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Our National Obsession

It was more than 20 years ago when I started a hobby collecting the toy cap pistols which were such a large part of my youth, when western shows were on television every day, and many happy hours were spent pretending to be Roy Rogers, Wyatt Earp, or the Rifleman. They were all good guys who ended up vanquishing evil by the end of the show.
I was first bitten by the collecting bug when I saw a toy from my past on a dealers table at a flea market. We both had good jobs then and enjoyed going to antique malls, flea markets, and especially auctions. Any auction with collectibles drew a lot of people looking to make a living selling on eBay, when it was in its infancy. You could get some good deals if you knew what anything was worth, but you needed experience or some kind of price guide. You needed to start with a warehouse full of merchandise and sell at least 75-100 items a week, shipping things out, while trying to maintain inventory and still make enough to live on.
Nowadays it is nearly impossible to get any kind of bargain at auction. Everybody now carries a smart phone. You no longer need any knowledge at all. See an item, look it up and get an idea of exactly what it’s worth. Fortunately, by the time these electronic gizmos took over the lives of most people in the free world I had retired and sold off nearly everything I had. There is no longer much need for education with a world of information at your fingertips.
This is a potentially dangerous situation, given the possibility our world could be turned to chaos after a serious cyber attack. Now comes the point of this mindless rambling:

Pelosi Reads False Account of Those Who Signed the Declaration of Independence During Press Conference

YOU DON’T NEED TO KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT AS LONG AS YOU HAVE A PHONE. IT ALSO HELPS IF YOU’RE NOT A BESOTTED OLD CRONE LIKE NANCY PELOSI.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) was attempting to give a history lesson on the 56 men who signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence on Tuesday, but ended up reading a piece that had previously been proven to contain several inaccuracies.
The discredited piece, titled “The Price They Paid,” was a popular essay circulating around the internet on Independence Day. The article outlines the fates of those who signed the Declaration of Independence, but according to the fact checkers at Snopes, “many of its details are inaccurate.”

RUSH’S GRANDFATHER WROTE ABOUT THIS SUBJECT MANY YEARS AGO AND HE OFTEN READS IT ON AIR. EXCEPT HE DIDN’T NEED A PHONE TO REMEMBER IT.
http://freebeacon.com/politics/pelosi-reads-false-account-of-declaration-of-independence-signers-fates/

SPEAKING OF RUSH…
Rush on health-care implosion: The Senate is now being run by three female leftists
I MENTIONED THE “MAINE PAIN” YESTERDAY
(my original thought for this month)
He doesn’t mean Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Kirsten Gillibrand. He’s talking about Collins, Murkowski, and Capito, the Republican trio that sank clean repeal this morning. Supposedly the RINOs have mutinied and seized control of the ship of state. You can blame Collins et al. for being first out of the gate in trampling repeal but you’re kidding yourself if you think they’re the only three members of the caucus who oppose it.
I understand the disgust with Murkowski and Capito for having voted for clean repeal in 2015, when they knew it would be vetoed by Obama, only to turn around now and refuse to vote for it when it actually matters. (Collins has opposed repeal all along.) That’s seven years of GOP posturing on ObamaCare in a nutshell: Lots of big talk about undoing Obama’s legacy and then no guts when an opportunity to do it actually arises. They’re shameless panderers. But, if they honestly believe that repeal now without a replacement would destabilize the already fragile ObamaCare exchanges, it’d be foolish to cast a destructive vote purely for the sake of consistency.
http://hotair.com/archives/2017/07/18/rush-health-care-implosion-senate-now-run-three-female-leftists/

Trump: ‘I’m Not Going to Own’ ObamaCare Collapse


TRUMP HAS NEVER TAKEN ANY KIND OF POSITION ON HEALTHCARE; HAVE YOU NOTICED THAT?
HE’LL SIGN ANYTHING CONGRESS SENDS HIM. HE HAS SO FAR. THEY JUST CAN’T STOP THEIR BICKERING LONG ENOUGH TO GET ANYTHING DONE. SCHUMER HAS OFFERED DEMOCRAT HELP TO GET SOMETHING PASSED, AS LONG AS OBAMACARE STAYS IN PLACE.
President Trump said Tuesday that Republicans should allow Obamacare to collapse and wait for Democrats to seek the GOP’s help fixing it now that the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has failed.
“And I think we’re probably in that position where we’ll let Obamacare fail. We’re not going to own it. I’m not going to own it,” Trump said. “I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it. We’ll let Obamacare fail and then the Democrats are going to come to us.”
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-im-not-going-to-own-obamacare-collapse/article/2628979

Death Of Senate GOP Health Care Bill Is Giving Conservatives A Good Reason To Never Vote Republican Again
ONCE A POLITICIAN HAS SERVED A COUPLE TERMS HIS POSITION IS PRETTY MUCH GUARANTEED IN PERPETUITY. BOTH PARTIES HAVE DEPENDED ON THEIR VOTERS’ LOYALTY FOR DECADES. (THEY WOULDN’T DARE NOT VOTE FOR US, WOULD THEY?)
THE PROBLEM FOR THE GOP IS THAT THEIR BASE IS FAR MORE INTELLIGENT, ENGAGED, AND POLITICALLY ACTIVE. THEY’RE PISSING AWAY THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME PURSUING THEIR OWN SELFISH INTERESTS. WE’RE NOT MINDLESS SHEEP WHO ONLY LIVE FOR THE FREE STUFF WE THINK COMES FROM D.C., THE WAY DEMOCRAT MASSES DO. AS DESPISED AS THEY ARE, PEOPLE LIKE RYAN, McCAIN, McCONNELL, GRAHAM, COLLINS, HELLER, ET AL ARE IMMOVABLE, AS THEY HAVE THE PARTY BACKING, TENS OF MILLIONS IN PERSONAL FUNDS AND FAMILIARITY OF THEIR DISTRICT OR STATE. THERE IS NO BETTER EXAMPLE THAN STUART SMALLEY (AKA AL FRANKEN) WHO LITERALLY STOLE HIS SENATE SEAT IN MINNESOTA AND MANAGED TO GET HIS SORRY ASS RE-ELECTED.

After nearly a decade of campaigning to repeal Obamacare, the GOP is still dragging its feet and fighting factions within the party in the effort to try and get something to President Trump’s desk.Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, conceded Monday night that “the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful.” But he said he would move to pass a measure to repeal the Affordable Care Act now, then work on a replacement over the next two years. That has almost no chance to pass, either, since it could leave millions without insurance and leave insurance markets in turmoil.
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/07/18/death-of-senate-gop-health-care-bill-is-giving-conservatives-a-good-reason-to-nev-n2356223

Some Republicans Want Rule Changed To Stop Dem Obstruction
WHEN IT COMES TO BEING SLIPPERY AND SLIMY, THE DEMOCRATS ARE THE PROFESSIONALS. IT’S WHAT DEFINES THEM.
Some Republicans hinted Monday they are ready to strike back at Democrats for “abusing” a Senate procedure to slow down President Trump’s nominees.
Although all presidential appointments now only require a simple majority vote (known as a cloture vote) to move forward from debate for a final up or down vote, the minority can still demand 30 hours of non-continuous floor debate before the procedure.
During Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation earlier this year, Republicans changed the cloture rule to include SCOTUS picks to require only a simple majority vote.
However, the 30-hour debate rule remained, and Democrats have used the procedure to drag out Trump appointments over long periods of time — to the frustration of Republicans.
http://dailycaller.com/2017/07/17/some-republicans-want-rule-changed-to-stop-dem-obstruction/

What do DEMO, the letter C and RATS have in common?
OUR GIRLS, KEEPIN’ IT REAL

My apologies if I’ve seemed long-winded and irritable the last couple days. Things came to a head and emotional release was the only remedy for my deep blue funk. We’re traveling to DeKalb tonight to watch Miss Olivia pitch in a tournament game. I really need to spend some family time with my little girls.

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Have a Safe and Happy Independence Day

Enjoy the celebration of our countries’ independence by raising the American flag… unless some snowflake demands you take it down because it offends him.
Enjoy the local parade with marching bands and military units… and, of course, men in garish dresses bouncing along, blowing kisses and flaunting their body piercings and custom leather gear.
Enjoy the fireworks, unless someone complains they add to climate change and must be stopped. Or get assaulted by roving gangs of black youths because they claim the park is theirs.
Enjoy a family picnic at a park, as long as everything is gluten-free and you don’t harm any of God’s creatures, especially ants and mosquitoes.
Teach your children about the solemnity of the day, since they will be taught in school that we are responsible for every bad thing that’s ever happened in the history of Western Civilization.

The Sacrifices Made by the Men Who Signed the Declaration

Though the principles enunciated in its opening paragraphs, such as the self-evident truth that all men are created equal, provide the moral and philosophical foundation on which the American regime rests, it is important to acknowledge that declaring principles alone secures nothing.

Principles need to be enforced by individuals who have the habits of character necessary to fight for them, and perhaps even die for them, if need be. In a time where talk of rights dominates our political discourse, a focus on duties is indispensable in order to teach citizens the responsibilities they owe toward each other and their posterity.
The signers’ mutual pledge to themselves to sacrifice their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor for the cause of independence shows that these men took seriously their duties to the people of the new nation.

THE INCOMPARABLE PAUL HARVEY

South Carolina Business Owner Told American Flag Display Violates Local Ordinance

Bob Michaelis of Michaelis Mattress Company in Lexington says he was asked to remove the patriotic display because it violates a 1999 town ordinance. According to the town ordinance, only three flags that are not duplicates of each other can be displayed in “restricted and intense development districts.”

New Low ‘Proud to be American’ At End of Obama Era

It’s hard not to connect this grim trend with President Obama’s White House tenure. While the trend did drop significantly in the years between 2004 and 2006, when President George W. Bush was still in office, Obama did little to inspire Americans. Even after his whole “Hope and Change” campaign, the numbers didn’t budge.

Our stagnant economy, tendency to place correctness over national security, and fading international image thanks to our capitulating to extremist regimes may help explain why Americans are not wild about their country right now.

Warning for language and brief naked backside:

Have a large 4th and use common sense. Remember… a bottle rocket launched from your butt crack is always a painful fail. Submitted herewith are some magnificent fireworks fails.

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H8ers Lie a Lot

Coexist to Comply

In his dissent on the SCOTUS gay marriage decision, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote:

Human dignity has long been understood in this country to be innate. When the Framers proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal” and “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” they referred to a vision of mankind in which all humans are created in the image of God and therefore of inherent worth. That vision is the foundation upon which this Nation was built.

The corollary of that principle is that human dignity cannot be taken away by the government. Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved. Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them. And those denied governmental benefits certainly do not lose their dignity because the government denies them those benefits. The government cannot bestow dignity, and it cannot take it away.

George Takei twisted this into an obscenity, then called Justice Thomas a “clown in black-face” for saying what he had not said:

And for him to say, slaves have dignity. I mean, doesn’t he know that slaves were in chains? That they were whipped on the back. If he saw the movie 12 Years a Slave, you know, they were raped. And he says they had dignity as slaves or – My parents lost everything that they worked for, in the middle of their lives, in their 30s. His business, my father’s business, our home, our freedom and we’re supposed to call that dignified? Marched out of our homes at gun point. I mean, this man does not belong on the Supreme Court. He is an embarrassment. He is a disgrace to America.

Source:
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/scott-whitlock/2015/07/02/george-takeis-racist-rant-clarence-thomas-clown-black-face

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GOD bless America!

1776_07 04 Our Declaration of Independence

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, 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.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States ….

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Text @ http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html

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HAPPY FOURTH!

The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription


IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, 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.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them. He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only. He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures. He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people. He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within. He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands. He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers. He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries. He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance. He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures. He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power. He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation: For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us: For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States: For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world: For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent: For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury: For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies: For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments: For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever. He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us. He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people. He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation. He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands. He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.


The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

Column 1 Georgia:    Button Gwinnett    Lyman Hall    George Walton

Column 2 North Carolina:    William Hooper    Joseph Hewes    John Penn South Carolina:    Edward Rutledge    Thomas Heyward, Jr.    Thomas Lynch, Jr.    Arthur Middleton

Column 3 Massachusetts:   John Hancock Maryland:   Samuel Chase   William Paca   Thomas Stone   Charles Carroll of Carrollton Virginia:   George Wythe   Richard Henry Lee   Thomas Jefferson   Benjamin Harrison   Thomas Nelson, Jr.   Francis Lightfoot Lee   Carter Braxton

Column 4 Pennsylvania:    Robert Morris    Benjamin Rush    Benjamin Franklin    John Morton    George Clymer    James Smith    George Taylor    James Wilson    George Ross Delaware:    Caesar Rodney    George Read    Thomas McKean

Column 5 New York:    William Floyd    Philip Livingston    Francis Lewis    Lewis Morris New Jersey:    Richard Stockton    John Witherspoon    Francis Hopkinson    John Hart    Abraham Clark

Column 6 New Hampshire:    Josiah Bartlett    William Whipple Massachusetts:    Samuel Adams    John Adams    Robert Treat Paine    Elbridge Gerry Rhode Island:    Stephen Hopkins    William Ellery Connecticut:    Roger Sherman    Samuel Huntington    William Williams    Oliver Wolcott New Hampshire:    Matthew Thornton

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We are NOT like them, Part two

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H/t to itooktheredpill

http://itooktheredpill.wordpress.com/2008/10/15/in-congress-march-16-1776/

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THE AMERICANS WHO RISKED EVERYTHING

Rush has reconfigured his website so that you don’t have to be a premium member to search the archives. I recall him reading an essay years ago that his father had written. It was about the men who signed the Declaration of Independence and the price some of them paid for their bravery. I think it should serve as a reminder of what is at stake as liberals try to turn our country into a socialist utopia.

“Our Lives, Our Fortunes, Our Sacred Honor”
It was a glorious morning. The sun was shining and the wind was from the southeast. Up especially early, a tall bony, redheaded young Virginian found time to buy a new thermometer, for which he paid three pounds, fifteen shillings. He also bought gloves for Martha, his wife, who was ill at home.Thomas Jefferson arrived early at the statehouse. The temperature was 72.5 degrees and the horseflies weren’t nearly so bad at that hour. It was a lovely room, very large, with gleaming white walls. The chairs were comfortable. Facing the single door were two brass fireplaces, but they would not be used today.The moment the door was shut, and it was always kept locked, the room became an oven. The tall windows were shut, so that loud quarreling voices could not be heard by passersby. Small openings atop the windows allowed a slight stir of air, and also a large number of horseflies. Jefferson records that “the horseflies were dexterous in finding necks, and the silk of stockings was nothing to them.” All discussing was punctuated by the slap of hands on necks.On the wall at the back, facing the president’s desk, was a panoply — consisting of a drum, swords, and banners seized from Fort Ticonderoga the previous year. Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold had captured the place, shouting that they were taking it “in the name of the Great Jehovah and the Continental Congress!”Now Congress got to work, promptly taking up an emergency measure about which there was discussion but no dissension. “Resolved: That an application be made to the Committee of Safety of Pennsylvania for a supply of flints for the troops at New York.” Continue reading

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