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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY

**I will be on vacation for the rest of the week.  Enjoy this great holiday and return on Monday.
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"Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors; and capacity, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial blessings of life, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence." - Justice Joseph Story

An American Without Reserve: "I was born an American; I live an American; I shall die an American; and I intend to perform the duties incumbent upon me in that character to the end of my career. I mean to do this with absolute disregard of personal consequences. What are the personal consequences? What is the individual man, with all the good or evil that may betide him, in comparison with the good or evil which may befall a great country, and in the midst of great transactions which concern that country's fate? Let the consequences be what they will, I am careless. No man can suffer too much, and no man can fall too soon, if he suffer, or if he fall, in the defense of the liberties and constitution of his country." - Daniel Webster

"It does not take a majority to prevail...but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." - Samuel Adams

"We must all hang together, for surely if we don't, we will hang separately" - Ben Franklin (after signing the Declaration of Independence)

"Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" - Patrick Henry
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The United States of America was founded in the minds - and with the blood - of genius. This is our national progeny, which is something we must always remember and live up to...Never forget the incredible toil and sacrifice it took to found our great country. And, never forget the incredible toil and sacrifice we must face in the future to keep our great country.

"FREEDOM ISN'T FREE...NEVER HAS BEEN, AND NEVER WILL BE!" - Author Unknown

Have a great Independence Day, and remember why it is you have the freedom to celebrate such a wonderful holiday...The 4th of July is a time of celebration, but as always, should also be a time of reflection.

"We dare not forget that we are the heirs of that first revolution." - John F. Kennedy

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Monday, June 29, 2015

The Declaration of Independence

The Constitution is the 'Forge of Union', but without the Declaration of Independence - the 'Anvil of Liberty' - there never would have been a United States of America...As such, the Declaration of Independence is the most important Founding Document in U.S. history - maybe the second most important document in Western History, after the Bible(s).

Which is why every American should be very familiar with it.
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(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 entitles 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 System 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 the 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 oppressing 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 meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing 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 harass our people, and eat out their substance.He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our Legislature.

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 offenses:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighboring Provence, 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 complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty and 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 endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose rule of warfare is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppression 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 waiting in attentions to our British 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 denounced 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 the 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.


New Hampshire:Josiah BartlettWilliam WhippleMatthew Thornton
Massachusetts:John HancockSamuel AdamsJohn AdamsRobert Treat PaineElbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:Stephen HopkinsWilliam Ellery
Connecticut:Roger ShermanSamuel HuntingtonWilliam WilliamsOliver Wolcott
New York:William FloydPhilip LivingstonFrancis LewisLewis Morris
New Jersey:Richard StocktonJohn WitherspoonFrancis HopkinsonJohn HartAbraham Clark
Pennsylvania:Robert MorrisBenjamin RushBenjamin FranklinJohn MortonGeorge ClymerJames SmithGeorge TaylorJames WilsonGeorge Ross
Delaware:Caesar RodneyGeorge ReadThomas McKean
Maryland:Samuel ChaseWilliam PacaThomas StoneCharles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia:George WytheRichard Henry LeeThomas JeffersonBenjamin HarrisonThomas Nelson, Jr.Francis Lightfoot LeeCarter Braxton
North Carolina:William HooperJoseph HewesJohn Penn
South Carolina:Edward RutledgeThomas Heyward, Jr.Thomas Lynch, Jr.Arthur Middleton
Georgia:Button GwinnettLyman HallGeorge Walton

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Happy Birthday Jeff

Today (June 28th) Jeff would have been 30.

As each year goes by I look for positives which have resulted from Jeff's death...This year we decided to have a large family dinner outing, celebrating Jeff's 30th birthday.  I'm hoping we can do this every year.  All of us are busy and have conflicting interests, but it is nice to be able to get together - I know Jeff would have loved it.

I also know Jeff would have had an amazing time at the 30th birthday party we would have thrown for him...It wasn't meant to be, however, so we all agreed to take part in a special gesture at some point during the weekend:  A 30-Shot Salute.

This 30-Shot Salute is similar to a 21-Gun Salute, except it is an assortment of Jeff's family and friends taking a collection of 30-shots in recognition of his 30th birthday...Truth be told there were many more than 30 shots :)


 Dad, Krissi (our sister) & I

Uncle Mike, Aunt Jeanie, Dad, Aunt Joanie & Grandpa

 The Table Jeff Would Have Sat At:  With His Best Friend Gaston and His Two Girls - Holly & Jamie.  Also Vince, Dylan & Griselda

 Melissa & I

 Tony & Krissi

 Billy & Jackie, Krissi, Melissa & I

 Neices & Cousins:  Jeff Truly Loved These Little Kids - Brooklyn, Sydney, Emma, Megan and Kassie

The Whole Family Loved Jeff, But These Two Were the Closest to Him - Holly & Jamie

 Danny & Ashley, Aunt Joanie, Jackie & Billy

 Gaston: Jeff's Best Friend - A Much Better Brother Than I Was

 Holly, Griselda, Jamie & Joey

 Brooklyn, Holly, Emma & Sydney

 Sue & Ken

 Chris & Cyndi

 Scott & Brandy, Melissa & I

 The Last of This Caruthers' Line...Jeff Was Our Last Hope For Another Boy.  Grandpa Better Get On It If He Wants to Keep It Going :)

There Is No Way to Celebrate Jeff's Birthday Without Also Remembering Patty...I'm Not Religious, but I Hope They Were Able to Celebrate His Day Together

I Hope Jeff Could Look Down and Watch Us Celebrate His Day.

The Picture Below is One of the Last Known Pictures We Have of Jeffrey

I think of you often, Jeff.  I miss and love you, brother...We all do.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Prager University: Profits Are Progressive

"We teach what isn't taught." - Dennis Prager

There is no denying there have been, and still are, some true profit-pigs.  Names like Rockefeller, Morgan, Vanderbilt, and Carnegie come to mind in the past.  Names like Gates, Jobs, Bezos, Zuckerberg, Oprah, etc, should ring a bell for our modern times.  These mega-billionaires truly live the life of the Roman emperors; lives almost every person in the history of the world couldn't/can't even dream of.

But these people could never have gotten so rich had they not produced a product or service people wanted to buy.  These people also could never have gotten so rich had they not employed so many people.  This is the genius of profit...It is why millions of immigrants flood our country.  They may dream of becoming billionaires, but they know it is unlikely.  What they hope for is to enter the middle class - a level of affluency they have almost no hope of enjoying in their own countries, where profit is limited to very few, and the middle class is almost non-existent.  But in American, with a profit-based economy, we have produced the largest middle class in the history of humanity.  Sure there are profit-pigs, and sure there are truly poor.  But the majority of Americans are middle class - the result of a profit based economy...If Liberals ever want to see the middle class shrink, they only need to find ways to kill our profit based economy.  Oh, I forget, they constantly do just that.

That said, can anyone explain to me why so-called Liberals and Progressives never seem to complain about the profit-pigs who espouse their Left-wing ideology?  Look at any list of American millionaires and billionaires and I'm quite certain you will find far more Democrats than Republicans...It's not even close, yet we only hear about those on the Right.

And one more question.  Why is it so-called Liberals and Progressives complain far more about small business owners making $250K than they do about their pals in the entertainment, sports and media industries making $$$millions?  Hmm???

This semester of Prager University is presented by:  Walter Williams

"Thank goodness for profits.  Profits motivate people to work hard for themselves, and make life better for others." - W.W.


"The profit motive pushes people to do extraordinary things.  Take that motivation away, and the world becomes a very different and darker place." - W.W.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Vote for Hillary, because...

...because she wants to become "The Queen," 

Hugh Hewitt is a brilliant political commentator and he has a new book out called "The Queen:  The Epic Ambition of Hillary, and the Coming of a 'Second Clinton Era.'"



I hope you are familiar with "The Prince" - Nicollo Machiavelli's 16th Century masterpiece on how to get and keep power...It is a treatise on pure political power; getting it and keeping it in any way necessary - any way.  It's where the phrase 'Machiavellian' came from.

"The Queen" is written in the same fashion as "The Prince," and is a guidebook for Hillary Clinton to win the 2016 Presidential Election - or more simply, how to become "The Queen."

For those who don't know, Hugh Hewitt is a Conservative...The last thing he wants is for Hillary to become "The Queen" - extending the Obama presidency another 4-8 years.  And make no mistake, Hillary is much more ideologically and  temperamentally similar to President Obama than she is to President Clinton.  Bill was not driven by power - Obama and Hillary are.

Incredibly, at this short period into the presidential campaign season, Hillary has brilliantly performed her role as Hewitt suggested:  Looking down on and lying to the American people, and ignoring the press - when she does speak to the press she treats them exactly as she does the American people...It will be interesting to see if Hewitt completely predicted her actions; so far he has, but there is a long way to go until Nov. 2016.

I recommend you purchase this book (it's currently going for $19.50 at Amazon - just click the links above)...Why??

1.  Hewitt is an amazing writer and you will enjoy the content, even if you don't like the idea of Hillary becoming "The Queen"

2.  You will get a preview of her coming campaign.  Even more important, you will get a preview of her coming presidency if she becomes "The Queen"

3.  I want everyone to start calling Hillary "The Queen"...Those who do not want her to become "The Queen" should recognize the value in defining her as "The Queen".  Defining your opponent is an important first step in defeating your opponent.  Hillary acts like "The Queen" it is our job to make sure everyone understands her desire to become "The Queen"  She doesn't want to be 'America's Grandma.'  She doesn't want to be a 'Moderate Democrat.'  She wants power - she wants to be "The Queen."

Go get the book, but even more important, stop referring to Hillary as Hillary or Hillary Rodham or HRC, or whatever...Any time you refer to her, call her "The Queen".  And then explain who "The Queen" is when you are asked.
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For those wondering about the colors used above:  I do not refer to Democrats/Liberals in the traditional 'blue.'  I correctly reference them in 'red,' because they are so close ideologically to their communist cousins.  I don't say this negatively.  It just is what it is.

You will notice "The Queen" is referenced in 'purple.'  Since at least the time of the Romans, purple has been the color of royalty - exactly what "The Queen" wishes to become.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Father's Day

"The family is the primary transmitter of social capital - the values and character traits that enable people to seize opportunities.  Family structure is a primary predictor of an individual's life chances." - George Will

On this Father's Day, I want to highlight the BIGGEST PROBLEM IN AMERICAN SOCIETY - the reason for many of the other great problems in the U.S...This 1 picture is worth much more than 1,000 words.


"No explanation can fill the hole in a child's heart where a daddy ought to be." - Author Unknown

There are many reasons for this problem.  Some are legitimate - Most aren't.  Most are excuses for irresponsibility and selfishness.


"[Y]ou'll never hear a poor working-class mom struggling to pay the bills, put food on the table, and fulfill both parental roles celebrate her 'liberation' from the shackles of the traditional family model.  Chances are when she lies awake at night contemplating her future and that of her children, she feels the absence of a husband and father lying in the bed beside her.  Every day, she and her children pay the price for a culture that has marginalized the role of men to that of mere inseminator." - Ken Connor

Rome fell due to Christianity, demography and barbarians, disease, sloth, etc...I'm betting a thousand years from now when the historians are writing the American story, 'FATHERLESSNESS' will be one of the root causes of our decline and fall.

"How much has the moral decay of society contributed to the acceptance of men who feel no responsibility for children they've created?  How much of a child's rage and anger comes from feeling abandoned or unwanted by their fathers?  Eighty-five percent of the youths in prison are from fatherless homes.  Children without fathers account for 63 percent of youth suicides, 70 percent of teenage pregnancies, 80 percent of rapists with displaced anger, 85 percent of children with behavioral problems, and 71 percent of high school dropouts.  The left's immoral and destructive dogmas coincide with the rise of these deplorable statistics." - Lee Culpepper

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

This (Past 2) Week(s) in Pictures

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