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The 10 Days That Changed The World: Washington’s Crossing the Delaware

Each year on Christmas Day I like to remind people what this day means to our nation.  As Christians in America, we are free to acknowledge without fear of persecution from a King or tyrant the importance of the birth of Jesus and celebrate it as a time when our savior entered this world to not only save us but to fulfill the law of God.  We are free to worship or not worship as we see fit because of the actions of men like George Washington and those who served with him. On this day in 1776, George Washington embarked on a journey that changed the course of the Revolutionary War and helped secure the liberties and freedoms we enjoy today.  God has truly blessed us as a people.  Please … Read entire article »

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Pearl Harbor: Disaster for Japan | National Geographics Documentary

This National Geographic documentary on the Pearl Harbor attack is excellent.  It’s about 45 minutes long but worth the watch.  It’s very informative. God bless America. Liberty forever, freedom for all.   … Read entire article »

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A Thousand Little Things (Part 3 of 3)

Driving home from the hospital on Saturday night I was trying to wrap my brain around the events of the day.  The reality that my mother was failing and she was more than likely not going pull through her ordeal was beginning to sink in even though her nurses were telling me that there’s always hope.  On top of that with the exception of the doctor on call for the weekend most of the other doctors were very guarded about what they would and would not tell me.  At times I felt like I was receiving mixed signals about my mother’s chances.  I finally decided I needed to call someone who knew of such things. Someone detached from the situation. Someone I trusted.  That person was my dear friend Jon.  … Read entire article »

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A Thousand Little Things (Part 2 of 3)

I spent most of Sunday packing and getting the car ready for the seven states 1,800 mile journey back to Pennsylvania.  Oddly enough the car was the easiest part of all of it because a few weeks earlier I got a tune up and rounded it with new tires.  I wasn’t sure what all I would need or how long I would be away from home.  Because of all the uncertainty swirling around my mother’s condition, both my wife and I decided it would be best if she held down the fort while I was gone.  I wanted to do everything I could to make sure my wife was set up for success because I simply didn’t know how long I would be gone .  Being away from her for … Read entire article »

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A Thousand Little Things (Part 1 of 3)

Where to begin… A few months ago my family lost our beloved mother.  It caught all of us by surprise, an unexpected event that turned our world upside down and changed my life forever.  In August on a Saturday evening my mother tripped over her cat and broke her hip.  My wife and I were celebrating the completion of our summer patio project with our friends at a barbeque when I received the call.  My mother had fallen and she was waiting  for help.  There was nothing I could do 1,800 miles away. The next 16 days were the roughest of my life.  I spoke to mom the day before her surgery and she was positive and upbeat, telling me not to worry everything was going to be alright.  I wasn’t … Read entire article »

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Teeing it up: A Round at the LINKs (Sticks and Stones edition)

We all remember the children’s rhyme “Sticks and stone may break my bones, but names can never hurt me.”  The message behind this simple little rhyme is that words only have power when we give them power and that as long as we remember this they can never hurt us.  We control our actions and reactions.  We are the drivers of our responses.  We hold the power.  Now does this means words are not powerful.  No. Words can inspire and motivate us.  They can indeed move an individual or people to act.   But in the end we are the ones who decide the power that should be given to certain words.  Last week the city of Seattle banned the words “citizens” and “brown bagging it” from any official city … Read entire article »

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Teeing it up: A Round at the LINKs (WORK edition)

I thought I would use today’s link edition to talk about what I’ve been up to for the last month.  First off I had to drop the class I was taking because the math was too much.  I never claimed to be a math wizard and I knew it could be a major obstacle for me in regards to the class if it was too math intensive.  It was not an easy thing for me because it’s not in my nature to quit.  Secondly with all the extra time on my hands because of the DoD furloughs, I decided it would be a good time time to tackle some major projects around the house.  So for the last month I’ve been working my butt off and I must say its … Read entire article »

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Teeing it up: A Round at the LINKs (Furlough edition)

Not that many people noticed but last week defense department civilian employees began their furlough journey.  They will be forced to take to take two days of unpaid time off per pay period for a total of 11 days.  This equates to a 20 percent pay cut for three months  This is a colossal scam that is designed to inflict financial pain so civilian DoD employees will be prompted to write their representatives and voice their outrage in hopes there will be some sort of backlash against the Republicans.  It’s behavior manipulation 101;  exerting negative stimuli in order to elicit some type of desired response.  Just look how minimal these cuts in spending “increases” in a 10 year period really are in the chart below.  It’s nothing but a ruse! Unfortunately … Read entire article »

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Teeing it up: A Round at the LINKs (The missing articles edition)

Sunday is when I usually post my Teeing it up: A Round at the LINKs that links to outstanding articles in conservative/libertarian blogosphere..  I missed last Sunday because my schedule was packed and I didn’t get a chance to get to them.  This week I’m missing the articles because I was about 75 percent done and wordpress logged me out before I saved it.  I should know better.  And for those who do links, you realize this was a lot of lost work and time.  So I apologize for both weeks.  I still wanted to get something out so below are links to outstanding blogs.  I ask that you check them out and when you are there hit their tip jars if they have them.  These fine people work hard … Read entire article »

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We hold these truths to be self-evident…Do we still?

Today as you get together with family and friends to celebrate the birth of America take a few moments to read the grievances the colonists listed and ask yourself if we still believe these truths, “…that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  As of late I’m not sure we do anymore.  So many are willing to surrender their God given Rights in order to feel secure and safe.  They can live with and even justify in their minds why these Rights must be surrendered.  Well I can’t.  I know with every fiber of my being that my individual Rights come from God and that no man, woman, or government … Read entire article »

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Time is a quiet destroyer

My mother and father built the house I grew up in with their own two hands.  It took many years of long hours, overtime work, sacrifice and a few setbacks, but when it was finally completed it was a beautiful home with good bones.  The foundation was sound. Twelve concrete steps that ran up the side of the house to the front door was poured and set by my father.  My father was not one to cut corners so pouring and setting them was a painstaking task for a man who was a perfectionist.  The ground had to be prepared in order to support the two and half tons of concrete that made up the steps.  Looking back I know my father spent a great deal of time to get … Read entire article »

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Video: The Transformation of Society

I know, I said I was going to step back but I just can’t help myself.  Anyway I found this interesting video on You Tube.  Please take a few minutes to check it out. Source: The Corbett Report It’s shocking to see how quickly we have transformed as a society.  Principles that were commonplace only 50 years ago are now gone.  The narrator ask how do we snap people out of this state of affairs; or as I see it this apathetic mindset?  What needs to happen to wake the people up?  In my opinion waking people up will be a monumental task.  It will take a massive effort on the part of liberty loving citizens to deprogram a citizenry that has been conditioned to accept these blatant violations of our constitution … Read entire article »

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Teeing it up: A Round at the LINKs (Keeping it simple edition)

I’m going to keep it simple today.  Below are some links to some great conservative/libertarian sites.  Please take a few moments out of your day and visit them and while you are there hit their tip jars if they have them. The fine folks bring you the news the MSM ignores…the news that matters.  So tee it up and enjoy another SENTRY JOURNAL round at the links! Ace of Spades: Deaf Child Hears Father’s Voice For First Time Adrienne’s Corner: Bill Cunningham and Tamara Holder (liberal stooge) go at each other on Hannity… American Glob: VIDEO: Bill Whittle Explains Civility 101 American Perspective: # Presidential Executive Orders, Compare Presidents. A Real Eye Opener! America’s Watchtower: When in the course of human events… ARRA News Service: Did Your Rep Vote Right On The Farm Bill? Asylum Watch: Do Not … Read entire article »

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Politicians: Serving themselves and not the people they represent

With the exception of a few politicians, I have very little use for most of them.  I see them as dishonest brokers and opportunists who will say and do anything to get reelected.  They are more in tune with themselves than the people they represent.  And they don’t care about us or about our concerns.  So why should we care about them and their concerns?  Why should we make what they want to impose on us a priority?  And why do we keep reelecting them?  They have no clue about our problems, our struggles, and even when they do know they don’t care. In fact a Gallop poll from this past April shows that the top five concerns for Americans are the economy, unemployment/jobs, dissatisfaction of the government, the federal deficit … Read entire article »

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Site News

I want to take this time to inform our readers that I have enrolled in a graduate level program that is work related.  I will be starting class this coming Monday and the program will last for 9 months.  I will do my best to post when I can; however until I get a feel for the demands of this program my posts will be greatly reduced.  The program consist of three blocks.  The first block is math centric, and I’m not what you would call a math wizard.  It runs through September, so from now until completion my posting will be much lighter.  My hopes is that the site’s other contributors will help with great articles until I get a feel for this course.  I will still do my … Read entire article »

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The false “Latino vote” narrative: You can’t lose what you never had

From the moment Mitt Romney lost the 2012 election the left with the help of the mainstream media has been shaping and advancing the narrative that the reason the Republicans cannot win elections is because they’re losing more and more of the Latino vote due to their position on immigration reform.  They claim that the more Republicans stand against immigration reform the more they will lose the Latino vote.  But how can you lose something you never had to begin with?  This narrative that the left is pushing is completely false and its real purpose is to place enough doubt about the trend of the Latino vote in the minds of Republican leaders so they will act out of fear and pass an immigration bill that grants backdoor amnesty without … Read entire article »

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Teeing it up: A Round at the LINKs (Father’s Day edition)

Happy Father’s Day!  It’s been six and half years since my father passed away.  I think about him everyday.  I learned a great deal from my father.  He taught me the basics about electrical work, plumbing, and carpentry.  He taught me how to fish, shoot a gun, and to hunt.  He taught me about gardening and landscaping.  He taught me the basics about vehicles and engine repair.  He led by example and taught me that you can either be a passenger or a driver in life;the choice was mine.  My love for football and well most sports came from my father.  My desire to be the best I can be came from my father.  My love for nature came from my father.  My respect for women and need to protect … Read entire article »

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Walking the dog…

I love going on walks with my dog.  It’s something fairly new for me because I’ve only had my dog for about a year; but I’ve found it to be very enjoyable.  There is a mutual benefit for both of us.  She likes the exercise and to smell anything and everything she stumbles upon.  I like to unwind from the day.  Sometimes I walk her.  Sometimes she walks me.  It all depends on our moods. Yesterday we went on a long walk through the neighborhood.  As the walk started I noticed that hardly any flags were displayed on homes for Flag Day.  Out of 100+ homes we walked by, I only counted nine flags on display.  And out of those nine flags displayed, five were on homes that always display them.  … Read entire article »

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Flag Day: God Save The Flag

Happy Flag Day! God Save The Flag by Oliver Wendell Holmes Washed in the blood of the brave and the blooming, Snatched from the altars of insolent foes, Burning with star-fires, but never consuming, Flash its broad ribbons of lily and rose. Vainly the prophets of Baal would rend it, Vainly his worshippers pray for its fall; Thousands have died for it, millions defend it, Emblem of justice and mercy to all; Justice that reddens the sky with her terrors, Mercy that comes with her white-handed train, Soothing all passions, redeeming all errors, Sheathing the sabre and breaking the chain. Borne on the deluge of all usurpations, Drifted our Ark o’er the desolate seas, Bearing the rainbow of hope to the nations, Torn from the storm-cloud and flung to the breeze! God bless the Flag and its loyal defenders, While its broad folds o’er the battle-field wave, Till the dim star-wreath rekindle … Read entire article »

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Teeing it up: A Round at the LINKs (Integrity edition)

Someone once told me that integrity is the internal compass that keeps us on the straight and narrow path in life.  That it’s as solid as a rock and demands that we do what’s right no matter what the consequences.  It’s a non-negotiable contract with yourself.  Some people claim it’s something that can be learned while others say we are born with it.  For me it doesn’t really  matter.  My integrity example were my parents because they live by this internal code of doing the right thing.  I was indeed blessed…and cursed.   You see integrity is doing what is right and not what feels right.  And it’s not an easy path to walk down. When I was 18 years old I was working in a paper products plant and I witnessed … Read entire article »

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Hmmmm…Maybe the tin foil hat crowd isn’t that crazy after all

After the cowardly attack on 9/11 most people were willing to trade off some of their liberties for more security.  Politicians decided in the name of national security and the war on terror we needed the tools to thwart another terrorist attack on American soil.  These tools came in the form of the controversial Patriot Act and the creation of the Department of Homeland Security; both established during an emotional time for the nation.  And both established under Republican control of the congress and Presidency.  At the time a few privacy rights groups raised concerns over the Patriot Act.  Their fear was that government would spy on law abiding citizens who had no ties to terrorist groups for the sake of collecting data on each of us in the name … Read entire article »

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June 6, 1944: Surviving D-Day Documentary

Today we remember those who gave so much of themselves to preserve liberty and freedom for the next generation.  Below is an excellent documentary called Surviving D-Day.  It’s about an hour and half long but it’s worth the watch. We are blessed that such men lived and fought so that we may be free. Liberty forever, freedom for all! … Read entire article »

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Rep. Jim McDermott: Making the same argument for tyranny that was made 244 years ago…

In 2009 a segment of our society had decided they were taxed enough already, that government had expanded beyond its constitutional boundaries, and that their tax dollars were being squandered by out of control spending.  They attracted people from all walks of life.  People who were tired of being political pawns for an elected body who no longer put the interest of the nation and people ahead a personal gain.  Out of the toxic environment the Tea Party movement was born.  Within a year and a half they went from Astro Turf to grassroots to political powerhouse.  They became a threat to the establishment and the business as usual crowd in Washington D.C.  They wanted to organize.  They wanted to educate the public.  They wanted to reacquaint citizens with the … Read entire article »

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Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me; fool me thrice…I’m an idiot!

Over the years with the help of the media and the Republican establishment, Democrats have mastered the art of picking the Republican Presidential candidate they want to run against.  Both in 2008 and in 2012 they built up two moderate Republican candidates knowing full well they would have a hard time winning their base.  They have somehow manage to convince the establishment that a non-polarizing candidate is the way to go. And it has worked out perfectly for them.  Once the Republican candidate is chosen the media changes its tone and piles on.  Moderating rigged debates they do everything they can to help the Democrat along while throwing up as many obstacles as they can for the Republican candidate.  In the last two elections the Republican candidate was soundly beaten.  … Read entire article »

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Teeing it up: A Round at the LINKs (The Next Generation edition)

Ronald Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” My grandfather used to say, “You kids today are made of glass.”  He would tell me that we had it made as compared to his generation.  You always hear the same, this generation is crap and the people from our generation worked harder, were more respectful, and had more common sense.  Looking back at my teenage years in the early 1980s and comparing … Read entire article »

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Why the left demonizes our Founding Fathers

Yesterday while listening to the Sean Hannity radio show a caller who identified himself as a liberal questioned why conservatives hold such a godlike reverence towards our Founding Fathers.  After all these men were nothing but rich, white, slave owners who spoke of liberty and yet enslaved a people.  You could sense the caller’s contempt towards our founders in his visceral tone.  It had a healthy dose of arrogance seasoned with anger.  He further went on to call conservatives unintelligent people who only cared about huge corporations.   Mr. Hannity let the man continue on with his rant without saying a word.  Finally the caller asked, “What do you have to say about that?”  Paraphrasing Mr. Hannity’s reply, he said something to the likes of, sometimes the best thing to do … Read entire article »

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Is the Guns and Ammo Shortage Crisis Ending?…Maybe

I’ve finally been able to get my hands on 9mm ammo and let me tell you it makes me happy happy happy.  Over the past two weeks I’ve noticed that handgun ammo shelves at my favorite sporting goods stores are beginning to fill up again with popular calibers.  It appears the great guns and ammo crisis of 2013 may actually be coming to an end; at least until the next panic buying kicks in.  I’m not the only one who has noticed this.  Check out the below video from Student of the Gun Homeroom. The key to making this last is to pace yourself when purchasing ammo.  If everyone buys a little at a time to fill their stockpile we all win. Liberty  forever, freedom for all!   … Read entire article »

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“The Purge”; Suspend all regulation of the free market for one year…let’s see what happens

The other day I saw a trailer for a movie hitting theaters on June 7 called ‘The Purge.”  The premise of the story is about a family living in an America in the future trying to survive the annual purge.  What is the purge?  It’s a 12 hour period where all police, hospital, and emergency services are suspend and all crime becomes legal, even murder.  This government sanctioned purge allows people a release for one night to do whatever they want.  The other 364 days out of the year they live in an America that has an all time low employment and crime rate.  It’s widely accepted that the reason for this prosperous utopian society is because of the purge.  This science fiction thriller touches on the notion that we’re … Read entire article »

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Memorial Day Tribute

These heroes are dead. They died for liberty – they died for us. They are at rest. They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines. They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest. Earth may run red with other wars – they are at peace. In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death. I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead: cheers for the living; tears for the dead. — Robert G. Ingersoll I can’t even begin to tell you all how grateful and thankful I am for the … Read entire article »

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Teeing it up: A Round at the LINKs (Facebook debates edition)

I really dislike having debates over Facebook.  I especially dislike debating liberals on Facebook because it provides them an avenue to look smarter on a specific topic than they really are.  Let me explain.  I love American History.  I have read hundreds of books on the subject.  My main focus has been on the Founding Fathers and the writings that influenced them.  I love it so much I have decided to pursue my Masters Degree in American History. I considered myself pretty well read on the topic of the creation of our system of government.  I’ve read the notes from the constitutional convention, the Federalist and anti-Federalist papers, the Virgina Plan, and about the delegates and their views on government.  I can talk it pretty good because I have a solid … Read entire article »

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I think President Obama’s team watched this “How To” video

Yesterday the President announced it’s time to narrow the scope of the drone campaign against al Qaeda and its allies, close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay and oh yeah bring an end to the 12 year “war on terror”.  Quite the round up of controversial topics to bring up from an administration that’s up to its arm pits in three major scandals.  One might think they are trying to change the subject.  Perhaps the President’s team has watched the below “How To” video. By the looks of it Jay Carney may have watched this video.  He has practiced these techniques more than a few times during his daily White House press briefings.  Or you can take the direct approach by invoking your 5th amendment right during a hearing in which … Read entire article »

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Economist Pete Morici: “The President sets a terrible standard by his own conduct.”

Economist Pete Morici was on Fox and Friends yesterday morning and ripped President Obama and his administration for the “know nothing” narrative they’re trying to push in regards to the three major scandals enveloping them.  He stated that the President has set a terrible standard by his own conduct.  Check out the below clip. Leaders in any organization set the tone through example and their enforcement or non-enforcement of the standards.  When a leader’s example sets a terrible tone in an organization this is this tone their mid to lower level managers will feed off of.  They will have their template as a model for all their actions.  President Obama is the leader of the Democratic Party.  He has set the tone for the Party and that tone has been extremely … Read entire article »

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Teeing it up: A Round at the LINKs (Scandals edition)

A scandal is defined as the following: 1. a disgraceful or discreditable action, circumstance, etc. 2. an offense caused by a fault or misdeed. 3. damage to reputation; public disgrace. 4. defamatory talk; malicious gossip. 5. a person whose conduct brings disgrace or offense. Make no mistake by its very definition three major scandals are at the doorstep of the Obama administration.  These are not the first scandals that have enveloped this administration (Fast and Furious and recess appointments) but they seem to be the ones that have gained the most traction.  At the end of the day I’m not convinced that any of these scandals will touch Obama, and truthfully I’m not sure it matters.  The damage is done.  The Tea Party movement has been jumped started again and no matter … Read entire article »

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Judge Napolitano: “They violated the most core protected rights under the constitution…”

Judge Napolitano does a great job in the below segment explaining the process the DOJ must to go through to obtain a subpoena for the phone records of hundreds of AP reporters.  On the surface it doesn’t appear they followed procedures and the Judge rips them for it.  Check it out. I’m not sure how deep the rabbit hole runs on this one.  I do know that a majority of Americans are still not tuned into any of these scandals and why I will not be surprised if all of them eventually run out of gas.  It’s just the way it is in America.  Too many people have their heads and the sand and they can’t see that their liberties are being stripped from them. Liberty forever, freedom for all! … Read entire article »

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This is the type of government our founders rejected

We need to get back to the basics as a people.  With all the scandals, corruption, attacks on our gun rights, attacks on our free speech, attacks on our faith, ignoring the constitution, crushing taxes, usurpations of states rights, suffocating regulations, and government using its institutions to threaten and impose its will on the people we need to find our way back to liberty and reject tyranny.  Take a good look, because this is what a soft tyranny looks like and we own it!.  This is the type of government our Founding Fathers rejected and we too should reject it.  236 years ago our founders stood against the type of despotic government we have today and eloquently listed their grievances against the Crown in the Declaration of Independence. We hold these … Read entire article »

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Teeing it up: A Round at the LINKs (Late edition)

Today was a work day,,,in the yard,  This is why my Sunday link round-up is getting out so late.  This winter was extremely hard on my grass and it’s having a very difficult time of it.  So yesterday and today I spent most of the day raking, aerating, fertilizing and watering my back and front yard.  Anyone who knows me knows I’m about my yard; something I got from my father.  So I’ve been going at it full throttle for the past two days.  It was a very busy week in the news from the Benghazi hearing to the IRS targeting conservative organizations.  I was telling a friend that it feels as if things are beginning to come undone for the administration at least from a conservative viewpoint. None of … Read entire article »

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there.  Take some time today for yourselves.  You most definitely deserve it! Thank you for all you do! … Read entire article »

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Once again the lamestream media buries the Benghazi story

Once again the lamestream media is doing its part to bury the Benghazi story.  When it comes to this administration and Hillary Clinton they’re all in and will do whatever is necessarily to protect both.  The other day on his radio show, Mark Levin called them the Praetorian media after the Roman Emperor’s personal bodyguards called the Praetorian Guard.  Their function is much like the Praetorian Guard of ancient Rome; protect the emperor at all cost.  Bernie Goldberg does an excellent job breaking this down in the below clip. Mr. Goldberg nailed it when he said, “Because there are Millions and millions and millions of Americans who are like babies who like to follow shiny objects. These people don’t care about Benghazi…”  The uninformed voter strikes again and this is a … Read entire article »

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