations with mayors and governors and county officials.
And the recommendations we provided to the president on Monday call for executive actions he could sign, legislation he could call for, and long-term research that should be undertaken. They’re based on the emerging consensus we heard from all the groups with whom we spoke, including some of you who are victims of this god-awful occurrence, ways to keep guns out of the wrong hands, as well as ways to take comprehensive action to prevent violence in the first place.
We should do as much as we can as quickly as we can, and we cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Some of what you will hear from the president will happen immediately. Some will take some time. But we have begun and we are starting here today and we’re resolved to continue this fight.
During the meetings that we held, we met with a young man who’s here today. I think Colin Goddard is here. Where are you, Colin? Colin was one of the survivors of the Virginia Tech massacre. He was in the classroom. He calls himself one of the lucky seven. And he’ll tell you, he was shot four times on that day, and he has three bullets that are still inside him.
And when I asked Colin about what he thought we should be doing, he said that ~ he said, “I’m not here because of what happened to me. I’m here because of what happened to me keeps happening to other people, and we have to do something about it.” Colin, we will. Colin, I promise you, we will. This is our intention. We must do what we can now. And there’s no person who is more committed to acting on this moral obligation we have than the President of the United States of America.
Ladies and gentlemen, President Barack Obama.
Thank you everybody. Please ~ please have a seat. Good afternoon, everybody.
Let me begin by thanking our vice president, Joe Biden, for your dedication, Joe, to this issue, for bringing so many different voices to the table, because while reducing gun violence is a complicated challenge, protecting our children from harm shouldn’t be a divisive one.
Now, over the month since the tragedy in Newtown, we’ve heard from so many. And obviously, none have affected us more than the families of those gorgeous children and their teachers and guardians who were lost. And so we’re grateful to all of you for taking the time to be here and recognizing that we honor their memories in part by doing everything we can to prevent this from happening again.
But we also heard from some unexpected people, in particular I started getting a lot of letters from kids. Four of them are here today, Grant Fritz, Julia Stokes , Hinna Zeha, and Teja Goode. They’re pretty representative of some of the messages I got. These are some pretty smart letters from some pretty smart young people. Hinna, a third-grader ~ you can go ahead and wave Hinna ~ that’s you. Hinna wrote, “I feel terrible for the parents who lost their children. I love my country, and I want everybody to be happy and safe.”
And then Grant ~ go ahead and wave Grant ~ Grant said, “I think there should be some changes. We should learn from what happened at Sandy Hook. I feel really bad.” And then Julia said ~ Julia, where are you? There you go. “I’m not scared for my safety. I’m scared for others. I have four brothers and sisters ~ and I know I would not be able to bear the thought of losing any of them.” And these are our kids. This is what they’re thinking about.
And so what we should be thinking about, is our responsibility to care for them, and shield them from harm, and give them the tools they need to grow up, and do everything that they’re capable of doing. Not just to pursue their own dreams, but to help build this country. This is our first task as a society, keeping our children safe. This is how we will be judged. And their voices should compel us to change.
And that’s why last month, I asked Joe to lead an effort, along with members of my cabinet, to come up with some concrete steps we can take right now to keep our children safe, to help prevent mass shootings, to reduce the broader epidemic of gun violence in this country… Continue reading