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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Prager University: Who's More Compassionate? The Left or the Right?

"We teach what isn't taught." - Dennis Prager

This semester of Prager University is presented by:  William Voegeli

"Our $3 trillion welfare state doesn't work, because its liberal architects and defenders don't really care whether it works.  The liberal asks:  Does it feel good?  The conservative asks:  Does it do good?  If you really want to help people, it should be pretty obvious which is the more important question." – W.V.


"Liberals champion government action as the best vehicle to alleviate suffering.  At the same time they are uninterested in the question of whether these government programs actually do alleviate suffering." - W.V.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving - What I'm Most Thankful For This Year

On Thanksgiving I like to look back and make a point of giving thanks for the important things in my life.  As such, on this Thanksgiving I am most thankful for my brother-in-law, Tony's, car.

Those with good memories may remember last Thanksgiving I wrote that I was most thankful for the amazing health those in my household (myself, my wife, and my two kids) have had in our lives - the most extreme injury or illness any of us had ever suffered was my wife's broken ankle and when she knocked her teeth out...This year I tested that luck.

September 20th, Tony and I went to a Tesla/REO Speedwagon/Def Leppard concert.  It was a fantastic concert, but on our way home while stopped at a traffic light we were slammed into by a truck going 40-50 MPH - he didn't even attempt to brake - and we crushed the car in front of us as well.

Tony's car was 'totaled', but did it's job as well as anyone could ever ask:  The front and back of the car were completely destroyed, the seating portion, however, was entirely protected and the air bags went off...It was a miracle for the two of us to walk away from the accident, because Tony and I should have been crippled at best and dead at worst.

Incredibly, both of us escaped the accident with minor burns, abrasions and body aches, and were able to walk away from it with just these physical injuries...As such, I am more than happy on this Thanksgiving to give my greatest thanks of the year to an inanimate object:  Tony's Car.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation (1863 - During the Civil War)

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward, Secretary of State

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Monday, November 21, 2016

George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

**NOTE: Amazingly, shortly after the Thanksgiving Proclamation was written  it was lost for 130 years. The original document was written in long hand by William Jackson, secretary to the President, and was then signed by George Washington. It was probably misplaced or mixed in with some private papers when the U.S. capitol moved from New York to Washington, D.C. The original manuscript was not placed in the National Archives until 1921 when Dr. J. C. Fitzpatrick, assistant chief of the manuscripts division of the Library of Congress, found the proclamation at an auction sale being held at an art gallery in New York. Dr Fitzpatrick purchased the document for $300.00 for the Library of Congress, in which it now resides. It was the first official presidential proclamation issued in the United States.


Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3d day of October, A.D. 1789.

President George Washington

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Account of the First Harvest Feast and Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is the first 'American' holiday, and in my opinion our greatest because no other people in the history of the world have had as much to be thankful for...It would do us all well to remember and honor this fact.

Although I'm not religious, it should also be noted this holiday is and has always been a religious holiday...Those who know its history should notice the similarity between Thanksgiving and at least a few Old Testament stories. All spelling below is in it's original form.


"America has much for which to be thankful. The unequaled freedom enjoyed by our citizens has provided a harvest of plenty to this Nation throughout its history. In keeping with America's heritage, one day each year is set aside for giving thanks to God for all of His blessings. As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we should reflect on the full meaning of this day as we enjoy the fellowship that is so much a part of the holiday festivities. Searching our hearts, we should ask what we can do as individuals to demonstrate our gratitude to God for all He has done. Such reflection can only add to the significance of this precious day of remembrance. Let us recommit ourselves to that devotion to God and family that has played such an important role in making this a great Nation, and which will be needed as a source of strength if we are to remain a great people." - Ronald Reagan

By: Mark Alexander
Original & Complete Article @ The Patriot's Post

Some historians note that the first thanksgiving was recorded on December 4, 1619, when 38 English settlers arrived at Berkeley Hundred on the north bank of the James River about 20 miles upstream from Jamestown, the first permanent Colony of Virginia settlement established on May 14, 1607.

The charter for the settlers at Berkeley Hundred required "We ordaine that the day of our ships arrival at the place assigned for plantacon in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually keept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God."

To that end, Captain John Woodleaf led that service.

However, the first harvest feast and thanksgiving was at Plymouth Colony in 1621, and it is that iconic event that is now considered, the First Thanksgiving.

President Ronald Reagan often cited the Pilgrims who celebrated the First Thanksgiving as our forebears who charted the path of American freedom. He made frequent reference to John Winthrop's "shining city upon a hill."

As Reagan explained, "The phrase comes from John Winthrop, who wrote it to describe the America he imagined. What he imagined was important because he was an early Pilgrim, an early freedom man. He journeyed here on what today we'd call a little wooden boat; and like the other Pilgrims, he was looking for a home that would be free."

Who were these "freedom men," and how did they eventually blaze the path of true liberty?

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT THESE "FREEDOM MEN"

It's a much better outlay on the matter than any you will see on TV or read in a magazine.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

THIS (past 2) WEEK(s) IN PICTURES

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

'Hacksaw Ridge'

"Please Lord.  Help me get one more.  Help me get one more." - Private Desmond Doss

If you see one more movie this year, I beg you to have it be 'Hacksaw Ridge'...A TRUE STORY about Private Doss - from WWII.

I was trained by the U.S. Air Force as a Medical Service Specialist - more commonly known as a combat medic.  During peacetime there is no easier job in the military than working in a hospital as a medic; it's literally a joke among most servicemen.  During wartime, few troops are more revered by their peers than medics...They are the ones who get the wounded back to base; they are the ones with the emetics, antidiarrheals and ibuprofen; they are the ones with the tourniquets; they are the ones with the morphine.

I remember wanting to be sent to the Middle East during the First Gulf War -  It's what I was trained for, and I was a very good medic.  Instead I was bored out of my mind at Travis Air Force Base (a regional medical facility)...Looking back, I was young and foolish.  I was lucky not to have to deal with the horrors of combat - during or after the battle.

'Hacksaw Ridge' was intensely personal for me.  It left me wondering how I would have performed under similar circumstances...I can tell you for sure, there is no way I could have done what Doss did.  Not because I would have been weak or a coward, but because what Doss did was super-human.

Again, I beg you to go watch this movie.  I promise it will be worth your time.  I promise you will leave in utter shock at the feat this man performed:  75 lives in 1 hellish night!   A TRUE AMERICAN HERO!!!!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

We Dodged a Bullet!

The 2016 Election produced the most improbably results most of us could imagine - Donald Trump as Prez, Republicans keeping the House and Senate, Republicans picking up Governors in the states, and soon Conservatives will control the Courts as well (lower and SCOTUS)...A truly remarkable turn of events in American History.  I do not believe in Providence, but I'm truly not sure what else can explain it.

Unfortunately, I do not believe for a minute that this turn of events is enough to pull us out of our downward spiral as a nation.  Those who pay attention know I've said:  We will only pull ourselves back up after we hit bottom.

We have not hit bottom!

Donald Trump and Republican control of the levers of government are not going to keep us from hitting bottom...They may slow our progress to the bottom - which is no small achievement and shouldn't be scoffed at, but they will not stop us from continuing to fall.

- Our debt may as well be infinity, because it is unmanageable - the American people will never agree to the level of pain it would take to fix it.  There will be a day of reckoning and it will be terrible...We have a 'lucky number', but no one knows quite what it is.
- Our culture is debased.  Anyone who denies this is either blind or likes the debased culture.
- The world is spinning out of control - a world we incredibly kept in check for almost 60-years, which is a miracle, but a miracle that can't last forever.
- Our youth is the worst generation in American History - a high bar to cross, but they've done it...And we can't blame anyone other than ourselves and our parents for raising them.  They will be the next leaders of our nation.

That said, had Hillary Clinton been elected she would have kept us on our fast, steady, fall to the bottom...Because she has been part of the leadership which has gotten us here, and would have done nothing to fix the problems.  Instead she would have continued to push the same old policies, which would have just kept us racing to the bottom - or created new ones to speed up the process.

Nothing shows how out of control we are more than the riots going on in our cities after Trump was elected.  And yes, they are riots.  'Peaceful protests' do not include destruction of property and injury to people...These people are not proponents of our democratic republic.  They believe in pure power - when it is in their hands ONLY!  They cannot accept that there are people who aren't like them - not racists, bigots, homophobes, etc., but simple people who aren't like them.  Simple people who don't like where those they support have taken us.  Simple people who don't want the country to hit bottom in their lifetime.

The fact that electing Donald Trump as President of the United States keeps people like Hillary Clinton out of power means we have temporarily eliminated from power people who empower the people like these rioters...If nothing else this is a positive.

We dodged a bullet.  Unfortunately, it is only one bullet.  There are many more coming our way...Who knows how long it is till one hits us right in the head?  When one does, we will hit bottom.

Some might say that's a good thing, because we could begin to climb out...Careful what you wish for.  Hitting bottom will be painful to every one of us.
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Below is the post I created the day before the election, in the assumption that Hillary would win, along with Democrats taking control of the Senate...In other words, the post I was planning on making if we took that bullet to the head.

I thought some of you might be interested in seeing it...I take none of it back.  If Hillary had won, it would have been our reality.

Warning:  The video below is 'Not Safe For Work' due to profanity.
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"The 'Wizard of Oz' is the best single-source explanation of American politics...We are a nation of scarecrows without a brain, tin men without a heart, and lions without courage.  Nothing is going to fix us." - 'Spengler'

Congrats America!  You've earned the pain you are going to receive...Sadly, our children and grandchildren will suffer most from our sloth and ignorance.  Even more disturbing, they are going to play a great role in our pain.

Put away Francis Scott Key's "Star Spangled Banner"...We have a new "National Anthem."  Who would have guessed it would have come from Metallica's new album?


I know some of you aren't into this type of music, so just cut to the chase and go to 1:30.


"We're so fucked!  Shit outta luck!  Hardwired to self destruct!"



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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Veteran's Day: How Do We Expect Our Kids To Know...

...If We Don't Teach Them?


"I...acknowledge what I have come to feel about those who sacrifice some, or all, of their young lives to defend the rest of us.  They are our ordinary citizens who have forced themselves to extraordinary service.  They do not answer the call to arms lightly, but weigh it against the safety and comforts of life at home.  Yet they do answer.  They answer because when the call does come, and they then look into their hearts, they see the delicate flame of freedom begin to flicker." - Jim Proser


"In war, there are no unwounded soldiers." - Jose Narosky



"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." - George Orwell


"Their story is known to all of you.  It is the story of the American man-at-arms.  My estimate of him was formed on the battlefield many, many years ago, and has never changed.  I regarded him then as I regard him now - as one of the world's noblest figures, not only as one of the finest military characters, but also as one of the most stainless.  His name and fame are the birthright of every American citizen.  In his youth and strength, his love and loyalty, he gave all that mortality can give.  He needs no eulogy from me or from any other man.  He has written his own history and written it in red on his enemy's breast.  But when I think of his patience under adversity, of his courage under fire, and of his modest victory, I am filled with an emotion of admiration I cannot put into words.  He belongs to history as furnishing one of the greatest examples of successful patriotism.  He belongs to posterity as the instructor of future generations in the principles of liberty and freedom.  He belongs to the present, to us, by his virtues and by his achievements." - General Douglas MacArthur



"This will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." - Elmer Davis


"But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for, Is their monument to-day, and for aye." - Thomas Dunn English



Take A Moment To Thank A Veteran

When you see someone in a uniform,
Someone who serves us all,
Doing military duty,
Answering their country’s call,


Take a moment to thank them
For protecting what you hold dear;
Tell them you are proud of them;
Make it very clear.

Just tap them on the shoulder,
Give a smile, and say,
"Thanks for what you’re doing
To keep us safe in the USA!"

By Joanna Fuchs

Every day should be Veteran's Day in our heart, but at the very least we should take a few moments on November 11th to make note of those who have protected the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.  We need not do this because they are heroes - because they do not see themselves as such - we need to do this to acknowledge the sacrifices they have made for each of us...And please, don't forget those who are currently serving - nor those waiting for them at home.

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