"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." ~~Thomas Jefferson

"Who will protect us from those who protect us?"

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. ~ Thomas Jefferson

31 December 2010

Happy New Year....

Out with the old, in with the new.

Happy New Year, Everyone.

Stay safe.

No one's buying your pathetic excuses, Ezra Klein: progressives are the enemies of the Constitution as surely as night follows day.

Can I get an "Amen"?

Thanks to Adrienne for pointing this link out.  :)

Stay safe.

30 December 2010

Interesting....

Interesting article over at American Thinker.

As always, the comments are worth reading.  :)

Enjoy.

Stay safe.

28 December 2010

Reading the Blogs....

Like most of you, I spend a bit of time reading the blogs.  It's incredible how much information is available out there in the blogosphere and a lot of it is good, well thought out, level headed commentary and opinion.

I have posted a link over to the World Socialist Web Site just so folks can see how the hardcore socialists are perverting and twisting the "news".  Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and theirs is definitely from a different perspective.  You should check it out sometime, if you haven't already done so.  It's under the title "Know your Enemy" in the right sidebar of this blog,  They are even battier than your normal run of the mill Liberal.  Wow!

Anyway, back to the blogs.  I find most of them quite interesting.  I always read the comments to see what people are thinking.  Wow!  For the most part, I don't see the actual bloggers advocating violent overthrow of our current government.  What I do see is a lot of people trying to inform others of whats going on and giving their take on it.  Most of it is good. 

Some of the commentors are a little bit "out there" though, in my opinion.  All I can say is "be careful" and don't get crazy.  I suspect that "they" (the gummint) are anticipating a "small" uprising somewhere and they will be only too willing to crush it like a bug.  I'd go so far as to suggest that they are looking forward to it.

I think we are all very aware of the changes going on in our country and I will stick my neck out and say that I don't think many of us like what we see.  Our rights are being violated more and more everyday.

To anyone who thinks that the TSA's "enhanced" searches going on at airports across the country today aren't a violation of our Fourth amendment rights I say "your poopbox is full". 

Anyone with half a brain who has read the Second  Amendment to the Constitution knows that the government putting any conditions on the ability of any law abiding citizen anywhere to keep and bear arms is a violation of that amendment. 

Logic would tell us that a "natural born citizen" is one who is born of a natural born American citizen father and a natural born American citizen mother.  I refer to this specifically in reference to the qualifications to be President of the United States, but I fail to see how it can be any other way in any other situation.  Wouldn't the Founders have considered this to be such a basic premise that it required no further clarification?   I believe that this is what they intended when they said "natural born" citizen.  Why?  There is the question of one's loyalty if one parent is American and the other is of some other nationality.  The office of President of the United States is so significant, so important, that his or her loyalties must be beyond reproach.  I don't see how this is possible if you are a "dual citizen", even if born in the United States.  Again, I believe that this was so obvious to the Founders that they felt no need to define it any further. 

The list goes on and on.

I'm convinced that half the people want the government to take care of them and that the other half just want to be left alone to live their lives without undue interference from their government.

I think that there is a problem when 47% of the workers who are required to file a Federal form 1040 pay no taxes at all.  Many of these filers receive a refund that is greater than what they pay in.  

Our government is corrupt.  It is supposed to work for us.  It is supposed to do our bidding.  Does anyone feel that this is what's happening today?  Does anyone believe that the politicians that we elect to represent us in government are truly looking out for us?

Something is going to happen.  It has to.  We have only two choices.  We either force our government to do our bidding or we surrender to our government and do theirs.   The question is, will the change be violent or will it be peaceful?   How long will we wait before doing something about it?  I can assure you that if we do nothing, we won't like where we end up.

You must understand that all politicians are liars and that they will promise whatever they have to in order to get elected or reelected.   Some lie more than others.  It's simply a matter of degrees.

"The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present."~~Niccolo Machiavelli

That's it for now.

Stay safe.

27 December 2010

Goin' way back.....


Some things never change, eh?


Didn't trust 'em back then either....


Stay safe.

25 December 2010

Christmas Night, 1776

The words of Thomas Paine

Worth reading.

Stay safe.

A little seasonal PC sarcasm....

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This greeting is void where prohibited by law.


Stay safe.

Stay safe.

24 December 2010

Christmas Eve....

I was born in the mid-1950s.  It was a time when Christmas meant something special to almost everyone in the Christian world.  A time before the gross commercialization of the holiday created what is has become today.  It was a time before Political Correctness turned the world on its head.  A simpler time.  A time when people respected themselves as well as others.  My memories of Christmas past are filled with warmth and happiness. 

There was a life size manger made of straw bales and old barn wood in the cemetery where my grandmother was buried in 1962.  My grandfather took us out there every year to visit the real humans playing the part of Mary and Joseph.  There were live sheep and a live donkey in the scene.  We kids always looked forward to that trip each year as much as we looked forward to sitting around the tree in the living room to receive our presents.

Christmas Eve meant church.  I remember that it was always decorated with fresh pine boughs and scented candles.  It smelled different than a normal Sunday service.  There was a different atmosphere on Christmas Eve.  There was an exciting anticipation in the air that was almost electric.  There were the children's programs, of course, and they were fun, but the excitement that was almost unbearable was for what was to follow.  The real excitement was in waiting for Pastor Bergman to tell "the story".   Pastor was a remarkable man and told the story of Jesus' birth so well.  You almost felt like you were there, in Bethlehem, with Mary and Joseph on that night.  You could "feel" the Wisemen coming through the streets and into the manger....  You felt the miracle of the birth.  It was a wonderful time.

I spent my first Christmas away from home in 1972 while stationed at Ray Barracks in Friedberg, Germany.  I was 18 years old.  I was lost.  I was with the members of my section at my Platoon Sergeant's house, but I felt alone.  Funny how that happens.  Alone in a crowded room.  It was one of life's experiences that I wouldn't trade for anything.

I was married a year later and my wife and I started our own family and our own Christmas traditions.  They were just variations of the traditions that we grew up with, of course, but they were ours. 

They no longer have the live manger scene out at the cemetery where my grandparents and my parents are buried.  They no longer have the manger scene down in the park across from the courthouse.  Real Christmas is only practiced in the home and at church during the Christmas season.  It is gone from the public eye everywhere you go. 

We wouldn't want to offend any non-believers or anyone who believes something different than we do.  We Christians are tolerant of everyone who is intolerant of us.

The people who came around and wished me "Happy Holidays" at the end of the work day on Wednesday received a smile and a look straight in the eye along with a "Merry Christmas" in return.  How strange to hear them have the courage to say "Merry Christmas" to others after I had said it to them.  They were afraid of offending someone with a "Merry Christmas".  What has happened to us?

I would like to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas.  Enjoy the day and the season. 

Give its meaning some thought. 

Stay safe.

22 December 2010

Wednesday....

I'm positive.  There is no doubt in my mind.

The inmates are running the asylum.

It's a Lame Duck Congress and they're still passing legislation.

God help us.

Stay safe.

18 December 2010

Article 125 of the UCMJ

Art. 125. Sodomy
(a) Any person subject to this chapter who engages in unnatural carnal copulation with another person of the same or opposite sex or with an animal is guilty of sodomy. Penetration, however slight, is sufficient to complete the offense. (b) Any person found guilty of sodomy shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.

Hmmmm....  I sense the distinct possibility of conflict.  Where do we go from here?  If it feels good, do it, right?

"The Europeans have allowed homosexuals in their militaries for years".  Seriously?  Do we really want to be like the Europeans?

Do you suppose we'll be punished for replacing God with humanism?  Oh yes.  In so many ways.  If I'm not mistaken, it's already happening.  Just take a look around....

I know, it's progress.

Stay safe.


"Liberalism occurs when man begins to believe that he is smarter than God" 
~~Paul Buchanan

DREAM Act fails....

The legislation known as the DREAM Act failed to get the votes needed in the Senate this morning.  The Dems say they will not give up. 

"A minority of senators prevented the Senate from doing what most Americans understand is best for the country. There was simply no reason not to pass this important legislation," Obama said in a statement. "It is disappointing that common sense did not prevail today."

"What most Americans understand is best"?  "Common sense did not prevail"?  I beg to differ.  I think that for the first time in a long time common sense did prevail and that the failure of this legislation reflects what most Americans understand is best for the country.  I pray that it's a sign of things to come. 

Can you imagine the new government agency (or agencies) that would have to be created to administer and monitor this new program, had it succeeded?  Surely it would have been too big for INS to operate on it's own.  We'd have a new agency to create the rules it would be run by, an agency to administer it, and an agency to monitor it's success (too big to fail).  It certainly would have created employment opportunites for a few thousand new government workers.  (end sarcasm)

Link to story on CNN

Like I have stated in the past: I'm not at all opposed to legal immigration.  I'm all for that.  Just do it right.  I believe that we are probably the only developed country on the planet that does little, if anything, to seriously enforce controlled access to our borders.  I wonder why?

On another topic, check this out.....  Christmas in Iraq

                                    And this.....  Had a Bad Day?

Stay safe.

17 December 2010

Minnesota....

I have spent considerable time in Minnesota over the years.  Besides travelling there for fishing, professional sports events, playing hockey, and shopping, I spent almost all of 2005 and part of 2006 living in St. Cloud, "sharing our corporate culture" with the management and employees of a company that the company I work for had acquired.  It was an interesting and pleasant time in my life and I have grown to love Minn-ee-soh-tah and Minn-ee-soh-tahns.

I have to admit that I was seeing this "new" world through my mostly conservative old eyes and never really realized that my adopted second home of Minnesota was all that "Liberal".  Looking back at my time spent there I realize that I had my blinders on.  The company that I was working at was made up of a very conservative, very Catholic group of people.  It was a great place to be.   (Me being Lutheran was never held against me...  :)  There were pictures of Ronald Reagan and Bush I and Bush II in the offices and no one visiting could ever question the political leanings of the people there....  There may have been one or two employees out on the floor who had "liberal tendencies" but everyone was happy and everyone got along in a spirit of productive cooperation.

But I digress.  I received this video from a friend "out east" this morning and felt I should share it here.  It's indicative of what's happening to our society in America today.  We are slowly and insidiously being taken over by cultures that have no intention of assimilating into ours.  Some want to do us harm.

Don't think that I am opposed to controlled, reasonable, thoughtful immigration with conditions that require assimilation into our culture, because I'm not.  If you want to "be an American", become one in every sense of the word.  Do not come here to create "Little Mogadishu or Little Mexico City" and try to live the life and culture of the country that you left.  Come because you want to be an American in America.  Learn the language.  Learn the culture.  If you aren't willing to do these things wholly and sincerely, stay wherever you're at now.

Anyway, enjoy the video.



Stay safe.

Friday...

Eric Holder speaks of MLK and "Environmental Justice"...  How do these people come up with this crap? 

As always, read the comments associated with the linked article. 

Stay safe.

16 December 2010

Did you ever wonder?

Did you ever wonder why they won't let you post comments to the articles at the World Socialist Website?   I was just kinda curious.

Stay safe.

Peace out, yo!

Thursday

OK....  Who's out there?