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A Government of the People

  We’re only a few days away from this nation’s Election Day and most eyes in the nation are focused on the Presidential race. Sadly, that race is between a populist and a criminal. The decision on whom to vote for, this year more than most, is focused less on who you support and more on who you oppose least.  What is one to do? Reagan famously said, “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to the problem; government is the problem”.  Unfortunately, most on both sides of the political aisle see their candidate as the reluctant solution, not to our political problems, but the problem of the ‘other candidate’.  Today I want to take Reagan’s quote one step further and add “…and we are the government”.   We’re casting a … Read entire article »

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Why Does the Left Hate Free Speech & Love Their Hate-Speech?

Milo Yiannopolous, self-identified conservative, gay, provocateur, has done what he does best, ruffled some feathers.  He was invited by the College Republicans at DePaul University to speak.  Knowing that the Chicago campus isn’t exactly the safest, most open-minded, progressive utopia it claims to be, Milo asked for security at the campus.  DePaul forced him to pay for it himself, a somewhat curious stance that should be investigated further.   Protesters were outside of the event even prior to it starting (something that should have cued the university into perhaps intervening in some way).  In the middle of the event, while Milo was speaking, Edward Ward, a Black Lives Matters…member, shirt-wearer, participant (?), and “church minister” came on to the stage and began to yell in “protest” – eventually threatening to hit … Read entire article »

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Modify Your Focus – See Conservatism is Absolutely Winning

While the Trump campaign begins making moves further to the left now that he has all but wrapped up the GOP nomination, those conservatives of the “Never Trump” crowd are far from the healing process. Every time the GOP nominee flips left on an issue such as the federal minimum wage, or appoints another lifetime liberal to his staff, those who oppose him from the right dig another trench in what is bound to be a long fight.  At the same time, the phase of denial is turning to melancholy for some on the right as they have begun looking for representation in other places – any other place.  Volumes of conservatives are characterizing with Reagan who once said of the Democratic Party – “the party left me”. As is often … Read entire article »

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Never Trump Was No Idle Threat

This thing is real – and I don’t think it is temporary.  It’s transient not for me. The GOP is split and it wound is gaping.  Sen. Sasse, Ben Shapiro, Brent Bozell, Charles Cooke, Erick Erickson, Jonah Goldberg, Stephen Hayes, Ben Howe, Bill Kristol, Mark Levin, Ron Paul, Ben Stein, George Will, Rick Wilson, Nathan Wurtzel, and many others have already pledged to never support Trump.  This stance isn’t taken lightly either – it is at a time when there is much at stake.  Some might argue, the stakes have never been higher for conservatives. The death of Scalia and the ages of (Ginsberg, Kennedy, and Breyer) possibly opens four seats – a huge opportunity for either the democrats or the republicans to change the course of the next 25 years of … Read entire article »

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You Get What You Didn’t Want – And You Deserve It

I’ve been preparing to write this for some time; mentally.  It isn’t written in bitterness, but in sadness.  Much like the husband who finds out that his wife has been cheating on them behind his back and wants to run off with that man – I find myself in the gut-wrenching position of having no option but to cut ties with her.  So it is with the Republican Party and its supporters. Now, that is going to take a bit of explaining.  In this environment saying you’re against the Republican Party sounds cliché; I do not mean that I am against the establishment alone; but both the establishment and the massive hoard of “anti-establishment” constituents that supported Donald Trump in this election. Years ago John and I started a blog.  That blog … Read entire article »

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Matt Jones – The Future Face in Politics?

My undergrad work was done at the University of Kentucky and, it goes without saying, I am part of the Big Blue Nation. As such, I am also a fan of the fun and entertaining radio show (and blog) Kentucky Sports Radio with Matt Jones. Matt is an interesting cookie.  First, he is a Kentucky fan who blogs and has the most popular radio show in the state of Kentucky (as well as a very well-done podcast).  On one day he may be having a best fast food tournament while poking fun at the University of Louisville, the next day having a feud with the state’s Governor on Twitter.  Add to that that Matt went to law school at rival Duke University, showed some interest in running for a senate … Read entire article »

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Cruz Control – Guide to Primaries

Cruz Control – Guide to Primaries

Per my predictions, Cruz has pulled ahead in December in Iowa. He has to hold that spot for 55 days in the most focused time period of the primary season. If Iowans weren’t paying attention before; they will come late December (when everyone is off work discussing politics with family) and in January. February 1st is when the Iowa Caucus is held and Carson’s free fall means windfall for Cruz. He also seems to have … Read entire article »

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Live GOP Debate Coverage (Live updates)

About to start.  I hope you are joining me.  Leave comments below as we go. 4:45 ET – Wouldn’t say that I’m excited about this debate.  My hope is actually that we get some huge blunders from the moderates that forces them to drop out soon.  Unlikely, but that would be nice because with this many we aren’t going to get any chance at substance (which plays to the hand of the Bush and Christie types).  If we get substance out of these debates then the Cruz, Paul, Rubio ilk.  So here is to the 2015 Rick Perry’s (to include you Rick!). 5:00 ET – Will cover the 5:00 debate (generally) later.  I won’t cover it live like I will the 9:00. 6:40 ET – Here’s my wrap up of the candidates from … Read entire article »

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The Price of Life

In 1932, a study on syphilis was started on 600 black men.  The study went on for 40 years without ever informing the men what the study was truly about and never offered the men proper treatment for their diagnosis.  In 1972, the Associated Press broke the story which started a review.  It was found out that the men, for the purpose of the study, were hindered from getting treatment and many died as a result.  In 1997 the President apologized on behalf of the nation.  In that apology he said, “To our African American citizens, I am sorry that your federal government orchestrated a study so clearly racist. That can never be allowed to happen again. It is against everything our country stands for and what we must stand … Read entire article »

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Getting Ready for Election Season: Exposing the Game

It’s been a while since we’ve posted here at the Sentry Journal and I don’t know how often I will post, but we’re currently in a place where I feel obligated to write.  John and I have been in contact and I can say that should we write here more often the content will be a sea change from what we wrote in the past.  I will allow you all to judge and discern whether it is worthy of your time (and ours).  Let us restart: Election season is coming up and I have very little optimism.  Truly, I tend to be an optimistic person; but recent elections have left me supremely disappointed; not only in the politicians, but in the people.  Perhaps more important than the elections is the apathy Americans … Read entire article »

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Taking the Senate Doesn’t Matter

I’m writing here because I can – it doesn’t mean that we’re returning to full time writing. To the point.  A lot of you out there are putting your support behind McConnell and Cochran in order to assure a majority in the Senate.  Let me stop you from making that mistake by laying out some reasons not to and then explaining why getting them out is more important than taking the Senate. First, what they did in Mississippi is as insulting as it gets.  Even Hillary Clinton spoke positive of the GOP going after true conservatives and “expanding their base” (as if).  Of course she doesn’t give a hoot about republicans expanding their base – she is just happy to see conservatives lose.  Well, it was McConnell and the GOP establishment who … Read entire article »

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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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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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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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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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