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Baby Boomers: The Selfish Generation

Let me preface this piece with a few necessities.  First, I grew up being told that my generation (X) was the worst.  We were lazy, the television generation who expected everything to be given to us.  No doubt every generation before mine had to deal with the same “when I was your age”, self-absorbed and forward blaming rhetoric.  Never mind that we are the product of our parents (how did we become the television generation?). Second, this isn’t an unthoughtful whining or a blind pointing at my parents for all of the world’s woes.  I always found it somewhat sickening that my parent’s generation (not necessarily my parents) were willing to place their life struggles on the “greatest generation” that preceded them.  It took a lot of reflection to make sure … Read entire article »

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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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Christmas and the Miracle of Being Born

“His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.  Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.  But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.” In this season Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus.  It is somewhat interesting that we celebrate the birth, but that is not when Christ entered the world is it?  Moving beyond the John … 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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Post Constitutional America

It’s time we accept reality and the premise of a new argument about America, or as Mark Levin calls it, Ameritopia. Daily I am astounded by the number of laws and regulations that our legislatures have applied to us especially when juxtaposed with how unwell our politicians observe their own laws or even the simple legal document that created and guides them.  We are a constitutional republic; that is to say, a nation created by a legal document that defines our system of government and then creates boundaries and limitations on what said government can do.  It is largely a legal document written in the spirit of withholding power, not granting it.  Further, and perhaps most importantly, it is law that necessitates a system of Montesquieu’s divided government and a system … 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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A Way to Meaningfully Resist ObamaCare?

What if you could say “nyet comrade” to ObamaCare with minimal consequences? After all, if people cam resist ObamaCare, they can save themselves from many of the negative consequences. And, it’s a great way to be subversive, and help hasten them collapse of that system. Dean Clancy, in an article at the Washington Times, discusses his concept as to how… Under Section 1501 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we’re required to certify on our yearly tax return whether we have “acceptable” coverage. However, the Internal Revenue Service is forbidden to use any penalty to enforce the mandate, except for a user-fee payment, which the IRS can only collect at the end of the year out of any tax refund we may be owed. This … 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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Howard Dean Agrees That IPAB is the Death Panel

Well, he didn’t exactly say that, but he did identify the relationship between the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) and rationing, or as Sarah Palin put it-Dealth Panels. I covered that here at the CH 2.0 back in April of 2010… ObamaCare Damage: IPAB, Rationing and the Dealth Panel? Then, Paul Krugman admitted that the IPAB was the Death Panel back in November of that same year… Paul Krugman Seems to Favor the Supposedly “Nonexistent” Death Panels UPDATED! Now, “howling” Howard Dean has joined the reality club, admitting that the IPAB will ration care. Phineas at Sister Toldja has the quote… That’s not an exact quote, but a paraphrasing what the former Vermont governor and 2004 presidential flame-out said in a Wall St. Journal article yesterday. Here’s the money quote: One major problem … 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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Understanding Large Sums of Money

It is simply amazing how we throw around words like “billion” and “trillion” today.  I’m often put back at how politicians can say things like “$12 billion is only a drop in the bucket”.   Most of us have seen youtube videos that show pictures illustrating the size of billions or trillions of dollars.  A new youtube video inspired this post.  You can watch it here; but I decided not to embed it because it has foul language. One of the reasons that our government bodies can get away with throwing numbers around is because we’ve grown so accustomed to those words “billion” and “trillion”.  Even when written out in numerical format they don’t impact us the way that they probably should. For instance this is one billion dollars written out: $1,000,000,000 Compare that to … Read entire article »

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David Angelo and eEconomics – Special Series Part 2

Part 2 of this series is dedicated to taxes and the lies that the liberals spew about them.  For too long the arguments surrounding our tax rates have been played on loop.  These videos tear apart some of those arguments.  We should all watch and share these because, as David puts it, “It’s about time you stupid peasants understand how this game is played”. … 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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Rape and Abortion

Every once in a while I am pulled back into the abortion debate; which I welcome fully.  I welcome abortion arguments because I feel that the more popular arguments on all sides of the issue are pretty weak.  I hope that posting on the issue will supply pro-life individuals with some weaponry and, of course, turn the minds of those who are pro-abortion. So first let me say that I am pro-life to the fullest degree and only accept abortion as morally correct when it puts the mother’s life in grave and immediate danger.  The readers who know me likely understand my political philosophies to be conservative with strong leanings toward libertarianism.  It is my libertarianism leanings that allow me to be neutral on gay marriage (government shouldn’t be involved in … Read entire article »

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David Angelo and eEconomics – Special Series Part 1

I was recently guided to a series of videos by one of our contributors (Patrick) that I enjoyed so much that I was compelled to share it with all of you.  I will start a little series that includes today’s introduction. First let me introduce Mr. David Angelo.  He’s smart, dry, witty, and conservative.  That’s enough for me to like him, but perhaps his best quality is his ability to reason complicated things simply.  He displays this in a youtube series called eEconomics (which is what I will be sharing here with his permission).   While these videos don’t go into great depth about subjects that many of us feel well versed on, I still managed to learn quite a bit. David is a comedian, a writer (previously for Jimmy Fallon), and apparently … 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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Crumbling Foundations

I’ve heard many rebuts to Sen. Rand Paul’s assertion that while Snowden lied and committed criminal acts, so did James Clapper and history will judge which, if either, were righteous.  I’m not one to quickly jump in the corner of any individual and Snowden is no exception.  I simply don’t know who he is.  For all we know he is a spy, a communist supporter, or worse.  Then again, he may be the catalyst for our nation’s youth and the love of liberty – completely selfless and righteous in this act.  What I do know is that the NSA (to include James Clapper) has been dishonest to the American people and continues to be. There’s a bit of irony in all of this post 9/11 reaction.  Liberals are more interested than … 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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Obama Administration Spying on Christian Churches, Ignoring Mosques

Because Christians have committed so many terror attacks, the Obama administration is paying very close attention to their activities. You confused? Yeah, I was as well. But, according to Pam Geller, this is exactly what is happening… Here’s the thing. All of the bombs, all of the terror plots are jihad. Over 21,000 deadly Islamic attacks since 911. Obama is surveilling all except the mosques — the barracks of jihad. Obama’s war on the churches is a stunning indictment of who and what he is — the most dangerous man to ever hold that seat of immense power. Spying on the churches? It wasn’t national security — so what was it for? Totalitarian thuggery and unfathomable abuse of power. Obama is a vicious and dangerous autocrat. Where are the … 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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Some Thoughts on the Long March Through the Institutions

And no, these thoughts on the Long March Through the Institution aren’t even mine, but they are correct. Take a look at what R.S. McCain has to say on the subject… And to all of the new Tea Party folks, let me pass on a warning: the two ears, one mouth rule applies. There is much to learn about the sordid realities of our government, as it’s deviated well off course. Relax. Focus the passion on sober, positive deeds that advance the Constitutional ball. Screaming about Barack Obama’s Martian birth certificate and obvious status as a High Priest of Cthulhu is ONLY ABETTING HIM. I know it seems counter-intuitive, but spend some time studying. The history of How Things Got So Jacked Up is important if you want to help in … Read entire article »

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The Nation Feels Safe

Amendment I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Theoretical reason to ignore 1st Amendment: Congress makes law prohibiting the free exercise of Islam because it harbors so many terrorists.  Islam is abolished from the U.S.  The nation feels safer. Amendment II A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. Theoretical reason to ignore 2nd Amendment: Congress collects all firearms in response to mass shootings across the nation.  The nation feels safer. Amendment III No Soldier shall, in time of peace be … Read entire article »

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Edelweiss – Remembering Through Song What Was

The Edelweiss is simply a flower found only in high mountain regions, mainly in Austria and Switzerland.  In 1965 the edelweiss took on a completely different meaning when Captain von Trapp sang a song about the flower twice in The Sound of Music.  The song became an anthem of sorts for Austria and a retroactive defiance to Nazism. The von Trapp family was a real family (though depicted differently in film) and, while perhaps not as romantic, the reality is more interesting than the story we’ve been told.  For one, they weren’t all blonde (most were brunettes), there were 10 children (which would have made the song “So Long, Farewell a great deal longer), and Maria didn’t fall in love with Georg, but married him because she loved the children.  While … 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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Becky Gerritson, Tea Party Organizer, Schools Congressiona Committee on Role of Government

This is a fine speech given by Becky Gerritson, a Tea Party organizer, and how she was treated by the IRS. Also, note her thoughts on the role of government… I wonder how long it was before the first death threats came in? … 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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